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In a file photo, Elena Danek, right, an English language development teacher at Lt. Clayre P. Sullivan School in Holyoke, Massachusetts, teaches Anthony Hernandez, 13, Poala Viera, 12, and Natacha Hernandez, 12.
Michael S. Gordon / The Republican

Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a bill to give schools more flexibility to teach students in their native language.

Electric-assisted bikes in a bike share program in Canada.
TransitQuebec / YouTube

A regional bike share program is set to launch in western Massachusetts this spring.

Outside a Massachusetts polling place.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Massachusetts lawmakers have their work cut out for them as they try to negotiate a final criminal justice bill.

Gov. Charlie Baker, right, swears in Colonel Kerry Gilpin, left, with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
Courtesy Office of Gov. Charlie Baker

We start our look back at the week's news with two criminal justice bills passed separately by both chambers of the Massachusetts legislature. 

Vault Sessions - Hayley Reardon

Nov 17, 2017

Singer-songwriter, Hayley Reardon stopped by New England Public Radio to share a few songs on the Vault Sessions. At 21 years-old, Reardon has a surprising richness and depth in her voice that pairs seamlessly with the stories of her songs.

Robin Wright is an award winning writer for the New Yorker. She is the author of numerous books and, as a foreign correspondent, has reported from over 140 countries.

100 Students Get Meningococcal Vaccine At UMass Amherst

Nov 16, 2017
Vaccine administration in a file photo.
Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown / U.S. Air Force

Two University of Massachusetts Amherst students hospitalized to treat a potentially deadly meningococcal disease have a strain of the illness for which students are generally not vaccinated. 

Erin Valentino.
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

I was having lunch with friends when one of them asked me if I was healthy. I didn’t know how to answer.

The Berkshire Museum in a file photo.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

Berkshire Museum lawyers are asking the state appeals court to quickly decide whether it can auction off parts of its art collection -- including two paintings by Norman Rockwell. The court last week issued an injunction halting the sale. 

A large crowd gathered on the green at Westfield State University to stand against racism in a rally organized by the education department.
Don Treeger / The Republican

Faculty members in the education department at Westfield State are demanding the university require employees be taught about whiteness and white supremacy. This follows racist incidents including notes on dorm room doors of some black students.

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