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By Jenifer B. McKim and K. Sophie Will William S. Sires, a 72-year-old convicted murderer, was walking with a cane in a maximum-security prison in Shirley when he was ambushed and killed by other inmates nearly four years ago. Sires was...

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Massachusetts Senate passes bill to combat illicit massage businesses

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at fighting human trafficking in illicit massage businesses across the state.

For WWI centennial, city Of Malden adds African Americans and women...

By Lucas Smolcic Larson For the first time in 100 years, the city of Malden will publicly honor local women and African-American World War I...

With big year-end bonuses, Rep. Capuano’s staff are highest paid in...

Rep. Michael Capuano pays his employees very well. In fact, the 10-term Somerville Democrat has the highest average staff salary of any lawmaker in the...

Ministry of Diaspora routinely neglects to consult global Albanian leaders on...

by Jackie DeFusco, Antonio Cakshiri and Denis Tahiri This story is the first in a series produced by reporter-fellows participating in an exchange program between...

Department Of Correction Rejects First ‘Compassionate Release’ Petition For Dying Inmate

The Massachusetts Department of Correction has denied the medical parole request of a 31-year-old state prison inmate diagnosed with terminal cancer, the first ruling...

Interview: A Prison Murder

Newly obtained video of the gruesome murder of a 72-year-old inmate at a state prison is raising questions about whether older, ill and disabled...

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Jailhouse Suicides

Why are twice as many inmates at county jails killing themselves, compared to state or federal prison, in Massachusetts?

Think Tanks

Think tanks are seen as independent, but their researchers often push the agendas of corporate donors in Washington.

Wayward Prosecutors

What happens to Massachusetts prosecutors who violate defendants’ rights to a fair trial? Very little, we’ve found.

Reasonable Doubts

Darrell Jones at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. (Photo: Jesse Costa for WBUR)

How a videotape gap, a frazzled defense and alleged pressure on witnesses may have tainted the murder trial of a Boston man.

Child Fatalities

With 110 deaths in five years from abuse and neglect, has Massachusetts has failed to protect its most vulnerable?

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Universities have hired administrators at a rate that vastly outpaces increases in enrollment and faculty hiring.

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