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Environmental briefs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

IN THE NEWS Quabbin renovation to cost $3.2 million BELCHERTOWN — The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will spend $3.2 million on a 14-month project to upgrade electrical and security equipment at the Quabbin Reservoir. The Telegram & Gazette reports the project will replace existing power lines and enhance communications and security measures at Winsor Dam, Quabbin Tower and the Shaft 12 intake works. William Pula, regional director of the Quabbin …

Calendar says winter, but it’s hot and dry which leads some scientists to say El Nino operating differently than expected

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — By this point in the winter, Southern California was supposed to be dealing with rains and flooding, not brush fires and beach weather. Yet temperatures have soared this week, breaking records in downtown Los Angeles and other locations across California. For all the talk of monster rains from El Nino, all but three days in the last month have been …

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe declares state of disaster, hoping to speed up the flow of aid

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe — Cattle, thin like their owners, wander in a parched riverbed. Desperate villagers barter a few fish for maize because there is no money for food. In this drought-stricken area of Zimbabwe, some people allege that who you know determines whether you’ll get state food aid, with those out of favor …

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The announcement signaled efforts …

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among …

Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders

Friday, February 5, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming …

Strong quake hits Taiwan, many trapped in building

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. Firefighters rushed to pull out survivors. Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other …

Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison’s fate

Friday, February 5, 2016

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. After 14 years, the …

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting

Friday, February 5, 2016

BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria’s largest city of Aleppo. Turkey, an ally of the Syrian opposition, promised humanitarian help for the …

Granby voters face decision on $34.2 million school project at special Town Meeting

Friday, February 5, 2016

GRANBY — Voters will be asked at a special Town Meeting on Monday to approve a $34.2 elementary school project that calls for renovating one building and constructing another. The Massachusetts School Building Authority announced last week that it would reimburse the town for a little more than …

‘Hear Our Voices’ against mandatory minimum sentences Sunday in Northampton as state Sen. James Eldridge joins formerly incarcerated women

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The women of Voices from Inside, a writing and leadership training program for incarcerated women, and state Sen. James B. Eldridge will join forces to speak against mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses in Massachusetts at an event in Northampton on Sunday. “It is an extremely …

World leaders pledge $10B for Syrian relief

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LONDON — World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria’s civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said “will save lives, will give hope, will …

UN panel rules for Assange, but it may not be enough

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found a surprising ally — a little known United Nations panel that has decided he has been unfairly detained in Britain while seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer allegations …