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As Massachusetts starts the third phase of its economic reopening, the head of the Mass. Teachers Association on Sunday said the state's largest teachers union would prepare its own, phased-in plan for returning to school in the fall.

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a dramatic expansion of mail-in and early voting in Massachusetts into law today, giving all voters who wish to do so the ability to cast a ballot via mail without needing to qualify for an absentee ballot.

More than 350 elephants have mysteriously died in Botswana — and conservationists don’t know why. Their massive impact on the environment and cultural importance to humanity makes elephants “a species that we cannot afford to lose,” @NiallPMcCann  says.

“Say I’m Dead” prompts readers to confront their own preconceptions about race and identity, writes critic @Jwills1 .

In Fairfax, parents and students are being given a choice: Go back to the classroom, or stay remote. It’s possible that what they choose will be at odds with what teachers want, educator Becca Ferrick says.

Many colleges have gone test optional, college counselor Lisa Micele says. Now is the time to ask schools directly, read their admissions website and call them.

Listen: The story of the greatest Negro Leagues pitcher of all time, a religious cult that brought thousands of people to the American Midwest and a mystery that took over 40 years to solve.

@SenWarren @SenMarkey  an @RepMaloney  released a blistering report on COVID-19 in assisted living facilities this week. Among the findings: That residents tested positive at rate approximately five times higher than the national average.

"There's something about wars and depressions and pandemics that are like X-rays of the society that you live in," @lawrence_wright  says. "It allows you to see all the way through to the faults." Listen:


The Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Friday that their reservation will be disestablished and their land taken out of trust.

OPINION: "The whole idea that taxing super rich people will damage the economy, it turns out, is a myth perpetrated by … really rich people," writes . cc:

WBUR is out with a new poll of New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary voters this morning: ?️ 29% Sanders ?️ 17% Buttigieg ?️ 14% Biden ?️: 13% Warren ?️ 6% Klobuchar ?️ 5% Yang ?️ 5% Gabbard ?️ 2% Steyer ?️ 1% or less for others

VIDEO: Five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" which asks all of us to consider America's long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans. WATCH:

Massachusetts now has the lowest COVID-19 transmission rate of any state in the country, according to a website that has been compiling state data and tracking transmission trends.

The Massachusetts House has voted to repeal a series of antiquated state laws, including an 1845 ban on abortion:

The statue of Christopher Columbus was beheaded overnight — here’s some video of the scene from @RLubb :

"The Mueller report makes painfully clear that our President obstructed justice on multiple occasions," @RepJoeKennedy  says:

6 million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100lbs lived in the wooded wetlands of China's Yunnan province: