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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
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Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

In Springfield, Massachusetts, A School Divided

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Kaitlin Giorgio, a member of Teach for America, guards the doors at the entrance of the Springfield Honors Academy at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday, September 11, 2017.
Brittany Greeson / Crossing The Divide

On an early Monday morning, a stream of sleepy teenagers wearing maroon polos and tan slacks passed under a decorative gothic arch to enter the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Worcester is the ideal Massachusetts location for Amazon to build a second headquarters and the technology company could help pay for high-speed rail linking both ends of the state, gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren said Friday.

Father Gerald Pocock and Duke Ellington
The Catholic Register

“Is God a three-letter word for love?” Reverend Gerald Pocock jotted that rhetorical question down on a piece of stationary when he was visiting Duke Ellington at a Montreal hotel in 1969, and Ellington incorporated it into his Third Sacred Concert with the elaboration, "Is love a four-letter word for God?" The Catholic Reporter's obit for Father Pocock, a Roman Catholic priest, reports that he died on September 4 in Ottawa at age 92.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
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The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is joining the outcry against the Berkshire Museum's decision to sell 40 works of art from its collection and is putting a hold on the institution's upcoming grant.

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Carmen Ocasio has a lot of family on Puerto Rico. She said Wednesday that she is not watching television or going on social media. She can't handle it. 

Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

Edwin Cruz is one of three-quarter of a million Dreamers, young people that immigrated to United States and continue to live here under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act signed by President Obama in 2012. Ilan Stavans talks with Edwin in this episode of In Contrast. 

 

Westfield State University, in Westfield, Mass.
File photo / The Republican

Westfield State University is investigating a racist message left on a dorm room door.

University president Ramon Torrecilha said he learned about this Tuesday evening after a student posted a photo on Twitter. It showed a name tag on a door with a handwritten message: a racial epithet for black people, then "live here."

The polling place at St. Elizabeth Parish Center in North Adams, Mass., on Sept. 19, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The field is down to two for North Adams mayor after Tuesday's primary.

Tom Bernard and Bob Moulton Jr. were the top two vote-getters in the field of five, and will square off in November's general election.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield
Springfield Museums / via MassLive

Since it opened in June, the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum has attracted thousands of visitors to Springfield. It features murals and statues of some of the author's most famous characters, like Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat.

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