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In this May 15, 2013 photo, protesters piloting the lobster boat Henry David T.,  attempt to block delivery of coal to the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass. A trial begins Sept. 8 in Fall River District Court for Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara, the two environmental activists who used the boat to block the coal shipment to the region’s largest coal-burning power plant. Their attorneys don’t intend to dispute many of the facts in the case, but plan to argue that their actions were necessary because of the threat posed by climate change.  (AP Photo/The Boston Globe Jonathan Wiggs) MANDATORY CREDIT. NO ONLINE USE. MAGS OUT. NO SALES. BOSTON OUT. QUINCY OUT.

Protesters who blocked coal shipment set for trial

Sunday, August 31, 2014

BOSTON — Two men who used an old lobster boat to block a coal shipment to New England’s largest coal-burning power plant say they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the threat posed by climate change. Environmental activists Ken Ward and Jonathan “Jay” O’Hara say they don’t intend to dispute many of the facts … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, August 31, 2014

State to fund upgrades for dams, seawalls BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration says it will invest more than $13 million in shoring up many of the state’s dams and coastal seawalls. Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, plans to announce the loans and grants on Tuesday at the Scituate Maritime Center. The funding will be partly from an … 0

Father, daughter killed in crash

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities say an SUV driver who struck and killed a father and daughter on a motorcycle in Easthampton was under the influence of narcotics. Prosecutors and police said Friday that the motorcycle driver, 62-year-old Edward McGrath of Holyoke, was riding with his 29-year-old daughter Brittney McGrath of Brooklyn, N.Y. The McGraths were heading north on Route 5 just after 3 p.m. … 0

Gov. Patrick signs bill updating state gun laws

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed a sweeping overhaul of Massachusetts’ gun laws. The bill stiffens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates a Web-based portal within the state Executive Office of Public Safety to allow for real-time background checks in private gun sales, and calls for … 0

Gov. Patrick: Market Basket workers should return

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Springfield man fatally shot SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts police say a man has been fatally shot near an elementary school in Springfield, and they suspect the shooting was related to drugs and gangs. Springfield police responded to a disturbance shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and found a wounded man … 0

Berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

Sunday, August 10, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms’ late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business. The tiny spotted … 0

Patrick: Market Basket dispute ‘out of hand’

Friday, August 8, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick urged Market Basket’s board of directors Friday to quickly resolve the question of leadership at the troubled supermarket chain. In a letter to the board, Patrick wrote that he’s not choosing sides, but “by any measure, the disruption that followed your recent change … 0

Coakley sues ex-state university president Dobelle

Friday, August 8, 2014

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley sued former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle on Thursday, alleging he used school-issued credit cards and school funds to make personal purchases and take vacations costing nearly $100,000. In the lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Coakley said Dobelle misused public … 0

Giffords in Maine ahead of midterm push on guns

Friday, August 8, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine — Trying to make good on a promise to make gun control a part of the midterm election debate, Gabby Giffords will visit Maine today to raise money for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud as her … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, August 8, 2014

Harvard, citing Ebola, issues travel advisory CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University is advising students and staff members to avoid non-essential travel to three West African countries with Ebola outbreaks. A Harvard spokesman says an email was distributed Friday addressing … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Aug. 4 to 8

Friday, August 8, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on five roll calls from the week of Aug. 4-8. $1.31 BILLION CAPITAL PROJECTS (H 4362) House 147-3, Senate 40-0, approved and Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law … 0

Governors rein back support for energy tariff

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A New England consortium of governors and energy executives has indicated it wants to slow a proposal to petition the federal government for utility customer tariffs to finance $5 billion to $10 billion in power projects like natural gas pipelines and transmission lines. The New England States Committee … 2