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Man Fatally Shot By Police In Dorchester

February 12, 2016

Boston police officers shot and killed a man they say was armed in Dorchester Friday. Police say the incident came after officers responded to a shooting in the area that left two other people injured.

Calling 911 From Your Cellphone? Don’t Assume They’ll Know Exactly Where You Are

February 12, 2016
Trainer Kevin Lewis (Carey Goldberg/WBUR)

Chances are, if you call 911, it will be from a cellphone — but the system was built for landlines, and is still catching up to the smartphone era. Sure, Google Maps and Uber know just where you’re calling from, but when you make the most important call of all — to 911 — the dispatcher may not.

Massachusetts Scientist Tries To Drill Into The Earth’s Mantle

February 12, 2016
The JOIDES Resolution research vessel is being used in an attempt to drill through the Earth's crust. (Daniel Hulshizer/AP)

Henry Dick of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is part of a team of scientists trying to become the first to drill into the Earth’s mantle.

Somerville Challenges Environmental Permit For Wynn Casino

February 12, 2016

Somerville already has four other legal challenges pending against the project.

How The Red Scare Came To Wayland In The 1950s

February 12, 2016
J. Edger Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of investigation, calls the communist party of the United States a "fifth column" whose "goal is the overthrow of our government" as he testifies in Washington in 1947 before the House Un-American activities committee. (AP)

The red scare swept across America in the late 1940s and 1950s, leading to the blacklisting of Hollywood celebrities and extensive loyalty reviews.

New Wellesley President, Dr. Paula Johnson: Advocate For Women’s Health, Access To Care And Beyond

February 12, 2016
Dr. Paula Johnson (Courtesy Wellesley College)

Dr. Johnson is also the first African-American physician from Brigham and Women’s Hospital to be named a Harvard Medical School Professor in the hospital’s 100-year history.

1 Dead In Officer-Involved Shooting In Dorchester

February 12, 2016
Police officers gather at the corner of Columbia Road and Stanwood Street Friday afternoon, near the scene of an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Police say officers were responding to reports of a shooting around 10:30 a.m. when they were confronted by a man with a gun.

Driver Killed By Manhole Cover On I-93

February 12, 2016
Signs alert drivers that workers are checking the infrastructure inside the O'Neill Tunnel after an accident Friday morning where a metal manhole cover on the roadway became dislodged, flew through a windshield and killed a driver. (Jesse Costa/WBUR).

Police are still investigating how the manhole cover became dislodged and flew through the driver’s windshield.

Photos: Big Air At Fenway Transforms The Green Monster

February 12, 2016
Snowboarder Michael Schaerer, of Switzerland, jumps during the Big Air at Fenway skiing and snowboarding U.S. Grand Prix tour event. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The Big Air event featuring world-class skiers and snowboarders is an attempt to bring the sport down from the mountains and into cities where more people can enjoy it.

WBUR's Morning Edition Podcast: Feb. 12, 2016

February 12, 2016

A podcast of what local features aired today on WBUR’s Morning Edition.

Forecast: Wind Chill Will Be A Big Factor This Weekend

February 12, 2016
Low temperatures on Sunday morning. (Courtesy NOAA)

Before the cold air arrives, a storm will pass out to sea south of New England leaving some light snow on Cape Cod. Saturday and Sunday will both be very cold, with Boston potentially reaching the first new record low in February in 49 years.

Price Of User-Friendly Form Of Overdose Reversal Drug Spikes

February 12, 2016
Evzio’s “Trainer.” (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Evzio, the user-friendly, pocket-sized device, was $690 when it hit the market in July 2014. In November 2015, the wholesale price rose to $900. At the beginning of February, it increased 500 percent to $4,500.

Researchers Confirm Existence Of Gravitational Waves

February 12, 2016

MIT scientists played a major role in the breakthrough by developing the device used to detect those waves.

Cambridge Opens First Outdoor Public Bathroom In Harvard Square

February 12, 2016
The new public bathroom, "The Portland Loo" in Harvard Square. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The toilet will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cambridge police say they will keep an eye on the bathroom and make sure it stays free of illegal activity.

Boston-Area Marathoners Chase Spots On Olympic Team At L.A. Trials

February 12, 2016
The U.S. is one of the few countries that picks its Olympic marathon team from the results of a single race. Pictured here, runners start the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston in 2012. (David J. Phillip/AP)

The U.S. is one of the few countries that picks its Olympic Marathon team from the results of a single race.

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