Tovia Smith http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Boston Bombing Suspect's Friend Is Convicted On Obstruction Charges http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/boston-bombing-suspects-friend-convicted-obstruction-charges Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Boston today, a friend of the Marathon Bombing suspect was found guilty. He was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The man is 20 years-old, a college friend of Jahar Tsarnaev. The friend was accused of helping to remove incriminating evidence from his dorm room following the bombings. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 61643 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/after-abortion-ruling-massachusetts-pushes-retooled-buffer-zone Just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that perform abortions, lawmakers there are rushing through a replacement. The new bill, which they hope to pass before the legislative session ends in two weeks, would give police more power to disperse unruly protesters.<p>The bill has broad support, but opponents say it still goes too far.<p>Abortion rights groups started scrambling to come up with a new plan immediately after the Supreme Court decision. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 61535 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/most-kids-nice-finishes-last A new study holds up a mirror to America's parents. A <a href="http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1430903.files//Executive%20Summary.pdf">researcher at Harvard</a> surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students in 33 different schools around the nation about what they thought their folks cared about most: that they achieve at a high level, that they are happy (defined as "feeling good most of the time"), or that they care for others. Almost 80 percent of youth picked high achievement or happiness as their top choice, while about 20 percent selected caring for others. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 61315 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last First Trial Begins For A Friend Of Marathon Bombing Suspect http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/first-trial-begins-friend-marathon-bombing-suspect Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The first trial connected to the Boston Marathon bombing is underway. The defendant is not the surviving suspected bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It's Tsarnaev's friend - a 20-year-old from Kazakhstan who is accused of obstruction of justice. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: As prosecutors tell it, Azamat Tazhayakov and his roommates saw photos of the alleged bombers and immediately recognized them. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 60966 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org High Court Ruling Sends Abortion Clinics Scrambling To Adjust http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/high-court-ruling-sends-abortion-clinics-scrambling-adjust Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Let's go now to Massachusetts where staffs at abortion clinics are scrambling to adjust their plans after that ruling. From Boston, NPR's Tovia Smith reports.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: The rules of the game have changed, as one abortion-rights activist put it, and protesters agree on that point. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 60461 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/campus-dilemma-sure-no-means-no-exactly-what-means-yes As the federal government <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/01/308607420/when-college-sexual-assault-panels-fall-short-and-when-they-help" target="_blank">presses colleges to improve</a> the way they handle cases of sexual assault, schools are turning their focus to defining "consent" — how to distinguish between activity that's consensual and activity that's not.<p>On one level, it's obvious. As the old line goes, "You know it when you see it." But less obvious is how to spell it out for the student handbook. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 59794 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/already-tough-gun-control-massachusetts-aims-get-tougher The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/25/315698759/uc-santa-barbara-hosts-vigil-for-victims-of-shooting-rampage" target="_blank">rampage that left six dead</a> in California last week has once again revived the debate over gun control around the nation. Wed, 28 May 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 59010 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher Lawyer Reflects On Nation's First Gay Marriages: 'The Cage Had Been Lifted' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/decade-same-sex-marriage-began-massachusetts Ten years ago this week, attorney Mary Bonauto woke up with more than just your average case of pre-wedding jitters. It had been six months since her arguments had persuaded Massachusetts' highest court to allow the nation's first legal gay marriages, but opponents were still trying to stop the weddings before they started.<p>"I had been so scared, so many times, during really what had been really a ferocious onslaught to try to keep marriages from ever happening, so I continued to worry," Bonauto recalls.<p>The last of the legal challenges was rejected by the U.S. Thu, 15 May 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 58307 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lawyer Reflects On Nation's First Gay Marriages: 'The Cage Had Been Lifted' When College Sexual Assault Panels Fall Short, And When They Help http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/when-college-sexual-assault-panels-fall-short-and-when-they-help Thursday, the federal government sent a message that it's taking sexual harassment on college campuses seriously. Education officials <a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-list-higher-education-institutions-open-title-i" target="_blank">released the names</a> of 55 schools facing investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations. Fri, 02 May 2014 00:32:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 57693 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org When College Sexual Assault Panels Fall Short, And When They Help After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/after-losing-leg-woman-walks-her-own-4-inch-heels Returning to watch the Boston Marathon was never a question for Heather Abbott. After losing her leg in the bombing last year, watching the race is just one item on a long list of things she did before and intends to do again. Also on that list: wearing 4-inch heels.<p>"Sometimes, I think: Why am I doing this to myself? Because I could just wear regular flat shoes," Abbott says. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 56888 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/year-after-bombings-some-say-boston-strong-has-gone-overboard The phrase Boston Strong emerged almost immediately after last year's marathon bombings as an unofficial motto of a city responding to tragedy. But now some are wondering whether the slogan is being overused.<p>The words are everywhere: Boston Strong is plastered on cars, cut into the grass at Fenway, tattooed on arms, bedazzled on sweatshirts and printed on T-shirts (and everything else).<p>"We have Boston Strong bracelets, we have car magnets, little money pouches, we have mints," says Catherine Thomas, manager of a souvenir shop in Quincy Market. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 56629 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/does-teaching-kids-get-gritty-help-them-get-ahead It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"<p>Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.<p>Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that <em>je ne sais quoi</em> that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.<p>"This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that's grit," says Angela Du Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 55424 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? In Boston, Gay Groups Remain Closed Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/boston-gay-groups-remain-closed-out-st-patricks-day-parade Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he's still hopeful for a deal allowing a gay group to march in South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Organizers say talks to include gay groups for the first time in two decades have fallen apart. Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, is still trying to bring the sides together.<p>NPR's Tovia Smith reports.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: Gay rights activists called it historic that they were even talking to parade organizers. But now, chances for a deal are slipping.<p>PHIL WUSCHKE: The parade is actually closed. It's a done deal. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 54844 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/us-will-seek-death-penalty-boston-bombing-suspect U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 53328 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/long-wait-aid-washington-job-hunters-despair Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Lawmakers are promising new efforts to restore jobless benefits for long-term unemployed, but it may take a while - 1.4 million people who've been out of work long term saw their benefits disappear three weeks ago. Congress failed to agree on funding to renew them. NPR's Tovia Smith visited with a few people who are without work in Boston.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: John Pratt(ph) has worked in the financial sector nearly 30 years. Starting at the bottom with no college education, he worked his way up to a well-paying operations job. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 52763 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/story-boston-marathon-bombing-told-skates <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfP7ZN6ZYN4</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 52463 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grieving-newtown-mothers-motto-love-wins As much as Dec. 14 will forever be a day of unfathomable grief for Nelba Márquez-Greene, Dec. 13 will be one of unending gratitude.<p>"I will never forget that day," she says.<p>On that day, Márquez-Greene stopped the usual frantic drill: rushing to activities and errands, worrying about the dishes and laundry, even cleaning up the mess on the floor.<p>That morning, her 6-year-old daughter, Ana Grace, had knocked down the entire nativity set off the piano. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 51291 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/newtown-parents-seek-clearer-window-violent-behavior The shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December has left families of the 26 victims, most of them children, struggling to heal in different ways.<p>Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel are one such family. They lost their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, in the shooting. In the year since, they've responded as any parents would: Asking why such a tragedy could have happened.<p>But they also responded as the two scientists they are: They immediately threw themselves into trying to answer the question. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 51176 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Gets Two Life Terms And Then Some http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mobster-whitey-bulger-gets-two-life-terms-and-then-some Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Victims wept in court today as a federal judge sentenced Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger to two life terms in prison, plus five years, ensuring that the now 84-year-old will never walk free. Bulger was convicted in August of running a massive racketeering operation that spanned decades and included extortion, drug running and at least 11 murders. NPR's Tovia Smith was in court and joins us now. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 49910 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/relatives-face-whitey-bulger-sentencing-hearing It's the moment many victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger have been waiting decades for: In federal court in Boston, relatives of those killed by Bulger will face the former gangster and describe their pain.<p>Bulger was convicted in August of taking part in 11 murders while running a massive criminal enterprise for decades. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 49814 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/putting-good-deeds-headlines-may-not-be-so-good An online collection has raised more than $145,000 for a man who stumbled onto a pile of money and turned it over to police.<p>Glen James' story of a good deed is just one of many making headlines. It may not be exactly brand new, but public interest does seem to be piqued these days by ordinary folks making what are seen as extraordinary ethical decisions.<p>Some, however, question if airing this kind of "good" news is actually good.<p><strong>A Series Of Good Deeds</strong><p>James' story — he's the homeless man in Boston who turned in a backpack filled with $42,000 — went viral. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 47540 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/boston-hospitals-share-lessons-marathon-bombing Boston hospitals say that overall they did well in their response to the bombings because, as crazy as it sounds, they got lucky on April 15.<p>Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says hospitals were fortunate with both the location and timing of the bombs that stunned the city.<p>Scores of emergency staff were already on scene for the marathon. There was a medical tent just yards away from the bombing site, and there were six Level 1 trauma centers within a mile or two, which were at shift change and had double the staff available to help. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:25:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 47179 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing Should It Take 2 Or 3 Years To Earn A Law Degree? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/should-it-take-2-or-3-years-earn-law-degree Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Law students are looking for some changes to their education. The American Bar Association plans to issue a report in the next few weeks, recommending a major overhaul of how law schools operate. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:49:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 47088 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To Boston Marathon Bombing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tsarnaev-pleads-not-guilty-boston-marathon-bombing Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a brief appearance in federal court yesterday. He pleaded not guilty to 30 counts in connection with the attack. The charges include using a weapon of mass destruction in an attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. The 19-year-old faces the possibility of the death penalty. NPR's Tovia Smith was in the courtroom.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: Tsarnaev looked unkempt in his orange prison jumpsuit and shaggy hair, and uncomfortable, both with the proceedings and physically. His arm was in a cast. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:53:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 43531 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stars-spangles-and-lots-security-bostons-july-4-events The Fourth of July show will go on as usual tonight in Boston. For the 40th year in a row, the Boston Pops will perform along the banks of the Charles River as fireworks burst overhead.<p>But the scene and the mood will be different, with heavy security measures in the wake of the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:53:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 43191 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events Another Republican Hopes For Upset In Mass. Senate Race http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/another-republican-hopes-upset-mass-senate-race Both candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts are finishing a frantic day of campaigning ahead of Tuesday's special election to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.<p>Veteran Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is running against Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez. But they are struggling to get voters to the polls in a summer election that has yet to capture much attention.<p>It's hard not to compare Tuesday's special election to the one in 2010. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 42750 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Another Republican Hopes For Upset In Mass. Senate Race 1 Month Since The Bombings, Signs Of Progress In Boston http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/1-month-bombings-signs-progress-boston Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It has been one month since two bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people. Families of those killed continue to mourn their loved ones; and dozens of the more than 260 people injured continue their rehabilitation, many of them amputees who are now relearning to walk.<p>Meantime in Boston, all but one business has reopened. Wed, 15 May 2013 10:19:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 40795 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Markey, Gomez Vie For John Kerry's Senate Seat http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/markey-gomez-vie-john-kerrys-senate-seat Veteran Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, who has been in office for 36 years, and novice Republican Gabriel Gomez will face off in the race to become the next U.S. senator from Massachusetts. They won their party primaries Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.<p>Officials say voter turnout was light. Wed, 01 May 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 40115 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Markey, Gomez Vie For John Kerry's Senate Seat Boston Business Owners Allowed To Return To Bombing Site http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/boston-business-owners-allowed-return-bombing-site Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The massive swath of Boston that has been closed for more than a week is getting closer to reopening. City officials yesterday brought victims of the marathon bombings and their relatives in for a private visit and allowed neighborhood residents back home for the first time in over a week. Businesses also began the process of cleaning up and preparing to reopen.<p>The hardest-hit shops and restaurants remain boarded up. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 39760 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Deadly Blasts Punctuate Boston Marathon's Finish Line http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deadly-blasts-punctuate-boston-marathons-finish-line Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The lead agency in yesterday's Boston Marathon explosions is the FBI. Federal investigators say this morning they are doing all they can to get answers, but there is still much they do not know.<p>INSKEEP: Here's some of what we do know. Three people were killed, and the number of injured has now topped 150. That's according to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:29:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 39387 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org