Election 2018

Massachusetts Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez announces his plan to tax endowments of wealthy Massachusetts colleges in Boston on September 19, 2018.
Matt Murphy / State House News Service

Three Western Mass. Colleges Would Be Affected By Gonzalez Tax Proposal

Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez announced a proposal on Wednesday to tax private colleges in Massachusetts to pay for his transportation and education plans.

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Trump Says He Wants To Hear From Kavanaugh's Accuser

Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET President Trump says he hopes the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her will appear at a hearing next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Speaking to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to visit flood damage in North Carolina, Trump said he "really wants to see" Christine Blasey Ford testify on Monday. "If she shows up and makes a credible showing," Trump said, referring to Ford, "that'll be...

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A sign for Tri-County Schools in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Dan Glaun / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Tri-County Schools is closed this school year after 30 years in business. The reasons became clear in August when the special education school was hit with abuse allegations.

The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

The Cranwell resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, is getting a makeover and laying off about 45 employees in the process.

Massachusetts Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez.
State House News Service

Under pressure to deliver new revenues for promised education and transportation investments, Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez is proposing a 1.6 percent tax on certain private higher education endowments, which he estimates would generate $1 billion.

Lab test results amid a mold outbreak at Quaboag Regional Middle High School in Warren, Massachusetts. The outbreak delayed the start of school.
Quaboag Regional School District

Students at Quaboag Regional Middle High School in Warren, Massachusetts, are back in class after a mold outbreak delayed the start of the new school year by almost two weeks.

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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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North Carolina

Experts Warn Some Coastal Residents Should Consider Rebuilding Inland

The sun is shining again on North Carolina as the remnants of Hurricane Florence have moved into the mid-Atlantic. But a catastrophe is still unfolding, as rivers rise after days of torrential rains. As residents of the Carolinas start to clean up, difficult questions are being raised about how to best recover along the coastline and whether some residents facing repeated flooding should consider moving inland. Water rescues continue. At the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, John Dorman...

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Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups. But the first major study to focus on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) was limited to a single healthcare system in San Diego. A study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics — the largest nationally representative study to date on ACEs — confirms that these experiences are...

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Back to School Book Series

Children's book author Jane Yolen.
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Back-To-School Book Series: Jane Yolen's 'Mapping The Bones'

Writing novels about the Holocaust for young readers has only been done by a few. Hatfield, Massachusetts, author Jane Yolen has written three on the topic of Jewish teenagers experiencing World War II.

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Ilan Stavans in conversation with Matthew Zapruder

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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."
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'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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