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CEO: Commuter rail back to full service in a month

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSTON — The head of the French company that operates Massachusetts’ commuter rail system apologized for the breakdowns and delays that have plagued the system after a series of storms dumped more than 7 feet of snow on the region and vowed that full service would be restored — but not until the end of next month. Keolis International CEO Bernard Tabary said a plan approved by Gov. Charlie Baker …

Woman dies in single-car crash in Bernardston

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BERNARDSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old woman died when her car went off the road struck a utility pole in Bernardston. A spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office says Marlerie Kidder was driving north at about 7 a.m. Wednesday when her sedan crossed into the oncoming lane, went off the road and hit the pole. Kidder was taken by ambulance to …

Principal calls cyberbullies worse than Iraq insurgents

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WINCHENDON (ap) — A Massachusetts high school principal said cyberbullies who targeted some of his students are worse than the insurgents he fought in Iraq and vowed the anonymous posters would be found and punished. Joshua Romano, principal of Murdock Middle/High School in Winchendon and an Iraq War veteran, logged on to the school’s Twitter account to warn perpetrators who attacked some students’ …

Drug sickens 11 students at Wesleyan

Monday, February 23, 2015

Police in Middletown, Conn., on Monday said they are searching for the source of what is likely a bad batch of Molly, an illegal synthetic party drug that sickened at least 11 students at Wesleyan University, two critically, after many used the drug Saturday. The drug, often found …

Capital defender has saved notorious clients

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — With her arm around the young man’s back, she gives him a gentle pat and leans in to whisper something to him. Judy Clarke could be his mother, with this simple, comforting gesture, but she is …

Heavy snow collapses Boston area barn, killing 2 horses

Friday, February 20, 2015

WESTFORD — A sheet metal barn collapsed under the weight of snow on Friday morning, killing two horses and sparking an hours-long rescue effort that saved five others. Firefighters, public works crews and others responded to Bobby’s Ranch in Westford, about 35 miles northwest of Boston. The effort …

NE’s snow struggle of 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

BOSTON — If it’s just snow, why is New England having such a difficult time making it all go away? Midway through an epic winter that’s shattered records and buried Boston in more than 8 feet of snow, …

Jane Garvey of Northampton on panel to recommend fixes for beleaguered MBTA

Friday, February 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In response to the near-collapse of greater Boston’s transit system under the weight of recent snowstorms, Gov. Charlie Baker assembled a panel of experts — including former Federal Aviation Administration chief Jane Garvey of Northampton — …

Roofs across NE sag under weight of snow

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — No building is safe from the incredible stress of the 8 feet of snow that has piled up on roofs across New England, and things are expected to get worse before they get better, experts said …

Statewide candidates raised, spent about $33M in 2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts candidates spent about $33 million during last year’s elections for statewide officers, a jump of about 9 percent from the 2010 total of $30.4 million. A report by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, released Wednesday, also found candidates for governor in …

Witness: Hernandez spoke of endorsements

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez matter-of-factly told witnesses that his endorsement days were over, according to testimony Wednesday from his fiancee’s uncle, who said the conversation happened a day after a slaying Hernandez would …

Olympic boosters to seek public input

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The group behind Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics is reaching beyond the city for input on their proposal. Boston 2024 announced Wednesday that it would hold a series of 20 community meetings in the coming months around Massachusetts — venturing as far west as …

T’d off: Transit system woes irk Boston commuters

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON — Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston’s transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month. Commuter, subway and …