Cause of death investigated for pilot whale on beach

A pilot whale has died on a Duxbury beach.

A spokesman for the New England Aquarium said the 14-foot, 6-inch long pilot whale was reported on the beach by boaters about 8 a.m. Monday and likely died very quickly.

The whale was male and looked to be an adolescent. A necropsy is planned to determine a cause of death.

Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse said there was no visible evidence of trauma or entanglement in fishing gear.

He said pilot whales are extremely social marine mammals quite common in Massachusetts waters. He said two other pilot whales, probably responding to the distress of the whale on the beach, were seen in nearby waters but appear to be OK.


UMass president launches four-day bus tour of state

The new president of the University of Massachusetts is launching a four-day, 400-mile bus tour of the state to both promote the five-campus system and listen to concerns and suggestions.

Robert Caret, who took office on July 1, begins the tour in Berkshire County on Monday with a meeting with business, civic and educational officials at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams and also in Pittsfield.

Caret said his goal is to discuss ways to work together to keep the university and in turn the entire state as prosperous as possible.

The tour is also making stops in Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst, Worcester, Lowell, New Bedford, Fall River and Boston.

The university has campuses in Amherst, Lowell, Boston and Dartmouth and a medical school in Worcester.


Police investigate stabbings of more than one person

Police in Nashua are investigating an incident in which more than one person was stabbed.

The stabbings occurred on Spruce Street about 11 p.m. Sunday.

WMUR-TV reported that officers were processing the crime scene Monday morning and the attorney general’s office was assisting in the investigation.

There was no immediate word on the identities of the victims, the extent of their injuries or whether there had been any arrests.


More than 1,000 students join Occupy Wall Street

More than 1,000 students from 10 area colleges have joined the Occupy Wall Street movement with a march through downtown Boston.

The protesters gathered on Boston Common and marched past the Massachusetts Statehouse on Monday afternoon carrying signs reading “Apathy isn’t working,” and chanting slogans like: “Fund education, not corporations.”

Protesters marched to a Charlestown bridge near the city’s North End neighborhood hoping to hang a banner.

Police blocked the bridge, which was closed for about an hour before the protesters dispersed. Two demonstrators appeared to scuffle with officers during the standoff. Police did not immediately report any arrests.


Hudson man dies of injuries after pickup runs him over

A man has died after being run over by his own pickup truck in Marlborough.

Police told the MetroWest Daily News that the 73-year-old Hudson resident was standing behind his pickup truck Monday on Harvard Street when it began to move. The victim, who became pinned under the vehicle, was later taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the truck may have popped out of gear, but the investigation is continuing.


Wind project work goes on despite stop-work order

The stop-work order continues for a big wind power project being built on northern Vermont’s Lowell Mountain, but work remains under way.

State environmental regulators last week issued the order due to excessive sediment running off the project site with storm water.

Dorothy Schnure, spokeswoman for project developer Green Mountain Power, said construction of a road that is being built to carry equipment up the mountain has stopped, but work continues on parts of the project devoted to handling storm water.

Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment said problems on the site confirm what critics of the project feared — that it will be impossible to build the 21-turbine wind power project without major damage to the environment.


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