WGBH News http://wgbhnews.org en How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy http://wgbhnews.org/post/how-high-debt-housing-collapse-still-stifles-our-economy "Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."<p>Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years money flooded into Paterson.<p>"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.<p>In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.<p>Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 26919 at http://wgbhnews.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://wgbhnews.org/post/despite-mideast-turmoil-more-french-jews-are-moving-israel Jews are leaving France and moving to Israel in unprecedented numbers this year.<p>With the departures expected to surpass 5,000, France could pull ahead of the U.S. for Jewish emigration to Israel, known as <em>aliya</em>. Usually, making <em>aliya</em> is a cause for celebration. But in France this year, it's tinged with bitterness.<p>The country, which has Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, is experiencing repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 26918 at http://wgbhnews.org Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future http://wgbhnews.org/post/strange-political-dustup-clouds-kansas-governors-future Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do – cut taxes.<p>Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised – some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.<p>That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.<p>Sam Brownback left the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim McLean 26917 at http://wgbhnews.org A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future House Passes New Clinic Bill http://wgbhnews.org/post/house-passes-new-clinic-bill <p>The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:29:28 +0000 The Associated Press 26916 at http://wgbhnews.org What's On Greater Boston Thursday, July 24 http://wgbhnews.org/post/whats-greater-boston-thursday-july-24 <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IK7qQ8r_avA" width="600"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Growing calls for a crackdown on loud motorcycles, and why noise limits are tough to enforce.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00:01 +0000 WGBH News 26906 at http://wgbhnews.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://wgbhnews.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 26914 at http://wgbhnews.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://wgbhnews.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 26915 at http://wgbhnews.org Bringing The Olympics To Boston http://wgbhnews.org/post/bringing-olympics-boston <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MkdN0R87X0M" width="560"></iframe></p><p class="p1">A decision on which city will host the 2024 Summer Olympics is still years away, but the idea of bringing the games to Boston has already generated plenty of debate with detractors calling it's foolish, while supporters say it's doable and a positive.</p><p class="p1">Among those looking at the idea is David D’Alessandro,&nbsp;the onetime CEO of John Hancock the company which sponsored the 2002 Utah Olympics.</p><p class="p1"><b>GUEST</b></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1" style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.stevepagliuca.com/">Steve Pagliuca</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is a co-owner of the Boston Celtics, and an executive member of Boston 2024 committee.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:46:12 +0000 WGBH News 26894 at http://wgbhnews.org Outside The Box: Will The Festival Return? http://wgbhnews.org/post/outside-box-will-festival-return <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oLxtvaDlM0k" width="560"></iframe></p><p class="p1">When Boston arts patron Ted Cutler looked at the summer calendar, he saw an opportunity for a new arts festival in Boston. Thus, was born the Outside the Box festival. Featuring over 200 acts, it was held last July on Boston Common.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:36:51 +0000 WGBH News 26907 at http://wgbhnews.org Foreign Policy Crises: How Should The U.S. Respond? http://wgbhnews.org/post/foreign-policy-crises-how-should-us-respond <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/50__9w1T_0w" width="560"></iframe></p><p class="p1">With the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, President Obama had hoped to devote much of his second term to domestic issues; however, the White House now finds itself mired in a number of intractable conflicts.</p><p class="p1">That reinforces a bigger complaint among conservatives. A complaint that the president doesn't believe the U.S. has a special leadership role in the world. But others contend the idea of American "exceptionalism" is deeply dangerous.</p><p class="p4"><b>GUEST</b></p><p class="p5"><span class="s1"><a href="http://www.bu.edu/pardeeschool/faculty/faculty-emeriti/bacevich/">Andrew Bacevich</a></span> is chair of international relations at Boston University and author of the recent book "Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country."</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:23:17 +0000 WGBH News 26895 at http://wgbhnews.org The $500 'Family' Robot http://wgbhnews.org/post/500-family-robot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For a shade less than $500, you can own one of the world's first family robot: </span>Jibo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although it may be more </span>Jetsons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> than Star Wars, it's captured the attention of the academic-technology-and-finance complex. The debate is intense among those who favor (or oppose) using robots to help care for our kids as well as aging parents.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:19:16 +0000 Cristina Quinn 26911 at http://wgbhnews.org The $500 'Family' Robot Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://wgbhnews.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 26912 at http://wgbhnews.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://wgbhnews.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 26913 at http://wgbhnews.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State Charles Sennott On Israeli-Palestinian Peace: John Kerry "Will Get It Done" http://wgbhnews.org/post/charles-sennott-israeli-palestinian-peace-john-kerry-will-get-it-done <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:51:36 +0000 Amanda McGowan 26905 at http://wgbhnews.org Charles Sennott On Israeli-Palestinian Peace: John Kerry "Will Get It Done" Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://wgbhnews.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 26910 at http://wgbhnews.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare BPR: Charlie Sennott, Police Commissioner William Evans, Juliette Kayyem, Concert Roundtable http://wgbhnews.org/post/bpr-charlie-sennott-police-commissioner-william-evans-juliette-kayyem-concert-roundtable <p></p><p>Hour one: &nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:29:24 +0000 Boston Public Radio Staff 26876 at http://wgbhnews.org BPR: Charlie Sennott, Police Commissioner William Evans, Juliette Kayyem, Concert Roundtable Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://wgbhnews.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and non-profit groups are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 26909 at http://wgbhnews.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://wgbhnews.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 26908 at http://wgbhnews.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends http://wgbhnews.org/post/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.<p>But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 26903 at http://wgbhnews.org Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends 'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions http://wgbhnews.org/post/tahrir-harassment-trials-end-sexual-assault-convictions Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Audie Cornish speaks with freelance journalist Nadine Marroushi about the verdicts. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 26904 at http://wgbhnews.org N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force http://wgbhnews.org/post/ny-mans-death-prompts-police-introspection-use-force Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody last week in Staten Island. A video of the incident shows one officer using an apparent chokehold on Garner before he died. The incident is prompting the New York Police Department to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Joel Rose 26898 at http://wgbhnews.org Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide http://wgbhnews.org/post/faced-undocumented-minors-iowa-wrenched-stark-divide Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 26901 at http://wgbhnews.org Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen http://wgbhnews.org/post/glenn-beck-takes-his-campaign-against-common-core-big-screen <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Glenn+Beck+Takes+His+Campaign+Against+Common+Core+To+The+Big+Screen&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>We begin this hour with the Common Core, which is getting a little less common. The writing and math standards for kids - excuse me - the reading and math standards for kids from kindergarten through high school were adopted by most states in the country. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 26900 at http://wgbhnews.org Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks http://wgbhnews.org/post/kerry-claims-progress-gaza-cease-fire-talks <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Kerry+Claims+Progress+In+Gaza+Cease-Fire+Talks&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In the Gaza Strip, the death toll has risen to more than 690 Palestinians - that includes at least 230 women and children. At least 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed and three civilians in Israel have died from rockets or mortars fired from Gaza. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 26899 at http://wgbhnews.org Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System http://wgbhnews.org/post/nuclear-plant-may-be-hot-water-over-its-cooling-system <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Nuclear+Plant+May+Be+In+Hot+Water+Over+Its+Cooling+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The water temperature of some canals in South Florida has been rising. And that's a problem when the canals are used to cool a nuclear plant. The situation at the Turkey Point plant near Miami has federal regulators concerned. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Greg Allen 26896 at http://wgbhnews.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus http://wgbhnews.org/post/doctor-leading-fight-against-ebola-has-caught-virus In the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has been a leader in the fight against the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.<p>Khan, 39, has treated over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He's a "national hero," the country's health minister said Tuesday.<p>Now the doctor has caught the deadly virus himself, Reuters <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-health-ebola-africa-idINKBN0FS10T20140723">reports</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 editor 26902 at http://wgbhnews.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk http://wgbhnews.org/post/get-moving-while-seated-your-desk <em>This post is part of our</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">Weekly Innovation series</a>,<em> </em><em>in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Allie Caren 26897 at http://wgbhnews.org Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://wgbhnews.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 26892 at http://wgbhnews.org Palestinian's Death Provokes Israeli Debate On Defining Terrorism http://wgbhnews.org/post/palestinians-death-provokes-israeli-debate-defining-terrorism Shortly before the Israel-Hamas fighting began in Gaza earlier this month, two separate killings ratcheted up tensions.<p>First, three Israeli teenagers were killed, allegedly by Hamas in the West Bank. Israel has arrested many Palestinians, but says it is still searching for the main suspects in the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19.<p>Shortly after the Israeli deaths, a 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was abducted and killed. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:07:00 +0000 editor 26893 at http://wgbhnews.org Palestinian's Death Provokes Israeli Debate On Defining Terrorism State Rep. Files Measure To Block State From Sheltering Undocumented Children http://wgbhnews.org/post/state-rep-files-measure-block-state-sheltering-undocumented-children <p>Today state Rep. Ryan Fattman, a Republican from Sutton, introduced a non-binding resolution on the House floor to stop Gov. Deval Patrick from sheltering immigrant children who have crossed illegally into the U.S.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:57:24 +0000 Sarah Birnbaum 26891 at http://wgbhnews.org State Rep. Files Measure To Block State From Sheltering Undocumented Children