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Events to Honor the Troops Highlight Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend brings parades and other observances across the Cape and Islands, many of these on Monday. Starting on Sunday, however, will be "Troops in the Spotlight." This 24-hour observance is an annual event, now in its 11th year. It takes over part of the parking lot at Kmart Plaza in Hyannis. Troops in the Spotlight honors the men and women who serve in the armed forces with a 24-hour honor guard, collections for care packages, and more. Birdhouses are the centerpiece of an...
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How Viagra Could Help Stop the Spread of Malaria

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As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, anglers across the Cape and Islands are noting that bluefish haven't yet shown up in numbers. Okay, maybe bluefish aren't the region's glamour species (I'm talking to you, striped bass), but blues make delicious eating, especially on the grill, and at a time of year when bigger stripers are still hard to come by, bluefish are usually an early season go-to.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top local and regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Geoff Spillane, a reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times.

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Opponents of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station took their concerns to Boston recently, where they met with a Homeland Security official and key players from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Since the plant lost off-site power and experienced an unplanned shutdown in January’s blizzard, there have been renewed calls for a better evacuation plan for Cape Cod in the event of an emergency.

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Many years, Memorial Day weekend is the best of the year for birding. Historically, it is the hands-down winner for providing the most exciting birding of the spring migration, as both vagrants and visitors alike appear during this long weekend.

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Jacqueline Foster is the cheesemaker at Grey Barn Farm, an organic dairy in Chilmark. To speak about how she uses variations in moisture and salt to create the farm's three very different cheeses, she brought me to the large sterile kitchen where the cheese is made.

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Could Viagra help stop the spread of malaria? A new study by a team of European scientists makes it look like a possibility worthy of further consideration.

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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows statistics that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. On The Point, we talk about signs of abuse, resources available in our region for survivors, and how men are joining the conversation and taking action against domestic violence.

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On The Point, we discuss learning disabilities with psychologist Dr. Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley. What constitutes a learning disability? How are they diagnosed? There are many many factors that play into learning disabilities, and they can be found in people of all intelligence levels. Mindy Todd hosts.

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One of my regrets is that I came to the Cape too late to ride the passenger train along the Lower Cape to Provincetown. I missed it by many years, since passenger service to P-Town ceased in 1938. In 1964, when I first lived in Orleans, the freight train still ran as far as the old cement plant off Nauset Road in North Eastham. The train delivered coal at the old Snow’s hardware store, and my wife and I, living on a very short budget, used to go down and glean pieces of coal that had fallen off into the tracks for our stove.

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Antibiotics revolutionized 20th century medicine, reigning in common infectious killers, like tuberculosis and influenza. Decades later, though, a growing number of antibiotics are losing effectiveness. In 2013, nearly half a million people worldwide contracted multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

The World Health Organization warns that “without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.”

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