Tovia Smith

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School book bans show no signs of slowing, new PEN America report finds

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The number of bans and restrictions in the U.S. rose 33% in the last school year, according the the report. Florida had more bans than any other state.


Forecasters warn residents of New England and Atlantic Canada to prepare for Lee

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Forecasters say to expect potentially heavy rains, flooding and high winds Friday and Saturday — as Hurricane Lee churns through the northern Caribbean and takes aim at the Northeast.


The plot thickens: The battle over books comes at a cost

Friday, August 11, 2023

No longer are just books under fire, but also the library administrators, teachers and long-beloved librarians who are defending them.


Noted defense attorney Charles Ogletree dies

Friday, August 04, 2023

Harvard Law School professor and noted defense attorney Charles Ogletree has died at age 70.


All 5 passengers on OceanGate's missing Titan submersible are dead

Thursday, June 22, 2023

All five passengers aboard the missing submersible owned by OceanGate have died in a "catastrophic implosion," the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed.


What we know about the search for the missing Titan submersible

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The hunt continues for the submersible that went missing on Sunday while journeying to view the sunken Titanic. "Banging" noises detected by rescue crews have caused them to expand their search.


Rescuers race against time to find the missing Titanic submersible

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

The search continues for the submersible carrying five people to see the Titanic wreckage. It went missing on Sunday. Authorities say the sub's oxygen supply will likely run out by Thursday morning.


Library funding becomes the 'nuclear option' as the battle over books escalates

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Some libraries are now facing an existential threat: They could lose their public funding over books deemed inappropriate for young readers.


Plot twist: Activists skirt book bans with guerrilla giveaways and pop-up libraries

Thursday, March 23, 2023

This year is expected to set a record for the number of book bans by public school libraries, so many people are finding creative ways to make banned books available to young readers outside schools.


Wellesley students vote for the school to accept trans and nonbinary applicants

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Students at Wellesley College voted this week that the women's school should accept trans and nonbinary applicants. Wellesley's president says there will be no change in policy.


Rick Singer, head of the college admissions bribery scandal, gets 42 months in prison

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Prosecutors had sought six years for his role in the scheme to get the children of wealthy parents into universities. He was also ordered to pay more than $19 million in restitution and forfeitures.


Mastermind of the Varsity Blues college admission scandal is about to learn his fate

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Rick Singer pleaded guilty in 2019 to selling what he called "a side door" into top universities. The scheme snared dozens of wealthy clients, from actors to business titans and big-shot lawyers.


10 years after Sandy Hook, a family finds bits of joy amid shards of pain

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Families who had their lives shattered on Dec. 14, 2012, are still straining under the weight of their losses — and still pushing for the changes they had hoped would have already happened by now.


Former Northeastern employee arrested and charged with faking a bomb blast on campus

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

The suspect staged the explosion, triggering a massive police response and campus evacuation, officials say. Authorities believe a letter he said accompanied the explosives also came from him.


Gov. DeSantis is facing a lawsuit from the migrants he sent to Martha's Vineyard

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Migrants who were flown to Martha's Vineyard are suing Florida's governor and other state officials, alleging they were promised jobs and other benefits and lied to about their destination.


School is back in session Northeastern University after package exploded, injuring 1

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Authorities are investigating a package that exploded inside a building at Northeastern University in Boston. One person was injured. Police found and rendered safe a second suspicious package.


Boston 'T' riders lament over the subway shutdowns for repairs

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Parts of Boston's subway system, known as the "T," have been shut down for repairs. Just about everyone agrees the fixes are necessary, but commuters are now dealing with delays and confusion.


Bill Russell statue in Boston draws fans paying tribute to the Celtics legend

Monday, August 01, 2022

In Boston, fans are flocking to the statue of Bill Russell to honor the Celtic who died over the weekend. Russell won 11 championships with the team and was a legend on and off the basketball court.


Boston takes rare step of apologizing for its role in slavery and its lasting harm

Friday, June 17, 2022

Boston officially says it is sorry for its history in transatlantic slavery and the "death, misery and deprivation" it caused, and pledges to "repair past and present harm done."


The Uvalde shooting renews rage and grief in a Newtown student-turned-activist

Friday, June 03, 2022

Sarah Clements was 16 when she began pushing for stricter gun laws after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Since the recent mass shootings, she says the work is more dire and more difficult.