News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - A judge has granted a request to push back actress Felicity Huffman's court appearance in Boston on charges that she participated in a college admissions cheating scam. Huffman was initially scheduled to appear in Boston federal court on March 29 along with fellow actress Lori Loughlin and other parents. But a judge on Wednesday moved Huffman's hearing to April 3. Huffman's Boston lawyer requested the delay, saying he would be out of town.
BOSTON (AP) - A woman suing Harvard University over portraits of two slaves says she hopes her lawsuit sparks a national reckoning with its history of racism. Tamara Lanier said at a news conference outside the Harvard Club of New York City on Wednesday that her case is important because "it will test the moral climate of this country." Lanier's lawsuit says Harvard has wrongly withheld and profited from 1850 portraits of two slaves who Lanier says are her ancestors.
BOSTON (AP) - Experts disagree over whether many of the affluent parents charged in a college admissions scam will actually spend time behind bars if convicted. The parents arrested last week include Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as prominent figures in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry, and other fields. Some experts say a number of parents may get short stints in prison. Others say it's likely that most, if not all, will end up with probation and a fine.
BOSTON (AP) - Opponents of a bill that would ban LGBTQ conversion therapy in the state say they will likely challenge the measure in court if it becomes law. Massachusetts Family Institute president Andrew Beckwith says the House-passed bill amounts to an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech. Several hundred people who oppose the legislation came to the Statehouse Wednesday to call on Gov. Charlie Baker to veto it if it reaches his desk.
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