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Jonathon Keats poses in his "millennium camera" exhibit at the Mead Art Museum on the Amherst College campus Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. Keats, a San Francisco-based writer who describes himself as an experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a camera he plans to perch atop a church-less steeple on the Amherst College campus, hoping the device will chronicle climate change by making a 1,000-year-long photograph of the Holyoke Range in western Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Picture that’s worth 1,000 years

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a “millennium camera” that he intends to mount in a steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year exposure … 0

A case of life and death

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev was convicted … 0

State education board holding hearings on MCAS, PARCC tests

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — The state board of education is launching a series of public forums this week about which of two statewide student assessment tests Massachusetts should adopt. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to hear from members of the public about whether the state should stick with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, exam rather than adopt the new Partnership … 0

Dancer describes losing leg in bombing trial testimony

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — After the first bomb went off down the street at the Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet-Davis somehow knew there was another one coming. “I wrapped my arms around my husband and said, ‘The next one’s gonna hit, … 0

Audit: Key homeless hotel program costing communities millions

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — A key homelessness program is costing Massachusetts cities and towns more than $13 million each year in education costs and lost tax revenue. That’s the conclusion of a report released on Wednesday by state Auditor Suzanne Bump. The program provides homeless families with temporary shelter at … 0

State/Region Briefs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Report: 1 in 10 in Mass. has substance use disorder BOSTON — About 10 percent of people in Massachusetts suffer from substance use disorder, but most who meet the criteria for such a diagnosis do not receive treatment … 0

Death penalty protesters return with marathon bomber trial

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — Death penalty opponents are renewing their calls for mercy as the federal trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters the penalty phase. More than a dozen protesters held signs and banners outside the federal … 0

Judging Tsarnaev: Boston Marathon trial prosecutor paints picture of Dzhokhar as ‘unconcerned, unrepentant, unchanged’

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON — First, the jury was shown large, vibrant pictures of the four people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Then prosecutors pulled out the photo they saved for last: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger … 0

AG willing to look into Eversource CEO pay

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday called a utility company executive’s compensation an “awful lot of money,” and said she is willing to investigate to ensure consumers aren’t affected. The Boston Globe reported in March that Tom May, … 0

State and region briefs, April 22

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Six MassDOT board members agree to resign BOSTON — All six members of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board whose resignations were sought by Gov. Charlie Baker have agreed to step down, paving the way for Baker to … 0

Rosenberg wants Mass. to keep Narcan cheap

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON — Senate President Stan Rosenberg says Massachusetts should use its purchasing muscle to help ensure that a key drug used to reverse heroin overdoses remains affordable as the state attempts to curb a spike in drug-related deaths. … 0

Art heist revelation?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A reputed mobster told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two of the long-sought paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and could negotiate a sale of each for … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hearing to consider possible changes to state constitution BOSTON — A proposed amendment to the state constitution intended to further protect individual rights is the subject of a public hearing at the Massachusetts Statehouse. The change to the Massachusetts Constitution would prohibit ballot questions that seek to “restrict … 0