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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 …

Governor candidates work to sway voters week before primary

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — The three Democratic candidates for governor sparred on everything from casinos and health care to President Barack Obama’s legacy in a televised debate on Wednesday. During the hourlong face-off, sponsored by a consortium of media outlets, …

Great white shark may have attacked kayakers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PLYMOUTH (AP) — Authorities say two women in kayaks taking photographs of seals were attacked by what appears to be a great white shark off Plymouth. They were not injured. WCVB-TV reports the women, both in their 20s, were about 150 yards off White Horse Beach in Plymouth …

Gulf of Maine’s rapid warming imperils lobster, fish catch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the …

Boston firefighters battle apartment fire

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — No major injuries have been reported after Boston firefighters battled an intense nine-alarm fire at a three-story brick apartment building in the city’s Allston neighborhood. The fire in a building on Harvard Terrace near Brighton Avenue was contained about two hours after it was reported …

Democratic AG contest looks tight in closing days

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Two Democrats seeking to be the state’s next attorney general are touting leadership and experience as they scramble for votes in the waning days of a spirited primary campaign that appears headed for a close result. Maura Healey, a former assistant attorney general, and former state …

Crowded 6th District Democratic primary for US House seat held by John Tierney

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — In a reliably Democratic state like Massachusetts, Republicans typically see few opportunities for big congressional wins. This year, the GOP is eyeing the 6th District, where they hope to unseat Democratic Rep. John Tierney, who’s held the seat since 1997. Two years ago, Tierney narrowly beat …

Three Democrats run for lieutenant governor in primary

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The office of lieutenant governor has a limited budget, few prescribed responsibilities and has been vacant for the past 15 months without much notice or effect. The relatively unknown candidates who are trying to fill it all say they can carve out an important role for …

Where the candidates for governor stand on health care issues

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This is the first in a series of five glances exploring the positions of candidates for Massachusetts governor ahead of the Sept. 9 primary. BOSTON — Improving the well-being of the state’s health care system could be a …

What to watch during this political season in Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Here are five things to know about the political season in Massachusetts. Coakley comeback? Some Democrats have never forgiven Martha Coakley for her stunning loss to Republican Scott Brown in a 2010 special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. The defeat ended …

Where the candidates for governor stand on casinos

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The future of casino gambling in Massachusetts has become a major topic of debate among the three Democrats and two Republicans seeking the gubernatorial nominations of their parties in Tuesday’s primaries. A 2011 law opened the …