Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.

For 46 Years, Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Has Used Water From Cape Cod Bay. How Has It Impacted The Ecosystem?

April 22, 2019

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth pumps about a half-billion gallons of water from Cape Cod Bay into the plant every day. The water cycles continuously, passing through the plant’s condenser, and returning to the bay about 10 minutes later — and 30 degrees warmer.

Private Philanthropy In Public Schools: Can Ray Dalio Make His Gift Work In Connecticut?

April 16, 2019

Now, hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio and his wife Barbara have announced their foundation will give $100 million to Connecticut schools, and the state has pledged to raise $200 million more over the next few years, specifically to help students at risk of dropping out of high school.

Now Officially Challenging Trump, Weld Hits New Hampshire Diners

April 16, 2019

Now that he’s officially launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld spent Tuesday campaigning in New Hampshire.

Driving Through Mud: How Rural Massachusetts Schools Are Coping With Rising Transportation Costs

April 12, 2019

It’s hard for rural schools in Massachusetts to get kids to and from class every day — especially now, in muddy season, when the snow has melted and the rain begins.

In A Win For CMP, Maine Utility Regulators Approve 145-Mile Transmission Line

April 11, 2019

Maine’s top energy regulators handed a win to Central Maine Power Thursday in its bid to build a controversial power line through western Maine.

Filmmakers Rewrite The Emily Dickinson Story, Not For The First Time

April 11, 2019

More than 130 years after Emily Dickinson’s death, scholars and devotees continue to scrutinize her poetry and rewrite her life story.

Public Broadcasters Form New Partnership In Western Massachusetts

April 11, 2019

The two big names in public radio and public television in western Massachusetts are joining together. New England Public Radio and WGBY will soon become “New England Public Media.”

‘I Would Like To Be Free, Outside, Breathing Fresh Air’: Maria’s Year In ‘Sanctuary’

April 11, 2019

It’s been more than a year since Maria Merida moved freely outside, more than a year since she’s gone to the grocery store or gone on a walk.

Fenway’s Mr. Fix-It Keeps The Old Ballpark Looking Like New

April 9, 2019

The toughest job at Fenway — and, arguably, in all of Major League Baseball — might belong to Gardiner. He’s Fenway’s facilities superintendent. That means he makes sure the oldest pro ballpark stays standing and keeps running smoothly.

The Crisis Of Confidence That Nearly Ended Des Linden’s Running Career

April 5, 2019

For more than three decades, no American woman won the Boston Marathon.


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