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Smith and Wesson pistol.
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Massachusetts authorities say hundreds of residents previously cleared by a state board to own a firearm may lose their gun licenses because of a clash between state and federal regulations. 

'We're All In Lockdown': Lessons From Northampton, Mass.

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Anabel Rosero, left, walks with her daughter Anaisha Feliciano, 12, after Anaisha had been released from a lockdown at JFK Middle School in Northampton, Thursday.
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When a man with two guns was spotted on a Northampton, Massachusetts, middle school campus, the police responded perfectly. No one was hurt. Best-case scenario, right?

Nancy MacLean - Democracy In Chains

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Nancy McLean is a professor of history and public policy at Duke University, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and the award winning author of many books, most recently, the 2017 National Book Award Finalist Democracy In Chains, which Booklist called, “Perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” 

In her talk at the University of Massachusetts on November 13th, 2017, McLean shared the story of how she reached her conclusions and explained their significance.

A sales associate at New England Treatment Access in Brookline, a medical dispensary, places medicinal marijuana into a container.
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Prospects for retail pot shops opening for business in Massachusetts by a July 1 target date appear to be dimming. 

The Massachusets Statehouse with a rainbow flag flying in front of it on June 14, 2007, the date the state legislature voted to uphold the legality of same-sex marriage.
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Top Democrats in the Massachusetts House of Representatives will take a fresh look later this month at legislation that would block businesses from citing religion as the basis for ignoring state anti-discrimination laws.

Angelina Morales holds her Connecticut history chapter book; Chapter 2 is about the African-American dancer, Dollie McLean.
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In Connecticut, third- and fourth-graders study the history of their state. In many schools, students choose to research one person or event from an approved list. The people on that list have been mostly men, and all white.

Dr. Rafael Campo is a poet, essayist and physician. Campo practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. As a poet, Campo is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Poetry award.

An incident in 2016 between Agawam, Massachusetts, police and a suspect led to three officers getting fired.
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The FBI is ending its investigation into a group of western Massachusetts police officers for allegedly using excessive force against a prisoner. 

Springfield City Councilor Marcus Williams, left, leads a meeting of the council's Public Safety Committee on June 12, 2018.
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The president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council says the council has been left out of the loop when it comes to contract negotiations for police officers.

Opioids
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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that the state is suing Purdue Pharma on behalf of 670 residents who were prescribed OxyContin, became addicted to opioids, overdosed and died.

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