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Magazines Emerge To Cover 'Cannabis Culture,' With A New England Twist

The magazine High Times has been going strong since 1974, when it would have been hard to imagine the current swing toward marijuana legalization. Now there's an enormous amount of cannabis information online, and even specific apps to locate pot shops. But there’s also a new crop of old-fashioned print publications, including some based in New England.

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3 In Western Mass. Indicted For Alleged UMass Procurement Fraud

Two former University of Massachusetts Amherst employees were indicted on allegations that they accepted illegal payments from contractors for work at the school, and a third man involved in the company was charged for allegedly making the payments, Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday.

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A Teen's Rapid Growth As A Literary Metaphor For Accepting Change

Two of author Scott Brown’s colleagues had an idea for a story, but no time to write it, so they offered him the project. He’s usually a television writer and producer.

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Elections security experts have discovered new ways to manipulate the type of voting machine used in Vermont, but local elections officials say it's unlikely that bad actors could exploit those vulnerabilities to change the results of an election.

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With more train service coming as soon as this month between Springfield and Greenfield, Massachusetts, railroad officials are trying to increase awareness about safety along the route.

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A rural jail in western Massachusetts is set to become the first correctional facility in the state to dispense methadone to inmates for opioid addiction treatment. 

The Colt Armory in Hartford, Connecticut.
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In 2014, Congress authorized the Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford. It would mark the contributions to the firearms industry made by Samuel Colt. 

MGM Springfield President and COO Mike Mathis during casino construction.
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Updated at 5:45 p.m.

The head of MGM Springfield said the city is in better shape than it was before it opened as the casino approaches its one-year anniversary on August 24. 

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The former president of the Massachusetts State Police union and the groups former Beacon Hill lobbyist worked together in a six-year scheme to garner thousands in illegal kickbacks, federal prosecutors allege. Dana Pullman, 57, of Worcester, who retired as the head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) last fall amid the state police overtime scandal , and Anne Lynch, 68, of Hull, were arrested at their homes Wednesday morning and charged with fraud and obstruction of...

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There's Bears In Those Woods, So This Hiker Heads Right In

Two years ago, I saw 10 bears, but after breaking my leg last year, I didn’t get out much, and saw only two. Each time, it brought my legs and breathing to an abrupt halt.

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Gun Control

Poll: Americans, Including Republicans And Gun Owners, Broadly Support Red Flag Laws

Strong majorities of Americans from across the political spectrum support laws that allow family members or law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove guns from a person who is seen to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new APM Research Lab/Guns & America/Call To Mind survey. These laws, often called extreme risk protection order laws, or red flag laws, have received renewed attention after 31 people were killed during mass shootings in El Paso, Texas , and...

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Short Stories About The Mess Created By Love And Longing

A photographer documents her childhood friend's rise to fame. Foreign journalists try to adapt to life in a U.S. city. A clown pines for the love of a trapeze artist. These characters and more make up a new short story collection from Lenox, Massachusetts, author Brendan Mathews, called “This Is Not a Love Song.”

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'Zipper Merge' May Seem Aggressive, But It's Actually A Highway Congestion Reliever

Wherever you may be driving this summer, there will likely be lane closures for road construction and the need to merge. Traffic engineers have been espousing the "zipper merge" in high-volume construction areas for years.

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As the casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, was under construction a few years ago, several local retailers and restaurants said they got a lot of new business. But now — a year after it opened — not so much.

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