The 'Codfather' of New Bedford Settles With the Federal Government.
Carlos Rafael ran one of the largest commercial fishing operations in the U.S. out of New Bedford, MA. Rafael was found guilty of false labeling to skirt federal fishing limits for certain kinds of fish. As part of the settlement, Rafael is banned from participating in the fishing industry and owes over $3 million in civil penalties. [TheHill]

MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation Facing Lawsuit Over Logging in Wendell State Forest.
Environmental activists have filed a lawsuit alleging that through its forest management and logging practices in Wendell State Forest (creating clearings to make room for new growth), the MDCR "has engaged in a pattern and practice of violating, ignoring and/or misinterpreting laws and regulations meant to protect the environment." [MassLive]

Proposed Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags Is Stripped Down.

Some of the strongest supporters of the ban say that they can no longer support the bill, after revisions made behind closed doors by the State's Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee to weaken the ban, essentially giving retailers a loophole for plastic bag use. [Boston Globe]

New Report Shows Rates of Uninsured Across Massachusetts.
While the state of Massachusetts has one of the lowest rates of uninsurance in the country at 2.8%, there are communities in the state where as many as 25.8% are uninsured. This report by Blue Cross shows the hot spots. [WBUR]

Bring the Kids to Free Watercolor Workshops in September.
The ParkARTS Watercolor Workshops are free and open to the public in September at six locations in the city. Artists age 9 and up are invited to create their own original works with the instruction and materials provided. Check out the dates and locations at the link. []

Lowell Woman Indicted for Stealing Almost $200k From Animal Hospital.
Sasha A. Saulnier, 32, has been charged for allegedly embezzling $182,000 from her employer, a veterinary hospital, by processing false returns to her debit account. She was charged with one count of wire fraud and could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. [Patch]

Young Man Hit and Killed By MBTA Commuter Rail in Belmont.
It appears to have been an accident. The man, about 21 years old, was trespassing early yesterday morning when he was hit by the train on the inbound Fitchburg line. [CBS Boston]

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