(Springfield, MA) — Western Mass may be seeing the fallout of its own state drug lab scandal. Criminal defense lawyer Luke Ryan is seeking all evidence used to prosecute former state chemist Sonja Farak. The Northampton woman faces trial next year for allegedly stealing drug evidence and tampering with samples while working at the crime lab in Amherst. Ryan says he needs the evidence about Farak to defend a Springfield man accused of being a cocaine and heroin dealer. In the Boston area, hundreds of inmates have been set free because of alleged evidence tampering by Annie Dookhan, another former state chemist.
The rates of vaccination against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical and other types of cancer remain too low, federal health officials say.
OSU has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in more than eight years last week.
It was apparently a good year for the State Lottery.