State / Region

Beacon Hill Roll Call, for week of Nov. 21

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call this week examines the voting records of local senators on Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s 88 vetoes during the 2013-2014 session. A two-thirds vote is required to override a gubernatorial veto in the 40-member Senate that includes 36 Democrats and only four Republicans. The governor needed the support of 15 senators to … 0

Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he’s able to hug his loved ones again. Will Lautzenheiser — with both arms still in partial casts and splints — said at a news conference he’s grateful to the anonymous … 0

Massachusetts town renames Christmas vacation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MARSHFIELD — Christmas vacation is out in one Massachusetts school system, replaced by “holiday break.” The Marshfield School Committee on Monday voted 3-2 to uphold a September decision to change the name of Christmas vacation to holiday break, despite protests from some residents of the coastal town south of Boston and a petition signed by about 4,000 people who wanted to keep the … 0

Gov. Patrick pushes for more urban open spaces

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — With less than seven weeks left in office, Gov. Deval Patrick has signed an executive order that he says will help develop parks and open spaces in urban neighborhoods across Massachusetts where green areas have typically been in short supply. The outgoing Democratic said the order … 0

Retired Springfield Bishop Maguire dies at age 95

Monday, November 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations following retirement that clergy sex abuse and cover-up of that abuse had happened on his watch, died Sunday evening at the age of 95. Maguire died at … 0

Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers

Monday, November 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. … 0

Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City. … 0

Work just starting for 2 political parties

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two … 0

Cops: Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at Logan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — A man stripped inside a women’s bathroom at Logan International Airport on Saturday, climbed into a dropped ceiling, crashed through it and landed on the floor, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly passerby while he was still naked and bleeding, before … 0

Massachusetts education board to discuss student restraint

Sunday, November 23, 2014

MALDEN — The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has scheduled a pair of meetings this week. At a special meeting scheduled for today, the board is expected to discuss new educator licensure policy and efforts to strengthen special education policy and practice. At the regularly scheduled … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mass. gets $1.75M for asthma programs BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has received more than $1.75 million to fund new asthma-related programs in high-risk communities with documented health disparities. Attorney General Martha Coakley said the funding is aimed at helping thousands of children and older … 0

Colleges hope to engage students on wealth gap

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts … 0

Firefighters rescue boys who fall through thin ice

Friday, November 21, 2014

DERRY, N.H. — A firefighter crawled across thin ice to rescue two 12-year-old boys who’d fallen into the frigid water while playing hockey at Hood Park. A 911 call from a man who heard the boys screaming caused firefighters en route to another call to be diverted to … 0