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Domingo Espinosa, with the crew from DuraTurf, works on final touches with the artificial lawn the company installed at the home of Christopher Knight, the actor who played Peter Brady on the Brady Bunch television series, who had the turf installed because of California's drought. Knight spent about $4,000 on the turf installation. Illustrates DROUGHT-ASTROTURF (category a), by Rob Kuznia (c) 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Saturday, May 23, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post photo by David Walter Banks)

Makers of fake grass find green in drought

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Christopher Knight makes no apologies: He likes a green lawn. But the actor best known for playing middle son Peter on The Brady Bunch also wants to do his part to conserve water. The solution? Fake grass. “It feels totally different,” Knight, 57, marveled one day last week, stepping barefoot onto a deceptively lifelike expanse of newly installed plastic turf. …

Mass. health care industry spent $19M lobbying lawmakers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry’s political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has nearly doubled from the $10.8 million spent in 2007, according to an Associated Press review of lobbying …

Setting the stage: N.H. political veterans talk about what it takes to throw a good campaign event

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you’re a presidential candidate looking to make your mark in New Hampshire, the old adage rings true: Location, location, location. There’s no shortage of iconic campaign stops that have produced legendary primary moments over the years, but when voters show up to a town hall, a house party, a Politics and Eggs …

Proposal would raise application fees for major utility projects like Northern Pass

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Energy developers will have to pay hefty application fees to start the state’s permitting process, if a bill passed by the Senate yesterday becomes law. The state Site Evaluation Committee is charged with approving large-scale energy projects in …

In Concord, Jeb Bush tells crowd “I’m a little different than my dad and my brother”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Anne Coughlin of Concord has listened to a lot of presidential hopefuls over the years, and has seen candidates named Bush and Clinton dominate the headlines. The same names are again in the spotlight as the presidential primary …

License Revocations

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The director of motor vehicles released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Jeffrey F. Sapier, 36, of Allenstown ∎ Chad W. Larochelle, 25, of Alton ∎ Thomas W. Beckwith, 54, of Concord ∎ Matthew T. Caldwell, 35, of Concord ∎ Christine E. Graves, 27, of Concord ∎ Todd Paris, 45, …

State budget: Senate pushing to restore cuts to health services

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Senate budget writers moved yesterday to restore many of the deepest cuts to health services in the House’s $11.2 billion budget, including services for older residents, people with developmental disabilities and substance abuse treatment. “What we did today was a compassionate budget in regards to health and human …

Pirate Bay defies court order with intimidating new logo

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Though it’s been raided by Swedish authorities, sued and just had its native Swedish domain piratebay.sg shut down, Pirate Bay has yet to walk the plank. Indeed, the same day the peer-to-peer file sharing site – which facilitates the illegal downloading of films and other media – lost …

Jerusalem: Israel scraps bus plan many critics had called racist

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday canceled a plan that would have banned Palestinian laborers from riding on the same buses with Jewish settlers in the West Bank, just hours after it was announced — an embarrassing about-face …

Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed yesterday. The …

Islamic State seizes ancient town of Palmyra in Syria

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed yesterday, a stunning triumph for the group only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq. It was unclear …

Banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to market rigging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed yesterday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets – a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal …

Capitol cops get bathroom training after guns left in toilet

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Capitol Police officers are getting training after officers accidentally left their guns in the Capitol’s public bathrooms three times this year. One gun was found by a child. “We are now providing additional training on what to do …