State / Region

Lucy Francis, of Lynn, Mass., center, displays a placard and chants slogans during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, Mass., held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. (AP Photo)

Towns struggle with debate over immigrant services

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom resources, and the mayor and school superintendent … 0

Report: Mass. #1 state for kids in the country

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Even though Bay State children lead the nation in educational achievement … 0

Dun-dun, ch-ching

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local … 0

Rescuers save large sea turtle off Cape Cod

Monday, July 7, 2014

BARNSTABLE — Animal rescuers say they have disentangled a large leatherback sea turtle that was trapped in fishing gear off of Cape Cod. Fishermen spotted the turtle off the Sandy Neck section of Barnstable on Sunday. The fishermen reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard who notified … 0

Bat cave study finds more white nose survival

Sunday, July 6, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Nearly all the little brown bats that hibernated in a Dorset cave last winter and were tagged with radio chips remained there until spring, an indication they weren’t affected by white nose syndrome, a disease that causes bats to wake from hibernation, fly into the … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Governor’s Council to vote on SJC court nominee BOSTON — The Governor’s Council is expected to vote this week on Gov. Deval Patrick’s pick to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. Patrick last month tapped appeals court judge Geraldine Hines for a spot on the Massachusetts … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 30 to July 4

Friday, July 4, 2014

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on seven roll calls from the week of June 30-July 4. APPROVE $36.5 BILLION FISCAL 2015 STATE BUDGET (H 4001) House 144-7, Senate 38-1, … 0

Letter written in Maine 83 years ago delivered

Friday, July 4, 2014

Letter written in Maine 83 years ago delivered SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A letter written by a Maine school teacher in 1931 to her mother 150 miles away has finally been delivered — 83 years later. Twenty-three-year-old Miriam McMichael sent the nine-page letter from Houlton to Dollena McMichael in … 0

Friday, July 4, 2014

Costs of Vt. Gas pipeline extension are rising BURLINGTON, Vt. — The cost of extending a natural gas pipeline south from the Burlington area to the Addison County communities of Middlebury and Vergennes is going to cost 40 … 0

State warns motorists against transporting illegal fireworks

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

While fireworks may be purchased legally in other states, like New Hampshire, it is illegal to bring them into or through Massachusetts, according to state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. Massachusetts Department of Transportation message boards on major highways are reminding motorists that fireworks are illegal in the … 0

Mass. working on abortion clinic security bill

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he expects to have a bill on his desk by the end of the month that would strengthen security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The legislation is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last week striking down the … 0

Lightning sends Vt. firefighters to hospital

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GUILFORD, Vt. — Seven firefighters were checked for injuries after lightning struck nearby as they battled a blaze in Guilford. According to a posting on the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, firefighters from that company and others were working on a structure fire Wednesday afternoon when lightning … 0

US gives conditional backing for Cape Wind project

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BOSTON — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday it has conditionally committed to a $150 million loan guarantee for Cape Wind’s proposed energy project off the coast of Cape Cod. Company President Jim Gordon said the announcement represents an “important endorsement” by the federal government as Cape … 0