Boston could be next city to consider reparations for Black residents

The Middle Passage port marker at the end of Long Wharf, Boston.

At the end of Boston’s Long Wharf is a glass and metal slab that tells a story of the city’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The monument stands to remind those walking along the waterfront that Boston was a hub for ships carrying African people who were sold into slavery. The marker could be seen as a…

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Tech tested on Cape Cod could track backyard septic-system pollution

Brian Baumgaertel, director of the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, stands near a blue wastewater tank used to test nitrogen-monitoring sensors like the one contained in a metal box, at right foreground.

Nitrogen from septic systems has been disrupting local waterways for years, causing fish kills and blooms of toxic algae. Now, field testing on Cape Cod is playing a national role in the development of technology to monitor nitrogen — even in individual backyards — as a step toward keeping the excess out of our waters.…

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Multilingualism is seen as an opportunity instead of a hurdle in Vermont district

Vermont first-graders Happiness Alex and Emily Xia display art and writing projects in which they imagined themselves with different kinds of animal teeth. Their class is an even mix of English learners and native English speakers.

In a first-grade classroom in Burlington, Vermont, Janelle Gendimenico guides her students through a lesson focusing on the importance of getting every word in a sentence, especially when you’re talking about animal teeth. “Show me with your fingers. What does the naked mole-rat’s teeth do?” Gendimenico asked the class. “They go back left and right,…

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19th century New England whaling logs offer clues to 21st century climate change

The log book of the whaling vessel Marcella out of New Bedford at the Providence Public Library, which owns one of the five largest collections of whaling log books in the country.

  Tucked away in the New Bedford Whaling Museum is a room full of records. It holds manuscripts, manifests, banking records and crew accounts from New England’s storied whaling industry. It also contains the largest collection of whaling logbooks in the world. Logbooks were a legal record of each voyage, in which first mates documented…

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Black and Latino studies get a place in Connecticut classrooms

Adrian Solis, a social studies teacher at Abbott Technical High School social, walks around the classroom during a Black and Latino history class as his students learn about demographics, economics and the history of slavery in Connecticut.

Brandon Rodriguez, a high school senior in Connecticut, is getting ready for his fourth-period Black and Latino history class. Rodriguez says he signed up for the course to learn more about his ancestry. “My parents were born in Ecuador, but I was born here,” Rodriguez said. “But it’s nice to learn a little bit more…

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Zambians in Maine launch community group to provide cohesion and support

Maine is home to several dozen immigrants from Zambia, a country of about 18 million people in southern Africa. While it’s one of the state’s smaller immigrant communities, many Zambians have deep roots here, and they’ve launched a community organization aimed at building cohesion, offering support and attracting more Zambians to Maine. The Zambian Community…

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New England town to consider cryptocurrencies for payments and investments

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Officials in West Springfield, Massachusetts, will explore whether cryptocurrencies like bitcoin should become part of how the municipality conducts business. West Springfield’s new Cryptocurrency Exploratory Committee will look at the possibility of residents paying municipal bills with cryptocurrencies. Mayor Will Reichelt said the panel will also look at whether the town should invest in the…

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What specialized clinics may do for long COVID, as many questions remain

Physical therapist Heather Brolio takes the blood pressure reading of long COVID patient Holly Gochis during a physical therapy session at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lexington.

Holly Gochis, a 54-year-old hospital nurse, contracted her second case of COVID last November and is still sick. “I can’t even go down one flight of stairs without my heart rate going to 150 and myself becoming short of breath. And that’s today,” says Gochis. “It’s been a year.” A year of migraines, chest and…

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