Tsarnaev defense requests death penalty expert again

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is asking to have a second prominent death penalty expert added to his defense team.

In April, chief federal public defender Miriam Conrad asked a judge to appoint Judy Clarke and David Bruck to help defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The judge approved Clarke, a San Diego lawyer and death penalty opponent, but denied the request for Bruck, a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia.

Now that Tsarnaev has been indicted on 30 counts, many of which could bring the death penalty, his attorneys are again asking to add Bruck to the team. They say he’s especially well-qualified because of his extensive experience with death penalty cases.


As heat continues, region nears record for power use

New England’s power grid operator says demand for electricity could close in on a seven-year record as businesses and individuals crank up their air conditioners to cope with the weeklong heat wave.

ISO-New England says the record for power use was 28,130 megawatts on Aug. 2, 2006. ISO said Monday that demand for 27,900 megawatts is possible Thursday.

Spokeswoman Marcia Blomberg said ISO expects to have enough power to meet demand, but there’s a potential that a surplus of more than 2,000 megawatts could run thin. The Holyoke-based grid operator said it may seek emergency electricity from other regions. The National Weather Service said temperatures in much of New England are expected to be in the mid- to high 90s through Saturday.


College worker hurt in fall from second-story window

Police say a Dartmouth College employee fell out of a second-floor window at a fraternity and was seriously injured.

The 21-year-old man fell Saturday from the Sigma Nu fraternity. His name has not been released.

Hanover police said an investigation shows the man and two others were believed to have been using LSD and marijuana before the fall. One of them also was hospitalized for treatment related to drug use. The 20-year-old was not affiliated with the college.

The other, a 2013 graduate of Dartmouth, was renting a room on the second floor of the fraternity. The 22-year-old was not deemed in need of medical attention.


Officials usher in project to replace two I-95 bridges

Federal and state officials in Rhode Island on Monday kicked off a major project to replace two bridges that carry Interstate 95 through the heart of Providence.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the state’s congressional delegation, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and others participated in a ground-breaking ceremony for the Providence Viaduct project.

Two new spans will be built to replace the deteriorating bridges that carry I-95 near the Providence Place Mall. The original bridges were built in 1964.

The work is expected to cost nearly $150 million and stretch into late 2018. Construction will be done in phases in an effort to minimize disruptions. The state will pay 20 percent of the cost, with federal money being used for the rest.


Body of missing woman found in upside-down car

Nashua police say a body found in a car in an area of heavy vegetation has been identified as a woman who had been missing for more than two weeks.

Police said they received a report of a car on its roof off Temple Street on Saturday afternoon. They said the car was registered to Sarah McCormack, 29, who was last seen on June 26.

On Monday, police said an autopsy done Sunday confirmed the woman was McCormack.


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