Poll: Biden Expands Lead; A Third Of Country Says It Won't Get Vaccinated

Democrat Joe Biden's lead has expanded to double-digits against President Trump in the presidential election, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Biden now leads Trump 53% to 42%, up from an 8-point advantage at the end of June. The change comes as 71% of Americans now see the coronavirus as a real threat, up significantly over the last several months, as more than 167,000 Americans have died and more than 5 million have become infected with the virus, as of Friday. And yet, more than a...

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Young Climate Activists Say Markey Has Their Back. Will They Have His?

With less than three weeks until the Sept. 1 primary, Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy are in a tight race for Markey’s senate seat. Both have positioned themselves as strong climate and environmental justice advocates, and both are campaigning hard for the progressive vote. So in a race between two candidates with strong environmental records and similar platforms climate-oriented voters have to decide which politician is more likely to make green legislation a priority, and be able to...

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Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts, on July 14, 2020.
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'Twists And Turns' Shake Up Neal-Morse Race, But It May All Have 'Zero Effect' On Outcome

Over the last week, the Democratic primary for the First Congressional District of Massachusetts took an unexpected turn. The challenger, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, has pushed back strongly against allegations of inappropriate conduct.

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Connecting Point

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Opens New Learning Area

Pittsfield City Hall.
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Gerald Doyle, Jr., who was mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, from 1998 to 2002, has died at 62. He was a key player in talks between General Electric and the government to clean up toxic waste left behind by the company.

Maine Court Derails Transmission Project Ballot Question

Aug 13, 2020
Electricity lines.
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A decision Thursday from Maine's high court means voters in that state will not decide at the Nov. 3 election whether to reverse a utilities commission decision to approve a 145-mile transmission project critical to the Bay State's energy horizons. 

The Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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The Hampshire County Sheriff's Office in Northampton, Massachusetts, will furlough 77 staff members to comply with state budget cuts.

Massachusetts voters are evenly split on a ballot question that would fundamentally change how they select candidates for state and federal office.

After five months of pandemic living, the uncertainty over the new school year is pushing many parents to the brink. When it comes to returning to school, what parents want depends on what their children need and what the risk is for staying at home.

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Summer Fiction

Author Andrea Hairston.
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Andrea Hairston's 'Master of Poisons' Injects Hope Into A Precarious World

In her creative life, Andrea Hairston covers a lot of ground. She teaches theater and Africana studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She’s a playwright, theater director, screenwriter and novelist. Hairston’s forthcoming book, "Master of Poisons," is a fantasy novel about a world facing destruction.

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A crowd of people on V-J Day, August 14, 1945, in New York City's Times Square as Japan formally surrendered to the Allies in World War II.
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One Massachusetts Town's Reaction To The End Of World War II, 'Separated From The World'

Two million revelers gathered in downtown Manhattan on the evening of V-J Day, 75 years ago this week. They filled Times Square — waving flags, dancing, and shrieking with joy.

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Democratic Primary Debate

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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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The Mtali Banda Oneness Project was the opening band at the Makaya McCraven concert at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on June 4, 2019.
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In Pandemic, Music Clubs Among The First To Close And Last To Reopen — If They Can

It’s been five months since live music venues and DJ clubs shut their doors to dancing crowds, and in Massachusetts they won’t be able to open in full until a COVID-19 vaccine or a proven treatment is available. If they make it that long.

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