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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 the scene, where they found one boy clinging to the ice and the second struggling to stay afloat. A firefighter attached to … 0

Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lost N.M. kitten ends up in Maine WESTBROOK, Maine — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland … 0

Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university’s governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university’s duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to compel the Harvard Corporation, the governing body, to stop investing any of its $36.4 billion … 0

Lawyer: Cosby won’t address claims

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby will not dignify “decade-old, discredited” claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first comment from the famed comedian on an increasing uproar over allegations that he assaulted several … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Safe school summit set for Tuesday HOLYOKE — Massachusetts officials will be gathering to discuss how to improve school security. The Massachusetts Teachers Association, National Education Association and Northwestern District Attorney’s Office are sponsoring the third-annual Safe School Summit for teachers, school administrators and law enforcement officers. The … 0

Construction to begin on massive solar panel field

Sunday, November 16, 2014

PETERBORUGH, N.H. — A small town in New Hampshire is undertaking a big solar panel project. The Hillsborough County town of Peterborough will break ground today on what will be the largest solar power system in the state. The 944-kilowatt installation will be built on nearly five acres … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, November 14, 2014

Camera used in space missions sold for $275,000 BOSTON — The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens taken into space more than a half-century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000. The camera was reportedly purchased … 0

Boston firefighter facing fraud charges

Friday, November 14, 2014

BOSTON — A high-ranking Boston Fire Department official has been indicted on fraud and theft charges for allegedly stealing almost $50,000 from the city to pay personal credit card expenses and buy himself a television and furniture. Edward Scigliano IV of Kingston was indicted Thursday on charges of … 0

Ex-Massachusetts probation official gets 18 months

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BOSTON — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien, who was convicted of rigging the agency’s hiring process to favor politically-connected candidates, was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison and fined $25,000. U.S. District Court Judge William … 0

UMass group to count tuna with aerial vehicles

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts oceanographer is receiving federal money to design and conduct the first autonomous aerial vehicle surveys of Atlantic bluefin tuna. Molly Lutcavage and colleagues will use the surveys to provide regional estimates of Atlantic Bluefin tuna populations. She is director of the Large … 0

Boston U student newspaper saved with $70,000

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BOSTON — An effort by Boston University’s student newspaper to raise $70,000 through a crowdsourcing campaign has succeeded thanks to an area car mogul and a television personality. Editors at The Daily Free Press said Wednesday that Ernie Boch Jr., owner of several car dealerships around Boston, donated … 0

Hearing on 1st-in-nation tobacco ban ended early

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A public meeting on a central Massachusetts town’s proposed first-in-the-nation ban on tobacco and nicotine sales has ended early because officials say the crowd was getting too unruly to continue. The three-member Westminster Board of Health, … 0

Northampton ice cream shop color codes menu

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton’s iconic Herrell’s ice cream shop is making it easier for customers with allergies to select a flavor without worrying about having an allergic reaction. The store founded in 1977 has started marking its wall-mounted menu board with colored dots to indicate which flavors contain allergens. … 0