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Review: Annie Baker’s moving ‘The Flick’ soars high in its Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Annie Baker’s brilliant “The Flick” is about movies, but much more. It’s about working dead-end, minimum-wage jobs and using movies to escape. It’s about the difficulties we have in connecting to each other through our social masks.

Massachusetts takes toughest action yet on vaping products

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency Tuesday and announced a ban on the sale of all vaping products for a period of four months, effective immediately.

Rebecca Budig talks 'General Hospital,' Massachusetts fan events Special

Emmy-nominated actress Rebecca Budig (Hayden Barnes on "General Hospital") chatted with Digital Journal about her upcoming shows in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts moves closer to cannabis 'cafes' and home delivery

Boston - Massachusetts is inching closer to licensing so-called “cannabis cafes” where individuals could smoke the drug in a communal setting, while also allowing for the home delivery of marijuana.

Breaking the cannabis color barrier in Massachusetts

Boston - The regulated cannabis industry is transforming an underground economy into a dynamic engine of commercial activity in Massachusetts. One thing is missing in this picture, though: there are very few minority-owned businesses.

Federal government offshore wind auction shatters records

After the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) much-hyped August oil and gas auction bombed, the agency hit it big this week with their offshore wind auction — with a record-setting total of bids at $410 million for three tracts of ocean.

Competition for offshore wind ramps up in Massachusetts

Massachusetts appears to be on track to become the nation's leader in offshore wind power, with three companies, including two from Denmark and one based in New England prepared to bid on the contracts.

Rattled residents force Massachusetts to drop snake island plans

Boston - Timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts are going to have to fend for themselves, now that a state plan to set aside an island in a state reservoir as a protected habitat for them has been struck down by worried citizens.

Massachusetts looks to Canada for clean, renewable electricity

Canada's renewable energy sector may get a huge boost now that Massachusetts has requested a supply of clean, renewable electricity via proposed transmission lines through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Opioid use produces cluster of unusual amnesia cases in U.S.

Boston - Besides opioid abuse being at epidemic levels in the United States, something just as worrisome is happening to drug users in eastern Massachusetts and possibly elsewhere. So far, 14 cases of amnesia brought on by opioid use have surfaced.

Mass. proposed bill wants 100 percent renewable energy by 2035

Lawmakers in the state of Massachusetts wants the state to rely on renewable resources by 2035, so they have proposed a bill.

Contaminated Cape Cod oysters sicken 75 people with Norovirus

Wellfleet - Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), working with local health authorities have closed the shellfish beds in the town of Wellfleet due to a norovirus outbreak.

Green Thumbs Up: Endangered Mass. rattlesnakes to get own habitat

Boston - Plans are in the works for Massachusetts to establish a protected enclave for timber rattlesnakes on an island in the middle of the state's largest body of water, not to protect people from the venomous reptiles, but to protect the snakes from people.

Nursery for rare sand tiger sharks found outside New York City

New York City - In the waters not far from bustling New York City, scientists and veterinarians have made an amazing find in Long Island's Great South Bay: a nursery for sand tiger sharks, scary-looking due to their spiky teeth but usually docile to humans.

Listeria fears spark recall of over 9,000 cases of frozen corn

More than 9,000 cases of frozen corn are being recalled by Bonduelle USA Inc., due to potential Listeria contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced in a press release on Monday.

Bail withheld for Christian rocker held on child porn possession

Chicopee - A Christian rock musician from Massachusetts will remain behind bars pending trial because the FBI contends thousands of downloaded images of child pornography were allegedly found on his computer.

U.S. plane crash kills three, sets home ablaze

Washington - A small plane crashed into a US home Sunday killing all three of the people on board, while the house's occupants escaped a devastating blaze that erupted immediately, officials said.

Massachusetts home care workers win $15/hr starting wage

Home care workers in Massachusetts have won an increase in minimum pay to $15 per hour. The pay increase, which took months of negotiation, will help the state's 35,000 personal care attendants.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry out of hospital following surgery

Boston - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Friday to be "fully engaged" in nuclear talks with Iran when he returns to Geneva after surgery on his fractured leg.

Woman accused of scamming fund set up for Boston bombing victims

Jamaica Plain - A Massachusetts woman has been indicted for allegedly fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from a fund set up for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, and for obtaining thousands more from other fundraising sources, officials said on Thursday.

Op-Ed: Walker compares unions to ISIS, gets well-deserved slap by Warren

Madison - One thing is becoming very clear about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Either he is a bumbling fool or he needs to fire his speech writer. When Walker compared unions to ISIS, Sen. Warren handed his cluelessness back to him on a rhetorical platter.

Man in Mass. selling bottles of snow for $89

Manchester - A man from Massachusetts found a way to turn record-setting snow that fell in the area into cash, by selling bottles of it for $89.

Op-Ed: New Yorkers told to stay off roads, transit as blizzard strikes

New York City - There was a time, not too long ago, when the U.S. Post Office took great pride in delivering the mail to every American, six days a week without fail.

Mass. woman charged with murder in death of two infants

Blackstone - A Blackstone, Massachusetts woman has been indicted on two charges of murder after the skeletal remains of three of her children were found in her filthy home, literally crawling with vermin in September.

Op-Ed: Why Mark Wahlberg deserves no pardon

Boston - Famous actor Mark Wahlberg was a wild child! Perhaps unknown to many cinephiles, Marky Mark, prior to his modeling and acting days, brutally attacked two Asian men while committing a robbery at age 16. Today, Wahlberg wants a pardon. He shouldn't get it.

Westminister, MA, considering banning all tobacco products

Westminster - Westminsiter, a town in central Massachusetts, is considering becoming the first town in the U.S. to ban all tobacco products.

Twitter invests $10 million in MIT social media lab

Twitter is giving every tweet on its network to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, as well as a $10 million investment, to create a hub to better learn how to understand and use social networks.

Review: Soulpepper's 'Crucible' remount in Toronto still full of power Special

Toronto - “Death of a Salesman” may be Arthur Miller’s most revered play, but “The Crucible”, his 1953 drama about the seventeenth-century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, holds up as his most stinging study of evil and hypocrisy in human nature.

Op-Ed: Food Philosopher ponders the culture and ethics of eating habits Special

Worcester - The students of Holy Cross College professor Andrea Borghini in Worcester, Massachusetts have the opportunity to not only look at what they eat, but they get to ponder the philosophy of food.

Massachusetts couple legally adding 'Seamonster' to their names

A young married couple from the American state of Massachusetts is seeking to legally add 'Seamonster' to their middle names.
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Erika Murray was charged with the murder of two of the three infants found in her home in September.
Erika Murray was charged with the murder of two of the three infants found in her home in September.
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BOMBING: Authorities help evacuate spectators after twin explosions disrupted the 2013 Boston Marath...
BOMBING: Authorities help evacuate spectators after twin explosions disrupted the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds.
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A picture of the mutant lobster with the triple claws that was just caught off the coast of Massachusetts.
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"Alone Together" is Sherry Turkle's latest book about the impact of technology upon human behavior and society.
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Vineyard Wind is one of three companies bidding on the offshore wind project.
Vineyard Wind is one of three companies bidding on the offshore wind project.
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A screenshot from Massachusetts Senate hopeful Andrew Pontbriand's Facebook page.
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SETTLED: An Uber car with markings from three rideshare company signs waits for its next driving assignment in Venice, Calif., in 2014.
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Quabbin Reservoir is the largest body of water in the state. Mount Zion Island can't be seen in this view.
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Rolling Ridge, North Andover, Mass
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In some places, soiled diapers were a foot-and-a half deep on the floors.
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Professor Andrea Borghini, PhD teaches courses in food and its philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
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An explosion destroyed a strip club in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The Blackstone "horror house" has been demolished.
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