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Casting about for a new pastime during the pandemic? With magnet fishing, ‘It’s all about the find’

Magnet fishing, which mixes an environmental impulse to remove trash with a zeal for seeking sunken treasure, has also attracted the interest of regulators.

Air quality and ventilation issues trip up school reopenings across Massachusetts

Across Massachusetts, the coronavirus pandemic has shined a spotlight on school air quality.

At Mass. schools, officials face challenges brought on by COVID-19 early in year

Monomoy Regional High School reported its first case of COVID-19 less than a week after the school year began -- and has asked more than 80 students and staff to quarantine, according to the superintendent Sunday.

On the menu in the Berkshires, a recipe for renewal and homespun recovery

At Pleasant and Main Café in Housatonic, Craig Bero is cooking for a community -- and the community is giving right back.

15 new deaths, 340 new cases due to COVID-19 Sunday, state reports

Massachusetts’s health department reported new deaths due to COVID-19 Saturday, along with new confirmed cases of the virus.

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Benjamin Frankin Institute of Technology and Wentworth are talking merger -- in secret

The negotiations are so hush-hush that board members are bound by nondisclosure agreements while the deal is being hammered out. What a merger would do to the pending sale and move to Roxbury is unclear.

Robert Gore, company president and inventor of Gore-Tex, dies at 83

In October of 1969, Robert Gore was a chemical engineer performing low-tech experiments. With one frustrated jerk in motion on a heated material, he discovered the basis for a fabric that's become ubiquitous in rain protection.

Massachusetts firefighters to return Sunday from Oregon deployment

A team of 25 Massachusetts firefighters are scheduled to return Sunday evening from a five-day deployment to helping authorities in Oregon, who are battling major wildfires.

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Prayer amid pandemic: As Rosh Hashanah approaches, Jews adjust to worshiping in ways that keep them safe

“Judaism has always evolved," said Rabbi Laura Abrasley of Temple Shalom in Newton. "We may be at another crossroads.”

Should Massachusetts extend its eviction moratorium for another year?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Baker administration calls for changes to allow more defendants to be held without bail

The state’s public safety and security secretary urged the Legislature to allow prosecutors to ask that a defendant be held indefinitely — until his or her case is over — rather than for the current limit of 180 days for Superior Court and 120 days in District Court.

Bounty from Beverly Farms traffic island feeds many people in need

John Fallon grows vegetables on a traffic island in Beverly Farms and donates them to local food pantries, homeless shelters, and other organizations that serve low-income families.

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