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Healey-led summit seeks solutions for sex trafficking

Healey-led summit seeks solutions for sex trafficking By Jessica Heslam | January 16, 2020 For three decades, Peter Qualliotine has worked to stop the sex trade and he recalled a conversation with a man who wanted to stop buying sex. “I just want to let you know I’m a good john. A lot of the girls are my friends. I would never hurt any of [...]

January 16th, 2020|

Local companies caught overscheduling and underpaying employees

Local companies caught overscheduling and underpaying employees By WCVB5 Staff | January 8, 2020 For Harry Kumm, getting his first job at age 16 wasn't a problem. The local Domino's franchise needed workers. "The interview went smooth," he said. "Got hired right on the spot." But Kumm's afterschool job turned quickly into full-time work. He said he was on the clock for 35 hours per [...]

January 6th, 2020|

Editorial: AG Healey right to crack down on vaping vipers

Editorial: AG Healey right to crack down on vaping vipers By Lowell Sun Editorial Board | December 27, 2019 Though Massachusetts became the first state in the country last month to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-liquids, it hasn’t stopped unscrupulous retailers from trying to circumvent that ban. State regulators have filed suit against eight online companies who they [...]

December 27th, 2019|

Bay State College to Pay $1.1 Million in Relief for Misleading 100’s of Former Students

Bay State College to Pay $1.1 Million in Relief for Misleading 100's of Former Students By Cape Cod Today Staff | December 27, 2019 Though Massachusetts became the first state in the country last month to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-liquids, it hasn’t stopped unscrupulous retailers from trying to circumvent that ban. State regulators have filed suit against [...]

December 27th, 2019|

Owner of Chicopee business Pilgrim Interiors cited for underpaying employees

Owner of Chicopee business Pilgrim Interiors cited for underpaying employees By Jeanette DeForge | December 17, 2019 CHICOPEE – The president of a city construction company has been cited for underpaying 59 of his carpenters a total of $369,628 over a 2½-year period. Pilgrim Interiors Inc. and its president Richard Bernard Jr. was issued three citations that total nearly $1 million in restitution and penalties, [...]

December 18th, 2019|

Mass. attorney general on ‘outrageous’ Purdue Pharma settlement offer

Mass. attorney general on ‘outrageous’ Purdue Pharma settlement offer By William Brangham | December 17, 2019 Newly released court documents reveal that the family behind Purdue Pharmaceuticals, maker of highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, withdrew over $10 billion from the company as the opioid epidemic grew worse. The developments are increasing scrutiny of the Sackler family and its liability for the deadly crisis. William Brangham reports [...]

December 17th, 2019|

AG charges Melrose couple with running a tech support scam targeting seniors

AG charges Melrose couple with running a tech support scam targeting seniors By Robert Weisman | December 10, 2019 A married couple running a tech support business from their Melrose home has been sued by the state attorney general for allegedly charging consumers to fix nonexistent computer problems, in a scheme that netted at least $2.4 million through thousands of transactions. The scam by Vtech [...]

December 10th, 2019|

How Sports Impacts The Lives Of Girls And Women Long After Their Playing Days Are Done

How Sports Impacts The Lives Of Girls And Women Long After Their Playing Days Are Done By Esteban Bustillos | December 9, 2019 The old adage that sports builds character, mental toughness, teamwork and other intangibles that will last a lifetime appears to be especially true for girls and women. Team sports offer lessons to girls that they often don't get elsewhere, experts say. And [...]

December 9th, 2019|

Sen. Elizabeth Warren fires up Boston donors: ‘We need big ideas’ to meet country’s big challenges

Sen. Elizabeth Warren fires up Boston donors: ‘We need big ideas’ to meet country’s big challenges By Benjamin Kail | December 5, 2019 Sen. Elizabeth Warren fired up a crowd of Democratic donors in Boston on Thursday night, saying the party and country needed “big ideas” to turn the page in one of the “darkest chapters in our nation’s history” under the Trump administration. Speaking [...]

December 5th, 2019|

Asbestos still kills thousands of Americans each year. Maura Healey is spearheading an effort to change that.

Asbestos still kills thousands of Americans each year. Maura Healey is spearheading an effort to change that. By Caroline Anders | December 3, 2019 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched an initiative called Healthy Buildings, Healthy Air in 2017, securing her place as a champion of asbestos reform. Three years later, her report on the state of asbestos across the commonwealth — and what’s being [...]

December 3rd, 2019|

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Healey-led summit seeks solutions for sex trafficking

Healey-led summit seeks solutions for sex trafficking By Jessica Heslam | January 16, 2020 For three decades, Peter Qualliotine has worked to stop the sex trade and he recalled a conversation with a man who wanted to stop buying sex. “I just want to let you know I’m a good john. A lot of the girls are my friends. I would never hurt any of them physically and I would never hurt them emotionally,” the man said. Then, the man paused. “Well, you know, I’m not really sure about the emotional thing because when you look in their eyes it’s like they’re not even there,” the man said. “It’s like they’re wearing a mask.” Qualliotine spoke Thursday at Attorney General Maura Healey’s [...]

January 16th, 2020|

Local companies caught overscheduling and underpaying employees

Local companies caught overscheduling and underpaying employees By WCVB5 Staff | January 8, 2020 For Harry Kumm, getting his first job at age 16 wasn't a problem. The local Domino's franchise needed workers. "The interview went smooth," he said. "Got hired right on the spot." But Kumm's afterschool job turned quickly into full-time work. He said he was on the clock for 35 hours per week, even staying past midnight on many nights. "I wasn't getting enough sleep," he said. "I just woke up to go to school." Under state law, employees who are 16 or 17 years old are prohibited from working past 10 p.m. on a school night. If they're 15 years old or younger, the clock stops at 7 [...]

January 6th, 2020|

Editorial: AG Healey right to crack down on vaping vipers

Editorial: AG Healey right to crack down on vaping vipers By Lowell Sun Editorial Board | December 27, 2019 Though Massachusetts became the first state in the country last month to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-liquids, it hasn’t stopped unscrupulous retailers from trying to circumvent that ban. State regulators have filed suit against eight online companies who they claim have continued to sell vape juice to Bay State residents, including minors. The complaint filed by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office in Suffolk County Superior Court accuses out-of-state retailers of using the internet to skirt the new state law, passed in large part to shield minors from these potentially addictive, harmful products. The attorney general is [...]

December 27th, 2019|

Bay State College to Pay $1.1 Million in Relief for Misleading 100’s of Former Students

Bay State College to Pay $1.1 Million in Relief for Misleading 100's of Former Students By Cape Cod Today Staff | December 27, 2019 Though Massachusetts became the first state in the country last month to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-liquids, it hasn’t stopped unscrupulous retailers from trying to circumvent that ban. State regulators have filed suit against eight online companies who they claim have continued to sell vape juice to Bay State residents, including minors. The complaint filed by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office in Suffolk County Superior Court accuses out-of-state retailers of using the internet to skirt the new state law, passed in large part to shield minors from these potentially addictive, harmful [...]

December 27th, 2019|

Owner of Chicopee business Pilgrim Interiors cited for underpaying employees

Owner of Chicopee business Pilgrim Interiors cited for underpaying employees By Jeanette DeForge | December 17, 2019 CHICOPEE – The president of a city construction company has been cited for underpaying 59 of his carpenters a total of $369,628 over a 2½-year period. Pilgrim Interiors Inc. and its president Richard Bernard Jr. was issued three citations that total nearly $1 million in restitution and penalties, Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Tuesday. The company, located on 16 Ames Ave., subcontracts interior commercial jobs for metal framing, drywall, drywall finishing and plaster installation. As part of the work, it also installs insulation and whatever the customer orders. The Attorney General’s Office began looking into information about a possible nonpayment of prevailing wage while [...]

December 18th, 2019|

Mass. attorney general on ‘outrageous’ Purdue Pharma settlement offer

Mass. attorney general on ‘outrageous’ Purdue Pharma settlement offer By William Brangham | December 17, 2019 Newly released court documents reveal that the family behind Purdue Pharmaceuticals, maker of highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, withdrew over $10 billion from the company as the opioid epidemic grew worse. The developments are increasing scrutiny of the Sackler family and its liability for the deadly crisis. William Brangham reports and talks to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Read the Full Transcript: Judy Woodruff: Newly released court documents reveal that the family behind Purdue Pharmaceuticals, maker of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, withdrew over $10 billion from the company as the opioid epidemic got worse and worse. As William Brangham reports, this will only increase the scrutiny [...]

December 17th, 2019|

AG charges Melrose couple with running a tech support scam targeting seniors

AG charges Melrose couple with running a tech support scam targeting seniors By Robert Weisman | December 10, 2019 A married couple running a tech support business from their Melrose home has been sued by the state attorney general for allegedly charging consumers to fix nonexistent computer problems, in a scheme that netted at least $2.4 million through thousands of transactions. The scam by Vtech Software Solutions Inc., a company run by Shalu and Vishal Chawla, targeted senior citizens in Massachusetts and across the country by sending deceptive pop-up ads to their computers warning them of viruses or other problems, and then charging them for repairs, according to a civil lawsuit filed by Attorney General Maura Healey. “This couple preyed upon residents [...]

December 10th, 2019|

How Sports Impacts The Lives Of Girls And Women Long After Their Playing Days Are Done

How Sports Impacts The Lives Of Girls And Women Long After Their Playing Days Are Done By Esteban Bustillos | December 9, 2019 The old adage that sports builds character, mental toughness, teamwork and other intangibles that will last a lifetime appears to be especially true for girls and women. Team sports offer lessons to girls that they often don't get elsewhere, experts say. And research shows experience in sports is a common trait among top female business leaders. "Sports, and particularly team sports, tend to give women and girls things that they otherwise have a hard time getting, like resilience, grit, knowledge of teamwork, knowledge of leadership. All of these things are crucial and they all are learned probably better on [...]

December 9th, 2019|

Sen. Elizabeth Warren fires up Boston donors: ‘We need big ideas’ to meet country’s big challenges

Sen. Elizabeth Warren fires up Boston donors: ‘We need big ideas’ to meet country’s big challenges By Benjamin Kail | December 5, 2019 Sen. Elizabeth Warren fired up a crowd of Democratic donors in Boston on Thursday night, saying the party and country needed “big ideas” to turn the page in one of the “darkest chapters in our nation’s history” under the Trump administration. Speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s I Will Vote fundraising gala at the Westin Waterfront hotel in the Seaport District, the Massachusetts senator painted herself as a fighter who could defeat President Donald Trump while boosting Democrats in state and federal races across the country. “There’s just one way to meet the challenges in this moment in history: [...]

December 5th, 2019|

Asbestos still kills thousands of Americans each year. Maura Healey is spearheading an effort to change that.

Asbestos still kills thousands of Americans each year. Maura Healey is spearheading an effort to change that. By Caroline Anders | December 3, 2019 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched an initiative called Healthy Buildings, Healthy Air in 2017, securing her place as a champion of asbestos reform. Three years later, her report on the state of asbestos across the commonwealth — and what’s being done about it — is live. What to know about asbestos Asbestos is a mineral fiber commonly used in building materials that has been a known carcinogen since the 1970s. Use of the substance has been legally limited over the past half century, but it can still be found in many older buildings and is still being [...]

December 3rd, 2019|