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It this courtroom sketch, U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, left, is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right rear, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev, depicted seated second from right between defense attorneys Judy Clarke, third from right, and Miriam Conrad, right, is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

‘It WAS him’: Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev’s own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime. … 0

Lawyer: Tsarnaev widow not ID’d as witness in trial

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The sister-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been identified as a witness for prosecutors or the defense in his trial, and she has not been told she’s the subject of any investigation, her lawyer said Wednesday. “She has not been identified as a witness to us,” attorney … 0

Baker unveils $38B budget plan

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker took the wraps off his first state budget on Wednesday, a $38 billion plan that calls for a 3 percent increase in overall spending but includes no new taxes. The budget being submitted to the Democratic-controlled Legislature seeks to close what the Republican administration said was a $1.8 … 0

Governors looking to collaborate on energy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are joining together to look for ways to increase the region’s reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the effort is part of a push to reduce energy costs, … 0

Think tank files suit over Mass. campaign finance law

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOSTON — A conservative think tank on Tuesday sued the state over a rule that allows unions and certain other groups to make campaign donations of up to $15,000 while barring businesses from making any direct political donations to candidates. The Arizona-based Goldwater Institute said the lawsuit targets … 0

Former employee of Springfield College sentenced for child porn

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield College information technology worker has been sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges that included allegations he encouraged a California woman to send him nude pictures of her daughter. Thirty-nine-year-old David Linnehan of Granby also was accused of … 0

FairPoint workers fear contractors caused mess during strike

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — FairPoint’s unionized workers fear they’ll find a mess when they return Wednesday from a four-month strike in which replacement workers handled call center duties and maintained the telecommunications network in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on roll calls from prior sessions on the debate on House operating rules for 2015-2016. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. LEGISLATORS’ TESTIMONY (H 2015) House 34-120, voted strictly along party … 0

Fewer federal dollars adding to state’s transportation woes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — In the years since Massachusetts received about $7 billion from the federal government for Boston’s massive underground highway project known as the Big Dig, the state — like most others — has seen U.S. funding for … 0

Natick museum lets ‘Imitation Game’ fans encrypt their own codes

Friday, February 20, 2015

NATICK — A little-known war museum outside Boston is drawing back the curtain on a key secret of “The Imitation Game,” giving visitors a rare chance to use the complex Nazi Enigma coding machines at the center of … 0

Vt. pushing back against Entergy’s moves toward emergency planning reduction

Monday, February 23, 2015

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration is continuing its fight to keep Entergy Nuclear from further reducing emergency planning at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant until all the spent nuclear fuel is transferred to permanent storage. Vermont’s Department of … 0

Ice dams causing headaches in snowbound New England

Friday, February 20, 2015

BOSTON — A quick succession of heavy storms have piled several feet of snow on roofs throughout New England, leading to ice dams that are threatening to damage the interiors of homes and buildings. State leaders have been … 0

Taunton’s last silversmith declares bankruptcy

Friday, February 20, 2015

TAUNTON — There will soon be no more silversmiths in the Silver City. Reed & Barton, the last and oldest silversmith company in Taunton will cease operations in the city later this year. Chief Executive Officer Tim Riddle confirmed Thursday that the nearly 200-year-old business had filed for … 0