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New study on income inequality looks at Mass.

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Advocates for changing Massachusetts’ personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor’s, in a study released Monday, found that the improving fortunes of the nation’s top earners corresponds with a decades-long slowdown in tax revenue growth … 0

In Vt., a green energy city

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt … 0

Skin shock devices used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CANTON — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviors associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities, and … 0

Out of the Ordinary

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Maine lobstermen catch 2 albino lobsters in week OWLS HEAD, Maine — It’s no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. The Portland Press Herald reports Bret Philbrick caught … 0

Soldier from Massachusetts killed in Afghanistan

Friday, September 5, 2014

Soldier from Massachusetts killed in Afghanistan NORTHBOROUGH — An Army paratrooper from central Massachusetts was killed this week in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Friday. Spc. Brian Arsenault, 28, died Thursday in Ghazni of injuries he sustained when his … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Sept. 5

Friday, September 5, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local representatives roll call attendance records for the 2014 session through September 5. The House has held 226 roll call votes. Beacon Hill Roll Call … 0

Plenty of light! Feds are selling off lighthouses

Thursday, September 4, 2014

YORK, Maine — Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free. Technological advances and a desire to purge unneeded properties have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over … 0

Shark attack petrifies Massachusetts kayakers

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PLYMOUTH — A pleasant trip by two Massachusetts kayakers to check out some cute seals turned terrifying as the pair encountered a great white shark. Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who describe themselves as experienced kayakers, say they … 0

Gov’s Council confirms judicial nominees, including one from Franklin County

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — The Governor’s Council upped Gov. Deval Patrick’s batting average for judicial nominees Wednesday, approving four judicial candidates. The council unanimously approved Thomas Drechsler, a criminal and civil rights attorney, for a seat on the Superior Court. Drechsler will fill a seat vacated by the retirement of … 0

Where candidates for governor stand on education

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Education is always a critical issue in campaigns for governor in a state that prides itself on a knowledge-based economy. This year is no different. Each of the five Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have … 0

Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the … 0

Health care spending in Mass. on the rise

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — A new report Tuesday offered a mixed diagnosis on health care costs in Massachusetts, finding that while total spending continued to grow faster than inflation, the increase stayed well within parameters set by the state. The Center for Health Information and Analysis, created by a 2012 … 0

Seeing their hand: Gov. candidates on casinos

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The future of casino gambling in Massachusetts has become a major topic of debate among the three Democrats and two Republicans seeking the gubernatorial nominations of their parties in the Sept. 9 primaries. A 2011 law … 0