UMass cost could rise by 2 to 3 percent

Tuition and fees for University of Massachusetts students will likely increase 2 to 3 percent for the coming academic year, depending on how the state budget shapes up, UMass President Marty Meehan said at Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday. The university is waiting to determine the exact size of the increase until July when officials expect work to be complete on the state’s fiscal 2018 budget. The state budget includes funding needed to fuel university operations. The five-campus UMass system had more than 74,000 students enrolled during the 2016-17 academic year. The university initially requested $538 million in state funding for the 2018 fiscal year, a $30 million increase over the current year. The Senate budget allocated $534 million, the House budget $513 million. (SHNS)



T police seek return of $40,000 violin

The MBTA Transit Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a woman they say is in possession of a $40,000 violin that doesn’t belong to her. According to a post on the Transit Police website, the expensive violin was lost around midnight on June 10 at South Station after its owner accidentally left it behind. An unidentified woman “took possession of the violin,” and it has not yet been located, police said. Police posted a picture online Tuesday of the woman who they say has the instrument. At this time, police aren’t seeking charges against the woman who picked up the violin. “What we are seeking is for her to return the violin to us,” Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said.


Multiple black bear sightings reported

Multiple bear sightings have been reported this week in town. Just before noon on Monday, Concord police received a 911 call from a resident who spotted a bear digging through a trash can on Eaton Street. A little while later, around 2 p.m., a bear was seen strolling through a yard on Oxbow Road (inset). Then on Tuesday morning, another bear sighting was reported on Mildred Circle. The sighting follows recent reports of bears spotted in Lawrence, Southborough, Hopkinton, Framingham, and Marlborough. “This is all part of a seasonal pattern, and it’s representing the future of bears in Eastern Massachusetts,” said Marion Larson, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. “The black bear is expanding its range to the east.”


Tiverton, R.I.

Town settles lawsuit in 3rd-grader questioning

The town has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a third-grader who said police interrogated her for hours over a false report. The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island sued the town of Tiverton in 2015 after the 8-year-old was taken off a school bus and questioned without her parents because another girl falsely reported she had chemicals in her backpack. The ACLU says the town also agreed to a new policy requiring schools to notify the parents, and that parents be present when police question elementary-age children. (AP)