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In this Oct. 29, 2009 photo, electric power lines cover the landscape in Levis, Quebec. Critics of proposals to import relatively clean hydropower from Quebec into the Northeastern United States worry that transmission lines will despoil the natural beauty of places like New Hampshire’s White Mountains with power lines. Others fear over-reliance on it will stymie efforts to trim consumption and develop renewable energy sources closer to home.  (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Canadian hydro: power answer?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec’s rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation’s highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. In review or under construction are five large-scale hydropower proposals that could pump thousands … 0

Warrant for Pittsfield teen in slaying of another youth

Sunday, August 2, 2015

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield authorities have issued an arrest warrant in the killing of one teenager and the wounding of another on Friday. Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless says 18-year-old Thomas Lee Newman Jr. of Pittsfield is wanted on murder and assault charges. He said Newman is charged with fatally shooting 18-year-old Keenan Pellot Jr. of Pittsfield on Tyler Street. A 17-year-old Pittsfield boy … 0

State and Local News Briefs

Friday, July 31, 2015

Police: Lesbian couple attacked at Six Flags in Mass. AGAWAM — Police say two western Massachusetts women attacked a lesbian couple from Rhode Island whom they saw kissing at Six Flags New England. The Republican of Springfield reports that 29-year-old Damarielys Mukhtar and 27-year-old Nikia Butt were charged with assault and a civil … 0

Boston out: US Olympic Committee to look elsewhere

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started. The decision throws … 0

Western Mass. reactions to Boston Olympic bid drop

Monday, July 27, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday to learn that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, … 0

Hometown wake for Springfield marine killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas … 0

First offshore wind farm in US under construction in Rhode Island

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of the … 0

State and Region Briefs, July 28

Monday, July 27, 2015

Springfield man dies saving sister from drowning WESTFIELD — Officials say an 18-year-old Springfield man was trying to save his 14-year-old sister from drowning when he lost his own life. Police received a call around 6:15 p.m. Friday … 0

Saying farewell to slain Marine

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD. — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a … 0

Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BOSTON — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him … 0

Taxi crashes into pizza shop

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. Sunday. … 0

USOC asks Baker for stance on Boston 2024

Friday, July 24, 2015

BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know where the governor of Massachusetts stands on the Boston Olympics. His answer: Still crunching the numbers. Gov. Charlie Baker refused to take a position on the city’s troubled bid … 0

Boston Olympics organizers release original, unredacted bid

Friday, July 24, 2015

BOSTON — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Friday released the full, unredacted version of the bid that won over the U.S. Olympic Committee, after city officials earlier this week clamored for their disclosure. The documents reveal that organizers initially projected the games costing … 0