Ernestina to receive $2 million in state funds to be restored

Ernestina to receive $2 million in state funds to be restored

NEW BEDFORD — The Schooner Ernestina, official ship of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that is currently docked in New Bedford harbor, is getting an upgrade thanks to $2 million in state capital funds.

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Parishioners go to Pope to save St. John’s Church

Parishioners go to Pope to save St. John’s Church

NEW BEDFORD — Although the Apostolic Signatura — the Vatican’s highest court — did reject an appeal by the Friends of St. John the Baptist to have the suppression of their parish repealed, the group says they’re not done yet.… Read Full Story

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Sheriff in Texas discussing border security

Sheriff in Texas discussing border security

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is one of six sheriffs from across the country who are visiting the Rio Grande Valley this week to discuss border security with federal and state law enforcement authorities.
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Minimum wage increase will affect cities like Taunton more than others

Minimum wage increase will affect cities like Taunton more than others

When the new minimum wage increase goes into effect, areas of the state, including Taunton, may experience bigger economic impacts than others.

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Global stocks rebound after Portuguese bank scare

Global stocks rebound after Portuguese bank scare

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks rebounded Monday from jitters about a struggling Portuguese bank as investors looked ahead to a busy week of data releases in the U.S., China and Europe.

Oil fell but stayed above $100 after tumbling more

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Catholic court upholds decision to close New Bedford’s St. John the Baptist

Catholic court upholds decision to close New Bedford’s St. John the Baptist

NEW BEDFORD — The Catholic Church’s highest judicial body has rejected the final appeal of the parishioners to keep St. John the Baptist Church open.

The Apostolic Signatura’s secretary, Archbishop Frans Daneels, wrote to Bishop George Coleman in April to … Read Full Story

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Brazilian Bishop to lead F.R. Diocese

Brazilian Bishop to lead F.R. Diocese

Edgar Moreira da Cunha named to throne

FALL RIVER — The Diocese of Fall River is up for new leadership in September as Bishop George Coleman steps down and Bishop Edgar Moreira Da Cunha takes his place.

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Vatican bank’s profit takes big dip amid reform

Vatican bank’s profit takes big dip amid reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican bank on Tuesday reported a big drop in profits as Pope Francis presses reforms to make the scandal-tainted institution more transparent.

The bank, formally called Institute for Religious Works, said its net profit in

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LA police won’t heed immigration hold requests

LA police won’t heed immigration hold requests

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say they will no longer hold immigrants simply on a request from federal immigration authorities.

The Police Department said Monday it will now only honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep

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Immigration activists descend on Beacon Hill

Immigration activists descend on Beacon Hill

BOSTON — A number of individuals who lost relatives to deportation were joined last Saturday in Boston by dozens of activists  from various immigrant rights organizations and faith-based organizations for a march demanding an end to deportations and family separation.… Read Full Story

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Learning volumes about family history

Learning volumes about family history

UMD’s Portuguese American Archives receive microfilms of Azorean vital records

DARTMOUTH — Thanks to the donation of a collection of microfilmed reproductions of thousands of original birth, death and marriage records from Azores, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives is taking … Read Full Story

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Gov. Patrick celebrates immigrant entrepreneurship successes in Mass.

Gov. Patrick celebrates immigrant entrepreneurship successes in Mass.

LYNN –  Governor Deval Patrick  joined yesterday  immigrant entrepreneurs and community members from across the Commonwealth to celebrate their successes in driving the Common-wealth’s economic growth and proclaimed June 15 – July 15, 2014 as Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month.

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Madeleine McCann parents thwarted in libel case

Madeleine McCann parents thwarted in libel case

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann face an unexpected delay in their libel case against a former Portuguese detective after a Lisbon court granted him 10 days to find a new lawyer.

The McCanns

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Florida Gov. signs in-state tuition bill

Florida Gov. signs in-state tuition bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott signed the bill privately, but he planned

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Subway strikers, police clash in São Paulo, Brazil

Subway strikers, police clash in São Paulo, Brazil

SÃO PAULO (AP) —€” Brazilian police and striking subway workers clashed early Monday in a central commuter station, with union officials threatening to maintain the work stoppage through the World Cup opening match here this week.

Authorities are deeply worried

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Portuguese culture and contributions celebrated at the R.I. State House

Portuguese culture and contributions celebrated at the R.I. State House

“You are proud of your heritage and have reason to be,” says Gov. Chafee

PROVIDENCE —The Rhode Island State House and all its splendor once again bore witness to a special ceremony to celebrate the Day of Portugal and highlight … Read Full Story

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President of Portugal recognizes two locals

President of Portugal recognizes two locals

PROVIDENCE — Recently retired Vice-Consul of Portugal in Providence, Leonel Teixeira, and João Luís Pacheco, member of the Portuguese Communities’ Council, are among 30 individuals from the Portuguese diaspora who will be recognized by the President of Portugal during official … Read Full Story

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Luso-Americans recognized on Beacon Hill

Luso-Americans recognized on Beacon Hill

BOSTON — Look at the ceiling in the House Chamber at the State House and you’ll see images depicting significant moments in the history of Massachusetts. On Tuesday, the Chamber filled with those celebrating the achievements – both historical and … Read Full Story

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