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GRAPHIC: The FCC is holding an auction in which wireless companies will bid on parts of the nation’s airwaves currently being used by television stations and use them for wireless broadband. Some say that threatens minority broadcasters. Credit: Federal Communications Commission.

BOSTON – As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's airwa...Read More

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PHOTO: Elementary school student Lev Goldman spoke at Health-o-Ween, a Halloween-themed campaign aimed at ethnic communities, with information on free and low-cost health coverage launched with an event in Framingham Wednesday in advance of the upcoming open enrollment period. Photo courtesy Health Care For All.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – What's scarier than a child without medical insurance? Not much, say the folks behind the Halloween-themed public launch of an enrollment drive held Wednesday in Framingham. Pumpkins were the decorations at the news event where health insurance was the treat and getting...Read More

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PHOTO: About 100 workers from Boston University marched during rush hour Wednesday to press for a cost-of-living increase and health care benefits. Photo credit: E. Villasante.

BOSTON – Rush hour found workers from Boston University marching down Commonwealth Avenue Wednesday, pressing for action on their soon-to-expire contract. Roxana Rivera, director of the property service workers union 32BJ SEIU District 615, says among the 100 who marched were custodians, mai...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Schools around the country are using wireless Internet connections – and receiving billions in federal aid to expand Wi-Fi use - despite growing concern that exposure to Radio Frequency (RF) transmissions may be harmful to students and teachers. Graphic credit: Krish Dulal/Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON – Warnings about the potential hazards of radiation from Wi-Fi in school classrooms are on the rise. But those who are concerned about the health effects of Radiofrequency Radiation – RFR, as it's known – are finding it can be hard to make headway. Sheri Calarco, a paren...Read More

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GRAPHIC: While food insecurity in Massachusetts is below the levels in many other states, nearly eleven percent of all Commonwealth households are struggling to put food on the table. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

BOSTON – Food insecurity will not loosen its grip on many Commonwealth households. According to the latest government figures, one in nine Massachusetts households struggled, on average, with hunger over the years 2011-2013. Among those households considered to be food insecure, 4 percent ...Read More

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PHOTO: At an event in Framingham, a new effort was launched this week to find and enroll Massachusetts school kids in health insurance plans. The Back to School campaign is targeting communities where English is a second language. Photo courtesy of Health Care for All.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - It's back-to-school time for kids in the Commonwealth - and time for an effort by health-care advocates to find those children who are without health insurance. The "Back to School Campaign" kicked off with an event in Framingham, a community with a high concentration of immigra...Read More

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BOSTON - The end of summer signals a change of season, but a new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds the winter tick population is growing because of climate change. That spells bad news for the already depleted New England moose population. Eric Orff, former wildlife biologist with...Read More

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PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) became the first federal agency to acknowledge potential health risks from cell-phone use earlier this year. Then, just last week, the agency backtracked from its earlier statements of caution. Photo credit: Hoclab/Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention became the first federal agency to acknowledge health risks from cell-phone use - but then suddenly backtracked. Sometime before early June, unnoticed by many in the media, the CDC posted significant new wording in a "Frequently Asked ...Read More

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