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Firefighters rescue boys who fall through thin ice

Friday, November 21, 2014

DERRY, N.H. — A firefighter crawled across thin ice to rescue two 12-year-old boys who’d fallen into the frigid water while playing hockey at Hood Park. A 911 call from a man who heard the boys screaming caused firefighters en route to another call to be diverted to the scene, where they found one boy clinging to the ice and the second struggling to stay afloat. A firefighter attached to … 0

Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lost N.M. kitten ends up in Maine WESTBROOK, Maine — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland … 0

Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university’s governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university’s duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to compel the Harvard Corporation, the governing body, to stop investing any of its $36.4 billion … 0

UNH Sex-assault program to expand to Massachusetts, Maine high schools

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how … 0

Newtown High School target of social media threat

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NEWTOWN, Conn. — A threat on social media has prompted authorities to bar visitors from a Newtown, Connecticut, high school near where an elementary school shooting massacre occurred two years ago. Schools Superintendent Joseph Erardi has sent an email to parents notifying them of Tuesday’s lock-in at Newtown … 0

Gay vets to march in Boston Veterans Day parade

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — A group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military veterans says it will be the first to march in Boston’s annual Veterans Day parade. OutVets says the non-partisan and non-political group expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday. Spokesman Ryan McGill said the Suffolk … 0

Faculty backing fossil fuel divestment movement in Boston

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or … 0

Feds add fishing restrictions for Atlantic cod

Monday, November 10, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine — With the Atlantic cod population at an all-time low, federal regulators Monday announced the closure of commercial and recreational cod fishing in parts of the Gulf of Maine. The temporary restrictions also include a 200-pound limit on how much a fishing vessel can catch during … 0

Northampton mulls turning off parking lot lights

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A battle is brewing in Northampton over a proposal that would require businesses to turn off the lights in their parking lots at night. Supporters of the measure being discussed at city council meetings say it would save energy and cut down on light pollution, making … 0

Gov. Patrick issues commutation and 4 pardons

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick made his first pardons on Monday as he prepares to leave office in January, and he commuted a prison sentence for a nonviolent drug offender — the first commutation by a governor in 17 years. Patrick approved the commutation request of Deanne Hamilton, … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Nov. 3 to 7

Monday, November 10, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports the percentage of times local representatives voted with their party’s leadership in 2013 and 2014. The votes of the chamber’s 29 Republicans were compared with … 0

Westminster weighs nation’s 1st tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband … 0

Vt. fights Entergy’s bid to pull plug on emergency response data system

Sunday, November 9, 2014

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration will have to wait until next month before it can make its case why Entergy Nuclear should not be allowed to severely cut back emergency planning and communication once the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor shuts down in December. In a hearing before … 0