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The admission arms race
by Marian Wang | April 23, 2013 As college-bound students weigh their options, they often look to the various statistics that universities trumpet 2014 things like the high number of applications, high test scores, and low acceptance rate. But students may want to consider yet another piece of info: the ways in which schools can [...]

Home-grown terrorism
by Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica | April 19, 2013, 4:31 p.m. As an eighth-grader in a Cambridge public school, suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was quiet, friendly, spoke good English and seemed at home in his adopted country. While hundreds of police officers pursued the 19-year-old during a nationally-televised rampage across Boston Friday, a former [...]

Reading guide to Boston coverage
By ProPublica, April 19, 2013 Boston is on lockdown as the hunt for suspects in Monday’s Boston marathon bombing is ongoing. Waking up to the news this morning was being thrown into a sea of breaking updates, emergency warnings, and more than one conspiracy theory. To help you catch up, we’ve pulled together some of [...]

Reunited after the explosions
An unidentified Boston Marathon runner, center, is reunited with loved ones near Copley Square following an explosion in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013.

Has Obama kept his transparency pledge?
After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency. Four years later, did the president keep his promise?

Everything you need to know about drone strikes
You might have heard about the "kill list." You've certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia -- a centerpiece of the Obama administration's national security approach — remain shrouded in secrecy. Here's our guide to what we know and what we don't know.

Learning from Sandy
By Eric Jaffe, Atlantic Cities | January 14, 2013 From a behavioral perspective, the hardest thing about adapting to the slow process of climate change is creating a sense of urgency. After a close call with Hurricane Irene a couple years back, and a horrible clash with Hurricane Sandy this past fall, New York is [...]

Therapy dogs provide comfort
View more photos of the comfort dogs in Newtown, CT on the Hartford Courant website.

Sen. Feinstein pledges revival of assault weapon ban
From our friends at PBS NewsHour: Watch Dianne Feinstein to Reintroduce Expired Assault Weapons Ban on PBS. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, has pledged to revive a law banning assault weapons at the opening of the next session of Congress. Gwen Ifill talks to Feinstein about the chances a new ban will pass after its 2004 [...]

Easing gun laws
by Suevon Lee, ProPublica Friday’s deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school marked the 13th mass shooting in the United States this year. Among the 11 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, more than half took place in the last five years. During the same period, states have often relaxed their gun laws, making it easier [...]