Massachusetts Politicians Praise Senate Bill Protecting Same-Sex Marriage — Massachusetts

More than seven years since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, the United States Senate passed legislation protecting same-sex marriage on Tuesday and will move to the House of Representatives for a final vote. A version of the Respect for Marriage Act was previously voted down by 50 House Republicans and all Democrats, Politico reported. … Read more

Greenleaf dispensary in Portsmouth to legalize cannabis sales on December 1 — Massachusetts

PORTSMOUTH – Aquidneck Islanders will no longer have to cross the Massachusetts border to legally purchase marijuana when Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center and other Rhode Island locations begin recreational sales on Dec. 1. Under Rhode Island’s cannabis law, the dispensary successfully applied for a “hybrid retail permit” that allows a licensed compassion center to sell … Read more

One party rule main reason for voter withdrawal — Massachusetts

Whether due to the lack of contested races or confusion over the new redistricting, the majority of Lowell voters stayed home on Election Day. Despite a higher-than-expected voter turnout in Massachusetts in the Nov. 8 election, Lowell recorded the third-lowest turnout in the state. While turnout in Massachusetts topped 51%, only 29.7% of Lowell’s registered … Read more

Boston, Massachusetts must act on home heating changes — Massachusetts

But we don’t install enough of them. We need to move an additional half million homes in Massachusetts to heat pumps by 2030 to meet the state’s climate goals. In a recently published Boston Foundation report assessing Boston’s climate action, decarbonization researcher Michael Walsh and I found that both Boston and Massachusetts are significantly behind … Read more

Students need to rethink where they get their news – Massachusetts Daily Collegian — Massachusetts

Students don’t know much about local news anymore Michelle Williams/Daily Collegian (2010) During the recent election, I found myself searching for information on the Massachusetts ballot. I knew nothing about the people running for governor or any of the questions. I felt left out of the loop and disappointed in myself for not getting involved … Read more

Massachusetts Daily Collegian | Pulling back the curtain: UMass alum Dennis McNally’s life before, after and with the Grateful Dead — Massachusetts

The human experience is a funny thing. Some are born kings, ruling from a throne. Some travel across hot deserts on camel backs to earn a living. Others wear business suits and work for the corporate sphere. And some experience something else entirely. Few can tell a story that encompasses so many aspects of the … Read more

Mass attendance at the National Day of Mourning – Working World — Massachusetts

Plymouth, Massachusetts November 24, Plymouth, Massachusetts. WW PHOTO: Rachel Jones Kisha James (Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota), co-chief of the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), opened the rally by telling the story of NDOM, which was founded in 1970 by her grandfather, the late Wamsutta Frank James. Kisha James quoted a description of … Read more

New ‘anti-racism task force’ at elite Massachusetts college to ‘tackle’ racial bias — Massachusetts

The administration formed the task force in response to various incidents carried out by unknown persons Williams College in Massachusetts is creating a new “anti-racism task force” to address recent and past incidents on campus with anti-bias strategies and institutional changes. Maud Mandel, president of the elite liberal arts college, announced the creation of the … Read more

With federal money available, East-West Railroad Commission plans first hearing on Boston-Springfield passenger service — Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD — The Western Massachusetts Passenger Rail Commission — formed this summer to create a permanent body to manage and enhance passenger rail through the region — will host its first meeting Dec. 9 in Pittsfield. The meeting at 11 a.m. is at the Berkshire Innovation Center, 45 Woodlawn Ave., according to a recent official … Read more

Retiring in Massachusetts is attractive, but it can be expensive — Massachusetts

By Sharon LongoContributing Writer Lenox’s small-town charm and Berkshire hills setting are plenty for retirees interested in relocating to the western part of the state. REGION – Massachusetts has its pros and cons for retirement here. Some evidence suggests it’s an expensive option, which comes as no surprise to those who have spent their working … Read more