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Beacon Hill Roll Call, for week of Nov. 21

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call this week examines the voting records of local senators on Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s 88 vetoes during the 2013-2014 session. A two-thirds vote is required to override a gubernatorial veto in the 40-member Senate that includes 36 Democrats and only four Republicans. The governor needed the support of 15 senators to … 0

Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he’s able to hug his loved ones again. Will Lautzenheiser — with both arms still in partial casts and splints — said at a news conference he’s grateful to the anonymous … 0

Massachusetts town renames Christmas vacation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MARSHFIELD — Christmas vacation is out in one Massachusetts school system, replaced by “holiday break.” The Marshfield School Committee on Monday voted 3-2 to uphold a September decision to change the name of Christmas vacation to holiday break, despite protests from some residents of the coastal town south of Boston and a petition signed by about 4,000 people who wanted to keep the … 0

Fewer immigrants living illegally in Massachusetts

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON — A new study says Massachusetts is among 14 states seeing declines in the number of immigrants living illegally. The Pew Research Center examined trends nationwide from 2009 to 2012. It says Massachusetts and New York were the only Northeast states where the numbers of immigrants living … 0

States working to fix hobbled health care websites

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. The Massachusetts website, designed … 0

Lawyer: Cosby won’t address claims

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby will not dignify “decade-old, discredited” claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first comment from the famed comedian on an increasing uproar over allegations that he assaulted several … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Safe school summit set for Tuesday HOLYOKE — Massachusetts officials will be gathering to discuss how to improve school security. The Massachusetts Teachers Association, National Education Association and Northwestern District Attorney’s Office are sponsoring the third-annual Safe School Summit for teachers, school administrators and law enforcement officers. The … 0

Construction to begin on massive solar panel field

Sunday, November 16, 2014

PETERBORUGH, N.H. — A small town in New Hampshire is undertaking a big solar panel project. The Hillsborough County town of Peterborough will break ground today on what will be the largest solar power system in the state. The 944-kilowatt installation will be built on nearly five acres … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, November 14, 2014

Camera used in space missions sold for $275,000 BOSTON — The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens taken into space more than a half-century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000. The camera was reportedly purchased … 0

Boston firefighter facing fraud charges

Friday, November 14, 2014

BOSTON — A high-ranking Boston Fire Department official has been indicted on fraud and theft charges for allegedly stealing almost $50,000 from the city to pay personal credit card expenses and buy himself a television and furniture. Edward Scigliano IV of Kingston was indicted Thursday on charges of … 0

Ex-Massachusetts probation official gets 18 months

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BOSTON — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien, who was convicted of rigging the agency’s hiring process to favor politically-connected candidates, was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison and fined $25,000. U.S. District Court Judge William … 0

UMass group to count tuna with aerial vehicles

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts oceanographer is receiving federal money to design and conduct the first autonomous aerial vehicle surveys of Atlantic bluefin tuna. Molly Lutcavage and colleagues will use the surveys to provide regional estimates of Atlantic Bluefin tuna populations. She is director of the Large … 0

Boston U student newspaper saved with $70,000

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BOSTON — An effort by Boston University’s student newspaper to raise $70,000 through a crowdsourcing campaign has succeeded thanks to an area car mogul and a television personality. Editors at The Daily Free Press said Wednesday that Ernie Boch Jr., owner of several car dealerships around Boston, donated … 0