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Former Secretary of State John Kerry speaks Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at Mount Holyoke College.
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In Western Mass., Kerry Avoids Talk Of 2020, Kavanaugh

At a talk at Mount Holyoke College on Tuesday night, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry did not directly weigh in on the accusations of sexual misconduct brought against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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New Poll Finds Americans Deeply Divided By Gender On Kavanaugh Nomination

The stakes are high for Thursday's Capitol Hill hearing, pitting Trump Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault — an accusation Kavanaugh has denied — when they were both in high school more than three decades ago. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that almost 6 in 10 Americans (58 percent) say they will be following the Senate Judiciary Committee proceeding closely or very closely. And a plurality haven't made up...

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Six weeks out from Election Day, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren appears in strong shape in her re-election campaign.

Three ballot questions will go before Massachusetts voters this November. Question 3 asks whether voters approve of a state law allowing transgender people to use public accommodations that match their gender identity. But do voters understand what voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’ means?

A WBUR poll released Tuesday sought to find out.

The next televised gubernatorial debate in Connecticut has the potential to become a tag team attack on Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski.

One week after flames engulfed her home’s boiler, in a pipeline disaster that has left much of the Merrimack Valley without natural gas, Maureen Fraser was where she always is on Thursday nights: choir practice at St. Patrick Parish in Lawrence.

And on Sunday morning, Fraser’s voice helped fill the sanctuary with hymns and a sense of normalcy — if only for an hour. She said she took comfort in the homily delivered by the Rev. Paul O’Brien, who told parishioners it’s OK to feel traumatized.

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Bill Cosby Sentenced To At Least 3 Years In State Prison For Sexual Assault

Updated at 5 p.m. ET Editor's note: This story contains a graphic description of sexual assault. A Montgomery County, Pa., judge sentenced disgraced comedian Bill Cosby to three to 10 years in state prison Tuesday, saying that the words of Cosby's main accuser Andrea Constand that the entertainer took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it" helped him reach his decision. "It is time for justice, Mr. Cosby," said Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill. "This has all circled back to you."...

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Jazz à la Mode

Randy Weston
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Randy Weston, Jazz Giant, 1926-2018

Randy Weston, who died on September 1 at 92, was one of my early favorites among jazz pianists. Like his “biggest influence,” Thelonious Monk, as well as Herbie Nichols, Cecil Taylor, and Abdullah Ibrahim, Randy had a powerful touch that reflected the influence of Duke Ellington. (Ellington was sufficiently impressed with Weston's playing to produce Randy's album Berkshire Blues, in 1965.) In Weston's case, early influences also included pianists Count Basie, Art Tatum and Nat "King" Cole,...

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Great Barrington

A self-taught astronomer in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has been taking his telescope out at night to teach anyone who wants to learn about the universe.
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A Self-Taught 'Starman' Brings His Telescope To The People

As darkness fell one recent summer night, Rick Costello set up his telescope in front of the library in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He took a sign from his car and hung it on a nearby post. It read, “Come see the universe.”

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Commentary

A Moon Festival celebration.
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Celebrating The Asian Moon Festival, Complications And All

The Lunar New Year , with its myriad of superstitions, can stress an American-born Asian like me.

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Amherst

Curator Sandy Litchfield, at left, and artist Sarah Braman sit inside Braman's "Day Trip" in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Can Public Art Mend The Divide Between A Town And Its University?

From the middle of UMass toward the center of town in Amherst, Massachusetts, you may have seen some unexpected objects near walkways or up on a grassy hill. Upon closer inspection, they’re delightful and puzzling pieces of art.

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Yale Students Protest Kavanaugh Confirmation Process

Yale University law students staged a sit-in at the school Monday, and also sent a delegation to Washington D.C. They were calling for an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a Yale undergrad and law school alumnus.

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