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LAWRENCE, Mass | Politicians say utility at center of explosions should close

LAWRENCE, Mass— Executives at the utility company responsible for September’s natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts should step down, congressional members said Monday at a special hearing into the disaster. The six House and Senate members from Massachusetts and New Hampshire held the hearing at a packed middle school gymnasium in Lawrence. They took … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Mass | Politicians say utility at center of explosions should close

PEABODY, Mass | Home where witch trials victim John Proctor lived for sale

PEABODY, Mass  — A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween. The nearly 4,000-square-foot (371-sqare-meter) home built in 1638 was once the home of John Proctor, who was convicted of witchcraft and hanged in 1692. The six-bedroom, two-bathroom home is … Continue reading PEABODY, Mass | Home where witch trials victim John Proctor lived for sale

LAWRENCE, Mass | Overpressurized lines caused deadly gas explosions, feds say

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Federal investigators are confirming overpressurized natural gas lines were the source of the deadly explosions and fires in communities north of Boston last month. Thursday’s preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says Columbia Gas workers failed to account for the location of critical gas pressure sensors in Lawrence on Sept. … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Mass | Overpressurized lines caused deadly gas explosions, feds say

CAMBRIDGE, Mass | Q&A: Harvard’s new president on challenges, ideals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass — Harvard University’s new president is taking over at a contentious time for the nation’s oldest college. It faces a new federal endowment tax that could cost more than $40 million a year. Its admissions office is the subject of a discrimination lawsuit and a separate inquiry by the U.S. Justice Department. Some … Continue reading CAMBRIDGE, Mass | Q&A: Harvard’s new president on challenges, ideals

HOLYOKE, Mass | Warren plans to take a “hard look” at running for president

HOLYOKE, Mass  — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’ll take a “hard look at running for president” after the November elections. The Boston Globe reports the Massachusetts Democrat spoke about her future during a town hall in western Massachusetts Saturday. Warren, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, is running for re-election in November against … Continue reading HOLYOKE, Mass | Warren plans to take a “hard look” at running for president

NANTUCKET, Mass | Fishing crew member charged with murder in attack at sea

NANTUCKET, Mass. — A member of a fishing boat crew attacked his fellow crew members at sea with a knife and a hammer, killing one of them, federal prosecutors said. Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, was charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the attack Sunday on the Virginia-based fishing vessel Captain Billy … Continue reading NANTUCKET, Mass | Fishing crew member charged with murder in attack at sea

LAWRENCE, Mass. | Official: Pressure sensors focus of gas explosions probe

LAWRENCE, Mass. — The investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday. NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the sensors can signal for … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Mass. | Official: Pressure sensors focus of gas explosions probe

LAWRENCE, Mass. | Everyone wants answers: Mass., feds hunt for gas blast cause

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of fiery natural gas explosions that killed a teen driver in his car just hours after he got his license, injured at least 25 others and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins. Authorities said an estimated 8,000 people were displaced at … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Mass. | Everyone wants answers: Mass., feds hunt for gas blast cause