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Closed Meeting Crash

This project will evaluate Massachusetts municipalities’ responsiveness to records requests, as well as which have kept up with reviewing and releasing the executive session minutes of their local boards, and which have not.

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The Weapons of Safety and Security in Massachusetts

Weapons are a ubiquitous tool for any police department in the United States. In Massachusetts, the choice of police weapons is delegated to the more than 340 individual police agencies within the state. What weapons have been chosen to provide safety and security to their operating areas?

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Cambridge Police release full list of professors arrested at Harvard’s DACA protest yesterday

In a protest against the removal of protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), over two dozen professors and affiliates of Harvard - as well as Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UMass Boston, and Boston College - were arrested in Harvard Square yesterday after creating a human chain across Massachusetts Avenue that blocked traffic through the busy Cambridge junction.

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Boston is a city for the dogs

MuckRock’s been requesting registered dog data from towns across the country. In honor of National Dog Day, we took a peek at the prevalence of puppies in our home town.

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Five of the best - and five of the worst - sexual assault response policies across the country

The care rape victims receive is entirely dependent on where the crime occurred. Good sexual assault response policies are comprised of a number of initiatives, including (but not limited to) specific officer training, a victim-centered approach, access to victim advocates, guidelines for submitting kits to labs, and victim notification. Based on what we’ve seen in our reporting so far, we’ve rounded up a list of the five best - and the five worst - sexual assault response policies across the country.

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Kinder Morgan paid Massachusetts State Police $115 thousand to defend controversial pipeline

In May, Massachusetts State Police was paid over $ 115 thousand for “pipeline authority” and “pipeline security” services by Kinder Morgan, Inc, recently-released records reveal.

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Lowell, Massachusetts has no data and no clear policies on sexual assault

In some cities, law enforcement officers follow clear guidelines on how to conduct victim interviews and handle evidence. But in Lowell, Massachusetts, the police department maintains no specific procedures regarding sexual assault response and no data on how many rape kits and haven’t been tested.

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