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State Official Surveys Winter Storm Damage Along Massachusetts Coast

SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) - The state's top environmental official has toured several Cape Cod beaches that were pummeled by severe winter storms.

The visit Friday by Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton to Sandwich and Barnstable comes as Massachusetts assesses damage around the state in anticipation of filing a federal disaster assistance request.

Beaton says

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Free String Instrument Lessons Offered to New Bedford Middle School Students

Middle-school age students in New Bedford schools are being offered a new opportunity to expand their musical horizons.

Keith, Normandin, and Roosevelt Middle Schools will soon offer free, weekly group lessons for students interested in learning string instruments

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Human Head Transplants Possible In The Near Future

24/7 News Source - The first head transplant is less than two years away.

That was the revelation made today by an Italian surgeon. The surgeon from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group said the Frankenstein-style procedure to attach a person's head on to a donor body would be used to extend the lives of people who have suffered degeneration of the muscles or nerves.

The procedur

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Facebook Goes Gender Neutral

24/7 News Source - Facebook is giving its users a new way to identify themselves.

You can now simply fill-in-the-blank when it comes to your gender.

The update is a part of Facebook's efforts to expand gender identity. Facebook initia

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Jim Phillips / TSM

Is South Coast Rail Affected By MBTA Issues?

Will South Coast Rail take a backseat to Boston's transit woes? Governor Charlie Baker says not necessarily.

With the MBTA facing severe structural and financial issues, Governor Baker says it's important to keep in mind there is still much work to be done before the state breaks ground on a commuter line to the Southeastern part of the state

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Quinn Officially Sworn In As Bristol County District Attorney

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn is officially sworn in to his position.

After Sam Sutter was elected Mayor of Fall River, then Governor Deval Patrick appointed Quinn as Acting DA, until Governor Charlie Baker made Quinn's position permanent last month

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Jim Phillips | TSM

Mayor Pushing Energy Management Contract

It looks like Siemens Energy will have a much bigger role in saving New Bedford some money beyond L-E-D streetlights.

The city is looking to enter into an energy management services agreement with the company, which would hold Siemens to whatever energy savings they guarantee

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Boston Restaurant Affected By Marathon Bombing To Close

BOSTON (AP) - A restaurant that was heavily damaged in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings but later reopened is closing its doors on March 1.

The Forum's owner announced Tuesday its rent was being tripled, making it ``financially impossible'' to operate at the Back Bay location on Boylston Street.

The second o

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Witness Calls Aaron Hernandez ‘A Perfect Gentleman’

A would-be personal trainer for Aaron Hernandez was called to the witness stand Tuesday during Hernandez's murder trial.

Brian McDonough operates a strength and conditioning business in Foxboro, and was supposed to meet with Hernandez for the first time on June 17, 2013, the day Odin Lloyd was killed

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Dartmouth Discourages Use of “R”-Word

The Dartmouth School District will be making a concerted effort to remove a word from the vocabulary of the students.

The Town Select Board Monday night went on record in support of the "End the R-Word" movement, which discourages the use of the words "retard" and "retarded"

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