Starting on Oct. 1, prospective college students will be able to access and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — commonly known as FAFSA — for the 2017-18 school year. That’s three months earlier than the usual date and is part of an initiative by the Obama Administration to provide timely financial aid information to high school students and their families. U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. spoke with us about how exactly this decision will help. On the issue this...
The Red Sox and their fans will celebrate the legacy of David Ortiz during the teams final regular season series, which begins Friday night at Fenway Park.The day the baseball player known as Big Papi became a Boston legend is easy to pinpoint: Oct. 18, 2004.[Youtube]Just after midnight, Ortiz hit a walk-off home run to prevent the Sox from being swept by the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.Then, less than 24 hours later, in Game 5 of the series, Ortiz came through...
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U.S. Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations are banding together to "collectively challenge and resist" proposals to build more pipelines from tar sands in Alberta, Canada. At least 50 First Nations and tribes signed a treaty on Thursday at ceremonies held in Vancouver and Montreal.The show of unity comes as a separate protest movement against the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline in the U.S. has galvanized tribes. Earlier this month, as we reported, the U.S. government halted...