Worcester an outlier in preventing opioid deaths

Although no single solution has been the magic bullet, there are signs Worcester is gaining ground. Of the 25 largest municipalities in Massachusetts, Worcester was one of five to see its opioid deaths per capita drop in 2016.

Walgreens robbery suspect captured with civilian’s aid

Law & Order features information released by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., and the police departments of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. (Sourced from municipal websites, social media and press releases.)

Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety

“The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”

Worcester’s affordable housing gap

Seventy-four percent of renters who made below $35,000 a year paid more than 30 percent of their income in rent and utilities. Only 21 percent of renters making above $35,000 had such a heavy rent burden.

Man suspected of hurling girl off bridge indicted for attempted murder

Law & Order features information released by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., and the police departments of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. (Sourced from municipal websites, social media and press releases.)

Casino magnate Wynn faces Bay State scrutiny amid sex assault allegations

The state Gaming Commission launched an investigation following a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal report on what the newspaper called “a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct” by Steve Wynn — whose firm is building a $2.4 billion Everett gaming resort — including instances of pressuring employees to perform sex acts.

Marijuana black market could yield common ground for Baker, U.S. attorney

At the state level, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and other uses, stamping out the black market trade could bolster the regulated sale of the intoxicant, the governor said recently, and by extension sharpen the focus on efforts to beat back the fentanyl-charged opioid crisis.

Mariano: President Trump is right

I do not think that every Trump policy is wrong. Sometimes it is hard to see past his deplorable personal behavior to see the value in a Trump policy. But, even though there are only a few, there are some instances where I think President Trump is right.