Politics

Washington Politics Could Be About To Enter A 'Post-Apocalyptic' Phase

As if 2020 couldn't get any more politically contentious, a fight is underway over a Supreme Court vacancy — just 43 days until Election Day, and as Americans are already voting in some places during this election season. Raising the stakes even more, this is not just any seat. It's the chair formerly held by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal and feminist cultural icon. While in the minority on the court, Ginsburg became known for her dissents, and, in many ways, she embodied the spirit and...

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on August 7, 2020.
Office of Gov. Baker / State of Massachusetts

Filling 2 Vacancies, Mass. Gov. Baker May Leave 'Unprecedented Mark' On State's High Court

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fight over the vacancy has political implications in New England — and it comes as the highest court in Massachusetts also faces upheaval.

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Regional News

A consumption advisory posted on the Housatonic River, in a file photo.
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EPA Says Extending Comment Period On Housatonic Cleanup Is 'Not Warranted'

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has turned down requests to give the public more time to comment on the agency's proposed cleanup of the Housatonic River.

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U.S. Representative Richard Neal, at an event promoting participation in the U.S. Census, outside the Sergeant Kevin A. Dupont Memorial Middle School in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on September 18, 2020.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Massachusetts U.S. Representative Richard Neal said he hopes the courts force the government to continue collecting information for the census.

Connecticut Sun All-Star center Jonquel Jones decided to sit out the 2020 WNBA season due to COVID-19 concerns.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

It’s a big weekend for playoff basketball in New England.

Police cruisers in Springfield, Massachusetts.
File photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

This week, city officials in Springfield outlined changes they've made to the police department, following a scathing report this summer from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Springfield, Massachusetts, officials say they've been making changes in the police department in response to a scathing report by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Barbara Cianfarini in October 2014 near a stretch of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, that she helped get cleaned up.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office announced this week awards for people who have worked to protect the environment. Three received lifetime achievement awards, including the late Barbara Cianfarini, who for decades fought to clean up PCBs in the Berkshires.

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Racial Justice

Breonna Taylor's Mother: 'I Won't Go Away. I'll Still Fight'

The mother of Breonna Taylor says that if the police reforms announced this week by officials in Louisville were in place six months ago, her daughter might still be alive. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency room technician, was fatally shot by Louisville police during a botched narcotics raid at her home during the early morning hours of March 13. A decision on whether to bring charges against the three officers who carried out the raid is expected in the coming...

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Criminal Justice

Gasping For Air: Autopsies Reveal Troubling Effects Of Lethal Injection

Dr. Joel Zivot stared at the autopsy reports. The language was dry and clinical, in stark contrast to the weight of what they contained — detailed, graphic accounts of the bodies of inmates executed by lethal injection in Georgia. It was 2016, and the autopsy reports had been given to him by lawyers representing inmates on death row. He had received simple instructions: Interpret the levels of an anesthetic in the blood to determine whether the inmates were conscious during their execution....

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We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of the last several weeks which have shaken the Black community. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans have triggered national and international outrage and calls for systemic change. We once again see the bitter truths about racism, inequality, and injustice. This is a difficult time in our Nation’s history. Unlike many countries around the world which have experienced similar horrific...

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Congressman and human rights champion John Lewis is featured in this 2017 documentary.

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From "How To Be A Person" by Catherine Newman.
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'How To Be A Person' Teaches Tweens Skills From Chopping An Onion To Falling Asleep

"How to Be A Person" takes readers through dozens of basic skills they should learn before they’re grown up – from doing the laundry and tying knots, to writing thank-you notes and managing money.

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