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Two companies selected for offshore wind leases

Friday, January 30, 2015

BOSTON — In a federal auction Thursday, two companies split a total of 354,409 acres off the coast of Massachusetts, which comprise the largest federal lease area for offshore wind energy. Two other plots farther southeast of Martha’s Vineyard comprising 388,569 acres did not receive bids, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which will consult with the state about next steps for those areas. RES America Developments provisionally … 0

UMass bars dorm guests during Super Bowl

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts, which has been the scene of violent celebrations following championships by Boston sports teams, is taking measures to avoid trouble during the Super Bowl by barring dorm residents from hosting off-campus guests. From noon Sunday until noon Monday, students will only be allowed in dormitories in which they live. The New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks … 0

Massachusetts House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the post in 2009. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision before the … 0

Rosenberg backs statewide games plan

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — As a private group carves out its plan for the 2024 summer Olympic Games, the leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate are of like mind that venues should be spread throughout the state, an approach … 0

Northeast’s first significant winter storm expected

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The first significant winter storm of the season is expected for the Northeast’s major cities this weekend in the form of a messy mix of rain, snow and sleet along Interstate 95, according to the National … 0

UMass falcon, campus webcam star, dies

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts is mourning the death of the Amherst campus’ most popular webcam star. A male peregrine falcon that has nested atop the 27-story W.E.B. Du Bois Library for 12 years and sired 34 chicks with the same mate has died. The webcam that … 0

Man who killed doctor blamed him for mother’s death

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON — A man who walked into a leading hospital, asked for a cardiac surgeon by name and fatally shot him outside an examination room had been upset about his mother’s death and had blamed the doctor for … 0

Boston releases Olympic bid info

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON — Sailing in Boston Harbor. Baseball at Fenway Park. Beach volleyball on Boston Common, the oldest public park in the United States. The organizers of Boston’s Olympic bid unveiled their plans for the 2024 Summer Games on … 0

Ex-chief in Uzi death case denies unrelated gun charges

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Massachusetts police chief acquitted of charges connected to the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show has pleaded not guilty to unrelated weapons charges. Former Pelham Chief Edward Fleury was freed on personal recognizance after his appearance Tuesday in Hampshire Superior … 0

Ex-Lee police chief to face 2 separate trials

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge has ruled that a former western Massachusetts police chief charged with stealing more than $100,000 from a holiday toy fund and cheating the town into paying for his family’s cellphone service will face two separate trials. The judge ruled Tuesday that evidence in … 0

6 arrested after state police find evidence of cock fighting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WORCESTER — State police say a weekend traffic stop in Worcester has uncovered evidence of illegal cock fighting. A state trooper stopped a minivan with six occupants on Interstate 290 at about 5 a.m. Sunday. The driver said they were returning to Lawrence from New York City. After … 0

Accord limits speech of city employees on Olympics

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON — City of Boston employees would be required to “promote” the Olympics bid and would be banned from any public comments that “reflect unfavorably” on the bid or the International Olympic Committee, according to an agreement signed by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The joinder agreement between Boston … 0

Mohegan Sun joins Boston casino lawsuit

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON — Mohegan Sun is suing Massachusetts gambling regulators over their decision to award the Boston-area casino license to a rival. The Connecticut-based casino company is joining a Superior Court lawsuit filed late last year by the city of Revere and a labor union representing workers at the … 0