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PEABODY — On the one-year anniversary of former Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry's death, Salem State University announced the creation of the Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics and Civic Engagement as a way to honor his long legacy of public service.

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BOSTON – With the clock running down on Gov. Charlie Baker's temporary vaping ban, lawmakers took steps on Wednesday to permanently ban flavored vaping and nicotine products.

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SALEM — CinemaSalem will close in early 2020 unless someone steps forward to buy the city's only movie theater.

PEABODY — Although the investigation into the three-car crash Monday night that sent eight people to local hospitals continues, police are now certain a man who remains hospitalized was the driver of the car that caused the crash.

IPSWICH — The state's highest court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Sifa Lee for the beating and torture death of a beloved Ipswich restaurant owner back in 2011. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time a top diplomat testified Wednesday that President Donald Trump was overheard asking about “the investigations” he wanted Ukraine to pursue that are central to the impeachment inquiry.

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Lt. Col. Christopher Mason, who since earlier this year has served in the number two role at the state police, has been promoted by Gov. Charlie Baker to become the next superintendent of the law enforcement agency, taking over on Friday.

PEABODY — Police are still looking for the man they believe to have been driving one of the three vehicles involved in the Monday night accident that sent eight people to area hospitals.

PEABODY — A jury on Tuesday cleared two Peabody police officers, one accused of using excessive force and the other of failing to take any action to stop it, during the arrest of a teenager 4 1/2 years ago. 

BOSTON — Medical marijuana patients won't be able to get their vape products, after all, following a decision by state regulators to block the products from returning to pot store shelves.

PEABODY — City Clerk Tim Spanos has recommended the City Council nominate Clerk of Committees/Council Stenographer Allyson Danforth to be the city's ninth city clerk.

BOSTON — Elected officials from the Merrimack Valley presented a unified front Tuesday in calling for beefed up state regulations and better monitoring of natural gas systems to improve safety and prevent future pipeline disasters.

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers have fitted 50 great white sharks found in Cape Cod waters this season with tracking and data-logging devices to study how the species kills seals to benefit public safety.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people.

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PEABODY — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, who served four tours in the Iraq War as an Marine Corps infantry officer, led off his fifth annual Veterans Town Hall in an attempt to bridge the gap between those who served and those who did not.

PEABODY — A three-car crash involving an apparent overdose injured at least seven people and left police and first responders scrambling at the height of rush-hour traffic Monday evening.

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BOSTON — Access to the overdose-reversing drug naloxone can be had without a prescription in Massachusetts and a majority of states. A "standing order" allows nurses, drug counselors, family members or friends of people dealing with opioid addiction to carry and administer the life-saving medicine.

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DANVERS — On Monday morning, Robert H. Roy, a disabled Vietnam combat veteran, told the large crowd gathered inside Thorpe Elementary School how this year marks the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. 

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BEVERLY — As the city's longest-serving mayor, Bill Scanlon walked in the annual holiday parade many times. This year he'll get a ride.

DANVERS — Back in 2011, when North Face fleeces and Coach handbags were coveted commodities, a woman used the credit card information of two Massachusetts women to procure one of each, delivered to the door of her Manchester, New Hampshire apartment.

SALEM — An event promoted as the official book launch party for “Salem Serves,” the latest in more than 10 historical books by Salem author Bonnie Hurd Smith, had a somewhat different focus, as publication had been unexpectedly delayed.

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BEVERLY — In Boston, voters last Tuesday elected a City Council with a majority of women for the first time in the city’s history. The election in Beverly wasn’t quite as dramatic, but the city made a statement of its own by doubling the number of women on its city council.

HAMILTON — Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s accreditation may be in jeopardy “if current conditions continue or worsen,” according to the agency that evaluates hundreds of New England colleges.

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SALEM — In August 2004, 10 years before he was elected to Congress, Seth Moulton was a young Marine Corps infantry officer on his second tour of Iraq, fighting in the Battle of Najaf.

BOSTON — A new battle is brewing on Beacon Hill over the state’s gas tax, with advocates pushing to raise the levy to pay for upgrades to public transit and fix crumbling roads and bridges.

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PEABODY — Peter Kelleher recalled for his student interviewer how, as an Army private with the Third Army during World War II in 1944, he had kept a bridge in Saint-Nicolas in northern France from being blown up.

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DANVERS — Residents will be able to learn more about a proposed $3.4 million project to refurbish the old Hay Barn at Endicott Park into a place for weddings, events, conferences, community gatherings and recreational programs.

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Veterans Day this year falls on a Monday. Public schools; city, town, state and federal offices; public libraries, post offices, and most banks will be closed. Restaurants, convenience stores, liquor stores, retail stores will be open. Trash pickup will be delayed one day. The MBTA is operat…

SALEM — A Lawrence mother whose 14-month-old baby swallowed a fentanyl-tainted pill left on the floor admitted to a child endangerment charge Thursday in Salem Superior Court. 

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Peabody - Richard T. Burke, 89, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Richard was born on February 7, 1930 and grew up in Peabody where he lived for his entire life. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1948. His technical training occurred at the Boston School for Mechanical Dentist…