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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 (http://bit.ly/1khyAmJ ) 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

Suit challenges NH abortion clinic buffer zone law

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — A conservative Christian law group that successfully sued to block abortion clinic buffer zones in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down a 25-foot buffer zone that became law in New Hampshire last month. Alliance Defending Freedom announced Tuesday it filed the … 0

Vermont car charge extends electric car corridor

Monday, July 7, 2014

MIDDLESEX, Vt. — Driving an electric vehicle between Montreal and Boston got a little easier Monday when Vermont officials inaugurated a new charging station about half way between the Canadian and New Hampshire borders. The new station outside … 0

New law requires prompt action on gas leaks

Monday, July 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A new state law would require Massachusetts utilities to pay close attention to natural gas leaks. The law for the first time creates a uniform, three-tiered classification system for gas leaks. Those classified as Grade 1 leaks would be considered the most dangerous and gas companies … 0

Guns, bomb-making material found in Lawrence home

Monday, July 7, 2014

LAWRENCE — Police say weapons and bomb-making materials have been removed from the Lawrence home of a man who died earlier his year. Police say Daniel Stadleman died of a heart attack in May at age 40. Officers and a hazardous materials crew went to the home Sunday … 0

Rescuers save large sea turtle off Cape Cod

Monday, July 7, 2014

BARNSTABLE — Animal rescuers say they have disentangled a large leatherback sea turtle that was trapped in fishing gear off of Cape Cod. Fishermen spotted the turtle off the Sandy Neck section of Barnstable on Sunday. The fishermen reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard who notified … 0

Bat cave study finds more white nose survival

Sunday, July 6, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Nearly all the little brown bats that hibernated in a Dorset cave last winter and were tagged with radio chips remained there until spring, an indication they weren’t affected by white nose syndrome, a disease that causes bats to wake from hibernation, fly into the … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Governor’s Council to vote on SJC court nominee BOSTON — The Governor’s Council is expected to vote this week on Gov. Deval Patrick’s pick to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. Patrick last month tapped appeals court judge Geraldine Hines for a spot on the Massachusetts … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 30 to July 4

Friday, July 4, 2014

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on seven roll calls from the week of June 30-July 4. APPROVE $36.5 BILLION FISCAL 2015 STATE BUDGET (H 4001) House 144-7, Senate 38-1, … 0

Letter written in Maine 83 years ago delivered

Friday, July 4, 2014

Letter written in Maine 83 years ago delivered SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A letter written by a Maine school teacher in 1931 to her mother 150 miles away has finally been delivered — 83 years later. Twenty-three-year-old Miriam McMichael sent the nine-page letter from Houlton to Dollena McMichael in … 0

Friday, July 4, 2014

Costs of Vt. Gas pipeline extension are rising BURLINGTON, Vt. — The cost of extending a natural gas pipeline south from the Burlington area to the Addison County communities of Middlebury and Vergennes is going to cost 40 … 0