Sunday April 28, 2013

Massachusetts:

DC flies Boston’s

flag over city hall

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia is adopting Boston’s city flag this weekend as a symbol of solidarity.

Mayor Vincent Gray announced Friday that Boston’s flag will be flying over the city’s Wilson Building this weekend after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The district is hosting the Nike Women’s half marathon Sunday. Also, the Washington Capitals play the Boston Bruins on Saturday at the Verizon Center.

Massachusetts:

Museum exhibits dinosaur bones

AMHERST (AP) -- An Amherst College alumnus and his wife have donated a dinosaur skeleton to the western Massachusetts school.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that John Middleton, a 1977 Amherst College graduate, and wife Leigh purchased the well-preserved Dryosaurus altus skeleton at auction for an undisclosed amount. It’s now on display at the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College.

The public is able to view the 31Ž2-foot tall and 10-foot long skeleton beginning this weekend. It’s the first new addition in decades to Beneski’s collection of dinosaurs.

Museum director and geology professor Tekla Harms describes the Dryosaurus as a small and fleet herbivore.

Massachusetts:

City official earns diploma 40 years late

NORTHAMPTON (AP) -- The Northampton City Council’s president is finally getting his high school diploma.


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The Republican reports that Council President William Dwight was to have received his diploma in Holyoke in 1973, but was expelled from various prep schools. He recently passed General Educational Development tests.

Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s "Rachel Maddow Show," will present Dwight his diploma at the Academy of Music in Northampton on June 2.

Vermont:

State utility expanding

‘cow power’ program

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Customers of Vermont’s largest electric utility can now take advantage of the "Cow Power" program that generates power by using methane produced from cow manure to run generators.

GMP says the Vermont Public Service Board recently approved expanding the GMP Cow Power Program to the utility’s entire service territory.

Cow Power was first offered to customers in 2004.

The GMP Cow Power program currently includes 12 farms, and generates 16 million kilowatt-hours of power a year -- enough to completely power 2,200 average Vermont homes.

Customers who choose to be a part of the Cow Power program pay an extra 4 cents per kilowatt hour.