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A vial with a swab test for COVID-19.
Tony Spinelli / Connecticut Public

A 'Holding Pattern' For Many Amid Rising COVID-19 Case Rates

COVID-19 case rates have been on the rise over the last few weeks in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

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The First Tokyo Olympics Medals For The U.S. Go To Swimmers

TOKYO — The first U.S. medals of the Olympics went to U.S. swimmers, with Team USA athletes winning medals in every final swimming event of the day. The very first U.S. medal — and the only gold — went to 27-year-old Chase Kalisz in the men's 400 meter individual medley race. Kalisz was nearly a full body length ahead of his closest competitor at the end of the race, with a time of 4:09.42. Kalisz pumped both fists and yelled, "Let's go!" as the small group of U.S. athletes and...

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Julie Carrick Dalton is the author of the novel "Waiting for the Night Song."
Everett Dalton / Submitted Photo

Suspense Novel About Love, Racism And Climate Change In New Hampshire

Our summer fiction series continues now with a suspenseful eco-fiction story called "Waiting for the Night Song." It's the debut novel from author Julie Carrick Dalton, who spends part of the year in New Hampshire and part in eastern Massachusetts.

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Sonam's Stonewalls

Mass. Gov. Baker Says No Plans To Change Mask Guidance For Schools

Jul 22, 2021
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday his administration has no plans to reinstate a mask mandate for schools this fall, one day after a dozen lawmakers urged him to revive the policy in early education and elementary school settings amid the spread of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.

Lesser Sees Senate As Ready To Tackle Sports Betting: 'It's Time For Mass. To Do This'

Jul 22, 2021
A photograph taken at a Wynn sports betting facility in Nevada.
Jonathan Cutrer / Creative Commons / / photos / joncutrer

With the House looking like it will overwhelmingly pass a sports betting bill Thursday afternoon, the senator handling the issue said he thinks his more reluctant branch is "ready to do this -- if it's done the right way."

The Massachusetts Republican Party is in turmoil following the resignation of its vice chairman, Tom Mountain, who stepped down Sunday night amid allegations that he posted inappropriate comments on Facebook.

Mountain’s departure has all the elements of a soap opera.

A proposal to burn about 2,500 tons of old coal at a major Hartford trash plant is getting a strong rebuke from state regulators. But the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) said Wednesday that burning the coal in Hartford is “the most environmentally sound” way to get rid of it.

MIRA wanted to burn up that old coal by gradually mixing it in with trash from its member towns.

A section of East Street in Belchertown, Massachusetts, collapsed from flooding and a beaver dam that broke on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
Luis Feldman / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Experts said climate change could be related to near-record — and, in some cases, record – rainfall this month in southern New England.

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Female Soldiers Are Getting New Body Armor Designed Just For Them

Updated July 22, 2021 at 8:03 AM ET Maj. Melissa Elledge deployed to combat zones twice in earlier versions of body armor designed for a male-centric Army, so she's deeply familiar with their failings for women. The bad fit created potentially lethal gaps at the arm openings and left the heavy ceramic plates resting on her legs, cutting off circulation as she sat in trucks or aircraft. And for the first 14 years of her career, those plates have taken vital time to shove aside before she could...

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Nurses talk to a patient at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts, in January 2021.
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Health Officials Concerned By COVID-19 Increases In Springfield And Worcester

The numbers remain low compared to earlier in the pandemic, but local public health officials are expressing concern about upticks in COVID-19 cases in two of New England's largest cities.

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