Wednesday links (7/30/14)

At two rallies in Boston, people showed their support for and protested against the governor's plan to house migrant children in Massachusetts. An MBTA transit police sergeant was put on paid leave after being arrested three times in two days.

A state trooper who is accused of killing a mother and daughter in a drunk driving crash was allowed by a judge to leave the state and travel to Maine for a family vacation, angering the family of the victims.

Cambridge business allows people to try out 3D printers and laser cutting tools.

What are the chances of there being a second Probation Department scandal trial?

A report by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU finds that journalists and lawyers are being harassed and intimidated by government surveillance efforts.

Tuesday links (7/1/14)

Former Springfield police officer who beat man unconscious asks the Supreme Judicial Court to void his assault conviction because the jury wasn't told about "police privilege." Family in court to determine how much money they are owed from brutality lawsuit against Springfield police officer.

Massachusetts veteran finally gets a doctor's appointment at the Bedford VA hospital -- two years after he died.

Cambridge is scrapping the proposed regulations that would have shut down Uber and rewriting them.

More info about the ACLU's public records lawsuit against Massachusetts SWAT teams.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that survivors of the Abu Ghraib prison may sue a military contractor who was involved in torture and abuse in US court.

Why birth control pills shouldn't require a prescription from a doctor.

Wednesday links (6/18/14)

A Nahant town administrator is under investigation for allegedly improperly funneling public contracts to favored contractors. Cambridge is considering regulations that would ban Uber and similar transportation services.

Westfield State University cited for failing to comply with the Massachusetts public records law.

When Aaron Swartz spoofed his MAC address, it proved he was a criminal. When Apple does it, it's good for everyone.

The FBI has a hilarious guide to Twitter slang (some of which is fake).

How anonymous sourcing became the rule rather than the exception in journalism.