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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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Incoming BU Professor Criticized For Tweets On Race; Students Rally To Support

May 13, 2015
An incoming Boston University sociology professor is under fire for tweets she published about race. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Saida Grundy, an incoming sociology professor at Boston University, says she regrets several tweets she posted about race over the last few months, saying she spoke about some issues “indelicately.”

Ex-Brandeis Student Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Sues Over Disciplinary Warning

May 11, 2015
Brandeis University is seen in a 2010 file photo. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

The former student claims the investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct deprived him of due process and the disciplinary warning jeopardizes his future goals.

Tufts Students Continue Hunger Strike Over Proposed Janitor Layoffs

May 08, 2015
On Tuesday, Tufts University students hold a meeting in a campsite next to the school's administration building, where students have been protesting the university's plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs in Medford. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

More than 120 students, faculty and staff opposed to the planned layoffs of 20 to 35 Tufts University janitors held a protest on campus Friday afternoon, alongside several students who are on a hunger strike.

At UMass Amherst, Meehan Defends 4-Year, Residential College Experience

May 07, 2015
Marty Meehan replies to an interview question before being named the new president of the five-campus UMass system Friday in Boston. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Meehan, who said parents and students want the “full experience” of living on campus, is differing on priorities from Gov. Charlie Baker. Baker said he wants Meehan to consider creating more three-year programs and opportunities for online education.

Gov. Baker Meets With New UMass President Marty Meehan

May 05, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker is telling the next president of the University of Massachusetts, Marty Meehan, that he wants the school to develop a way for students to graduate in three years.

Marty Meehan, UMass Lowell Chancellor And Ex-Congressman, Named Next UMass President

May 01, 2015
Marty Meehan replies to an interview question before being named the new president of the five-campus UMass system Friday in Boston. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Marty Meehan was chosen as the new president of the University of Massachusetts five-campus system Friday in a unanimous vote by the system’s board of trustees.

Tufts Students Protest Planned Janitor Layoffs

May 01, 2015

Some 35 janitors are expected to lose their jobs at the end of next month. Tufts police arrested five students and an older man as protesters sat down on College Avenue.

Mass. Pro-Gay Marriage Activists Join Protests Outside Supreme Court

April 29, 2015
Demonstrators hold up a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Several gay rights advocates with ties to Massachusetts joined the protests in Washington as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the fight over legalizing same-sex marriage.

Fewer Spectators, But Lots Of Enthusiasm At Kenmore Square

April 21, 2015

At Kenmore Square on Marathon Monday, the line of spectators was only one person deep. But WBUR’s Fred Thys found lots of enthusiasm.

Around Boston, Acts Of Service Commemorate 2 Years Since Marathon Bombing

April 15, 2015
Six-year-old Jaslene Oyola, of Roxbury, hangs a butterfly in honor of the victims. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Mayor Walsh declared April 15 One Boston Day, intending it to be a day for Bostonians to show the resiliency and generosity people showed on the day of the bombing. The acts of kindness took many forms.

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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