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Right-wing talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is seeking more than $100,000 in court costs from the family of one of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Jones has repeatedly claimed the shooting was staged and is facing multiple lawsuits from victims’ families.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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A Massachusetts college is investigating after campus police were called to investigate a black student who was quietly eating her lunch in a common room. 

Next month a new theater troupe, the Borderline Players, will put on its first summer musical. You can see the show in the U.S. or Canada — depending on where in the theater you sit.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Is Hopeful About SCOTUS Fight

Aug 1, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has acknowledged that Democrats face an uphill battle opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but said they've won similar fights in the past.

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MGM Resorts has announced a gambling partnership with the NBA and WNBA. But don't look for betting on basketball at MGM’s new Springfield casino anytime soon.

The Shutesbury Fire Department building in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
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The volunteer fire department in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, will not be going off the job after all, now that its chief got the pay raise he was looking for.

Massachusetts artists might not be starving, but a new report indicates they are struggling mightily to make a living here. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed said they had “business loss” from their creative practices. Even more need to work outside their skill and craft to survive.

An all-volunteer, grassroots team of advocates crunched data from 846 working artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs across the state for the new report titled, “2018 By Artists, For Artists.”

Health Care, Education Bills In Massachusetts Falter At Legislative Finish Line

Aug 1, 2018
The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The Massachusetts House and Senate stumbled across the finish line on Tuesday night as talks over health care and education funding reforms collapsed in failure. 

The families of some victims who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks are calling on Congress to declassify documents that detail what happened that day and who was behind it, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is helping them.

All four members of the Blandford Police Department resigned, citing shoddy equipment and low pay.
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The resignation of the entire four-member police department in Blandford, Massachusetts, came as a shock to the head of the town’s Select Board.