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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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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.

Forum Highlights How Mass. Aims To Reduce Carbon Emissions

October 24, 2014

BOSTON — In the absence of action by Congress on climate change, Massachusetts officials are pressing ahead to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and are plan for sea level rise.

Baker, Coakley Argue Policy Opinions With Care In Debate

October 22, 2014

BOSTON — With the latest WBUR poll showing Republican Charlie Baker inching ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the state’s governor’s race by 1 percentage point, the two candidates faced off in a debate Tuesday.

Why It Could Pay Off For Charlie Baker To Focus In On Boston

October 21, 2014
Republican governor's candidate Charlie Baker announces his urban agenda at his headquarters in Roxbury on Oct. 15. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has spent a lot of time wooing Boston voters in this election. And you might wonder why, since Boston consistently votes Democratic.

Michelle Obama Attends Coakley Campaign Rally

October 03, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley got some campaign assistance Friday in her race against Republican Charlie Baker.

Biden Defends Administration’s Foreign Policy Moves At Harvard

October 03, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden answers questions from students at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday. (Winslow Townson/AP)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Vice President Joe Biden is defending the Obama administration’s late entry in the Syrian Civil War and urging Americans to keep security threats to this country in perspective.

Brandeis Case Reveals Complexity Of Disciplining Students For Sexual Assault

September 26, 2014
Brandeis University, seen here in a 2010 file photo, is one of dozens of schools under investigation for its handling of a sexual assault case. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

WALTHAM, Mass. — A federal investigation of Brandeis University for its handling of a sexual assault case reveals how hard it is for universities to handle claims.

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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