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Allison Miner at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1991
The Times-Picayune

Here's a moving film tribute to Allison Miner, a beautiful spirit who made a major difference to the preservation and perpetuation of the musical culture of New Orleans between her arrival in the Crescent City in 1967 and her death in 1995 at age 46. Allison was instrumental in establishing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, albeit with a sexist-driven subordinate role and title that she discusses in Amy Nesbitt's film.

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.

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

Happy (belated) Public Domain Day!  Welcome, public, to 1923! Welcome, 1923, to the public domain!  

Inside the Longsworth Arts Village at Hampshire College.
Charles Fulton / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/12216515@N00/

Hampshire College says it wants a “strategic partner” to help it face a tough financial outlook. But the school's president stopped short of saying she wants to merge with another college.

Great Food Comes With Great Waste At UMass

Jan 16, 2019
UMass Amherst emphasizes composting, providing compostable utensils, napkins and cups in the dining areas.
Ayelet Ehrenkranz / NEPR

The phrase “number one dining” is often thrown around at UMass Amherst. But with all that great food comes great waste.

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