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BOSTON — The state’s political leaders are weighing how to expand services for youth as medical experts warn of a “tsunami” of mental health issues in the wake of the pandemic.

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It was supposed to be a simple introduction at a VIP party in 2005 before the Salem State University Speaker Series.

SalemWednesdayPolice responded, at 4:13 a.m., to Peabody St., for a disturbance,

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IPSWICH — The Ipswich man behind the failed Boston Grand Prix racing event five years ago is facing at least two years in prison, after pleading guilty Thursday to numerous fraud, identity theft and money laundering charges — including some related to the CARES Act.

BOSTON — New jobless claims in Massachusetts dropped last week as the state’s pandemic-battered labor market continued to rebound.

SALEM — A suspicious package left on the steps of the Salem Family and Probate courthouse on Federal Street led to the building being evacuated Thursday afternoon.

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PEABODY — A Middleton appraiser and his lawyers pushed back this week against accusations that he left the city of Peabody high and dry during a legal dispute with a developer over the eminent domain taking of the O’Shea Mansion three years ago.

BOSTON — Tipped workers got a boost several years ago under a plan that will increase their base pay over the next several years, but labor advocates say it’s not enough for those who work in restaurants, bars and other wage-based jobs.

BOSTON — A legislative panel began deliberations Monday on a proposal to change the 2016 voter-approved law requiring larger enclosures for egg-laying chickens to reduce the size of their coops.

BOSTON — Republicans want to update the state’s voter laws to require photo IDs, arguing that it will protect the integrity of elections, but critics say the effort isn’t necessary.

SALEM — Mayoral candidate Steve Dibble has been hitting the campaign trail hard this season with a statistic on public school student retention, one that has district officials scratching their heads.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson-based company has announced plans to build a green hydrogen hub in Mississippi it says will be the largest of its kind in the U.S. and create an easier pathway for hard-to-decarbonize manufacturing industries to move away from fossil fuels.

BEVERLY — Ward 6 features one of the more interesting races in the city as current City Councilor Dominic Copeland faces a challenge from former councilor-at-large Matt St. Hilaire in the Nov. 2 election.

SWAMPSCOTT — Just over 65% of the voters who turned out for Tuesday’s special election in Swampscott gave a green light to the town to borrow $64 million for a new school that would consolidate the town’s existing three elementary schools — the newest of which is nearly 70 years old.

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LONDON (AP) — The world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels, according to a U.N.-backed study released Wednesday.

BEVERLY — The city has hired a consultant to study the health impacts of a controversial underground cable project, but National Grid might not wait for the results.

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BOSTON — Recovery high schools are helping hundreds of teens struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to get clean and sober, but advocates say more money and resources are needed to meet the growing demand.

BOSTON — Nearly 1,600 state workers could face disciplinary actions and possible termination if they can’t prove they’ve been vaccinated, as Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration moves to enforce its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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BOSTON — More than 95% of executive branch state employees submitted the necessary paperwork on time to comply with Gov. Charlie Baker's vaccine mandate, but for the more than 1,500 who did not, it remains unclear when the threatened consequences including suspension and termination will begin.

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SALEM — Mayor Kim Driscoll and her challenger Steve Dibble shared a debate stage for the first time Monday night and touched on everything from the climate crisis to launching a Witch City-themed cryptocurrency.

SALEM — A judge on Monday dismissed forgery charges against a former Salem man who was accused of forging his late father’s signature on a deed transferring a property to himself shortly after the older man’s death — charges the man’s attorney has maintained made no sense, given that the pro…

With Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for executive branch employees in effect Monday, hundreds of correction officers could be in violation of the policy following a decision by a federal court judge to deny their request to block the vaccine order.

SALEM — A 51-year-old man, who is serving a jail term for leaving the scene of a crash in a stolen car and other offenses last spring, walked away from a sheriff’s department community service crew that was painting a fire station in Salem last Thursday morning, court papers say.

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An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power plant.

A day after the deadline arrived for executive branch employees to get vaccinated under Gov. Charlie Baker’s mandate, the head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts said his members have heard nothing but silence from the administration about exemptions or consequences.

SWAMPSCOTT — Swampscott voters will have a chance to vote Tuesday — if they haven’t already during early voting — on a proposed $64 million debt exclusion tax override to fund construction of a consolidated elementary school.

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WASHIINGTON (AP) — Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained when he went before the U.N. and made faulty claims to justify the U.S. war in Iraq, has died of COVID-19 complications. He was 84.

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BOSTON — Four candidates continue to compete for the 4th Essex House seat to fill a vacancy left by former Rep. Brad Hill, despite proposed redistricting changes that would do away with the legislative district after next year.

BOSTON — Lawmakers are thumbing over reconfigured political maps to gauge what proposed changes to legislative districts will mean for the communities they represent — not to mention their own ambitions.

SALEM — The city’s ward lines are going to shift ever so slightly in 2022, as a result of U.S. Census data, but the change will correct a major political annoyance along the way.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Near the Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids at a New York candy store are fruit-shaped soft jelly candies that earned a spot on the shelves because they went viral on TikTok.

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DANVERS — One of the earliest to sound the alarm about greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, Bill McKibben’s 1989 seminal book on climate change, ‘The End of Nature,’ was a bellwether that established him as a force to be reckoned with.

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SOUTHLAKE, Texas (AP) — A Texas school district administrator told teachers that if they have books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they should also have books that offer “opposing” or “other” viewpoints on the subject.

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