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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2007, file photo, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino points during his State of the City address in Boston. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with advanced cancer in February, shortly after leaving … 0

Mayor: Boston prepping for climate change

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — The city has made significant strides in preparing for major natural disasters, rising sea levels and other impacts to the ever-changing climate, Mayor Martin Walsh said. Speaking at the Architecture Boston Expo at the Boston Convention Center on Wednesday, Walsh pointed to ways the city has addressed a number of climate change “vulnerabilities” outlined in a 2013 report. He said a … 0

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours after he was captured in New York. Police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent … 0

Widmer advises ‘no’ on vote Question 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an 82-year-old, nonpartisan public-policy organization that doesn’t endorse candidates, has taken a position on only one of the four questions on the Nov. 4 ballot: Question 1. As part of his talk before Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members Friday, MTF President Michael Widmer … 0

3 new rail stations set for Conn.-Mass. rail line

Friday, October 24, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officials have announced the start of construction of train stations at Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program. The nearly $59 million project announced Friday is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed by the launch of the … 0

Report: Mass. roads cost motorists $8.3B annually

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — One-fifth of major Massachusetts roads and highways are deficient and the combined gridlock, safety hazards and poor road conditions add up to $8.3 billion in additional costs to motorists, according to a report released Tuesday. The costs stem from vehicle depreciation and repair costs, increased tire … 0

Coakley, Baker talk taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to … 0

4 New England states in top 10 for energy efficiency efforts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Four New England states have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for their energy efficiency efforts. Massachusetts led the way in the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, with Rhode Island and Vermont tied with Oregon in the No. … 0

For New England, fall foliage is time to rake it in

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. … 0

Pumpkin fest mayhem gives Keene hangover

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tip O’Neill tunnel to close Tuesday night BOSTON — The state Transportation Department is warning motorists about an overnight shutdown of the Tip O’Neill tunnel. Officials say the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 inside the tunnel will close at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and reopen at about 5 … 0

Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Officials with the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant said Friday it could cost up to $1.24 billion to decommission the reactor, and that they currently have about half that much in a fund dedicated to paying for that work. The figure was contained in a … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, October 17, 2014

Judge denies Tsarnaev bid to suppress evidence BOSTON — A federal judge has rejected a request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) to throw out evidence collected during a search of Tsarnaev’s apartment, … 0