Presidential Inauguration

Watch Live: Inauguration Day Ceremony And Events

Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, having defeated Donald Trump in an acrimonious, divisive election last November. Biden will be sworn in alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in an unusual inauguration ceremony , conducted amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis and heightened physical security risks. Watch special coverage live. Events for the day include: Noon ET: Swearing-in ceremonies followed by Biden's inaugural address. ( Follow live...

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Regional News

Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka, at left, with Massachusetts House Speaker Ron Mariano.
State House News Service

Massachusetts Legislators File Bill To Restart Talks on Climate, Emissions

The climate and emissions reduction bill vetoed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker last week has been refiled by state House and Senate leaders in the hopes of quickly returning the legislation to the governor — only this time, with the opportunity to override a veto, if it comes.

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Massachusetts

2 Mass. Residents Arrested By FBI, Charged In U.S. Capitol Riots

Two Massachusetts residents were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday and charged in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Suzanne Ianni , 59, of Natick, and Mark Sahady , 46, of Malden, were both charged with disorderly conduct and knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, federal authorities said. Both appeared in Boston federal court Tuesday afternoon. Sahady was held pending a detention hearing later this week. Ianni...

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Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno in a file photo. Behind him stands Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge has taken under advisement a lawsuit by the Springfield City Council against the mayor in a dispute about police department oversight.

Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive

The top doctor at a Springfield, Massachusetts, medical facility said the region has enough capacity to treat patients for COVID-19 and other illnesses — at least for now.

For Massachusetts to meet its 2050 climate change emission goal, the state is going to have to green the grid, replacing fossil fuel power plants with clean renewable energy sources. To do this, the commonwealth is banking on offshore wind.

“Offshore wind is the linchpin of Massachusetts clean energy strategy and critical to our success,” said State Sen. Michael Barrett, head of the committee that oversees utilities and energy.

By 2030, developers of offshore wind hope to install over 2,000 turbines in the seas from Massachusetts to North Carolina.

It’s a snowy afternoon in early January and the carpool lane at the Bromfield High School in Harvard, Mass. is packed with cars. But the families inside aren’t here to drop off their kids. They’re here for COVID-19 tests.

“I’m going to just swab each side about four times around,” says a healthcare worker to 13-year-old Emma Squire and her 16-year-old sister, Molly. The two girls look straight ahead as they got the test.

The percentage of Hartford students in racially integrated schools dropped significantly this academic year amid the challenge of the COVID pandemic and a major change in the operation of the regional school choice lottery, according to figures provided by the state Department of Education.

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Recreation

Ski Down and Mask Up — Resorts Try To Stay Safe In Pandemic Skiing Boom

Eager to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors, more people than ever are hitting the slopes on skis and snowboards. "Oh, yeah. I mean, we sold probably a thousand more season passes this year than we ever had," says John DeVivo, the General Manager of Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. "We were up about 20% in pass sales." Those passes let skiers or snowboarders ski all season and can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the resort. DeVivo says there's also strong demand...

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Bonney Hartley, historic preservation manager of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, stood in the Stockbridge Cemetery, which was once her ancestor's land.
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'It's Been Erased': Stockbridge Mohicans Retell, Reclaim Their Story In Berkshires

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians today are based in Wisconsin. But their homeland spanned the Housatonic and Hudson river valleys, and stretched from Manhattan to northern Vermont.

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