Growers See Strong Apple-Picking Season In New England

August 30, 2015
McIntosh apples hang on a tree on Sunday at Carlson Orchards, in Harvard, Mass. Apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. (Steven Senne/AP)

According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year’s and 18 percent above the region’s five-year average.

Westminster Police: Escaped Water Buffalo Is Safely Back With Owner

August 30, 2015

Police in the central Massachusetts town of Westminster are advising people to be on the lookout for a roaming water buffalo that escaped from a farm exhibit overnight. However, police said in a statement that people should not try to approach or capture the animal.

Mass. Regional Forums To Focus On Open Meeting Law

August 30, 2015

The forums are part of an effort by the attorney general’s office to help state, local, regional and county public bodies understand and comply with the requirements of the law.

Boston Offers Seniors Program To Upgrade Heating Systems

August 30, 2015

Under the “Seniors Save” program, eligible homeowners will receive a $3,500 grant toward upgrades to their heating systems.

Photos: Caribbean Carnival Brings The Islands To Boston

August 30, 2015
The 2015 Boston Caribbean Carnival. (Greg Cook)

Thousands of masqueraders, stilters and revelers filled Boston’s streets for the 42nd annual Caribbean Carnival parade yesterday.

5 Shot, 1 Fatally, Ahead Of Caribbean Festival

August 29, 2015

Five people were shot, one fatally, in three separate shootings early Saturday morning in Dorchester, officials said.

At Norwood Rally, Trump Vows To Deport ‘Illegal Immigrants,’ Stresses Friendship With Tom Brady

August 29, 2015
Donald Trump speaks at a private rally in Norwood, Mass. (Simón Rios/WBUR)

Donald Trump repeated his pledge to crack down on undocumented immigrants at Ernie’s Summer Bash, a rally held at for the Republican presidential candidate at the car magnate’s estate in Norwood.

Wynn Earns Key State Approval For Everett Casino

August 29, 2015
An artist’s rendering of the proposed Wynn casino in Everett (Courtesy Wynn Resorts Holdings)

Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton wrote in a 27-page memo that Wynn’s plan to address traffic and environmental impacts “adequately and properly complies” with the state Environmental Policy Act.

‘Serious Mission’ Kept Market Basket Employees Going During Last Year’s Walkout

August 28, 2015

A year ago today, ousted Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas was reinstated after a weeks-long employee walkout and customer boycott calling for his return.

NYT Magazine’s Emily Bazelon Discusses Verdict In N.H. Prep School Rape Trial

August 28, 2015

Emily Bazelon said the jury, which convicted 19-year-old Owen Labrie on three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault on a 15-year-old classmate but acquitted him on felony rape charges, did not come down clearly on either side.

A New Take On The ‘Green’ In Green Monster: Urban Farming At Fenway

August 28, 2015
Jessie Banhazl of Green City Growers and Brendan Shea of Recover Green Roofs work on the farm at Fenway Park. (Meghna Chakrabarti/WBUR)

We tour Fenway Farm, a 5,000 square foot garden on a rooftop of Fenway Park.

Schooner Delivers Maine Produce To Boston Harbor The Old-Fashioned Way

August 28, 2015
The Adventure sits in Portland Harbor, ready to be stocked with Maine goods before setting sail to Boston. (Tom Porter/MPRN)

A 90-year-old schooner is heading to Boston, laden with three tons of Maine-grown farm produce, aiming to make a serious point about food systems and regional economics.

Week In Review: N.H. Rape Case Verdict, Tsarnaev Juror Speaks, And Green Line Extension Delays

August 28, 2015
Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie testifies in his rape trial at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H., on Wednesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Former federal judge Nancy Gertner and Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute, go behind the headlines in our Week In Review.

Former N.H. Prep School Student Convicted Of Sex Charges

August 28, 2015
Attorney J.W. Carney puts his arm around Owen Labrie, as he weeps in court after his verdict is read at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday in Concord, N.H. Labrie, 19, was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses against a 15-year-old former classmate. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP)

Owen Labrie, 19, was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses against a 15-year-old girl.

State’s Highest Court Tosses Out Local Law Restricting Where Sex Offenders Can Live

August 28, 2015

The ruling could have broad implications for about 40 other communities with similar restrictions.

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