Massachusetts News

  • Patriots Sign Running Back Gillislee

    Running back Mike Gillislee is joining the New England Patriots. 

    The Buffalo Bills opted not to match the Patriots' restricted free agent offer sheet by 4p.m. Monday, so the 5'11, 219-pound Gillislee is New England bound. 

    Gillislee's contract is a two-year deal worth $6.4 million, according to Ian Rapoport of 

    Last season, Gillislee ran for 577 yards and averaged 5.7 yards-per-carry.

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  • Swastika Painted on Bandstand at Salem Common

    Police in Salem, Massachusetts, are investigating after a swastika was found painted on the bandstand at the town common over the weekend.

    "Whether it was undertaken with malicious intent or stupidity, this action needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms," Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said in a statement Monday.

    She said police are currently reviewing surveillance cameras to determine who is responsible.

    Driscoll said she isn't sure if this was just an isolated incident, or if it might be related to similar occurrences in other Massachusetts cities.

    New data shows that the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Massachusetts soared last year when compared to the prior year.

    "In Salem, we strive to be a welcoming and inclusive city and in the wake of this incident we will continue our work with our community partners like Salem's No Place for Hate Committee, the ADL, and others to continually educate, advocate and work toward that goal," she said.

  • Ranking Names Best Mass. Town to Live In

    The town of Lexington is the best place to live in Massachusetts, according to a research website.

    Lexington is “friendly, family oriented, environmentally conscious and affluent,” said on its recently-released “2017 Best Places to Live in Massachusetts” list.

    The ranking took into account crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities.

    Sharon, Sudbury, Newton, and Wayland rounded out the top 5.

    See the full list here.

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  • Ex-State Rep. Files Lawsuit Against Phillips Andover Teacher

    A former New Hampshire state lawmaker has reportedly filed a federal lawsuit against a former teacher at a prestigious Massachusetts prep school, alleging she was sexually abused when she was around 15.

    According to the lawsuit, Marie Sapienza is seeking $20 million in damages. The lawsuit claims a former English teacher and writer-in-residence at Phillips Academy Andover grabbed her breasts and buttocks around 1982.

    Her lawsuit, which was filed on Friday, says the abuse happened at the teacher's on-campus home.

    "Here I was, a student at the most prestigious high school in the country and I left here barely able to function," Sapienza said on Monday during a press conference.

    She alleges the teacher even told her he wanted her in his class, and offered to give her an A.

    When she finally told the school's then-headmaster about it two years later, Sapienza said he refused to take action.

    The teacher in question taught at the prep school until 1983. He was banned from campus after a 2016 investigation uncovered five cases of sexual misconduct between several different teachers and students in the 1970s and 80s, which is what prompted Sapienza to come forward.

    "Sometimes it takes a little encouragement to do something difficult," she said.

    In a statement on Monday, the current headmaster of Phillips Andover said, "We are committed to learning as much as we can about our school's past, offering support and acknowledgement for survivors of sexual misconduct, and ensuring the safety and security of all students on our campus today."

    Sapienza's attorney said the school is not named in the lawsuit because the state's statute of limitations has run out.

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  • Aaron Hernandez Suicide Letters Released to Family

    Three suicide notes that former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez allegedly left in his cell before killing himself last week were handed over to his family Monday, the Worcester County District Attorney's office confirmed.

    A lawyer for Hernandez's fiancée filed a motion earlier Monday in Bristol County Superior Court seeking the release of the letters, which the district attorney had previously refused to release to the family.

    "The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one's final thoughts," George Leontire, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer said.

    Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said the letters were emailed to Leontire on Monday after Judge Thomas McGuire ordered their release. Jarvey confirmed one of the letters was addressed to Jenkins-Hernandez and another to the couple's daughter.

    The third letter was left for Kyle Kennedy, Hernandez's friend and fellow inmate, Kennedy's lawyer said Monday.

    Attorney Lawrence F. Army Jr. said his client has not yet seen the letter, but will request that it be turned over to Kennedy as soon as possible. 

    “My client is obviously saddened by the loss of his friend, Aaron Hernandez,” Army said. He said the two were not cellmates.

    Army said he met with Kennedy briefly on Monday, and his client is “no longer on suicide watch,” though he was moved to a protective unit after Hernandez’s death “as a standard precaution.” He said he will be meeting more with his client in the coming days, and will provide updates as the case develops. “For now, we will have no further comment.”

    Kennedy’s family also issued a statement Monday, saying their thoughts are with Hernandez’s family and their son, and asking for privacy.

    Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and was acquitted in two other killings just days before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, in the early morning hours of April 19.

    Investigators said Hernandez blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks. They said there were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.

    Authorities said investigators found three handwritten notes next to a Bible in Hernandez's cell.

    Additonally, law enforcement sources tell NBC Boston that Hernandez was found with the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead. The Bible passage reads "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

    Jenkins-Hernandez's lawyer are seeking to preserve records related to Hernandez's death, including Hernandez's prison cell video recordings and all of his property, medical and mental health records.

    Jenkins-Hernandez has also filed court papers indicating that she may sue over the supervision Hernandez received while in prison. The filing argues that authorities had a legal duty to provide safety and protection from personal injury to inmates in state custody.

    Hernandez was locked in his cell around 8 p.m. on March 18 and no one entered until a correction officer observed him around 3 a.m. the following day and forced his way in, according to investigators.

    SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text HOME to 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.

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  • Flour Bakery Opens New Location

    A brand new Flour Bakery and Café has opened in the Back Bay.

    Located at 30 Dalton St., it is the seventh location of the bakery known for its sticky buns, pie and sandwiches.

    The Joanne Chang-helmed bakery announced the opening on Instagram.

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    Flour also has locations in Harvard Square, Cambridgeport, Central Square, the South End and Fort Point in addition to another Back Bay store on Clarendon Street.

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  • New Outdoor Patios in Boston

    With 70-plus degree temperatures moving in this weekend, it's a good time to check out some of the latest outdoor dining and drinking sites in the city.

    Zagat scouted out 11 new Boston-area patios, including locations in South Boston, the Seaport and even Cambridge.

    One of them is the secretive Lion's Tail, which NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno profiled last month. The cocktail lounge was expected to add a handful of streetside tables over the weekend.

    Another is Area Four, a wood-fired pizzeria in the South End. Its patio won't be ready for the weekend, but should be up and running next week.

    Buttermilk & Bourbon in Back Bay - featured on NBC Boston in February - is also planning to add a new patio sometime in mid-May.


  • Wildlife Officials Interested in Public's Moose Photos

    The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is interested in looking at photos of moose from the public.

    The department is putting together a spring moose survey and would like to see photos taken from May 1 through May 15.

    Images submitted should show one whole side of the moose. Photos may be from regular cameras or trail cameras.

    Wildlife staff have been monitoring moose around the state during the spring for several years to help assess tick loads.

    Those interested in the spring survey can click here.

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