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An Open Letter to the New England Community by the Yawkey Foundations

Recently, as part of an important series examining whether Boston deserves its reputation as a racist city, the Globe's Spotlight Team looked at the role of sports in contributing to this perception, including the history of the Red Sox under former owner Tom Yawkey. The story described calls by team (and Globe) owner John Henry to change the name of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park as a…
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Region – VT GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT SIGNS VIOLENCE REDUCTION & GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION

Montpelier, Vt. –  Governor Phil Scott today signed bills ,  and , relating to violence reduction and gun safety. Below is a transcript of his address. via News - Governor Scott: On February 16, I was in my office preparing for the day ahead, when everything changed. That morning, I was handed a document containing charges against an 18-year-old, outlining his detailed plan to carry out a school shooting…
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Trump Administration Proposes Sale for Strong Wind Energy Off Massachusetts Lower Atlantic

ATLANTIC STRONG - WASHINGTON, DC:  – In support of the President's “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres. “The Trump Administration supports an all-of-the-above energy policy and using every tool available to achieve American energy dominance. The proposed sale area has…
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New England – No Disruptions at 2A Armed Gun Rights Activists Rally in Barre, Bennington, Burlington with No Extra Vermont Police

Burlington, VT: – No disruptions at Armed 2A pro gun activists gathered at South Burlington, Barre, and Bennington and supported second amendment gun rights during a peaceful rally. No special Police were added for the Vermont Pro Rights 2A march organized by Christopher Covey. News
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2.7 Magnitude Earthquake Center SE of East Kingston, New Hampshire 9:29 a.m. 42 Miles North of Boston

Boston, MA: The following earthquake magnitudes were recorder 2/15/2018 approx. 9:29am. Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) The Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale depicts shaking severity. An earthquake has a single magnitude that indicates the overall size and energy released by the earthquake. City State/Region Country Zip Code MMI Responses Distance Latitude Longitude Boston MA United States of America 02116 I 2 63 km Brighton MA United States of…
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Over Fifty Local Boards Of Health Call On Governor Baker To Require Health Impact Assessments For Gas Pipelines

Boston, MA: via Sierra -  53 local Boards of Health across Massachusetts today urged Governor Charlie Baker to require comprehensive health impact assessments for any new gas infrastructure, to measure the effects on the climate and human health. In a joint letter, the Boards of Health say that fracked gas infrastructure “increases health disparities, worsens public health, and makes poor use of our health care resources by…
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Massachusetts Sierra Club Responds to Attorney General’s Request that Department of Public Utilities DENY National Grid Special Contract for Back Bay Pipeline

Boston, MA :  -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed an initial brief on Tuesday in the matter of National Grid’s request for approval of a Special Contract with luxury real estate developer One Dalton LLC., recommending that the state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) deny the request. The Special Contract would pave the way for construction of the Back Bay/South End Pipeline to service…
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Suicide Prevention – In an Acute Imminent Crisis – call 911

Coping with a Traumatic Event.  What Is a Traumatic Event? Most everyone has been through a stressful event in his or her life. When the event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors,…
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National Guard’s 381st Birthday

National Guard's 381st Birthday Celebration & Awards Presentation Boston, MA:Governor Baker, in his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Massachusetts National Guard, will also administer the oath of office to ten newly commissioned officers, present the Soldiers Medal, Massachusetts Medal of Valor, and the Massachusetts Commendation Medal with Heroism Device. He will also participate in the Governor’s 20 Award and Shoulder Tab presentation for marksmanship.
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Gatehouse Media or Other Company to buy Boston Herald in bankruptcy – All Staff must reapply for jobs

Boston, MA: Old Boston Industrial Newspaper "Boston Herald" publisher Pat Purcell agreed to sells newspaper as part of bankruptcy. Gatehouse Media bids for takeover. In 1994, Purcell bought the paper from mentor Rupert Murdoch. via WGBH Boston beat the press share more: 
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ICE arrests over 450 on federal immigration charges during Operation ‘Safe City’

WASHINGTON – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations teams arrested 498 individuals from 42 countries for federal immigration violations in multiple cities across the during a four-day operation that ended Wednesday. Operation ‘Safe City’ focused on cities and regions where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are…
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GRAND ARMY of the REPUBLIC – UNION Civil War Statue to Be Erected on Town Green by Ludlow Patriots

from affiliate VT Strong - LUDLOW, VT: Okemo Valley – Before a large crowd of strong American citizens, the Board of Selectmen met Monday August 7, 2017 at Town Hall on Depot Street in the Village of Ludlow. The Selectmen heard the Paul Barton proposal to erect a monument to the Grand Army of the Republic. The proposal was moved, seconded and passed. This will be Ludlow’s…
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Free speech took a back seat to public safety at Saturday’s demonstrations

Boston, MA: by Dan Kennedy, Media Nation - It's now clear why no one could hear the right-wing speakers on the Boston Common on Saturday. The police kept demonstrators 75 yards away, and the speakers didn't have any amplification. I'm not sure whether that was a police decision or a result of their own poor planning. (And I doubt it would have made a difference.) The police…
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