Study: New England Loses 65 Acres Of Forest Per Day To Development

Study: New England Loses 65 Acres Of Forest Per Day To Development A new wave of forest loss is underway in New England, at a rate of 65 acres a day. That's the conclusion of a new regionwide study spearheaded by a Harvard University forest research group. And the authors say New England could lose more than a million acres of forest cover over the next half-century.

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Carmen Ocasio has a lot of family on Puerto Rico. She said Wednesday that she is not watching television or going on social media. She can't handle it. 

Her mother lives nearby, and has been the point the family point-person. 

"Every chance they get to call and to let us know that they're OK, they'll call my mother, because -- my mother -- she worries a lot," Ocasio said.

Ocasio lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Per capita, the city is home to the largest population of Puerto Ricans in the continental United States.

Westfield State University, in Westfield, Mass.
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Westfield State University is investigating a racist message left on a dorm room door.

University president Ramon Torrecilha said he learned about this Tuesday evening after a student posted a photo on Twitter. It showed a name tag on a door with a handwritten message: a racial epithet for black people, then "live here."

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The Securities and Exchange Commission says cybercriminals got into the agency's files last year and accessed information that might have been used to give them a secret edge in trading.

The SEC says it had known about the intrusion in 2016 into its Edgar filing system, but learned this month that "nonpublic information" accessed may have been used for "illicit gain."

When 2-month-old Isaac Enrique Sanchez was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, a condition that causes vomiting, dehydration and weight loss in infants, his parents were told that their son's condition was curable. The problem was that no hospital in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas had a pediatric surgery team capable of performing the operation on his stomach.

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News Now Podcast

Some immigrants without authorization who've been victims of crimes may be eligible for a U visa. Here, immigration lawyer Susan Roses, left, reviews documents and with Antonia concerning her U-visa filing.
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NEPR News Now Podcast: Visas For Victims, Sperm Warnings, Statehouse Fairytales, 'Beasts' Book

NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

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Commentary

Proof In the Pudding: An Encounter With Modesty

Aug 24, 2017
Corn meal mush.
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Earlier this month, the renowned cookbook editor Judith Jones died in her Vermont home at age 93. Jones is celebrated for editing "Mastering The Art of French Cooking" and introducing Julia Child to the world. Commentator Martha Ackmann once judged a cooking contest with the famous editor.  

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Classical Music

Duo Orfeo guitarist Joseph Ricker (left) & NEPR's John Nowacki (right)
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Duo Orfeo Guitarist Joseph Ricker And Their Newest CD

Guitarists Joseph Ricker and Jamie Balmer comprise the Duo Orfeo. They've been described as "brilliant" and "wild-thinking artists," and are known for bringing to life an eclectic and relevatory classical guitar repertory.

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Jazz à la Mode

Illinois Jacquet
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Jean Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet

Scott Hamilton, the great tenor saxophonist and keeper of the flame, posted concert footage of Jacquet playing “Blues for Louisiana” on Facebook on September 6.

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Tochi Onyebuchi of New Haven, Conn., is the author of "Beasts Made of Night."
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Back-To-School Book Series: Tochi Onyebuchi's 'Beasts Made Of Night'

We wrap up our back-to-school book series with a tale of good versus evil.

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Media Lab Podcast

NEPR Media Lab - Active Hope

Devyn Moreno starts this podcast off with his piece about the video game, Call of Duty. Diamond Jimenez shares her commentary "Glasses", and finishing with a piece by Wesley Days who interviews his grandmother about growing up in the south during the Jim Crow era.

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IN CONTRAST: An Immigrant’s Story - Edwin Cruz

Edwin Cruz is one of three-quarter of a million Dreamers, young people that immigrated to United States and continue to live here under DACA , the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act signed by President Obama in 2012. Ilan Stavans talks with Edwin in this episode of In Contrast.

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NEPR Back To School Series

Back To School

As summer nears its end — we are going back to school. Find interviews with New England authors of kids books during Morning Edition and online.

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