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A 2007 photograph of the Celtics, playing in Boston.
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Last week, prohibitions against sports gambling were removed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some states are already jumping in. 

An interfaith iftar, a breaking of the daily fast during Ramadan.
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Ramadan started this week and many Muslims will refrain from eating or drinking during the day for 30 days, as a way to grow closer to God.

Outgoing Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless speaks during a press conference in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law, opening the door to state legalizing sports gambling. And in Massachusetts, top state lawmakers say they should look into it, but stopped short of any commitment. 

A closed on-ramp to I-291 in Springfield.
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The Massachusetts attorney general has ordered a Florida company to cough up $45,000, charging it failed to pay enough to workers on a Springfield bridge project.

Lucio Perez greets friends after arriving back into the First Church of Amherst, Mass., after a stay in Cooley Dickinson Hospital for a medical emergency.
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What happens when an immigrant facing deportation seeks sanctuary in a church, but then needs to leave to get surgery? That happened in western Massachusetts this week. 

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
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A Norman Rockwell painting sold by the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to one in California will be on display locally next month.

Jamil Ragland tutors writing at Capitol Community College in Hartford.
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I was helping a student recently with a paper she was writing. It was on the poem "Ballad of Birmingham," about the 1963 church bombing. 

Ronen Bergman In Contrast
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Ronen Bergman is an Israeli journalist and author of Rise and Kill First, the Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations.

The Hampshire County Courthouse in Northampton, Mass. It is the headquarters for the Hampshire Council of Governments.
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The head of the Hampshire Council of Governments is calling for unity and help from the state to keep the organization viable. 

Mug shot of Alex Ciccolo.
Department of Justice

An Adams, Massachusetts, man accused of plotting a terrorist attack plans to plead guilty on at least some charges. Alexander Ciccolo's trial had been scheduled to begin June 19. 

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