Tovia Smith http://wrkf.org en First Trial Begins For A Friend Of Marathon Bombing Suspect http://wrkf.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 29058 at http://wrkf.org High Court Ruling Sends Abortion Clinics Scrambling To Adjust http://wrkf.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 28592 at http://wrkf.org A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? http://wrkf.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 20:55:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 27987 at http://wrkf.org A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher http://wrkf.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 27261 at http://wrkf.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://wrkf.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 26602 at http://wrkf.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://wrkf.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 26017 at http://wrkf.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://wrkf.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 25261 at http://wrkf.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://wrkf.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 25022 at http://wrkf.org A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://wrkf.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 23855 at http://wrkf.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://wrkf.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 23312 at http://wrkf.org