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Musician Gabriel Kahane met and talked with people on the train after the U.S. election. He took notes, and then wrote some songs.
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Norman Rockwell's Sons Seek To Halt Berkshire Museum Sale Of Artwork

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
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Norman Rockwell's three sons are among the plaintiffs who have filed a court complaint seeking to halt the Berkshire Museum's plan to sell 40 works of art, including two by their famous father.

The complaint filed Friday seeking a temporary restraining order alleges the Pittsfield museum contracted with Sotheby's for a public auction of the works before it announced its plans publicly. The complaints say it acted in breach of its fiduciary duties and trust, and without legal authority to sell the art.

A scene from Puerto Rico this week. "President Trump seems to be using the number of fatalities to determine the quality of the disaster response," Sen. Elizabeth Warren said.
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Several New England U.S. Senators are among those urging federal officials to make sure the hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico is accurate.

George Perrot in a 1985 Springfield police mug shot.
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There could be far-reaching consequences now that prosecutors have dropped charges against a western Massachusetts man who spent 30 years in prison for a rape he says he did not commit.

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It's now 35 years since his death in 1982, and over 45 since his last significant recordings were made. The pianist was 30 by the time he made his first session as a leader for Blue Note, and it took another decade before he began to develop a dedicated following and the respect of critics.

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Richard Wilbur at the UMass Summer Arts Festival

On July 18, 1967, Richard Wilbur was invited to give a poetry reading as part of the Summer Arts Festival at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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In her day job, Chicopee, Massachusetts, attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud does family law -- divorce, custody, child support. But on her own time, she's filed civil rights lawsuits on behalf of Muslim communities who feel threatened, especially African-American Muslims like herself.

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