Opponents of power line from Canada seek delay

A number of groups and individuals are asking the U.S. Energy Department to delay its consideration of a plan to run a new electric transmission line through northern New Hampshire until the department fully examines the effects of importing hydroelectric power from Canada.

Among the groups filing the request to delay the Northern Pass project are the Conservation Law Foundation; the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust; the Appalachian Mountain Club; the Coos Community Benefits Alliance; the North Country Council; the Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club; the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests; and others.

Many North Country residents oppose the project. Opponents worry the power lines would be an eyesore that could erode property values and hurt tourism. Some wonder if the project is needed at all.


Victim identified as wife of man who sawed into leg

Authorities have identified a Massachusetts woman they say was bludgeoned to death by her husband days before he committed suicide by cutting into his leg with a power saw as police watched from the doorway.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said Friday that an autopsy determined that blunt force trauma to the skull and brain caused the death of 49-year-old Jettie Lincoln. The manner of death was homicide.

Police responding to a family request to check on the home on Monday night saw Lincoln’s husband, 49-year-old Keith, sitting on the couch in the living room. He then picked up a circular saw and cut one of his legs. He died in hospital.

The bodies of his wife and two dogs were found lying on a bed covered with a blanket. Her injuries were consistent with being struck by a mason hammer found nearby.


Governor finds inspiration in Baltimore bioscience hub

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says a visit to Baltimore’s growing bioscience hub is giving him and other state leaders a glimpse of Providence’s possible future.

Chafee, an independent, spent Friday touring the University of Maryland Medical Center and BioPark, a bioscience innovation and research center. He was joined by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, the House speaker and the Senate president.

Chafee says it’s a potential model for the creation of a medical, life-sciences and research zone in Providence.

Chafee made a similar trip to Houston’s Texas Medical Center in February, but he says Baltimore may be a better model for Providence.


Rescuers answer 911 call made by suffering house

After months of enduring a leaking pipe that buckled its floors and sagged its ceilings, an empty Massachusetts house somehow called police for help.

The Salem News reports the 911 call went out to police from a house in Marblehead on Wednesday after water short-circuited the phone system, apparently sparking the emergency call.

Officers were sent to the address after the call was recorded as a hang-up and a return call got static.

Inside, they found the wreckage, including potentially toxic mold, from a pipe that apparently burst during the winter.

Town officials say the interior may have to be gutted.

Police couldn’t immediately locate owner James Cowen.