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MBTA general manager Shortsleeve to step down, triggering overhaul of management

The MBTA leadership team is undergoing a sudden overhaul with Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve departing at the end of June, triggering a series of moves pending the hiring of a permanent CEO. Shortsleeve's exit before the expected completion later this year of a search for a permanent...

Friday, May 26, 2017, 9:32 AM

East Boston fuming over traffic snarl at former Sumner Toll plaza

Sen. Joseph Boncore had plenty of time to talk about how traffic has put a stranglehold on East Boston since the state Department of Transportation took down the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza and reconfigured how cars approach and enter the tunnel. "It's fitting that you're calling about...

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 11:47 AM

Mass. house pulls back bill aimed at countering Trump

Massachusetts House leaders indefinitely postponed a planned vote Wednesday on legislation recommended by Democrats as a response to President Donald Trump's illegal immigration crackdown. The bill would prevent state resources from being used to execute agreements with federal Immigration and...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 3:13 PM

Cyber official 'amazed' that feds not affected by WannaCry

President Donald Trump's "cyber czar" said Monday he was surprised that the recent WannaCry global ransomware attack had not compromised federal government computer systems, and he said he worries about future attacks on power grids and hospitals. Rob Joyce, who worked for 27 years...

Monday, May 22, 2017, 3:40 PM

Logan Airport looks to add 5,000 parking spaces

The agency that manages Logan Airport agreed Thursday to invest in reducing emissions from cars and planes as part of its plan to create 5,000 new parking spaces at the East Boston air hub. If the parking plan is permitted, Logan would install ample electric vehicle charging stations throughout...

Friday, May 19, 2017, 9:56 AM

As Massachusetts lawmakers look to raise smoking age to 21, e-cigarette regulation gets wrapped up in bill

Debate over raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 has largely focused on the health risks of smoking and the ability of teenagers to obtain cigarettes from older friends, but pending legislation also restricts certain smokeless and tobacco-free products. In addition to increasing the legal...

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1:06 PM

Massachusetts lawmakers want to raise the smoking age to 21, but retailers question effectiveness

Public health officials and a retailers group tangled Tuesday over raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, what impact that would have on retailers and whether it would truly discourage teenage smoking. A Rep. Paul McMurtry bill (H 2864) with 104 co-sponsors that would raise the...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 11:33 AM