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  1. UMass Medical School research spending hit $280MRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 29, 2018 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Research spending at the University of Massachusetts hit a record $670 million during fiscal year 2017, up about 6 percent from the previous year, according to data released this week by the state system. Research spending at UMass Medical School in Worcester totaled nearly $280 million during 2017, up more than 10 percent over the previous year, UMass said.


  2. Table Hoppin': Waffles, more at Worcester's Blue Shades Posted atRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 29, 2018 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    When Samuel Cheng opened Blue Shades at 256 Park Ave., Worcester, he envisioned it as a place where you could go to grab a great cup of coffee, enjoy a waffle or treat yourself to some other to-go snack. Blue Shades opened in November 2017, attracting passers-by with its large inflatable waffle hanging at the entrance.


  3. By 37-0 vote, Chandler is Mass. Senate president until '19Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2018 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    The Senate on Thursday voted 37-0 to drop the "acting" from Sen. Harriette Chandler's title and install her as the chamber's president for the remainder of this legislative session, which runs until next January. Chandler has been holding the post on an acting basis since Former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg stepped aside from the presidency in December amid an investigation into whether he broke Senate rules in connection with allegations that his husband, Bryon Hefner, sexually harassed and assaulted men with ties to Beacon Hill and exercised influence on Senate business.


  4. 100 students get meningitis vaccine at UMass AmherstRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2017 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Two University of Massachusetts Amherst students hospitalized to treat a potentially deadly meningococcal disease have a strain of the illness students are generally not vaccinated for. "We have received confirmation that the diagnosis for the second student is Serogroup B. This is a confirmation that UHS had anticipated," University Health Services Executive Director George Corey said in an email to campus on Wednesday.


  5. Rosenberg: Towns restricting pot sales may change their tuneRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 15, 2017 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Responding to concerns that a wave of facility bans and moratoria might hold the recreational marijuana industry back, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Wednesday he expects many of the 100-plus cities and towns that have imposed some type of restriction on cannabis commerce within their borders will ultimately host some aspect of the new industry. A lot of the municipalities that have restricted marijuana business "just want to get it right" and are waiting to see how the Cannabis Control Commission writes the rules for the nascent industry, Rosenberg said at the Massachusetts Marijuana Summit hosted by State House News Service, citing the "go slow" approach his hometown Amherst is taking.


  6. Holden lawyer William Ritter nominated for judgeshipRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 2, 2017 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr. has nominated lawyer William J. Ritter of Holden to be an associate justice of the state Superior Court. "The depth of Attorney Ritter's three decades of experience in litigation matters will serve the attorneys and litigants in the Superior Court.


  7. Mass. celebrates 40 years of keeping farmland openRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 25, 2017 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    SOUTH DEERFIELD – Forty years ago, in the face of intense development pressure, Gov. Francis W. Sargent and the state Legislature created the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Act to stem the loss of farms and prime farmland. State and federal officials celebrated the APR program's 40th anniversary Friday, touring farms in the Connecticut River Valley, surveying the broad expanse of protected acreage from the summit of Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation.


  8. Harvard Forest study: Global warming could let soil release more carbon into airRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 6, 2017 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    One of the regular complaints of climate change doubters and skeptics is that scientific projections of a dire future are too heavily based on computer simulations, or models, which - they say - rest on a variety of questionable assumptions. But a major climate change study published Thursday relied not on models but experimental data - a 26-year record of observations - to reach a conclusion perhaps just as worrying.


  9. Timber Yard plans to build family-friendly beer establishment in East Brookfield Updated atRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 30, 2017 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    EAST BROOKFIELD - Matthew Zarif wants people to know that the proposed Timber Yard Brewing Co. that he co-owns is not a bar.


  10. More women's colleges open doors to transgender studentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 5, 2017 | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Until last year, Ninotska Love would have been barred from attending Wellesley College. She's an accomplished student who has persevered through hardship, but under longstanding rules, the college would have rejected her.


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