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The Sojourner Truth Memorial statue in Florence, Massachusetts was designed by Thomas Jay Warren and unveiled on October 2, 2002.
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On MLK Day, Remembering The 1800s Abolitionist Community In Florence, Mass.

January 21 marks the day Americans celebrate the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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Politics

Democrats Reject Trump Border Wall Proposal, Calling It A 'Non-Starter'

Updated at 5:28 p.m. ET With negotiations over reopening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to back temporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, many of whom are now adults, in exchange for funding for a wall on the Southern border. In a White House speech on Saturday, Trump also offered to extend the Temporary Protected Status program that blocks deportation of certain immigrants fleeing civil unrest or natural disasters. The...

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Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Pondering Hampshire College's Future, And Other News Of The Week

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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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, center, at an event earlier this week.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker proposed on Thursday to legalize sports betting in the state, igniting an already smoldering debate on Beacon Hill over whether to give gamblers an additional avenue to wager their money — and over who should be able to take part in the potential new industry.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu have announced plans to create a bi-state voluntary paid family leave program. Scott said the proposal will help attract new workers to both states without the need to implement a state-mandated program.

Now about four weeks into the government shutdown, the federal agency that distributes housing dollars is closed for business. That’s causing some people in Massachusetts’ affordable housing sector to develop contingency plans.

Governor Ned Lamont has announced a partnership with local banks that will see federal workers in Connecticut offered interest-free loans to help them during the government shutdown. 

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Commentary

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

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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Jazz à la Mode

Joseph Jarman
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Joseph Jarman, R.I.P., 1937-2019

Joseph Jarman, who died on Wednesday, January 9, at 81, was a free jazz icon best known for his long association with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and raised in Chicago, Jarman played woodwinds (saxophones, flutes, and clarinet) and was a founding member of both the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and the AEC. He was also a Shinshu Buddhist priest and aikido instructor, pursuits that the The New York Times said "made him less active with...

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Night Sky

Heads-Up For Sunday, A Super 'Blood Moon' Is On The Way

Updated at 9:50 p.m. ET A special celestial event is on the calendar for this Sunday night and experts are already raving: "A full 62 luxurious minutes of totality," says Sky and Telescope Magazine . "The Only Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019," promises NASA . "This full moon will appear to be one of the largest of 2019," reports Space.com . North and South America will get the best view of the super "blood moon," as it's known, but Europeans and Africans will also be able to watch (weather...

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Higher Education

After Hampshire College: Here's Why More Small Colleges Are Feeling Squeezed

Should Massachusetts brace for a small-college crunch? Hampshire College announced Tuesday that, in response to what its president called “bruising” financial and demographic trends, it will seek a strategic partnership” to carry it into the future. College officials are still weighing whether or not to admit a freshman class for next year. Hampshire may be the most prominent school in the state to declare that it’s seeking a new path, but it’s not the only one. Newbury College will close...

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Politics

Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base

While the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues, President Trump's approval rating is down, and there are cracks showing with his base. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds Trump's approval rating down and his disapproval rating up from a month ago. He currently stands at 39 percent approve, 53 percent disapprove — a 7-point net change from December when his rating was 42 percent approve, 49 percent disapprove. And the movement has come from within key portions of his base...

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Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Alumni Of A Northampton School For The Deaf Recount Emotional, Physical Abuse

The Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech has gained a global reputation as a leader in deaf education.

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