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Tuukka Rask says he wants to remain with Bruins for remainder of career

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In his first public comments since leaving the Toronto playoff bubble on Aug. 15, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on Thursday reiterated his desire to play out the rest of his career in Boston.

Rask, speaking to the Boston Herald before a charity golf tournament in Middleton, said he does not want to play for any club but the Bruins.

“I think where my head’s at is focusing on next year and then hopefully a couple of more years after that, and then pass the torch for the next guy after that,” Rask told the Herald at the Shawn Thornton Foundation Putts and Punches tournament. “I want to help the organization as much as I can.”

Rask opted out of the postseason before Game 3 of the Bruins’ first-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Team president Cam Neely explained the goaltender had a medical emergency with one of his three daughters. Rask confirmed that Thursday, saying he was left with no choice but to go home after his wife, Jasmiina, called him to alert him of the situation involving their daughter.

“What bothered me a little bit was people thinking that I just left because I didn’t like it there,” Rask said. “If I didn’t have a reason to leave, I wouldn’t have left, obviously.”

Rask has been rumored to be among the trade chips in a busy offseason for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. The no-trade protection built into the eight-year, $56 million contract the goaltender signed in 2013 expires at noon Friday, when the NHL calendar flips from 2019-20 to 2020-21 and the free agent market opens for business. Rask has one year remaining on his deal. While he is an elite player, Rask’s worth on the trade market would not likely match on-ice value, given his age (33),

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Springfield Technical Community College to remain mostly online in spring 2021

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SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Technical Community College said Wednesday it will continue with online classes in the spring 2021 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The school will offer on-campus low-density labs for its health and STEM programs.

Holyoke Community College made a similar announcement last week. Greenfield Community College also announced that it will be primarily a remote-learning institution in the spring.

In Enfield, Connecticut, Asnuntuck Community College will follow the same model it used in the fall, with courses offered online with the instructor teaching live.

Asnuntuck’s CEO, Michelle Coach, said the college is working to have all hands-on courses have the necessary time they need for training. Those include the phlebotomy, registered dental assistant, esthetics, cosmetology, dental and manufacturing programs.

STCC said its faculty members are working with their deans in the online development program to prepare classes for spring delivery.

“We look forward to one day being back on campus full time, but we need to safeguard our students, faculty and staff,” college President John B. Cook said in a news release. “The pandemic has created an unpredictable environment that prompted extensive and thoughtful discussions. After much consideration, we felt a mix of online classes and low-density labs for our technical and health programs, using strict social distancing protocols, would be the best approach for the spring.”

The college said there is no intention to convert to an online-only institution. Hands-on training on computer-numerical-control manufacturing equipment and in the patient simulation center is being redesigned to involve fewer people and more space.

STCC said it will also continue to offer student services remotely. The college has about 90 programs and 7,000 students.

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Briny Underground Lakes May Be All That Remain of Martian Ocean | Smart News

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When scientists first found signs of a lake under Mars’ south pole in 2018, questions abounded over how such a feature could form and whether the measurements were accurate. Now, a study published this week in Nature Astronomy not only confirms the size and location of the first lake, but also shows three more, smaller bodies of water nearby.

The study adds 100 measurements to the team’s original 29 figures for a clearer picture of the region. The four lakes are hidden a mile under the surface of Mars’ icy south pole, and may be full of salt and sediments to remain liquid even in extreme cold temperatures. Some scientists not involved in the study are cautious about the research team’s conclusions, but the study authors see the discovery as an optimistic signal in the search for life on Mars.

“Here we have not just an occasional body of water, but a system,” Roma Tre University planetary scientist Elena Pettinelli, a co-author on the study, tells Nadia Drake at National Geographic. “The system was probably existing a long time ago, when the planet was very different, and this is maybe the remnant of that.”

Even if the lakes are inhospitable for life, the fact that the south pole holds multiple water features suggests that they might be the last remnants of the Red Planet’s ancient oceans. Mars is covered in the signs of erosion that suggest water once flowed across its now dry, rocky surface. Observations made by the Curiosity rover suggest that Mars used to be covered in a vast ocean, Colin Schultz wrote for Smithsonian in 2013.

“As the early Martian climate cooled, such an ocean would have frozen and eventually sublimed away,” or evaporated from solid ice into water vapor without melting first, Planetary Science Institute researcher