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The map of Massachusetts counties from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention indicates the entire state is now in the"red" zone, or experiencing high levels of community transmission of the coronavirus.
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With COVID-19 Not Going Away Anytime Soon, Mass. Officials Considering Vax Passport

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all on the upswing again in Massachusetts. The state continues to push vaccinations. In fact, in a recent radio interview, Gov. Charlie Baker seemed to leave the door open to the Commonwealth eventually using some sort of COVID-19 vaccination passport.

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Companies displaying their products at the 2021 Congress of the Association of Municipal Tool Professionals Conference in Canada.
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Job Gains In Massachusetts Slowed To A Trickle in August

CORONAVIRUS

Johnson & Johnson Says Its Booster Shot Provides Increased Protection From COVID-19

People who receive a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster shot are better protected against the coronavirus for a longer period of time, according to the pharmaceutical company's latest trial results. The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been found to be 66% protective against moderate and severe disease overall worldwide and 72% protective against such cases in the U.S. But when a person receives a booster shot two months after getting the pharmaceutical company's one-dose...

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New England Economy

Maine's Next Generation Of Lobstermen Brace For Unprecedented Change

Third-generation lobsterman Nick Prior was in eighth grade when he started working as a sternman on Aquarius, the lobster boat his grandfather built. They still fish together out of Bremen in midcoast Maine. But now, Nick, who is in his last year of high school, is at the helm while Verge Prior, age 77, stuffs the bait bags and bands the claws of their catch. Between hauling traps, Verge quips that he plans to catch lobster until the end of his life. "Some days I feel it's going to be...

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Connecting Point

Former US Senator Al Franken Launches Stand-Up Tour in Northampton

A PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / Masslive

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has started new bus service between Amherst and Worcester in Massachusetts.

Do You Need To Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day? 7,000 Is Perfectly Fine.

Sep 16, 2021
Lead author Amanda Paluch is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.
Submitted / UMass Amherst

Research from UMass Amherst bolsters claims that fitness can be tied to the number of steps you walk per day. 

Connecticut is likely to have digital credentials for COVID-19 vaccines available by the end of the month. Officials said it would make it easy to scan and verify vaccination status.

Connecticut Losing Ground On Building Emissions Despite Efficiency Programs

Sep 16, 2021

Greenhouse gas emissions from heating and cooling buildings continue to rise in Connecticut despite the state’s efforts to improve energy efficiency.

An annual greenhouse gas inventory released last week for 2018 — the latest available data — showed vehicle exhaust remains the state’s largest problem, but the sharpest year-over-year increase came in the residential sector. Commercial building emissions were also higher.

In the big scheme of things, the Bobryk forest is pretty small potatoes. It’s about 300 acres of birch, hemlock and other hardwood trees, sandwiched between two larger state forests in western Massachusetts.

“It feels weird to say this forest isn’t special because that’s not what I mean,” says Laura Marx, a forest ecologist at The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. Rather, says Marx, Bobryk forest is “a really cool example” of things gone right, and an illustration of exactly how preserving forests might help slow climate change.

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Kate Messner's novel "Chirp" is set on a cricket farm. Messner said she visited cricket farms in Vermont and Texas for research.
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In Kate Messner's 'Chirp,' Female Crickets Are Silent But A Young Girl Learns To Speak Up

“Chirp” by Kate Messner is a story about friendship, the joys of summer — and how to make yourself heard if an adult acts in a way that makes you uncomfortable.

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Joint Dreams: How An Unlikely Friendship Reshaped Medical Marijuana Rules In Massachusetts

On a stone bench, between Salem Harbor and The House of the Seven Gables, two friends settled in to smoke a little weed. We do like this spot, said Jeremiah MacKinnon, 26. Yes, added his companion, Frank Shaw, who is 68. The two make an unlikely pair. Shaw wears a baseball cap with a graphic of a cannabis leaf with EKG monitor waves. MacKinnon sports an old school newsboy cap. Shaw, with gray wispy hair, has the air of a jokester. MacKinnon, a younger millennial, carries the aura of someone...

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