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Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the liver and can cause fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach pain and nausea, among other symptoms.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Massachusetts Health Officials Report Hepatitis A Outbreak

A public health alert about an outbreak of hepatitis A among the homeless and people addicted to drugs went out from Massachusetts health officials Monday.

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New Haven

Yale Embroiled In Kavanaugh Allegations

A second allegation of sexual assault has placed Yale University firmly at the center of the confirmation battle for the next Supreme Court justice. A former Yale classmate of nominee Brett Kavanaugh has now come forward to say that he sexually assaulted her at a party when he was in his freshman year at the university.

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New York

Trump And Japan's Abe Meet In New York Amid U.N. General Assembly Session

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly session, says he had a "very constructive" dinner meeting with President Trump at Trump Tower, where the leaders discussed trade and military ties. Abe, who won re-election as leader of his Liberal Democratic Party last week, told reporters in New York that during their Sunday dinner, the two also reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. "We agreed to make the momentum...

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Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the liver and can cause fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach pain and nausea, among other symptoms.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

A public health alert about an outbreak of hepatitis A among the homeless and people addicted to drugs went out from Massachusetts health officials Monday.

A barn swallow.
Linda Tanner / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/goingslo

Some bird lovers in western Massachusetts are concerned about the fate of a home for barn swallows.

Curator Sandy Litchfield, at left, and artist Sarah Braman sit inside Braman's "Day Trip" in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

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.

Since last Thursday, the House of Mercy has been busier than usual. The part shelter/part church/part donations center is among the places people affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions can go for help.

Their building, in an industrial corner of Lawrence, is a cramped space nearly floor-to-ceiling with diapers, bottled water and canned food.

Mabel Valenzuela, who works at House of Mercy, walks through a tight hallway, surveying the inventory.

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Jazz à la Mode

Randy Weston
Chuck Stewart / Mosaic Records

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.
Lily Abrahams / NEPR

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.
Roberta / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/yuk1k0

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.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

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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New Weekend Program

Bach to Beethoven

Steve Petke will host a live program from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. every Saturday afternoon, featuring the best in classical music.

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Ilan Stavans in conversation with Matthew Zapruder

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Kevin Rhodes on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with Kevin Rhodes, Music Director and Conductor of the Springfield Symphony

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Saturday, October 13 at the Academy of Music

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Mike Earielo in Worcester, Massachusetts, says of himself, "Gang member, drug dealer, sold drugs, used drugs. My life was really spiraling out of control from a very early age."
Saskia de Melker / NEPR

'That One More Chance' Might Help Ex-Prisoners Stay Out Of Jail

In Massachusetts, two-thirds of offenders who are incarcerated have been in prison or jail before. One program in Worcester has been serving ex-prisoners who are coming back home, in an effort to bring the rate down.

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