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Jonathon Keats poses holding a version of his "millennium camera" designed to make a 100-year-long exposure on the Amherst College campus Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. Keats, a San Francisco-based writer who describes himself as an experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a camera he plans to perch atop a church-less steeple on the Amherst College campus, hoping the device will chronicle climate change by making a 1,000-year-long photograph of the Holyoke Range in western Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

‘Millennium camera’ going for long exposure

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a “millennium camera” that he intends to mount in a churchless steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year …

Late spring complicates amphibian migration

Monday, April 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies of water created by melted snow — to mate and lay eggs, and the resulting …

NE faces lean year for cod

Sunday, April 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America’s colonial past: New England cod. The stricter quota on cod taken from the Gulf of Maine — a 75 percent cut from the current year — will also affect the catch of other similar fish, meaning New England …

Boston cool to movie on marathon bombing

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Two words: too soon. That’s the overwhelming reaction to actor Mark Wahlberg’s plans to produce “Patriots’ Day,” a feature film about the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Columnists, pundits and others say that the …

Department of Public Utilities to examine long-term contracts with natural gas suppliers for electric companies

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Baker administration has asked the state Department of Public Utilities to investigate how electric utilities can enter into long-term contracts with natural gas suppliers as part of an effort to increase natural gas pipeline expansion and lower prices to electric consumers. “There is a widespread belief among …

Bomber’s attorney faces death penalty challenge

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorney is renowned for keeping her high-profile clients off death row, but Judy Clarke could face her most daunting challenge yet in trying to save the Boston Marathon bomber from execution. Most of Clarke’s …

Baker approves $200M for local roads, bridges

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Cities and towns in Massachusetts will soon have more money to fix local roads and bridges. Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a bill approved by lawmakers that authorizes distribution of $200 million in so-called Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities. The governor said in a …

Settlement OK’d over strip searches at women’s jail

Friday, April 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A lawsuit settlement that would prohibit male guards from videotaping strip searches of female inmates at a women’s jail received preliminary approval by a federal judge on Thursday. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 on behalf of 176 current and former inmates at Western Massachusetts Regional …

Tsarnaev guilty on all charges

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a …

State to ease pot shop licensing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials are streamlining the way the state issues licenses under its Medical Marijuana Dispensary program to prevent delays in treatment for those who qualify for it. Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel on Wednesday said the licensing system has been “a confusing, overly …

Warren applauds progressive pledge

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Keeping her imprint on the 2016 Democratic primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is heralding a commitment from thousands of party officials to push Hillary Rodham Clinton to adopt her populist economic policies. “Anyone who runs for president should talk about big economic ideas that will help …

Report cites MBTA’s ‘structural failure’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker called Wednesday for a financial control board to oversee the Boston-area transit system following release of a scathing report that said the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was in severe financial distress, with ineffective management and no viable maintenance plan for vehicles and equipment. …

Some Democrats want Pelosi to go

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two Democratic stalwarts from Massachusetts say Rep. Nancy Pelosi should change her leadership style— or even step down — after big electoral losses last year and in 2010. Reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch made the …