Politics

New Documents Reveal How Trump, Cohen, Aides Worked To Seal Hush Money Deals

Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET Donald Trump took part in phone calls with his then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen as the attorney and other aides scrambled to arrange hush payments to a woman in 2016 to buy her silence about an alleged sexual relationship with Trump. Those details come from hundreds of pages of court papers — warrant applications, affidavits and other related materials — made public on Thursday. Federal Judge William Pauley of the Southern District of New York ordered the documents...

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Regional News

Head Of Connecticut's Port Authority Placed On Leave

Evan Matthews, head of the quasi-public agency responsible for promoting investments in Connecticut’s three deepwater ports, has been placed on administrative leave. The news comes as the state continues work to finalize a $93 million public-private investment in New London’s State Pier.

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West Springfield

The Gabriel family: front row, from left, is the mother Hind, Yara, and the father Hamror. At rear from left, Omer, Thabit, Ithar, Mohammed, and AbdulRahman. This photo was taken in Malaysia, before the family came to the U.S.
Courtesy Gabriel family

Sudanese Refugee Family Watches Revolution From Afar

Ithar Gabriel will never forget the day her father, Hamror, told her they had been accepted to move to the United States as Sudanese refugees.

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Helen Cathcart operates an automatic shaper machine in the stocking shop at the Springfield Armory in August 1943.
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True Stories Of WWII Women Inspired Novel Based At Springfield Armory

A new historical novel, "The Wartime Sisters," brings to light a community that thrived at the armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, during World War II.

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Ed Wingenbach, the new president of Hampshire College, spoke to reporters on July 18, 2019.
Dusty Christensen / The Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Hampshire College's new president said the way for the Amherst, Massachusetts, school to get back on its feet is to embrace its roots as an innovator in higher education.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont's administration has reached an agreement with state employee union leaders on a plan to adjust the schedule for paying off pension liability, a move designed to provide budget relief. 

The Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have "preliminarily found Encore to be in compliance" with state rules and regulations for the card game blackjack.

The library at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Creative Commons

The financially struggling Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, has named a new president. Edward Wingenbach comes from Ripon College in Wisconsin. 

Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

A Massachusetts congressman played a key behind-the-scenes role as the U.S. House voted Tuesday to condemn President Trump for telling four congresswomen of color to "go back" to the "places from which they came."

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Environment

Report: By 2100, Mass. Could Have 26 Days A Year That Feel Hotter Than 100 Degrees

Feeling the heat this summer? Well, its just going to get worse. Massachusetts is going to see more hot and humid days in the coming decades, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Days that feel like 100 degrees (or higher), which rarely happen in Massachusetts now, will occur 26 times each year by the end of the century if no action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the report finds. Ninety degree temperatures will likely occur in the state about one...

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Apollo 11

Seeing Apollo Through The Eyes Of Astronauts

Fifty years ago, two astronauts became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Like many explorers, they documented their accomplishment in photographs. The images they took are some of the most enduring of the 20th century, traveling from Life magazine to MTV to Twitter. For most of us, the photos brought back by Apollo 11 are iconic and a little difficult to comprehend. But for astronauts, they represent something more: hours of training, risks taken and the many people on the ground who...

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Puerto Rico

Streets A 'War Zone' As Protesters Call For Puerto Rico's Governor To Resign

Some of Puerto Rico's biggest stars rallied a crowd of many thousands in San Juan on Wednesday, calling on the island's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, to resign. It was the fifth day in a row of protests in the U.S. territory, following a leak of hundreds of pages of misogynistic and homophobic texts between the governor and his main advisers. During the day, trap artist Bad Bunny and singer Ricky Martin were among the huge crowd that marched to the governor's mansion. Tensions ratcheted up in...

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Commentary

People walking down a street.
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Walking A Mile In A Client's Shoes

There's a woman I've worked with who never stops moving. She might visit the program office in the morning for a few minutes. Then she’s out the door, two or three shopping bags full of belongings on her arm.

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Ken Rosenthal, recent interim president of Hampshire College, talks with Ilan Stavans.

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Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, at right, with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Mass. 'Literally Wasn't Opening The Mail': How The RMV Process Is Supposed To Work

The review system for driver violations at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is broken. After more than a year's worth of unopened paper violations from other states were found, more than 1,600 drivers are just now having the law catch up with them.

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