Amherst College says so-called underground fraternities are now banned. The groups, which operate off-campus, formed after the school officially prohibited fraternities and sororities 30 years ago.
The notoriously homophobic church says it’s coming to denounce UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon’s public announcement last week that he’s gay. Rebecca Barrett-Fox says that from Westboro’s point of view, the protests are evangelical work.
The school hired Ed Davis to assess how university and town police respond to large gatherings of students. This review follows dozens of arrests – and complaints of police overreaction – at the pre-St. Patrick’s Day”Blarney Blowout.”
A proposed bill in Connecticut aims to improve schools’ responses to rape on college campuses.
Some 80 percent of children who reach the Jewish rite of passage, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, don’t continue to practice Judaism or even go to synagogue. A cadre of educators in the reform movement hope to stop this attrition, they say, by adding meaning and reducing the fanfare.
Last week the Senate blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses in the ranks. Another bill dealing with some of the same issues is slated to come up for a vote Monday and Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey says he’ll support it.
U.S Senator Ed Markey appeared in Holyoke alongside other public officials, law enforcement, and health care providers to discuss what he calls an opiate “overdose epidemic.”
A Boston Business Journal reporter joined us to discuss the story.
Rintala was charged in the 2010 killing of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala. The case is the first of its kind between a married same-sex couple in Massachusetts.
“The Caregivers” is a new book by western Massachusetts writer Nell Lake. It tells the story of people who turned to a support group as they watched over elderly parents and spouses. New England Public Radio’s Susan Kaplan asked Lake how she managed to paint such an intimate portrait of a group of strangers.
The Patriots and the Colts square off at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. The teams have a long history. But in the past it’s been a Peyton Manning and Tom Brady face-off.
Explosive growth in pension, health care, and debt service spending is outpacing revenue in Massachusetts cities and towns. So says a new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Gruesome and heroic war stories may sell a lot of movie tickets, but in real life, soldiers seldom like to talk about their experiences on the battlefield. At least not with civilians.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering e-cigarette regulations, while states debate their own rules.
Massachusetts officials say the number of homeless people in the state rose about 14 percent between 2010 and 2013. That’s despite a national trend heading in the other direction.