The Massachusetts doctor who was cured of the deadly Ebola virus is going to return later this week to West Africa to work in the missionary hospital where he was infected.
Four months after he was declared Ebola-free, and with his strength and stamina now back, Dr. Rick Sacra will leave Thursday for Liberia, where he had spent much of the last two decades working for a missionary organization.
The U.S. Olympic Committee last week picked Boston to make the American bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Backers say the games will enhance Boston’s image as a world-class city. Opponents fear a costly boondoggle. Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist has researched the costs in his new book “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.” He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.
Backers of Boston’s bid to host the Olympics see it as a chance to enhance the city’s image. Critics fear a financial boondoggle.
Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist, who has researched the costs of hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, believes the organizer’s estimates of a $4.5-$5 billion price tag for the Boston Olympics is unrealistic.
" The notion that you can avoid cost overruns is pie in the sky," said Zimbalist.
The Vermont Workers Center is coordinating Vermont’s ‘Health Care is A Human Right Campaign’. The group organized a protest at the statehouse in Montpelier Thursday that repeatedly interrupted inaugural ceremonies and speeches.
Single payer advocates first gathered at the entrance to the House chamber, chanting as legislators gathered for a joint session to hear Governor Peter Shumlin’s inaugural address.
For much of 2013 and 2014 the small Berkshire County town of Hinsdale was embroiled in a struggle over its police chief, an issue that splintered the town. And there may be a new chief, but the divide remains.