PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

Trump Is In No Mood To Concede, But Says Will Leave White House

President Trump this week acknowledged that the transition for President-elect Joe Biden to take office is going ahead. But on Thursday, he made clear he's in no mood to concede the election, even after the Electoral College formally votes this month. "It's going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud," Trump said, without evidence, complaining that the U.S. election was "like a Third World country." Trump has kept a low profile since losing the election to...

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Regional News

Lamont’s Budget Dilemma: Protecting Transportation Makes The Deficit Worse

After chastising legislators for rejecting his calls for tolls, Gov. Ned Lamont faces another budget quandary centered on Connecticut’s cash-starved transportation network. With big deficits looming over the next two fiscal years, Lamont already is expected to propose some ugly spending cuts in February as he tries to avoid tax hikes while potentially gearing up to seek reelection in 2022.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Pandemic Renews Debate Over Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Workers

Hailed as heroes during the pandemic, essential workers have cared for the elderly in nursing homes and kept food supplies moving from farms to supermarkets. But thousands of these workers are also undocumented immigrants facing this choice to keep their jobs: ride a crowded bus or drive without license. As COVID-19 cases surge and immigrant communities experience disproportionately higher rates of deaths and jobs losses, the debate about whether to allow undocumented immigrants in the state...

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Montague reacts to President-elect Biden’s victory

Merriam-Webster editors Peter Sokolowski and Emily Brewster.
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Merriam-Webster has released its list of the most looked-up words of 2020, and it’s no surprise that words related to virus and disease figure prominently.

Police cruisers in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Updated at 4:45 p.m. 

Public defenders in Massachusetts are suing Springfield's mayor and city clerk over a public records request for police discipline reports.

For most people, Boston Logan International Airport is a place you pass through — a temporary stop on the way to some other destination, like a Thanksgiving family gathering.

But for Mario Seide, Logan has been his near-daily destination since he moved to the United States in 2018. Within days of leaving the southern coast of Haiti for Massachusetts, Seide said he began working as a wheelchair attendant at the airport. He enjoys the job because, he said, “I don’t like to sit still.”

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says President-elect Joe Biden’s administration should include more money for pedestrian and bicycle lanes in its federal transportation proposals.

Native American history would be a mandatory part of public schools in Connecticut, if a bill introduced by State Senator Cathy Osten passes.

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Commentary

St. John's Episcopal Church, which is located on the Hartford and West Hartford border, recently cut down a huge copper beech tree the church had been advised could no longer be saved.
Dwight Latif / Courtesy of St John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford, CT.

An Ode To A Landmark Copper Beech, Recently Felled

The town I call home, West Hartford, has lost a dear old friend.

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Colectivo De Medios Latinos

An all-Spanish resource on COVID-19 and more.

by Latino journalists in western Massachusetts.

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Alana Chernila, marketing and events manager at Guidos Fresh Marketplace, stands in front of a sign saying masks are required.
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Retailers Face Challenges Enforcing Mass. Mask Rule — And Its Exemptions

In Massachusetts, mask-wearing is required in places where the public is allowed to gather, like retail stores — unless wearing a mask presents a medical risk to a customer.

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