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Residents in several Lower Cape towns will consider upcoming Town Meeting articles similar to the "sanctuary city" declarations in Boston and Somerville. Those declarations discourage local officials and police from enforcing federal immigration laws without a judge’s order.

As WCAI’s Kathryn Eident reports, some Cape residents think the declaration of a so-called "safe community" is vital to protecting immigrants’ rights, while others say the idea has raised more questions than answers.

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The 121st Boston Marathon was a success, but a Nantucket doctor who has run nearly 50 races sat this one out because of an injury.

Kathryn Eident talked with Dr. Tim Lepore about his life as a runner and whether he'll be lacing up his running shoes again. 

UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences

Spring is in full gear, and in addition to more daylight, warmer temperatures, and blooming plants, ticks are back on the prowl.

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Carlos Rafael, a New Bedford-based fisherman who owned, operated and controlled much of the region’s fishing fleet, pleaded guilty to dozens of federal fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion charges Thursday. The fishing mogul now faces up to 6-and-a-half years in prison.

Around New Bedford, Rafael is known as the ‘Codfather.’ The 64-year-old Portuguese immigrant built a remarkable business, with more than 40 boats at his disposal. His business was so robust, Rafael was allowed to catch about 25 percent of all of the fish New England’s fishermen may bring ashore each season.

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Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous professions in America. Consider this statistic: in the ten years from 2000 to 2010, 170 commercial fishermen in the U.S. lost their lives by falling overboard. To help reduce the number of fatalities in our region, a safety and survival training program is going on, designed to teach fishermen what to do during emergencies on their vessels. 

Jeff Robertson, Associated Press

The maker of one of the nation’s most popular weed-killing products is coming under scrutiny. Recently released court documents suggest Monsanto, the maker of the weed killer Roundup, may have ghost-written research to make its product seem safer.

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On a recent Saturday morning at Cape Cod Community College, a handful of theater students kicked back in their seats and read through their lines. The Tilden Arts Center production is an adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, the novel that for many was ahead of its time when it was published in 1949. The post-war tale foreshadowed a darker, more sinister era when a nation feared for its liberties under the eye of government surveillance and control. 

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance is launching an effort this summer to try to get consumers to develop a taste for two under-appreciated fish species.

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Close to 100 dolphins have stranded on Outer Cape beaches since last fall, and rescuers are beginning to wonder if 2017 will be a record-setting year for dolphin strandings.

 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Brian Sharp, director of the marine mammal rescue and research program at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, for an update.

 

 

Cape Students to Sing at the Vatican

Feb 21, 2017
Kathryn Eident

A group of middle and high school choir students have spent the last year getting ready for what may be the biggest concert of their lives: An appearance at the Vatican in Rome.

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