(Amherst, MA) - Tomorrow’s protest at UMass by a radical church group against a gay university basketball player will be met with peaceful resistance. The Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest against Derrick Gordon, a student athlete who came out last week. The Kansas church, known for its rhetoric against homosexuality and its protests of soldier funerals, plans a protest at 12:15 tomorrow. A UMass group with a Facebook page called UMass United plans to gather at the same time to counter the protest.
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.
The practice of "shark finning" is now illegal in Massachusetts.
A former JV volleyball coach at a Western Mass high school has pleaded not guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.