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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on July 31.
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Massachusetts Gov. Baker Orders New Enforcement, Gathering Size Limit

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is indefinitely postponing the next step of the state's reopening in response to the uptick in COVID-19 cases that Massachusetts has seen in recent weeks.

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The campus of UMass Amherst.
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UMass Amherst Uninvites Most Students Planning To Live On Campus This Fall

Updated 1:55 p.m. UMass Amherst has reversed its plans to allow students to decide whether to return to campus housing.

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus Cases Are Surging. The Contact Tracing Workforce Is Not

The United States needs as many as 100,000 contact tracers to fight the pandemic, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Congress in June. We need billions of dollars to fund them, public health leaders pleaded in April . But in August, with coronavirus cases increasing in more than half of states , America has neither the staff nor the resources to be able to trace the contacts of every new case — a key step in the COVID-19 public health response. Contact tracers...

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Supporting the Deaf and Blind Community During the Pandemic

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When the Democratic primary between Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy began, Massachusetts boasted one of the strongest economies in the country.

Now, the candidates find themselves representing the state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate. Roughly 1 million people in Massachusetts remain out of work, according federal data released Thursday.

Many people who have no symptoms can still carry very high levels of the coronavirus and potentially spread it, according to preliminary research from the Broad Institute in Cambridge that was based on mass testing in Massachusetts nursing homes.

The gates of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, had planned to bring a reduced number of students back to campus for the fall semester, and give faculty the choice of teaching online or in person. In a reversal, the college now says it will offer only distance learning.

As Connecticut’s utilities struggle to address a million power outages across the state, there’s no official assessment yet as to when they might be able to restore electricity to most homes. And now state regulators have announced an investigation into whether the state’s largest power company, Eversource, underestimated the threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaias.

Isaias ripped through the state Tuesday with wind speeds gusting to 70 mph, felling trees and bringing down power lines in almost every town. 

Mary Owens Lindenschmid with her grandchildren in the late 1990s. From left, Kenneth Mick III, Mary Mick and Karl Mick.
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. 

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On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights protesters attempted a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, the state capital, to draw attention to the voting rights issue. Led by Hosea Williams and John Lewis (at right in light raincoat).
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Rep. John Lewis And The Sisters Who Nursed Him In Selma

As I watched the cart carrying the body of John Lewis across the Pettus Bridge, I was reminded that in 1965, brutally beaten, Lewis was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, run by Sisters of St. Joseph — the only one in nine counties that received Black patients.

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Summer Fiction

Writer Tochi Onyebuchi of New Haven in 2017.
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In 'Riot Baby,' Onyebuchi's Character Takes On Police Brutality And Structural Racism

In "Riot Baby" — a new novel from New Haven writer Tochi Onyebuchi — a young Black girl named Ella discovers she has powers that can help rid the world of police brutality and structural racism.

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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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