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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.

Recent stories

New UMass President, Talking With Students On 1st Day, Proposes 3-Year Programs For Veterans

July 01, 2015
In an interview with WBUR in May, UMass President Marty Meehan talks about his plans for the five-campus system. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Marty Meehan discussed the proposal while answering questions from selected students at UMass Boston Wednesday, his first day on the job.

Calls From Boston Not To Vacation In Dominican Republic

July 01, 2015

Some Boston leaders and community members ask Bostonians to boycott vacationing in the Dominican Republic following the country’s attempts to expatriate some 200,000 people of Haitian origin born in the Dominican Republic after 1929.

Walsh’s Office, Haitian-American Sen. Forry Ask Bostonians Not To Vacation In Dominican Republic

June 30, 2015
State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry stands on the steps of the State House Wednesday calling for a boycott of the Dominican Republic to protest that country’s threatened expulsion of Haitians. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dorchester state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Mayor Marty Walsh’s office are calling for the boycott to protest that country’s threatened expulsion of Haitians.

Boston 2024 Calls For More Public Spending On MBTA’s Green, Red Lines

June 30, 2015
A rendering of the proposed Olympic Stadium, during the games (Boston 2024)

Boston 2024’s new, more detailed Olympic bid proposal reveals that taxpayers would need to help pay for transportation improvements needed to hold the games in the city. Projected costs include about $350 million to improve the Green Line so it can handle more three-car trains; an additional $105 million to move passengers more quickly through the Red Line; and another $100 million to improve the Broadway T Station.

WBUR Poll: Clinton Has Edge Among Mass. Voters; Gov. Baker Remains Popular

June 10, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech at Texas Southern University in Houston on Thursday. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

For Massachusetts voters likely to vote in the Democratic presidential primary, most would cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton. Gov. Charlie Baker maintains wide popularity.

Usaamah Rahim’s Brother: Family ‘Grief-Stricken’ By Video Of Shooting

June 05, 2015
Attorney Ron Sullivan spoke in Roslindale Thursday on behalf of the family of Usaamah Rahim, who was shot and killed by law enforcement officials Tuesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

“We are patriotic, and we’re loyal, and we’re proud citizens of this country, and we’re Bostonians,” Ibrahim Rahim, Usaamah Rahim’s brother, said in an interview with WBUR.

Everett Man Arrested In Connection With Terror Probe Held Without Bail

June 04, 2015

WBUR’s Fred Thys discusses the latest developments in the terror probe.

Roslindale Man Fatally Shot In Connection With Terror Probe

June 03, 2015
Authorities examine evidence at the scene of a fatal shooting Tuesday morning in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A 26-year-old Roslindale man was fatally shot and an Everett man was arrested as the result of an investigation by the Boston Police Department and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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.

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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