State / Region

UMass bars dorm guests during Super Bowl

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts, which has been the scene of violent celebrations following championships by Boston sports teams, is taking measures to avoid trouble during the Super Bowl by barring dorm residents from hosting off-campus guests. From noon Sunday until noon Monday, students will only be allowed in dormitories in which they live. The New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s Super Bowl. The Amherst school … 0

Massachusetts House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the post in 2009. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision before the … 0

Dartmouth bans hard liquor, starts anti-rape program

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they are at the Ivy League school. Dartmouth has long tried to move past its hard-partying reputation, but the latest steps come amid a … 0

Juror answers show challenge in seating bombing panel

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON — Some of the first prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev illustrated the difficulty in finding people who say they have not formed an opinion on Tsarnaev’s … 0

Judge rejects bid to delay Tsarnaev trial over Paris attacks

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BOSTON — Jury selection will continue in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial after a federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s bid to suspend it because of the Paris terror attacks. Individual questioning of prospective jurors begins … 0

Anti-Olympics group holds 1st meeting in Boston

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BOSTON — In order to start the first public meeting — pro or con — since Boston was chosen as the American nominee for the 2024 Olympics, the head of the group opposed to bringing the Summer Games … 0

McGovern: Food benefits imperiled by lack of jobs, training

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON — Roughly 1 million Americans will lose their federal food benefits in 2016, Congressman James McGovern warned on Tuesday, calling on the Republican-led Congress to increase funding for job training programs across the nation so people looking for work do not go hungry. “Come 2016 an unemployed … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers: Suspend jury selection over Paris attacks

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the … 0

‘You can basically just track where innocent people are going’

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BOSTON — Seeking to update state laws around electronic privacy and government transparency, civil liberties proponents pitched their agenda to lawmakers at the head of the new session on Tuesday. Rep. Jonathan Hecht, a Watertown Democrat, said he has made some adjustments to a bill he filed last … 0

4 groups interested in final Mass. casino license

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOSTON — A prominent executive who ran casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas and a Brookline woman who wants to build one to benefit Native Americans are among the names eying a Jan. 30 deadline to apply for Massachusetts’ final resort casino license. In the coming days, … 0

Olympics ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games will give Bostonians a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to consider the bigger picture for one of the nation’s oldest cities as it heads toward its 400th birthday in 2030. In his state of … 0

Vermont Yankee nuke owner says fuel removed from reactor

Monday, January 12, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant says the fuel has been removed from the reactor and placed in the spent fuel pool. The information was contained in a letter dated Friday from Entergy Nuclear Operations to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Vermont Yankee … 0

UMass campuses could save $12M through refinancing

Monday, January 12, 2015

BOSTON — University of Massachusetts campuses could shave $12 million from expected borrowing costs as its building authority plans to buy back and then reissue bonds to take advantage of lower rates. The UMass Building Authority’s new executive director, Patricia Filippone, said the savings would be applied to … 0