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Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board urged to encourage corporate diversity

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ pension board is considering using its shareholder muscle to press companies to include more women and racial minorities on their corporate boards. A committee of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, which oversees state’s $61 billion pension fund, voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the full board adopt the guidelines. Under the new rule, the board would use its shareholder status in a company to vote …

Bombing jury sees autopsy photos

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death on the pavement. One juror cried and wiped her face with a tissue as the …

Report: NE biodiversity threatened

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region’s plant life. The report, to be released Thursday by the New …

Holyoke shooting injures 1

Monday, March 23, 2015

HOLYOKE — Police are investigating a shooting in Holyoke that sent one man to the hospital with an injury not considered life threatening. Police Lt. Joseph Garcia says the victim told police he was walking through an alley from Oak Street to Linden just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday …

Companies look to tap into Vt.’s maple business

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ISLAND POND, Vt. — Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern …

Lift trouble injures 7 at Sugarloaf

Sunday, March 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Less than five years ago, Rick Tonge was riding a chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine when five chairs — including his — plummeted 30 feet to the snowy ground below, injuring him and …

In Fall River, movement is launched to get church bells ringing once again

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FALL RIVER — The notion of a church bell is the notion of a community needing to know. So, church bells rang the time, rang when it was almost time for services, rang for the dead and the …

Paredes, personal assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy, dies at 90

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The special assistant to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, believed to be one of the first persons of Latino descent to work in the White House as part of the president’s inner circle, has died. Providencia Paredes’ son, Gustavo, announced her death on his Facebook …

Boston Yeti selling swag for animals

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Yeti is using its newfound notoriety to help some fellow furry friends. The abominable snowman gained a huge following on social media during Boston’s epic winter by running around the city in costume …

STATE BRIEFS

Sunday, March 22, 2015

1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial winding down as early as next week

Saturday, March 21, 2015

BOSTON — An admission by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he bombed the Boston Marathon has vastly accelerated the pace of his federal death penalty trial. While the trial was originally expected to last three to four months, it could …

FBI: Extremist material on Tsarnaev’s computer

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a variety of extremist materials on his computer, including an issue of the al-Qaida magazine Inspire with an article entitled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,” an …

Patrick to forgo paid Boston 2024 job

Friday, March 20, 2015

BOSTON — Former Gov. Deval Patrick has decided to pass on a paid consulting job promoting the city’s Olympic bid overseas. Patrick said Thursday he’s planning to take a full-time position soon and will forgo all outside consulting pay, including the $7,500-per-day fee he was to earn for …