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Palpable Anxiety For Health Care Workers As COVID-19 Cases Rise In Massachusetts

After the COVID-19 spring surge, nurse Jennifer Williams started taking a blood pressure medication and seeing a therapist. Her stress level dropped this summer, but now, as her COVID-19 unit at Sturdy Memorial Hospital fills again, Williams says she feels the panic rising. Some days, after work, she sits in her car and cries. “I didn’t realize the impact that it had on me during the spring because it was busy, and it was new,” she says. Now “emotionally, I have to brace myself.” This time...

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arts and culture

"The Spinner" statue in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, was removed this spring for the park's renovation. Artist Nina Rossi saw an opportunity for a "pedestal takeover." Peggy Hart, a weaver, is shown here.
Groundspeak Inc. (dba Geocaching) / Nina Rossi

An Empty Pedestal In Turners Falls, Mass., Allows For New 'Statues' Of Working Women

A few months ago during a renovation of Spinner Park in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, a statue in the small brick streetscape was temporarily removed from its pedestal, for its own restoration. "The Spinner" had been erected 35 years ago in honor of women who worked in the area's long-gone textile mills. A local artist saw the empty platform as a way to stage a new tribute to women and their tools.

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election 2020

Hand sanitizer was available for voters entering a polling place in Springfield, Massachusetts, during the state primary election on September 1, 2020.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

2020 General Election Voter Guide: Contested Races In Western Massachusetts

In addition to the presidential race, voters across western Massachusetts are weighing in on congressional contests, state legislative showdowns and a pair of ballot questions backed by many millions of dollars in out-of-state contributions.

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You're Not Welcome Here: How Social Distancing Can Destroy The Global Economy

Stay out. It's what people are being asked to tell each other. Less than 10 days ago, London banned people who live in different households from meeting each other indoors, to stop the spread of the coronavirus. "Nobody wants to see more restrictions, but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners' lives," London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the London Assembly. Taking away the welcome mat is key to cutting off the path of the coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic, cities...

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A civil rights group based in Hartford, Connecticut, says it's suing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over recent rollbacks to protections against racial segregation.

A lawn sign in Lee, Massachusetts, designed by Reed Anderson of Great Barrington, calls for no local dumps for PCB waste from General Electric.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted 585 pages of public comments on a proposed plan to clean up toxic waste from the Housatonic River and dispose some it in Lee, Massachusetts.

Some Additional Students To Return To UMass Amherst In Spring

Oct 23, 2020
The campus of UMass Amherst.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

UMass Amherst plans to expand its campus population in the spring, announcing Friday that first-year and transfer students will be invited to campus next semester after learning remotely throughout the fall.

Thomas Rosa - at his arrest in 1985 and after his release in 2020.
Courtesy of the New England Innocence Project.

A Massachusetts man who spent 34 years in prison for murder has been sent home while his lawyers fight for his exoneration.

An informational graphic used by Cambridge, Massachusetts, which has used ranked-choice voting in some local elections for decades.
City of Cambridge / via WBUR

Massachusetts voters this fall are being asked whether they want to see ranked-choice voting on ballots in future elections.

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Auto repair.
Ryan Doka / Pixabay / Creative Commons

Massachusetts Ballot Questions Get Attention From 'Nerds' And Out-Of-State Donors, Apparently

On the Massachusetts ballot, Question 1 would give independent auto repair shops access to more diagnostic information. Supporters have received sizable campaign donations from auto parts makers and stores from out-of-state.

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Housatonic River

A sign near the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 2009 after a GE/EPA cleanup.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

Could The Presidential Election Affect The Housatonic Cleanup?

Last month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrapped up a public comment period on its controversial plan to remove toxic PCBs from the Housatonic River. The agency said it hopes to issue its final plan by the end of the year. That would be before any possible change at the White House.

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Our Commitment: Civil Dialogue, Context and Conversation

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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A location in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, used by the think tank American Institute for Economic Research.
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'Herd Immunity' Great Barrington Declaration On COVID-19 Sparks Controversy

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, recently played host to a meeting that’s causing controversy in the scientific community and caught the attention of the White House.

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From "The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come" by Sue Macy.
Stacy Innerst / Simon and Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books 2019

A Tale Of A Mensch From Massachusetts Who Saved Yiddish Books