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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Erin Tiernan
July 6, 2020
Boston Herald
Add movie theaters, gyms, casinos and museums to the list of businesses open as of Monday as the Massachusetts economy reopens amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meghan Ottolini
July 2, 2020
Boston Herald
The holiday weekend may be without fireworks on the Esplanade, but there are still plenty of safe ways to celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts this weekend. Here's a quick guide to what's open for business, and what's off limits for the Fourth of July:
Boston Herald Wire Services
July 2, 2020
Boston Herald
Updated travel guidance in Massachusetts bodes well for business this summer on Cape Cod, where officials are observing pent-up demand for getaways.
Meghan Ottolini
July 1, 2020
Boston Herald
Boston landmark Quincy Market is open for business after being closed for three months during the Massachusetts coronavirus surge.
By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
July 1, 2020
Mail Online
Residents in Northampton, Massachusetts are mobilizing to try and prevent the city from turning the archeological site of 10,000-year-old village into a $3.8 million traffic roundabout.
Erin Tiernan
June 30, 2020
Boston Herald
Gov. Charlie Baker said he's "still looking at the data" to determine when the state will roll out phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan -- which could start as early as Monday.
Erin Tiernan
June 30, 2020
Boston Herald
Travelers coming to Massachusetts from Northeastern states less-affected by coronavirus are now "exempt" from a two-week self-quarantine advisory, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.
Jonathan Shieber
June 29, 2020
TechCrunch
As COVID-19 cases in the US continue to spike and doctors and researchers try to marshal any and all technological resources to help patients, understand the disease, and fight off the spread of the epidemic, one startup that monitors and evaluates medical device technology is offering its services for free so doctors can understand the [...]
Boston Herald Wire Services
June 28, 2020
Boston Herald
Black executives and other corporate leaders of color in Massachusetts have launched a social justice fund to support minority communities. The goal of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund is to provide "essential support, resources and thought leadership for uncovering and dismantling systemic racism and all of its various and insidious forms," [...]
Staff And Wire Reports
June 25, 2020
Boston Herald
The number of laid-off workers seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely fell last week, and the reopening of small businesses has leveled off -- evidence that the job market's gains may have stalled just as a surge in coronavirus cases is endangering an economic recovery. "There has been no real decline in weekly claims the past [...]
Mark Terry
June 9, 2020
BioSpace
In a regulatory filing, Royalty Pharma indicated plans to offer 70 million shares of stock at a target price range of $25 to $28 per share, which would result in raising up to $1.96 billion for its initial public offering.
Jason G. Goldman
June 7, 2020
Scientific American
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Sean Philip Cotter, Alexi Cohan
June 6, 2020
Boston Herald
Stores and restaurants can begin serving customers on site on Monday as "Phase 2" of Massachusetts' reopening from coronavirus shutdowns begins.
Howie Carr
June 4, 2020
Boston Herald
Did you see those headlines about the "91 economists" who wrote a letter to the kleptocrats at the State House demanding a 20% tax hike to keep the hackerama humming?
Staff And Wire Reports
June 4, 2020
Boston Herald
Nearly 1.9 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that while many employers are still cutting jobs, the gradual reopening of businesses has slowed the pace of layoffs.
Rowan Walrath
June 3, 2020
AmericanInno
It's an interesting time to be a person on the move.
Associated Press
May 31, 2020
Boston Herald
A statewide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, is set to take effect in Massachusetts on Monday.
Michael Ruiz
May 28, 2020
Fox News
Bald eagle numbers in Massachusetts have soared so far in 2020, according to state wildlife officials.
Associated Press
May 28, 2020
Boston Herald
Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much.
Reuters Editorial
May 28, 2020
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Novartis's gene therapy unit AveXis has signed a manufacturing deal to help produce a novel genetic COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed by U.S. researchers in Massachusetts, a spokeswoman for the Swiss drugmaker confirmed on Thursday.
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