BEIRUT

Enormous Explosion Rocks Beirut, Killing More Than 100, Wounding Thousands

Updated at 6:10 a.m. ET A huge explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people and shattering windows and damaging buildings across a wide swath of the city, according to officials. The blast sent a huge mushroom cloud into the sky, seemingly emanating from a spot close to where a large fire had been burning. "This is a great national disaster," Prime Minister Hassan Diab said . The country is already struggling with a terrible economy and the COVID-19 pandemic. "Beirut is...

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Weather

Isaias Brings Wind, Rain And Tornado Risks Up Through The Northeast Into Canada

Updated at 12:15 a.m. ET Wednesday Isaias, now a post-tropical cyclone, is still bringing strong winds, heavy rainfall and the threat of tornadoes as it moves into southeastern Canada after passing through southern and central New England. As of 11 p.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 45 miles south-southeast of Montreal, and clocking maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Isaias is traveling at nearly 40 mph as it heads further inland. A tropical storm warning remains...

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Regional News

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School Committees Face Tough Reopening Decisions

Massachusetts education officials are reviewing school districts' initial reopening plans and expect to issue guidance on athletics and extracurricular activities next week, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday.

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Public Health

Caravan 4 Justice activists and protesters gather at the north side of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford to demonstrate against the systemic abuse of police power perpetrated against the black community, June 7, 2020.
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'It's Happening To All Of Us': The Way Black Women Are Policed Is A Health Issue

It’s been more than four months since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her home by Louisville Metro Police as they executed a no-knock search warrant. She was a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency medical technician and aspired to become a nurse.

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Connecting Point

Economic Update with AIC Prof. John Roger

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.

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.

Some of the more controversial aspects of police reform that’ve been debated on the streets of Connecticut are now law.

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.

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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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