Stories

It is happening here: Massachusetts has a growing neo-Nazi movement

May 18, 2022

It was a rare look inside the strategic planning of an upstart neo-Nazi movement. In a video posted last summer on social media, Chris Hood, 23, the founder of the Nationalist Social Club – 131, a New England white nationalist collective, gave instructions to a 22-year-old UMass Lowell student named Liam MacNeil. “If you’re in…

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New England energy demand recently dropped to its lowest point ever

May 10, 2022

New England’s energy demand dropped to its lowest point ever earlier this month thanks to good weather and the continued adoption of rooftop solar on homes and businesses. Officials at regional grid operator ISO New England said energy demand fell to its lowest point ever – 7,580 megawatts – on Sunday, May 1st. It’s the…

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Odanak First Nation denounces Vt. state-recognized Abenaki tribes as ‘Pretendian’

May 9, 2022

Abenaki representatives from the Odanak First Nation – which has over 3,000 members, and is currently based in southern Quebec – recently gave a presentation at the University of Vermont. Odanak government officials and citizens spoke about their history, and how colonization forced them to assimilate their language and culture – and to move to…

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A GIF of the North Atlantic Right Whale was spotted off the coast of North Hampton on May 6, 2022.

Rare North Atlantic right whale spotted feeding off N.H. coast

May 9, 2022

New Hampshire’s coast had a rare visitor Friday: a North Atlantic right whale could be seen feeding just off the shore in North Hampton. The right whale has been on the federal endangered species list since 1970. There are fewer than 350 left. Dianna Schulte, director of research for the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, has…

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I tried to eat like a hardcore locavore in New England for a week. Here’s what I learned

May 7, 2022

Essay from WBUR reporter Andrea Shea. On a drab April morning I opened my eyes and immediately felt bereft. I sighed, then pouted. My usual cup of comfort and courage was off limits. While the beans in my coffee press are roasted in Sudbury, they’re harvested in Ethiopia. If you’re like me — and about 66% of Americans —…

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Solar crisis hits Maine as investigation into Chinese panel manufacturers puts projects on hold

May 6, 2022

Hundreds of large-scale solar power projects are on hold in the U.S., while federal trade officials investigate whether Chinese manufacturers and affiliates in Southeast Asia illegally avoided duties on solar panels. Some see the situation as a threat to President Biden’s climate agenda. Lately some of Maine’s gently rolling hills have been sprouting long rows…

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Williams College becomes nation’s first to eliminate loans and work requirements from student aid

May 5, 2022

At Williams College in western Massachusetts, first-year student Daniela Corona walked backwards quickly, glancing over her shoulder so as not to trip as she guided a campus tour for interested students and their families. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Corona is the first in her family to go to college–“quite the jump,” she calls it.…

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A photo of Deborah chapel, a historic Jewish chapel at the corner of Ward and Affleck St. in Hartford, Conn.

Hartford’s Deborah Chapel added to national list of endangered historic places

May 5, 2022

The Deborah Chapel, a building the city of Hartford is trying to save from demolition in court, has been added to a national list of endangered historic places. The Hartford, Conn., chapel being added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2022 comes as a win for local preservationists who…

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A view of Madaket Beach on April 25, 2020 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Nantucket votes to allow topless women on town beaches

May 4, 2022

Residents of Nantucket, Mass., approved a measure allowing women to go topless at all town beaches. The Gender Equality on Beaches bylaw amendment passed following debate at the annual town meeting Tuesday. In part, the amendment reads, “In order to promote equality for all persons, any person shall be allowed to be topless on any…

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Cape Cod businesses hope for busy summer as supply chain, housing remain a challenge

May 2, 2022

With warmer weather right around the corner, Cape Cod businesses are getting ready for what they hope will be a busy summer season after two years affected by COVID-19. Everywhere you turn on Commercial Street in Provincetown, people are sprucing up their buildings or setting up outdoor seating. Lobster Pot manager Shawn McNulty said he’s…

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