Martine Powers

Journalist, Reporter, Writer. I like to make boring things interesting.

I'm a journalist on a Fulbright Fellowship in the Caribbean, where I write about transportation, urban design, and infrastructure. Before that, I was a staff reporter at the Boston Globe.

Portfolio

Trinidad

What Trinidad Could Teach Uber and Lyft
On-demand carpooling is but the latest, greatest and buzziest innovation by U.S. ride-sharing companies. Uber and Lyft are betting big on it, while a whole new outfit, New...
7 questions about Trinidad's procurement bill you were too embarrassed to ask
The two most boring words in the English language: "public procurement." It's the kind of thing you see thrown around in newspaper articles and on evening news segments in which...
I spent a day in T&T's traffic court. Here's what I learned.
We've all seen them: Law enforcement roadblocks erected along the highway, where police officers pull over scores of drivers in an attempt to nab drunk drivers. But what happens...
Shouting match between MP, residents over Manzanilla road repair
Government officials are working to reopen Manzanilla-Mayaro Road, but they’re facing a formidable task: How will they build a road that’s flood-proof for years to come?
Proposed highway in Trinidad spurs hunger strike — again
A proposed highway has become a symbol of too-rapid development for a university professor in week two of a hunger strike.
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The Boston Globe

Amid push for cash-free tolling, conscientious objectors stand strong
Suzanne deLesdernier is part of a small but stubborn group of Massachusetts drivers who decline to order an E-ZPass, the state's electronic toll transponders - not because they...
New MBTA requirement keeps many older users off The Ride
Nearly two years after the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority implemented a policy that requires all applicants for The Ride to attend an in-person evaluation at a...
Problems plague new Hyundai Rotem commuter rail cars
A long-awaited fleet of MBTA commuter rail cars, delivered 2½ years late by the South Korean manufacturer, is now so plagued by mechanical, engineering, and software problems...
Runners try to make sense of chaos after Boston Marathon bombings
As chaos unfolded at the Boston Marathon this afternoon, many runners who had not yet made it to the finish line were bewildered when they were redirected from the course...
Mayor of Holyoke tries to balance youthful enthusiam with leadership
It was one of the first instructions 23-year-old Mayor Alex Morse gave to his new secretary. Before arriving at events, he must always know which door to enter. The directive is...
Concerns raised over Harvard's handling of cheating scandal
Last August, when Harvard administrators announced they were grappling with the largest Ivy League cheating scandal in recent memory, they said they would hear the cases of 125...

Elsewhere

Mom, stepfather grapple with drowning death of Largo boy, 3
LARGO - Surrounded by her son's photographs, coloring books and stacks of folded pajamas, Amy Hari had only one question Thursday as she chose clothes for her 3-year-old son's...
FDA's decision on Avastin is a personal one for breast cancer patients
The diagnosis was Stage 4 breast cancer. The prognosis: grave. "I got the impression that it was just like, 'Well, you're going to come here for chemo every week ... kind of...
Robot's road messages cheer cyclists, spectators in France
Winding its way along the route of the Tour de France, through Catalonian hills and Swiss ski towns and sleepy Provencal villages, is a 2,200-pound robot hitched to an SUV. And...
2 families share kidneys, hope with each other
It might be better to give than to receive, but for two Pittsburgh families in need of kidneys, it was both the giving and receiving that created a happy ending. After...
Yale worker accused of prostitution
Jane, 41, is a Yale dining hall employee. She has four children - two sons and two daughters - as well as a two-year-old granddaughter, and she lives in Westville, although...
For senior, abortion a medium for art, political discourse
Art major Aliza Shvarts '08 wants to make a statement. Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during...

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