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Tanisha Wright (30) looks for an opening as she's guarded by Chiney Ogwumike (13) in a July 2018 Lynx vs Sun game at Target Center.
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Conn. Sun Prep To Play As WNBA, Ga. Senator Clash Over Black Lives Matter Movement

The Connecticut Sun continue preparations for the 2020 WNBA season despite recent controversial comments from Georgia Senator and Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Updated July 16, 9:40 a.m. ET The Trump Administration has mandated that hospitals sidestep the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send critical information about COVID-19 hospitalizations and equipment to a different federal database. From the start of the pandemic, the CDC has collected data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, availability of intensive care beds and personal protective equipment. But hospitals must now report that information to the Department of Health and Human...

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Connecting Point

Pick-Your-Own Orchard Perseveres Through Pandemic

It’s a busy weekday at the Greater Boston Food Bank, where a large warehouse in Boston’s South End supplies some 350 soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the region.

At the heart of the operation are about 25 workers — the ones who unpack food pallets and pack up orders for shipment.

Damian Reynoso of Hyde Park knows from his own experience why the work he does matters, why he gets to work at 4 in the morning.

The UMass Amherst campus.
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The town manager for Amherst warns that the influx of UMass students in the fall could spread COVID-19 in a town that, up until now, has had relatively few cases. He's asking the university to change its reopening plan to avoid making things worse.

Massachusetts Senate Approves Policing Reform After Overnight Session

Jul 14, 2020
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka speaks to reporters early Tuesday morning, alongside Sen. William Brownsberger, after the branch passed a wide-ranging police reform bill during a marathon 16-hour session.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Senate overcame a difficult rollout and several false starts to pass a far-reaching reform of policing on Tuesday.

The Self-Defense Brigade Anti-Oppression Rally for George Floyd, at the Keney Park Woodland entrance in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 1, 2020.
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public / NENC

After more than a month of protests against racial injustice by police and the killing of George Floyd, some police departments are considering revising their policies on use of force. 

Thirty-two residential schools that serve students with the most severe disabilities will receive much-needed aid from the state.

This spring, as other schools in Massachusetts closed their doors and moved instruction online, those schools stayed open — exposing students and staff to the virus and incurring millions in unmet costs. And even with this support, the risk isn’t over.

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Space

Good News: This Comet Won't Cause A Mass Extinction In 2020. Also, It's Really Pretty

The first thing to know about a new comet that has appeared in the evening sky is that it's one big ice ball: about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) across. "Just to put it into context, about 65 million years ago there was an asteroid or a comet that was thought to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs," says astronomer Amy Mainzer. "That object is thought to have been about 5 to 10 kilometers across." Mainzer is principal investigator for a NASA mission known as NEOWISE that is seeking to...

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Disease

How 2 Hard-Hit New England Cities Slowed Coronavirus Infections

Chelsea City Manager Tom Ambrosino scanned the chart he uses to track the daily coronavirus case updates for this small, densely populated community. The chart peaked on April 13, when160 residents received positive test results. In the past week, the city recorded between zero and four new cases a day. Ambrosino liked what he saw. “At this point I’d say it’s a very positive trend,” he said. Chelsea has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Massachusetts and among the highest in the...

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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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The Self-Defense Brigade Anti-Oppression Rally for George Floyd, at the Keney Park Woodland entrance in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 1, 2020.
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public / NENC

How Cities' Use-Of-Force Policies Vary, And A Police Culture Persists

After more than a month of protests against racial injustice by police and the killing of George Floyd, some police departments are considering revising their policies on use of force.

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