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January 27, 2013

In Brief

Hundreds attend Boston anti-gun violence rally

BOSTON — Hundreds of Massachusetts residents have rallied on Beacon Hill in support of legislation to reduce gun violence, joining similar gathering elsewhere in the country sparked by the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey and state Rep. David Linsky of Natick addressed about 200 people who attended Saturday’s rally, asking participants to contact their elected representatives and press them to support gun control.

Linsky, a former Middlesex County prosecutor, is the lead sponsor of legislation to require liability insurance for gun owners, among other proposals to tighten state gun laws.

He and other supporters of the bill filed last week say it would give those injured by a weapon a legal recourse, and create financial incentives that could reduce accidents and fatalities.

Other proposals are also being introduced.

Ex-Mass. chemist faces more arraignments

BOSTON — A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab faces more arraignments in a scandal that could jeopardize thousands of drug convictions.

Annie Dookhan has already been arraigned in three counties on charges accusing her of fabricating test results and tampering with drug evidence while testing substances in criminal cases. She has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice and other charges.

She faces two more arraignments Wednesday in Plymouth Superior Court and Bristol Superior Court.

Dookhan was indicted on a total of 27 charges. Authorities shut down the lab in August.

An estimated 200 convicted defendants have been released from jail and had their cases put on hold while their legal challenges are pending.

Mass. opens tax season, online filing

BOSTON — Massachusetts has officially begun to accept state tax returns.

The Revenue Department says it has created a “one-stop” page on its website where residents can get tax information and electronically file their returns for free.

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