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BOSTON – Massachusetts is one of a dozen states working on a new cap-and-trade program to reduce vehicle emissions, but critics say the plan could be a boon for New Hampshire and other border states that don’t go along with it.

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Traditions and icons of the holiday season are woven into a modern message in the original stage musical “Holiday Delights,” which opens Friday at Gloucester Stage.

Drivers who regularly travel Grant Circle contended with heavier traffic than usual Monday and Tuesday evening and should be ready for more of the same Thursday.

The long-term health of Gloucester's two main industrial parks, which employee more than 2,300 people between them, will depend in part on improving access via public transportation and finding other ways to expand the pool of workers available to employers, a report released this week concludes.

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It may get a tad crowded under the Blynman Bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday, as a state-contracted engineering crew will perform a regularly scheduled structural inspection of the 112-year-old drawbridge.

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In what is becoming a tradition, local veterans will face off on the gridiron three hours before the cadets of West Point and the midshipmen of Annapolis square off Saturday in college football’s annual Army-Navy game in Philadelphia.

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BOSTON — The state Public Health Council approved new regulations for vaping Wednesday, putting in place tighter restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes and other vaping products that spurred a public health emergency this year.

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:

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Like Rudolph leading Santa's sleigh team, state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester will once again headline thes annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive.

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A local minister has officially pulled the plug on her plan to open a taproom where parents could enjoy beer brewed on-site while children played nearby, and any profits generated would go to local charities.

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BOSTON — Frank Shaw vapes medical marijuana to relieve discomfort in his feet from neuropathy, back pain and insomnia. The drug provides relief, he said, without the danger of addictive opioids.

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, one lesson embraced by law enforcement and emergency managers was the overarching necessity of reliable communications systems to provide safety to the public in times of crisis.

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:

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BOSTON — Thousands of people prescribed Purdue Pharma opioids such as OxyContin will die of overdoses while the company pursues bankruptcy as part of a court settlement with states, Attorney General Maura Healey and the other states that oppose the proposed settlement contend in their latest…

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Sweet-tasting Pandalus borealis, the local shrimp, a favorite served as a holiday appetizer, won't be on the menu any time soon.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A fishing vessel that capsized and sank miles off Martha's Vineyard with four fishermen aboard has been found.

Federal fishing regulators are limiting the amount of herring that fishermen can catch off New England until the end of the year. The fish is used for food and bait.

BOSTON — Lawmakers want to mandate HIV tests in cases where first responders might have been infected, but the effort faces pushback from those who say the changes are based on fear and misinformation about how the disease is spread.

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As the nation divides on the topic of guns, a local voter registration organization and group of curious students are creating a space of dialogue for all.

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On Friday, Capt. Joe Sanfilippo of Extreme Gloucester Fishing learned that he'd finished third in a business plan competition organized by Salem State University. 

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:

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BOSTON — The MBTA for years failed to conduct key maintenance and inspections, apply industry-wide safety standards or ensure accountability on its core transit, an independent panel concluded in a report set to be released today.

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ROCKPORT — It's was a beautiful day for a boat ride if a bit a bit chill.

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BOSTON — Hundreds of opioid addicts have turned to Gloucester police for help under a controversial program that gives those who turn over their drugs a chance to get clean without getting busted.

ROCKPORT — As attendance continues to decline, budgets continue to rise and a possible override of tax-limiting Proposition 2½ on the horizon, Rockport Public Schools are trying to perfect a balancing act — cut costs while maintaining a robust and effective school environment for students.

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BEVERLY -- Each year, the residents of Colonial Gardens, a Hawthorn Senior Living facility, participate in a Gingerbread House contest with residents of sister facilities across America. This year, the Beverly residents chose the challenge of spicing up Rockport's iconic Motif No. 1. With gi…

Middle Street “elves” will be busy this week preparing for the annual Middle Street Walk next Saturday, Dec. 14, with activities from morning to afternoon in the heart of Gloucester. The day culminates in the lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.

BOSTON — Potholes, crumbling bridges and a problem-plagued mass transit system are among the state’s transportation woes, and advocates say new money is needed for repairs.

The Gloucester man arrested last Saturday morning on numerous charges, including his fifth drunk driving offense, was released on bail Friday and is due back in Gloucester District Court for a Jan. 13 pretrial hearing.

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:

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A solo show of works by Karen Tusinski opens with a free public reception on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Rockport Art Association & Museum. The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 31, features oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the down…

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Holiday events in Manchester-by-the-Sea begin this Saturday, Dec. 7, when Santa will arrive by boat at 1 p.m. at Masconomo Park, followed by the Jingle Bell Walk with Santa to the Manchester Community Center to enjoy festivities until 3 p.m.  On Sunday, Dec. 8, there is a Christmas Concert a…

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Hello there! We’re Galle, Marizol and Yala, 4-month-old Labrador retriever mixes looking for our forever families. Each of us — two girls and a boy — are sure to make a great companion given some time and space to settle in! Stop by and meet us today to see if one of us is the pet you have b…