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Rapper DMX charged with tax evasion: U.S. prosecutors

Rap artist and Hollywood actor DMX was arrested on Thursday and accused by federal prosecutors of engaging in a multiyear scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the federal government to avoid paying $1.7 million in taxes. The 46-year-old performer, whose real name is Earl Simmons,...

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 8:03am

Baker to work with White House on opioid addiction

Update: Gov. Charlie Baker will be among the members of a new commission to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis, The White House officially announced on May 10.  Baker will be accompanied by another Bay Stater,  Bertha K. Madras, an addiction researcher who previously...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:37am

State audit identifies nearly $200M in 'improper' payments by MassHealth

MassHealth, the state’s program to provide health insurance coverage to low-income residents, made $193 million in improper payments for mental health-care coverage, the state auditor said.The report, issued Monday by state auditor Suzanne Bump,shows problems with how MassHealth pays for mental...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 1:51pm

Equal Pay Awareness Week in Boston looks to help women close gender pay gap

Women who live or work in Boston will have the opportunity to hone their salary negotiating skills with free classes this week as part of the city’s efforts to raise awareness of the gender pay gap.Mayor Marty Walsh announced the city is launching its second Equal Pay Awareness Week, with 14 free...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:04pm

Young boy shot in Roxbury Sunday night

A young boy was shot in Roxbury Sunday night in a shooting that intended to target the boy's father, officials said.Police did not release the boy’s age but he is reported to be about 5 or 6 years old, according to the Boston Globe. The boy was shot around 9:30 p.m. Sunday while leaving his Roxbury...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 9:56am

50 years later, Boston Marathon trail-blazer Kathrine Switzer runs again

Fifty years after her historic Boston Marathon run, Kathrine Switzer will once again lace up her shoes and run the 26.2-mile course. But unlike the first time, when a race official accosted her near the start, she will receive a far friendlier reception.Switzer was the first woman to officially...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 5:44pm

Sisters detained at Logan for 36 hours sent back to Colombia: Lawyer

The latest victims of President Trump’s aggressive immigration crackdown are two sisters who were sent back to Colombia after being detained at Boston’s Logan International Airport for 36 hours.The sisters, 20-year-old Dayana Gomez and Laura Gomez, 11, were immediately detained for questioning by U...

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 2:10pm

Massachusetts man sues Dunkin' Donuts after his buttered bagel didn't have butter

When a Massachusetts man ordered a buttered bagel from Dunkin Donuts, he was given a butter substitute instead — so he sued and won a settlement.Jan Polanik, a man from the Worcester area,filed a pair of lawsuits in Suffolk Superior Court this month accusing more than 20 Dunkin' Donuts locations of...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:47pm

In raffling off a new home, treatment facility for women hopes to get its message out

Megan Grover was 17 when her substance abuse started. The young woman from Dracut, Massachusetts, battled addiction for years, and as the opioid addiction spread across Massachusetts, it became difficult to find her a full-time treatment center, said her father, Tim Grover.Tim Grover decided to...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:00am

You want real web privacy? Get ready to pay for it

As government chisels away at internet privacy protections, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University have developed a system they say will give you more anonymity in cyberspace.The catch: You’ll probably have to pay for it.To start with, it’s important to...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 2:30pm

State to cover AP exam costs for low-income students

The state will pick up the tab for low-income students taking Advanced Placement exams in science, technology, engineering and math subjects this year after the federal government stopped providing dedicated funding.Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Thursday morning at an Everett Chamber of Commerce...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:45pm

Boston raises flag in support of LGBTQ community as anti-transgender bus rolls into town

As a bus touting an anti-transgender message rolled into Boston Thursday, a flag affirming the city's support of the LGBTQ community went up at city hall.The “Free Speech Bus” as it is called by organizers has been taking its anti-LGBTQ message on an East Coast tour, making stops in Washington,...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:37pm

Gaming commission approves Suffolk Downs sale

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission gave its approval Thursday to the sale of the Suffolk Downs horse track in Revere and East Boston, the state's only Thoroughbred race track, though the current owner has pledged to continue racing at least through next year.The Gaming Commission unanimously...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:40am

It's spring, but snow is on the way with winter storm watch

Though it's officially spring, winter weather in Boston isn't over yet, and neither is the snow.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in Massachusetts for Friday and Saturday.Forecasters are being cautious with their predictions, noting that it's still early and conditions...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 9:35am

Boston fentanyl bust 'major' win in fight against opioids: DA

It wasn't hamburger wrapped in green saran wrap that police found during a raid of Boston restaurant Tuesday— it was fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid that's been linked to a rising number of overdose deaths in Massachusetts and across the country.During a raid of D’Raffa Restaurant in...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:08pm

Councilor bashes decision to shut 2 homeless recovery programs

This post was originally published March 29, 2017.Closing two transitional housing programs that help homeless people with substance abuse problems sentences them to a state of "flux," City Councilor Tito Jackson said Wednesday in calling for a hearing on the matter.The city announced last week...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:48pm

Controversial Massachusetts sheriff wants sanctuary city leaders arrested

Updated March 29, 2017: One sanctuary city mayor took to Facebook to respond to Bristol CountySheriff Thomas Hodgson's calls to arrest leaders of communities that provide safe harbor to illegal immigrants.Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone called the sheriff's comments "ridiculous" and challenged...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:16am

Get a sneak peek of the new Orange Line trains at City Hall Plaza

T riders will get glimpse of what's to come on the Orange Line when the MBTA brings a prototype of the new train cars to City Hall Plaza next week.The trains will be on display in the plaza from Monday to Wednesday, according to an MBTA spokeswoman.It will still be some time until riders see the...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:06am

ACLU urges Massachusetts to 'hold strong' against efforts to punish sanctuary cities

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts says it is not deterred.A day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his intention to pull federal funding from“sanctuary cities” for not complying with federal immigration efforts, the ACLU fired back.Laura Rotolo, an ACLU staff lawyer...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:19pm

New nonprofit aims to raise $50 million for opioid addiction

A new non-profit in Massachusetts plans to raise $50 million over the next three years to support innovative efforts to fight opioid addiction and substance abuse and has already attracted $13 million in funding commitments.RIZE Massachusetts held its first meeting in Boston on Tuesday morning and...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:51pm