TLC — The Associated Press
12/19/2014 07:50 AM EST - BOSTON >> The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino's leg, but they couldn't rob her of her joy as a new bride.   Full Story
Prosecutors drop murder charge against Springfield man
12/19/2014 07:42 AM EST - SPRINGFIELD >> Authorities have dropped a murder charge against a Springfield man who'd been charged with a fatal drive-by shooting in the city two years ago. Full Story

Jane Flavell Collins — the associated press
12/18/2014 04:59 PM EST - BOSTON >> Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.   Full Story
Obama calls into Massachusetts governor's show
12/18/2014 02:47 PM EST - BOSTON >> Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded hundreds of calls during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. Full Story

12/18/2014 11:06 AM EST - BOSTON >> Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013.   Full Story
12/19/2014 08:05 AM EST - DRACUT -- Former 17-year Dracut High English teacher Robert Moulton's insistent use of "sexually graphic" language in his classroom ultimately justified the district's decision to terminate him from his $75,000-per-year position, according to the   Full Story
Club News
12/19/2014 08:19 AM EST - Send information for this listing 10 days in advance of publication to: Club News, Lifestyle Department, The Sun, 491 Dutton St. Full Story

12/19/2014 06:36 AM EST - By Amelia Pak-Harvey TYNGSBORO -- Facing a possible 27 percent cut to regional-school transportation funding stemming from a statewide budget deficit, Greater Lowell Technical High School is the latest to join a   Full Story
Dracut High drama involving fired teacher: 'I'm not leaving until I'm arrested'
12/19/2014 08:38 AM EST - DRACUT -- Just after 11 a.m. Thursday, police say former 17-year Dracut High English teacher Robert Moulton banged on the locked doors and screamed at the bolted windows of his former workplace from which he is legally banned. Full Story

12/19/2014 06:35 AM EST - By Matt Murphy State House News Service BOSTON -- State-mandated health benefits beginning in 2015 for services such as alcohol and drug counseling or abuse-deterrent opioids will add $2 to $18 per year to the cost of an annual policy,   Full Story
12/18/2014 07:38 PM EST - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Tuesday's regular Cambridge Central School District board of education meeting preceded a special public meeting on Wednesday night between the board and the building committee, to discuss options for addressing storm drain issues. The board of education gave its second reading of policy revisions at its Tuesday meeting, the final of which will be administered on Jan.   Full Story
Cambridge's Battenkill Books to expand children's section with donation from author
12/18/2014 07:33 PM EST - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Battenkill Books announced its receipt of a monetary donation from author James Patterson which will be used for a partial renovation at the Cambridge book retailer. The independent small-town bookstore, 15 E. Main St., was one of 81 stores nationwide, to benefit from Patterson's campaign to support independent bookstores, "#SaveOurBooks. Full Story

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12/18/2014 08:41 PM EST - The demands of FairPoint strikers are unreasonable and the company will not give in, CEO Paul Sunu wrote in a letter Wednesday to Gov. Peter Shumlin, in response to the governor's recent call for an end to the 62-day standoff. Sunu's letter said he wants to clarify misinformation from the union and assure the governor and the public it is still servicing customers, in some cases better than   Full Story
Mount Anthony Union High School begins search for next principal
12/18/2014 07:33 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> The Mount Anthony Union district board has officially begun the search for the next principal of Mount Anthony Union High School, as current principal Sue Maguire has officially announced that she will be retiring at the end of the school year. "It's not a rumor," said superintendent Jim Culkeen, during his bimonthly report, "Sue Maguire is retiring. Full Story

12/18/2014 07:01 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> A Bennington man is being charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct against children, and their mother is accused of providing false information to police to help cover it up. In October of this year, according to a statement written by Robert Zink of the Vermont State Police, Bennington County Special Victims Unit began an investigation into allegations of sexual   Full Story
12/19/2014 12:03 AM EST - Dec. 10 • On Nov. 30, the Brattleboro Police Department began an investigation into a report of trespassing at the Brattleboro Transportation Center.   Full Story
Brattleboro School Board names Todd Roach to fill vacancy
12/18/2014 11:52 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Town School Board has named Todd Roach as an interim school board member. Full Story

12/18/2014 11:51 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> He may have signed his letters "all my love," but police say Louis Medina was obstructing justice by sending four jailhouse missives urging his alleged victim to retract statements made to police.   Full Story
Dover employees keep preferred health care payment
12/18/2014 11:48 PM EST - DOVER >> Town employees got an early Christmas present when the Selectboard decided to keep their health care plan payment process the same. Full Story

12/18/2014 11:48 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> It's the most wonderful time of the year.   Full Story
Auschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union. Full Story