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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, at left, and City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo at right.
Tyer: Rosanne Frieri / Tyer for Mayor Facebook / Melissa Mazzeo for Mayor Facebook

Updated 2:00 p.m.

The city clerk in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, said a recount of the mayoral race will take place starting Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Jake Burton Carpenter, who popularized the sport of snowboarding and founded the Burlington-based Burton Snowboards, has died at age 65.

Acclaimed jazz bassist Avery Sharpe.
Steven Sussman

Historians still debate when groups of Africans were first taken by Europeans and brought against their will to the Americas. Many say 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the start of slavery in the U.S. 

Visitor Center employees at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford have voted to unionize. It’s a trend among museum workers who look to unions not only for help with bread-and-butter issues like job security, but also to have a say in the museum’s future.

While the front-runners in the Democratic presidential race have been at it for months, often drawing crowds in the thousands, Deval Patrick is taking the first steps of his nascent campaign, starting with a question: “Who are you?”

“My name is Deval Patrick,” the former Massachusetts governor said at a campaign event in Columbia, South Carolina, this week. “I grew up on the South Side of Chicago.”

Patrick was in a small office at a strip mall, addressing a dozen African American women entrepreneurs.