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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

Varieties of marijuana.
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Before retail sales of marijuana begin in Massachusetts, researchers are studying the drug's current effect on public safety.

The last two mayors of North Adams: John Barrett (left) and Dick Alcombright (right). Their portraits hang side-by-side inside North Adams City Hall.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Berkshire County's second largest city, North Adams, is holding its mayoral primary Tuesday. And it's the first time an incumbent has not been on the ballot since the Reagan administration.

Raise Up Massachusetts
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Community organizations, labor groups and business leaders gather to testify at the Massachusetts Statehouse Tuesday for a legislative hearing on a number of bills that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  

Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor Setti Warren, left, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie participate in a debate in East Longmeadow on September 16, 2017.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

In the first debate among Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, the three 2018 hopefuls spoke in support of western Mass. infrastructure projects, while slamming the incumbent, Republican Charlie Baker.

In May of 2015, about 5,500 students graduated from UMass Amherst during ceremonies at McGuirk Stadium on campus. This is Elizabeth Thomas of Medfield, Mass.
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Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

Devyn Moreno starts this podcast off with his piece about the video game, Call of Duty. Diamond Jimenez shares her commentary "Glasses", and finishing with a piece by Wesley Days who interviews his grandmother about growing up in the south during the Jim Crow era.

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