Regional News

News from the region from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

Marijuana plants harvested and hung in a processing facility in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

In our look at news of the week, a medical marijuana patient told Massachusetts cannabis regulators in Springfield that she had surgery canceled at the last minute due to concerns about interactions between marijuana and anaesthesia. 

Westfield State University, in Westfield, Mass.
File photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Faculty at Westfield State University have overwhelmingly voted no confidence in President Ramon Torrecilha. 

The Sheffield, Massachusetts, town line.
Jimmy Emerson, DVM / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/auvet

The district attorney in Berkshire County said a house fire Wednesday morning in Sheffield, Massachusetts, was the scene of a murder-suicide that left a family of five dead.

Considered the most definitive picture of Rocky fighting, this image depicts Roland LaStarza vs. Rocky at Madison Square Garden on September 24, 1953. The knockout blow, captured in the 11th round, shows the force of a Rocky punch.
Stonehill College Archives and Historical Collections: Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection

Seventy-two years ago this St. Patrick's Day, Rocky Marciano — one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time — came to fight in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was a turning point in his life.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has long been known as a consumer advocate and a critic of big corporations. But she's not the only progressive seeking the right to challenge President Trump in 2020 who is highlighting economic inequality.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for one, fired up the base with these issues in 2016, after Warren passed on a bid. But this time, she isn't sitting on the sidelines.

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