Regional News

Lucio Perez, center, in a red jacket, is surrounded by local clergy in front of the First Congregational Church in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Western Mass. Church Offers Sanctuary To Guatemalan Man Facing Immediate Deportation

A church in Amherst, Massachusetts, is allowing a Guatemalan man facing deportation to live in the building for the foreseeable future.

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Hurricane Maria

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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New England Senators Call For Accurate Hurricane Maria Death Toll

Several New England U.S. Senators are among those urging federal officials to make sure the hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico is accurate.

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Legislators in Hartford say they have come to a tentative bipartisan agreement on a new two-year budget. 

A Chelsea man remains behind bars three months after being arrested by federal immigration officials during a scheduled office visit.

Forty-four-year-old Francisco Rodriguez is at Suffolk County House of Corrections awaiting potential deportation back to El Salvador, the country he fled more than 10 years ago.

But life carries on for his family. There are homework assignments to finish, meals to cook and loads of laundry to be done.

A Puerto Rico couple has made it to Boston in the wake of Hurricane Maria to save their baby’s life.

The couple is staying with an American family in Brookline as they await appointments for their daughter at Children’s Hospital.

Alianette Andino and Kelvin Garcia live in Maunabo, on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico. It’s normally an hour-and-a-half drive to San Juan.

They have a 14-month-old daughter, Amaia.

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Congress

Sure, There's A Health Care Deal. That Doesn't Mean It Can Pass

Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET A bipartisan coalition of 24 senators — 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats — has signed on to health care legislation to prop up the individual insurance market and keep premiums down. With the expected support of all Senate Democrats, it could have the votes to pass the chamber. But questions remain over when it might actually get a vote, as well as whether President Trump and House Republicans would bring the bill over the finish line. "This is a first step: Improve it,...

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Environment

Warming New England Forests Bringing New Destruction To Pine Trees

Pine forests in New England could soon be at the mercy of an incredibly destructive insect. The southern pine beetle is making its way north. And a new study says climate change could speed up its migration.

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Classical Music

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Terrific Tosca! Boston Lyric Opera Opens With Puccini

Boston Lyric Opera opened its 2017-2018 with a terrific production of Puccini's Tosca at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

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Thelonious Monk
Jean-Pierre Leloir

Thelonious Monk: The Centennial of

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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Commentary

Richard Wilbur's Remarkable Sleight Of Hand

Over his long life, Richard Wilbur was a writer of immense achievement.

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In Contrast Podcast

From the Archives

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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How One Massachusetts Lawyer -- Muslim, Female And Black -- Manages Identity And Bias

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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