• Court delay puts Boston police promotions on hold

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    BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of Boston police officers hoping to take promotion exams are putting their careers on hold while they await a ruling in a federal court case.

    The department is holding off on promotions until a judge rules on the fairness of a promotion test.

    Several minority officers sued the department alleging that the test discriminates against them.

    The department has been waiting for a ruling on the case for two years. Twice a city attorney has written the federal judge asking him to rule, to no avail. Even Commissioner Ed Davis has urged a ruling.

    A clerk for the judge says they cannot comment on pending cases.

    A vice president of the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation tells The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/15eRJJR ) the wait is affecting morale.

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    Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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