EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 5, 2014

Rally planned for 'women's equality'

Associated Press
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON (AP) — A rally is planned in Boston to protest recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that organizers say reduces access to reproductive health services and birth control and puts women and health care providers at risk.

The rally is scheduled for Tuesday at City Hall Plaza in Boston.

Organizers say the rally is a response to a pair of recent decisions, including one that struck down the Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone law that barred protesters from coming within 35 feet of clinic entrances. Anti-abortion protesters praised the decision, saying they’re just exercising their First Amendment rights as they try to counsel women.

The other is a decision that said Hobby Lobby Inc. and other businesses can use religious beliefs of ownership to avoid covering some or all contraceptives in employee health plans.

‘NH Rebellion’ walks for campaign finance reforms

HAMPTON, N.H. — Some 400 members of a non-partisan group pushing for campaign finance overhaul are on a 16-mile march along the seacoast to bring attention to the cause.

The “New Hampshire Rebellion” is taking a page from Doris “Granny D.” Haddock’s book. She was the New Hampshire woman who gained acclaim in 1999-2000 by walking 3,200 miles across the country to lobby for changes in the campaign finance system.

The group heard from founder and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig before leaving on the walk Saturday morning.

The group has also walked in other parts of New Hampshire.

The group wants to get every candidate for federal office on the record saying pledging to work to eliminate the influence of money on elections.

Mass. gubernatorial candidates raise cash

BOSTON — Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker has taken a fundraising lead.

As of June 30, Baker had more than $1.1 million in his campaign account after raising just under $400,000 during June.

Democrat Steven Grossman had the second most in his campaign account with nearly $932,000 according the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Grossman raised about $150,000 in June.

Fellow Democrat Martha Coakley came in third with about $490,000 left in her campaign account, having collected about $172,000 in June.

Another Democratic candidate Don Berwick appeared to get a bounce from his strong third place finish in his party’s state convention. He raised nearly $156,000 in June, bringing his total to nearly $225,000.

Baker’s Republican opponent Mark Fisher raised less than $3,000 in June, finishing with about $4,400 in his account.

Bench to be dedicated in honor of Fitchburg boy

FITCHBURG, Mass. — Family, friends and volunteers are gathering in Fitchburg to dedicate a granite bench in memory of the 5-year-old boy who was missing for months before being found dead.

The dedication of the bench in memory of Jeremiah Oliver is scheduled to start at noon Saturday in Coggshall Park.

The dedication will be followed by a ceremony to honor those who volunteered to search for Jeremiah, and raised money for his funeral and for a trust fund for his siblings.

Jeremiah was reported missing in December and his body was found in April.

His mother and her boyfriend have been charged in his disappearance, but no one has been charged with his death.

The case led to an overhaul in the state’s child welfare department.

Bomb scare closes at Harvard building

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Authorities are searching for suspects whose hoax calls triggered the evacuation of several buildings at Harvard University and a futile search for an armed man and bombs on campus.

Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick says police received four calls reporting bombs planted on campus and a man carrying an assault rifle at the Ivy League school on Saturday morning.

Harvard University’s police department says in a community advisory that it immediately ordered evacuation of buildings identified by the caller. The agency also notified colleagues at the Cambridge police and fire department, and their joint search of the locations failed to yield bombs or an armed man.

Warnick says police will work with FBI agents to identify two people who claimed responsibility on Twitter.

Additional information was not immediately available.

Man killed in N.H. motorcycle crash

RYE, N.H. — Police say a 25-year-old man from Kittery, Maine, has died in a motorcycle crash.

The accident happened Friday morning in Rye, New Hampshire. Responders arrived at the scene to find Matthew Dodge unconscious.

Bystanders performed CPR until paramedics arrived and transported him to a hospital where he died of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.