Tovia Smith http://wesa.fm en How Campus Sexual Assaults Came To Command New Attention http://wesa.fm/post/how-campus-sexual-assaults-came-command-new-attention Call it a sign of the times that right along with required writing core courses, incoming freshmen at most schools this fall will also face a mandatory crash course on the subject of sexual assault.<p>At a Rutgers University orientation, for example, every freshman sits through a dramatization of the campus party scene that is as real as it is raw. In the performance, a character, Jess, winds up in fellow student Ryan's room, resisting his advances. Ryan persists and gets increasingly angry and aggressive. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 34196 at http://wesa.fm How Campus Sexual Assaults Came To Command New Attention New Bill Aims To Hold Colleges Accountable For Campus Sex Crimes http://wesa.fm/post/new-bill-aims-hold-colleges-accountable-campus-sex-crimes <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=New+Bill+Aims+To+Hold+Colleges+Accountable+For+Campus+Sex+Crimes&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMDgzMzYwMDEyOTc4NzE4NzJkZTAzYw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:33:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 33517 at http://wesa.fm Boston Bombing Suspect's Friend Is Convicted On Obstruction Charges http://wesa.fm/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 32962 at http://wesa.fm After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law http://wesa.fm/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 20:19:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 32857 at http://wesa.fm After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last http://wesa.fm/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 32609 at http://wesa.fm For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last First Trial Begins For A Friend Of Marathon Bombing Suspect http://wesa.fm/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 32221 at http://wesa.fm High Court Ruling Sends Abortion Clinics Scrambling To Adjust http://wesa.fm/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 31661 at http://wesa.fm A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? http://wesa.fm/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 30888 at http://wesa.fm A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher http://wesa.fm/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 30021 at http://wesa.fm Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher Lawyer Reflects On Nation's First Gay Marriages: 'The Cage Had Been Lifted' http://wesa.fm/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 29248 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 28556 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 27638 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 27371 at http://wesa.fm A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard On The Syllabus: Lessons In Grit http://wesa.fm/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 20:20:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 26015 at http://wesa.fm Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://wesa.fm/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 25969 at http://wesa.fm Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? In Boston, Gay Groups Remain Closed Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade http://wesa.fm/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 21:05:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 25339 at http://wesa.fm The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect http://wesa.fm/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 22:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 23654 at http://wesa.fm In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair http://wesa.fm/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 23008 at http://wesa.fm A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates http://wesa.fm/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 22669 at http://wesa.fm A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' http://wesa.fm/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 21376 at http://wesa.fm A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior http://wesa.fm/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 21246 at http://wesa.fm Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Gets Two Life Terms And Then Some http://wesa.fm/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 21:26:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 19839 at http://wesa.fm Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing http://wesa.fm/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 19725 at http://wesa.fm Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good http://wesa.fm/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 17224 at http://wesa.fm Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing http://wesa.fm/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 16829 at http://wesa.fm Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing Should It Take 2 Or 3 Years To Earn A Law Degree? http://wesa.fm/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 16725 at http://wesa.fm 'Whitey' Bulger Won't Testify, But He Didn't Finish Quietly http://wesa.fm/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 20:13:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 14213 at http://wesa.fm Boston Marathon Victims Push Back On Fund Protocol http://wesa.fm/post/boston-marathon-victims-push-back-fund-protocol Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Three months after the Boston Marathon bombing, money continues to roll into The One Fund, that's the charity set up for victims of the attack. More than 200 claims have already been paid out, but some victims are questioning the methods used to divvy up the funds. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 13297 at http://wesa.fm Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To Boston Marathon Bombing http://wesa.fm/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 09:49:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 12915 at http://wesa.fm Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events http://wesa.fm/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 12:49:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 12553 at http://wesa.fm Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events