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In this Thursday, March 26, 2015 photo, Homer Shannon poses at his home in Windham, N.H. The retired high-tech salesman is part of a 10-family group of neighbors opposed to a planned natural gas pipeline the would run right by his property behind him. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Pipeline proposals pushback

Sunday, March 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where? Proposals to build or expand natural … 0

Kennedy Institute dedication set for today

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life. “He never envisioned … 0

Ag commissioner tells CISA crowd administration ready to dig in

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Pioneer Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his first official swing through the region as agricultural chief, Lebeaux spent Friday night with about … 0

Pittsfield man gets 2½ years in jail for home invasion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield man involved in a violent home invasion almost two years ago has been sentenced to 2½ years in jail, even after prosecutors sought a 20-year sentence. Malik Grandson was also sentenced Monday in Berkshire Superior Court to five year of probation by a judge … 0

Olympic bid group seeks to bolster public support

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — Organizers of Boston’s effort to host the 2024 Olympics said Monday they would not submit a final bid to for the games unless a majority of Massachusetts residents were supportive. Boston 2024 ran a full-page ad in The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald on Monday, … 0

Mass. to hire Olympic consultant

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders are turning to outside experts for advice on Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced Monday they are formally seeking a consultant to analyze the potential costs and … 0

Bill Cosby accusers fight motion to dismiss defamation suit

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — Three women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago say in a court filing that he doesn’t have a right to lie and hide behind the statements of his representatives to have their defamation … 0

Meeting of the mayoral minds

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — The nation’s mayors are calling on Congress to increase transportation funding in order to keep roads and bridges in good repair. The call came Monday during a task force meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors … 0

More evaluation needed for man in Boston bridge beacon theft

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — A homeless man charged with stealing an aircraft warning beacon from atop Boston’s distinctive Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge has been ordered to undergo further mental health evaluation. Clifford Beckford Jr. appeared Monday in Boston Municipal Court for a bail hearing. He has been … 0

Defense’s goal in Boston bombing trial: Save Tsarnaev’s life

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — The capital murder trial in the Boston Marathon bombing is moving so quickly that a verdict against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could come as soon as the next two weeks. Given his attorney’s surprising admission during opening statements that the 21-year-old Russian immigrant detonated one of the two … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sen. Warren acts as matchmaker BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting an event aimed at linking up Massachusetts business owners with federal agencies looking to purchases goods and services. The Massachusetts Democrat said the event provides a forum for top federal contractors and government agencies to … 0

‘Super Bowl’ mayors join day of service

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a day of service in Boston with AmeriCorps members. Walsh’s office says the event on Saturday was part of a Super Bowl tradition held in the winning team’s home city. Murray and Walsh worked at … 0

Mountain hiker stranded after sliding down ledge into trees

Friday, March 20, 2015

TAMWORTH, N.H. — A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice. Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to … 0