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Bennett Walsh, superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, speaking at a memorial service in 2017.
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Judge Nullifies Firing Of Bennett Walsh As Head Of Holyoke Soldiers' Home

Updated at 5:17 p.m. Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders did not have the authority to fire Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh following a COVID-19 outbreak at the home, and Walsh's termination should be considered void, a Hampden County judge ruled Monday.

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Politics

With Romney's Support, GOP Likely Has Votes To Move Ahead With Ginsburg's Replacement

Updated at 4:16 p.m. ET Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, says he will support moving forward with President Trump's upcoming election year nomination to the Supreme Court. Romney issued a statement Tuesday that he intends "to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President's nominee." If the nominee reaches the Senate floor he intends "to vote based upon their qualifications." Romney's support for moving ahead means that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all but certain to...

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Massachusetts

With Audit Threat, State Escalates Push For In-Person Schooling In Low-Risk Communities

State officials are stepping up pressure on school districts to resume in-person schooling as soon as possible this fall, even as they have signaled deference to local control. Local authorities say the latest escalation poses a threat to months of detailed planning, and could force risky changes even after the school year has begun. On Friday, Jeff Riley — the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education — sent a letter ( PDF ) to school committee chairs in 16 school districts...

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A western Massachusetts group focused on opioid abuse is offering this week the first in a series of online trainings on administering an opioid overdose reversal drug.

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

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on August 7, 2020.
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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.

Legalizing recreational marijuana in Connecticut could generate nearly $100 million in four years. That’s according to the latest study by an economics professor at UCONN.

Kevin O’Connor is picking up where Rep. Joe Kennedy III left off: hoping to convince Massachusetts voters that Sen. Ed Markey has been in Washington too long and spends too little time in Massachusetts.

“He’s been there for 44 years,” O’Connor told WBUR. “Congressman Kennedy presented to the Massachusetts voters — and I will present to the Massachusetts voters — that relative to the amount of time he’s lived in the Washington bubble, he’s accomplished very little.”

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Election 2020

Step Aside Election 2000: This Year's Election May Be The Most Litigated Yet

The night of Nov. 7, 2000, was cold and wet in Austin, Texas. "Nobody cared," remembers Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who worked for Texas Gov. George W. Bush's presidential campaign. "We had just won the presidency of the United States." That excitement quickly evaporated. As the night stretched on, the race between Bush and Democratic nominee Al Gore tightened in Florida. The television networks revised their projections for Bush, deeming the contest too close to call. Before the election...

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

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For their daughters and themselves, Mustafa and BeckyJean Thompson said they're relieved there's now more structure to the West Springfield, Mass., online school day.
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Working Parents Hope For More Structure This Fall For Kids At School — At Home

Most Massachusetts public schools began classes this week after a delay due to the coronavirus. Districts, independently of one another, developed their plans and many schools are teaching remotely. That means parents and caregivers are again juggling their work schedules while also acting as teacher helpers.

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