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Tim Mannix pauses while speaking to reporters in front of his house in Marshfield, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.  Mannix was injured Tuesday when a wave shattered a window during a winter storm that buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Storm hits coastal communities hard

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MARSHFIELD — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through the state were on the coastline, where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage but said at least four homes will likely be condemned. At least a dozen more sustained substantial damage after two 80-foot sections of …

Dallas woman bitten by shark to leave hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Dallas woman who lost a good part of her left side to a hungry shark in the Bahamas is close to leaving a Hollywood hospital to go home. Lacy Webb, 34, who was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment after the attack, described her death-defying encounter Tuesday at a news conference at the hospital. It was Jan. 6 …

Blizzard slams Boston area, coast and central Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall …

Vignettes: On sleds and skis, braving blizzard

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Bostonians are a hardy breed, and many weren’t about to let a mere blizzard cramp their style. Some voices from those who ventured out into the teeth of the storm: Sliding to town On most days, …

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Keys

Monday, January 26, 2015

KEY WEST, Fla. — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential …

Obama seeks bigger Alaska refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials …

Population centers prepare for worst as major storm descends

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — A “potentially historic” storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National …

Keystone XL amendments had senators doing the unusual: voting

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Something unusual happened in Congress last week: Senators voted — not just once or twice, but more than 20 times, right up until midnight Thursday. In contrast to the recent years of gridlock and paralysis, senators took vote after politically tough vote as they worked their …

Keystone Q&A: Debate is no longer limited to oil

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress wasted no time this year getting back into the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, despite last voting on approving the project in November. Now with firm control of the House and Senate, Republicans are eager to contrast their energy policy with that of President …

Valley Views: Blue Heron

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blue Heron Manhan River, Route 10, Southampton Photograph and text by Andrew Brodeur, Southampton I created this image just before dusk on my way home from work on Route 10 in Southampton Jan. 14. I always look in …

Earth Talk: Flame retardants can be toxic, especially for kids

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to get toxic flame retardants out of children’s furniture and other products? — Mary Sweetland, Seminole, Florida Putting flame retardants in furniture seemed like a good idea back in the 1970s to …

HEADING OUTDOORS: Upcoming outdoor activities in the area

Friday, January 2, 2015

∎  DCR Accessible Winter Recreation — DCR hosts accessible winter recreation for persons with disabilities, their families, and friends. Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendell State Forest, Montague Road, Wendell. Skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, more. Free. Pre-registration is required. All Out Adventures, …

3 bald eagles found ill at Lakeville pond

Friday, January 23, 2015

LAKEVILLE — Federal and state authorities are investigating whether three bald eagles found ill at an eastern Massachusetts pond fed off a farm animal that had been euthanized with a drug. The Standard-Times of New Bedford reports that the eagles were found Wednesday on the shores of Assawompset …