NEPR News Now: Ballpark Neighbors, City Hall Diversity, Farm And Suicide, Food Bugs And Smart Phones
The city of Hartford, Connecticut, is planning changes around its new downtown baseball stadium. The once-busy, historic North End neighborhood now has a lot of vacant lots and boarded-up buildings. We check in with Hartford residents about what should come next, what the area needs and what might be lost.
Also in this episode: City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, recently called for increasing diversity in Mayor Domenic Sarno's cabinet. But the mayor has strongly pushed back.
We also hear a report about farmers, who have the highest suicide rates out of any profession in the country. When the folks at a New England dairy co-op mailed farmers information about how to get mental health help, they thought they were doing some good. Not everyone saw it that way.
Then, our reporter visits a performance art piece from a Westfield State University professor. He's aiming to mark Trayvon Marton's death, celebrate his life and keep people talking.
We head next to a lab at UMass Amherst, where researchers want to convert your smart phone into a device that can spot food-borne illnesses -- before you get sick.
And speaking of cellphones, commentator Susan Johnson doesn't have one. This makes her mother-in-law very worried.
- As Bid Deadline Nears To Build Near Hartford Ballpark, Community Considers What’s Next
- Springfield, Mass., City Council Passes Resolution To Diversify Cabinet
- Routine Mailing To Dairy Farmers Included A Rare Note: Suicide Hotline Info
- Public Painting Of Trayvon Martin Sparks Conversations About Racism On Campus
- Scientists Develop Smartphone App To Prevent Food Poisoning
- On The Virtues Of Not Having A Cell Phone
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