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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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September 21, 2021
BOSTON (AP) -- The pandemic has taken a toll on the test scores of Massachusetts students, according to statewide MCAS test results from the spring 2021 exam released Tuesday by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Paige Minemyer
September 16, 2021
Cityblock Health is expanding its Massachusetts collaboration with Tufts Health Plan, the provider startup announced.
Dave Muoio
September 9, 2021
Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry. Please submit the good news--or the bad--from your shop, and we will feature it here at the end of each week.
September 6, 2021
CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) -- There's no ominous music, no telltale fin breaking the surface as the powerful silhouette of a great white shark glides alongside the small tour boat off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Richard Luscombe
August 30, 2021
the Guardian
Expert marvels at 'biggest smorgasbord a shark could dream of' but researchers monitor unusual mortality event among humpbacks
August 28, 2021
Nearly two dozen clean energy companies and researchers around Massachusetts are sharing more than $2.6 million in grants to support clean energy innovation and technology development, according to the governor's office.
August 27, 2021
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a requirement that students at the University of Massachusetts campuses in Boston and Lowell be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to return to campus.
Michael Sainato
August 27, 2021
the Guardian
Uber, Lyft and other companies fighting Massachusetts lawsuit that would grant workers status as employees
Kyle LaHucik
August 25, 2021
If you're going to call one state home, make it Massachusetts, says a host of biopharma startups that raised an eye-popping $4.3 billion in venture capital cash in just one quarter. The first quarter haul for the New England state is close to the $5.8 billion record set for all of 2020 and makes the first three months of this year the third-highest funding total on record, surpassing the bronze spot notched in 2017.
Christi Carras
August 20, 2021
Los Angeles Times
BTS, Garth Brooks and Stevie Nicks are among the musical acts who have nixed tour dates as the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads.
August 17, 2021
New data released by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) found that the medical technology (medtech) industry is a critically important employer in Massachusetts and contributes millions of dollars to state revenues and payroll taxes. AdvaMed commissioned a new economic research report by Macro Policy Advisors to study the industry's economic impact on states across the country, and the results were overwhelmingly positive for Massachusetts. The removal of the tax o...
August 15, 2021
The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that all the counties in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts are the sites of high or substantial transmission of COVID-19. The rise of transmission in the two states mirrors a nationwide and regional trend. Some health authorities are recommending that vaccinated people go back to wearing masks indoors in areas of high or substantial transmission. That includes almost all of New England.
August 15, 2021
BOSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that all the counties in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts are the sites of high or substantial transmission of COVID-19. The rise of transmission in the two states mirrors a nationwide and regional trend. Some health authorities are recommending that vaccinated [...]
August 12, 2021
BOSTON (AP) -- The latest winner of Massachusetts' $1 million VaxMillions Giveaway lottery plans to use the money to help his children pay for college, the governor's office said Thursday.The winner of the $300,000 college scholarship grant will only be in the eighth grade in the new school year, but already has her sights set on a career in medicine, according to a statement.
August 5, 2021
BOSTON (AP) -- An employee of a small publishing and software company and a high school student studying automotive technology are the latest winners of the state's VaxMillions Giveaway lottery, state officials said Thursday.
Rebecca Bellan
August 4, 2021
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi expressed his support Wednesday for a ballot initiative in Massachusetts that would keep gig economy workers classified as independent contractors, fulfilling a promise he made nearly a year ago to push for laws that preserve its business model. "In the state of Massachusetts, we think the right answer is our IC+ [...]
Kate Conger
August 4, 2021
The ballot proposal mirrors an initiative that the companies proposed last year in California. They ultimately prevailed in exempting their workers from a law that would have effectively classified them as employees.
Kirsten Korosec
August 3, 2021
A coalition of app-based ride-hailing and on-demand delivery companies including Lyft, Uber, Doordash and Instacart have filed a petition for a ballot initiative in Massachusetts that would keep gig economy workers classified as independent contractors as the industry takes a fight it won in California on the road. The ballot measure proposed by the Massachusetts [...]
Associated Press
July 31, 2021
Taiwan News
Study: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as others | 2021-07-31 08:44:57
July 30, 2021
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
An outbreak in Provincetown -- a seaside tourist spot on Cape Cod in the county with Massachusetts' highest vaccination rate -- has so far included more than 900 cases.


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