Education

For Some Rural Students, Taking More AP Courses Means More Online Learning

Skyleigh D’Ambrosia, 17, loves learning about science. She’s taken pretty much every science class available at her high school in the western Massachusetts town of Athol. I want to be a doctor when I’m older, she said. So those are just kind of important classes. D’Ambrosia wanted to take Advanced Placement (AP) chemistry and AP biology in the fall. At first it didn’t seem like her plan to take these college level courses was going to pan out because her school doesn’t always have the...

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Disease

Fauci Warns Dangerous Delta Variant Is The Greatest Threat To U.S. COVID Efforts

Updated June 22, 2021 at 4:25 PM ET The dangerous Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading so quickly in the United States that it's likely the mutant strain will become predominant in the nation within weeks, according to federal health officials and a new analysis . At a White House briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said 20.6% of new cases in the U.S. are due to the Delta variant. And other scientists tracking the variant say it is...

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Regional News

Tobacco Giant Philip Morris International To Relocate To Connecticut

Philip Morris International -- one of the largest tobacco companies in the world -- is moving its U.S. headquarters to Connecticut from New York. The business says it will site its head office at a yet-to-be-chosen location in Fairfield County, bringing 200 jobs to the state. The relocation is slated to be complete by summer of 2022.

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Connecting Point

Robert Markey Paints Portraits of Those Lost to COVID

Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes that run casinos in the state have sued their insurance carrier over denial of claims for millions of dollars in losses during the pandemic.

Connecticut lawmakers did not consider the multi-state Transportation and Climate Initiative plan this year. But Governor Ned Lamont said he’s optimistic that Connecticut would eventually join the initiative.

The advent of Juneteenth as a federal holiday this year also saw the day more widely celebrated than ever in Connecticut. While the state’s larger and more diverse cities have long held annual Juneteenth events, many of Connecticut’s smaller towns also marked the occasion this year.

A sign outside a Pride store in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

This week, Pride gas stations and convenience stores started giving a free large cup of coffee — iced or hot — to those who have been vaccinated.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe / Pool / State House News Service

This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a COVID-19 vaccine lottery, designed to encourage people to continue to get their shots.

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COMMENTARY

The Rev. Christopher Carlisle, an Episcopal priest, ministers outside in western Massachusetts.
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The Pandemic May Have Presented An Opportunity For Churches

The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically affected the institutional church, which overnight watched its communities exiled from their buildings.

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As Sea Levels Rise in Boston, Stormwater May Have Nowhere To Go

Even the experts agree: no one wants to think about the sewer system. “Most people, all they care about is you flush the toilet, it goes away. You do the sink, it goes away. The water comes out, the water turns off. It rains, the water goes away. As long as its gone, nobody thinks about the pipes and the maintenance and all that stuff,” said Charlie Jewell, director of planning at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. But Jewell thinks about this stuff. A lot. So does everyone at the Boston...

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