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People gather on Oct. 19, 2017 in front of the First Congregational Church of Amherst, which is providing sanctuary to Lucio Perez, a Guatemalan immigrant facing deportation.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Bill Would Make It Easier For Massachusetts Churches To Provide Sanctuary

A western Massachusetts lawmaker is pushing a proposed bill that would make it easier for houses of worship to provide sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation.

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Public Safety

The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford  mosque in Berlin, Connecticut.
Kam Burns / WNPR

Connecticut Mosques Look At Safety Measures After New Zealand Shootings

Following the mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand, some Connecticut Muslims are looking at ways to be better prepared for an attack.

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Election 2020

Bernie Sanders Pledges To Do A Better Job Of Explaining Socialism

The Bernie Sanders who's running for president in 2020 is not the same Bernie Sanders who ran in 2016. Yes, he has many of the same policy positions, and many of his 2016 supporters are enthusiastically backing him again. But the Vermont independent senator is no longer the insurgent taking on a political Goliath with huge name recognition. Now, he is the candidate with high name recognition, taking on candidates who are introducing themselves to the American people again. Not only that, but...

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The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

A so-called millionaire's tax got thrown off the ballot last year in Massachusetts. Now lawmakers are zeroing in on other ways to fund transportation and education. 

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Paul Franz / Daily Hampshire Gazette

A judge has ruled that Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, violated federal labor laws.

The Sheffield, Massachusetts, town line.
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The district attorney in Berkshire County said a house fire Wednesday morning in Sheffield, Massachusetts, was the scene of a murder-suicide that left a family of five dead.

Considered the most definitive picture of Rocky fighting, this image depicts Roland LaStarza vs. Rocky at Madison Square Garden on September 24, 1953. The knockout blow, captured in the 11th round, shows the force of a Rocky punch.
Stonehill College Archives and Historical Collections: Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection

Seventy-two years ago this St. Patrick's Day, Rocky Marciano — one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time — came to fight in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was a turning point in his life.

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Jazz à la Mode

Jelly Roll Morton
Hogan Jazz Archive / Tulane University

Buddy Bolden's Blues

Jelly Roll Morton immortalized the most mythical of New Orleans jazz pioneers in his composition, "I Thought i Heard Buddy Bolden Say." He recorded it twice in 1939, first for RCA Bluebird with a band that included New Orleanians Sidney Bechet, Albert Nicholas, Wellman Braud, and Zutty Singleton. Four months later, on December 16, 1939, he recorded the tune as "Buddy Bolden's Blues" on a solo session for General Records. It was later released in an album by Commodore. If you've got an ear for...

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Misophonia: When Life's Noises Drive You Mad

For 18-year-old high school senior Ellie Rapp of Pittsburgh, the sound of her family chewing their dinner can be ... unbearable. "My heart starts to pound. I go one of two ways. I either start to cry or I just get really intensely angry. It's really intense. I mean, it's as if you're going to die," she says. Rapp has been experiencing this reaction to certain noises since she was a toddler. She recalls a ride home from preschool when her mother turned on the radio and started singing, which...

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The Short List

Marijuana plants harvested and hung in a processing facility in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Ongoing Snags In Consequences Of Massachusetts Pot Laws 'Kinda Wild'

In our look at news of the week, a medical marijuana patient told Massachusetts cannabis regulators in Springfield that she had surgery canceled at the last minute due to concerns about interactions between marijuana and anaesthesia.

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Berkshire County

A billboard, at right, on Route 7 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, was paid for by the mother of a man who says he was sexually abused decades ago in a now-closed elementary school in Sheffield. This one went up in February.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Billboard Prompts Survivors Of Child Sexual Abuse To Come Forward, Decades Later

The mother of a man who says he was sexually abused as a child in a Berkshire County elementary school paid for two billboards this winter to call attention to the case.

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News Now Podcast

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

How's The Springfield Casino Doing?

It's been more than six months since the MGM casino in Springfield opened its doors to thousands of gamblers, and curious pedestrians. Here’s a look at some of the casino’s early successes and challenges, and what it all means for Springfield and the state of Massachusetts.

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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.

Jazz à la Mode

Ed Bickert, Jazz Guitarist, R.I.P.

Ed Bickert, the renowned Canadian-born guitarist who was a prominent figure on the Toronto jazz scene, died on February 28 at 86. I learned of Bickert through his great work with Paul Desmond on Pure Desmond (1975) and with Ruby Braff on the trumpeter's Sackville sessions in Toronto (1979), and took additional notice when Dave McKenna played on his 1989 release, Third Floor Richard. Through one of Ed's biggest fans, Doug MacMillan , I got turned on to almost everything he recorded and played...

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Valley Voices

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The Latest On Casinos & Gambling

Reporting on the impacts of casino and gambling in the region.

Arts and Humanities Awards

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You’re invited to join us in celebrating each of them and the lively arts community of western New England!


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Hampshire College philosophy professor Christoph Cox.
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Hampshire College Professor Outlines Faculty Coalition's New 'Vision' For The School

It's been nearly two months since Hampshire College's president announced the school was searching for a long-term "strategic partner" to help the school as it faced enrollment declines and financial pressures.

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