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In this July 17, 2014 photo, an original mouthpiece for a 19th-century saxophone built by Adolphe Sax, second from top left, sits among 3D copies on at the University of Connecticut's Depot campus in Mansfiled, Conn. UConn researchers are using CT scans and 3D printing to help study and restore antique musical instruments. (AP Photo/ Pat Eaton-Robb)

Modern day counterpoint

Sunday, July 27, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Mass., says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make precise 3-D images of body parts. As a student of music history, he realized the same CT … 0

Pipeline proposal stirs opposition in Berkshires

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PITTSFIELD — A group of lawmakers in the Berkshires is opposing a gas pipeline proposed for northern Massachusetts. The Berkshire Eagle reports ( ) that the lawmakers on Friday cited environmental, economic, public safety and public health concerns. The proposal by pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Energy Services of Texas calls for a section to be built along the northern part of Massachusetts, ending … 0

Police arrest suspect in alleged samurai attack

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOURNE — Police in Bourne have arrested a suspect in an alleged samurai attack. Police say the 39-year-old unidentified victim said he had been stabbed several times by a man wielding a samurai sword early Sunday morning and that the attacker was still on the property. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. A 28-year-old unidentified suspect was found in a side yard … 0

Dairy suit nets $50M settlement

Monday, July 14, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay a total of $50 million to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers to settle antitrust allegations from a 2009 class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit charged the cooperative, … 0

Mass. gets $47M share of settlement

Monday, July 14, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts will receive an almost $46 million share of a $7 billion federal-state settlement over Citigroup’s mortgage-backed security activities, the state attorney general’s office said Monday. In the deal announced Monday, Citigroup will make a $4 billion civil monetary payment to the Justice Department, and another … 0

Officials: Transgender girl moved to male facility

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — A transgender girl has been moved to Connecticut’s juvenile home for boys after she was accused of assault, the latest transfer of a troubled teenager who was sent to a psychiatric facility after supporters protested her confinement in a women’s prison without criminal charges. The … 0

State and Region Briefs

Friday, July 11, 2014

EPA extends comment period on Housatonic plan LENOX — The public is getting an additional two months to submit comments on a proposed environmental cleanup of the Housatonic River. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the deadline was … 0

4 adults, 3 kids die in Lowell apt. building fire

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LOWELL — An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. The … 0

Mass. officials report progress toward fixing health care website by year’s end

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON — Software ordered by Massachusetts to fix its hobbled health care exchange passed initial tests, renewing hopes that the state could finally have a fully operational website by year’s end, officials said Thursday. The breakdown dramatically slowed the state’s transition to the federal Affordable Care Act from … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gov. Patrick signs compounding pharmacy bill BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a law overhauling state oversight of compounding pharmacies in Massachusetts. The measure had been in the works for nearly two years since a nationwide meningitis … 0

Boston, Mohegan Sun reach $300M deal

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON — Mayor Martin Walsh and Mohegan Sun announced a deal Thursday that would provide the city with at least $300 million in investments over 15 years if the casino company wins a state gambling license. The American Indian tribe-owned company proposes a $1.3 billion resort casino at … 0

Mass. House approves sweeping gun bill

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts House lawmakers approved a sweeping bill Wednesday designed to tighten the state’s gun laws. The bill, which passed on a 112-38 vote, would strengthen local police chiefs’ discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed for the purchase of rifles or shotguns, much like the discretion … 0

Mass. group urges caution on abortion clinic bill

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers should proceed cautiously to avoid future lawsuits as they consider altering security rules around abortion clinics in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a group that opposes abortion said Tuesday. In a letter sent to all House and Senate members, Massachusetts … 0