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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tours the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Natick Mall on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, with Bill Haas of LabCorp.
Matt Stone / Boston Herald / Pool / State House News Service

On Vaccine Rollout, 'This Is No Time For Charlie Baker To Lose His Cool'

This week, a Massachusetts legislative oversight committee grilled Governor Charlie Baker over his administration's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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U.S. Intelligence

U.S. Intelligence: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Operation To Kill Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's crown prince approved the operation that led to the brutal 2018 death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the U.S. intelligence community said in a report released Friday. President Biden has been critical of Saudi Arabia and the report is expected to further harm the increasingly fraught relations between the two long-time allies "We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill" Khashoggi, said the report...

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Parts of the Housatonic River are contaminated with PCBs, which the EPA considers a probable carcinogen.
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Environmental Appeal Of PCB Cleanup To Highlight 'Burden And Costs' Of Contamination

Two groups are appealing the Environmental Protection Agency's permit to clean up the Housatonic River.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Confront Gov. Baker On Vaccine Rollout

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Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser of Longmeadow, at left, and Gov. Charlie Baker during a legislative oversight committee hearing on COVID-19.
Screenshot / State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke about the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout and engaged in a back-and-forth on the particulars of the effort with the legislature's COVID-19 committee for an hour Thursday.

Residents Quickly Snatch Up 50,000 Vaccine Appointments In Massachusetts

Feb 25, 2021
An online "waiting room" shows a 147-minute wait to schedule an appointment at the Massachusetts vaccine sign-up website on Thursday morning, February 25, 2021.
Screenshot / State House News Service

The roughly 50,000 appointments at mass vaccination sites in Massachusetts that became available Thursday morning were mostly filled by 9:30 a.m.

The state official in charge of Connecticut’s vaccine rollout believes Governor Ned Lamont’s decision to switch to an age-based plan is the quickest and most equitable way to get shots in the arm.

An empty classroom.
Violet Jiang / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/124094550@N02

Some Massachusetts parents disagree with Governor Charlie Baker's plan to get students back in classrooms by the end of the school year, a proposal announced earlier this week. 

Legalizing recreational marijuana will be a major priority for Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the state lawmakers this year.

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Eyewitness Testimony

A witness to a 2016 shooting in Springfield, Massachusetts, looks through photos. NEPM has obscured her face.
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'I Don't Think You Did This, But I Can't Fix It': How To Improve Eyewitness Evidence

Advocates for the wrongly convicted often say they’d much rather prevent mistakes than fix them after years of incarceration. But how to do that is up for debate.

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Medicine

COVID-19 Vaccine Makers' Booster Shots Aim At A Moving Target: Coronavirus Variants

The U.S. is still ramping up its vaccination program, hoping to finally clamp down on the COVID-19 pandemic. But even as vaccine doses are being rolled out, their makers are exploring several strategies to bolster them, hoping to protect people against worrying new variants that have sprung up in recent months, from South Africa to the U.K. The companies that have FDA-authorized vaccines are currently working on the problem, out of concern that mutations in SARS-CoV-2 could make the virus...

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Report: Hybrid Learning Prepares Students Better Than Remote Learning

Hybrid learning is better at preparing Connecticut students to move on to the next grade than remote learning — that’s according to a report from a nonprofit on education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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