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88 percent pass MCAS, but achievement gaps remain

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Nearly nine in 10 high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, state education officials said Friday, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state’s largest cities were in danger of failing. Passing the 10th-grade MCAS, short for Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, has been a graduation requirement for high school students for the past 11 years. According to statewide scores … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maine-built clipper that sank in 1863 found PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine-built clipper ship that sank in 1863 while transporting cargo from Boston to the West Coast has been discovered on the ocean floor off California. Researchers found the Noonday with the help of a remote-controlled submarine equipped with sonar and video that allowed them to see underwater video footage in real time. … 0

Sens. Warren, Markey vote against training Syrian rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — President Barack Obama’s proposal to prepare Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants found little support among the members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey on Thursday broke with the president and opposed the request to train and arm the rebels for a war against Islamic state militants. The Senate approved the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Sept. 5

Friday, September 5, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local representatives roll call attendance records for the 2014 session through September 5. The House has held 226 roll call votes. Beacon Hill Roll Call … 0

Plenty of light! Feds are selling off lighthouses

Thursday, September 4, 2014

YORK, Maine — Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free. Technological advances and a desire to purge unneeded properties have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over … 0

Shark attack petrifies Massachusetts kayakers

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PLYMOUTH — A pleasant trip by two Massachusetts kayakers to check out some cute seals turned terrifying as the pair encountered a great white shark. Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who describe themselves as experienced kayakers, say they … 0

Gov’s Council confirms judicial nominees, including one from Franklin County

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — The Governor’s Council upped Gov. Deval Patrick’s batting average for judicial nominees Wednesday, approving four judicial candidates. The council unanimously approved Thomas Drechsler, a criminal and civil rights attorney, for a seat on the Superior Court. Drechsler will fill a seat vacated by the retirement of … 0

Where candidates for governor stand on education

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Education is always a critical issue in campaigns for governor in a state that prides itself on a knowledge-based economy. This year is no different. Each of the five Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have … 0

Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the … 0

Health care spending in Mass. on the rise

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — A new report Tuesday offered a mixed diagnosis on health care costs in Massachusetts, finding that while total spending continued to grow faster than inflation, the increase stayed well within parameters set by the state. The Center for Health Information and Analysis, created by a 2012 … 0

Seeing their hand: Gov. candidates on casinos

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The future of casino gambling in Massachusetts has become a major topic of debate among the three Democrats and two Republicans seeking the gubernatorial nominations of their parties in the Sept. 9 primaries. A 2011 law … 0

What’s the prescription, governor?

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Improving the well-being of the state’s health care system could be a difficult prescription to fill for the next governor, given Massachusetts’ rocky effort to merge its 2006 health care law and President Barack Obama’s 2010 … 0

Mass. duo at center of harassment-free speech debate

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Bernadette Lyons came home one day and found 10 strangers milling around her driveway looking for free golf carts. The next day, her husband, Jim, began getting phone calls late at night from people inquiring about a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The couple also received an anonymous … 0