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Marathon Bomber Inching Toward Escaping Death Sentence

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could escape the death penalty if a federal appeals overturns the sentence because of pre-trial social media postings of jurors suggesting they may have been biased. An Obama appointee on the First Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston had what the Associated Press called a “lengthy exchange”......

Elizabeth Warren Wealth Tax Would Shrink Economy, Study Finds

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposed 2 percent wealth tax on very-high-net-worth people would shrink the U.S. economy, a new study found. According to CNBC, “Warren’s wealth tax would also impose a 2% tax on net worth between $50 million and $1 billion and scale upward by wealth brackets until the final 6% rate.” However, analysis......

Anyone for Deval Patrick? So Far, Crickets …

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced his 2020 presidential bid nearly a month ago and still lacks any significant support. Patrick, who served as Massachusetts’s governor from 2007 to 2015, entered the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on November 14, according to WBUR. It occurred one day before the state of New Hampshire’s......

Some Newtown Shooting Survivors Are Now Stumping for Gun Control – But Not Everyone Agrees

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot up Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 26 people, including 20 first graders. Seven years later, former Sandy Hook students who survived the mass-shooting are now teen-agers. As the Associated Press reports, some of them are now gun control and school safety advocates. One such......

Ken Burns Trying To Help Save Hampshire College

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns helped kick off a $60 million fund-raising campaign to try to save his alma mater Hampshire College. “This is my family,” Burns said during an appearance on campus Tuesday, December 3, according to MassLive.com. Hampshire College, which is in Amherst, Massachusetts, nearly went out of business earlier this year. School officials......

Did A High School Principal Try To Deep-Six Pro-America Day Because Some Kids Support Trump?

An anti-Trump high school principal in Abington, Massachusetts tried to cancel the school’s annual U.S.A. Day earlier this week but backed down after a member of the town’s board of health called her out on it, the board of health member said. The principal has a different story, telling the Brockton Enterprise she has no......

Massachusetts Ups Public Schools Ante By $1.5 Billion

The Massachusetts state government plans to spend an additional $1.5 billion on public schools over the next seven years. The bill, which Governor Charlie Baker signed Tuesday, November 26, is designed to reduce disparities among rich and poor communities in the state when it comes to public education spending. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned......

Some Harvard Business School Professors Oppose Divesting From Oil and Natural Gas Companies

Several professors at Harvard Business School have expressed opposition to trying to cajole the university that employs them to sell off stock in companies that produce oil and natural gas. The student newspaper at Harvard College, The Harvard Crimson, interviewed the professors in the wake of a midfield pro-divestment protest at halftime of at the......

Public Housing Residents Ought To Be Able To Have Deadbolts and Guns Like Everybody Else, Ben Carson Says

Public housing residents should be able to have deadbolts on their doors and guns in their apartments even though local housing officials disagree, said Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Carson made the comments in the wake of two high-profile homicides in multi-story public housing apartment buildings in New Hampshire, according to......

Climate Change Killing Lobsters, Activists Say

Lobstermen working off the coast of Cape Cod found dead lobsters in their traps earlier this fall, leading some observers to conclude that warmer weather is causing higher water temperatures which is leading to less oxygen in the water. Marine animals sense low oxygen levels in the water and move to places where there is......

Cape Climate Change Teacher Named Science Educator of the Year

A teacher certified by the United Nations to teach about climate change has been named science educator of the year in Barnstable County by the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers. Richard Gifford, who goes by Rick, teaches in the Provincetown public schools. His students say he makes learning about climate change fun. During a class......