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BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is asking state lawmakers to require natural gas work that could pose a danger to the public be reviewed in advance by a certified professional engineer. Baker said Tuesday he filed a bill in response to a recommendation made last week by the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three communities in September.
LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy says he has changed his perspective on marijuana and is now calling on the federal government to legalize and regulate the drug. In an opinion piece published on the day the first two pot shops opened in his state, the Massachusetts Democrat called Tuesday for marijuana to be removed from the list of drugs covered by the federal Controlled Substances Act. He says he was previously skeptical of legalization because of the risk of abuse and addiction.
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A man who crashed his SUV into a Massachusetts pizza parlor, killing two people and injuring seven, has been sentenced to four years in prison. Bradford Casler was also sentenced Tuesday to 15 years of probation. He was convicted last month of motor vehicle homicide. The 57-year-old Casler crashed into Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Newton in March 2016. Thirty-two-year-old Gregory Morin and 57-year-old Eleanor Miele were killed.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say they have identified the killer of a 23-year-old Harvard graduate student who was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death in her apartment nearly 50 years ago. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Tuesday that DNA testing points to Michael Sumpter as the suspect in the killing of Jane Britton in her Cambridge apartment in January 1969. Sumpter has been linked to two other killings of women in the Boston area in the 1970s. He died of cancer in 2001.
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