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Animal rights advocates sue federal government over treatment of research primates

A group of local animal rights advocates has sued the US Department of Agriculture, saying the agency refuses to raise standards for the animals.

Kevin Rafferty, ‘Atomic Cafe’ co-director, 73

Kevin Rafferty, who with two co-directors turned archival material created to ease Americans into the nuclear age into “The Atomic Cafe,” a darkly comic 1982 documentary that both highlighted the absurdity of an earlier generation’s propaganda and suggested the unsettling possibility that we were still being so manipulated, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73.

Boston schools mapping reopening, with 6 feet of social distancing built in

Facing an intense two-month sprint before the scheduled first day of school on Sept. 10 — and mounting demand for details on their reopening plans — Boston school officials say they will release three possible blueprints for the fall by the end of this month.

State commissioner for deaf placed on leave amid ties to controversial fraternity

The Baker administration on Thursday placed the state’s chief advocate for the deaf on administrative leave.

Leckey to launch $300K ad buy in packed 4th congressional primary

Leckey’s ad seeks to emphasize both her progressive credentials and her place as the only woman of color in a field where the majority of candidates are white.

In praise of New England’s Republican governors

The leader of their party is a dope, but Phil Scott, Chris Sununu, and Charlie Baker have shown it's wise to be conservative when it comes to public health.

Man faces charges after disrupting youth Black Lives Matter demonstration in Newton

Newton police are charging a 55-year-old Needham man with operating a motor vehicle so as to endanger and with failure to use care when starting a motor vehicle, according to a statement Thursday.

FBI says human remains found on property in Methuen

The remains were found at 145 Milk St. at 4:15 p.m., the FBI said in a press release Thursday.

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Newton’s school nurses call for pay equity with teachers

The union representing Newton’s school nurses is calling on the city to resume talks on a new contract, more than a year after their previous agreement ended, the organization’s president said.

COVID-19 mask policy got on his nerves

A customer gets angry about a restaurant's mask policy in Hingham, a group of young people break into a city-owned building in Newton, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

What was Ghislaine Maxwell doing in a tiny New Hampshire town?

Bradford, N.H., was a curious landing spot for longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who was a resident of three countries, an internationally infamous socialite, and an alleged child trafficker.

‘A one-two punch’: Bookkeeper accused of stealing from small businesses already hurting from COVID-19 shutdown

Clients called Patricia Lindau the “nicest person” — until she disappeared.

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