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Hayley Singleton from the Beneski Museum of Natural History indicates a dinosaur track on a slab of stone poached from Gill, Massachusetts, in 2004.
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Police Give Stolen Dinosaur Footprints To Amherst College Museum

Evidence from a western Massachusetts crime is now in the custody of the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College.

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The Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett is seen from Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

MGM's Flirtations With Wynn Should Remind Springfield That 'Things Don't Last Forever'

As we look back at the news of this week, talks between MGM and Wynn Resorts over a possible sale of Wynn's soon-to-open casino in Everett, Massachusetts, came to an end with no deal.

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Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket, plays in his home in Leverett, Massachusetts.
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More Than Just A One-Man Band: Matt Lorenz, The Suitcase Junket, Is A Modern Troubadour

The Suitcase Junket is a one-man band that defies neat categorization.

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It’s still hard for Keyanna Tucker to talk about what happened to her when she was six.

“I was molested,” Tucker said. “I didn’t know how to cope with it … I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew it wasn’t right. So I started becoming a bully.”

Tucker, who is now 22, recalled other problems. Her father was incarcerated, which was another layer of stress. And as time went on, her behavior slowly got worse.

A federal grand jury has filed criminal charges against former Jay Peak developers Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger and two other men, more three years after regulators unmasked their "Ponzi-like" investment scheme.

MGM, Wynn Talks Over Everett Casino End Without A Deal

May 22, 2019
The Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett is seen from Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The discussions between Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts around a possible sale of the soon-to-open Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett are over. Wynn Resorts says it is committed to its Boston-area project.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont, stopped operations in December 2014.
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission / Creative Commons

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont, has been decommissioning for five years. By the end of May, New England will be down to its last two nuclear power plants.

Slot machines at the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

With MGM in talks to buy a casino in eastern Massachusetts and leave Springfield, local and state leaders insist they will have a significant say in how and whether that happens.

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Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care

Polling by NPR finds that while rural Americans are mostly satisfied with life, there is a strong undercurrent of financial insecurity that can create very serious problems for many people living in rural communities. The findings come from two surveys NPR has done with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on day-to-day life and health in rural America. After a major poll we did last fall found that a majority (55%) of rural Americans rate their...

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Music

3 Wills Found At Aretha Franklin's Home

When the Queen of Soul died last August, family and lawyers said publicly that they believed that Aretha Franklin did not have a will. On Monday, however, three handwritten wills that had been found in her Detroit-area home — one from 2014 and two dated 2010 — were filed in probate court in Oakland County, Mich. According to the filing, which NPR has reviewed, the March 2014 will was located inside a spiral notebook, under couch cushions in her living room. Some of the four-page document is...

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Matthew Westgate is an Assistant Professor and Director of Wind Studies at UMass Amherst. He conducted The Massachusetts Chamber Players performing "Frank Martin: Music For Winds."
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Parisian Puppet Theater Music Revived In UMass Chamber Players Recording

The Massachusetts Chamber Players, based at UMass Amherst, has a new recording of wind music conducted by Matthew Westgate.

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Commentary

Glacial melt is contributing to rising sea levels around the world. This image shows Greenland's southwestern coastline during a 2015 survey as part of the Oceans Melting Greenland, or OMG, mission.
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When Climate Change Denial Can Cost Us Everything

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Courts

6 Themes To Pay Attention To In Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions

It's decision season at the U.S. Supreme Court, and there are a host of consequential cases the justices are deciding, from a controversial Trump administration proposal to adding a citizenship question to the census to gerrymandering and a question of separation of church and state. As always, timing of which exact cases will be decided is unknown until the court releases them. The only clues are when the cases were argued, and, sometimes, that's not predictive either. Generally, however,...

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A visitor examines personal artifacts in the interactive exhibit "Memory in a Void," filled with Joe Dulude II's childhood memories.
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How One Man's 1970s Childhood Became A Work Of Immersive Art

A recent immersive exhibit in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, included the option to eat potato chips and watch TV — and it was all part of the art.

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