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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2007, file photo, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino points during his State of the City address in Boston. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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 company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with advanced cancer in February, shortly after leaving … 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 addressed a number of climate change “vulnerabilities” outlined in a 2013 report. He said a … 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 after he was captured in New York. Police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent … 0

Governor: Massachusetts prepared if Ebola surfaces

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is trying to reassure residents about the threat of Ebola and says the state is taking steps to prepare for the unlikely discovery of an Ebola-infected patient here. Patrick said on his monthly radio show Thursday on WGBH-FM that there have been no … 0

Baker, Coakley square off at chamber forum

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — With the campaign taking on an increasingly sharper tone, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Martha Coakley squared off Wednesday morning before an audience of business leaders over a range of issues, including super … 0

Mass. Maritime Academy says website hacked by Islamic group

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOURNE — Officials at Massachusetts Maritime Academy say the college’s website was hacked by what appears to be an Islamic extremist group. The Bourne school’s president, Rear Adm. Richard Gurnon, said a group calling itself the Moroccan Islamic Union took over the website Monday and redirected visitors to … 0

New England schools face rash of bomb threats

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — School and law enforcement officials in New England say they are dealing with an unusually high number of bomb threats that have forced the cancellation of classes just weeks into the new academic year. Nearly a … 0

Candidates for governor joust in debate

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — The candidates running for Massachusetts governor toughened their rhetoric Tuesday during their first Boston televised debate with Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley battling over health care issues and how best to overhaul the state’s … 0

US investigators expand app that helps catch child predators

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — An iPhone app designed to enlist the public’s help to catch fugitive and unknown suspected child predators led law enforcement officials to a suspect less than 36 hours after it became available. A year later, they are hoping to greatly expand their reach by making the … 0

1,900-pound pumpkin wins top honors

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FARMINGTON, N.H. — A New Hampshire man’s 1,900-pound pumpkin has won the top prize at a fair and is believed to be the state record. Hiram Watson of Farmington won the $5,500 prize at the recent fair in Topsfield, Mass., which is affiliated with a group called the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call for Sept. 29 to Oct. 3

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 3, one of the four questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. The question asks voters if … 0

Reports of NE campus sex crimes climbing

Monday, October 6, 2014

BOSTON — New England’s largest colleges reported about 40 percent more sexual assaults last year compared with 2012, an increase experts attribute to heightened awareness of the problem and more victims coming forward. Reports of “forcible sex offenses” climbed to 289 last year, up from 206 in 2012, … 0

Hospital monitoring doc cleared of Ebola virus

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WORCESTER — A Massachusetts hospital is awaiting test results on a doctor and missionary who was successfully treated for Ebola he contracted in Africa and now is back in the hospital with what appears to be a respiratory … 0