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Some Massachusetts Towns Still Plan to Embrace Pot

They may not be mad about reefer, but a growing number of Massachusetts communities are leaving their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses, bucking a wave of bans and moratoriums that followed voter approval of legal recreational pot. Recent votes …

NTSB Says Amtrak’s Lax Safety Culture Led to Deadly Crash

Amtrak’s safety culture suffered major lapses, including more than two dozen unsafe conditions at a work zone where a train slammed into a maintenance backhoe last year, killing two workers, federal investigators said Tuesday. Chief among them, investigators said, were …

Firebreaks Permit Requirement in Southern New Jersey Sparks Concern

Some New Jersey residents are expressing concerns about a proposed change they fear could hamper creation of firebreaks in the New Jersey Pinelands. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Pinelands Commission is considering changes to its comprehensive management plan requiring …

Penn State Payouts on Sandusky Sex Abuse Claims Now Top $100M

Penn State disclosed Friday it recently paid out an additional $16 million to people with claims they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, raising the total over several years to more than $100 million. It’s not …

Aaron Hernandez’ Brain Severely Damaged by CTE

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered substantial damage to parts of the brain that affect memory, judgment and behavior from the most severe case of a degenerative disease linked to head blows ever found in someone so young, …

Rhode Island Supreme Court Enforces Suit Limitation Provision in Policy

In the past, Rhode Island courts have upheld insurance policy provisions that require insureds to commence legal action against the insurance company within a time period that is less than the legislatively-enacted statute of limitations. See, e.g., National Refrigeration, Inc. …

Moratoriums in Massachusetts Towns Could Mean Longer Drives for Legal Pot

Although retail sales of recreational marijuana can begin in July, many customers across northern Massachusetts may have to travel significant distances or wait several months to acquire the substance. Moratoriums are becoming widespread, with many towns opting to block any …

Family to Get $4.8M in Crash Involving ‘Melrose’ Actress

The family of a woman killed in a 2010 crash involving a “Melrose Place” actress will receive a $4.8 million settlement. A jury convicted Amy Locane-Bovenizer in 2012 for the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman in Somerset County, N.J., …

Massachusetts Case Considers School Liability for Student Suicides

Han Nguyen was consumed by depression and struggling to stay afloat at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. His mental health continued to decline until one day, moments after a professor confronted him about an offensive email, the 25-year-old …

Connecticut to Create Insurer to Assist Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

Connecticut legislators are looking to help hundreds, if not thousands, of homeowners whose foundations are crumbling because of an iron sulfide found in the concrete by creating the state’s own insurance company. The newly minted state budget includes language establishing …

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