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Support is growing for a new constitutional convention, one that could fundamentally change the nature of America. So far 19 states have signed onto this project. If another 15 join them, the total would meet the Fifth Amendment’s requirement for constitutional tinkering.

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For Boston subway riders, it seems every week brings a new tale of transit woe. There have been runaway trains, subway cars belching smoke and fire, fatal accidents, rush hour trains running on weekend schedules and brand-new subway cars pulled from service. The situation has stretched the nerves of riders, prompted a probe by the Federal Transit Administration and worried political leaders. One of the more maddening failures came in June when the MBTA temporarily sidelined all its new Orange and Red Line cars. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says despite the troubles, the vast majority of trips end without drama.

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A former dean at a Boston high school who was known affectionately by students as “Rev” has been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $10 million in damages to a former student he tried to kill in a dispute over drug sales. The default judgment Friday against former English High School Dean Shaun Harrison includes more than $80,000 for the victim’s medical bills. Authorities say Harrison led a double life, working at a school while hiding gang ties. The victim, who had been recruited by Harrison to sell marijuana, was 17 when he was shot in March 2015.

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Temperatures at Boston's Logan Airport hit a record high for the day Thursday as coastal New England struggled with severe drought. The National Weather Service says the temperature at the airport reached 97 degrees, beating Boston's previous record for the day, set in 1928. The agency also released a report showing severe drought conditions throughout Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and along the coasts of New Hampshire and southern Maine. Boston declared a heat emergency as officials opened cooling stations and encouraged residents to check on neighbors and elderly loved ones.

Temporary cumulative school records for students who graduated from Hoosac Valley High School with the class of 2015, and the records of students who received special education services from the Hoosac Valley Regional School District and withdrew, graduated, transferred or were released from services during the 2014-2015 school year, will be destroyed after Sept. 16.

The inaugural Hilltown History Trail in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Hilltown historical societies in Ashfield, Buckland, Cummington, Plainfield, and Shelburne Falls will open their museum doors to the public for a free day of exploring.


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