Steve Zrike (right), superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools and host of a back-to-school carpool karaoke.
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The school superintendent in Holyoke, Massachusetts, went to humbling lengths to get students excited about the new academic year. Steve Zrike made a video, inspired by James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.

From left, Dan Carey, John Hine and Marie McCourt, who are Democratic candidates for the 2nd Hampshire District seat, at a candidate forum in South Hadley, Massachusetts, on August 22, 2018.
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Three candidates are running in western Massachusetts in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Hampshire state House seat, which includes Hadley, South Hadley, Easthampton and part of Granby.

A sidewalk scene in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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To say the arts are nice, but not necessary, negates some clear trends, according to the Massachusetts arts advocacy group MASSCreative. 

Empty classroom with chairs.
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Massachusetts House lawmakers have passed a measure that would make major changes to public education funding, but some school advocates say the measure falls short — particularly compared to the Senate version.

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
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Many adults in Massachusetts supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. And it seems delayed.