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Sonia Vallabh lost her mother to a rare brain disease in 2010, and then learned she had inherited the same genetic mutation. She and her husband, Eric Minikel, went back to school to study the family of illnesses — prion diseases — in the hope of finding a cure for Sonia. Kayana Szymczak for NPR hide caption

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A Couple's Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

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The empty frame (center) from which thieves cut Rembrandt's Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee remains on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2010. The painting was one of more than a dozen works stolen from the museum in 1990. Josh Reynolds/Associated Press hide caption

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After a couple of stints behind bars, Angel LaCourt (right) is now a trainer at InnerCity Weightlifting in Boston. Here he works with Bill Gramby, who recently had a stroke and is working out to build strength and stamina. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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A Weightlifting Program Gives Ex-Cons A Chance At Change

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The Peters — or, Gall-Peters — projection, an attempt to better reflect the position of the equator and the size of the continents. While things get squishy in places, most experts agree that this projection gives a much more accurate depiction of the world than the commonly used Mercator projection. Joseph Amditis/Flickr hide caption

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U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., (center without hat) marches with members of OutVets, a group of LGBTQ military veterans, during the 2015 St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Boston's official Christmas tree, a 47-foot white spruce from the Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, arrives at Boston Common on Nov. 18. Edgar Herwick/WGBH hide caption

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Boston's Christmas Tree Tradition Rooted In A Canadian Thank You

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Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home

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The Millennium Tower looking down Franklin Street in downtown Boston. The city has seen a tech boom and housing prices have also increased over the past few years. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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Amid A Business Boom, A Wealth Gap Between Races Leaves Some Struggling

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The Citgo sign in Boston's Kenmore Square is being considered for official landmark status. The building on which it is mounted is up for sale. Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Elsa Dorfman and Allen Ginsberg. The inscription on the bottom of the photo reads, "October 15, 1988. The morning after our reception at Vision." Elsa Dorfman hide caption

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To Access Her Big, Boxy Muse, Photographer Set Her Sights On Allen Ginsberg

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Nate Swain poses for a photo by his artwork. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Unraveled: The Mystery Of The Secret Street Artist In Boston

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These shrimp "Peking ravioli" (aka dumplings) were featured at the third annual Festival of Dumplings in 2014 — honoring Bostonian and celebrity chef Joyce Chen. Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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People wait in line in Allston, Mass., on March 13 for an open casting call for Patriots Day, a feature film about the Boston Marathon bombing. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Filming For Marathon Bombing Movie Stirs Emotions In Boston

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Kristina Gillis practices in the rear of a rowing shell along the Charles River, where she will compete at The Head of the Charles this weekend as an ID (Intellectual Disabilities) rower. The regatta has yet to formally include an event category specifically for athletes with intellectual disabilites. Craig LeMoult/WGBH hide caption

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Top Regatta Now Includes More, But Not All Disabled Rowers

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