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State and regional briefs

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sign-up deadline looms for health coverage BOSTON — A deadline is looming for Massachusetts residents looking to sign up for insurance through the state’s health connector. People who qualify and need coverage by Jan. 1 must not only choose an insurance plan but pay for it by Tuesday. That includes many people who are transitioning from temporary coverage in the current year. Officials say the revamped connector website has been … 0

Officials working to protect plovers from motor vehicles

Sunday, December 21, 2014

ORLEANS — Piping plovers and off-road vehicles don’t mix well, but federal officials are working with the town of Orleans to improve beach access to drivers while protecting vulnerable plover chicks. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Cape Cod’s piping plover population has been rebounding thanks to conservation efforts. Tom Chapman, supervisor of the agency’s New England field office, says there were … 0

State & Regional Briefs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Home confinement set for ex-pharmacy officials BOSTON — A federal judge has ordered home confinement for two men facing the most serious charges in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed on a defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set bail and release conditions Friday for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin while … 0

Student under house arrest after alleged threats to school

Sunday, November 30, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — An 18-year-old Easthampton High School student is under house arrest Friday after she was arrested Wednesday night following a police investigation into reports she threatened to “shoot up the school.” Tarryn L. LaValley, of 15 Pine Hill Road, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Former Springfield bishop funeral Mass today SPRINGFIELD — Funeral arrangements are set for the former leader of the Roman Catholic diocese in western Massachusetts. The Rev. Joseph Maguire’s body was lying in repose at St. Michael the Archangel’s Cathedral in Springfield on Sunday, which was followed by a … 0

‘Old Man’ inspires T-shirt contest

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Two companies are teaming up to keep the legacy of the Old Man of the Mountain alive for New Hampshire’s youth. The Rock on Foundation is joining a T-shirt company, The Mountain, for a contest. Youth throughout the state will be able to submit their … 0

Homeless woman’s stun gun spurs 2nd Amendment case

Friday, November 28, 2014

BOSTON — Jaime Caetano was beaten so badly by her ex-boyfriend that she ended up in the hospital. So when a friend offered her a stun gun to protect herself, she took it. Caetano, who is homeless, never had to use it but now finds herself at the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call for week ending Nov. 28

Friday, November 28, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. In light of President Barack Obama’s recent action on immigration, this week Beacon Hill Roll Call examines the votes of local senators and representatives on immigration issues debated in the Legislature in the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, for week of Nov. 21

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call this week examines the voting records of local senators on Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s 88 vetoes during the 2013-2014 session. A two-thirds vote is required to override a gubernatorial … 0

Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he’s able to hug his loved ones again. Will Lautzenheiser — with both arms still in … 0

Massachusetts town renames Christmas vacation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MARSHFIELD — Christmas vacation is out in one Massachusetts school system, replaced by “holiday break.” The Marshfield School Committee on Monday voted 3-2 to uphold a September decision to change the name of Christmas vacation to holiday break, despite protests from some residents of the coastal town south … 0

Gov. Patrick pushes for more urban open spaces

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — With less than seven weeks left in office, Gov. Deval Patrick has signed an executive order that he says will help develop parks and open spaces in urban neighborhoods across Massachusetts where green areas have typically been in short supply. The outgoing Democratic said the order … 0

Retired Springfield Bishop Maguire dies at age 95

Monday, November 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations following retirement that clergy sex abuse and cover-up of that abuse had happened on his watch, died Sunday evening at the age of 95. Maguire died at … 0