A Medway youth soccer player's sock collects particles of crumb rubber from the Medway High School synthetic turf field. The ant-size pellets act as artificial dirt for the artificial grass and they become ubiquitous in the lives of families whose kids play on artificial fields – getting into athletic bags, inside shoes, and ultimately in every mom's laundry room.

Toxic turf? Momentum grows against synthetic turf

Increasingly, Bay State towns – like many places nationwide – are debating costly plans to build new, or refurbish old, artificial turf fields, and sports enthusiasts who love the vivid-green fields for their durability and easy maintenance are bracing for new opposition from parents of budding soccer, lacrosse and football players about the safety of crumb rubber pellets. Continue Reading

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NECIR to host Watchdog Reporting Workshop on May 21

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting will host a Watchdog Reporting Workshop on Thursday, May 21 at Boston University. Training at the one-day workshop will include instruction and tools to give reporters the skills needed to produce better watchdog journalism on deadline, as well as enterprise pieces that result in scoops. Continue Reading