Small uptick in Mass. child deaths due to abuse, neglect

Thirteen Massachusetts children died of abuse and neglect at the hands of their caretakers in 2016, according to newly released data by the state...

Three decades later, juror tries to set record straight

More than 30 years after Eleanor Urbati, a white Hingham resident, reluctantly helped convict a 19-year-old black man of first-degree murder, she testified in...

HUD tightens requirements for loans seniors can take against their homes

Concerned about financial losses in a federally insured mortgage program for seniors, the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced plans to...

Timeline: Reverse Mortgages

Review an interactive timeline of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's reverse mortgage program since its launch 1989.

Embattled Mental Health Provider Faces New Fine From OSHA

The federal agency that monitors workplace dangers has issued a $207,000 fine against a private psychiatric hospital in Lowell for failing to protect its...

Convicted at age 16, man freed 38 years later as innocent...

Thirty-eight years after being convicted for a murder based in part on witness testimony given under hypnosis, Frederick Clay walked out of Suffolk Superior...

In wake of immigration crackdown, some New England jails see brisk...

Six months since President Donald Trump ratcheted up immigration enforcement, some local jails in New England are doing a brisk business housing immigrants arrested...

Judge asks jurors in 1985 murder case about bias allegations

FALL RIVER — More than 30 years after a Plymouth County jury found 19-year-old Darrell Jones guilty of a Brockton murder, three jurors appeared...

Bill would require Massachusetts to release restraint, abuse data from schools

A bill recently filed in the Massachusetts state house would provide more information to the public about physical restraints and incidents of assault and...


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Child Fatalities

Shining light on child abuse and neglect deaths


With 110 child abuse and neglect deaths in five years, a third of them under the watch of the Massachusetts DCF, the state is failing to protect its most vulnerable. Our investigation reveals the ways the government has failed to learn from this tragic toll.

Think Tanks

What is the agenda behind the funding?

Think tanks are seen as independent, but their researchers often push the agendas of donors, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.

Reasonable Doubts

The case of Darrell Jones

Darrell Jones at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. (Photo: Jesse Costa for WBUR)

How a videotape gap, a frazzled defense and alleged pressure on witnesses may have tainted the trial of Darrell Jones, a man who has spent 30 years in prison for a murder he maintains he didn’t commit.

Administrative Bloat

The evolution of the American university


Universities have hired administrators at a rate that vastly outpaces increases in enrollment and faculty hiring, all during times of purported belt-tightening and increased appeals for government funding.

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