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President Of Vermont's Bennington College To Leave July 1

The president of Bennington College is leaving the Vermont school to become leader of the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Labor

Easter Agreement Ends 11-Day Stop & Shop Strike

Stop & Shop and its striking New England labor unions reached a tentative agreement on Easter Sunday to end an 11-day work stoppage that had shuttered some stores, left workers unpaid, and become an issue in the nascent presidential race. Both the company and the unions five chapters of United Food & Commercial Workers declined to disclose full terms of the deal, which is subject to ratification votes. A UFCW spokeswoman said dates for the votes have not been set. In the meantime, union...

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Hartford

Faith-Based Pregnancy Center Files Federal Lawsuit Against City Of Hartford

A faith-based pregnancy center in Willimantic has asked a federal judge for an injunction against a controversial Hartford ordinance that requires the religious facilities to disclose whether their staff carry medical licenses. The challenge to the local ordinance comes at the same time lawmakers are considering imposing similar rules on a statewide basis.

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Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, now has another challenge on its hands: it could lose its accreditation.

Stop & Shop workers will be back on the job Monday morning after unions and management at the grocery chain announced Sunday evening that they had reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The announcement comes after a strike lasting 11 days, that affected 240 stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The empty Massachusetts House chamber.
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Massachusetts lawmakers this week will consider the proposed House Ways and Means budget — and some 1,300 amendments — as the the debate begins. 

Back on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire this weekend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the U.S. House of Representatives should begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

The Democratic 2020 presidential candidate said impeachment is warranted because of evidence presented in special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report, which was released on Thursday.

The call that came during the wee hours of the morning of March 24 was from a man in Enfield. He said he wanted to burn the Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, using the n-word and other slurs against the members of the mosque that serves African-American, refugee, and immigrant Muslims.

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Education

Most Teachers Don't Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did

More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school. A separate poll of teachers found that they are even more supportive, in theory — 86% agree that climate change should be taught. These polls are among the first to gauge public...

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Asia

Death Toll Rises In Sri Lanka Explosions Carried Out On Easter Sunday

Updated at 12:53 a.m. ET Monday
Nearly 300 people were killed and hundreds more wounded after explosions tore through Sri Lanka in a series of coordinated blasts that struck three churches and three hotels. It marked the country's worst violence since the end of its civil war in 2009. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said Monday the death toll had risen to 290 dead with more than 500 wounded, according to The Associated Press. A top police official reportedly had alerted security...

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Western Mass. Protest Music Reacts To Trump Era

Protest rock was once fueled by the Vietnam War and civil rights. But every era has musicians who use their art to make a point — and these days, there are plenty of points to make.

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Capitol Hill

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler Subpoenas Full Mueller Report

Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena on Friday to the Justice Department demanding access to the full work product of special counsel Robert Mueller, including grand jury testimony and other material not made public. Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said he wants everything by May 1. "I am open to working with the department to reach a reasonable accommodation for access to these materials. However I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in...

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Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson in "Wild Nights with Emily," the latest film about the Amherst, Massachusetts, poet.
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Filmmakers Rewrite The Emily Dickinson Story, Not For The First Time

More than 130 years after Emily Dickinson's death, scholars and devotees continue to scrutinize her poetry and rewrite her life story.

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