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Somerville News

Local news for Somerville, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

In the past two months, Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Group Corp. has poured millions of dollars into Massachusetts companies working on cybersecurity, high-tech walking robots, and autonomous vacuum cleaners.

And the coffee culture around the Square is a delicate eco-system and balance whereby some folks define their allegiances and their social status to the outlet where they buy coffee. Nearly everyone knows that there are Dunkin' Donuts people and there are Zume's people, and there are the Whole Foods shoppers who indulge in coffee as an aside.

The FBI is seeking information on the identity of the "One Minute Bandit," who allegedly committed 10 bank robberies in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville since December. "We're seeking the public's help in identifying this serial bank robber because at this point in time we have exhausted all of our investigative leads, and we want to put an end to his alleged crime spree before somebody gets hurt," FBI Violent Crimes Task Force supervisor Special Agent Christian Fierabend said in a statement.

Cambridge News

Local news for Cambridge, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

More Chinese mainland universities than ever before have been ranked among the world's top 500 universities in terms of research capabilities this year. The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities released on Tuesday includes 45 mainland universities, up from 18 in 2009, when not one made the top 200.

A Wareham man was arrested Saturday afternoon on his fifth charge of operating under the influence of alcohol, police said. James Hawkins, 57, was arrested for operating under the influence - 5th offense - after he was seen driving a vehicle erratically, according to a news release from Police Chief Kevin D. Walsh.

About 30 percent of Harvard's 6,500 undergraduates belong to one of six all-male final clubs, five all-female final clubs, and nine single-sex fraternities and sororities. The clubs have enjoyed resurgent popularity on the Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus in recent years.

Boston News

Local news for Boston, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

The Boston Free Speech Coalition evolved quietly online and out of the view of authorities in recent months, shaped in part by outrage over violent protests at political rallies and riots on a California campus, a spokesman for the group said Tuesday. John Medlar, the 23-year-old spokesman, said he and other young men began communicating on the Internet to express alarm over what they viewed as support for protesters who set fires, damaged property, and started fights following the University of California Berkeley's decision to invite controversial conservative figures to speak.

The Boston Free Speech Coalition evolved quietly online and out of the view of authorities in recent months, shaped in part by outrage over violent protests at political rallies and riots on a California campus, a spokesman for the group said Tuesday. John Medlar, the 23-year-old spokesman, said he and other young men began communicating on the Internet to express alarm over what they viewed as support for protesters who set fires, damaged property, and started fights following the University of California Berkeley's decision to invite controversial conservative figures to speak.

A man who once worked at Logan International Airport has pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in federal court in Boston, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Francisco Torres, 37, of Mattapan was arrested Feb. 16 in the South End after officers saw him exchanging 850 grams of cocaine for a paper bag containing more than $33,000 in cash, the statement said.

Watertown News

Local news for Watertown, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

A five-car crash on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton sent four people to the hospital Wednesday evening, State Police said. The crash occurred near Exit 17 around 6:45 p.m. It was not immediately clear Wednesday night what had caused the crash, said State Police Trooper Paul Sullivan.

Merrifield cottage has been on the site since about 1880. The newly built main cottage includes a screened porch.

Fastachi , which runs shops selling roasted and chocolate-covered nuts in Boston and Watertown, will be launching a store in Wellesley's Church Square this fall. The opening should satisfy those in town begging for a break from storefront fillers - such as banks and real estate offices - that don't smell quite as good.

Brookline News

Local news for Brookline, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday morning announced his picks for the Cannabis Advisory Board, the 25-member panel that will examine marijuana regulation, finalizing the first piece of pot bureaucracy. The governor's five picks are: Walpole Chief of Police John Carmichael, Jr.; co-founder of the Hempest in Harvard Square and Yes on 4 campaign outreach director Kim Napoli; business management consultant Mary Ann Pesce; co-director of urban food production and sustainability initiative Mill City Grows Lydia Sisson; and CEO of the Urban League of Springfield Inc. Henry Thomas, III.  Under the rewritten marijuana bill Baker signed into law last Friday, he was to make his picks by Aug. 1. But until Sept.

"I want to be able to concentrate on my health so my wife has someone to take walks with during our golden years," he says. "I want to put my family and my health first."

The panel that will study and make recommendations on regulating marijuana in Massachusetts - the first piece of a growing regulatory structure - is on track to be finalized by the end of the week when the governor names the final five members. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Attorney General Maura Healey both made their required five appointments to the Cannabis Advisory Board by the end of Tuesday, the deadline set by the law Gov. Charlie Baker signed on Friday.