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Conference Looks To Aid LGBT Community

A conference Tuesday on serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people attracted dozens of human service providers at Whites of Westport.

The conference was titled "Open Minds, Open Doors," and was sponsored by The Women's Center in New Bedford

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Hanley Ramirez To Avoid DL

Outfielder Hanley Ramirez could return to the Red Sox lineup this week after an MRI on his injured left hand confirmed no structural damage.

Ramirez is batting .283 and leads Boston with 15 home runs and 38 RBIs

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Vegan Celebrity Activist Suzanne "Africa" Engo Encourages Americans To Healthy Vegan Eating In The National Fight Against Obesity At Elizabeth's Gone Raw

Popular Salad Dressing Recalled

Thousands of bottles of Wish-Bone Ranch Salad dressing are being recalled due to a little mixup. According to Pinnacle Foods Group, almost nine thousand 24-ounce Ranch bottles were accidentally filled with blue cheese dressing

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New electric cars lined up on William Street / Jim Phillips TSM
New electric cars lined up on William Street / Jim Phillips TSM

New Bedford Leases Ten Electric Cars For City Fleet

The City of New Bedford is replacing ten, 20-year old passenger vehicles with new electric cars.

The new Nissan Leafs were on display Thursday outside City Hall.

New Bedford is leasing the electric cars for three years, at a fraction of what it might cost for leasing conventional vehicles

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SJC Sets Legal Guidelines For Spanking Children

The state's highest court has for the first time set legal guidelines for when and how parents can use spanking to discipline their children.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said Thursday that spanking or other forms of mild physical punishment of a minor child are permissible if the force used is ``reasonable,'' and is ultimately for the purpose of helping a child by preventing or punishing misconduct

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First Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Mass. Opens In Salem

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts has opened nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved marijuana for medicinal use.

Alternative Therapies Group's dispensary in Salem began accepting patients by appointment only Wednesday

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Bottled Water Recalled

Although there have been no signs of contamination or reports of sickness, Canada-based company, Niagara Bottling LLC, has recalled some of their products "out of an abundance of caution."

A spring that supplies water to two of the plants had traces of E

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Measles Case Prompts Concern On Martha’s Vineyard

Massachusetts health officials said a child visiting Martha's Vineyard has the state's second case of the measles this year.

The state's public health commissioner, Dr. Monica Bharel, said a widespread outbreak is unlikely but urged everyone to confirm that they have been immunized

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Task Force: Opioid Abuse An Epidemic In Massachusetts

A task force created by Gov. Charlie Baker says drug addiction must be considered a medical disease and has outlined a series of steps to fight opioid abuse.

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Pot’s Legal But Illegal

Even though marijuana is legal in Colorado, for both medical and recreational use, the state's Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 15th, that employers can fire workers for pot use during their off-hours, even if it's being used for medical reasons

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