Tovia Smith http://wcbe.org en After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels http://wcbe.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 54384 at http://wcbe.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://wcbe.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 54134 at http://wcbe.org A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard On The Syllabus: Lessons In Grit http://wcbe.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 20:20:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 52813 at http://wcbe.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://wcbe.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 52774 at http://wcbe.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://wcbe.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 21:05:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 52108 at http://wcbe.org The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect http://wcbe.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 22:05:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 50351 at http://wcbe.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates http://wcbe.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 49375 at http://wcbe.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' http://wcbe.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 48080 at http://wcbe.org A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior http://wcbe.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 47940 at http://wcbe.org Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Gets Two Life Terms And Then Some http://wcbe.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 21:26:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 46511 at http://wcbe.org Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing http://wcbe.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 46401 at http://wcbe.org Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good http://wcbe.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 43857 at http://wcbe.org Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing http://wcbe.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 21:16:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 43450 at http://wcbe.org Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing Should It Take 2 Or 3 Years To Earn A Law Degree? http://wcbe.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 43322 at http://wcbe.org 'Whitey' Bulger Won't Testify, But He Didn't Finish Quietly http://wcbe.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 20:13:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 40575 at http://wcbe.org Boston Marathon Victims Push Back On Fund Protocol http://wcbe.org/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 39565 at http://wcbe.org Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To Boston Marathon Bombing http://wcbe.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 09:49:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 39126 at http://wcbe.org Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events http://wcbe.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 14:26:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 38731 at http://wcbe.org Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events Another Republican Hopes For Upset In Mass. Senate Race http://wcbe.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 38140 at http://wcbe.org Another Republican Hopes For Upset In Mass. Senate Race 1 Month Since The Bombings, Signs Of Progress In Boston http://wcbe.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 10:04:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 35661 at http://wcbe.org