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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2013 file photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou, in San Francisco. Boston is considering restrictions on ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar and lodging websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey, which allow users to book short-term stays in private residences. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

New tech businesses present challenges

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries. Boston, prompted by the arrival of the mobile app Haystack, recently banned … 0

2 trails damaged by tropical storm Irene reopen

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CAMPTON, N.H. — Two White Mountain National Forest trails nearly obliterated by Tropical Storm Irene three years ago are reopening for New Hampshire’s fall hiking season. The Dry River Trail and Isolation Trail in the Dry River Wilderness region of the forest are open again after extensive work, forest officials said. Hikers should be aware that both trails are narrower and have some … 0

Inmate death leads to firing of 3 hospital guards

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRIDGEWATER — Massachusetts officials have fired three correctional officers in connection with an inmate’s death at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009. The guards were fired Thursday after an internal investigation into the death of 23-year-old Joshua Messier, state Department of Correction officials told The Boston Globe. Messier suffered a heart attack after a half-dozen guards strapped him to a small bed at the … 0

New study on income inequality looks at Mass.

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Advocates for changing Massachusetts’ personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor’s, in a … 0

In Vt., a green energy city

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, … 0

Skin shock devices used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CANTON — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, September 15, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call has obtained the 2014 official list from the state treasurer’s office of the “per diem” travel, meals and lodging reimbursements collected by the Legislature’s 40 state senators from January … 0

Held without bail

Friday, September 12, 2014

BLACKSTONE — A woman who lived at a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found this week was arraigned Friday on charges including fetal death concealment and ordered held without bail as the search … 0

Debating over the debates

Friday, September 12, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Martha Coakley said she wants all the gubernatorial candidates who will appear on the ballot to appear in at least six debates, a challenge met with approval by the three independents while Republican Charlie Baker also favored some one-on-one matchups with Coakley. “Charlie … 0

UMass endowment grows to record high of $757 million

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts’ endowment has grown to a record high $757 million after fundraising efforts exceeded expectations during the latest fiscal year, system President Robert Caret said Wednesday. The five-campus system raised almost $117 million in gifts and pledges during the 2014 fiscal year, a … 0

Coakley to face Baker for Massachusetts governor

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are moving on to November after winning the nominations of their respective parties for governor on Tuesday. Coakley defeated state treasurer and former Democratic party chairman Steven … 0

Healey Dem pick for AG

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — Political newcomer Maura Healey, a former state assistant prosecutor seeking to become the first openly gay state attorney general in the nation, captured the Democratic nomination for the Massachusetts office on Tuesday, following a hard-fought primary … 0

US Rep. Tierney concedes defeat in Dem primary

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state’s 6th Congressional District. Tierney is the first sitting Massachusetts congressman … 0