The Blue Line Was Named For Boston Harbor. Now The Sea Threatens The Service

Tidal flats and marshland once surrounded much of Boston, swelling and soaking as the rain fell and tides ebbed and flowed. But over the course of the city’s nearly 400 years, those sensitive areas were slowly filled in to make more buildable land, leaving just 200 acres of wild marsh along the border between Boston…

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For Some Rural Students, Taking More AP Courses Means More Online Learning

Skyleigh D’Ambrosia, 17, loves learning about science. She’s taken pretty much every science class available at her high school in the western Massachusetts town of Athol. “I want to be a doctor when I’m older,” she said. “So those are just kind of important classes.” D’Ambrosia wanted to take Advanced Placement (AP) chemistry and AP…

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Police Access To Cameras In Springfield Schools Unleashes Debate On Police Protection And Overreach

The school department in Springfield, Massachusetts, is entering into an agreement that gives police access to surveillance camera footage recorded inside and outside of public school buildings. One of the goals is to help police see, in real time, what’s occurring during an emergency, such as a school shooting. But giving police access to the cameras has…

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Underwater Drones: Regulators Trying New Technology To Enforce Lobster Trap Rules

The enforcement of lobster trap rules far offshore is getting increased attention from state and federal regulators, who are turning to new technology to inspect gear for compliance with requirements that aim to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from deadly entanglements. Michael Henry is a top fisheries enforcement officer for the National Oceanic and…

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‘KJ’ Morris Remembered Five Years After Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Saturday will mark five years since the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Among those killed in the early morning of June 12, 2016, was Torrington High School graduate Kimberly “KJ” Morris. Two months before the shooting, Morris posted on Facebook about being in Florida “longer than expected.” She would rather have been up…

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