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Steve Schwartz, R.I.P.

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Steve Schwartz
WGBH

Friday night, as I was noting Day 30 of a cold virus, my friend Steve Schwartz was admitted to Seasons Hospice in Milton, Mass.

In The Footsteps of the Great German Composers With Sunday Baroque Host Suzanne Bona Berlin * Leipzig * Dresden October 2 - 13, 2017

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HISTORIC & MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS

A promotional graphic used by UMass in the two days between Pat Kelsey agreeing to become the new head basketball coach -- and when he backed out of the deal.
Screen Shot / Email from UMass Athletics

No word yet from UMass on whether it will try to force Pat Kelsey to pay a $1 million buyout contained in his agreement with the school.

Kelsey signed a letter of intent  last week to lead the UMass men's basketball team, but backed out of the job just a half-hour before an introductory press conference Thursday afternoon.

UMass Athletic Director Ryan Mamford told reporters he didn't know if or when the university will get that money.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts reacts when the conversation turns to Senator Mitch McConnell during her annual Springfield Office Hours at City Stage, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Springfield, Mass.
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What made The Short List this week?

A promotional graphic used by UMass in the two days between Pat Kelsey agreeing to become the new head basketball coach -- and when he backed out of the deal.
Screen Shot / Email from UMass Athletics

Pat Kelsey has backed out of an agreement to take over the men's basketball program at UMass, citing personal reasons.

UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said Thursday that Kelsey asked to be let out of his contract that was signed Tuesday, making clear that it was for "very personal" reasons.

Kelsey said in a statement released by the university that he is sorry and felt welcome while on campus.

Kelsey was scheduled to meet with reporters on Thursday, but UMass abruptly canceled just before the press conference was set to begin.

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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he hopes a phone conversation with two Trump administration officials on Wednesday will prompt a reconsideration of a proposed budget cut.

President Trump has proposed eliminating Community Block Development Grants [CDBG] Sarno said he pressed special assistants William Kirkland and Justin Clark on why Trump would cut funds he said are critical for the city's economic development projects.

Massachusetts Broadband Institute

The operator of a state-owned broadband network in Western Massachusetts is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And it is just the latest in a legal battle between the company and the state. The bankruptcy filing by KCTS-USA goes along with a 2014 suit it brought against the state. The company said construction delays and a dispute over how many subscribers it would have caused it financial harm. That case has yet to be resolved. KCTS operates the so-called "middle mile" network, which provides broadband to libraries, schools and town governments.

Words in Transit
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Third Culture Kid features stories of acclimation and loss from a Palestinian woman and an Irish woman.

Suzanne Schmidt
Vanessa Cerillo / NEPR

This month we're listening back to our top two storytellers from the "Refresh" Story Slam, held at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. David Bulley was our runner-up for audience favorite, and tells us how well good old fashioned machismo replaces showers at hunting camp. Our winner from the evening, Susanne Schmidt, shares with us one of the more unusual trips to the grocery store she's had with her father. Music here by Broken Social Scene and Bill Monroe.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:00 p.m.
White Square Books
86 Cottage Street, Easthampton, Mass.

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