Contagious leukemia was first documented in soft-shell steamer clams.
Michael J. Metzger / Columbia University

Researchers at Columbia University reported this week that they’ve found transmissible leukemia in mussels, cockles, and golden carpet shell clams, doubling the number of known contagious cancers. Soft-shelled clams also get the disease. The other two examples of contagious cancer are a facial tumor in Tasmanian devils, and a venereal cancer in dogs.

WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion of the week's top local news.  His guests include Geoff Spillane from the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner.

Antikythera team members Nikolas Giannoulakis, Theotokis Theodoulou, and Brendan Foley inspect small finds from the Shipwreck while decompressing after a dive to 50 m (265 feet).
Brett Seymour / EUA/WHOI/ARGO

Archeologists have discovered a second shipwreck at the site of the Greek wreck known as the Antikythera. That site became famous for the oldest-known computer, dating back to 65 B.C. But underwater archeologist Brendan Foley of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution suspected the wreck had more to offer.

Between 2012 and 2014, the number of confirmed opiod-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts skyrocketed by 57%. Recently, the New Bedford City Council declared the opiod crisis a public health emergency. One addiction specialist in New Bedford says it’s time to consider the idea of a supervised injection facility for heroin addicts. A few other communities around the country also are exploring the idea, but overcoming the opposition – and the legal hurdles – could take years. 

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The tidal rips in Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound are channeling plenty of bait, offering anglers good access to a variety of fish, including keeper-size striped bass, bluefish, and abundant bottom fish.

The Good of Pig Slop

Jun 23, 2016
Photo by Ali Berlow



Zachariah Jones has been doing the slop rounds since he was just a sprout of a boy, barely big enough to hold down the pig buckets in the back of his father’s red truck.

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Whether it’s grown, raised, caught or eaten on the Cape, Coast and Islands, our region offers many ways to engage in the local food movement. Our favorite foodies join us on The Point to discuss locally produced foods and how the food movement is evolving. We also talk about restaurant reviews and what local items to seek out in area eateries.

Gypsy Moths Are Back this Summer

Jun 23, 2016
James McNeill,

You may have seen them on trees, on your car and even on the streets and sidewalks—they are the fuzzy caterpillars that turn into gypsy moths. These creatures can do some damage to the region's trees.

Kathryn Eident talked with Larry Dapsis, an entomologist with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, to learn more. 

Phillip Tracey holds up food waste waiting to be mashed and fed into the anaerobic digester at Stop and Shop's Green Energy Faciity in Freetown, MA.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

Massachusetts officials say we’re on a path to zero waste, and it starts with what’s on your plate. Food waste is the single largest component of our trash and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. A recently enacted food waste ban is forcing large institutions to find alternatives to throwing away food.

Cape Cod-based photographer Julia Cumes traveled to Kenya this past winter to teach photography to tribal women. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with her about the workshop and its larger goals to help empower women and enable them to document their lives. Here is a link to Ms.


WCAI Wins 2016 National Murrow Award

Sean Corcoran

10 Years Later, Reckoning with Opportunities Lost in the Battle Against Opiate Addiction

A red plastic box has gathered dust behind some camping gear in my basement for the past ten years. I haven't opened it—I don't think I've even touched it—since I moved into my home on Cape Cod in 2005. It's filled with all the stuff I collected as the lead reporter on a two-day newspaper series called, "Opiates in Our Towns."
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