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"Around the time Tina Turner was becoming a rhythm-and-blues icon, Linda Taylor attained notoriety as America’s original 'welfare queen,'" Eagle columnist Donald Morrison writes. "The term apparently originated in a 1974 Chicago Tribune article about Taylor’s uncanny ability to collect more benefits from a family assistance program than she was due."

If the debt ceiling deal between President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy wins Congressional approval, it will tell us a lot about what this Republican Party cares about and how it really works. And it will have proved something important about what lines Democrats can hold and which they can’t.

After a public hearing featuring calls for Massachusetts to "get our groove back" and a debate on whether boozy drinks or chicken tenders are more harmful to health, Consumer Protection Committee Co-chair Rep. Tackey Chan said his fellow representatives have not signaled a desire to clear the way for beverage promotions in some communities.

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Investigators using advanced DNA technology have identified a suspect in a series of sexual assaults in Boston that took place about 15 years ago. Law enforcement officials say 35-year-old Matthew Nilo was arrested in Weehawken, New Jersey, on Tuesday. Joseph Bonavolonta, head of the FBI’s Boston office, said four victims of sexual assault were informed of the arrest. Nilo is charged with three counts of aggravated rape and other offenses in connection with the assaults in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood in 2007 and 2008. Authorities say Nilo lived in Boston at the time. It is unclear if Nilo has an attorney.

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A lawsuit brought by a former altar boy who said he was raped as a child in the 1960s by a now-deceased Roman Catholic bishop has been settled. The sides announced the settlement Friday. Terms were not disclosed. The plaintiff identified in court papers as John Doe alleged in the suit filed in February 2021 that not only was he abused by the former Diocese of Springfield Bishop Christopher Weldon as well as two other clergy, but also that the church engaged in a yearslong coverup to protect the bishop’s reputation and legacy. The diocese’s current bishop in a statement announcing the settlement apologized.

George Gilder, author, investor, economist and co-founder of the Discovery Institute, joins Jim Brooke in conversation about his latest book, "Life After Capitalism: The Meaning of Wealth, the Future of the Economy and the Time Theory of Money," at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

In November 2022, van Rossum published a second edition of her book "The Green Amendment" which is expanded to include consideration of environmental racism, the climate crisis, the human health devastation caused by environmental degradation, and the importance of protecting future generations from pollution and environmental harm.


Thousands of milk producers across the country will be receiving surveys from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service as the agency collects information for the 2023 Milk Production reports.

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