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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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Dozens Remember Rabbi With Boston Roots Killed In Jerusalem

November 19, 2014

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Dozens of people gathered at the Maimonides School in Brookline to remember Rabbi Mosheh Twersky.

Former Probation Head Sentenced To Serve Less Time Than Federal Guidelines Maximum

November 14, 2014

BOSTON — A relatively light sentence was delivered to John O’Brien, the former state probation commissioner convicted of using state hiring to win political influence.

Baker Leads, Coakley Waits To Concede Election

November 05, 2014
Charlie Baker greets supporters at his Election Night victory party in Boston Tuesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Charlie Baker leads, 48.4 percent to 46.6 percent, a lead of about 38,000 votes out of more than 2 million cast.

Baker, Coakley Spend Final Hours On The Trail

November 03, 2014

BOSTON — The night before Election Day finds the two leading candidates for governor still out on the campaign trail, and respective campaign volunteers working the phones urging people to get out and vote Tuesday.

Coakley Rallies Volunteers, Dives Into A Tailgating Crowd

November 03, 2014

BOSTON — Martha Coakley’s campaign was counting on this final weekend to contact all their likely voters one last time before election day.

Baker, Coakley Make Their Final Pitches For Governor

November 01, 2014
Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker stand together at a Greater Boston Interfaith Organization candidates forum at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Boston on Sunday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON — For both candidates, their closing arguments relied on the charisma and blessings of two politicians with direct experience in this job: Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick and former Republican Gov. Bill Weld.

Coakley Says Baker Should Answer Questions Around Fisherman Story

October 31, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker answers questions Friday afternoon at his campaign headquarters in Brighton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley is calling on her Republican opponent Charlie Baker to offer specifics about a story he told in their debate Monday.

Dorchester, Mattapan Residents Pay Tribute To Menino At Church He Advocated For

October 31, 2014
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at the Oliver Wendell Holmes School in Dorchester in 2012. (Office of Governor Patrick/Flickr)

BOSTON — An impromptu memorial service for Menino at the Morningstar Baptist Church on Blue Hill Avenue Thursday was attended by about 60 residents of Mattapan and Dorchester, who felt empowered with him in City Hall.

Coakley Tries To Clarify Debate Response On Campaign Trail

October 30, 2014

As Republican Charlie Baker faces questions over a tearful response during the front-runner candidates’ final televised debate, his opponent, Democrat Martha Coakley, is also trying to clarify one of her debate answers.

Baker And Coakley Face Off In Emotional Final Debate

October 29, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, moments before a debate at WCVB-TV studios in Needham Tuesday (Steven Senne, Pool/AP)

NEEDHAM, Mass. — On Tuesday night, gubernatorial hopefuls Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley squared off in their last broadcast debate. It was an emotional one.

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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