Election 2018

Democrat Setti Warren announced the end of his campaign for governor on Thursday.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Citing Financial Woes, Setti Warren Drops Bid For Mass. Governor

Reshaping the contest about five weeks before the party's nominating convention, former Newton mayor Setti Warren announced Thursday he is quitting the race for governor after conceding he could not raise the money necessary to unseat Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

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Regional News

The Live155 housing complex will open soon in Northampton, Mass.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Mixed-Income Housing Complex To Open In Northampton, Mass.

Seventy new apartments are coming to downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, as an experiment in affordable housing.

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A dash cam photo released by Maine State Police shows John Williams robbing a convenience store Wednesday morning in Norridgewock, Maine. Maine authorities say Williams fatally shot a sheriff's deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed the Cumberland Farms.
Maine State Police / via Associated Press

The man wanted for the murder of a sheriff's deputy in Maine early Wednesday morning had been expected to appear at a court hearing in Massachusetts that same day on unrelated gun charges.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a PBS NewsHour video from October 2017.
PBS NewsHour / YouTube

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is visiting western Massachusetts, starting Wednesday, to discuss Puerto Rico's future and ongoing challenges seven months after Hurricane Maria.

Pea seedlings.
Rev Stan / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/revstan

The cold, wet weather this month has set the vegetable growing season behind in some parts of New England. And some farmers are already dealing with crop loss.

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Politics

EPA Chief Pruitt Faces Tough Questions On Capitol Hill

updated at 12:00 pm ET EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faced withering criticism from Congressional Democrats Thursday, with one lawmaker calling him "unfit to hold public office." But Republican members of Congress — especially those representing states with large fossil fuel industries — rallied to Pruitt's defense. It's the first time Pruitt appeared before lawmakers since weeks of accusations prompted a string of investigations — by the EPA Inspector General's office, at the GAO and in...

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Classical Music

Shall We Dance: Balanchine Sets Tchaikovsky In Motion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd9R9S6-9E4 Growing up as an avid violinist, Tchaikovsky 's Serenade for Strings was one of my favorite and most rewarding pieces to play. The fact that it was a staple in the repertoire of the New York City Ballet, where my dear parents, Ruth and Lamar Alsop were orchestra musicians, made it even more special. As a kid, I watched in awe as the dancers of the NYCB, under the brilliant and ever watchful eye of choreographer George Balanchine ("Mr. B"), brought...

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Jazz

As Cuba Changes, Orquesta Akokán Revives The Golden Age Of Mambo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kckxfwzz7cE Orquesta Akokán takes its name from the Yoruba word meaning "from the heart." The group's self-titled debut album, released in March, draws deep from the soul and history of Cuba, reviving the spirit of the big-band orquestas of decades past like Buena Vista Social Club and Orquesta Aragón. The 16-piece ensemble recorded in Havana's famous Areito Studio 101 at the state-run EGREM recording complex, where legends like Celia Cruz , Benny Moré and...

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Puerto Rico

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz talks to about 250 people at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Holyoke, Mass., Welcomes Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor Of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Right after Time magazine named her one of the most influential people of 2018, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz traveled to Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city some call Little Puerto Rico.

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White House

Ronny Jackson Withdraws As VA Nominee

Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit. In a statement Thursday morning, Jackson said, "Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have...

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Courts

In Intense Arguments, Supreme Court Appears Ready To Side With Trump On Travel Ban

During intense arguments at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the justices, by a narrow margin, seemed to be leaning toward upholding the third and current version of the Trump travel ban. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the deciding vote in closely contested cases, for example, made repeated comments suggesting that the court does not usually second-guess a president's national security decisions — even in the context of an immigration law that bans discrimination based on nationality....

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In Contrast

The Artist of Hair

Ilan Stavans in conversation with Sonya Clark

Presto!

Mark Singleton on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with the Artistic Director of Voce.

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Tertulia

Ilan Stavans on Tertulia

Stavans speaks with Raquel Obregon about his new book of poetry

Jazz Beat

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Jazz Beat 41 - Anat Cohen

This edition of Jazz Beat features an interview that Tom Reney conducted with Anat Cohen in 2008 when she was the Billy Taylor Artist in Residence at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Uptick In Defense Spending Could Mean Big Business For Vermont's $2B Aerospace Industry

Every two years, the aerospace industry networks for a week in Montreal at the Montreal Aerospace Innovation Forum. This year, seven Vermont aerospace companies were in attendance, looking for business.

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