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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to Close

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth will shutdown no later than June 1, 2019, according to a statement this morning by its owner, Entergy Corp. Update, 5pm: Some 630 workers will be laid off, as the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant is shut down then decommissioned. Plant officials say economic factors are forcing the shut down.
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Author and Nantucket visitor John Vanderslice has written eleven poignant tales set on Nantucket in a collection called Island Fog.  Spanning the years 1795 to 2005, the short stories include bank robbers, whaling widows, Native Americans, carpenters, and more.  WCAI's Mindy Todd talks to Vanderslice about his writing and island inspirations.

October is a great month for birding. Lots of bait fish in the water are providing feasts for jaegers, shearwaters, terns and many other sea birds this month. Weedy lots, community gardens, and municipal wastelands are full of seed plants and thus also species such as migrating sparrows and warblers, and raptors too... And it's time to get the bird feeders ready!

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As the Navy continues to search for the doomed cargo ship El Faro, the loss has an eerie resemblance to the Derbyshire disaster some three decades before. 

The Derbyshire was a British ship carrying a load of iron ore from Canada when it sank off the coast of Japan in a typhoon in 1980, killing all 44 people aboard. 

The Derbyshire was built in 1976. El Faro was built in 1975. The Derbyshire was about 1,000 feet long, El Faro was about 800 feet long. Both went down in big tropical storms.

Earth Housing: Not Just for Hobbits

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Kolin Pope

If you looked down on the Cape Cod mall from the sky, you’d see a huge black roof surrounded by hundreds of parked cars. If the late architect Malcolm Wells had his way, all of that would be invisible. Malcolm was an underground architect, and on the leading edge of thinking about passive building design, sustainability, and ecological impact. His buildings aren’t simply covered with green roofs, they’re buried on all sides, or nestled into the sides of hills like Hobbit Holes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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One day last fall, I drove a friend up to Boston for a medical appointment at Beth Israel Hospital. She was going to be there for several hours, so I parked the car in the hospital garage and took the T to the Arlington Street Station. From there I walked leisurely through the Boston Garden and Common toward Tremont Street. Already it had the feel of a place shut up.

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda at the New Bedford Standard-Times; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Want to hone your Davy Crockett-style tracking skills? Head to Harwich this Saturday, where the Harwich Conservation Trust presents naturalist and tracking instructor Todd Kelley for a workshop on how to identify wildlife and their tracks by interpreting the clues they leave behind.


Eighty percent of adults with autism live at home once they “age out” of special education programs at age 22.  That often means there is little opportunity for social involvement, and a lack of a clear plan for a future when parents can no longer care for them.


The Cape Symphony conductor Jung-Ho Pak and singer Sarah Uriarte Berry join Mindy Todd in The Point studio to talk about the upcoming performances of Just Judy, a tribute to the beloved Broadway star Judy Garland. This superstar’s songbook is full of memories of the legendary movies and stars that made Judy’s story as unforgettable as her music.

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A tote of mackerel slides noisily down a metal chute into a warehouse at the fish pier in Chatham. It’s dark and chilly and I’m standing with Willie Ligenza, who caught the fish.

I asked him if today was a good haul. “I saw you got what, about five, six hundred pounds?”

“Yeah, it was a pretty good haul,” Ligenza said. “I got between 400 and 500 pounds today, it was a pretty good haul.”

How do you fish for mackerel, I asked. What kind of gear do you use?