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Severe Thunderstorms Roll Across Mass.

August 04, 2015
A man takes a photo of the hail falling outside on St. Paul Street in Boston Tuesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday for counties across the state.

A Well-Told Tale Of Missing, Finding Connections In ‘I Saw My Neighbor On The Train ….’

August 04, 2015
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The world premiere of “I Saw My Neighbor On the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile” offers a sensitive and ultimately hopeful look at the things that can simultaneously hold a family together and tear it apart, says Jeremy D. Goodwin.

Watch: President Obama Outlines His Clean Power Plan

August 03, 2015

President Obama on Monday announced the final version of his plan to curb emissions from U.S. power plants.

Jeff Zinn On The Book That Took Him 20 Years To Write

August 03, 2015
Author Jeff Zinn (Suan Wilson)

Jeff Zinn, former artistic director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, discusses his new book “The Existential Actor.”

Wynn Resorts Proposes To Subsidize MBTA Orange Line Service

July 31, 2015
Casino operator Steve Wynn speaks about his proposal for a gambling facility in Everett in late 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It’d be the first time that a private developer would subsidize T operations.

‘King Lear’ Reigns — And Rains — On Boston Common

July 30, 2015
Jeanine Kane, Libby McKnight, Will Lyman and Deb Martin in "King Lear." (Andrew Brilliant)

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company offers what may be the Bard’s most starkly eloquent achievement: “King Lear.” So shell out your nullity and weather the storm.

Gov. Baker Unveils New Public Record Request Rules

July 30, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker is implementing a series of immediate changes designed to improve access to public information. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Under the new rules, state agencies must designate a specific person to handle all requests and inform requesters within five days if the information will take more than 10 days and/or $10 to pull together.

With Hot Temps, State Extends Pool, Beach Hours This Weekend

July 30, 2015
Carson Beach in South Boston (Bill Ilott/Flickr)

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, more than 50 pools, beaches and spray decks across the state will be open and guarded an extra 30 minutes.

Harvard Film Archive Revisits Robert Altman’s ‘Popeye’

July 30, 2015
Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall in Robert Altman's 1980 film, "Popeye." (Courtesy Flickr/Kevin Dooley)

As part of their “The Complete Robert Altman” series, Harvard Film Archive presents the oft-overlooked “Popeye,” starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall.

12-Year-Old Joey Alexander Might Populate YouTube, But He Also Plays Major Jazz Fests

July 30, 2015
Joey Alexander, 12-year-old jazz pianist, will be at the Newport and Rockport Jazz Festivals this August. (Rebecca Meek)

Joey Alexander, a 12-year-old jazz pianist, is still developing a deeper understanding of rhythm and harmony, but his musicality and instincts are apparent, and he’s developing at warp speed.

MIT Submits Proposal For $1.2 Billion Kendall Square Development

July 29, 2015

The proposal calls for six new buildings on university-owned parking lots.

Police Seek Suspects In Fatal Shooting Of Boston Woman

July 29, 2015

Police have identified the victim as 31-year-old Grisel Sanchez, who was killed in Roxbury late Tuesday.

‘The Look Of Silence’ Turns A Compassionate Eye To Victims Of An Indonesian Massacre

July 29, 2015
Adi and his mother, Rohani, share a solemn moment in "The Look of Silence." (Courtesy Drafthouse Films and Participant Media)

Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence” delves into the same period of bloody unrest that marred Indonesia in the mid-1960s as his 2012 documentary, “The Act of Killing,” did, but from an entirely different angle.

First In A Series, Shostakovich Recording Asserts BSO’s Newfound Identity With Nelsons

July 29, 2015
Andris Nelsons conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (Marco Borggreve)

Deutsche Grammophon releases a recording of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony and the Passacaglia from “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,” the first of the “Under Stalin’s Shadow” series with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, on July 31.

New Bedford Lawmakers Ask State To ‘Vigorously Pursue’ Cleanup Of Casino Site

July 28, 2015

KG Urban had agreed to clean up the site if it was awarded a state casino license, but it pulled out of the competition last week due to a lack of financing.

‘The New Electric Ballroom’ Lights Up Gloucester Stage

July 28, 2015
Derry Woodhouse as Patsy, Marya Lowry as Clara, Nancy E. Carroll as Breda and Adrianne Krstansky as Ada in "The New Electric Ballroom." (Gary Ng)

Robert Walsh helms a touching, almost incantatory production of “The New Electric Ballroom” at the Gloucester Stage, says Carolyn Clay.

Lots To Like In A ‘Bare Bard’ Spin On ‘Henry V’ In Lenox

July 28, 2015
Jennie M. Jadow (left) and Caroline Calkins (right) flank Ryan Winkles, whose Henry shows strength through his vulnerability in Shakespeare & Company's production of "Henry V." (John Dolan)

Ryan Winkles plays a king who reveals strength in his vulnerability, in a no-frills production at Shakespeare & Company that works cleanly and at a brisk pace, says Jeremy D. Goodwin.

Watch Live: Gov. Baker Holds Press Availability

July 27, 2015

Gov. Baker is scheduled to speak to the press at 3 p.m. on the same day Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced he would not sign a host city contract with the USOC without more assurances that taxpayers won’t be held responsible for cost overruns.

Photos: Former Red Sox Pitcher Pedro Martinez Through The Years

July 26, 2015
Newly acquired pitcher Pedro Martinez poses Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Fenway Park in Boston. (Julia Malakie/AP)

Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday afternoon.

BMO Stage Director James O’Leary Discusses ‘Martha’

July 25, 2015
BMO's "Martha" director, James O'Leary (Courtesy Boston Midsummer Opera)

Stage director James O’Leary shares his thoughts on Friedrich von Flotow’s famous opera, “Martha,” and Boston Midsummer Opera’s upcoming production.

Report: Officials ‘Misled’ Public About Connector Failures

May 11, 2015

The Pioneer Institute report alleges Massachusetts officials “misled” the public and federal officials about the site’s woes.

Beth Israel Doctors Travel To Nepal To Aid Relief Efforts

April 29, 2015
Villagers wait in the rain as an aid relief helicopter lands at their remote mountain village of Gumda, near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal on Wednesday. (Wally Santana/AP)

A team of doctors from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston heads to Nepal today to aid with earthquake relief efforts.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Head To Retire

April 01, 2015
Edward Benz, in a 2005 file photo (John Deputy/AP)

Dr. Edward Benz, the longtime president and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will retire next year.

Partners HealthCare Drops Bid To Acquire South Shore Hospital

February 17, 2015

The move comes less than a month after a judge rejected a deal that would have allowed Partners to acquire South Shore and two other local hospitals, saying it wasn’t in the public interest.

Colleagues Mourn Surgeon Fatally Shot At The Brigham

January 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Davidson was remembered both for his skills as a surgeon and his rich personal life.

Health Connector Head Will Step Down

January 06, 2015

Jean Yang, who oversaw the problematic launch of the Connector’s new website, will depart the agency next Friday.

First Dispensary Cleared To Grow Marijuana In Massachusetts

January 02, 2015

Assuming a three-month growing cycle, the storefront in Salem could begin selling marijuana in April. However, the plants must first undergo a series of safety tests, and the state will continue to inspect the company’s business plans.

Health Connector: Insurance Signups Up, But Many Unpaid

December 19, 2014

The deadline is Tuesday for those who want to be covered on the first of the year.

MGH Patient Monitored For Possible Ebola ‘Cleared Medically,’ Discharged

December 05, 2014

The patient’s release and current condition are not a threat to anyone else, MGH officials said.

Baker Names Sudders As His Health And Human Services Chief

November 21, 2014
Marylou Sudders (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Marylou Sudders is the state’s former mental health commissioner.

SJC To Hear Petition To Dismiss Convictions Tied To Dookhan

October 23, 2014

The ACLU is asking the state’s highest court to dismiss tens of thousands of criminal convictions tied to former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who admitted to tampering with evidence.

With More Work, Less Time, Dookhan’s Tests Got Faster

May 15, 2013
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Now-indicted former state chemist Annie Dookhan was by far the Hinton lab’s most productive chemist. We look at the data behind her output.

Marathon Lockdown Serves As Eye-Opener For Suburban Moms

May 10, 2013
Katherine Gekas, (left),  a mother in Newton, a wealthy suburban Boston town, and Tina Chery, (right), a mother whose son was killed in 1996 by cross-fire. She is founder of the Louis D. Brown Institute. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

When a number of Massachusetts communities were on lockdown following the Marathon Bombings, some suburban moms gained a new understanding of the fear their inner-city counterparts live with all the time.

'Here & Now' Teams Up With NPR, Will Expand To 2 Hours

March 29, 2013
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NPR is partnering with member station WBUR to expand “Here & Now” to two hours. It will also add a co-host, Jeremy Hobson, who currently hosts the Marketplace Morning Report.

Massachusetts ACLU Director: Chemists Are Pressured to be Prosecutors

March 07, 2013
Masssachusetts ACLU Director Matthew Segal speaks about Drug Lab Scandal

Above: WBUR’s Deb Becker interviews Massachusetts ACLU Director Matthew Segal in March of 2013. The American Civil Liberties Union says the drug lab crisis shows that pressure was put on chemist Annie Dookhan and others to help prosecute drug cases. The ACLU has filed a brief with the state Supreme Judicial Court as it reviews […]

Mass. High Court Expected To Hear Drug Lab Appeal Case In April

February 21, 2013
Annie Dookhan leaves Suffolk Superior Court after being arraigned Dec. 20, 2012. Photo by Joe Spurr / WBUR

The Supreme Judicial Court is expected to review a case that challenges the way the state is handling criminal cases related to the drug lab crisis.

Former Middlesex DA: Bad Lab Protocols Likely To Expand Volume Of Tainted Cases

February 07, 2013
Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone speak about Drug Lab Scandal

“We’ve moved away from it being one rogue chemist to a lab that had insufficient practices, policies and protocols — to an extent that leads us to believe that there are more cases that are going to be compromised than those signed off on by Annie Dookhan.”

Essex County DA: ‘It’s My Duty to Review Drug Lab Cases One by One’

January 28, 2013
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“Most of these cases have accompanying charges of violence. No district attorney in Massachusetts is going to have somebody spend one more day in jail because of a case where Dookhan was primary chemist and the only charges were drug charges. I believe its my duty and obligation to review these cases one at a time.”

Mass. Republicans Seek Drug Lab Oversight Board

January 16, 2013

The board would oversee all criminal forensic services in Massachusetts.

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