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6:40am

Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Boston's Back Bay Slowly Recovering After Smoky Fire Causes Chaos

The smoke over Boston from Tuesday's electrical fire.
Bianca Vazquez Toness WBUR
  • WBUR's Bianca Vazquez Toness
  • NPR's Tovia Smith

Repair crews are working this morning to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses in Boston's Back Bay district, "after two transformers caught fire Tuesday night, knocking out power" and sending think black smoke billowing over the area, our colleagues at WBUR report.

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5:40am

Wed March 14, 2012
Around the Nation

City Council Breaks Paper Products Stalemate

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 6:17 am

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10:01pm

Tue March 13, 2012
U.S.

As Gangs Move To New York Suburbs, So Does Crime

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 9:45 am

Law enforcement agents raid a home where the occupants are suspected of selling drugs last month in Middletown, N.Y. For three months, court papers say, authorities tracked them using wiretaps and cameras set up on telephone poles and trees.
Chet Gordon AP

Over the past few years, authorities have arrested more than 200 gang members in an unexpected place: the tree-lined suburbs along the Hudson River in New York.

Drug traffickers with ties to the Bloods, the Latin Kings and other gangs have put down roots there. Authorities say they brought shootings and stabbings with them.

Middletown, N.Y., is 90 minutes northwest of the city. On West Main Street, you can find tidy brick buildings from the 1800s, a brew pub, and a restaurant that sells fresh mussels and escargot.

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10:01pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Law

ICE Opens Immigrant Detention Center In Rural Texas

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 8:56 am

The Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas has outdoor spaces and other features meant to make immigrant detention less like prison. It will house mostly low-risk, nonviolent offenders.
Laura Sullivan/NPR

Just off the side of the road in rural southern Texas is a large beige building that looks a lot like a prison. Fences and tall walls mark the outside. Inside, the doors slam and people sit in control booths at the end of long concrete hallways.

But just a little farther into the facility, the door opens to a courtyard in the center of the complex, and there, things begin to change. There's a soccer field, a pavilion and a gymnasium. There's also a walk-up pharmacy and commissary. All of it is guarded by officers in polo shirts.

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6:35am

Tue March 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Turning Homeless Men Into WiFi Hotspots At SXSW Ignites Debate

Clarence, one of the human hotspots.
tech.li

Wired magazine says it "sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia."

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