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Senate president favors tax holiday, too

Senate President Therese Murray said she can see no reason why the state Senate will not pass a sales tax holiday for this summer. “We have passed it every year,” Murray said Tuesday. “I don’t see why we wouldn’t do it again this year.” The legislation has made its way toward the House Ways and Means Committee, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo has said through a spokesman that he would like the bill to become law. Massachusetts has had a two-day sales tax holiday since 2004, except for 2009. The holiday this year would be Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. (State House News Service)

Motorcyclist dies after parkway crash

A motorcyclist died Wednesday evening after a collision with a pickup truck on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, State Police said. The unidentified 25-year-old man from Boston was pinned under the truck after the crash, which occurred about 7:15 p.m., State Police said. The man was pulled from the wreck and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries, State Police said. The driver of the truck was not injured. Wednesday’s crash follows the death of another motorcyclist, a 20-year-old man, ­involved in a crash on the Massachusetts Avenue bridge Monday.

Groton, Conn.

US high court won’t hear church case

The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a 136-year-old Connecticut parish that broke away from the Episcopal Church and tried to keep its property after the denomination consecrated its first openly gay bishop in 2003. The high court’s decision Monday ended the dispute between the Bishop Seabury Church in Groton and the Episcopal Diocese of ­Connecticut. The parish was seeking a review of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling last year in favor of the diocese, which argued that church rules prohibit congregations from walking away with church property. (AP)


2 white sharks are detected off Cape


Sharks have returned to Cape Cod just in time for the summer. At least two white sharks were detected by sensors off the coast of Chatham earlier this month, state officials said. “They were detected by acoustic receivers that our biologists placed in the water,” said Reginald Zimmerman, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “They detected the two white sharks off Chatham around June 8.”

Clarksburg W.Va.

US indicts Quincy woman in sex case

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A Quincy woman accused of posing as a boy and crossing state lines to prey on a West Virginia girl has been indicted by a US grand jury. US Attorney William Ihlenfeld said Wednesday that Carissa Hads. 25, of Quincy is charged with traveling in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual conduct. Investigators said Hads pretended to be a 17-year-old boy and began an online relationship with the victim in 2010. The indictment says that Hads visited the teenager at least three times and had a sexual encounter with her in Lewis County in February. (AP)


Woman drives car onto golf course

A woman told police she drove her car into a sand trap on a Northbridge golf course because her global-positioning system sent her the wrong way. Patricia Maione was held on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including driving with a suspended license and fourth-offense drunken driving. Authorities said the 47-year-old woman’s car got stuck at the Whitinsville Golf Club in Northbridge Monday. (AP)