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The list of Chinese products subject to President Trump’s latest round of tariffs is long — 5,745 items long, to be exact. That means a wide range of Massachusetts businesses could be affected, from science labs to cranberry farms.

Candido Reyes and Luz María Muñiz found love late in life — she in her 50s, he in his 60s — but at least they had found what some people never find. He told her he loved her more than God, and he believed it to the point that he apologized for it in his prayers.

“[My stepfather] spent so much time telling people about how in love he was,” said Debora Perez, a Stoneham resident whose mother lives in the town of Sabana Seca, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. “He kept telling people at church and strangers.”

Vigils will be held Thursday in Hartford and Bridgeport to mark one year since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico.

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

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.”

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

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.

Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello.
Paul Caccaviello campaign / Facebook

Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello has announced he's running as a write-in candidate in the November election.

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

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.

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.

Several attorneys have filed a class action lawsuit against Columbia Gas on behalf of people displaced by last week’s explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

The attorneys say the company was negligent in not properly maintaining its century-old cast iron pipes.

They also blame government agencies for improper oversight.

Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said his firm will conduct its own investigation into what caused the blasts.

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.