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Hope For Cuba

Pope Francis' little-known book outlines his views about Cuban society.

Cuban cigars

Not So Fast!

Cuban cigars won't be as readily available as you might think.

Castro Leads Massive Anti-U.S. Demo

Where’s Fidel?

Amid the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person is conspicuously absent.

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Pope Francis
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Little-Known Book By Pope Outlines Views, Hopes For Cuba

A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — provides new insight into Francis' views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that shaped his behind-the-scenes role in helping bring about the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Cuban cigars
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Cuban Cigar Boom? Stores And Customers Say Not Yet

The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about business.

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Winter Date Ideas

Believe it or not, winter is here as of Sunday, December 21st! Before you head out for date night with your significant other, make sure you take a look at this list for some inspiration. Some of these should be done before Christmas, but you still have a few days to fit them in

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Mary Higgins Clark
Bernard Vidal

The Cinderella Murder Reveals Who Has The Missing Shoe [REVIEW]

I have not read a book by Mary Higgins Clark in quite some time. So I really didn't know what to expect when reading The Cinderella Murder. However, I did enjoy Clark's latest for its methodical plotting.

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Photo From Southcoast Health
Photo From Southcoast Health

“Topping Off” Ceremony In Dartmouth

Acadia Healthcare and Southcoast Health held a topping off ceremony Thursday for a $30 million behavorial health hospital in Dartmouth.

The new CEO of the venture, Bill Parsons, says the hospital is urgently needed in the Southcoast, where currently mental health facilities are overhwhelmed

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Ernestina-Morrissey Restoration About To Begin

City leaders and benefactors are hoping for smooth sailing for the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey in the years ahead.

More than 50 supporters of the vessel gathered at the Whaling Museum Thursday to mark the start of a $6 million restoration project, funded by the state and private doners

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Additional Arrests Made Related To Boston Marathon Bombing
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Tsarnaev’s Lawyer Will Seek Delay In Trial

A lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says the defense plans to ask to delay the start of his trial.

Attorney David Bruck told the judge during Tsarnaev's final pretrial conference Thursday that the defense plans to soon file a motion for a continuance

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Matt Camara TSM
Matt Camara TSM

Alves Proposes Lottery Ticket To Help Pay For Southcoast Rail

New Bedford City Councilor David Alves wants the state to establish a lottery ticket to help raise money to pay for the Southcoast Rail Project.

Alves is proposing that the tickets be sold in Eastern Massachusetts only, but he says if state lawmakers from our region could muster the support for a statewide ticket, he wouldn't be opposed

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Carrot Cake
Leslie Banks

Kathleen Place Phillips’ Holiday Carrot Cake [RECIPE]

My wonderful wife doesn't wait till the holiday season to make a carrot cake.  She can "whip one up" any time of the year and no one complains.  To me, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting seems like a good thing on Christmas.

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Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Rajon Rondo Traded To Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks traded for Rajon Rondo
on Thursday, dealing three players and two draft picks to the
Boston Celtics for the All- Star point guard, according to multiple
reports.

The Mavericks landed Rondo amid reports the Celtics were talking to
several other teams about a possible trade, including the Houston
Rockets

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Sweet Potato Spoon Bread
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Jathan Fink’s Sweet Potato Spoon Bread [RECIPE]

There's little I enjoy more than having a noisy house full of guests, laughing over a delicious, special meal. From the very first time I prepared my sweet potato spoon bread, I realized that this was a dish that would keep the crowd clamoring for more.

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University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

UMass President Leaving For Post In Maryland

University of Massachusetts president Robert Caret is leaving to become the chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by James Shea, chairman of the USM Board of Regents

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Governor’s Council Approves 3 Clemency Requests

The Governor's Council has commuted the sentence of a former Brockton woman and granted pardons to two other people, marking the first clemency votes in Massachusetts in more than a decade.

The eight-member council voted 6-2 on Wednesday to approve Gov

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Dzhokar Tsarnaev / FBI Photo
Dzhokar Tsarnaev / FBI Photo

Tsarnaev Due In Court Thursday

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan

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