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Gov. W. Mitt Romney last week vetoed $76 million, including $32 million intended to fund retroactive pay increases for 13,000 public higher education employees, from a proposed $724 million spending plan.

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A new Linux-Open Source Software Teaching Lab has been established at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS). An open house for the lab will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in W-13 Machmer Hall.

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The second annual Symposium in Plant Biology will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in McConnell Hall B05, Smith College.

Presented by the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and the Five Colleges, the symposium''s focus is on "Function and Fate in Plants: Physiological Traits and Ecological Success."

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The Everywoman''s Center''s Rape Crisis Program has received a $2,000 grant from the Xeric Foundation to provide a free, 16-session, arts-based support group to survivors of sexual violence.

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Former governor and presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis will discuss health care policy on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium as part of the Center for Public Policy and Administration’s Distinguished Lecture Series’ Celebration of Public Service.

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While the horrific stories told by ex-slaves are often credited with inspiring white anti-slavery crusaders, history has overlooked the African-American thinkers who shaped the ideology of the abolitionist movement, says Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American Studies and History.

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Students at UMass and the surrounding Five Colleges can register to vote on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at Haigis Mall, or in the Student Union Ballroom in case of rain. The event, “01003 Votes,” refers to the postal zip code for the campus.

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“Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield,” written by Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney and published by the University of Massachusetts Press, is the 2004 winner of winner of the New England Historical Association Book Award.

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The historic wind turbine off of North Pleasant Street near the Orchard Hill residential area will be dismantled this month and eventually used for an exhibit on the history of renewable energy that will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Two Computer Science faculty, along with four colleagues from local colleges, have received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support expanded teaching offerings in the field of computer security and the protection for networks, hardware and software. The grant will also allow the Five College consortium to expand its ability to serve graduates and undergraduates in the field, known as “information assurance.”

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