BOSTON — Officials within the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles grappled for years without success to clear chronic backlogs in the processing of notifications sent by other states of infractions by Massachusetts drivers, according to testimony on Tuesday at an oversight hearing prompted by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. Members of the Legislature's transportation committee sought to learn why information that Volodymyr Zhukovskyy had been arrested for drunken driving in Connecticut weeks before the June 21 crash — which could have triggered a suspension of his commercial driver's license — was not acted upon by the Massachusetts agency. Registry officials acknowledge that tens of thousands of such out-of-state notices have gone unprocessed for years, instead left to pile up in boxes stored in a state office. "In the midst of all this, seven families experienced an unimaginable tragedy and they didn't deserve explanations or excuses," … [Read more...] about Massachusetts RMV knew of backlog years before deadly crash
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Peter Holley, The Washington Post Published 9:54 am PST, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Imagine a highly sophisticated body armor that is a tough as it is flexible, a shield that consists largely of water, but remains strong enough to prevent mechanical penetration. Now imagine that this armor is not only strong, but also soft and stretchy, so much so that the wearer is able to move their body parts with ease, whether they're swimming in water, walking across the ground or rushing to escape danger. That description might sound like a suit worn by a fictional hero in the DC Comics franchise, but it actually describes portions of a lobster's exoskeleton. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard believe the soft membrane covering the animal's joints and abdomen - a material that is as tough as the industrial rubber used to make car tires and garden hoses - could guide the development of a new type of flexible body armor for humans, one designed to … [Read more...] about MIT scientists are using lobsters to develop a new form of flexible body armor
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Nicole Dungca and Jenn Abelson Globe Staff December 17, 2018 Priscilla Rodas believed the worst was behind her after she reported a violent road rage case that left her with a black eye and a facial fracture.After Brookline police arrived at the scene in September, they reviewed a security video of the altercation, and sought court approval for criminal charges against David Cataldo, a retired Boston police officer, for allegedly hitting Rodas in the face and assaulting her 15-year-old son. But not long after, a call from her lawyer stunned her: Cataldo had used a little-known provision of the state’s court system to turn the tables and seek criminal charges against her and her son. Advertisement Massachusetts is one of the small number of states that allow private citizens — without the backing of police or prosecutors — to ask court … [Read more...] about Private citizens, sometimes in retaliation, file criminal charges in Massachusetts’ ‘secret’ courts
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jaclyn Reiss Globe Staff November 21, 2018 Americans were warned Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce. But that doesn’t have this local produce stand running scared.The Stillman’s Farm produce stand at the Boston Public Market was still selling romaine lettuce Wednesday, even as other shops and restaurants — both local and national chains — pulled their romaine or replaced it with other types of leafy greens.The aversion to romaine Wednesday came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped a bombshell of a warning Tuesday, urging people to stop eating romaine in all its forms after an E. coli outbreak sickened 32 people across 11 states — including in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. The CDC also said retailers should pull romaine from their shelves and restaurants should refrain from serving it until … [Read more...] about Here’s why this Massachusetts produce stand is still selling romaine despite the CDC warning
Isaac Stanley-Becker and Fred Barbash, The Washington Post Published 6:24 am PST, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 A disputatious reporter seeks access to the White House but is blocked by Secret Service. Debate ensues over the journalist's tactics and whether he presents a physical threat more menacing than the pummeling that issues from his pen, or his microphone. The government doesn't offer a clear account and is sued on First Amendment grounds. CNN's Jim Acosta isn't the original protagonist in this drama, which is roiling Washington and drawing stern warnings from the likes of Bob Woodward. While the controversy, like so many others with President Trump at their center, appears to occupy uncharted territory, it actually doesn't. A case cited in the network's complaint against Trump, as well as members of his administration and the Secret Service, points to an important precursor, which holds clues about the viability of CNN's suit, filed Tuesday. The case is Sherrill … [Read more...] about Can CNN beat the White House in court? Look to the case 40 years ago of a loner journalist named Robert Sherrill.