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Candace Neilson (left), tenor; Angie Clark, coach; Pia Kroes, lead; Mary Blewitt, baritone; Lin Robinson, bass, is not pictured.
Tema Silk / NEPR

On Friday, women Barbershop singers from all over New England and some parts of Canada will descend on Springfield. They're competing for a spot in the international competition taking place in Las Vegas this fall.

Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics in action against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on January 24, 2017, in Washington.
Keith Allison / Creative Commons

The Boston Celtics are in the nation's capital Thursday to play the Washington Wizards in the second round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. The Celtics lead two games to none in the best-of-seven series.

Guard Isaiah Thomas has continued his impressive play, despite the death of his sister nearly three weeks ago. On Tuesday, his late sister's birthday, Thomas scored 53 points in an overtime win.

Adult deer tick.
Scott Bauer / USDA

Officials say Connecticut is experiencing an "extraordinary" season for ticks. Nearly 40 percent of more than 1,000 ticks tested so far were positive for the bacteria causing Lyme disease.

Theodore Andreadis is director of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, he said the large tick numbers are because of to two things.

UMass Amherst denied Kalsang Nangpa's request to carry the Tibetan flag during a special part of the university's commencement ceremony.
Submitted Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Graduation at UMass Amherst is less than two weeks a way. One senior, a public health major from Medford, wants to carry the Tibetan flag in a parade of flags, but the university says no.

Protesters block access to Otis State Forest in Sandisfield, Mass. where a natural gas pipeline is being built.
Mary Serreze / MassLive

Eighteen demonstrators were arrested Tuesday in southern Berkshire County at the construction site of a natural gas pipeline in Otis State Forest.

State police say the protesters blocked access roads to the job site in an effort to keep construction workers away. Police spokesperson Dave Procopio said those arrested will be charged with trespassing.

A view from the hilltop at Bree-Z-Knoll dairy farm in Leyden, Mass.
File Photo / The Republican

New research from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments makes clear that rural towns in the western part of the state face far different challenges than those closer to Boston. 

Researchers took a look at towns with fewer than 500 people per square mile -- that's about half the cities and towns in the state. 

Linda Dunlavy is executive director of the Franklin Regional Council of Government. She said rural communities across the state face education challenges, but for different reasons.

Amid a dispute brewing over an elephant act in the Melha Shrine Circus coming to Springfield, a Beacon Bill committee this week will be taking up bills dealing with wild and exotic animal acts. Of course, this also comes as the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus is set to close its tent for good.

Reporter Katie Lannan from the Statehouse News Service joined us to discuss some of the legislation being considered.

Peter Ives gets his bike packed and ready to go on a eight day bike trip from Northampton to Washington DC, where his group will join the Peoples Climate March on April 29th, 2017.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Activists will gather in Washington D.C. and locally on Saturday to protest President Trump's agenda on climate change and the environment.

Tom Crowe from Northampton is part of a group who spent eight days biking to Washington for the People's Climate March. He said peddling there is symbolic.

"The bicycle is one of the most fuel-efficient modes of transportation that humans have ever devised," Crowe said. "It only relies on carbohydrates. It doesn't need fossil fuels directly."

But Crowe said he'll be taking a bus back to western Mass.

In Edie Meidav's New Book, 'Silver Cords' To Youth

Apr 28, 2017
Edie Meidav's new book, "Kingdom of the Young."
Sarabande Books

"A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey."

That's how Kirkus Review describes the newest book of short stories from UMass Amherst professor Edie Meidav, called "Kingdom of the Young."

I sat down with Meidov this week and asked her how she describes her writing.

Billy Alicea, 22, stands in a back office of Roca's headquarters in Springfield. Alicea is currently in a pre-release program in Hampden County Jail in Ludlow, where he was incarcerated for multiple vehicle breaking and entering charges.
Leah Willingham / NEPR

Massachusetts lawmakers are still working on this session's criminal justice reform package. One proposal -- among many -- would allow offenders to stay in the juvenile court system longer -- until they turn 21. But not all juvenile justice advocates support it.

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