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State / Region

Out of the ordinary

Friday, August 28, 2015

Benedictine monk relaxing atop wind turbine spotted by drone PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air. Brother Joseph Byron was recently relaxing atop the Portsmouth Abbey School’s wind turbine — as he often does — when a drone zoomed in. Video taken by the drone, owned by a … 0

2 homeless pythons given to Vermont man headed to sanctuary

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a long-time snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked up Tuesday by experts from the Massachusetts-based Rainforest Reptile Shows with help from three Vermont … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Iconic Northampton store to open cafe at site NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says she plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty … 0

Healey endorses, will canvass for Clinton

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON —Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday announced her endorsement of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination and said she plans to “be working hard this year and next” to put Clinton in the White House. … 0

Groups push Baker to change view on immigration policies

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BOSTON — Immigrant activists secured a future sit-down with Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday after holding a rally on the State House steps and a stand-in within the governor’s office lobby. Baker’s opposition to bills that would provide … 0

Coalition wants Mass. ballot question on farm animal treatment

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BOSTON — Animal advocates launched a campaign Wednesday to put before Massachusetts voters a proposal that would prohibit raising certain farm animals in small cages and crates and would effectively ban the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals kept in such tight spaces, wherever they are … 0

State/Region Briefs

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Police: Store employee made fake bomb threat to get out of work early WILLIAMSTOWN — A Vermont woman and her friend have been charged with making a fake bomb threat to the western Massachusetts supermarket where she was … 0

Lobster population is shifting northward

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic … 0

A city’s silent sanctuary

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Just blocks away from the bustling heart of this city, a community of monks offers a silent escape from it. The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an order of Episcopal brothers, has kept a guesthouse … 0

State/Region Briefs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First openly transgender White House official from Mass. A former State House staffer made history Tuesday becoming the first openly transgender woman in history to join the White House staff. The Obama administration hired Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as their … 0

Child welfare workers visited home days before death girl’s death

Monday, August 17, 2015

AUBURN — State child welfare workers visited the Massachusetts foster home of a 2-year-old girl three days before her death, but did not disclose the reason for the visit or what was found, the agency said. The 2-year-old girl and a 22-month-old girl were discovered unresponsive at an … 0

State orders refunds for winter electricity rate hikes

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — In response to a bipartisan budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, the state Department of Public Utilities recently sent letters to Eversource and National Grid ordering … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Maine man arrested after two-state chase in stolen cop car GREENLAND, N.H. — A Maine man is accused of using a stolen car to lead police on a chase in two other states. New Hampshire State Police say … 0