Safer Air: To Cut Virus Risk In Fall, Schools Scramble To Improve Ventilation

Out on the flat, rock-carpeted roof of the West Somerville Neighborhood School, consultant Scott LeClair steps up to an air handler unit as big as a semi-trailer. He opens a metal panel and pulls out a filter shaped like a pizza box. This unit’s actually sending the air into the building, he explains. We’re looking to see what types of filters they have and what level they can filter to, so the filters can be upgraded if possible. We’re also looking at how much air we can bring from the...

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Regional News

 A Black Lives Matter rally in front of Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Still No Changes To Use-Of-Force Policy For Springfield Police

Springfield's police commissioner, Cheryl Clapprood, has acknowledged no changes have been made to the department's use-of-force policy. This comes two months after the department said Clapprood accepted suggestions offered by the City Council.

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After A Week Of Complaints, Utility Regulators Temporarily Pull Plug On Eversource Rate Hike

After a tumultuous week filled with legislative outrage, sniping between energy companies, and consumer sticker shock at rising utility bills, state regulators on Friday announced they would temporarily suspend a controversial rate increase for energy company Eversource.

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Connecting Point

The Benefits of Ranked Choice Voting with Prof. Justin Gross

The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
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This week, the Connecticut Senate passed a police accountability bill, which its colleagues in the House passed last week. It changes how misconduct cases are investigated, clarifies when deadly force can be used, and bans chokeholds in most cases.

A health care worker places a cotton swab into a vile after taking a sample from someone being tested for COVID-19 last month at a drive-through testing area at Somerville Hospital.
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Summer travel has increased the demand for COVID-19 testing in Massachusetts, which means less capacity and longer waits for results.


The delicate balancing act of anticipating electric demand before and during the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown electricity suppliers, regulators and customers an unwelcome surprise this summer: massive jumps on electric bills. 

Two days after the Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced that a “clinically recovered” veteran at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home tested positive for the virus again, an agency spokeswoman confirmed that six employees at the home have also tested positive for a second time.

A new survey led by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy coalition (MIRA) suggests many immigrant households in the state are struggling with unemployment as well as food and housing insecurity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pandemic Deepens Cancer's Stress And Tough Choices

Alexea Gaffney battles health issues every day on multiple fronts. As an infectious disease doctor in Stony Brook, N.Y., she treats patients who have COVID-19. And two years ago, at age 37, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. As a result, the physician and single mom, who is also home-schooling her 8-year-old daughter these days, is still under medical treatment for the cancer. And that makes her more vulnerable to the virus. Gaffney says navigating life from minute to minute feels...

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Summer Fiction

Debra Jo Immergut just published her third novel, "You Again."
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'You Again' Asks: If You Could Meet Your Younger Self, What Would You Say?

Author Debra Jo Immergut describes her third novel, "You Again," as part mystery, part thriller, part literary fiction.

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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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Parents Are Considering 'Homeschool Pods' For Fall, But Some Educators Warn Of Inequities

As school districts in Massachusetts submit their fall proposals to the state, many parents are coming up with their own contingency plans.

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