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Summer of Sass

A small group of  gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students will spend the summer living and working in Provincetown. Stand-up comedian Kristen Becker came up with the idea of finding hosts for the teens last winter, after seeing news stories of LGBTQ kids being bullied and harassed in places like her childhood town of Shreveport, Louisiana. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Becker to learn more about what she envisions for the kids in the 'Summer of Sass' program.

Homeless Prevention Council

A recent survey found that more than 320 Cape Codders have recently been, or are homeless. That number includes young adults and children, a subset that often faces unique dangers and issues when it comes to safe housing.

 Kathryn Eident talked with Homeless Prevention Council director Hadley Luddy. Her organization is conducting a survey aimed at youth age 25-and-under, and is using strategies to reach them where they're most likely to be found: on their laptops and smart phones. 

Click here to go to the survey.

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Years before John F. Kennedy became the nation’s 35th President, he spent a brief time as a journalist for Hearst Newspapers, witnessing a number of pivotal moments in U.S. history in the aftermath of World War Two.

The 28-year-old Kennedy kept a diary during this time, in which he recorded his views on world politics, predicted the onset of the Cold War, and shared his thoughts about his decision to run for Congress.

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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.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital

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. 

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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. 

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