Friday links (8/8/14)

Boston tested new facial recognition technology at a 2013 concert. Dedham police officer accused of using database access to aid kidnapping.

MBTA cops are mad about a plan that would let retired Boston cops work details.

AIDS Project Worcester trains opiate users in life-saving harm reduction strategies.

The Obama administration says the names of people who tortured must be kept secret from the public.

What does brain science say about free will? A local philosophy professor discusses.

Friday links (8/1/14)

A thoughtful take on the Market Basket protests. Some state legislators and police chiefs want police chiefs to have absolute discretion over who is allowed to own and carry guns, but such a law would likely be struck down as unconstitutional if passed.

Boston police will be handing out $250 tickets at this year's pro-marijuana legalization Freedom Rally.

How regulations could benefit businesses at the expense of consumers if they are part of a marijuana legalization bill.

Worcester has paid out $1,751,750 due to police misconduct lawsuits since 2000.

Students accused of sexual assault at Harvard don't get attorneys, the right to cross-examine witnesses, and other due process protections.

Former MBTA official accuses the agency of waste, fraud, and safety problems in a lawsuit.

State Inspector General finds ex-Westfield State University president used tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars for his own personal use and lied about it:

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.

Thursday links (7/10/14)

Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept have revealed the identities of several prominent American Muslim leaders who have been targeted by the NSA:

Read The Intercept's entire article about the NSA spying here.

Lowell man's eight arson-related murder counts tossed after he spent 31 years in prison due to prosecution's reliance on junk science and an involuntary confession.

MBTA police officer disciplined over racist Facebook post. Maybe he should have saved his comment for the Boston police union's newsletter.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that the smell of unburnt marijuana is not enough for police to justify searching a vehicle.

ABC News tells viewers that scenes of destruction in Gaza are in Israel, even describing a Palestinian family as "an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can."