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Chicopee Academy at James C. Selser School in Chicopee, Masscahusetts.
Dave Roback / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

Three of the 10 schools with the highest rates of student suspensions in Massachusetts are in Hampden County.

When Jessica Freeman found herself with no place to call home, the 25-year-old wasn’t sure where she could go.

“I was not in school. I did seasonal jobs or I was unemployed,” she said, “so I was basically not doing much really with myself.” It took her a little while to figure out what she wanted to do and where she wanted to be in life, she said — and homelessness made that harder.

Outside a Massachusetts polling place.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Voters in Massachusetts can start casting their ballots on Monday. But is everybody ready?

Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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A student came to a high school in the Berkshires last week with the Confederate flag draped over his back. 

When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups.

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