Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


Amid Election Scrutiny, Dixville Notch’s Midnight Voting Tradition Could Be At Risk

February 11, 2019

Once every four years, for a brief moment, it seems the whole world turns its eyes to Dixville Notch.

Can Feces Save A Species? Boston Has The World’s Largest Collection Of Right Whale Poop

February 7, 2019

The Marine Stress and Ocean Health Lab at the New England Aquarium looks like your typical laboratory. It’s full of humming and whirring machines, beakers and test tubes, digital scales and centrifuges.

Atlantic Lobster Board Moves Toward Reducing Rope In Effort To Save Right Whales

February 6, 2019

A consortium of Atlantic states fisheries managers is calling for broad changes to the gear lobstermen use, in an effort to reduce risks posed to the endangered North Atlantic right whale and to ward off potential federal action that could be even more challenging for the industry.

The Lure Of Luck: How Gambling Can Turn Addictive For Southeast Asian Refugees

February 6, 2019

Quyen Truong still gets a cozy feeling when she sees a hand of cards.

As Feds Weaken Wetlands Rules, Locals Eye Greater Protections For Otter Creek Swamps

February 6, 2019

The state’s largest wetlands area stretches 15 miles along the Otter Creek in Addison and Rutland counties. Local groups have started talking to the state about how to provide greater protection for the Otter Creek wetlands, as the Trump administration seeks to roll back national wetland protection rules.

Exoneree Runs Smoothie Chain, Making Up For 27 Years Of Lost Entrepreneurship

January 30, 2019

From his prison cot, for 27 years, Mark Schand plotted out a retail empire he’d been envisioning since well before his arrest.

The Perfect Black Ice That Came And Went

January 29, 2019

A few weeks of dry, cold January weather in western Massachusetts created ponds that were frozen sheer and smooth — like panes of glass — for the first time in years.

What Are The Secrets Of Connecticut’s Bobcats?

January 22, 2019

Inside a lab in northwest Connecticut is a bobcat. Its bright eyes and black-tufted ears are separated from me only by the metal grill of a large carrier. She’s sleepy, but waking up.

State Official Went Roaming Around Vermont To Test Cell Coverage Claims

January 17, 2019

A Vermont Department of Public Service employee drove more than 6,000 miles around the state this fall to test the adequacy of wireless coverage. What he found is now part of a detailed challenge before the Federal Communications Commission that officials hope will bring federal dollars into the state to improve the wireless network.

What Did 2.3 Million Gallons Of Molasses Do To Boston Harbor?

January 15, 2019

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 is the stuff of legends. It started with a hiss, a boom and a low rumble that eyewitnesses likened to an earthquake. Then a 15-foot wave tore through the streets at 35 miles per hour, on Jan. 15.


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