Election 2020

Trump Derails 1st Presidential Debate With Biden, And 5 Other Takeaways

This was maybe the worst presidential debate in American history. If this was supposed to be a boxing match, it instead turned into President Trump jumping on the ropes, refusing to come down, the referee trying to coax him off, and Joe Biden standing in the middle of the ring with his gloves on and a confused look on his face. Trump doesn't play by anyone's rules, even those he's agreed to beforehand. He's prided himself on that. But even by his standards, what Trump did Tuesday night...

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Regional News

Springfield City Council: It's Time To Sue Over Ignored Police Board

The Springfield City Council has voted to authorize a lawsuit seeking to force Mayor Domenic Sarno to appoint a police board of commissioners. It's the latest turn in a years-long disagreement between the council and mayor over control of the police department amid reports of officer brutality and corruption.

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Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey at left, and Republican challenger Kevin O'Connor.
Markey: Official U.S. Senate portrait by Rebecca Hammel / O'Connor: Courtesy Kevin O'Connor for U.S. Senate

Counting Down To The Lone Massachusetts U.S. Senate Debate

ENVIRONMENT

The West Branch of the Housatonic River on Mill Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, after an old dam was removed in the spring of 2020.
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Removing A Dam To Reunite A Pittsfield, Mass., Neighborhood With A River

Over the past two decades more than 60 dams have been torn down in Massachusetts with the goal of restoring river habitats and improving safety. One came down this year on the West Branch of the Housatonic River with yet another – more neighborhood-focused goal.

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Commentary

A historical marker in Philadelphia commemorating the Free African Society, founded by Absalom Jones and Richard Allen.
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Addressing Racism By Seeking Stories Not Usually Heard

I should have learned in elementary school what I only learned decades later — what I learned about racism, that is.

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Governor Ned Lamont has called Connecticut lawmakers back to the state Capitol for a special session this week to consider allowing local election officials to begin processing absentee ballots the Friday before Election Day.

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey is bringing criminal charges against the former superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, Bennett Walsh, and the facility’s former medical director, Dr. David Clinton, for their roles in the deadly COVID-19 outbreak that swept through the facility earlier this spring and killed 76 veterans.

Baystate Health CEO Mark Keroack.
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Massachusetts officials report the rate of COVID-19 infections in the state has been relatively steady in recent days. But the head of Baystate Health Systems says the number of patients admitted to his hospital has increased slightly during the same period.

Despite New England's progressive reputation, residential segregation still exists in communities throughout the region. 

In this second episode of a special radio series on "Racism In New England," we look at how housing laws and discrimination influence where we live — from the predominantly white states of northern New England to cities and suburbs in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

A video featuring a police encounter with a Black person -- this time a Hartford woman -- is again highlighting the tense relationship between law enforcement and the communities it serves.

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BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

About 15 years ago, Zee Johnson opened what is one of only a few Black-owned bookstores in Massachusetts. She still does outreach work in the city for Springfield's Department of Elder Affairs.
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Bookstore In Springfield, Mass., Offers Good Reads And Community

Walking into Olive Tree Books-n-Voices on Hancock Street in Springfield, Massachusetts, is like walking into someone’s home. It's one of only a few Black-owned bookstores in the state.

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Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett: A Dream For The Right, Nightmare For The Left

President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen as a home run for conservatives. It is a chance to move the high court in a far more aggressively conservative direction for generations. In political terms, Barrett is the dream candidate for conservative Republicans and the nightmare candidate for Democrats. For Republicans, the 48-year-old is a young and personally unassailable nominee. A...

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"Nailed It" October 8th

Live from the Academy of Music

A new podcast for readers, writers, and anyone who ever loved their English class.

Colectivo De Medios Latinos

An all-Spanish resource on COVID-19 and more.

by Latino journalists in western Massachusetts.

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Our Commitment: Civil Dialogue, Context and Conversation

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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Follow the Journey of a Civil Rights Hero

Congressman and human rights champion John Lewis is featured in this 2017 documentary.

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For their daughters and themselves, Mustafa and BeckyJean Thompson said they're relieved there's now more structure to the West Springfield, Mass., online school day.
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Working Parents Hope For More Structure This Fall For Kids At School — At Home

Most Massachusetts public schools began classes this week after a delay due to the coronavirus. Districts, independently of one another, developed their plans and many schools are teaching remotely. That means parents and caregivers are again juggling their work schedules while also acting as teacher helpers.

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