A girl walks with a sign near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Women's March.
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How 'Feminism' Became Merriam-Webster’s 2017 Word Of The Year

“Feminism” is not a new word, but it is Merriam-Webster’s 2017 word of the year. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary said the word “feminism” was looked up on its website 70 percent more this year than last year.

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What To Watch For And What's At Stake In The Alabama Senate Race Election Day is finally here in Alabama's U.S. Senate race. Voters are deciding between Democrat Doug Jones, a former prosecutor, and Roy Moore, the former state Supreme Court chief justice. Moore, popular with evangelicals in the state, has been embroiled in controversy. Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct and assault; many of them were teenagers at the time they say the misconduct took place. Moore denies any wrongdoing....

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Hurricane Evacuees Eligible For In-State Tuition At Mass. Public Colleges

Students who relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria will be immediately eligible to pay lower in-state public higher education tuition rates under a proposal unanimously approved on Tuesday by the state Board of Higher Education.

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Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy said he doesn't know how anyone could respect Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Fire destroyed the Sandisfield, Massachusetts, Department of Public Works garage on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.
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Sandisfield, Massachusetts, is scrambling to prepare for a snowstorm expected Tuesday after a fire destroyed its snow trucks.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his office at the Statehouse.
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It's been quite a few weeks for the Massachusetts Senate. Last Friday, former state Senator Brian Joyce pleaded not guilty to charges that he used his Senate office to collect up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks. That went down while the Senate was dealing with some internal confusion.

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Jazz à la Mode

Fenton Robinson

Fenton Robinson, Blues Great and Display Ad Model

Dear Reader: Please don't mistake this blog as an endorsement of cigarette smoking. I chain-smoked Pall Malls, Kools, Marlboro Lights and other coffin nails for 23 years and have never regretted the cold turkey dues I paid in quitting them 26 years ago. But the display ad seen below, which I found circulating on Facebook last week, was just too cool to ignore. It shows the bluesman Fenton Robinson posed between a garland of hip poetics for Newport cigarettes circa 1970.

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Climate Change

Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

The Arctic is a huge, icy cap on the planet that acts like a global air conditioner. But the air conditioner is breaking down, according to scientists who issued a grim "report card" on the Arctic on Tuesday. They say the North Pole continues to warm at an alarming pace — twice the rate as the rest of the planet, on average. This year was the Arctic's second-warmest in at least 1,500 years, after 2016. Researchers say there was less winter ice in the Arctic Ocean than ever observed. And ocean...

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Classical Music

Songs We Love: Bang On A Can All-Stars, 'The Brief And Neverending Blur'

Richard Reed Parry plays to arenas full of fans as a member of the Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire , but he impressed listeners in 2014 with a more intimate record. Parry's Music For Heart And Breath featured compositions that asked some of the best musicians in contemporary classical music to use their own heartbeats and breathing to guide their performances. That meant ensembles like Kronos Quartet and yMusic wore stethoscopes to keep time. And, since each person's heart beats at its own...

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Gun Violence

A Newtown Family's Campaign To Change How We Think About Violence

This week marks five years since the mass shooting deaths of 20 young children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. One of those killed was 6-year-old Avielle Richman, who was shot in her first-grade classroom. Her parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel, plan to spend this year's anniversary day quietly, at home with the two children they had after Avielle's death. But as painful as Dec. 14 always is for them, Richman and Hensel say the roller coaster ride...

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Russian Olympic Head Says 200 Of Russia's Athletes Might Compete Under Neutral Flag

Russia's Olympic Committee is backing a plan for Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag in the upcoming Winter Olympics, saying it will support their participation. Despite doping sanctions against the national team, the Russian group's head says 200 of the country's athletes could wind up going to PyeongChang. The decision comes one week after the International Olympic Committee suspended Russia's Olympic Committee and effectively banned the country from having an official presence...

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The Vast, Versatile Range Of Cécile McLorin Salvant Cécile McLorin Salvant has been called " the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade ." Seven years ago, when she was just 20, Salvant won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and her career took off. She was greeted by critical acclaim and prestigious awards, including a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her 2015 record, For One to Love . The songs on her latest album, Dreams and Daggers , released Sept. 29, range...

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Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye. The afternoon light was gray but bright, flooding through tall, arched windows and pouring past white columns, illuminating the flag that covered her casket. Sprays of callas and roses dotted the room like giant corsages, flanking photos from...

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