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Sunday, January 29, 2023
Franklin TV: New? News! Welcome to Franklin
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Franklin Town News runs correction on October issue with political spotlight appearing as an endorsement instead of a paid ad
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Franklin High School: Important Information and Dates for October to December 2022
Franklin High School News: Important Information and Dates
- New Student Registration >> click HERE
- Moving? Complete a Change of Address form >> click HERE
- School Bus Routes for the 2022-2023 School Year-click HERE
- Register your Franklin Public Schools Chromebook and purchase insurance for it HERE
Shared from Franklin High School -> https://www.franklinps.net/fhs/news/school-news-important-information-and-dates
|Franklin High School: Important Information and Dates for October to December 2022|
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Helping Voters with Disabilities Participate in Our Democratic Process
|Helping Voters with Disabilities Participate in Our Democratic Process|
Continue reading this article -> https://blog.ssa.gov/helping-voters-with-disabilities-participate-in-our-democratic-process/
Thursday, October 6, 2022
"Half of all the refund money will go to the top 10 percent of households by income."
"THE STATE is preparing to pay out $1.4 billion in “illusory” funds under the tax cap law, giving wealthy taxpayers a huge windfall, according to a report from the left-leaning Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.
Officials at the center say they are not accusing state officials of doing anything wrong or making a math error. Instead, they are saying a set of unusual circumstances are combining to inflate the amount of taxes collected in excess of the tax cap, and doing so in a way that shortchanges the state and allows wealthy taxpayers to gain an even bigger benefit than they normally would.
“The affluent win in every way,” said Phineas Baxandall, senior policy analyst and advocacy director at the Budget and Policy Center.
The broad outlines of the situation have been raised before, but the Budget and Policy Center report is the first time the dollar impact has been spelled out. The report calls on state leaders to address the situation, but they have shown little interest so far in intervening to change the tax cap law."
Reading between the lines, if the Governor wasn't so hasty in trying to the funds returned by check and used the tax rebate process, the 'illusion' might work itself out.
The State House News Service, shared via Franklin Observer, tries to focus on the issue as party based:
Q1 State Tax Take Surpasses Record FY `22 Pace, but No Tax Relief in Sight
|The golden dome of the State House. (Photo by Andy Metzger)|
Sunday, August 28, 2022
More Perfect Union: 057 - The Local News Crisis (audio)
In this episode, the group is joined by Stephen Sherlock of Franklin Matters, Alan Earls of the Franklin Observer, and Martin Luttrell, former long-time reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, to dive into the issue of "The Local News Desert" - the dissolution of smaller local news outlets, discussing the decline of readership seen by newspapers, the economics of small businesses, the importance journalism plays in your community and the online future for regional reporting.
If you'd like to learn more about Steve Sherlock and the news Franklin Matters brings to the Franklin community, you can visit their here: https://www.franklinmatters.org/
If you'd like to learn more about Alan Earls and the reporting done from Franklin Observer, you can visit them here: https://franklinobserver.town.news/
Audio file -> https://more-perfect-union.captivate.fm/episode/057-the-local-news-crisis
|Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)|
Friday, December 24, 2021
News Literacy in Cedar Falls: Ande McMorris (video)
"When I'm on social media I see a lot of misinformation. Sometimes I think [it's] true. It really mixes up my train of thought." - Ande McMorris, a Sr & 🏈 captain at Cedar Falls HS, IA
But using @NewsLitProject's #Checkology has made a big diff 4 Ande ⤵️ Video link -> https://t.co/X3Fc7rewpc or https://youtu.be/im-xg0zK8mk
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/jakelam2116/status/1473075132155318272
Friday, December 10, 2021
PantherTV - News for 12/10/21 (video)
"This week we showcase the National Art Honors Society, Gymnastics Coach Paula Lupien, and senior Mack Gulla. Panther News, Dec. 10, 2021!"
Video link -> https://youtu.be/9QaWfXfTHa0
Friday, May 7, 2021
Panther TV News for May 7, 2021 (video)
Friday, April 9, 2021
Panther TV: Panther News Apr 8, 2021
We're all excited for our full reopening on Monday!!! This show has all you need to know to make your first day back a good one. @FHSPantherbook @FranklinPSNews @FranklinHS
https://t.co/O8joVqUrIV via @YouTube
Friday, April 2, 2021
Panther TV: Panther News for Apr 1, 2021
Friday's Panther News...a day early! Check out all the latest news and announcements, plus an interview reflecting on our full in-person return coming in just a few weeks! @FHSPantherbook @FranklinPSNews @FranklinHS
https://t.co/wLBaDBhhUM via @YouTube
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/fhspanthertv/status/1377640378522865664
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Panther TV: News - March 26, 2021 (video)
Panther News, March 26, 2021 @FranklinPSNews @FHSPantherbook @FranklinHS
https://t.co/KBp9SP6mxo via @YouTube
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
National News Highlights
- Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Bid to Conceal Taxes, Financial Records - The New York Times
- Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era via The Lancet
- Fauci: US political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths
- Biden honors covid-19 victims amid staggering toll, signs of hope
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
"It’s the megaphone that makes the government work better"
Terrific article by @KamiRieck with insight from @dankennedy_nu @BrendanCrighton & @jasonpramas. TY Speaker @RonMariano for this important new law and for appointing me to the new 23-member commission. I look forward to digging in! https://t.co/unm9Wgo3jF
"The growth of “news deserts” in Massachusetts and the possible solutions to improving local journalism in underserved communities will be the focus of a new commission approved in the final hours of the last legislative session.The initiative by Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, and Sen. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn, was part of the massive economic development bill approved by lawmakers and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker last month. It will examine the sustainability of local press business models and the sufficiency of news coverage in communities across the state.“Local journalists tell the community stories that bind us together,” Ehrlich said. “They tell us who we are, and where we’ve been and where we’re going. Local news is also essential to ensuring a healthy democracy.”
Friday, January 8, 2021
New York Times: Don't loose this Pentagon papers story in the midst of everything else going on
"There was one story Neil Sheehan chose not to tell. It was the story of how he had obtained the Pentagon Papers, the blockbuster scoop that led to a 1971 showdown between the Nixon administration and the press, and to a Supreme Court ruling that is still seen as a milepost in government-press relations.
From the moment he secured the 7,000 pages of classified government documents on the Vietnam War for The New York Times, until his death on Thursday, Mr. Sheehan, a former Vietnam War correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, declined nearly every invitation to explain precisely how he had pulled it off.
In 2015, however, at a reporter’s request, he agreed to tell his story on the condition that it not be published while he was alive. Beset by scoliosis and Parkinson’s disease, he recounted, in a four-hour interview at his home in Washington, a tale as suspenseful and cinematic as anyone in Hollywood might concoct."
Monday, December 21, 2020
"Food insecurity leaving an impact across MA"
Via Boston25 News
"Alison Caruso left her part-time job earlier in 2020 to care for her teenage son, who she said had become depressed after the death of a family member and spending months trying to learn from home. She relies on the food pantry in Franklin as well as food stamps to survive, she said.
The state has seen food insecurity rise significantly, according to a study by Feeding America.
Norfolk County was cited as the area with the highest child food insecure rate at 163%, which is also the country’s highest mark, according to Feeding America."
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
"Survey-based measurement of news consumption is not without its own problems"
From the Pew Research Center comes a study on measuring news consumption:
"Given the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of this news landscape and concerns around overreporting of news consumption, Pew Research Center wanted to explore how best to measure news consumption: Where do currently used survey practices still work and where might changes be in order?
This report is the culmination of this effort and is organized into three sections: Chapter 1 looks at the U.S. public’s familiarity with newer concepts related to news; Chapter 2 examines possible ways to improve survey-based measures of news consumption; and Chapter 3 compares survey results to the use of passive data that comes straight from tracking software news consumers downloaded to their digital devices.
Americans are largely familiar with new technologies but often don’t think of them as news sources."
|"Survey-based measurement of news consumption is not without its own problems" (Pew Research photo)|
Friday, October 23, 2020
Panther News Friday October 23, 2020 (video)
Panther News Friday October 23, 2020. Produced by the FHS TV Production Classes
Saturday, May 9, 2020
PEW: The State of Trust, Facts, and Democracy
Story: As the new year—and an election year—begins, we turn to data on our democracy to learn more about how Americans view institutions and civic life today. Host Dan LeDuc speaks with Michael Dimock, president of the Pew Research Center, about the latest research on trust, facts, and democracy in America.
Listen here https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/01/10/the-state-of-trust-facts-and-democracy
|PEW: The State of Trust, Facts, and Democracy|
Friday, March 27, 2020
FTC: Thinking critically about Coronavirus news and information