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The town hall in Hadley, Massachusetts.
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Apology For Offensive Comments By Hadley, Mass., Official Leaves Some Unsatisfied

The Hadley, Massachusetts, planning board wants to put to rest a controversy over comments made by one of its members. But some critics are still not satisfied.

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Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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A woman suing Harvard University over portraits of two 19th-century slaves says she hopes her lawsuit sparks a national reckoning with its history of racism. 

When Ben Shungu weighed his options for playing college basketball three years ago coming out of Rice Memorial High School, his choices were limited.

In the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders might be the front-runner, Kamala Harris might come from a bigger state, and Beto O’Rourke might have his skateboard, but Elizabeth Warren is the master of policy.

Many political observers say Warren is dominating the policy debate, but there is little evidence that being the policy wonk is helping her dominate the race for the nomination.

Policies Proposed

Proposals that would expand gaming in Connecticut are on their way to the floor of the state legislature.

Lawmakers passed several bills Tuesday, ranging from legislation that would skirt federal approval to authorize the building of a casino in East Windsor, to blueprints for how sports betting could be adopted in the state.

The University of Vermont’s men’s basketball team is set to face Florida State University in the first round of the NCAA March Madness tournament. The Catamounts are set to tip off at 2 p.m. Thursday at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. 

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Election Of First Openly Gay Kid Governor Is A Milestone. But Coming Out Wasn’t Easy.

Ella Briggs, now 11, will never forget the day she got sent to the “naughty chair” in kindergarten for putting pants on her gingerbread person.

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Spring Music Series

Dance and music inspired by Puerto Rican culture.
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Puerto Rican Composer Weaves Folk Rhythms Into Contemporary Classical Music

Dan Román began composing as a young teenager growing up in Puerto Rico. He doesn't know why he started, exactly — just that simply playing instruments wasn't enough.

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White House

Trump Backs Public Release Of Mueller Report

Amid signs that special counsel Robert Mueller will soon complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, President Trump says that he looks forward to seeing the report and that it should be made public. Answering questions from reporters on the South Lawn of the White House prior to traveling to Ohio on Wednesday, Trump said of Mueller's report, "Let it come out. Let people see it — that's up to the attorney general." Federal law requires Mueller to...

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Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis

Weed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it's starting to gain an aura of healthfulness. But there are some serious health risks associated with frequent use. One of the more troubling ones is the risk of having a psychotic episode. Several past studies have found that more frequent use of pot is associated with a higher risk of psychosis — that is, when someone loses touch with reality. Now a new study published Tuesday in the...

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Mental Health

Coping With The Persistent Trauma Of Anti-Muslim Rhetoric And Violence

Over the weekend, Muslim mental health professionals quickly pulled together a webinar to share advice on how to deal with trauma after the New Zealand terrorist attacks on Friday. A white supremacist killed at least 50 people as they prayed in two mosques. Psychiatrists and spiritual leaders doled out advice on self-care and how to help young Muslims work through this moment. "The concern for all of us who are working in the mental health field and in the community is 'What is going to be...

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News Now Podcast

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
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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.

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

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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.
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Rocky Marciano's Career Began With A St. Patrick's Day Bout In Holyoke, Mass.

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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