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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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Dartmouth College Bans Hard Liquor

January 29, 2015
College president Philip Hanlon teaches a class at Dartmouth. (Courtesy of Eli Burakian via Dartmouth)

BOSTON — The move comes as part of the college’s effort to control binge drinking, and with it other behaviors, such as sexual assault.

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)

WELLESLEY, Mass. — 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.”

I-93 Blocked By Protesters During Morning Commute

January 15, 2015

BOSTON — The protesters say they blocked the interstate to get people’s attention on the issue of police mistreatment of minorities.

In State Of City Address, Boston Mayor Walsh Outlines Goals For Second Year In Office

January 14, 2015

BOSTON — After a busy first year in office, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is reflecting on some accomplishments and setting a lot of new goals for year two.

Why College Costs So Much: A Look At Williams

January 12, 2015
Hopkins Hall at Williams College in October 2013. (Mir Henglin/Williams College)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Especially costly at the selective liberal arts college in western Massachusetts: the faculty.

Gov. Baker Caps Off Inauguration Day With Boston Convention Center Party

January 09, 2015

BOSTON — After a night of partying at the Boston Convention Center to celebrate his inauguration, Gov. Charlie Baker has more celebratory events scheduled and will hold his first cabinet meeting today.

A Look At Mayor Walsh’s First Year In Office

December 25, 2014

Marty Walsh is getting ready to mark his first anniversary as mayor of Boston. Fred Thys reviews his first year in office.

Packed Roxbury Meeting On Police Use Of Force Turns Tense

December 19, 2014

BOSTON — The audience of about 250 made it clear it wanted a broader discussion of police treatment of people of color.

Report: UMass Amherst Will Spend $8M On Football Team This Year

December 12, 2014
Northern Illinois running back Cameron Stingily scores a touchdown in the team's win over UMass in November of last year at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. (Stew Milne/AP)

BOSTON — A report projects that the UMass Amherst football program will lose more than $8 million this fiscal year.

Survey: 20 Percent Of Female College Student Victims Report Sexual Assault To Police

December 11, 2014
Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013

BOSTON — That compares to 32 percent of nonstudent female victims who report the assault to police.

Walsh Names Boston Redevelopment Authority Director

December 10, 2014
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addresses the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Brian Golden, who’s served as interim director since Mayor Marty Walsh took office in January, will become the permanent head.

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)

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

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