New England News

NORTHAMPTON, MA – Joel Dorius was a professor at Smith College until 1960 when he, along with two other professors, was forced out following an arrest for possession of gay pornography. He was later exonerated and the case is considered an early civil rights victory for homosexuals. Dorius died last week, and WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff looks back at the incident and the man.

Great Barrington, MA – A site once home to the Great Barrington fairgrounds may host a 570,000 square-foot mixed-use development including a 100-room hotel just west of the heart of the downtown.

Washington – Massachusetts Democratic Congressman John Olver has joined a group of 26 House Democrats calling for a possible impeachment inquiry to see if there are grounds to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush. The group wants to investigate whether Bush manipulated pre-Iraq war intelligence regarding Saddam Hussein's possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Olver this morning;

Stamford, VT – The longest serving principal in Vermont's Windham Southwest Supervisory Union, and one of the longest serving principals in the state, died earlier this month.
Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports on the legacy Leo Ethier left for Stamford, Vermont:

NORTHAMPTON, MA – New England Watershed magazine is a new arrival to the region. The bi-monthly publication seeks to serve ideas and images to northeastern readers, and plans to stay rooted in the landscape of the Connecticut River Valley where the magazine is based.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke with the magazine's founder.

Burlington, VT – The Burlington City Council will vote tonight on a counter resolution to a resolution that will appear on the Town Meeting Day Ballot. Those who crafted the anti-war measure believe the city is ceding to pressure from the military, while the city says says it is acknowledging the economic importance of an Air Guard base. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

BOSTON, MA – It's illegal to use a handheld cellphone while driving in New York and Connecticut. Will Massachusetts be next?

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Montpelier, VT – A new report from the Vermont Housing Finance Agency paints a dismal picture of home accessibility for the average Vermonter. Housing costs continued to climb in the state last year, but fewer Vermonters can afford the increase. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont is one of the first states to move forward to implement initiatives included in an agreement between the northeast states to combat global warming. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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