BOSTON (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans in a public rejection of white nationalism upstaged a small group that planned a "free speech rally" in Boston a week after a violent clash in Virginia. Counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common, where conservatives had planned to deliver a series of speeches but left early. Police say about 40,000 people attended the Boston rallies, the largest of about a half dozen around the country.
BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Maura Healey says she's opposed to creating a new five-year national offshore oil and gas leasing program. Healey said the plan would open up all currently restricted offshore areas to drilling _ including Atlantic waters off the Massachusetts coast. The Democrat says opening the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas leasing could end up threatening the Massachusetts economy and the state's coastal environment.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts' booming economy is bringing with it soaring housing costs for those looking to rent an apartment or buy a home in the state, particularly in the greater Boston area. That upward pressure is one reason Beacon Hill leaders are looking for ways to create and preserve affordable housing. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker this week announced $72 million in credits and subsidies for 25 projects in the state.
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Thousands of people from around the world are in Lowell this weekend for the 21st annual Southeast Asian Water Festival. The free event is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the cultural heritages of Southeast Asian Americans of Lowell and the surrounding area. Lowell has one of the largest populations of Southeast Asians in the United States.
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