WGBH News http://wgbhnews.org en John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney http://wgbhnews.org/post/john-edwards-resumes-career-trial-attorney Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to a North Carolina courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case.<br /> <br />Edwards is one of three attorneys representing the parents and guardians of a boy with brain damage and physical injuries they say occurred in December 2009.<p>At that time, the boy was an infant in the care of Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C., and an emergency room doctor.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:56:00 +0000 editor 22282 at http://wgbhnews.org John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney The Elliot Norton Award Nominations http://wgbhnews.org/post/elliot-norton-award-nominations <p>The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) released its nominations for its Elliot Norton Awards. The nominees — actors, directors, designers and ensembles —&nbsp;will find out if they won on May 19 at The Wheelock Family Theatre.</p><p><em><strong>The 32nd Annual Elliot Norton Awards Nominations</strong></em></p><p><strong>Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence:</strong></p><ul><li>Paul Daigneault</li></ul><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Outstanding Visiting Production</strong></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:01:00 +0000 WGBH News 22260 at http://wgbhnews.org The Elliot Norton Award Nominations What's On Greater Boston Thursday, April 17 http://wgbhnews.org/post/whats-greater-boston-thursday-april-17 <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vnTodRLiVYI?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><div>&nbsp;</div><ul><li><p class="p1">We look at two cities at the center of the Marathon bombing manhunt, Cambridge and Watertown.</p></li></ul><p class="p1"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Email us at&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:GreaterBoston@WGBH.org" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">GreaterBoston@WGBH.org</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00:01 +0000 WGBH News 22278 at http://wgbhnews.org Legal Arguments Filed In Casino Referendum Appeal http://wgbhnews.org/post/legal-arguments-filed-casino-referendum-appeal <p>Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is defending her decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state's 2011 gambling law.</p> <p>Coakley's office filed a 111-page brief Wednesday afternoon in the state Supreme Judicial Court saying the proposed referendum would violate the state constitution. The office argues that the state already has an "implied contract" with casino license seekers, which include Wynn and MGM.</p> <p>Groups on both sides of the casino debate also filed legal briefs by Wednesday's deadline.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:49:13 +0000 The Associated Press 22281 at http://wgbhnews.org A Kenyan Confronts A Boston Spring http://wgbhnews.org/post/kenyan-confronts-boston-spring <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time this morning, I woke up to a chilly cold spell, and upon opening the window curtains at my hotel room, I could not believe my eyes as the neighborhood was painted white with snow.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:43:29 +0000 Thomas Bwire 22280 at http://wgbhnews.org A Kenyan Confronts A Boston Spring Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds http://wgbhnews.org/post/free-drug-samples-prompt-skin-doctors-prescribe-costlier-meds Every "free" sample comes with a price.<p>Dermatologists who accept free tubes and bottles of brand-name drugs are likelier to prescribe expensive medications for acne than doctors who are prohibited from taking samples, a study <a href="http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx">reports</a> Wednesday.<p>The difference isn't chump change. When patients see a dermatologist who gets and gives free samples, the average cost of medicines prescribed is $465 per office visit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 22279 at http://wgbhnews.org Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds Marathon Victim Jeff Bauman Tells His Story http://wgbhnews.org/post/marathon-victim-jeff-bauman-tells-his-story <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/58lbTMKrFJE?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p>The photograph of a severely injured Jeff Bauman being rushed from the Boston Marathon finish line is one of the defining images of the bombings. Since then, he's joined sports heroes on the field and on the ice. While he’s reluctantly become the public face of the “Boston Strong” mantra, privately, Bauman’s endured painful procedures and grueling physical therapy.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:34:50 +0000 WGBH News 22274 at http://wgbhnews.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://wgbhnews.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 22276 at http://wgbhnews.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://wgbhnews.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 22275 at http://wgbhnews.org Harvard Scholar Researching Ancient Reference To Jesus's Wife http://wgbhnews.org/post/harvard-scholar-researching-ancient-reference-jesuss-wife <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LVpbZ9Rh7yE?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:06:56 +0000 WGBH News 22273 at http://wgbhnews.org Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms http://wgbhnews.org/post/bloomberg-seeks-alter-gun-debate-50-million-and-moms Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's plan to invest $50 million in what he describes as a mom-driven grass-roots effort to support pro-gun-safety candidates grabbed headlines Wednesday, and energized gun control activists.<p>The commitment, the former New York City mayor says, aims to beat back the profound political influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states — to "make them afraid of us," he told NBC's <em>Today </em>show.<p>"This is what the American public wants," Bloomberg said, referring to his group's intended focus on gun-purchase background checks.<p>Polls show that B Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 22277 at http://wgbhnews.org Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables http://wgbhnews.org/post/your-mark-get-set-grow-guide-speedy-vegetables Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.<p>But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!)<p>So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?<p>There are two ways to make this happen. Some garden varieties naturally have a short germinate-to-harvest cycle. Then there are the hybrids developed at universities and seed companies. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Marc Silver 22269 at http://wgbhnews.org On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables Alex Beam On The Careful Reading Of Obituaries http://wgbhnews.org/post/alex-beam-careful-reading-obituaries <p></p><p>Boston Globe columnist <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/staff/beam"><strong>Alex Beam</strong></a> returned to Boston Public Radio for his regular Open Mic segment with <strong>Jim Braude</strong> and <strong>Margery Eagan</strong>. This time, Beam talked about obituaries ("Irish sports pages") and what it means to read about and learn from the lives of the recently deceased.</p><p><em>Questions were edited for length and clarity. Beam's responses were edited where noted (...).</em></p><p><strong>So this is how you're spending your time these days, reading obituaries?</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:42 +0000 Boston Public Radio Staff 22256 at http://wgbhnews.org Alex Beam On The Careful Reading Of Obituaries Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://wgbhnews.org/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis. <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=Legal+Moves+Might+Mean+Fiscal+Relief%2C+And+More+PR+Troubles%2C+For+GM&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTQ1NzQ1MDEyMjk0OTcxNTI4MzljZQ001)"/></div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 22272 at http://wgbhnews.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://wgbhnews.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22271 at http://wgbhnews.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://wgbhnews.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 22270 at http://wgbhnews.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved Ukrainian Tanks Roll In — But Above Them Russian Flags Fly http://wgbhnews.org/post/ukrainian-tanks-roll-above-them-russian-flags-fly Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour with the latest from eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is continuing an operation to oust pro-Russian militants from occupied government buildings, but today, it experienced a setback. Ukraine's defense department confirms that some of its armored personnel carriers began flying the Russian flag. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 22266 at http://wgbhnews.org The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations http://wgbhnews.org/post/high-schools-most-dreaded-test-gets-makeover The standardized test that's been giving America's college-bound teenagers nightmares since the 1920s is getting a makeover.<p>On Wednesday, the College Board offered new details on changes to its SAT. Among the biggest shifts: Gone are the days of memorizing obscure vocabulary words. Though if you're in high school and set to take the SAT next year, don't burn those vocabulary flashcards just yet. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Cory Turner 22265 at http://wgbhnews.org The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough http://wgbhnews.org/post/entering-talks-geneva-us-hopes-ukraine-breakthrough Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Thursday with officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. They will discuss the crisis in Ukraine. While the Obama administration has said it has overwhelming evidence that Moscow is stirring up the unrest in eastern Ukraine, it says it wants to wait before expanding sanctions. Analysts say Washington has few other options. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 22264 at http://wgbhnews.org South Korea Ferry Disaster Sets Rescuers, And Fears, In Motion http://wgbhnews.org/post/south-korea-ferry-disaster-sets-rescuers-and-fears-motion Hundreds are missing after a ferry sank Wednesday off South Korea's southern coast. Reporter Jason Strother in Seoul offers details on the latest developments. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22263 at http://wgbhnews.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://wgbhnews.org/post/man-reaches-sun-solution-pakistans-gas-crisis Spring has crept up to the foothills of the Himalayas and, in Islamabad, Pakistan's purpose-built capital, the air is full of the scent of roses and the yelling of birds.<p>Yet, even in this most stately of South Asian cities, it is impossible to escape the realities of an unstable nation that has yet to figure out how to meet some of the basic needs of its 200 million or so citizens.<p>Islamabad long ago adjusted to attacks by Islamist militants by setting up roadblocks and turning its government buildings, five-star hotels, villas and diplomatic enclaves into modern-day fortresses, wrapped i Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 22262 at http://wgbhnews.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://wgbhnews.org/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 22261 at http://wgbhnews.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://wgbhnews.org/post/ex-city-manager-caught-calif-salary-scandal-gets-12-years Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who pleaded no contest to conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records, has been ordered to serve 12 years in state prison and repay nearly $9 million.<p>Rizzo, who was city manager of Bell until 2010, apologized during sentencing, telling Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that he "[breached] the public trust" and that "I am so sorry for that. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 22267 at http://wgbhnews.org Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years BPR: A Day of Service, Brian McGrory, Recreational Obituary Reading, Sick at Sea, Greek Wines http://wgbhnews.org/post/bpr-day-service-brian-mcgrory-recreational-obituary-reading-sick-sea-greek-wines <p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:38:48 +0000 Boston Public Radio Staff 22259 at http://wgbhnews.org BPR: A Day of Service, Brian McGrory, Recreational Obituary Reading, Sick at Sea, Greek Wines Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography http://wgbhnews.org/post/light-and-dark-racial-biases-remain-photography When Syreeta McFadden was a child, she dreaded taking pictures after a family photo made her skin appear dulled and darkened.<p>"In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I'm a blue black. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:35:00 +0000 editor 22257 at http://wgbhnews.org Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker http://wgbhnews.org/post/edward-snowden-geeky-drop-out-nsa-leaker Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has revealed some of the group's most carefully guarded secrets.<p>The reporting on the documents he leaked won a Pulitzer Prize for the <em>Washington Post</em> and <em>The Guardian,</em> announced on Monday.<p>But there's still a lot we don't know about Snowden himself — and his motivation.<p>In a new article in <em>Vanity Fair, </em>Bryan Burrough, Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison take a closer look at Snowden in an effort to explain how a high school dropout, a "seemingly aimless geeky kid from the Maryland suburbs," came to posses Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 editor 22258 at http://wgbhnews.org Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance http://wgbhnews.org/post/debate-millennials-dont-stand-chance The "millennial generation" has been getting a bad rap in popular culture in recent years. Millennials, roughly defined as people born in the 1980s and '90s, frequently see themselves depicted as entitled, coddled and narcissistic.<p>But many — including millennials themselves — dispute those characterizations. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:52:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22254 at http://wgbhnews.org Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book http://wgbhnews.org/post/holy-bible-could-become-louisianas-official-book The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's Legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.<p>The Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee of the <a href="http://house.legis.state.la.us/">Louisiana House of Representatives</a> voted 8-5 last week to forward <a href="http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=877881&n=HB503%20Original">a measure that would make the Holy Bible the state's official book</a>. It's a symbolic designation similar to choosing a state bird or state flower. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 22255 at http://wgbhnews.org Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book Read An Excerpt From Jeff Bauman's Book, 'Stronger' http://wgbhnews.org/post/read-excerpt-jeff-baumans-book-stronger <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I know exactly when my life changed: when I looked into the face of </span>Tamerlan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tsarnaev<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It was 2:48 p.m. on April 15, 2013—one minute before the most </span>high‑profile<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> terrorist event on United States soil since September 11—and he was standing right beside me.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:47:35 +0000 Jeff Bauman 22253 at http://wgbhnews.org Read An Excerpt From Jeff Bauman's Book, 'Stronger' Marathon Sports Manager: 'This Whole Year Has Been Such A Journey' http://wgbhnews.org/post/marathon-sports-manager-whole-year-has-been-such-journey <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kfD6Mv4DDEQ?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p>Dan Soleau is a manager at Marathon Sports and was&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">standing just feet from the first explosion. He joined Emily Rooney&nbsp;<a href="http://wgbhnews.org/post/greater-boston-video-marathon-sports">one week after the bombings</a> and returned to Greater Boston on the anniversary to talk about why he's running this year.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:25 +0000 WGBH News 22246 at http://wgbhnews.org