Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller Submits Report On Russia Investigation To Attorney General Barr

Updated at 7:46 p.m. ET Attorney General William Barr received a report on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller about the findings from Mueller's investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election . Barr notified congressional leaders in a letter that said he is "reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend." Mueller is not recommending any more indictments, a...

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Worshippers gather at the Berlin, Connecticut, mosque for prayers on Friday, March 15.
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New England Mosques Are Wise To Ask 'Police Departments To Linger'

In our look back at the week's news, several interfaith services were held in New England after the mosque shootings in New Zealand. In Connecticut, a group of mosques has been talking about safety, including asking local police for increased patrols.

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Regional News

Massachusetts state Sen. Don Humason is a Westfield Republican.
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Humason Announces Run For Mayor Of Westfield, Massachusetts

Massachusetts state Sen. Don Humason is angling for a new job. The Westfield Republican announced early Thursday that he’s running for mayor.

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Connecticut is one step closer to bringing tolls back to the state. The legislature's Transportation Committee voted in favor of moving forward three bills related to tolling, including Governor Ned Lamont's plan that would put tolls on interstates 91, 95 and 84, as well as portions of Route 15. 

Men are dying after opioid overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women in the United States. Overdose deaths are increasing faster among black and Latino Americans than among whites. And there's an especially steep rise in the number of young adults ages 25 to 34 whose death certificates include some version of the drug fentanyl.

With a giant inflatable rat in the background, Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman (right) addressed the crowd at the rally outside the Stop & Shop in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on March 20, 2019.
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The union representing Stop & Shop workers held a rally Wednesday outside the store in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The workers have been without a contract since late February, and continue to threaten a strike.

The town hall in Hadley, Massachusetts.
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The Hadley, Massachusetts, planning board wants to put to rest a controversy over comments made by one of its members. But some critics are still not satisfied.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Updated at 4:05 p.m.

A woman suing Harvard University over portraits of two 19th-century slaves says she hopes her lawsuit sparks a national reckoning with its history of racism. 

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Movies

Jordan Peele Looked Into The Mirror And Saw The Evil Inside 'Us'

The new movie Us , Jordan Peele's follow-up to Get Out , is a horror movie. It starts with a black family on vacation. They go to the beach; dad buys a boat. Then things start getting creepy. One night, another family dressed in red jumpsuits shows up in front of the house. And each member of this new family — mom, dad, sister, brother — is an identical copy of the family inside. They're doppelgangers. "It starts with the fear that I can't explain," Peele says in an interview. "This idea that...

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Election 2020

Abolishing The Electoral College Would Be More Complicated Than It May Seem

Most people in America want the Electoral College gone, and they want to select a president based on who gets the most votes nationally, polls say. Democratic presidential candidates are weighing in too. "Every vote matters," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in Mississippi on Monday. "And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the electoral college." That line garnered one of her largest roars of applause for the evening. Gregg says...

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Spring Music Series

Dance and music inspired by Puerto Rican culture.
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Puerto Rican Composer Weaves Folk Rhythms Into Contemporary Classical Music

Dan Román began composing as a young teenager growing up in Puerto Rico. He doesn't know why he started, exactly — just that simply playing instruments wasn't enough.

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Commentary

The Smith College campus in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Liberal Student Says Smith College Could Use More Conservative Voices

A recent survey conducted by Smith College found that only a meager 3 percent of students identify as “conservative.” From over 1,000 respondents, only two identified as “very conservative.”

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Jazz à la Mode

(r-l) Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker with Hot Lips Page, Lester Young, and Max Kaminsky, at Birdland, 1949
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Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker

Among Charlie Parker's many admirers, Lennie Tristano was especially respectful of Bird's character and astute in his assessments of the saxophonist's music. The blind pianist recognized Parker as the single most important innovator of modern jazz, and rejected the commonly held view that bebop was formulated in a workshop-like atmosphere at Minton’s and Monroe’s and other after-hours venues. Eunmi Shim’s 2007 biography , Lennie Tristano: His Life and Music , quotes a 1973 interview in which...

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In Contrast

The Realm of Emotions

Martha Nussbaum, philosopher, talks with Ilan Stavans about her new book "The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis" on In Contrast.

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Composer Kate Soper plays Polyxo in a scene from her opera "Here Be Sirens" in New York City in 2014.
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In Kate Soper's Opera, A Siren Who Wants Off The Island

Opera fans, and even non-fans, are familiar with the music of Bizet's "Carmen" or Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." Lesser-known is the world of new opera, like "Here Be Sirens," composed by a Smith College professor and on stage in Northampton, Massachusetts, this weekend.

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The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
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How's The Springfield Casino Doing?