Massachusetts

Massachusetts

State of the United States of America

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, and is one of the original thirteen states. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. Over 80% of Massachusetts's population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry.

Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and maritime trade.

Plymouth was the site of the second colony in New England after Popham Colony in 1607 in what is now Maine. Plymouth was founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the Mayflower. In 1692, the town of Salem and surrounding areas experienced one of America's most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the Salem witch trials. In 1777, General Henry Knox founded the Springfield Armory, which during the Industrial Revolution catalyzed numerous important technological advances, including interchangeable parts. In 1786, Shays' Rebellion, a populist revolt led by disaffected American Revolutionary War veterans, influenced the United States Constitutional Convention. In the 18th century, the Protestant First Great Awakening, which swept the Atlantic World, originated from the pulpit of Northampton preacher Jonathan Edwards. In the late 18th century, Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the agitation there that led to the American Revolution. The entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts has played a powerful commercial and cultural role in the history of the United States. Before the American Civil War, Massachusetts was a center for the abolitionist, temperance, and transcendentalist movements. In the late 19th century, the sports of basketball and volleyball were invented in the western Massachusetts cities of Springfield and Holyoke, respectively. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage as a result of the decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Many prominent American political dynasties have hailed from the state, including the Adams and Kennedy families. Harvard University in Cambridge is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, with the largest financial endowment of any university, and Harvard Law School has educated a contemporaneous majority of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Kendall Square in Cambridge has been called "the most innovative square mile on the planet", in reference to the high concentration of entrepreneurial start-ups and quality of innovation which have emerged in the vicinity of the square since 2010. Both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also in Cambridge, have been ranked among the most highly regarded academic institutions in the world. Massachusetts' public-school students place among the top tier in the world in academic performance, and the state has been ranked as one of the top states in the United States for citizens to live in, as well as one of the most expensive.

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Joe Dwinell
October 14, 2020
Boston Herald
The MBTA is assuring state Rep. Shawn Dooley the Chinese government-owned rail company building Orange and Red line cars in Massachusetts is not using child labor to mine mica, a response the rep said falls short.
Boston Herald Wire Services
October 13, 2020
Boston Herald
One of the state's largest and most influential business groups urged Beacon Hill lawmakers on Tuesday to take tax increases off the table as they consider how to put together a state budget that accounts for major declines in revenue, but doesn't dismantle critical state services.
Associated Press
October 11, 2020
Boston Herald
Mainers got their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for recreational use, but a supply shortage was a potential buzzkill.
Erin Tiernan
October 8, 2020
Boston Herald
Convenience store owners already suffering from slow sales amid the coronavirus pandemic say a ban on menthol cigarettes has set the stage for a thriving black market "on every street corner," furthering denting their business and depriving the state of much-needed tax dollars.
Marie Szaniszlo
October 6, 2020
Boston Herald
A national coalition seeking to lift millions of tipped and sub-minimum-wage workers out of poverty amid the coronavirus pandemic joined U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday to support a bill that would give those people a living wage.
Staff And Wire Reports
October 6, 2020
Boston Herald
Cigarette sales in Massachusetts were down by 24 percent in August, according to convenience store owners, and the state has seen a nearly $32 million drop in tobacco excise taxes.
Staff And Wire Reports
October 4, 2020
Boston Herald
The parent company of Regal cinemas, which operates Massachusetts locations including the Regal MGM Springfield and Regal Fenway & RPX in Boston, is considering closure of all U.S. and U.K theaters as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Erin Tiernan
September 30, 2020
Boston Herald
People collecting less than $100 on unemployment in Massachusetts are not eligible for the most recent round of extra benefits -- "robbing" them of $1,800 in extra cash, something lawmakers are looking to change.
Marie Szaniszlo
September 29, 2020
Boston Herald
Without a COVID-19 bailout from Washington, thousands of hotels across the U.S. are in jeopardy of laying off more people or permanently closing, causing a ripple effect in related industries, according to a new survey.
State House News Service
September 28, 2020
Boston Herald
Among the top 10 industries in Massachusetts, no sector added more jobs between 2008 and 2018 than health care, according to MassEconomix data studied by the Pioneer Institute.
Rick Sobey
September 27, 2020
Boston Herald
Attorney General Maura Healey is suing a Massachusetts law firm over an alleged illegal kickback scheme, her office has announced.
William Hanage
September 27, 2020
the Guardian
Despite having evidence that test and trace is the only way to fight the virus, the UK has lost control, says the US academic Dr William Hanage
Beth Mole
September 25, 2020
Ars Technica
The licorice plant naturally contains a toxin called glycyrrhizin.
Rick Sobey
September 24, 2020
Boston Herald
As rain continues to miss much of Massachusetts, drought conditions are worsening in parts of the Bay State, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Erin Tiernan
September 23, 2020
Boston Herald
Bar service and bigger table sizes might help Massachusetts restaurants bring in a little more revenue, but some owners called the governor's latest relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, "crumbs," that won't be enough to help save their establishments from bankruptcy.
Boston Herald Wire Services
September 23, 2020
Boston Herald
Ticker: Maine lifts restrictions on travelers from Massachusetts; MIT researcher wins $1M AI prize; Median home sale approaching half-a-million
State House News Service
September 22, 2020
Boston Herald
Enrollment in MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program, has spiked by about 63,000 people since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Massachusetts in March, but the overall number of people with health insurance in Massachusetts has remained relatively stable and employer-sponsored coverage has not declined as fast as job losses might indicate.
Joe Dwinell
September 18, 2020
Boston Herald
Massachusetts is out of the basement. The state's unemployment rate was 11.3% in August -- tied with New Mexico for sixth-highest in the nation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
Staff And Wire Reports
September 17, 2020
Boston Herald
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S.
Boston Herald Wire Services
September 16, 2020
Boston Herald
Plans for a pot shop in Quincy Market are on hold for now after the property management firm for the popular downtown tourist destination issued a cease and desist letter for the cannabis retailer, city officials confirmed.
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