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LATEST NEWS FROM THE NETWORK
February 09, 2024
Is pairing police with mental health professionals actually improving outcomes for western Mass residents experiencing crises?
December 13, 2023
Climate activists agree forests aren’t the best place to build solar. So why is it still happening?
The Wired, Wired West: The Collapse of Public Internet in Easthampton and the Struggle to Connect Massachusetts’s Overlooked Communities
October 04, 2023
Easthampton’s defunct efforts to create a publicly owned utility are a case study in the challenges of bringing affordable, reliable internet to the region.
September 04, 2023
As a wave of high-profile union organizing continues to sweep across the country, including in western Massachusetts, several recent nationwide polls have found that support for unions is higher than it has been in decades.
August 21, 2023
With a population of just over 5,000, Hadley is best known, perhaps, for its asparagus. But now, the town is gaining fame outside of the region for another reason: new union organizing.
August 14, 2023
The protest came after The Shoestring published video of police tackling and pepper-spraying a 60-year-old woman.
July 14, 2023
While the true extent of the damage from this week’s floods is still emerging, it is becoming clear that socially vulnerable populations — immigrants, people of color, small-scale farmers, the unhoused — have experienced a heavy burden, mirroring longtime warnings from experts who have said that climate change will disproportionately impact those groups.
June 19, 2023
State agencies are using a controversial exemption to the public records law to redact information about the prison project.
May 25, 2023
Sen. Comerford and others hope to avoid significant disruption to local agriculture and municipal wastewater management.
May 05, 2023
Food banks across the state are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand as inflation pushes the cost of food higher and emergency aid programs initiated by the pandemic come to a close.
May 01, 2023
In a joint investigation with The Nation magazine, The Shoestring exposes safety issues present in the booming industry after a Western Massachusetts woman working in a cannabis-processing facility died on the job.