British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena

Updated at 4:30 a.m. ET Police in Manchester, England, confirm 22 people dead at Manchester Arena following an explosion after a concert by Ariana Grande. Nearly 60 people have been injured. Authorities say they believe one man detonated an improvised explosive device, and was killed in the explosion. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police said in a news conference, "We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night...

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At the Massachusetts statehouse this week, senators will be busy deliberating the Ways and Means Committee's $40.3 billion budget proposal.

Last week, lawmakers filed more than 1,000 amendments to that bill.

Recognizing that lawmakers will want to get out of Boston well before the Memorial Day weekend, we asked State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy just how they plan to plow through the huge pile of amendments.

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The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, this weekend is opening a reconstructed plant conservatory at the house where the poet often wrote about nature.

ARCHIVE: Never Mind The White Dress, Turns Out Emily Dickinson Had A Green Thumb

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"Peace is a choice we must make each day," President Trump said during a visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where he reiterated his resolve to help mediate a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians and sounded upbeat about its prospects.

"The United States is here to help make that dream possible for young Jewish, Christian and Muslim children across the region," Trump said Tuesday as he stood alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mistrust and alienation between black men and the police have become so entrenched that we need radical, sweeping change. The collective experience of black men in the criminal justice system is sobering. African Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be arrested than whites, and numerous studies have shown that black men are disproportionately targeted, stopped, frisked, and searched through the practice of racial profiling.

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NEPR News Now Podcast: Confederate Speech V. Safety, Heroin Tests, Time Zone Changes, A Tree Witness

NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

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Hannah Tran-Trinh is a 2017 graduate of UMass Amherst.
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Commentator Hannah Tran-Trinh graduated last week from UMass Amherst. She says she learned a lot there, but the best lessons were hard-won.

I grew up in Boston. My friends were quite the colorful bunch, but I never thought twice about the fact that we were a diverse group of kids. I just loved feeling comfortable. Being a part of something I felt I belonged to.

But then I showed up in western Mass. and it was the whitest place I'd ever seen.

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Mark Singleton on VOCE's "Music of the Spheres"

The choral ensemble VOCE , founded in 2006 and based in Hartford, CT, champions new music, especially of composers in the early stages of their careers. Their conductor and founder Mark Singleton is a renowned conductor, composer and guest speaker, and he has worked with choirs and orchestras of all ages and styles. His energetic and magnetic leadership has made him one of the most sought‐after conductors in New England. Mark visited NEPR’s studios to talk with John Nowacki about VOCE’s...

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Tom McClung, Amherst Piano Legend, 1957-2017

To local readers who knew Tom McClung, the news of his death on Sunday at age 60 at his home in Normandy is being greeted with a combination of shock and incredulity. The pianist was a fixture on bandstands throughout the Connecticut River Valley for over twenty years before he moved to Paris in 1997, primarily to assume a permanent role with the Archie Shepp Quartet. Tom's absence left a big hole on the local scene, but he helped us maintain a hope that he was gone only temporarily by...

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The Short List: Montague Mascot, Trump's Mass. Shadow, Looking At More Legalization

Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. What made The Short List this week?

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Fans ID Location Of Radiohead's 'OK Computer' Cover And It’s – Wait For It – Hartford, Conn.

Theiconic cover art of Radiohead’s album OK Computer shows a heavily distorted picture of an anonymous highway interchange. The band has never said where the picture came from. Nowsome internet sleuths think they’ve found it – in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Valley Voices - #12 DIY

We’re back with more stories from your friends and neighbors on the Valley Voices Podcast. Our final slam this season was themed "DIY," held at New City Brewery in Easthampton. While we usually showcase our winner and runner up from every evening, the audience vote gave us a tie for the very first time. Libby Woodfin does some navigation for her grandmother, and Susan Cocalis tells of the demise of "Isadora." Keep an eye out this coming fall for more live events. For stories from this latest...

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Words in Transit - Helping Others

The final episode of this series of "Words in Transit" features stories of immigrants from Bhutan and Slovenia and their work today to help other new arrivals to this country.

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