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FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo, John Handley High School sophomore Joseph Rosenfeld, poses for a photo at the school in Winchester, Va. Rosenfeld discovered a decades-old math error that had gone unnoticed at the Museum of Science in Boston during a visit. (Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star via AP, File)

Teen catches math error in golden ratio at Boston museum

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BOSTON — A 15-year-old high school student visiting Boston’s Museum of Science has uncovered a math error in the golden ratio at a 34-year-old exhibit. Virginia resident Joseph Rosenfeld was visiting the museum on a recent family trip when he saw something that appeared wrong with the equation. Joseph noticed minus signs in the equation where there should have been … 0

Energy lobbying in Mass. charged up over last decade

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BOSTON — As Massachusetts has increased its reliance on solar, wind and other sources of renewable power over the past decade, companies specializing in alternative energy have begun flexing their political muscles on Beacon Hill. An Associated Press review of state lobbying records found that in 2005, just two dozen power companies reported spending a total of about $1.2 million trying to woo … 0

Split-colored lobster caught off Maine, 1 in 50 million find

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A rare orange-brown split-colored lobster has turned up off the coast of Maine. The Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1CjXCKL ) that the unusual lobster arrived last week at Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-Op in Scarborough. According to research by the Lobster Institute, the chance of finding a split-colored lobster is one in … 0

House, Senate expected to vote on Massachusetts budget

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House and Senate budget negotiators have reached a deal on a final version of the state spending plan for the fiscal year that began last week. The six-member conference committee has been meeting behind closed doors for several weeks to resolve differences over the $38 … 0

State/Region Briefs

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mass. man charged with threatening Obama’s life in post BOSTON — A man has been charged with posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill President Barack Obama. Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew O’Keefe, of Mansfield, was charged with … 0

9-year-old loses hand while playing with fireworks in Boston

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has lost a hand while playing with fireworks in Boston. Police say a 5-year-old boy was also injured in the accident Sunday in the Dorchester neighborhood. The 9-year-old’s family says he is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. Investigators are trying … 0

Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CALAIS, Maine — A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the … 0

Trail effort marks 10th year

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A volunteer effort to restore and maintain hiking trails on Mount Monadnock is celebrating its 10th year. This year’s projects include constructing new stone stairs on the Pumpelly Trail; upgrading erosion control areas on the White Dot Trail; and adding footbridges and drainage on the … 0

State and Regional briefs

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Chicopee man killed in crash with cop cruiser CHICOPEE — Police have identified a man killed in a head-on crash with a police cruiser this weekend that also left an officer injured. Chicopee police Officer Mike Wilk said an SUV driven by 37-year-old Richard Chapin of Chicopee crossed … 0

How Mass.’s 2 biggest casino projects shaping up

Sunday, July 5, 2015

BOSTON — The casino gambling industry is off and running with the recent opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in southeastern Massachusetts. Gambling revenues from the Plainville slots parlor are flowing daily into the state coffers, though the Massachusetts Gaming Commission cautions it’s too early to say whether … 0

Ex-drug lab chemist may have tainted thousands of cases

Friday, July 3, 2015

BOSTON — A former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab convicted of stealing drugs to feed her addictions may have tainted as many as 10,000 criminal prosecutions, not just a few dozen as first thought, according to newly released court documents. Now, defense lawyers are calling for an … 0

State and region briefs

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bomber’s friend drops appeal BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has dropped an appeal of his conviction for obstructing the investigation into the bombing. In court documents filed by his lawyer Thursday, Azamat Tazhayakov … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, July 3, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from debate on the $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 state budget. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. STREAMLINE BUSINESS REGISTRATION PROCESS (S 3 - Amendment … 0