Coronavirus

Big Mass. Study Finds You Could Be Symptom-Free But Still Carry High Load Of Coronavirus

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. This spring, at the peak of the state’s coronavirus epidemic, the Broad Institute performed thousands of tests as part of a state effort to check residents and staff from over 300 nursing homes and other long-term-care centers. Now, Broad researchers...

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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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Regional News

The gates of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Smith College Will Offer Only Distance Learning This Fall

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.

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Connecting Point

Housatonic PCB Clean-up Plan Opposition

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. 

Power outages were reported across Connecticut after Tropical Storm Isaias ravaged the state with high winds Tuesday. Downed trees blocked roads and brought down power lines in many towns with winds as high as 70 mph. Utilities say it may take several days for full restoration of power. 

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 has taken place has just been too slow for it.”

School Committees Face Tough Reopening Decisions

Aug 4, 2020
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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.

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.

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Lebanon

Beirut Death Toll Rises After Enormous Explosion

Updated at 4:51 a.m. ET Thursday Beirut is reeling and Lebanon is in grief after a powerful explosion tore through the capital's port area on Tuesday. The enormous blast, which officials said was driven by thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate, killed at least 137 people and injured thousands more. Emergency crews are still working to find all the victims. "No words can describe the horror of the disaster that has hit Beirut last night, turning it to a disaster-stricken city," Lebanese...

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Election 2020

Trump Suggests Convention Speech At White House; GOP Sen. Asks: 'Is That Even Legal?'

Updated at 3:19 p.m. ET National convention planning for Republicans and Democrats continued to evolve on Wednesday, as the parties try to adapt their nominating events, which are typically filled with throngs of people, to the realities of the ongoing pandemic. President Trump said in an interview that he'll "probably" deliver his speech accepting the Republican Party's nomination for a second term live from the White House, potentially tearing down what little remaining firewall there was...

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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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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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