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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2007, file photo, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino points during his State of the City address in Boston. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with advanced cancer in February, shortly after leaving … 0

Mayor: Boston prepping for climate change

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — The city has made significant strides in preparing for major natural disasters, rising sea levels and other impacts to the ever-changing climate, Mayor Martin Walsh said. Speaking at the Architecture Boston Expo at the Boston Convention Center on Wednesday, Walsh pointed to ways the city has addressed a number of climate change “vulnerabilities” outlined in a 2013 report. He said a … 0

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours after he was captured in New York. Police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent … 0

Bishops support paid sick time ballot question

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BRAINTREE — Four Roman Catholic bishops in Massachusetts said Thursday that their support of a ballot question that, if approved, would require companies to provide paid sick time for employees was driven by a desire to maintain the “dignity” of every worker. The bishops, in an open letter, … 0

Massachusetts gets $132M in heating assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts is getting almost $132 million in federal assistance to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday. More than $3 billion is being made … 0

Mass. House passes bill mandating CPR training for coaches

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON — All school athletic coaches would be required to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, under legislation approved by the Massachusetts House Thursday. If CPR is administered quickly on someone experiencing a heart problem, they are far more likely to recover from that episode, according to the bill’s … 0

Connecticut governor orders hospital Ebola drills

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday ordered all hospitals in Connecticut to test their preparedness to handle potential Ebola cases by next week, so state officials can see if their procedures are up to standard. Malloy also established a command team to act as a … 0

Mass. shifting to debit cards for WIC

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Poor women in Massachusetts who rely on federal assistance to buy milk, cereal and other specified food items for themselves and their children will no longer have to worry that everyone around them in the grocery store checkout line knows they receive aid. Massachusetts this month … 0

Legislators consider law targeting new hallucinogenic

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — The mother of a 15-year-old girl who died after taking one dose of a psychedelic drug cropping up among teenagers attempted Tuesday to convince lawmakers to act quickly to make the substance illegal. Erin Valentine, of East Bridgewater, said her daughter Emily died this past June … 0

Agency OKs Entergy hot water discharge into Conn. River

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state Agency of Natural Resources has issued a hot water discharge permit to Entergy Nuclear that allows it to discharge millions of gallons of heated water into the Connecticut River. The permit, which was more than nine years in the making, comes a little … 0

Boston officials outline Ebola precautions

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — City health officials said Monday that Boston has seen three or four possible cases of Ebola since the latest outbreak began ravaging West Africa, but they stressed that the city has had no confirmed cases. Dr. … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning … 0

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is among more than a dozen legislators calling on the state Department of Public Utilities to examine the impact of its recent approval of a 37 percent rate hike for National Grid customers beginning … 0