Chinese company emerges as top bidder to build new Red and Orange line cars
A railcar and locomotive manufacturer controlled by China’s government has emerged as the top bidder for a $566.6 million contract to supply the MBTA with new cars for the Red and Orange lines.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation board of directors is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the contract for CNR MA Corporation, which is a venture of China CNR Corporation Limited and CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.
Galvin gave no-bid contracts to firm that worked for his campaign
For two decades now, Secretary of State William F. Galvin has strictly enforced compliance with state lobbying laws, securities regulations and corporate filings. And as the keeper of all official records, he’s also a stickler for making sure state agencies retain important public records.
Yet Galvin’s own office has only scant records of its own decisions to award state contracts totaling nearly $440,000 over 10 years to a Washington-based political consulting firm that has done work for three of his reelection campaigns.
Champions of the printed word
The Boston Book Festival is expected to draw 25,000 people, suggesting the world of analog books isn’t going to evaporate.
Record on mental health changes may be predictor for Baker
Charlie Baker’s strategy with the state’s mental health system in 1991 may be a window into how he might handle costly issues as governor.
Nomination for surgeon general languishes
Politicians in both parties oppose the appointment of Dr. Vivek Murthy, a physician at Brigham and Women’s hospital.
7 bodies found in Indiana; suspect hints at more killings
HAMMOND, Ind. — A convicted sex offender may have killed at least seven women in Gary, Ind., and a neighboring northwest Indiana town in a string of homicides that could date back two decades, the police here said Monday.
The police said the suspect, Darren Vann, 43, a Gary resident, had confessed to killing at least one of the women and had led detectives to the bodies of the others.
City Council raises also may boost pensions
A pay increase would increase Councilor Charles C. Yancey’s pension by at least $16,000 a year if he remained in office through 2018.
WHO declares Nigeria free of Ebola; EU plans $1.3b in aid to fight disease
GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, officially free of Ebola infections on Monday, calling the outcome the triumphal result of “world class epidemiological detective work.”
The announcement came 42 days after the last reported infection in Nigeria’s outbreak, twice the maximum incubation period for the Ebola virus.
Market Basket cited as a model for other companies
US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez praised Arthur T. Demoulas for fostering an environment where workers could be heard.
Militant pleads not guilty in Benghazi attacks
WASHINGTON — A Libyan militant on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges arising from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Ahmed Abu Khattala, 43, entered the plea through his lawyer in a 15-minute court proceeding before a federal judge. He is eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
$40k for a marble? Have you lost your you-know-what?
For committed collectors, marbles are a serious enterprise that can generate thousands, maybe tens of thousands of dollars during a single weekend at a trade show.
Turkey says it will aid Kurdish forces in fight for Kobani
MURSITPINAR, Turkey — Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, to cross its border with Syria to help fight militants from the group called the Islamic State who have besieged the Syrian town of Kobani for more than a month, the Turkish foreign minister announced Monday.
The decision represents an important shift by the Turkish government, which has angered Kurdish leaders and frustrated Washington for weeks.
Keene, N.H., officials condemn ‘riotous behavior’ over weekend
More people may be charged as police continue to review images and videos of the unrest this weekend at the Keene Pumpkin Festival.
Islamic State again advances on Mount Sinjar, trapping Yazidis
Islamic State militants advanced on Mount Sinjar on Monday, seizing two villages and blocking roads as besieged fighters from the minority Yazidi sect pleaded for U.S.-led airstrikes to save them.
Bidder viewed as likely to keep Reebok local
The $2.2 billion bid comes from Jynwel Capital, a Hong Kong private equity firm.
Dallas clears 43 of Ebola, easing concerns
DALLAS — The people closest to Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are trying to resume their lives now that they have come out of a 21-day incubation period without developing symptoms of the disease.
Youngor Jallah beamed with pride as she sent her children off to school for the first time in three weeks, with clearance from the Dallas County Health Department.
Iraqi cleric backs new government; attacks kill at least 43
Militants unleashed a flurry of attacks against Shi’ite targets in Iraq on Monday, including a quadruple car bombing near two of the holiest shrines in Shi’ite Islam, killing a total of 40 and wounding 84, officials said.
Frame by Frame: ‘Saco Ford, Conway Meadows’ by Geroge Inness
SOUTH HADLEY — The American painter George Inness painted this intensely atmospheric view in his Boston studio in 1876. The painting, which hangs in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, shows a slice of the meandering Saco River in New Hampshire and, in the distance, Moat Mountain, heavily shrouded in cloud. Inness’s approach to landscape was softer and more subdued than the grandiloquent, expansionist designs of Church, Bierstadt, and Durand. He was a master of nature’s more intimate moods.