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In a file photo, Elena Danek, right, an English language development teacher at Lt. Clayre P. Sullivan School in Holyoke, Massachusetts, teaches Anthony Hernandez, 13, Poala Viera, 12, and Natacha Hernandez, 12.
Michael S. Gordon / The Republican

Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a bill to give schools more flexibility to teach students in their native language.

100 Students Get Meningococcal Vaccine At UMass Amherst

Nov 16, 2017
Vaccine administration in a file photo.
Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown / U.S. Air Force

Two University of Massachusetts Amherst students hospitalized to treat a potentially deadly meningococcal disease have a strain of the illness for which students are generally not vaccinated. 

Marquan Ellis was evicted from his home in Las Vegas, Nevada when he was 18.

His mother battled with a drug and gambling addiction while he stayed at his godmother's house. But he couldn't stay there forever.

He found his way to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth where he enrolled in the independent living program.

Meningitis Diagnosed In Student On UMass Amherst Campus

Nov 15, 2017
Vaccine administration in a file photo.
Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown / U.S. Air Force

University of Massachusetts Amherst officials say a student on campus has been diagnosed with meningitis weeks after another student fell ill with a related illness and are suggesting students consider an additional vaccination as a precaution.

Roy Moore, the embattled GOP candidate for an Alabama Senate seat, continued Saturday morning to deny allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, including an episode with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

Kind World #47: While I'm Here

Nov 7, 2017

Forty-four-year-old Bob Charland of Springfield never had much free time.

Auto mechanic by day, bouncer by night, single dad all the time, he was the kind of guy who became a troop leader for his daughter’s Girl Scout troop and who learned sign language so he could teach an automotive class to deaf students.

He was always going. Then, about eight months ago, he noticed something was off.

“My right hand was shaking all the time,” Bob says. “My speech was going off. I was forgetting more and more.”

Abigail Morris (left) from Amherst, Mass., with Alyssa Helton from Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

After the last election, many people felt inspired to mend the country's deep divisions. So when a group of liberal activists in Leverett, Massachusetts, learned that a more conservative community in Letcher County, Kentucky, was open to a cultural exchange, they started to organize.

Greg Saulmon / The Republican

The top judge in Massachusetts says the lack of available lawyers in juvenile court is a constitutional emergency and that the problem is particularly serious in the western part of the state.

Earlier this month, the toy-giant Mattel announced it had pulled the plug on plans to sell an interactive gadget for children.

The device, called Aristotle, looked similar to a baby monitor with a camera. Critics called it creepy.

Powered by artificial intelligence, Aristotle could get to know your child — at least that was how the device was being pitched.

This past spring, a history teacher in North Carolina was giving a lesson about Christopher Columbus. He covered how Columbus and his men enslaved and otherwise mistreated the native people of the island of Hispaniola.

One white student piped up: "Well, that's what needed to happen. They were just dumb people anyways like they are today. That was the purpose, that's why we need a wall."

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