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With a giant inflatable rat in the background, Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman (right) addressed the crowd at the rally outside the Stop & Shop in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on March 20, 2019.
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The union representing Stop & Shop workers held a rally Wednesday outside the store in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The workers have been without a contract since late February, and continue to threaten a strike.

The town hall in Hadley, Massachusetts.
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The Hadley, Massachusetts, planning board wants to put to rest a controversy over comments made by one of its members. But some critics are still not satisfied.

Dance and music inspired by Puerto Rican culture.
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Dan Román began composing as a young teenager growing up in Puerto Rico. He doesn't know why he started, exactly — just that simply playing instruments wasn't enough.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Updated at 4:05 p.m.

A woman suing Harvard University over portraits of two 19th-century slaves says she hopes her lawsuit sparks a national reckoning with its history of racism. 

Ella Briggs, now 11, will never forget the day she got sent to the “naughty chair” in kindergarten for putting pants on her gingerbread person.