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Democratic nominee for Massachusetts governor, Jay Gonzalez, spoke to a group of seniors in Springfield on September 26, 2018.
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One Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate Down, Two To Go

In their first general election debate last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker largely agreed with his Democratic rival, Jay Gonzalez, on property tax relief for senior citizens.

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Courts

Does Harvard Treat Asian-American Applicants Unfairly? The Case Goes To Trial

A federal lawsuit alleging Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants goes to court this week in Boston. While the case focuses on Harvard, it could have big consequences for higher education, especially if it moves on to the U.S. Supreme Court. At stake is 40 years of legal precedent allowing race to be one factor in deciding which students to admit. The group Students for Fair Admissions, led by conservative legal strategist Edward Blum, is suing Harvard, charging...

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Regional News

Pablo Delano's "The Museum of the Old Colony" is a sort of mock museum, made up of 20th-century photos and captions from Puerto Rico.
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At Hampshire College, A Mock Museum Of Appropriated Puerto Rican Identity

Many of the photos in Pablo Delano's exhibit at Hampshire College are more than 100 years old.

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The Hampden County Courthouse in Springfield, Mass., which was renamed the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse in 2017.
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Massachusetts officials met with employees of a Springfield courthouse Friday over concerns the building is making people sick. 

Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker (left) and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez.
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The mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts -- Jasiel Correia -- was indicted on federal charges this week that he defrauded investors and lied to tax authorities. 

Thousands of drug cases tied to a state-run Amherst drug lab will be dismissed, and the state attorney general’s office will bear the costs, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday. The decision is the result of the court’s finding that prosecutors withheld evidence about a state chemist’s wrongdoing.

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Jazz

Mark de Clive-Lowe Takes Risks To Unlock His Creativity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7kOE9o4C_Q Mark de Clive-Lowe is a jazz artist with both a visionary outlook and an old soul. As a concert pianist deeply steeped in the jazz tradition, he's courageously committed himself to modern forms of hip-hop and electronic music. He recognized early that playing 88 keys the way his elders before him did couldn't satisfy his creative aspirations of living in the present. So, in his mid-20s, after already achieving serious accolades in pianism, de Clive...

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Commentary

Bruce Watson in his Montague Center attic.
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Reclaiming The American Flag

Shortly after the Fourth of July, I began flying the American flag from my front porch. Ever since, a 3-by-5 foot flag has waved on my street in Montague, Massachusetts.

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World

Saudis Vow To Retaliate With 'Greater Action' If Hit With Sanctions

Updated at 11:54 p.m. ET Nearly two weeks since Jamal Khashoggi vanished in Istanbul, the shadow of the Saudi journalist's disappearance continues to loom ever larger. Now, President Trump is threatening "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if suspicions of Khashoggi's murder are confirmed — and Saudis have vowed to retaliate in kind. "The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action," Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency said Sunday , ominously...

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Casinos

A federal judge dealt a significant blow to the ability of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations to jointly build a casino in East Windsor that would compete with MGM Resorts' new casino in nearby Springfield.
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Halt To East Windsor Casino Puts Connecticut, Tribes At Crossroads

In a setback to plans to open a third casino in Connecticut, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the state and tribal operators of the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.

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Ebola

The Hijacked Hearse: Dispatches From The Ebola Outbreak In DRC

As Ebola continues to spread through the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government has been issuing daily updates. These press releases are mainly a recitation of facts and figures: The total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak was declared August 1 — 165 as of Friday. The death toll – 90 people. The number of individuals who've been given an experimental vaccine – 15,807. And a summary of the latest efforts by responders to reach affected communities. But for all the dry...

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Commentary

A mountainside hemlock forest.
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Nature Is My Recuperation, A Hospital In The Original Sense

A search-and-rescue team carried me down on a stretcher. They hoisted me high up into the trail’s hemlock and spruce so I was surrounded by their needles and resin.

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In A Year Of Reckoning, The Skies Are Full of Us

“A woman in the shape of a monster / A monster in the shape of a woman / The skies are full of them.”

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