Tovia Smith http://wqcs.org en After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels http://wqcs.org/post/after-losing-leg-woman-walks-her-own-4-inch-heels Returning to watch the Boston Marathon was never a question for Heather Abbott. After losing her leg in the bombing last year, watching the race is just one item on a long list of things she did before and intends to do again. Also on that list: wearing 4-inch heels.<p>"Sometimes, I think: Why am I doing this to myself? Because I could just wear regular flat shoes," Abbott says. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 42253 at http://wqcs.org After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard http://wqcs.org/post/year-after-bombings-some-say-boston-strong-has-gone-overboard The phrase Boston Strong emerged almost immediately after last year's marathon bombings as an unofficial motto of a city responding to tragedy. But now some are wondering whether the slogan is being overused.<p>The words are everywhere: Boston Strong is plastered on cars, cut into the grass at Fenway, tattooed on arms, bedazzled on sweatshirts and printed on T-shirts (and everything else).<p>"We have Boston Strong bracelets, we have car magnets, little money pouches, we have mints," says Catherine Thomas, manager of a souvenir shop in Quincy Market. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 42019 at http://wqcs.org A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://wqcs.org/post/does-teaching-kids-get-gritty-help-them-get-ahead It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"<p>Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.<p>Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that <em>je ne sais quoi</em> that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.<p>"This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that's grit," says Angela Du Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 40867 at http://wqcs.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? In Boston, Gay Groups Remain Closed Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade http://wqcs.org/post/boston-gay-groups-remain-closed-out-st-patricks-day-parade Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he's still hopeful for a deal allowing a gay group to march in South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Organizers say talks to include gay groups for the first time in two decades have fallen apart. Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, is still trying to bring the sides together.<p>NPR's Tovia Smith reports.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: Gay rights activists called it historic that they were even talking to parade organizers. But now, chances for a deal are slipping.<p>PHIL WUSCHKE: The parade is actually closed. It's a done deal. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 40328 at http://wqcs.org The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect http://wqcs.org/post/us-will-seek-death-penalty-boston-bombing-suspect U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 39010 at http://wqcs.org In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair http://wqcs.org/post/long-wait-aid-washington-job-hunters-despair Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Lawmakers are promising new efforts to restore jobless benefits for long-term unemployed, but it may take a while - 1.4 million people who've been out of work long term saw their benefits disappear three weeks ago. Congress failed to agree on funding to renew them. NPR's Tovia Smith visited with a few people who are without work in Boston.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: John Pratt(ph) has worked in the financial sector nearly 30 years. Starting at the bottom with no college education, he worked his way up to a well-paying operations job. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 38506 at http://wqcs.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates http://wqcs.org/post/story-boston-marathon-bombing-told-skates <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfP7ZN6ZYN4</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 38232 at http://wqcs.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' http://wqcs.org/post/grieving-newtown-mothers-motto-love-wins As much as Dec. 14 will forever be a day of unfathomable grief for Nelba Márquez-Greene, Dec. 13 will be one of unending gratitude.<p>"I will never forget that day," she says.<p>On that day, Márquez-Greene stopped the usual frantic drill: rushing to activities and errands, worrying about the dishes and laundry, even cleaning up the mess on the floor.<p>That morning, her 6-year-old daughter, Ana Grace, had knocked down the entire nativity set off the piano. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 37153 at http://wqcs.org A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior http://wqcs.org/post/newtown-parents-seek-clearer-window-violent-behavior The shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December has left families of the 26 victims, most of them children, struggling to heal in different ways.<p>Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel are one such family. They lost their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, in the shooting. In the year since, they've responded as any parents would: Asking why such a tragedy could have happened.<p>But they also responded as the two scientists they are: They immediately threw themselves into trying to answer the question. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 37053 at http://wqcs.org Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Gets Two Life Terms And Then Some http://wqcs.org/post/mobster-whitey-bulger-gets-two-life-terms-and-then-some Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Victims wept in court today as a federal judge sentenced Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger to two life terms in prison, plus five years, ensuring that the now 84-year-old will never walk free. Bulger was convicted in August of running a massive racketeering operation that spanned decades and included extortion, drug running and at least 11 murders. NPR's Tovia Smith was in court and joins us now. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 35911 at http://wqcs.org