Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.

Law Schools See ‘Trump Effect,’ With More Students Studying Immigration Law

June 19, 2019

Local law school instructors said there’s been a rise in the number of students studying immigration law in response to President Trump’s aggressive stance on immigration enforcement.

Why A Commercial Fisherman Turned To Restorative Ocean Farming

June 13, 2019

Bren Smith began his career as a commercial fisherman, but now is the owner of Thimble Island Oyster Farm, a 3D restorative ocean farm in Connecticut. He’s also the author of the new book, Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer.

New England Methodists Look To Annual Meeting For Answers On Denomination’s Future

June 13, 2019

The Van Vs. An Opioid Addiction: Taking Treatment To The Streets

June 12, 2019

On the streets of Boston, the potholed path to treatment often starts with a sandwich. Egg salad is the favorite. Today it’s ham. Phil Ribeiro tucks one into the bag of a man who is breathing, but either so sedated or deeply asleep that he’s difficult to rouse.

Raytheon Merger Is Another Win For Massachusetts, And Loss For Connecticut

June 10, 2019

Massachusetts state officials are pleased that another high tech company is being lured away from Connecticut, and will set up headquarters here.

New Butterfly Research Takes Wing In Concord’s Karner Blue Pine Barrens

June 7, 2019

It’s been about two decades since the government project began to preserve New Hampshire’s state butterfly, the Karner blue. Since then, the Karners have rebounded in their specially-conserved pine barrens near the Concord Municipal Airport.

Connecticut EMTs Gather Most Detailed Overdose Data Yet

June 6, 2019

Paramedic Peter Canning walks through Hartford’s Pope Park. He picks up empty heroin baggies as he passes by athletic fields, a public pool and a picnic pavilion where a few people appear to nod off.

Collins, State Working To Level Playing Field for Maine, Canadian Lobstermen

June 5, 2019

Maine lobstermen hauling traps in an internationally disputed section of the Bay of Fundy, known as the “gray zone,” will be allowed some extra hours working at sea this year under a resolve recently enacted by the Maine Legislature. It’s the latest but likely not the last skirmish in a long-running conflict between Canada and the U.S. over fishing rules in the zone.

‘Fight Or Die’: When Students And Educators Are On The Front Lines Of School Safety

June 4, 2019

Just like a fire drill, students and teachers routinely practice what to do if an armed intruder enters their school. Some students and teachers across the country are being told to fight back. And that’s happened in recent weeks, when two students — one in high school, and one in college — died lunging at gunmen.

In An Identical Simulator, Pilgrim Operators Prep For Shutdown

May 31, 2019

Five miles from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, in a wooded, suburban neighborhood, in a nondescript office building, is a very unusual room. It looks a lot like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise from the original “Star Trek” TV series.


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