Tovia Smith http://ktep.org en First Trial Begins For A Friend Of Marathon Bombing Suspect http://ktep.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 44210 at http://ktep.org High Court Ruling Sends Abortion Clinics Scrambling To Adjust http://ktep.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 43526 at http://ktep.org A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? http://ktep.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 21:25:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 42656 at http://ktep.org A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher http://ktep.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 41604 at http://ktep.org Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher Jacqueline Kennedy's Letters No Longer On Auction Block http://ktep.org/post/jacqueline-kennedys-letters-no-longer-auction-block Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A college in Ireland is working with the family of Jacqueline Kennedy to decide what to do with a collection of her letters. The former first lady wrote them to an Irish priest. The college planned to auction the letters, but reconsidered. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: The extraordinarily personal handwritten letters were expected to fetch millions of dollars. In one letter that's been published, Mrs. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 41235 at http://ktep.org Lawyer Reflects On Nation's First Gay Marriages: 'The Cage Had Been Lifted' http://ktep.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 40673 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 39829 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 38750 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 20:47:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 38428 at http://ktep.org A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard On The Syllabus: Lessons In Grit http://ktep.org/post/syllabus-lessons-grit Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Got grit? That's the new it-thing in education. New research suggests that perseverance and resilience are key to a student's success. The science is still out on how or if grit can be taught, but schools around the nation are trying. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 36845 at http://ktep.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://ktep.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 09:02:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 36805 at http://ktep.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? 'I, Too, Am Harvard': A Mantra For Recognition Becomes An Anthem http://ktep.org/post/i-too-am-harvard-mantra-recognition-becomes-anthem Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>You might expect students at one of the world's top universities to have occasional moments of doubt about their studies. But at Harvard, some minority students say they feel discomfort that has nothing to do with academics. It has to do with being black on an overwhelmingly white campus. A new photo montage about being black at Harvard has gone viral. NPR's Tovia Smith reports it is giving new momentum to an old issue.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: W.E.B. Du Bois felt that as a student in the late 1800s, he said he was in Harvard but not of Harvard. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 36691 at http://ktep.org In Boston, Gay Groups Remain Closed Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade http://ktep.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 21:37:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 35990 at http://ktep.org The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect http://ktep.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 23:32:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 33851 at http://ktep.org Punishing Winter Temperatures Drain Propane Supplies http://ktep.org/post/punishing-winter-temperatures-drain-propane-supplies Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And this latest winter storm and those freezing temperatures are putting a strain on already low supplies of propane in the Northeast and Midwest. Millions of Americans use the liquefied gas to heat their homes. And as NPR's Tovia Smith reports, they're paying more and getting less this winter season, which started early, thanks to the extreme cold of the polar vortex.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: As temperatures plummeted this winter, so did supply of propane. But the problem was more than just that winter storm. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 33246 at http://ktep.org In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair http://ktep.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 22:28:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 33022 at http://ktep.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates http://ktep.org/post/story-boston-marathon-bombing-told-skates <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfP7ZN6ZYN4</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 32558 at http://ktep.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' http://ktep.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 30884 at http://ktep.org A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior http://ktep.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 30728 at http://ktep.org Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior Winter Storm Freezes Holiday Travel http://ktep.org/post/winter-storm-freezes-holiday-travel Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>If you are like many Americans, on thing now stands between you and your Thanksgiving turkey: A long trip by plane, train, bus or car. And stormy weather is slowing things down. Airports are experiencing delays, even some cancellations.<p>And as NPR's Tovia Smith reports, the story is no better on the road.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: This would of course be a bad day to travel, even in the best case scenario. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 29855 at http://ktep.org Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Gets Two Life Terms And Then Some http://ktep.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 22:15:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 29059 at http://ktep.org Critics Say Mob Boss's Trial Has Been A Disappointment http://ktep.org/post/critics-say-mob-bosss-trial-has-been-disappointment Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The sentencing hearing of convicted mobster James Whitey Bulger began in federal court in Boston today. Bulger was convicted in August of taking part in 11 murders while running a massive criminal enterprise going back to the 1970s. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:07:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 28962 at http://ktep.org Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing http://ktep.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 28913 at http://ktep.org Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing Boston Celebrates First World Series Win At Home In 95 Years http://ktep.org/post/boston-celebrates-first-world-series-win-home-95-years Boston fans celebrated the World Series win Thursday by the Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals. The victory is the first series win for Boston at home in Fenway in 95 years. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 28141 at http://ktep.org Students At Harvard's Kennedy School Weigh In On Shutdown http://ktep.org/post/students-harvards-kennedy-school-weigh-shutdown Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Federal employees are making their way through a backlog of emails, voicemails and work now that the government has reopened.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Immigration services are verifying the status of workers.<p>MONTAGNE: Fishing inspectors are getting the crab season started.<p>GREENE: And, Renee, here in Washington, the National Zoo's Panda Cam is showing more adorable private moments between mama and cub.<p>MONTAGNE: NPR reporters across the country have been checking on how everyone's adjusting. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 27277 at http://ktep.org Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good http://ktep.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 21:51:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 25859 at http://ktep.org Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing http://ktep.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 21:07:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 25411 at http://ktep.org Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing Should It Take 2 Or 3 Years To Earn A Law Degree? http://ktep.org/post/should-it-take-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 08:27:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 25266 at http://ktep.org 'Whitey' Bulger Won't Testify, But He Didn't Finish Quietly http://ktep.org/post/whitey-bulger-wont-testify-he-didnt-finish-quietly In Boston Friday, former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger said he would not take the stand in his criminal trial and that his defense would rest. But before that happened, he railed at the judge and his defense team. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 22260 at http://ktep.org Will Whitey Bulger Testify? It's Still Unclear http://ktep.org/post/will-whitey-bulger-testify-its-still-unclear The defense in the Whitey Bulger trial began Monday. Still unanswered is the big question: Will the reputed mob boss testify? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:25:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 21985 at http://ktep.org