Regional News

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Basketball Hall Of Fame Reopens After Renovation, COVID-19 Shutdown

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, was just about finished with a $24 million renovation when the virus pandemic hit.

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Summer Fiction Series

Author Jennifer Rosner of Northampton, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Solaka / Courtesy Jennifer Rosner

True Stories Of Ingenuity Hiding Children In Wartime Inspired 'The Yellow Bird Sings'

Kicking off our annual summer ficiton series: a novel about a mother-daughter connection and the role of creativity and beauty in human survival.

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Slot machines at the MGM Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, with one shut down to promote social distancing on July 9, 2020.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The MGM Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, says it’s ready to re-open and will strictly enforce the wearing of masks.

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Springfield city and police officials have responded to a scathing government report that charges the narcotics bureau with a pattern of excessive force with no accountability.

The 2-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice found that Springfield narcotics officers repeatedly harmed suspects, including by punching them in the head - and did not report the incidents.

Students in STCC's automotive technology program, which is slated to close.
Ramiro Soares

Faculty members at Springfield Technical Community College are protesting the elimination of seven entire programs, most of them vocational.

Lengthy debate is expected in Massachusetts Senate Thursday on a major policing and racial equity bill. More than 140 proposed amendments were filed to the bill by Tuesday’s deadline.

New ICE Policy Rattles Massachusetts Higher Ed Landscape

Jul 7, 2020
The UMass Amherst campus.
Mark Bonica / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/23119666@N03

A new federal immigration policy ordering international students to leave the country if their colleges or universities offer online-only classes this fall has prompted an outcry from educators and campus officials in Massachusetts, who slammed the move as "cruel" and likely to cause massive economic damage.

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A statue of Christopher Columbus in New Haven's Wooster Square, which was recently removed.
Carmen Baskauf / Connecticut Public Radio

Trump's National Statue Park Is Not The Antidote Called For In This Moment

On Father’s Day, my family took my dad somewhere I'd never been: the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Its highlight is an outdoor landscape populated by dozens of sculpted works.

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Policing In Schools

Richard Parris Scott, with megaphone, is a recent graduate of the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts. He's pictured speaking at Springfield City Hall in opposition to school policing.
Ben James / NEPR

Organizers Want Western Mass. Schools To Rethink Their Relationship With Police

School will look very different in September than it did last year. There will be more distance between students, masks on every face — and in some schools across the country, fewer police in the hallways.

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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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Without MASS MoCA, Tanglewood And Other Attractions, Berkshires' Arts Tourism Is Hurting

Tourism has been decimated by widespread coronavirus closures. The impact is especially hard felt in regions that rely heavily on seasonal dollars, including the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Its a place where art, theater and music drive a post-industrial, creative economy now shuttered by the pandemic. Without Tanglewood During a normal summer 350,000 visitors stream through the gates at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox. Some take one of the 5,700 seats in the Koussevitzky...

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