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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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Social Justice

‘This report is unflinching’: Harvard University confronts its ties to slavery

The university will spend $100 million to provide educational opportunities for communities descended from enslaved people and to continue researching slavery and its legacy in the modern world. Continue reading →


Municipal electric companies lag on using clean energy

The state’s 40 municipal light plants make up 14 percent of the state’s energy grid. According to a new report from the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, they may represent some of the dirtiest energy in the state. Continue reading →


What should Mass. do with $50 billion? A debate in the House highlights a philosophical divide.

As it rolls in cash, should the state spend more of it, including to help those in need, or should it “give back,” as Governor Charlie Baker has argued, by lessening the tax burden on residents? Continue reading →

COVID-19 Vaccines

Wealthy nations falter on global vaccine commitments

For a number of reasons, the pace of Western aid commitments — particularly from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe — has slowed considerably since last year. Continue reading →


More than half of Massachusetts residents have been infected with COVID-19, and an even higher percentage nationwide

The data show wide variation among New England states, with 53 percent of Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents infected by mid-February, but only 29 percent of those in Vermont. Continue reading →

The Nation


New details underscore House GOP role in Jan. 6 planning

In a court filing and text messages, new pieces of evidence have emerged in recent days fleshing out the degree of involvement between ultraconservative members of Congress and the Trump White House in strategy sessions. Continue reading →


Supreme Court struggles over Biden’s bid to end ‘Remain in Mexico’ program

The Supreme Court seemed frustrated Tuesday in arguments regarding whether the Biden administration can end a Trump-era immigration program that forces asylum-seekers arriving at the southwestern border to await approval in Mexico. Continue reading →


Trump saved this old-fashioned lightbulb. Biden’s now phasing it out.

The Energy Department finalized two rules Monday requiring manufacturers to sell energy-efficient lightbulbs, effectively putting a ‘’sell-by’' date on older, inefficient bulbs that don’t meet the new standards. Continue reading →

The World


Beijing starts testing 20 million to try to avoid a lockdown like Shanghai’s

Faced with a growing number of coronavirus infections across Beijing, city officials are trying to test most of the capital’s 22 million residents in the hope of avoiding the pain of imposing a citywide lockdown like in Shanghai. Continue reading →


North Korea holds military parade with nuclear threat

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, vowed to expand his nuclear arsenal “at the fastest possible speed​” and threatened to use it, as his government displayed a large array of missiles and other weapons, including its newest intercontinental ballistic missile, during a nighttime military parade Monday, the North’s state media said. Continue reading →


As diplomacy hopes dim, US marshals allies to furnish long-term military aid to Ukraine

The increasing flow of Western weapons into Ukraine — including howitzers, armed drones, tanks and ammunition — amounted to another sign that a war Putin had expected would divide his Western adversaries had instead drawn them much closer together. Continue reading →

Editorial & Opinion


France, and the world, dodge a bullet

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory should not lead to complacency for the French president — or for other Western democracies feeling pressure from the far right. Continue reading →


French lessons for American democracy

The French center held. Will ours? Continue reading →


The Constitution protects your right to vote — and your right not to

Why a mandatory voting law would make Americans less free. Continue reading →


Crime & Courts

Son of famed American artist charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

An Athol man, the son of famed American artist, is charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot Continue reading →


Mass. education leaders propose raising MCAS graduation requirements

In raising the standards board members said they aim to ensure students who receive a diploma meet the state’s expectations on a new version of the MCAS test and are prepared for college and career success. Continue reading →


‘I want all my neighbors to see it’: Locals fly Ukrainian flags in show of solidarity

Massachusetts residents share why they are flying Ukrainian flags in support of the country invaded by Russia in February. Continue reading →


Bruins 4, Panthers 2

With win over league-leading Panthers, Bruins know they can defend against any team come the playoffs

Erik Haula and Taylor Hall scored six seconds apart in the first period to give Boston a 2-1 lead. Continue reading →

Bruins notebook

Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk focused on the playoffs, not his future

DeBrusk’s bounce-back season earned him the Bruins’ Masterton Trophy nomination. The award is for sportsmanship, perseverance, and dedication to hockey. Continue reading →

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 5

Bullpen falters in ninth, Red Sox lose to Blue Jays in 10th

Jake Diekman had a three-run lead in the ninth, but was touched for two doubles and a homer to send the game into extras. Continue reading →



Musk takeover means big changes for Twitter — and maybe the Web

The $44 billion deal will lead to big changes in how the service works. It could also boost efforts to build a social media rival with less concentrated ownership, kicking off a trend of decentralized web apps. Continue reading →


After questions, Healey OK’s Fenway’s new cashless payment system

The baseball park switched to a cashless payment system earlier this month, a move that angered some critics. Continue reading →


Apertura Gene Therapy launches with $67m to design new viruses for gene delivery

The startup is based on the work of scientists at the Broad Institute and Harvard Medical School Continue reading →



L. McCrae Dowless Jr., 66, dies; operative at heart of election scandal

L. McCrae Dowless Jr., the North Carolina political operative who was at the center of a scandal involving absentee-ballot harvesting and tampering that led to the first rerun of a federal election in some 40 years, died on Sunday at his daughter’s home in Bladen County, North Carolina. He was 66. Continue reading →


World’s oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies at 119

A Japanese woman recognized as the world’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka, has died at age 119, just months short of her goal of reaching 120. Continue reading →

Arts & Lifestyle


I got to try a Cold IPA, and all I can say is, as a beer fan, I’m excited

“What you get is freaking wild,” Mike Dyer, vice president and co-owner of Scituate’s Untold Brewing, says while explaining the brewing process for “Frozen Fractals." Continue reading →


A vegan paradise in the Pioneer Valley

In Western Massachusetts, love and compassion for humans and animals alike fuels eclectic plant-based eateries. Continue reading →


I’m obsessed with Japanese grocery store Maruichi

Brookline’s two branches offer everyday ingredients, regional specialties, and the joy of discovery. Continue reading →