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Bristol County jail to replace in-person visits with video calls

Inmates at the Bristol County House of Correction may soon no longer see their visitors in person as the sheriff’s office looks to replace face-to-face visitations with video calls. Currently, the facility has non-contact visits, said Jonathan Darling, a spokesman for Bristol County Sheriff...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:10am

Lose It! app will analyze your DNA to help personalize your weight lossjourney

What’s the secret to losing weight? It’s probably not in the latest fad diet you heard about, but it may be in your own DNA. Boston-based weight-loss tracking app Lose It! wants to help you tap into your genetic code so you can better understand your diet and nutrition needs. Lose It...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:59am

Boston, 400 other coastal communities could be flooded by 2100 due to climate change: Report

Whether or not you want to admit climate change is real, scientists say the effects of a warming climate are putting sea level rise into hyper drive — a new map predicts most coastal communities in the U.S. will be totally submerged under water by 2100 or at least see regular flooding as a...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 8:48am

Comm Ave Bridge Replacement will cause 'hellish' 3 weeks for traffic: MassDOT

MassDOT officials are warning commuters to prepare for a “hellish three weeks” as construction on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge is set to start Friday. Basically, “Stay away,’ advised Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack at a press conference on Tuesday. The...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 4:13pm

Hubway adding extra stations to alleviate Comm Ave construction stress

The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement project is sure to cause commuter-related headaches in the next three weeks. In an attempt to alleviate some of that stress, Hubway is launching a new app in advance of the construction congestion. This is the Boston bike-sharing program’s first app...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 1:01pm

Reps will file bill to counter top court's immigration ruling

After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members are working to gather momentum behind legalizing those types of detentions. In a ruling hailed by civil liberties advocates...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:18am

Boston Public Schools receive grant to teach kids social and emotional skills

When you send children to school, you expect them to learn certain things like reading, writing and arithmetic. But wouldn’t it be great if they also learned life skills, like how to manage their frustrations or how to talk about their emotions? That’s the idea behind an initiative...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 5:02am

Walsh officially kicks off re-election campaign

Mayor Marty Walsh officially kicked of his re-election campaign this past weekend with a video called “One Boston for All” and an event in Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood in which he grew up. Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, a challenger to Walsh, had already announced his run...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 1:33pm

State officials cannot detain immigrants for ICE, Mass. top court rules

State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration enforcement. In the case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn, the court...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 11:57am

MA officers fatally shoot man holding pellet gun

Police shot and killed a Massachusetts man who was carrying a pellet gun on Sunday night. Officers in Spencer, Massachusetts were responding to a domestic violence report on Sunday around 8 p.m. Police were attempting to stop a car driven by a man they believed to have been involved in that...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:24am

Boston naked bike riders bare all on two wheels (NSFW)

The 8th annual Naked Bike Ride in Boston took place in Jamaica Plain on Saturday, celebrating nudity, body positivity and the power of bicycling. Biker Stephanie Parilla, 23, of New York, said she was excited about "the fact that we're naked in public.  That's always been on my...

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:42am

McCain's cancer is same kind that killed Ted Kennedy

Arizona Senator John McCain, 80, was diagnosed with brain cancer this week, and the specific type afflicted a previous U.S. senator, leading to the death of Massachusetts’ Ted Kennedy. After battling brain cancer for more than a year, Kennedy died in 2009, at 77 years old, of glioblastoma, a...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 1:34pm

Parking meter rates to rise in Harvard Square

Though no one in the Boston area actually “pahks the cah in Hahvahd yahd,” plenty of people park in Harvard Square, and that high demand is causing the price of parking meters there to rise. Beginning the week of July 24, parking meter rates across the entire city of Cambridge will...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 11:55am

5 Boston neighborhoods picked for 'slow streets' program

Five Boston neighborhoods have been selected to participate in the city’s Slow Streets program, an effort that will help Boston eliminate fatal and serious traffic accidents as part of its Vision Zero goal, Mayor Marty Walsh announced. The program will also serve to “improve the...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:29am

Legal marijuana bill finally reaches Gov. Baker's desk

The Legislature sent its rewrite of the voter-approved legal marijuana bill, with a higher tax rate and less power for voters, to the governor on Thursday, 255 days after about 1.8 million voters put the law on the books. House and Senate negotiators had planned to get a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 9:15am

Bill aimed at protecting pregnant workers reaches gov's desk

After passing slightly different versions of the legislation earlier this year, the House and Senate reached a compromise this week on a bill mandating protections for pregnant workers and sent the legislation to the governor's desk Thursday. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act offers pregnant...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 3:46pm

Supporters rally at State House to help MIT custodian facing deportation

Dozens gathered at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday to urge Gov. Charlie Baker to help Francisco Rodriguez, a custodian at MIT who is currently being detained and who faces deportation after 10 years of living and working in the United States. Rodriguez is originally from El Salvador and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 1:55pm

Chef Barbara Lynch faces drunk driving charge after crash in Gloucester

Acclaimed Boston chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch is facing a drunk driving charge after a crash in Gloucester earlier this week. Police say that Lynch, 53, crashed into the rear of a parked truck early Tuesday morning, according to the Gloucester Times. Lynch lives in Annisquam, a waterfront...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:07am

Take a photo of food and this artificial intelligence system will give you the recipe

When eating out, many people photograph their food before digging in. What if those photos could help you recreate the dish at home? It sounds like the fictional failed app SeeFood from the HBO show Silicon Valley but it’s real (and more effective) thanks to researchers at MIT’s...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 9:00am

3 men held without bail for homicide of beloved Mission Hill hardware store owner

Three men accused of fatally shooting a beloved Mission Hill hardware store owner Tuesday afternoon were arraigned on Wednesday and held without bail pending a trial.  Andres Cruz, the 58-year-old owner of AC Hardware on Tremont Street, was shot around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, officials say, in an...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 3:13pm