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Fred Thys

Reporter, WBUR

Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education at WBUR.  Fred broke the story that the federal government may have lied to the Supreme Court in order to obtain the landmark ruling that established the state secrets privilege.

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Sanders Draws Tens Of Thousands To Rally At Boston Convention Center

October 04, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pauses during a campaign rally in Springfield on Saturday. Later that day, Sanders spoke to thousands at a campaign rally in Boston. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Roughly more than 25,000 people attended the Democratic presidential candidate’s Boston speech Saturday.

In Light Of New Report, State Looks To DCF Reforms

October 02, 2015

Massachusetts is making changes to its screening process for foster parents in response to the death of a 2-year-old girl in a foster home in Auburn and the near death of a second child.

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope Francis Is ‘Taking Steps To Move Us In The Right Direction’ On Sex Abuse

September 29, 2015
In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis, right, talks with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, of Boston, as they arrive for a special consistory in the Synod Hall at the Vatican. (Andrew Medichini/AP/File)

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Pope Francis is committed to a “massive” process of educating bishops about how to deal with sexual abuse by priests, and removing them when necessary.

El Salvador Garment Factory Has High Hopes For Curbing Country’s Gang Woes

September 23, 2015
Jaime Martinez Eriqueros was in the gang MS-13 from the age of 15 until he was 28. He now works at the League Collegiate Wear factory in Ciudad Arce, El Salvador. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

The League Collegiate Wear factory employs ex-gang members and hopes to keep students out of gangs by offering them jobs, too.

Mother, Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty In Death Of 2-Year-Old

September 21, 2015

In an emotional court hearing Monday, prosecutors laid out the details of their case against the two people facing murder charges in the death of 2-year-old Bella Bond, whose body was found on Deer Island in June but was not identified until last week.

Mother And Man Under Arrest In Relation To ‘Baby Doe’ Death

September 19, 2015

Michael McCarthy is facing a murder charge and the girl’s mother was placed under arrest as an accessory after the fact.

WBUR Poll: Close N.H. Race Between Trump, Carson

September 16, 2015
WBUR's poll of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary finds Donald Trump, left, leading Ben Carson. (AP)

Donald Trump leads Ben Carson in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, 22 percent to 18 percent, according to WBUR’s first poll of the race.

Boston Marks 14 Years Since Sept. 11 Attacks

September 11, 2015

Bostonians put together care packages for troops overseas and for veterans in need as part of a day of service to commemorate the 14th anniversary of 9/11 on Friday.

Gov. Baker Calls North-South Rail Link ‘Interesting,’ But Is Cautious About Costs

September 10, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks with reporters outside his office Wednesday, after discussing the North-South rail link with former Govs. Michael Dukakis and William Weld. (Steven Senne/AP)

Two ex-governors are championing the plan. But the current governor says his highest priority is to fix the MBTA.

To Get Into MIT’s New Design Program, Students Must Score High On The ‘Love Metric’

September 04, 2015
Students from MIT's first-ever integrated design and management program this week hit the streets of Cambridge with homemade instruments to busk for innovators 4 purpose, a Cambridge nonprofit that seeks to connect underprivileged children with creative thinkers. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Matt Kressy says it took 13 years for his idea for an integrated design and management program to get traction at MIT. When it did, he was able to pick 18 students with completely different criteria from what the school typically uses.

Bristol County Suicide Spike Not Just ‘A Bump In The Road’

July 20, 2015

Bristol County is seeing a surge in suicides. In the past three and a half years, 171 people in the county have died by suicide.

Hundreds Mourn Surgeon Fatally Shot At Boston’s Brigham And Women’s Hospital

January 23, 2015
A woman wears a button honoring Michael Davidson at his funeral service Friday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

From the funeral of cardiac surgeon Dr. Michael J. Davidson, who was shot to death this week at a Boston hospital: “Surgeons are not known for their bedside manner, but Michael had it in spades,” Terri Halperin, Dr. Davidson’s widow, said during the service. “That’s why the fact that a patient’s family member would take Michael away from us makes it all the more devastating.”

When Muscular Dystrophy Is Personal — And Global

September 18, 2014

My brother first developed symptoms when he was 15, and found that he could no longer run as fast as his high school soccer teammates. Since the age of 43, he has been confined to a wheelchair or scooter, unable to walk or stand.

Listening Back To One Of The Real ‘Monuments Men’

February 12, 2014
This photo provided by The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art of Dallas shows group members as they remove Michelangelo’s "Bruges Madonna" from the salt mine in Altaussee, Austria, on July 10, 1945. (AP/National Archives and Records Administration)

With the new George Clooney film out, we bring back a 1998 interview with one of the real Monuments Men.

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