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Law enforcement responds to a gunman during an active shooter simulation at the Hampden County Sheriff's Department in Ludlow, Massachusetts.
Mark Murray / Hampden County Sheriff's Department

Lessons Learned From An Active Shooter Simulation

The sound of gunfire recently filled the halls of the Hampden County Sheriff's office in Ludlow, Massachusetts. It was part of a training for employees to learn how to respond to an active shooter.

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Regional News

Less than a month after resigning, former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg attended the Memoial Day parade in Florence, Massachusetts.
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Since Resigning, Rosenberg Has Spent About $100,000 In Political Money

A new campaign finance report shows former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has actively used his political account since leaving the legislature last year.

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For more than a decade, the impact of sea level rise and tidal flooding has been making waves on the real estate market of coastal New England, costing homeowners more than $400 million in lost value.

That’s according to a report from First Street Foundation, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that studies the impact of sea level rise and flooding.

As the month-marker of the partial government shutdown approaches, Transportation Security Administration employees at Bradley International Airport are turning to food donations to keep meals on their table.

The Sojourner Truth Memorial statue in Florence, Massachusetts was designed by Thomas Jay Warren and unveiled on October 2, 2002.
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Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Hampshire College says it's looking for a "strategic partnership" as it faces a tough financial foreceast. Our Short List panel takes a look at that and other news of the week.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Russell Baker Dies At 93

Russell Baker, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer who penned thousands of columns for The New York Times , and hosted the PBS television program "Masterpiece Theatre," died Monday at his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 93. Baker got his start as a news reporter with the Baltimore Sun , but became known for his "Observer" column in the Times , where he commented on modern life with unmistakable whimsy. Though often pegged to the specifics of the time, many of his observations are just as relevant...

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Jazz à la Mode

Allison Miner at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1991
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Allison Miner's New Orleans Beat

Here's a moving film tribute to Allison Miner, a beautiful spirit who made a major difference to the preservation and perpetuation of the musical culture of New Orleans between her arrival in the Crescent City in 1967 and her death in 1995 at age 46. Allison was instrumental in establishing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, albeit with a sexist-driven subordinate role and title that she discusses in Amy Nesbitt's film. As Jazz Fest has grown into a mega event headlined by the...

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Energy Infrastructure

New England Tries A New Way To Help The Grid Survive Winter

Winter is back with a vengeance . And this year, New England is using a new method to ensure the electric grid can work reliably through cold, snow and ice. Its called Pay for Performance, and it’s a competitive market system that rewards power generators for efficiency, and punishes them for poor execution. “New England is really on the leading edge,” says Matthew White, chief economist with ISO New England , the regional grid operator. “Pay for Performance is the popular term for this...

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Supreme Court

Supreme Court Takes 1st Gun Case In Nearly A Decade, Possibly With Big Consequences

With the Supreme Court now having five justices who are less likely to approve of gun regulations and laws, it granted a major gun case Tuesday for the first time in nearly a decade. The court granted a right-to-carry case out of New York that pits the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association against the City of New York. New York bans transporting permitted handguns outside city lines, even if the gun is not loaded and is locked in a container. The guns currently can only be taken to the...

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'Another Week Of Can-Kicking.' Theresa May Faces Wary Lawmakers On Brexit Deal

Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, faced hours of blistering criticism on Monday from more than 100 lawmakers who questioned her leadership a week after Parliament decisively rejected her plan for leaving the European Union and mounted a failed effort to unseat her through a vote of no confidence. May struggled to bring new ideas to parliament with just two months to go until the March 29 deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. "Good will is slipping away, as well as...

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A still from the 1923 movie "The Ten Commandments" by Cecil B. DeMille.
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Welcome, 1923, To The Public Domain

Happy (belated) Public Domain Day! Welcome, public, to 1923! Welcome, 1923, to the public domain!

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Inside the Longsworth Arts Village at Hampshire College.
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What Is Hampshire College Thinking?

Hampshire College says it wants a “strategic partner” to help it face a tough financial outlook. But the school's president stopped short of saying she wants to merge with another college.

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Scales of justice.
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New Title IX Rules Would Empower Both The Accused And The Survivors