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Hearing on CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg postponed after owner requests more time to prepare documents

Friday, February 27, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A public hearing held by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board was adjourned immediately after it started Friday night because the owner of CRD Metalworks needs more time to prepare documents related to his request for a new special permit. About 60 people had gathered in the auditorium of the Town Offices for the hearing about the business at 17 Hyde Hill Road which fabricates …

Baker wanted his own team on the health connector board

Friday, February 27, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he asked for and received the resignations of four members of the state’s health connector board because the agency had “underperformed” and he wanted to replace them with members of his own team. Among the four who agreed to step down was MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who came under fire for saying it was “the …

Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in Missouri rampage

Friday, February 27, 2015

TYRONE, Mo. — A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the …

Blogger who criticized Muslim extremists killed in Bangladesh

Friday, February 27, 2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Assailants hacked to death an American secular writer and blogger of Bangladeshi origin and seriously wounded his wife outside a book fair in Dhaka, the South Asian nation’s capital, officials said Friday. Avijit Roy, 42, a champion of liberalism and outspoken critic of Islamists, was …

Presentation in Turners Falls features before and after images of Swift River Valley

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — “Visions of the Past, ” a program comparing photos of properties in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin Reservoir was constructed 77 years ago with current views, will be held March 7 at the …

What is ‘coding’ and should you learn it?

Friday, February 27, 2015

It’s time to talk about coding, the building block for all the great (and yes, not-so-great) apps you use every day. But we’ll start with a confession: I don’t know how to code. I’ve wanted to learn, and …

FCC OKs ‘net neutrality’ rules for Internet providers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating …

Militants abduct more Christians

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday. At the same time, …

Knife-wielding ‘Jihadi John’ ID’d as London-raised college graduate

Friday, February 27, 2015

LONDON — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British …

House GOP weighs new Homeland Security tack

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Homeland Security Department while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. “The speaker’s pretty …

Mo. auditor’s ‘apparent suicide’ stuns colleagues

Thursday, February 26, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an “apparent suicide,” minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis …

Argentine judge rejects cover-up in 1994 bombing

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover-up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her …

Nigerian kidnappers hold US missionary

Friday, February 27, 2015

JOHANNESBURG — Kidnappers who abducted Seattle missionary Phyllis Sortor this week have demanded a $150,000 ransom, according to Nigerian police, suggesting the kidnapping was probably carried out by a criminal gang rather than militants. Police and security forces were combing the region in search of Sortor. Locals in …