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School Committees Face Tough Reopening Decisions

Massachusetts education officials are reviewing school districts' initial reopening plans and expect to issue guidance on athletics and extracurricular activities next week, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday.

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Coronavirus

If A Second COVID-19 Wave Is On The Horizon In Mass., Experts Say There's A Good Chance We'll See It

Before the first wave of COVID-19 infections hit Massachusetts last spring, nobody was sure exactly when it would arrive. Experts only knew that it was on the way. By the time testing showed cases were rising dramatically, thousands of people had already caught the coronavirus. “You’re behind the virus. You’re chasing it, always trying to catch up, and speed is absolutely of the essence,” says William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard University. “The pace with which some of our response...

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Lebanon

Photos: Explosion Leaves Beirut In Shatters As Cleanup Begins

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET An enormous explosion shook Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday. At least 100 people are dead and thousands of more people were hurt, according to officials. The death toll is expected to rise as searches are underway for people who have been reported missing. Buildings collapsed and glass shattered as helicopters and firefighters doused the flames in the city's port. On Wednesday, residents are assessing the damage and beginning to clean up the debris in the Lebanese capital....

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Connecting Point

Economic Update with AIC Prof. John Roger

Mary Owens Lindenschmid at age 14.
Courtesy Kenneth Mick-Evans

More than 900 western Massachusetts residents have now died of the coronavirus. Among them is Mary Owens Lindenschmid, who was 91 when she died of complications from COVID-19. 

Caravan 4 Justice activists and protesters gather at the north side of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford to demonstrate against the systemic abuse of police power perpetrated against the black community, June 7, 2020.
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It’s been more than four months since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her home by Louisville Metro Police as they executed a no-knock search warrant. She was a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency medical technician and aspired to become a nurse.

Out on the flat, rock-carpeted roof of the West Somerville Neighborhood School, consultant Scott LeClair steps up to an air handler unit as big as a semi-trailer.

He opens a metal panel and pulls out a filter shaped like a pizza box.

“This unit’s actually sending the air into the building,” he explains. “We’re looking to see what types of filters they have and what level they can filter to,” so the filters can be upgraded if possible.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Goodbye, Massachusetts Joint Rule 12A — and hello, months of drawn-out negotiations in the state legislature. 

After a tumultuous week filled with legislative outrage, sniping between energy companies, and consumer sticker shock at rising utility bills, state regulators on Friday announced they would temporarily suspend a controversial rate increase for energy company Eversource.

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Public Health

Caravan 4 Justice activists and protesters gather at the north side of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford to demonstrate against the systemic abuse of police power perpetrated against the black community, June 7, 2020.
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

'It's Happening To All Of Us': The Way Black Women Are Policed Is A Health Issue

It’s been more than four months since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her home by Louisville Metro Police as they executed a no-knock search warrant. She was a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency medical technician and aspired to become a nurse.

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Summer Fiction

Debra Jo Immergut just published her third novel, "You Again."
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'You Again' Asks: If You Could Meet Your Younger Self, What Would You Say?

Author Debra Jo Immergut describes her third novel, "You Again," as part mystery, part thriller, part literary fiction.

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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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Follow the Journey of a Civil Rights Hero

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

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Parents Are Considering 'Homeschool Pods' For Fall, But Some Educators Warn Of Inequities

As school districts in Massachusetts submit their fall proposals to the state, many parents are coming up with their own contingency plans.

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