Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


Reconing with Racism in Boston

In sports and in life, what is Boston really like for African Americans?


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For Undocumented Workers On Vermont Farms, 2017 Was A Year Filled With Anxiety

January 10, 2018

An escalation in immigration enforcement over the past year has brought a new level of anxiety for the several thousand migrant farm workers living in Vermont.


6,000 Salvadorans In Massachusetts Will Lose Protected Status

January 10, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will not renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans.


Corporate Tax Cuts Could Mean ‘Quite Substantial’ Savings In New Englanders’ Electricity Bills

January 10, 2018

New England electricity customers could get a direct benefit from a cut in federal corporate taxes — lower utility bills.


The Impossible (And Necessary) Task of Counting Homeless Youths

January 8, 2018

  OPINION Not long ago, Robin P. McHaelen, founder and executive director of True Colors, Inc., launched into a training for police officers from around the state. Three minutes in to the class, a man stood up, said, “This is bullshit. I’m not listening to this,” and stormed out. He was soon followed by another…

Thousands Of Salvadorans Await Decision On Their Status In the U.S.

January 5, 2018

Thousands of Salvadoran immigrants in Connecticut and Massachusetts will find out by Monday whether their legal status in the U.S. will be extended or revoked. Some have lived in the U.S. for nearly two decades, and many don’t know what they’ll do if they’re told to leave.


In New England, Gone Are The Days When Septic Can Be Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

January 3, 2018

About half of New England’s households are on septic systems. That’s the highest proportion in the country.


Shellfish Harvesters, Scientists Wrestle With ‘Unprecedented’ Closures Amid Toxic Algae Bloom

January 3, 2018

Thirty years ago, four people died from amnesic shellfish poisoning after eating cultured mussels from Canada’s Price Edward Island. The mussels contained domoic acid, a neurotoxin produced by a class of algae called pseudo-nitzschia. The toxin turned up in PEI mussels the next year, but for decades after that wasn’t heard from again on the Eastern Seaboard.


How Sofrito Got Its Flavor: From Medieval Europe To Puerto Rico And New England

January 3, 2018

A basic cooking technique that’s described in one of Europe’s oldest cookbooks has become the “secret sauce” to Latin American and Puerto Rican cuisine

To Understand Great Bay’s Decline (and How to Stop It), Start on the Water

January 3, 2018

New Hampshire’s Great Bay and the Piscataqua River estuary have been in bad shape for years – and the latest data doesn’t show a lot of improvement.


A Woody Connection To New England’s Colonial Past

January 3, 2018

One of Connecticut’s most uncommon species of evergreen can still be found — if you know where to look.