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Jonathon Keats poses in his "millennium camera" exhibit at the Mead Art Museum on the Amherst College campus Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. Keats, a San Francisco-based writer who describes himself as an experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a camera he plans to perch atop a church-less steeple on the Amherst College campus, hoping the device will chronicle climate change by making a 1,000-year-long photograph of the Holyoke Range in western Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Picture that’s worth 1,000 years

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a “millennium camera” that he intends to mount in a steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year exposure … 0

A case of life and death

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev was convicted … 0

State education board holding hearings on MCAS, PARCC tests

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — The state board of education is launching a series of public forums this week about which of two statewide student assessment tests Massachusetts should adopt. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to hear from members of the public about whether the state should stick with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, exam rather than adopt the new Partnership … 0

Late spring complicates perilous regional amphibian migration

Sunday, April 26, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, April 20-24

Friday, April 24, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on two roll calls from prior sessions on the debate on legislative rules for when the fiscal 2016 $38 billion budget is debated. It was vacation week for students last week so, as … 0

Free ride

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOSTON — Riders enjoyed a day of free fares on the city’s public transit system Friday as a token of appreciation following a winter of disastrous breakdowns, but many noted the goodwill gesture wouldn’t mean much unless service … 0

State and regional briefs, April 25

Friday, April 24, 2015

Holyoke man pleads not guilty in soldier’s 2009 slaying SPRINGFIELD — A Holyoke man charged with murder in the 2009 fatal shooting of an Iraq-bound Connecticut soldier and former high school football star has pleaded not guilty. The … 0

Baker calls for new ride-hailing service regs.

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOSTON — Drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft would be required to pass state criminal background checks, and companies would need to carry at least $1 million in liability insurance, under legislation filed Friday by Gov. … 0

Prosecution rests in bomber trial penalty phase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene that prosecutors hoped would linger in … 0

Govs. talk regional energy

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hartford, CONN. — The six New England governors renewed their commitment to pursuing a regional solution to the energy supply “crisis” in the region on Thursday, but key elements of a joint solution, including who might pay for … 0

Preliminary alcohol breath test machines under state review

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has decided to suspend its use of breathalyzer results in drunken driving cases, amid a state review of the handheld alcohol tests used by police. Concerns about the test have led defense attorneys and prosecutors to sift through old cases and … 0

State & Region Briefs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Baker puts in good word for ‘stealing’ Gov. Charlie Baker has given voice to his goal of selecting individuals who have some expertise in transportation to help him fix problems at the MBTA. During a radio interview last … 0

Governor Baker proposes overhaul of transit system

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is hoping to gain control of Boston’s public transit system after pounding snowstorms this winter slowed the nation’s oldest subway system to a crawl, frustrating hundreds of thousands of riders. Baker filed … 0