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Lockdown rhyme draws attention in Somerville

Boston Herald A mother who visited her soon-to-be kindergartner’s classroom in Somerville this week tweeted her shock over a sing-song nursery rhyme teaching kids how to respond in a lockdown — which city leaders are defending as a sober reminder … Continue reading

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Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

New York Times High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky. Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling … Continue reading

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Hyperbaric healing

WCAX 3 COLCHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) At first look, you may think it’s something you’d find at NASA’s headquarters or even in a “Star Wars” film. But there’s someone inside the strange-looking device healing. It’s a hyperbaric chamber. The concept has been … Continue reading

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In The Market For A Free House? Rutland And GMP Team Up For House Giveaway Contest

VPR – by Nina Keck In Rutland, demolition crews began tearing down a dilapidated three-story dwelling which will soon be replaced with a brand-new 1,500-square foot, energy-efficient New England-style farmhouse. And if all goes according to plan, it’ll be given … Continue reading

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Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home

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Leaders to Decide if Gun Control Bills Will Be Considered This Session

Maine Public In the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shootings last week, Democrats in the Maine Legislature are hoping to introduce a number of last-minute gun control bills next week, including a ban on “bump stocks,” devices that are … Continue reading

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The Round Scar Generation – How a Vaccine Defined a Generation

Appalachian Magazine If you were born prior to the 1970s, chances are you belong to an exclusive club known as the “Round Scar Generation”. Most likely, there is a round scar on your upper left arm that came as a … Continue reading

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In Less Than A Week, Scott And Lawmakers Put Gun Control Bills On Fast Track

VPN For decades gun control has been the third rail of Vermont politics — but almost overnight that appears to have changed — and recent events in Vermont and beyond have put gun legislation on a fast track in Montpelier. … Continue reading

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Philadelphia DA names staffer to protect immigrant rights

WITF (Philadelphia) — Philadelphia’s district attorney has created a new position to protect immigrants trying to navigate the criminal justice system. Larry Krasner says the office’s new immigration counsel will help people move through the system without facing “disproportionate consequences,” … Continue reading

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Vermont House Gives Initial Approval On Tougher Enforcement Of Seat Belt Law

Vermont Public Radio The Vermont House has given strong initial support to a highway safety bill that includes the primary enforcement of Vermont’s seat belt law. Under current law, a driver must be pulled over for a different traffic offense … Continue reading

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U.S. Border Patrol Checks on Buses Increasing Across Maine

Maine Public The U.S. Border Patrol is running daily citizenship checks on buses traveling from Fort Kent toward the state’s interior and making periodic checks on buses originating in Bangor. Civil rights advocates say these checks may be in violation … Continue reading

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Maine Court Turns Back LePage Limits on Food Stamps for Immigrants

Maine Public – by Fred Bever The Maine Supreme Court has turned back an attempt by Gov. Paul LePage to limit welfare benefits for some immigrants. The case was brought forward by Euphrem Manirakiza, an asylum seeker from Burundi who … Continue reading

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Story Of Bangor Native Who Survived Waco Siege Told In New TV Miniseries

Maine Public – by Emily Burnham The story of the Bangor native who survived the siege and assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in April 1993 will be told in a new six-episode miniseries, “Waco,” that premieres tonight. The … Continue reading

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Construction Company Bondeko Strives to be an Inclusive and Welcoming Work Force

Maine Public – by Caroline Losneck The Portland-based construction and renovation company Bondeko actively trains and hires immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Orson Horchler, who started the company two years ago, says the word Bondeko is from Lingala, a Bantu … Continue reading

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Lawmakers To Study Proposed 925-Bed Corrections Complex In Northwest Vermont

VPR – by Bob Kinzel Key legislative leaders say a new proposal by the Scott Administration to build a multi-purpose 925-bed prison in Franklin County is an ambitious plan that deserves a comprehensive review. One of the biggest questions about … Continue reading

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Thousands Of Mainers Vie For 11 Licenses To Fish Baby Eels

Maine Public – by Bill Trotter More than 3,000 Mainers are vying for one of just 11 new baby eel fishing licenses that Maine will issue this year as it reopens the lucrative fishery. The Maine Department of Marine Resources … Continue reading

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Martha Stewart heading to the ‘Doomsday’ Arctic seed vault

Daily Mail Who else would have access to the best stocked pantry in the world but Martha Stewart? The lifestyle guru is inviting a member of the public to join her on the first ever expedition to the ‘doomsday’ Svalbard … Continue reading

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For Undocumented Workers On Vermont Farms, 2017 Was A Year Filled With Anxiety

VPR – by John Dillon An escalation in immigration enforcement over the past year has brought a new level of anxiety for the several thousand migrant farm workers living in Vermont. For the first time since 2010, arrests and detentions by the … Continue reading

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Residents fled gun violence at a Pittsburgh public housing project. But refugees are still moving in.

DPR When Bill Gandy was growing up in Northview Heights in the 1970s and 80s, no one had to show identification to get in. But now there are armed guards and 200 security cameras dotted around this sprawling, isolated public … Continue reading

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Security Tab For Top Officials’ Israeli Visits Tops $150,000

Texas Public Radio Israel has long been a focal point in international policy for Texas Republican lawmakers. Several current Texas officials have traveled to the country. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick even got baptized in the Jordan River. But Peggy Fikac, Austin bureau chief … Continue reading

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