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Harvard Business School Professor and faculty chair of HBX Bharat Anand demonstrates HBX Live, an online classroom that allows real-time interaction between professors and students from around the world, at the WGBH television studios in Boston, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

Harvard launches ‘virtual classroom’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers. In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles from campus, class plays … 0

Abuse, neglect of kids in state care on rise

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Documented reports of abuse or neglect of children in foster care and other out-of-home settings increased in Massachusetts last year, as did deaths among children receiving services from state agencies, according to a report filed Tuesday by the state’s Child Advocate. The release of the 2014 data comes amid renewed scrutiny of the state’s child welfare system and calls to increase … 0

Lower cost for Narcan? Can do: AG Healey strikes deal to offset price of OD antidote for Mass. towns

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — The pharmaceutical company that makes the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, sometimes known as Narcan, will pay more than $300,000 into a new state trust fund to help make the medication more affordable to Bay State cities and towns, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday. Healey said her office reached an … 0

MBTA’s repair backlog climbs above $7 billion

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — The cost of bringing Boston’s transit system into overall sound working order has climbed again and is now estimated at more than $7.3 billion, transportation officials said Monday. The new number represents an increase of more … 0

NE governors call for strict opioid labeling

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Coalition of Northeastern Governors on Monday called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require pharmaceutical companies to use “the most restrictive labeling language” on all immediate release opioid painkillers. The FDA already requires drug manufacturers use so-called “black box” warning labels on all extended release … 0

State and Region Briefs, Sept. 1

Monday, August 31, 2015

Baker joins governors, premiers; renews hydro push ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — Gov. Charlie Baker says he hopes to make progress over the next few years bringing Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. Baker said hydropower will help meet electricity demands … 0

Appalachian Trail littered with misbehaving hikers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Name released of fatal stabbing victim SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police have released the name of a 21-year-old man who died after being stabbed on a city street Saturday night. Police said Sunday the victim was David Steven Guasp of Springfield. His death is the city’s 14th homicide this … 0

Amherst group seeks town government change

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — A new organization is aiming to create a charter commission that could propose changes in how Amherst town government works, including potentially ending representative Town Meeting as the town’s legislative body. Amherst for All is the name of the recently formed group, which is using the … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, August 28, 2015

Benedictine monk relaxing atop wind turbine spotted by drone PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air. Brother Joseph Byron was recently relaxing atop the Portsmouth Abbey … 0

2 homeless pythons given to Vermont man headed to sanctuary

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a long-time snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Iconic Northampton store to open cafe at site NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says she plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a … 0

State and Region Briefs, Aug. 27

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Health insurance rates to spike for 300,000 in Mass. merged market BOSTON — Health insurance base rates are poised to spike for about 300,000 people in Massachusetts. Division of Insurance regulators, who recently reviewed small group and individual … 0