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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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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.

Governor’s Council Considers First Pardon, Commutation In Years

December 09, 2014
Deanne Hamilton appears before the Governor's Council earlier this month in her bid for clemency. (Andy Metzger/State House News Service)

BOSTON — At a nine-hour hearing Monday, councilors pondered the fate of Deanne Hamilton, serving a mandatory seven-and-a-half-year sentence for possession of three grams of crack cocaine.

Demonstrations In Boston Over Eric Garner Case Largely Peaceful

December 05, 2014
Police block protesters from accessing highway and tunnel on ramps near Charles Street. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

BOSTON — Protesters took to the streets of Boston Thursday night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of a black man as he was being taken into custody.

Hundreds Protest Ferguson Decision In March Through Boston Streets

November 26, 2014
An estimated crowd of 1,400 protesters walked to the South Bay Corrections facility during their march in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

BOSTON — In Boston, protesters marched through the streets in some of Boston’s more highly trafficked areas in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson. A Boston police department spokesman said Wednesday that 45 people were arrested. State Police reported 51 arrests.

Peaceful Protests In Boston Following Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

November 25, 2014

BOSTON — As in the rest of the country, people in Boston are taking in Monday night’s announcement that a jury in Ferguson, Mo., did not return an indictment against a police officer who shot Michael Brown, 18, last summer.

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.

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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