The ACLU of Massachusetts is calling on the Boston police to provide more information about a so-called “joint task force” between the department and federal immigration officials. A U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit filed last week in Boston’s federal court sparked questions about the existence of such a task force.

Hate Crime Reports In Massachusetts Reach 10-Year High

Dec 13, 2018
Students and faculty at Westfield State University demonstrate on campus to protest racism following the discovery of notes threatening black students. The campus has 10 hate crimes reported in 2017, which is more than some cities.
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The number of hate crimes reported to Massachusetts increased by almost 10 percent to a 10-year high in 2017, the state said. A new report also found a majority of law enforcement agencies reported they had experienced no bias-motivated incidents last year.

A state attorney general is expected to be the “people’s lawyer.” William Tong said that when he assumes Connecticut’s attorney general post in January, he’ll look for a new way to advocate for his constituents.

The elephant Minnie in October at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Over 1,200 people have signed an online petition to ban wild animal acts at the Big E.
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Gene Cassidy spends a lot of time talking about animals. As president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, his job is to promote the interests of New England farmers.

Monday was the 10-year anniversary of the court ruling which legalized same-sex marriage in Connecticut.