AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual "Blarney Blowout." Officials said early today there were 73 arrests, and four officers were injured in the clashes that included some students throwing beer bottles, cans and snowballs.
HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - A prosecutor says a Hingham police officer shot a man who pointed what looked like a real handgun at him, but the weapon turned out to be a pellet gun. The prosecutor says state police are investigating the shooting that occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. today. The man shot was 33-year-old Brian Middendorf of Hingham. He was in critical condition with thigh and arm wounds, but expected to survive.
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) - Police are investigating whether a Brookline officer was justified in shooting a man who authorities say charged at the officer and another cop with a knife. Authorities say the officer shot the 27-year-old man Friday night. The man was being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is expected to survive.
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) - Transit police say they've increased patrols at the MBTA Quincy Adams Station in Quincy after two women reported being stalked by a man in the parking garage. The women told police that a man followed them in the garage in separate incidents Thursday night. Neither woman was harmed.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are among 28 lawmakers preparing to hold the Senate floor all night tomorrow and into Tuesday to urge action on climate change. Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says "it's time for Congress to wake up and get serious" about addressing climate change.
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