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Jonathon Keats poses in his "millennium camera" exhibit at the Mead Art Museum on the Amherst College campus Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. Keats, a San Francisco-based writer who describes himself as an experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a camera he plans to perch atop a church-less steeple on the Amherst College campus, hoping the device will chronicle climate change by making a 1,000-year-long photograph of the Holyoke Range in western Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Picture that’s worth 1,000 years

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a “millennium camera” that he intends to mount in a steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year exposure … 0

A case of life and death

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev was convicted … 0

State education board holding hearings on MCAS, PARCC tests

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — The state board of education is launching a series of public forums this week about which of two statewide student assessment tests Massachusetts should adopt. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to hear from members of the public about whether the state should stick with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, exam rather than adopt the new Partnership … 0

Police: North Adams mother ran heroin ring with her teenage son

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTH ADAMS — A Massachusetts woman and her high school student son are charged with running a heroin ring from their apartment, allegedly stashing the drugs in a shoebox in the 16-year-old’s closet. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Glendaliz Rios of North Adams was held on $35,000 bail … 0

House unveils $38B state budget, a modest hike

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House leaders unveiled a nearly $38 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that calls for a modest increase in state spending and offers the troubled Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority more flexibility to enter into private contracts. … 0

Mass. reps say tax revenue slipping beyond ‘water’s edge’

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts could collect an estimated $79 million in additional annual tax revenue if the state tax code was changed to close the “water’s edge loophole” that allows multi-national companies to avoid paying state corporate taxes, according to a new report. Small businesses wind up shouldering a … 0

Judge: Jurors in Tsarnaev trial can’t attend Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Jurors in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must stay away from this year’s marathon and any events related to the anniversary of the 2013 attack, a judge warned Tuesday. Judge … 0

Rosenberg, House Speaker in tug-of-war

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Beacon Hill’s two most powerful Democrats are locked in an increasingly bitter tug-of-war over how bills live or die at the Statehouse. Senate President Stan Rosenberg has launched a public battle to try to change the … 0

State/Region Briefs

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Patrick joining Bain Capital in Boston BOSTON — Before departing public office, Gov. Deval Patrick frequently mentioned how he hoped to return to the private sector and earn money. On Tuesday, Patrick announced he’s joining Bain Capital, the … 0

Mass.’s DeLeo measures up pot legalization

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — House Speaker Robert DeLeo predicted Monday a potential victory for voters seeking to legalize marijuana. “Probably at the end of the day I’m going to guess that there right now are probably more supporters of this than not-supporters,” DeLeo said of legalizing marijuana, citing the “overwhelming … 0

Obama signs declaration for January blizzard aid

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — President Obama signed a disaster declaration on Monday for Massachusetts and ordered federal aid to help the state recover from the blizzard that hit the region from Jan. 26-28. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials issued the … 0

Long and tortured history with executions in Mass.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, but during most of its history it allowed capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder to witchcraft. Jurors weighing whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die under the federal … 0

When affordable housing debate gets personal

Sunday, April 12, 2015

DARIEN, Conn. — In one of the country’s richest towns — where Mercedes, BMWs and Land Rovers cruise tree-lined streets of multimillion-dollar homes — a man who proposed building more accessible housing says angry neighbors took out their … 0