The Short List

Podcast, released Fridays

A rotating panel of journalists from Western New England discuss the big stories of the week.

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Worshippers gather at the Berlin, Connecticut, mosque for prayers on Friday, March 15.
Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

In our look back at the week's news, several interfaith services were held in New England after the mosque shootings in New Zealand. In Connecticut, a group of mosques has been talking about safety, including asking local police for increased patrols.

Marijuana plants harvested and hung in a processing facility in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

In our look at news of the week, a medical marijuana patient told Massachusetts cannabis regulators in Springfield that she had surgery canceled at the last minute due to concerns about interactions between marijuana and anaesthesia. 

The Edward H. Everett mansion at Southern Vermont College.
Jared C. Benedict / Creative Commons

Leading our roundup of this week's news: Southern Vermont College in Bennington announced it will close in a few months amid mounting debt and sagging enrollment. 

Anthony Gulluni is the district attorney for Hampden County, Mass.
File photo / The Republican

This week, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni established a clergy abuse hotline. He says the move comes after the Springfield Diocese recently published the number of reports of clergy sexual abuse, which the D.A. says doesn't match what has been sent to his office. 

Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Topping the short list of news this week is Springfield police commissioner John Barbieri's retirement from the post. The move comes amid fresh accussations of police brutality and several officers facing state and federal charges. 

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