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Judge Thomas Estes listens as his attorney addresses the court on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Boston.
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Judge Estes Resigns After Suspension Tied To Courthouse Affair

Massachusetts Judge Thomas Estes, who engaged in sexual acts with a social worker in his courthouse chambers, has resigned.

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The Short List Podcast

Live racing was popular at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in the last century.
Courtesy Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project / State House News Service

Controversial Art Auction Goes Forward, And Horse Racing May Return To Berkshires

This week, more pieces of art from the Berkshire Musem's collection were sold at auction. Included was Norman Rockwell's "Blacksmith's Boy -- Heel and Toe," which sold for more than $8 million including fees.

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Blessed Sacrament students Dara Cassidy, Siobhan Armstrong, Molly Smith and Gracie Chesmore place flags on graves belonging to veterans at Cavalry Cemetery in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

If you drive past a cemetery on Memorial Day, you might notice small American flags planted next to certain cemetery plots. That's because in recent weeks, volunteers have placed flags next to the headstones of military veterans.

Water running from a faucet.
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A plan to decontaminate water in Westfield, Massachusetts, stands a good chance of passing after a city councilor said he'll change his vote.

Maple syrup producers take pride in their pure, natural product. So when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new labels to say maple syrup contains “added sugar,” producers fought back.

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New York

Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Surrendering To N.Y. Police

Updated at 9:58 a.m. ET Harvey Weinstein surrendered Friday to authorities at a police station in New York City, where the former Hollywood megaproducer has been charged with rape and sexual misconduct. Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers. He kept his gaze lowered amid a barrage of shouted questions. Once inside,...

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Jazz

Spelman College Quietly Eliminates One Of The Country's Few Jazz Programs For Women

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUvBGZnL9rE Rising tuition and increasing student debt have called into the question the value of the arts and humanities on many college campuses. At Spelman College, a selective, historically black women's college in Atlanta , one particular cut has come as a surprise to some alumnae: the elimination of the college's once esteemed jazz program, a rarity in a heavily male-dominated artistic field. "We're talking about a historically black college," says...

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Classical Music

Thea Musgrave, The 90-Year-Old Composer With 80 Players In The Bullpen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAN5X_Shxmo Don't call Thea Musgrave a "woman composer." "When I'm composing, I'm a human being," she insists. "It's not a question of sexuality." Musgrave's music has been performed by many of the world's top orchestras, in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and London. Her operas have received premieres by the New York City Opera and the Edinburgh Festival. Musgrave was born in Scotland 90 years ago on May 27, 1928 and she's still composing. A concert on her...

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News Now Podcast

Khalif Neville on keyboard, with his father Charles Neville on saxophone.
Courtesy Khalif Neville

Rosenberg Fallout, Old Town Halls, N-Word Lessons, Khalif Neville

We're still seeing the fallout of what could be the biggest political story in our region this year: the dramatic fall from power of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg. His resignation followed a critical ethics report. Many of Rosenberg's constituents told us they are sad and disappointed he's leaving, though not all think it's the wrong move.

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New Britain

For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut. She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home.

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Vermont

Long Trail Relocation Brings New Accessible Boardwalk To Smugglers' Notch

The Friday before Memorial Day marks the traditional start of the hiking season in Vermont. This year, it's also the opening of a newly relocated section of the Long Trail that includes a wheelchair and stroller accessible boardwalk.

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Jazz Beat

Charles Neville
Steven Sussman

Jazz Beat 42 - Charles Neville

Tom Reney pays memorial tribute to Charles Neville on this edition of Jazz Beat.

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Israel’s Targeted Assassinations

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Carolyn Kuan on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with Carolyn Kuan, Music Director of Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

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Author Tinky Weisblat prepares rhubarb brownies from the cookbook, "Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb."
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Going Way Beyond Pie In A Cookbook Just For Rhubarb Lovers

The humble rhubarb: when its green stalks transition to pink, it's springtime in New England. Author Tinky Weisblat has a new cookbook out, full of ways to prepare rhubarb that don't involve pie.

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Kanye West performing in 2011.
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Which Kanye Is It That Thinks Slavery Was A Choice?

Ciro, a retired police dog, is led into the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for his last call.
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