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Fred Thys

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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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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.

Brandeis President Addresses Federal Investigation Into Handling Of Assaults

September 16, 2014

WALTHAM, Mass. — In a statement, Fred Lawrence says sexual misconduct at the university “poses a singular threat to our most deeply held values.”

Brandeis Students Protest University’s Handling Of Sexual Assault

September 11, 2014
A group of Brandeis students stood before hundreds during a public demonstration to raise awareness about sexual assault. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

WALTHAM, Mass. — A group of about 50 students at Brandeis University staged a protest Wednesday night on campus to draw attention to the university’s handling of sexual assault.

Coakley Wins Dem Primary By A Small Margin

September 10, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s Fred Thys reports on the primary election results and the outlook for the Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in the months leading to November’s election.

Brandeis Under Investigation For Handling Of Sexual Misconduct Case

September 04, 2014

BOSTON — Brandeis University is the target of a Title IX investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.

After Woman’s Fall, MIT Limits Frat Party-Size

September 04, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Following a woman’s fall Sunday, fraternities and sororities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are being told they must limit parties to less than 50 people unless they get permission from city or town officials.

In Governor’s Race, Coakley Seeks Another First

September 02, 2014
In this January 2014 photo, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley addresses a breakfast meeting of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at a hotel in Boston. Coakley, a Democrat, is seeking the governor's office in the 2014 election. (Steven Senne/AP)

Martha Coakley was the first woman ever elected Middlesex County district attorney. She was the first woman elected state attorney general. Now she’s trying to become the first woman elected in her own right as governor.

UMass Football Begins High-Stakes Season

August 29, 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. UMass lost the game and went 1-11 last year. (Stew Milne/AP)

AMHERST, Mass. — Since moving to college football’s top division, the Minutemen have struggled. The team’s losing record has focused attention on the wisdom of investing millions of dollars in a higher-level football program.

N.H. Hometown Mourns ‘Courageous’ James Foley

August 21, 2014
Diane and John Foley talk to reporters Wednesday outside their home in Rochester, New Hampshire. (Jim Cole/AP)

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Courageous is how people in Rochester, New Hampshire, who know the Foleys describe the family.

Revere Residents Worry About Tornado Damage

July 31, 2014
Revere Fire Chief Gene Doherty says 65 buildings were substantially damaged, and thirteen of those were left uninhabitable. (Elise Amendola/AP)

REVERE, Mass. — Fire inspectors have documented damage to about 65 houses in Revere. As residents find their insurance policies may not be sufficient to cover the losses, the city’s mayor says he hopes the state will provide emergency funds.

At Summit On Sexual Assault, Administrators Learn Strategies To Stop Serial Rapists

July 16, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. — Experts told the college administrators gathered this week at Dartmouth College that it’s just a small group of people who are responsible for most attacks.

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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