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An array of liquor bottles.
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Massachusetts Ballot Questions In Question, And A Late Last Call At The Springfield Casino

Several Massachusetts ballot questions may have fallen by the wayside this week after action by the Supreme Judicial Court and state lawmakers.

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IMMIGRATION

People detained at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2018.
Provided / U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector

Science of Family Separation and Trauma Suggests Long-Term Damage

A Harvard brain scientist who studies trauma in children is warning of lasting damage to the young migrants who've been separated from their parents at the border.

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At "Springfield's Big Gamble," (left to right) Reminder Publication's Mike Dobbs, Mark Pazniokas of The Connecticut Mirror, The Berkshire Eagle's Kristin Palpini, Af Am Point of View's Rick Hurst and New England News Collaborative editor John Dankosky.
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NEPR and the New England News Collaborative hosted a lively discussion on June 19, 2018, with some of the region's top reporters on the casino beat.

MGM Springfield Allowed 4 a.m. Last Call

Jun 21, 2018
Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view along Main Street looking south.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts casino regulators gave MGM Springfield the go-ahead to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., two hours later than other establishments in the state.

A police body camera is used in North Charleston, South Carolina.
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Members of the Springfield police union will vote on a contract agreement Friday. The deal includes a gradual 13 percent pay raise and — for the first time — police body cameras.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno is facing criticism after he vetoed an ordinance establishing a chief diversity officer for the city.

The Massachusetts State House.
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Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to historic wage and benefits legislation designed to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers, but the bill's passage was tainted with charges that legislators had backtracked on important worker issues in order to appease the retail industry sector.

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Jazz

Lorraine Gordon, Guardian Of Legendary Jazz Club, Dies At 95

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQZ1akOwalo New York's Village Vanguard may come closer than any other club to embodying the spirit of jazz. For nearly 30 years, the guardian of that spirit has been the Vanguard's formidable impresaria, Lorraine Gordon. Gordon, a jazz champion since her teen years and one of the music's female pioneers, died Saturday at the age of 95. The cause of death was complications from a stroke she suffered on Memorial Day, said Jed Eisenman, the longtime manager of...

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Classical Music

The Sound Of Silence: Female Composers At The Symphony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUZ2sOYHucs The Women's March and # MeToo movement have helped raise the volume for women's voices across the country. But one place where women still struggle to be heard is in America's symphony halls. Take a look at which composers the top U.S. orchestras are performing in the upcoming season, and you will find some surprising disparities. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be presenting some 54 composers throughout its 2018-19 season. Want to guess how...

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A Global Guide For Leery Travelers

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With its tropical beaches and a memorable national park, Venezuela was a popular destination for American tourists a decade ago. But years of political and economic turmoil have left its tourism industry in tatters.

A new study published in the journal Science finds that methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas operations are 60 percent higher than previous estimates from the federal government.

Peace talks between the leaders of South Sudan's warring factions have proven so far to be unfruitful, with no agreement on the table and their June 30 deadline nearing, Carolyn Thompson reports for NPR.

A spokesman for South Sudan government said Friday "we have had enough."

The total number of people apprehended for illegally crossing the southern U.S. border has been steadily falling for almost two decades. It's a long-term trend that sociologists, economists and federal officials have been tracking for years.

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Commentary

Anabel Rosero, left, walks with her daughter Anaisha Feliciano, 12, after Anaisha had been released from a lockdown at JFK Middle School in Northampton, Thursday.
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'We're All In Lockdown': Lessons From Northampton, Mass.

When a man with two guns was spotted on a Northampton, Massachusetts, middle school campus, the police responded perfectly. No one was hurt. Best-case scenario, right?

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MARIJUANA

Revelers at a Dead & Company show in Hartford, Conn., in June 2018.
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To Light Up Or Not? Gen Xers Reconsider Pot After Legalization

Recently, I decided to revisit my youth and go to a Dead show. For the uninitiated, Dead & Company includes a few original members of the iconic '60s band The Grateful Dead, plus a few other musicians. The last time I was among that much tie-dye was in the 1980s, when I was a college student following the Dead around the Bay area. And I will admit — because I’m pretty sure there's a statute of limitations — I was not unfamiliar with the pungent haze wafting through the lawn seats, nor the marijuana-laced baked goods being offered to the crowed.

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