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What You Need To Know About Biden's Meeting With Putin

Updated June 16, 2021 at 8:18 AM ET President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting in Geneva. Here's what you need to know: The closed-door meeting is expected to last four to five hours. Putin arrived first, with Biden's motorcade pulling in to the villa where they are meeting a few minutes later. Putin will give his own press conference. Then Biden will give his. We'll stream Biden's press conference live here when it starts. "It's always better to meet face to face,"...

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RELIGION

Bishop William Byrne is installed as the 10th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, in December 2020.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com

Six Months After Arrival, Springfield Bishop Hopes Abuse Transparency ‘Encourages’ Other Dioceses

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting this week on a range of issues . Among the newer faces at the virtual conference will be William Byrne of the Springfield Diocese.

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Regional News

Connecticut Senate Passes Cannabis Bill, Governor Vows Veto Over Changes

Questions of profit, preference and equity brought Senate debate of cannabis legalization bill to a dramatic halt Tuesday, with the office of Gov. Ned Lamont vowing a veto over new language broadening the eligibility of applicants for licenses to produce or sell marijuana.

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Connecting Point

Hope on Wheels Provides Housing Pods to Homeless

Longtime Wethersfield police chief James Cetran has been fired.

Wethersfield’s town council Tuesday night approved the decision of town manager Gary Evans to terminate the embattled chief.

The 6-to-1 vote in favor of termination came at the end of a six-hour hearing.

As Massachusetts officially ended its state of emergency and marked 4 million residents vaccinated, Gov. Charlie Baker says now people who get their coronavirus inoculations could get another shot: at winning a million dollars or a scholarship.

Massachusetts Racial Equity Panel Uses First Hearing To Build To-Do List

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The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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A diverse stream of Massachusetts lawmakers, activists and community leaders produced a lengthy list of racial equity proposals on Monday, kicking off one of the legislature's most daunting undertakings to date: confronting centuries of structural racism ingrained in nearly every facet of public life.

A security camera hangs near the entrance of the William DeBerry Elementary School on Union Street in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com

The school department in Springfield, Massachusetts, is entering into an agreement that gives police access to surveillance camera footage recorded inside and outside of public school buildings.

Sports betting in action.
Thomas Schlosser / Creative Commons

This week, a legislative committee will take another look at legalizing sports betting in Massachusetts.

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Education

After Months Of Special Education Turmoil, Families Say Schools Owe Them

Roughly 7 million children in the U.S. receive special education services under a decades-old federal law — or did , until the pandemic began. Many of those services slowed or stopped when schools physically shut down in spring 2020. Modified instruction, behavioral counseling and speech and physical therapy disappeared or were feebly reproduced online, for three, six, nine months. In some places, they have yet to fully resume. For many children with disabilities, families say this disruption...

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Shipping

How 'Chaos' In The Shipping Industry Is Choking The Economy

Whidbey Island is a lovely place about 30 miles north of Seattle on the Puget Sound. Most days the tranquil sounds of rolling waves and chirping birds provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. But these days, all is not so serene. Residents are complaining about the ruckus created by humongous container ships anchored off their shore. "We've never seen them this close before," a Whidbey Islander told a local news station . "We're hearing the throbbing noise at night. ... It's...

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A Lobster Diver In Cape Cod Says A Humpback Whale Scooped Him Up And Spat Him Out

A commercial lobster diver says he escaped relatively unscathed after nearly being swallowed by a humpback whale, in a biblical-sounding encounter that whale experts describe as rare but plausible. Michael Packard, 56, said in local interviews and on social media that he was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Mass., on Friday morning when the whale suddenly scooped him up. "I was in his closed mouth for about 30 to 40 seconds before he rose to the surface and spit me out," Packard later...

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