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Firefighters rescue boys who fall through thin ice

Friday, November 21, 2014

DERRY, N.H. — A firefighter crawled across thin ice to rescue two 12-year-old boys who’d fallen into the frigid water while playing hockey at Hood Park. A 911 call from a man who heard the boys screaming caused firefighters en route to another call to be diverted to the scene, where they found one boy clinging to the ice and the second struggling to stay afloat. A firefighter attached to … 0

Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lost N.M. kitten ends up in Maine WESTBROOK, Maine — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland … 0

Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university’s governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university’s duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to compel the Harvard Corporation, the governing body, to stop investing any of its $36.4 billion … 0

Candidates make last-ditch pitch to voters

Monday, November 3, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — The candidates seeking to succeed Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick made their final pitches to voters in the closing hours of the campaign on Monday, while also taking time to attend the funeral for longtime Boston Mayor … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Deadline today to get absentee ballots BOSTON — Massachusetts voters who expect to be out of town on Election Day have until noon today to apply for an absentee ballot. Voters can request ballots at local clerks’ offices or election commissions. They can fill it out and submit … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Oct. 31

Sunday, November 2, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. Last week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reported the percentage of times local senators voted with their party’s leadership in 2013 and 2014. The votes of the chamber’s four Republicans were compared with … 0

Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the … 0

Mayor: Boston prepping for climate change

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — The city has made significant strides in preparing for major natural disasters, rising sea levels and other impacts to the ever-changing climate, Mayor Martin Walsh said. Speaking at the Architecture Boston Expo at the Boston Convention Center on Wednesday, Walsh pointed to ways the city has … 0

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours … 0

Mass. beefing up security in wake of terror threats

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public safety agencies are beefing up security at public buildings and locations around the state, including Logan Airport, as a response to recent violence both domestic and abroad, including the attack last week in Ottawa at Canada’s capitol. The United States Department of Homeland Security … 0

Mass. needs more skilled college grads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — There is a shortage of skilled graduates in Massachusetts and more are needed to fill jobs in key industries that fuel economic growth, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Higher Education Officials are basing their projections on an expected drop in the … 0

Judge cites 1st Amendment in denying Falchuk’s debate order

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — After his attempt to secure a court order requiring debate organizers to include him in a Monday night event was denied, independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk said he was disappointed but moving forward with his campaign. “I still believe our argument was a strong one. If … 0

Opponents of Boston’s Olympics bid appeal to USOC

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — Hosting an Olympics will be a $10 billion to $20 billion undertaking that will threaten the state’s ability to make investments in health care, education and transportation, activists opposed to Boston’ bid to host the 2024 summer games wrote to the U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday. … 0