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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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Associated Press
March 28, 2020
Boston Herald
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) -- An environmental nonprofit group with offices in Maine and Massachusetts has picked a veteran member of the sustainability movement as its new president.
Stefan Geller
March 24, 2020
Boston Herald
Multiple grocery store chains across Massachusetts are installing plexiglass barriers at checkout counters in order to protect both cashiers and customers from the spread of coronavirus.
Boston Herald Wire Services
March 22, 2020
Boston Herald
Grocery stories giving temporary wage hikes during pandemic Workers at Shaws, Stop & Shop and other grocery chains across the Northeast are getting temporary pay raises as stores struggle to keep up with demand during the coronavirus pandemic. The Stop & Shop chain announced Saturday that workers will get a 10% raise and two extra [...]
Lisa Kashinsky, Sean Philip Cotter
March 21, 2020
Boston Herald
Click here to read more about how restaurants and alcoholic establishments struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus outbreak are getting creative with gimmicks they hope will keep their customers coming -- and spread some joy in a dark time.
Boston Herald staff
March 17, 2020
Boston Herald
Are all restaurants in Massachusetts closed? Can people still go to local bars? What's the max public gathering size? Are there any changes to the MBTA services? Do you know the answers to these frequently asked questions? Take our quiz to test your knowledge on the latest coronavirus rules and regulations here in Massachusetts.
Boston Herald Wire Services
March 16, 2020
Boston Herald
Massachusetts gas prices dropping Concerns about the coronavirus as well as an ongoing crude price war has helped drive Massachusetts gas prices down, AAA Northeast said Monday. The organization's latest price survey found self-serve, regular selling for an average of $2.29 per gallon, 7 cents lower than the week-ago price. The Massachusetts price is 4 [...]
Joe Dwinell
March 16, 2020
Boston Herald
The biotech giant Biogen, now linked to 100 cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, is kicking in $10 million to "support the global response" to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary Markos
March 16, 2020
Boston Herald
Gov. Charlie Baker announced a $10 million small business recovery loan fund for small businesses that are impacted by COVID-19, after meeting with Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Baker, in a news conference Monday, urged schools to close, crowds to keep below 25 people and others to social distance as much [...]
Stefan Geller
March 14, 2020
Boston Herald
Casinos across the state, including Encore Boston Harbor, will be closing for at least two weeks in response to the spread of coronavirus, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Saturday morning.
Erin Tiernan
March 12, 2020
Boston Herald
Boston's most important industries are coming to a grinding halt amid an escalating coronavirus crisis, and with the Boston Marathon next on the chopping block, economists and business industry experts say the virus has the potential to send Boston's economy into a recession. "Boston will feel it," said Mark Williams, a banking and risk management [...]
Joe Dwinell
March 10, 2020
Boston Herald
The coronavirus toll linked to a Biogen management meeting in Boston has now jumped to 32 people infected in Massachusetts -- with an investment bank in New York City alerting hundreds more about the viral risk.
Alexi Cohan, Marie Szaniszlo
March 9, 2020
Boston Herald
Technology businesses in Boston and across Massachusetts feeling the impact of coronavirus are suspending travel, limiting visitors and offering work-from-home opportunities to keep employees safe as cases in the state continue to climb.
Rick Sobey
February 27, 2020
Boston Herald
As coronavirus spreads around the globe, thousands of gamer enthusiasts from across the world made their annual trek to Boston for the PAX East convention on Thursday in the wake of Sony pulling out because of virus concerns.
Mary Markos
February 27, 2020
Boston Herald
Critics are blasting the cost of living increase that would accompany gas tax hikes, boosted fees for ride-hailing services and costs to corporations laid out in a House proposal to rake in over a half a billion taxpayer dollars to fix the state's transportation woes.
Chris Kirkham
February 25, 2020
U.S.
A group of 39 state attorneys general on Tuesday announced an investigation into Juul Labs Inc's marketing practices, adding to mounting legal and regulatory problems for the e-cigarette maker over its role in the nation's youth vaping epidemic.
By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline
February 24, 2020
Mail Online
The bomb squad took Spot to a Walmart in Westboro, Massachusetts after employees spotted a suspicious looking 'old brown briefcase' abandoned on a bin in the car park.
State House News Service
February 23, 2020
Boston Herald
Resisting calls to delay his plan, new regulations affecting broker-dealers in Massachusetts will take effect March 6, after a filing by Secretary of State William Galvin.
Beth Mole
February 13, 2020
Ars Technica
Juul also helped underage consumers get around age restrictions, lawsuit alleges.
Alexi Cohan
February 13, 2020
Boston Herald
Attorney General Maura Healey is suing e-cigarette and vaping giant Juul for "creating a youth vaping epidemic."
Jonathan Shieber
February 12, 2020
TechCrunch
A lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general includes new details about how the company intentionally marketed illegally to teens, including advertising on websites for Seventeen Magazine, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. The suit from Attorney General Maura Healey makes good on the 2018 announcement from her office that she would investigate the company's [...]
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