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Ben Allsup, Teledyne Webb Research

China returned an underwater glider to the United States this week, several days after seizing it from a U.S. Navy ship conducting research in the South China Sea.

It turns out that the torpedo-shaped device at the center of an international incident was made right here on Cape Cod, at a facility that develops equipment for both the Navy and for scientists.  

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident visited Teledyne-Webb to learn more about what gliders do and why the government uses these types of instruments.

 

Hoping for Housing in a Sea of Million-Dollar Homes

Dec 20, 2016
Courtesy of Housing Assistance Corporation.

This spring 22 homes will go up for sale in a new development on Nantucket. Alicia Briscol, a postal worker on island, is hoping to buy one.

When Briscol  first moved to Nantucket in 2006, she realized two things. First: she loved this island off the coast of Massachusetts.

“I love the quiet and the quaintness,” she said, “the cobblestone street. I was just amazed by - this place is in the United States!”

And second: if you’re not a millionaire, it’s really hard to find a place to live.

CAPE COD COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN'S ALLIANCE / capecodfishermen.org/

Commercial fishermen got a step closer to helping the next generation of fishermen ease into the industry last week, when they won Congressional support for a young fishermen's educational program during recent meetings on Capitol Hill.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance CEO John Pappalardo about what the program would entail, and what fishermen need to do next to get Congress to authorize the program.

 

 

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A new board is forming in Provincetown that will oversee the state's first-ever rental housing trust for middle-income residents. 

The trust will help residents who make too much to qualify for low-income housing assistance, but can't afford to pay the median 700-thousand dollars for a house in town.

By Car, Truck and Boat: Handling an Island's Trash

Dec 9, 2016
Angela Scionti

Don Hatch is a numbers man. He has to know the costs of what it takes to recycle his trash, or else he’s losing money. Because of that, he has to be creative.  

"Two years ago we were receiving $25 a ton for recycling," he said. "This year we are paying $40 a ton. So the recycling market is pretty poor right now. So we are just mixing everything and sending it off to a plant in Woburn."

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The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on a massive health bill that aims to accelerate cancer, brain, and biomedical research by providing funding for academic institutions, and by loosening some federal regulations aimed at pharmaceutical companies. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack supports the so-called 21st Century Cures Act, in particular, the $1 billion marked to combat the opioid epidemic. He spoke to WCAI's Kathryn Eident about the bill, and some of the bill's  critics.

 

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Two Cape Cod football teams - the Mashpee Falcons and the Falmouth Clippers - are competing in the State football championships at Gillette Stadium. WCAI's Brian Morris checked in with coaches and players from both teams before their big games.

Nantucket Public Schools

Nantucket school officials responded to two incidents last week where students used language and rhetoric seemingly inspired by the tone of the recent presidential campaign.

Cyrus Peirce Middle School Principal Peter Cohen said, in one incident, some students at his school repeated disrespectful language used by President-elect Donald Trump. In the other incident, a group of students told a fellow student - an immigrant - that she was going to be deported. 

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Cape Cod residents lined up at Town Halls across Cape Cod this week as early voting got underway in Massachusetts. WCAI Morning Edition hosts Brian Morris and Kathryn Eident have a report.

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WCAI examines the pros and cons of Ballot Question 4, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts.

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