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Frances Crowe in her home in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Kari Njiiri / NEPR

Frances Crowe, the longtime peace activist and anti-nuclear campaigner, recently celebrated a milestone. She turned 100 years of age in mid-March.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will start offering free bus travel to seniors on Tuesdays starting in July.

It was the summer of 2015, and Betty Crane was looking forward to her 70th wedding anniversary in December.

But at a press conference at the Massachusetts attorney general’s office Wednesday, Crane’s daughter, Candi Hitchcock, said her mother didn’t make it past August. A caretaker at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough didn’t turn on the alarm on Crane’s bed.

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The state of Vermont’s sterling reputation on Wall Street took a modest hit Tuesday when Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the state’s general obligation bond rating.

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