State / Region

9-year-old loses hand while playing with fireworks in Boston

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has lost a hand while playing with fireworks in Boston. Police say a 5-year-old boy was also injured in the accident Sunday in the Dorchester neighborhood. The 9-year-old’s family says he is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. Investigators are trying to determine where the illegal fireworks came from. The state fire marshal’s office says a man was hospitalized with serious injuries to … 0

Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CALAIS, Maine — A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen … 0

Trail effort marks 10th year

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A volunteer effort to restore and maintain hiking trails on Mount Monadnock is celebrating its 10th year. This year’s projects include constructing new stone stairs on the Pumpelly Trail; upgrading erosion control areas on the White Dot Trail; and adding footbridges and drainage on the Gilson Pond Loop and Birchtoft Trail. Volunteers are welcome to participate for one day or … 0

Designer of Vt. Yankee nuke waste containers touts their toughness

Monday, June 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The president of the company that designs and sells the giant concrete and steel casks that will store Vermont Yankee’s waste for the foreseeable future told a Vermont panel Thursday night his invention will last for 300 years. Kris Singh, president and chief executive officer … 0

Reduction seen in heroin, opiate deaths

Monday, June 29, 2015

DANVERS — There are “early indications” that deaths associated with heroin and opiate abuse are beginning to go down in Massachusetts, State Police Superintendent Tim Alben said during a press conference in Danvers to announce a major drug trafficking bust. Alben attributed the movement since December to various … 0

Americans strongly support home Olympics

Sunday, June 28, 2015

While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The support decreases when people are asked if they … 0

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOSTON — The increasing popularity of solar panels is prompting environmental groups to call for lifting what they describe as arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage renewable energy use in Massachusetts. So-called “net-metering” allows homeowners, … 0

Whitey Bulger writes teens: ‘My life was wasted’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from … 0

Rosenberg, Healy, Baker respond to Court ruling

Friday, June 26, 2015

“It’s a momentous time,” said state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, the state’s first openly gay Senate president. “In 10 years’ time, we went from the first state in the country recognizing in its constitution’s equal protection clause the allowance for same-sex marriage, to a ruling by the U.S. … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 22-26

Friday, June 26, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on roll calls from the week of June 22-26. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. NEWSPAPERS MUST PUBLISH PUBLIC NOTICES ONLINE (H 1566) House 153-0, approved and … 0

State and Regional News

Friday, June 26, 2015

Second tornado confirmed in Mass. WESTMINSTER — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a second tornado touched down in Massachusetts earlier this week when a series of violent storms worked their way across the state. A weak … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MGM asks to delay opening Springfield casino by a year BOSTON — MGM wants to delay the opening of its planned resort casino in western Massachusetts by a year because of a major highway project taking place nearby. … 0

Massachusetts State trooper meets colleague who saved him

Thursday, June 25, 2015

State trooper meets colleague who saved him as a baby FRAMINGHAM — A veteran Massachusetts State Police trooper has been reunited with the baby whose life he saved more than three decades ago and who is now a state trooper himself. Sixty-three-year-old Al Balestra on Tuesday met 32-year-old … 0