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Almost One-Third of Harvard Coeds Surveyed Say They’ve Received Nonconsensual Sexual Contact – And It’s Staying Steady

About 32 percent of female undergraduates at Harvard College who responded to a survey earlier this year said they had experienced nonconsensual sexual contact – about the same percentage as five years ago, when it was 31 percent. “I’m profoundly saddened and disturbed that we find ourselves after five years in essentially the same position......

No More Pencils, No More Books?  No, Not Quite That Far — But Hampshire College Ditches Majors, Departments

Hampshire College, retooling itself after a near-death experience several months ago, is getting rid of traditional majors and departments and instead letting students design their own curriculum. “Hampshire is removing all barriers across fields of study to create a truly transformative liberal arts college:  no majors, no departments, no curricular divisions, liberating students to formulate......

Longshot Democratic Presidential Candidate Walking Across New Hampshire

Former congressman and current presidential candidate Joe Sestak is walking across New Hampshire from west to east as he stumps for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Sestak, 67, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, for a district in Pennsylvania about an hour north......

And Then There Were Five – GOP State Senator Leaving

One of the six Republican members of the Massachusetts Senate is leaving to take a job with Bridgewater State University. State Senator Viriato deMacedo (R-Plymouth), known as Vinny, plans to leave office within weeks, according to the Cape Cod Times. In 2017 deMacedo had a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 63 percent, which by......

Ban Balloons, State Rep Says

A bill before the Massachusetts Legislature would ban selling or releasing a balloon, on pain of a $100 fine. Balloon opponents say they harm the environment and wildlife. Supporters say they’re fun. State Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown) is the lead sponsor of Massachusetts House Bill 843. It states: SECTION 1. Chapter 131 of the General......

Columbus Statue Vandalized in Providence

Vandals splashed a statue of Christopher Columbus designed by the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty with red paint from head to toe in Providence, Rhode Island to mark Columbus Day. The same statue was hit 2010, 2015, and 2017, according to the Providence Journal. It’s not clear whether police have surveillance video of the......

Cape Cod Towns See Big Increases in Non-English-Speaking Students

One-third of the kindergarteners in Chatham this year are classified as “English language learners,” meaning English is not their first language — in a town where that used to be rare. Public school districts all over Cape Cod have seen increases in students who used to be called “English as a second language.” Statewide, that......

Joe Kennedy III:  Ed Markey Isn’t More Pro-Green-New-Deal Than I Am — And I Can Get It Done

U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III identified himself closely with the Green New Deal during a campaign appearance this week. Kennedy appeared at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (named for his grand-uncle) at Harvard University in Cambridge on Thursday, October 10. A female freshman from Hingham asked Kennedy......

Lost Class Ring Turns Up 40 Years Later

A woman her lost her high school class ring not long after receiving it in 1979 got it back recently, thanks to a man with a metal detector. The man found the ring in Buffinton Park in Somerset on the south coast of Massachusetts. A photo of it appeared on Facebook, and the woman’s friends......

Massachusetts U.S. Senate Candidate Takes Credit for ‘First Political Ad To Feature Stripper in a Positive Light’

A new political ad featuring Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shannon Liss-Riordan highlights her work as a labor lawyer, including advocating for strippers classified as independent contractors by the clubs they work at.   Liss-Riordan has argued in court that strippers ought to be classified as employees and therefore should not have to pay shift fees......

War on Gas-Powered Cars Needed To Combat Climate Change, Environmentalists Say

Targeting motors that burn fuel and replacing them with electricity-powered mass transit, electric cars, and bikepaths are among the goals of a coalition seeking to fight climate change. The coalition, called Our Transportation Future, anticipates government-mandated caps on emissions under a framework called the Transportation and Climate Initiative. The initiative includes 12 states — Massachusetts,......