Nancy Wilson, 1937-2018

Dec 14, 2018
Nancy Wilson in 2007
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The famed vocalist Nancy Wilson died on Thursday at 81 at her home in California. The Chillicothe, Ohio, native was an elegant beauty whom I first knew of through her television appearances as both a singer and actress. I remember feeling somewhat mesmerized by her, and as I've reviewed clips of her on YouTube in recent years, I've concluded that her stillness and self-possession would have drawn me in but also puzzled me. By comparison, everyone else on TV seemed outsized, but she was seemed perfectly herself.


Media Lab students come together for the 12th episode that includes a collective journey into the names of the Fall 2018 graduating cohort, Vincente Ramos's piece on the challenges he faced with race and identity and Destiny Roblesstory story about the loss of her father. Music by Mark Vesuvio.

Hate Crime Reports In Massachusetts Reach 10-Year High

Dec 13, 2018
Students and faculty at Westfield State University demonstrate on campus to protest racism following the discovery of notes threatening black students. The campus has 10 hate crimes reported in 2017, which is more than some cities.
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The number of hate crimes reported to Massachusetts increased by almost 10 percent to a 10-year high in 2017, the state said. A new report also found a majority of law enforcement agencies reported they had experienced no bias-motivated incidents last year.

Homeless shelter beds in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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In 2007, Springfield, Massachusetts, set out a plan to end long-term homelessness within 10 years. The following year, officials and advocates from Hamden, Hampshire and Franklin counties came together to craft a similar plan.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, will continue discussion next week on whether to approve a pay raise of more than 50 percent for its members.