State / Region

UMass bars dorm guests during Super Bowl

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts, which has been the scene of violent celebrations following championships by Boston sports teams, is taking measures to avoid trouble during the Super Bowl by barring dorm residents from hosting off-campus guests. From noon Sunday until noon Monday, students will only be allowed in dormitories in which they live. The New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s Super Bowl. The Amherst school … 0

Massachusetts House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the post in 2009. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision before the … 0

Dartmouth bans hard liquor, starts anti-rape program

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they are at the Ivy League school. Dartmouth has long tried to move past its hard-partying reputation, but the latest steps come amid a … 0

Boston bounces back quickly after 2-foot blizzard

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOSTON — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of … 0

Massachusetts House to debate ending term limits on speaker

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House lawmakers are being asked to consider lifting the rule that limits House speakers to four two-year terms. A copy of the proposed rules to be debated by lawmakers Thursday would eliminate an existing rule stating that “no member shall hold, for more than eight … 0

The blizzard that wasn’t, for many

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything. So small last minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches, leading forecasters to apologize, politicians … 0

No mercy for Boston

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more … 0

Massachusetts high school graduation rate improves

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MALDEN — Massachusetts education officials say the state’s high school graduation rate is up to 86.1 percent, with some of the strongest gains among minority and low-income students. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday announced that the four-year graduation rate for students who entered as … 0

Downing to chair new committee on redistricting

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, who represents many Franklin County towns, has been named Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy and chairman of the new Senate Committee on Redistricting. The … 0

Brace for a blizzard

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — A winter that has largely spared the Northeast thus far is about to arrive with gusto: A storm the National Weather Service called “potentially historic” could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern … 0

The ‘Death-qualified’ search

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BOSTON — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sens. Warren, Markey reconvene advisory panel BOSTON — U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are reconvening an advisory committee to consider applications for a federal judicial vacancy in Boston. Candidates interested in applying for the U.S. District Court nomination must submit their applications to the committee by … 0

Snowmobile sharing coming up next weekend

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any … 0