December 24, 2013 |
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court struck down a judge's power to choose to give a life sentence without parole to juveniles. The unanimous ruling by the state's highest court came after the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down mandatory life sentences for minors. The state's top court went further in its Tuesday ruling, saying that even discretionary sentences should be banned. “Given the unique characteristics of juvenile offenders, they should be afforded, in appropriate circumstances, the opportunity to be considered for parole suitability,” the court wrote in its decision.
December 16, 2013 |
It already seems that 2014 is shaping up as a great year for water park fans around the world, as a number of new parks teeming with body slides, wave pools and lazy rivers are planned for the United States, Europe and Asia. Photos: Best new water parks for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at domestic and international water parks. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed and new ones announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
December 10, 2013 |
A middle school student in Waltham, Mass., allegedly prepared a list of students whom he wanted to kill for making fun of him, according to local media reports. The student is currently not in the school, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy told boston.com on Tuesday. She said she was confident that all students were safe. "I wouldn't feel hesitant to send [children] to that school," she told the website. "We had a response, it was an immediate response, and I believe the superintendent followed up with it swiftly.
December 2, 2013 |
A Massachusetts law that says "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the last few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.
November 22, 2013 |
Court documents unsealed Friday say that a Massachusetts teenager charged with raping and killing his math teacher planned the attack, bringing a box cutter, a mask, gloves and multiple changes of clothing to school. Colleen Ritzer, 24, a popular math teacher at Danvers High School, was found dead in woods near the school on Oct. 23, shocking the small northeastern Massachusetts town. The killing generated even more shock when a student became the main suspect. Philip Chism, 14, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery.
November 8, 2013 |
If you're baffled by the almost hypnotic effect of Impressionist artwork, a new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., may finally solve that mystery -- and explain why Californians may feel a special connection to the French artworks. Through Feb. 17, visitors will be able to explore "Impressionists on the Water" and the interplay of light, water and sky that has been irresistible to many artists. With more than 90 prints, paintings, photographs and models, the exhibit reveals how living near the Atlantic Ocean and France's waterways influenced Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Gustave Caillebotte and Georges Seurat, among other artists.