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Small cameras that record and store our license plate information are popping up almost everywhere, raising alarms around the country. In Massachusetts, privacy advocates are urging the state Legislature to regulate the data. But others say there's something standing in the way – the U.S. Constitution.

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The cargo ship captain who survived his ship’s takeover by Somali pirates in 2009 will be presenting awards to local heroes on Cape Cod. 

Captain Richard Phillips wrote a book about the experience of being taken hostage by pirates called A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea.  It was turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks, called Captain Phillips. Despite all the attention, he says he’s not a hero.

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Come October 1st, new state regulations will change how old and unwanted commercial food is disposed of in Massachusetts. Under the new regulations, any entity that discards a ton or more of food per week must donate or re-purpose the useable food. For spoiled food, one option is to convert it into clean energy. And that’s what Stop & Shop is doing. A Stop & Shop Distribution Center in Freetown is gearing up to install its own on-site system that uses spoiled food from its retail stores to generate electricity.

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Recently, more than a hundred residents of Woods Hole and Falmouth came together to explore options for the future of the historic Nobska Lighthouse. The Coast Guard is looking to transfer ownership of the property to the town, or to a qualified non-profit group. The process is complex, and will require a large commitment of both time and money from whoever eventually takes over.

“It is an icon to the community. It is something that we all love,” said Catherine Bumpus, Woods Hole Community Association co-President and host of the meeting.

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Alecia Orsini

The weather is keeping us busy this winter. With the second major storm of 2014 comes WCAI's second live storm blog.

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With the winter storm season of 2014 upon us, we've compiled a list of our favorite online resources for storm-related information, so you can be in the know.

Old Christmas Trees Cheer Dartmouth Zoo Elephants

Jan 15, 2014
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A truckload of old trees is bringing belated Christmas cheer to an elephant at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in Dartmouth. Her name is Ruth, and she has a long-standing - if somewhat roundabout - connection to the Outer Cape.

Andy Fingado pulled into the Buttonwood Park Zoo behind the wheel of a mid-sized green and white truck. He and several zoo workers flipped open the back doors and begin unloading the trees, which were still remarkably green and fragrant. 

January 8, 2014 - The Cape and Islands may have good chance of catching sight of the Northern Lights late, late tonight. 

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center – yes, there is such a thing – is saying that a powerful solar flare on Tuesday has created favorable conditions for seeing the Northern Lights at latitudes much lower than usual – including as far south as Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

Our best opportunity for seeing the Aurora Borealis, weather permitting, should come after midnight tonight until dawn. 

Live Blog: First Winter Storm of 2014

Jan 2, 2014
Alecia Orsini / WCAI

The first winter storm of 2014 is upon us. Our live blog is your one-stop source for all things storm-related. Check back for regular updates.

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