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CAROL LOLLIS
Barbara Landry an employee at  Williston, checks the pews after cleaning  Stevens Chapel Friday afternoon in preparation for graduation weekend.

Feeling clean

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress …

Senate OKs $38 billion state budget

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate passed a $38 billion state budget early Friday that lawmakers say makes critical investments in local aid, education, economic development and services for vulnerable residents of the state. The Senate version of the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 will head to a six-member legislative committee that will hammer out differences from the House version. Republican …

Mudslide in Colombia kills dozens

Monday, May 18, 2015

SALGAR, Colombia — An avalanche of mud and debris roared over an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 52 people in a flash flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. Residents were stirred …

Facing $1B deficit, Arizona cuts welfare

Monday, May 18, 2015

PHOENIX — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after …

Scientists’ discovery opens door to homemade morphine, without poppies

Monday, May 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine …

Amtrak restores NE service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains will resume service Monday in “complete compliance” with federal safety orders following last week’s deadly derailment, officials announced Sunday. Company president Joseph Boardman said Amtrak staff and crew have been working “around …

Contested Iraqi city of Ramadi falls to Islamic State

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BAGHDAD — The contested city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes. Bodies, …

Rival biker gangs shoot it out in Texas; 9 dead

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WACO, Texas — A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday. The …

Presidential hopefuls: Iraq war a mistake

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — A dozen years later, American politics has reached a rough consensus about the Iraq War: It was a mistake. Politicians hoping to be president rarely run ahead of public opinion. So it’s a revealing moment when …

Storm system pushes east after drenching Plains

Sunday, May 17, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — A powerful storm system stretched from Texas to Minnesota on Sunday, bringing heavy rains, flash flooding and the possibility of more severe weather. Scattered severe storms were expected to develop Sunday afternoon and evening in …

Earth Talk: China building a green wall to stave off encroaching desert

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What is the Great Green Wall of China? — Jacob Williston, Tempe, Arizona Unlike the Great Wall of China, a 5,000-mile fortification dating back to the 7th century BC that separates northern China from the Mongolian …

Valley Views: Blue heron and Red-winged Blackbird

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blue heron and Red-Winged Blackbird Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, Bark Haul Road, Longmeadow Photograph and text by Margaret “Pedge” Daniels, Longmeadow This great blue heron thought he’d found a sweet spot to fish at Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge …