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Former New Haven alder Justin Elicker pulled off a huge upset in that city's Democratic mayoral primary, ousting incumbent Mayor Toni Harp. It was a rematch for the two. Six years ago it was Harp who bested Elicker to lead the city. This time, the challenger won a comfortable victory, with an unofficial total of 6,825 machine votes to 4,841.

Lynda Mullaly Hunt writes novels for middle schoolers. Her most recent book, "Shouting at the Rain," is part of New England Public Radio's back-to-school book series.
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The young adult novel "Shouting at the Rain" deals with some dark issues, like addiction and being abandoned by a parent. But it's not a dark story, according to author Lynda Mullaly Hunt of Marlborough,  Connecticut. Growing up, the writer faced some of the same issues.

Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.
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U.S. News and World Report has released its latest list of the best colleges in the country, and some western Massachusetts institutions came out at or near the top. 

A polling place sign in Greenfield, Massachusetts, which held its mayoral preliminary election on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
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Updated at 2:55 p.m. on September 13, 2019

In September, voters in five western Massachusetts cities are casting ballots in mayoral preliminary elections. Those non-partisan contests will narrow each field to two candidates heading into the November 5 general elections.

Three more Connecticut residents were hospitalized for severe lung disease that is possibly related to vaping.

The announcement Friday by the state Department of Public Health brings the total number of cases to five people. State officials are working with federal agencies including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a surge of severe respiratory illnesses across the country.