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Jonathon Keats poses in his "millennium camera" exhibit at the Mead Art Museum on the Amherst College campus Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. Keats, a San Francisco-based writer who describes himself as an experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a camera he plans to perch atop a church-less steeple on the Amherst College campus, hoping the device will chronicle climate change by making a 1,000-year-long photograph of the Holyoke Range in western Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Picture that’s worth 1,000 years

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a “millennium camera” that he intends to mount in a steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year exposure … 0

A case of life and death

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev was convicted … 0

State education board holding hearings on MCAS, PARCC tests

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON — The state board of education is launching a series of public forums this week about which of two statewide student assessment tests Massachusetts should adopt. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to hear from members of the public about whether the state should stick with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, exam rather than adopt the new Partnership … 0

State and region briefs

Friday, April 10, 2015

State dangles woodstove rebates Massachusetts residents with inefficient woodstoves may qualify for rebates under a $900,000 program announced Friday and aimed at helping people buy EPA-certified woodstoves that use less fuel and reduce energy costs. Energy and Environmental … 0

Senate plan for early retirement includes caps

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — A Senate panel on Friday proposed excluding from Gov. Charlie Baker’s early retirement plan those state employees deemed “critical” to an agency’s operation, and capping the number of workers who are allowed to retire. A new bill unveiled by the Senate Ways and Means Committee on … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, week of April 6 to 10

Friday, April 10, 2015

Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local senators and representatives on the only roll call vote from the week of April 6­. $200 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES (H 3187) House 157­0, Senate 38­0, approved and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a measure allowing the … 0

Judge rejects $50M proposed settlement in dairy farming antitrust case

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A judge has rejected a proposed settlement between Northeastern U.S. farmers and the Dairy Farmers of America over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss opposed the $50 million settlement after objections by some farmers who … 0

State/Region Briefs

Friday, April 10, 2015

Baker signs road repair bill BOSTON — Cities and towns will soon begin receiving their share of the $200 million authorized for local road and bridge repair projects this spring after Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed the … 0

Mercy or execution for Boston bomber?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a … 0

Mass. VA clinic, hospital wait times vary widely

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — In a state that prides itself on access to great health care, wait times at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics vary widely, with some facilities in central and western Massachusetts delaying appointments at much higher rates … 0

Mass. to streamline med. pot licensing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials are streamlining the way the state issues licenses under its Medical Marijuana Dispensary program to prevent delays in treatment for those who qualify for it. Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel on Wednesday said the licensing system has been “a confusing, overly … 0

Paul: ‘I’ll fight for your right to be left alone’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MILFORD, N.H. — Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday promised New Hampshire voters — and quite a few political tourists from neighboring Massachusetts — that if he wins the White House, he would protect the state from federal … 0

State/Region Briefs

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Homeless press case to lawmakers BOSTON — Homeless individuals visited Beacon Hill Wednesday hoping to make lawmakers more aware that while funding has increased to help families without shelter, budgets have not increased to help those who live … 0