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Woods Hole scientists will be live-streaming as they explore shipwrecks on the seafloor starting on Tuesday.

 

Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) the scientists should be able to peek inside the iconic steamship Portland and an unidentified coal schooner within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, off Gloucester. 

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The comment period is open for a proposed project to bring a machine gun range to Joint Base Cape Cod. 

 

In an environmental assessment, the Massachusetts Army National Guard said it needs the eight-lane machine gun range to provide required small arms training for soldiers. 

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On Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced the developers will use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging area for the construction and installation of their offshore wind projects in waters south of Martha’s Vineyard. 

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A federal judge has ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service to issue new rules protecting critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. 

As schools work to make their reopening plans a reality by mid September, officials on Cape Cod are offering very specific health recommendations — down to how to test employees for COVID-19 and what cleaning products to use.

Home prices on Cape Cod are rising, even as some people remain out of work or have less income due to the pandemic.

 

The hot real estate market could put additional pressure on rentals and spur an eviction crisis, participants in a “State of Cape Cod” summit said on Thursday.

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Teachers across the Cape and Islands say they want to get back into the classroom, but not yet. 

 

At 11 demonstrations across the region on Wednesday, scores of teachers called for "healthy and safe working and learning conditions in public schools." Remote learning, they said, is the only way to protect students, teachers, and families against the spread of COVID-19. 

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Trees absorb 30 percent of the carbon humans pump into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, making forests key players in the fight against climate change. 

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On a Friday last September, James Longworth came home from the gym and didn’t feel well.

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A new set of precautions called “Beach Well” aims to keep people virus-safe at Cape Cod beaches this summer.

Although the list repeats some existing COVID-19 safety rules, it focuses more on which

beaches people visit and when.

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As schools finalize their reopening plans for the fall, the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force plans to offer a briefing for educators on COVID-19 testing and the latest virus data.

Administrators, teachers and school committee members will be invited.

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Provincetown 400 has canceled all of its events commemorating the anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing in 1620, with one possible exception.

A 2.5 foot storm surge brought modest coastal flooding at high tide in Woods Hole as Hurricane Sandy approached the Jersey Shore Monday morning.
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A team of Florida college students is developing a plan to protect Nantucket’s historic district from sea level rise, storm surge, and tidal flooding. 

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The Mashpee Police Department will become one of only a few police stations across the state to use body cameras when it begins a pilot program next month.

Ten Mashpee police officers will wear the cameras as a way to increase transparency.

Liz Lerner

This story has been updated to reflect changes announced by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 

Significant drought conditions have been declared across Massachusetts after a long stretch of warm weather and below-average rainfall.

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As communities around Massachusetts consider whether to eliminate their Native American school mascots, Dartmouth’s handling of the situation continues to come under scrutiny.

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Wareham Healthcare, one of three Massachusetts nursing homes to receive a termination notice last week from MassHealth, carries a red warning badge on Nursing Home Compare, a U.S. government web tool.

 

The badge indicates the nursing home has been cited for abuse.

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School districts across Massachusetts have until Friday to put the finishing touches on re-opening plans before they must submit them to the state. Schools must explain how they could open for in-person instruction, remote-only instruction, and a hybrid of the two.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked about the process of developing Barnstable Schools' reopening plan with Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Morning Edition. 

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This summer, David Bergmark isn’t coming to the family cottage in Truro. Like many people, he’s staying closer to home, which for him is Prince Edward Island.

But he says rentals of the cottage on Cape Cod are going strong.

“It’s been a completely different experience,” he said. “We could have rented it two or three times for each week period.”

Eve Zuckoff

At the Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility, everything has its own smell. 

“You get the gas smell, old trash smell, new trash smell, recycling smell,” said Dan Barrett, general manager of the facility. “There's a lot of different smells, and if you've been around long enough, you'll know the difference.” 

Liz Lerner

Clusters of COVID-19 infections tied to parties on Cape Cod are raising concerns that the true number of local cases could be higher than people realize.

 

The concerns come because test results for non-residents staying here for the summer may not initially be reported as Massachusetts cases.

 

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More than 300 acres of land on Cuttyhunk Island, nearly half its total acreage, will be protected against future development and preserved as publicly accessible conservation land. 

After two years of land-buying, the town of Gosnold and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have finished acquiring almost all the undeveloped land on the island north of Martha’s Vineyard, much of which had been placed on the market for potential development. 

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The Cape Cod Commission will spend the next six months developing a multi-part proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the region. 

The commission committed to reviewing the issue on Thursday as an alternative to voting on 10 climate action goals environmental activists proposed to the 2018 Regional Policy Plan (RPP).

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On a hot summer Friday, a Toyota RAV4 rolls into the parking lot of Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis. It’s there for an outdoor festival with live music, cornhole, and, of course, beer.

Trailing just behind the car is a bright green shed. The driver parks it right in front of the beer garden.   

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July 23 marks a year since three tornadoes touched down on Cape Cod, a rare event that surprised even people who saw the warnings.

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