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Northfield Mountain hydroelectric plant seeks to boost storage capacity during winter

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHFIELD —Owners of the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric project have sought permission to change its operating license temporarily this winter to boost storage capacity of its mountaintop reservoir so the region’s power supply can have additional capacity. The application filed last month by FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a temporary license amendment is not entirely unprecedented. But the application — allowing an additional 22 feet …

Winners of MacArthur ‘genius grants’ unveiled

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.” The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on …

Wynn, regulators sign casino license

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts gambling regulators on Wednesday finalized a license for a proposed $1.6 billion resort casino across from Boston, but the casino company says it’s not yet prepared to campaign against a looming threat: November’s ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. “We have always said that it …

Doctors say Ebola patient progressing

Sunday, September 7, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska doctors treating the man who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia said Sunday that he is making progress, but it’s not yet clear if he will recover. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, …

Market Basket recovering after turmoil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RAYNHAM — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the family-owned …

Driver killed after Ware police chase

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WARE (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a car that was involved in a police pursuit is dead after the vehicle overturned in Ware. The Ware Police Department says 26-year-old Dean K. Latulippe of Barre died in the crash on West Warren Road around 1 a.m. Saturday. …

Two hit by lightning on Mass. beach

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Ipswich police say two women who were struck by lightning remain in critical condition. Police on Sunday did not identify the women who were injured while at a beach during severe storms on Saturday. Police said one woman is 69 and is from Concord, and …

Mass. doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska for treatment

Thursday, September 4, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — A doctor who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday. Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said Dr. Richard …

Pharmacist arrested in tainted steroid case

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials said. Glenn Adam Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at the New …

Court trims fines against 2 utilities for 2011 storm response

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — The state’s highest court Thursday reduced penalties imposed against two electric utilities for their response to a pair of 2011 storms, but upheld the standard used by Massachusetts regulators in evaluating how the companies performed after widespread power outages. The Department of Public Utilities fined National …

On the issues: Governor hopefuls on gun control

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Stemming gun violence and illegal gun trafficking has been a major topic of discussion in Massachusetts in recent months despite the state’s reputation for having some of the nation’s most stringent laws already in place. Differences in approach to gun safety issues have emerged between the …

Governor candidates outline education stands

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Education is always a critical issue in campaigns for governor in a state that prides itself on a knowledge-based economy. This year is no different. Each of the five Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have outlined plans ahead of the Sept. 9 primaries that they …

Patrick backs Tolman in attorney general race

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick endorsed Warren Tolman in the race for Massachusetts attorney general Thursday, a move that came as a surprise in light of the governor’s previous policy of staying neutral in contested statewide Democratic primaries. Tolman, a former state senator, faces former assistant attorney …