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10:14 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Relief Payments Coming For Tornado-Ravaged Revere

Tornado damage in revere, July 2014.
Credit WGBH News

Heavy rains and high winds swept the region yesterday and for residents in Revere, it was a reminder of the destructive tornado that ripped through their community in July — the effects of which they are still dealing with, five months later.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:45 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

BPR: A Comet, A Governor, And A Bobcat Invasion

We're inspired by the Rosetta landing. Are you?
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  • Kelly Beatty, of Sky and Telescope joins us to marvel at the European Space Agency, and their space craft, Rosetta's ten year journey to land on a comet. 
  • Kara Miller digs into the processes by which high skilled immigrant workers get allocated visas, and we talk to you to get your take.
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LOCAL NEWS
6:47 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Science Behind This Year's Winter Weather Outlook

Heavy rain may complicate commutes and even cause coastal flooding this week. But after two months of unusually dry conditions, we need the water, and if the National Weather Service is right, we could be in for quite a bit of wet weather this winter, according to WGBH News Science Editor Heather Goldstone.

Local News
4:44 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Slowing Climate Change May Boil Down To Cost And Competition

Incandescent, CFL and LED light bulbs.
Credit iStockphoto via NPR

The United Nation’s Climate Summit lasted just one day, but world leaders heard powerful messages from President Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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Local News
5:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

United Nations Urges Cities To Address Climate Change

An architectural light show entitled illUmiNations: Protecting Our Planet, designed to inspire action on climate change, is projected on the side of United Nations headquarters Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. More than 120 world leaders convene Tuesday for a U.N. summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015.
Credit (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

The United Nations Climate Summit began in New York Tuesday, where President Obama will meet with leaders from around the world to discuss the latest global warming data.
 
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to announce that scientists are more sure than ever that global warming is caused by human behavior — 95% sure.
 
“There’s enormous opportunity for innovation,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN’s panel on climate change.
 

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Local News
9:54 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Revere Staggers Through Tornado's Aftermath

A house had its roof ripped off by the tornado in Revere on Monday.
Credit Cristina Quinn / WGBH News

The city of Revere is in recovery mode as it continues its cleanup efforts after Monday’s tornado. But beyond the business of cleanup are the emotions storm victims are feeling. I was on the scene as soon as the storm hit and returned the next day to get a deeper sense of how lives have changed.

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LOCAL NEWS
6:15 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Storm Chaser Explains Why Revere Didn't See Tornado Coming

An tornado touched down in Revere on Monday. Now, block by block, residents and officials are picking up the pieces.
Credit WGBH News

Meteorologist Rich Hamel normally chases tornados in the Midwest, but on Monday, he only had to go as far as Revere, Mass., to get his fix. An EF-2 tornado touched down there, tearing a two-mile path of destruction but not seriously injuring anyone.

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Local News
11:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Tornado Rips Through Revere (Photos)

Revere Beach Parkway
Cristina Quinn WGBH

A powerful tornado with winds up to 120 mph cut a two mile path through Revere during morning rush hour on Monday, leaving a trail of destruction but no serious injuries, Revere officials said.

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Local News
8:13 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Forces Boston To Reschedule July 4th Celebration

Arthur, the first named storm of the 2014 hurricane season, looms over Florida.
Credit AP Photo

The Fourth of July celebration on the Esplanade in Boston has been moved up to Thursday, though the fireworks may be held until Saturday. With the storm now called a Hurricane Arthur, state police and event organizers want to be sure festivities are safe.

After a day of deliberations and weather forecasts, officials decided it was best to reschedule the Fourth of July festivities, but plans are still tentative. Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy Alben says the concert is either happening today or not at all. It can’t be rescheduled for Saturday.

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Local News
4:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur Forces Boston To Move 4th Of July Celebration To July 3

The Fourth of July Boston Pops fireworks spectacular has rescheduled to July 3.
Credit (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A tropical storm moving up the East Coast has forced Boston to move its 4th of July Boston Pops Fireworks spectacular on the Esplanade to to July 3.

Storrow Drive will close at noon, according to Massachusetts State Police. The Mass. Ave. and Longfellow bridges will close at 6 p.m. Heavy crowds and an even heavier workday commute are expected. Officials at a Wednesday afternoon press conference urged people to take the MBTA.

Security near the Hatch Shell oval will open to the public at 5 p.m., and the Boston Pops concert is is slated to begin at 8 p.m.

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Local News
8:24 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Rebuilding Monson, 3 Years After The Tornado

A trailer near the under-construction town hall and police station in Monson.

On June 1, 2011, heavy, dark-gray and greenish clouds descended from the skies above Central Massachusetts. Swirling funnels cut swaths through the city of Springfield and neighboring towns. Trees and housing debris flew through the air. One tornado seemed to travel along the Massachusetts Turnpike, shearing woods in the tiny hamlet of Monson. Homes and town offices were devastated.

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Local News
7:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

A Kenyan Confronts A Boston Spring

Thomas Bwire

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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:51 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

BPR: Politics, Fighting Domestic Abuse In The Justice System, All Revved Up, Vern Laux

Over the weekend, businessman Mark Fisher missed getting on the GOP gubernatorial ballot by a meager six votes. Jim and Margery talked about the governor's race.
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  • Jennifer Nassour and John Nucci were guests on the Monday politics segment. Jennifer Nassour is former chair of the Mass. Republican Party, and founder of Conservative Women for a Better Future. John Nucci writes for the Boston Herald. Nucci is also Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications at Suffolk University.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

BPR: Vernal Equinox, Roca, Dan Harris, Alex Beam, Kara Miller

Think spring! The season officially started at 12:57 PM Thursday.
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  • Spring began officially at 12:57 EST on Thursday. Are you feeling it? Are you afraid to have your heart broken, again, by wintry blasts of weather? Jim and Margery opened up the lines. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Molly Baldwin, CEO of Roca, joined BPR to talk about the $27 million grant Roca got from the state. Roca focuses on putting at-risk men ages 17 to 24 to work, to keep them out of prison. Angel Vidal has been enrolled in Roca for a year-and-a-haf.
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LOCAL NEWS
5:53 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Winter Payoff: Benefits Of The Cold Weather

This winter has been one of the coldest in a decade, but there could be good things in store.

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  • David Epstein is a meteorologist and blogger for Boston.com. He also specializes in horticulture.
NECIR
4:00 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Lose Home, Rebuild, Repeat: Scituate House Cost Federal Government $750K Over 40 Years

48 Oceanside Drive in Scituate following the Blizzard of 1978. The house has repeatedly suffered flood damage from coastal storms.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Scituate.

If you look at it now, the home at 48 Oceanside Drive in Scituate — with its beige siding and bright, white trim — seems so new it must be empty inside.

From its perch on the beach, the home seems to stare blankly at the ocean. It's a great view, with stunning beaches and dramatic cliffs. But with that view comes danger.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:54 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

BPR: Daylight Saving, Callie Crossley, Emily Rooney, 'Spy Vs. Spy' News Quiz

Ready to spring forward this weekend? Daylight saving adds extra daylight in the evening, but also shorts us of a weekend hour while messing with our internal clocks.
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  • Daylight saving: ready to spring forward? Jim and Margery talked about the take-an-hour, lose-an-hour biannual phenomenon. Edgar B. Herwick III of WGBH's Curiosity Desk brought Jim, Margery and callers up to speed on daylight saving.
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COMMENTARY
4:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Weather Woes

Spring is just around the corner... we think.

I know them all by their first names: Barry, Shiri, Mike, Nelly, Chris, Todd, and the two Danielles. 

Boston’s meteorologists and weather casters have become my information port in the storm, appointment viewing throughout this never-ending winter. And I’ve been glued to the screen for the last few days when they began predicting today’s precipitation. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:55 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Alex Beam On Weather-Geek Subcultures, Global Warming, And Specious Health Food Claims

What do you see here -- a depressing amount of precipitation moving into the area, or a trove of data waiting to be plundered? Your answer may indicated whether or not you are a weather geek.
Credit Andrew Teman / Flickr

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three for his regular "Open Mic" segment on BPR. Beam discussed his most recent column, climate change, and Whole Foods hypocrisy.

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Local News
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Snow Weighing On Restaurant, Retail Industries Bottom Lines

Snow falls outside Mexicali in Kendall Square.
Credit Cristina Quinn / WGBH News

It’s been a tough winter so far, with Massachusetts getting hit with one storm after another. As residents grow shovel-weary, small businesses are starting to feel the sting of lost revenue.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

South End Tries To Halt Spread Of Parking Space Savers

A trash barrel stands watch over a parking space in Brighton.
Credit Brendan Lynch / WGBH News

What started as a lighthearted practice in South Boston has spread to other parts of the city, like here in the South End, where Yohannes Afework has just parallel parked with ease. But he says he doesn’t use space savers.

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Local News
12:24 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Does Class Factor Into Boston Neighborhood Snow Removal?

Complaints about uneven snow removal are fairly common. Days after a storm blew through Boston last year, dozens of side streets and alleys were still packed with snow — I wondered if this took on a class dimension in Boston, as it supposedly did in Manhattan recently when wealthy residents accused the new mayor there of neglecting their streets, a sort of reverse-Dickensian tale.

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Local News
8:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Scenes From A Snow Day

Sledding on Boston Common
Susan Flaherty

When all was said and done on Wednesday afternoon, between five and nine inches of snow fell on the Boston area.

We asked people to send us their snow day pictures-  whether they worked from home, enjoyed a day off with the kids (or dogs!), or trekked it into the office.

Send us your snow day photos with your name and location: wgbhnews@wgbh.org, and we'll add them to our slideshow.  

LOCAL NEWS
6:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Boston Plowing Priorities: Are Some Neighborhoods Favored?

If your New England roots reach back to the 1970s, you know today’s snow totals are actually pretty tame compared to what we’ve been through. And if you think back over the years, you’ll notice a pattern to our region’s winter weather.

Local News
2:41 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Snowstorm Forces Logan To Cancel More Than Half Of Wednesday's Flights

A plow and a plane are battered by snow at Logan Airport.
Credit Ibby Caputo / WGBH

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday, and "light wintry precipitation" should continue until the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Logan Airport started the day at a crawling pace as crews manning the snow plows and de-icing trucks tried to keep up with the rate of snowfall. But that wasn’t the only challenge they faced. Unlike the last storm when the snow was light and fluffy, this time it was wet and heavy, making it difficult to move.

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LOCAL NEWS
6:29 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Challenges Of Year-Round Bicycling

Ready for another round of winter weather? Heavy snow is expected for tomorrow’s commute, and it’s not just drivers who’ll be battling the elements. Edgar Herwick of the WGBH Curiosity Desk shows us what it’s like navigating slippery, snow-covered streets on just two wheels. 

Local News
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

New Flood Maps Lead Homeowners To Question Skyrocketing Flood Insurance Premiums

The 2012 flood map of the Piva's neighborhood. Click to enlarge.
Credit National Flood Insurance Program

Congress is considering a bill that would delay flood insurance rate hikes, but that is little consolation to many people whose flood insurance premiums have already skyrocketed. 
 
When Kerry and Geoff Piva bought their three-bedroom home on Balmoral Street in Andover, they thought they were buying into the American Dream.

"The reason we purchased this house is because Andover is such a great town. They have wonderful schools and we know we would like our son to be raised here," Kerry said.

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LOCAL NEWS
6:21 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Southie Space Savers: Parking Spots Saved Despite Lack Of Snow

South of Boston, cities and towns were blanketed with more than a foot of snow overnight, but here in the city, we were spared the brunt of the storm. But the dearth of snow didn’t stop some residents from the performing a notorious winter-weather ritual. 

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Local News
5:19 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

South Shore, Cape Slammed By Snowstorm Boston Sidestepped

Snow covers a gas station in Weymouth.
Credit Cristina Quinn / WGBH News

While Boston lucked out by receiving only 4 inches of snow, the Cape and Islands and South Shore got walloped, with some areas receiving upward of a foot of snow. Weymouth was one of those towns, getting 15.5 inches.

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Local News
11:52 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Logan Returning To Normal After Snowstorm

People are starting to trickle in to Logan Airport after the snowstorm.

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