It’s been four years since Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico. The Category 4 hurricane destroyed homes, power lines and roads, and left many without access to basic necessities like food, medicine, electricity and clean water. The storm forced many puertorriqueños to leave their homelands to start new lives in New England. And while leaving Puerto Rico for the continental U.S. is not a new trend, Maria exacerbated it: an estimated 135,000 people left the island since the storm and roughly 26,000 of them came to Connecticut and Massachusetts — trading the beauty of beaches and mountains in the middle for cold winters and the promise of stability. Los de Maria — the people of Maria — stayed in hotels, their children enrolled in schools, and now they live between two places. The island’s recovery is still not complete. And families are not done asking themselves, should we stay? Should we go back? Is this home? "Los de Maria: For Years After The Hurricane" is a special production by CT Public with support from the New England News Collaborative. A collection of photos from Puerto Rico can be seen here.

Zac Conaway carried this map while deployed in Afghanistan in 2009. In recent months, he said the reading group has enabled him to ask questions of Vietnam veterans that have helped him process his own feelings about the events in Afghanistan.

This veterans’ book club finds resonance in war stories from thousands of years ago

On a recent Monday evening, a book club met to discuss the Greek play Agamemnon. It’s a tragedy, about a king coming home after a long, brutal war. When King Agamemnon first shows up in his home city, a group of wise, old men don’t know how to greet him. They ask, “How shall I hail…

A National Guard member drives a school bus van in Chelsea, Mass.

The National Guard is easing school bus struggles, districts say. So are new Spanish-language driver tests

On a recent weekday, Jaime Carillo and his son waited for the ride to school in their usual spot on the front porch of the family’s duplex. When classes first started, the two were spending a lot of time there; the van that takes his son to school was coming much later than its 7:28 a.m.…

People hold up signs that say "Human Dignity/ Derechos Humanos" in support of migrant farmworkers in Vermont.

Migrant farmworkers fight to end collaboration between Vermont police and Border Patrol

A traffic stop in Newport, Vt., this past summer is intensifying concerns about collaboration between local police and federal immigration authorities. Now, migrant farmworkers in Vermont are calling on the state to do more to protect them from detention and deportation for minor traffic violations. Migrant farmworkers have become a critical labor force for Vermont’s dairy…

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