Trauma Reporting Series

Police officer Darren Derby in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, gets to know area school children.
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Pittsfield Police Officer Protects, Serves And Recognizes Signs Of Trauma

When I asked the leaders of the "Trauma-Informed Berkshires" campaign which police officer has come closest to their key goal — understanding the effects of trauma in the community — they all pointed me to one person: Darren Derby.

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History

Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, then a member of the U.S. House, spoke on the chamber's floor on December 18, 1998, the day before the votes on articles of impeachment.
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20 Years After Clinton Was Impeached, A Look At How New England Reps Voted

Twenty years ago this Wednesday, the U.S. House voted to impeach President Bill Clinton. The generally party-line votes split New England's congressional delegation.

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Regional News

Writer Grace Lin recommends some multicultural kids' books families might enjoy this winter season.
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Multicultural Kids' Books That Teach Life Lessons, Prompt Creativity

It's that time of year again: when we turn to author and illustrator Grace Lin for her list of the year's best children's books.

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Outgoing Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says she regrets not acting sooner on a harassment case involving a female employee and Esty’s former chief of staff, Tony Baker.

For those living in the United States with a single-entry visa, it’s difficult, or even impossible, to leave the country to visit family and then re-enter. In recent years, the Trump administration’s travel ban has made it harder, barring individuals from certain countries from entering the U.S. For some families, it can be years between visits.

"Golden lady justice" in Bruges, Belgium.
Emmanuel Huybrechts / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/ensh

The word “justice” has been intertwined with our culture and society for hundreds of years. It’s also Merriam-Webster’s 2018 word of the year.

Worcester firefighters on the scene of a deadly fire, which broke out on December 9, 2018.
Scott J. Croteau / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing ahead on a bill that would give first responders better access to confidential counseling. This comes in the wake of the death of an on-duty firefighter in Worcester.

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Courts

Federal Judge Delays Michael Flynn Sentencing After Plea Of Lying To Feds

Updated at 7:25 p.m. ET A federal judge delayed sentencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his talks with Russia's ambassador. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said he has significant outstanding questions about the case, including how the government's Russia investigation was impeded and the material impact of Flynn's lies on the special counsel's inquiry. In an order entered on the court's docket after the...

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Jazz à la Mode

Jaki Byard
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Jaki Byard: Foreward to a Biography

For Worcester-born acolytes like me and Chet Williamson, the devoted author of Falling Rains of Life , a new on-line biography of Jaki Byard, it was inevitable that as teenaged converts to jazz in the late 1960s, John A. Byard, Jr. would become an intriguing figure for us, and in time even heroic. Unlike Boston, in whose shadow it has stood for 300 years, Worcester’s basic reputation was as a conservative, industrial powerhouse, a city of non-union skilled machinists, the nation’s biggest...

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Health

An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It

Greg Kelly's grandson, Caden, scampers to the tree-shaded creek behind his grandfather's house to catch crawdads, as Kelly shuffles along, trying to keep up. Kelly's small day pack holds an oxygen tank with a clear tube clipped to his nose. He has chairs spaced out on the short route so he can stop every few minutes, sit down and catch his breath, until he has enough wind and strength to start out again for the creek. "I just pray that the Lord give me as much time as I can with him," Kelly...

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New York

Trump Foundation To Dissolve Amid New York Attorney General's Investigation

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has announced that the Trump Foundation will dissolve . The foundation was established by Donald Trump well before he ran for president. The news comes as her office continues its investigation into various questions about the foundation's conduct, including whether the foundation broke the law by coordinating with Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and whether it was truly functioning as a charitable organization. Underwood...

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Remembrance

Nancy Wilson, Legendary Vocalist And NPR 'Jazz Profiles' Host, Dies At 81

Nancy Wilson died Thursday after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., her manager Devra Hall Levy told NPR. She was 81. Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1937, Wilson has recounted in interviews that she started singing around age 3 or 4. "I have always just sung. I have never questioned what it is. I thank God for it and I just do it," she told Marian McPartland, host of NPR's Piano Jazz in 1994. She never had formal training but was influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole,...

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Environment

Nations Agree On Rules To Put Paris Climate Agreement Into Action

Nearly 200 countries have agreed on a set of rules to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, a crucial step in implementing the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. The rules describe in detail how countries will track their emissions and communicate with each other about their progress in the coming years and decades. But it stops short of committing them to the more ambitious emissions reductions necessary to slow climate change. The meeting in the heart of Poland's coal country unfolded...

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Series

A Western Massachusetts County Takes On Trauma

Our five-part reporting series looks at this county's overall effort to become trauma-informed across institutions.

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