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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2013 file photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou, in San Francisco. Boston is considering restrictions on ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar and lodging websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey, which allow users to book short-term stays in private residences. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

New tech businesses present challenges

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries. Boston, prompted by the arrival of the mobile app Haystack, recently banned … 0

2 trails damaged by tropical storm Irene reopen

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CAMPTON, N.H. — Two White Mountain National Forest trails nearly obliterated by Tropical Storm Irene three years ago are reopening for New Hampshire’s fall hiking season. The Dry River Trail and Isolation Trail in the Dry River Wilderness region of the forest are open again after extensive work, forest officials said. Hikers should be aware that both trails are narrower and have some … 0

Inmate death leads to firing of 3 hospital guards

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRIDGEWATER — Massachusetts officials have fired three correctional officers in connection with an inmate’s death at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009. The guards were fired Thursday after an internal investigation into the death of 23-year-old Joshua Messier, state Department of Correction officials told The Boston Globe. Messier suffered a heart attack after a half-dozen guards strapped him to a small bed at the … 0

Gambling regulators to select Boston-area casino

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — State gambling regulators preparing to award the lucrative Boston-area casino license say Wynn Resorts shows a far stronger balance sheet in support of its $1.6 billion casino in Everett while Mohegan Sun has submitted a stronger overall design for its proposed $1.1 billion casino in Revere. … 0

New pipeline fight erupts

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, September 7, 2014

2 women struck by lightning in critical condition BOSTON — Ipswich police say two women who were struck by lightning remain in critical condition. Police on Sunday did not identify the women who were injured while at a beach during severe storms on Saturday. Police said one woman … 0

Out of the Ordinary

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Maine lobstermen catch 2 albino lobsters in week OWLS HEAD, Maine — It’s no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. The Portland Press Herald reports Bret Philbrick caught … 0

Soldier from Massachusetts killed in Afghanistan

Friday, September 5, 2014

Soldier from Massachusetts killed in Afghanistan NORTHBOROUGH — An Army paratrooper from central Massachusetts was killed this week in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Friday. Spc. Brian Arsenault, 28, died Thursday in Ghazni of injuries he sustained when his … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Sept. 5

Friday, September 5, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local representatives roll call attendance records for the 2014 session through September 5. The House has held 226 roll call votes. Beacon Hill Roll Call … 0

Plenty of light! Feds are selling off lighthouses

Thursday, September 4, 2014

YORK, Maine — Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free. Technological advances and a desire to purge unneeded properties have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over … 0

Shark attack petrifies Massachusetts kayakers

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PLYMOUTH — A pleasant trip by two Massachusetts kayakers to check out some cute seals turned terrifying as the pair encountered a great white shark. Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who describe themselves as experienced kayakers, say they … 0

Gov’s Council confirms judicial nominees, including one from Franklin County

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — The Governor’s Council upped Gov. Deval Patrick’s batting average for judicial nominees Wednesday, approving four judicial candidates. The council unanimously approved Thomas Drechsler, a criminal and civil rights attorney, for a seat on the Superior Court. Drechsler will fill a seat vacated by the retirement of … 0

Where candidates for governor stand on education

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Education is always a critical issue in campaigns for governor in a state that prides itself on a knowledge-based economy. This year is no different. Each of the five Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have … 0