ENVIRONMENT

Young People Lead Millions To Protest Global Inaction On Climate Change

Updated at 3 p.m. ET Millions of young people raised their voices at protests around the world Friday in a massive display meant to demand urgent action on climate change. Scores of students missed school to take part, some joined by teachers and parents. Some of the first rallies began in Australia, and then spread from Pacific islands to India and Turkey and across Europe, as students kicked off what organizers were calling a Global Climate Strike. In the U.S., where more than 800 marches...

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Regional News

The Quabbin Missile Crisis took on Cape Cod Roller Derby at The Bunker in Florence, Mass., on Sept. 14, 2019.
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Leaving The Bunker: Pioneer Valley Roller Derby Searching For New Track

It’s the end of an era for a Northampton, Massachusetts, institution. The Pioneer Valley Roller Derby has called The Bunker their home track for nearly a decade. But Saturday’s bouts were the last ever in the beloved building.

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THE SHORT LIST

In Oct. 2018, then-candidate Ned Lamont appeared at a gubernatorial forum in West Hartford, Conn.
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Among Connecticut's Political Leaders, What's Worse: Anger Or Pity?

As we look back at the news of this week, Connecticut Republican House Leader Themis Klarides gave freshman Democratic Governor Ned Lamont a grade of F-minus .

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Back-to-School Book Series

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, author Christina Uss, and her debut novel.
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East Longmeadow, Mass., Author Writes A Kids' Book About A Quirky Road Trip

Our back-to-school-book series continues with " The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle ." This middle grade book is about a 12-year-old girl's quest to make a friend. But it's not quite as simple as that.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey are protesting the Trump administration’s plan to revoke an Obama-era waiver allowing California to set its own standards for automobile fuel economy and emissions.

Thirteen other states, including Massachusetts, have adopted California’s rules.

From the start, news of a possible merger between Marlboro College and the University of Bridgeport stirred mixed feelings on campus and in town. Some worried the tiny liberal arts college would lose its identity; others said it was a reasonable solution to a challenging financial situation.

But now that the merger is off everyone is wondering what's next.

Nationally, there’s so much concern about the rise of vaping-related lung illness that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday activated its round-the-clock emergency operations center to handle the crisis.

More than 300 cases have been reported nationwide, amid the exploding popularity of e-cigarettes, which heat a liquid to produce an aerosol that’s then inhaled.

Courtney Williams of the Connecticut Sun.
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The WNBA semifinals get underway Tuesday night with the Connecticut Sun, who are the No. 2 seed, hosting the Los Angeles Sparks and a best-of-five series.

Lisa Black manages the retail space at INSA in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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Springfield's City Council on Monday night approved host community agreements for what would be the first non-medical marijuana shops in the city.

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ELECTION 2019

A polling place in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 10, 2019. The preliminary election drew less than 8% of the city's registered voters.
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Westfield, Mass., Voters To Narrow Mayoral Field On Tuesday

Updated at 12:47 a.m. on September 20, 2019 In September, voters in five western Massachusetts cities are casting ballots in mayoral preliminary elections. Those non-partisan contests will narrow each field to two candidates heading into the November 5 general elections.

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CLIMATE ACTIVISTS

Jordan Winsor, junior at Northampton High School, and Willa Sippel, a senior, paint signs in preparation for the Global Climate Strike. They'll be marching in Boston on September 20, 2019.
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No Longer ‘Watching The Barn Burn’ — Global Climate Group Comes To Western Mass.

Students and climate activists across western Massachusetts are preparing to join in a week of global protests at the end of September. They’re calling on governments to respond more urgently to the climate crisis.

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Commentary

Bhutan, a small nation in South Asia, claims to have achieved universal happiness among its citizens.
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Challenging Bhutan's Boast About Itself

The truth is that in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Bhutanese regime, in its quest to become the happiest kingdom on the earth, adopted a "One Nation, One People" policy .

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Exploring the highlights from the 2018-2019 Springfield Symphony Orchestra season, Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

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In Search of Heroes

In Contrast returns with Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason who delves into myths, heroes and environmental activism.

From legislation to legalization follow the local impacts of the cannabis industry.

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For 'Organic' To Remain Strong, Farmers Say They Need More Consistent Enforcement

Organic dairy farmers in Vermont say inconsistent enforcement of industry standards have allowed large-scale producers to market milk that is not truly organic. The farmers are asking Congress for help to close regulatory loopholes they say have given some large farms an unfair advantage in the market.

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