Lowell

'We Feel Like We Are All Family': Somali Refugees Share Their First Thanksgiving In Lowell

Every inch of the dinner table is covered with food. There are holiday basics like turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and then there are family specialties like samosas. Hawo Ahmed, 24, scans the options, pointing out a spicy sauce her sister made to eat with the pooris, a sort of savory pastry. Then she comes across an American dish and asks, I dont know about this, what is this? This is cranberry sauce, one of the familys guests says with a laugh. Thanksgiving dinner came a little early...

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Regional News

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation this week in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Gov. Baker Agrees To English Language Learning Overhaul

Massachusetts schools will now have more options for how they educate students learning the English language, under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law Wednesday.

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An ultrasound image of a 20-week-old fetus.
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When A Baby's On The Way, What Parents Really Need To Know

Federal regulators are shutting down fishing rights for a significant portion of New England’s stressed groundfish stocks, such as cod and flounder. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says managers for a New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sector undermined conservation goals while disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael was falsifying catch reports.

Take a drive through Old Wethersfield and he's hard to miss.

Brianna Brochu, a former University of Hartford student, was arraigned in Hartford this morning and charged in connection with alleged attacks on her roommate.

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Farming

Darryl and Lucinda Williams at Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
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To Keep Operating, New England Dairy Farm Looks To 'Milking Robots,' Tax Credits

This Thanksgiving, when scooping ice cream on top of warm apple pie, some Massachusetts lawmakers’ thoughts might turn to tax credits for dairy farmers. They would be expanded under a measure under consideration in the legislature.

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Higher Education

Justice Department Threatens To Sue Harvard In Admissions Probe

The Department of Justice has opened a probe into the role of race in Harvard University's admissions policies and is threatening to sue unless Harvard turns over documents by a Dec. 1 deadline, according to correspondence obtained by NPR. The investigation is looking into allegations that the elite university's admissions policies discriminate against white and Asian-Americans seeking admission by holding them to higher standards than black and Latino applicants. These are claims also made...

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Manufacturing

Export Rules Take The Wind Out Of N.H. Bagpipe Company

Think bagpipes, and you likely think Scotland. But one of the world’s largest bagpipe manufacturers happens to call Nashua, New Hampshire home. That company, however, is facing an unexpected wrinkle in its international supply chain.

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Classical Music

150 Psalms, 12 Days: Music for Challenging Times At The White Light Festival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mubsMf0mmCw The Hebrew Psalms have inspired composers for thousands of years. Now, New York's Lincoln Center is presenting The Psalms Experience, a festival of choral settings of all 150 Psalms by 150 different composers. It includes nine U.S. premieres. Lincoln Center's director of programming, Jane Moss, says over the past few years, she's been thinking a lot about the contentious political landscape in the United States and abroad, the turbulent changes in...

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Jazz à la Mode

Coleman Hawkins in The Hague

This rare footage of Coleman Hawkins was discovered by Harry Oakley and posted on YouTube four years ago. I've just come upon it for the first time, five pages deep into a Google search for clips of the tenor saxophone patriarch. But I'm sure you'll agree that this performance of "I Wish I Were Twins" with the Dutch pianist Leo de la Fuente ought to be on page one.

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Fats Domino, R.I.P. 1928-2017

Fats Domino died on October 24 at 89. Tom Reney reflects on his life and work.

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Finding A Place To Live Is Main Concern For Many Puerto Rican Evacuees

Marlene Hernandez shuffled through winter coats with her cousin Kaliel Diaz at a hurricane relief center in Hartford. Diaz arrived from Puerto Rico with three other family members just days before.

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