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BOSTON — Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Nov. 2-6. The House last week teed up and approved several pro-veteran bills. The bills now move to the Senate. Supporters said that the state’s veterans are heroes who deserve to be...
Alan Berman and Betsy Alkins of Warwick made their own special signs to display at the Nov. 10 pipeline hearing in Boston.  Photo by Rice Flanders
Two days ago in Boston, elected representatives from our region, including Susannah Whipps Lee (R-Athol), offered a joint statement of testimony designed to protect conservation land across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The testimony was given at a hearing of the Joint Committee on State...
Students’ reports of “mystery meat” and other complaints about the suspect quality of school cafeteria food are nothing new, but the outcry has gone to a whole new level since the introduction of the federal government’s new school lunch health standards in 2010. As a new U.S. Government...
DEAR ABBY: I am a divorcee with a problem. My longtime friend “Paul” and I decided to move in together so I could save some money because of my very expensive divorce. The problem is, I think I am falling for him, and I get really jealous when he brings dates home. When I told him I’m starting...
Athol-Royalston Middle School Principal Tom Telicki has an ambitious description of the climate that he wants to create at his school: “I want every student to want to come to school.” When you consider that he’s talking about middle school students, that seems like something of a stretch. But...
Drones, those spidery little flying gizmos, suddenly seem to be everywhere; and judging from the store shelves, thousands will shortly be appearing under Christmas trees across the nation. Most of these are still at the toy stage, like radio-controlled mini-cars or model planes. Very quickly,...
DEAR ABBY: I’m a mostly happily married wife and mother. I love tattoos. When I was younger, I was engaged to my soul mate. His name is tattooed on my wrists in honor of the love we shared. Unfortunately, he was killed in a car accident. Several years later, I met and married my husband, “Brett...
“All I could think is, you dirty, low-down rotten scoundrels. How could anyone with a conscience do something like this?” That was the reaction of Rhonda Leach, the wife of a retired Peabody Energy Corp. coal miner, when she discovered that the company that employed her husband and promised him...
DEAR ABBY: A year ago, I ended a turbulent five-year relationship with my boyfriend, “Alex,” that resulted in a special-needs child. Alex is not living in reality when it comes to our daughter’s disabilities, and his family is not present in her life. Our daughter, “Meghan,” spent months in the...
White to move.
Online chess is an excellent way to sharpen your chess skills. Unlike playing against a computer, it allows you to face opponents with human intuition and human flaws. Computers are programmed to view their options, calculate possible responses and determine the safest moves with the best yield...

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