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Kristin Toussaint

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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, 1:34 PM

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, 11:30 AM

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, 10:29 AM

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, 1:36 PM

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, 10:07 AM

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, 9:00 AM

Reebok creates new space boot for astronauts

Reebok is expanding its reach to outer space with a new boot being tested by astronauts. The Massachusetts-based footwear company announced its Floatride Space Boot SB-01 this week, a lightweight space boot developed in partnership with another Bay State manufacturing business, David Clark Company...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 1:18 PM

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, 10:09 AM

MBTA welcomes 345 new buses

The department of transportation announced on Tuesday the delivery of 345 new buses to the MBTA’s service fleet. The buses will be delivered by next month and include 156 diesel-electric hybrid buses, 175 compressed natural-gas buses and 44 sixty-foot, articulated buses (also known as...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 3:55 PM

Walsh launches PSA campaign to encourage bystanders to address Islamophobia

What should you do if you witness Islamophobia in public? Posters around Boston will soon give tips to help people in that exact situation. Mayor Marty Walsh announced this week a citywide public service announcement to help raise awareness about how bystanders can de-escalate harassment and...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 1:22 PM

Baker most popular governor in the country: poll

Though a recent poll showed that the Republican president’s support is slipping, some Republican governors — especially in blue states — are gaining popularity, according to a new poll. And the most popular governor in the entire country? That ranking goes to Massachusetts...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10:31 AM

Northeastern student wins opportunity to pursue passion of ocean conservation photography

Tim Briggs hasn’t even graduated from college yet, but he’s already getting paid to pursue his passion. The 21-year-old junior at Northeastern University will get to spend six weeks and $5,000 focusing on his dream career: underwater and conservation photography. Briggs is one of 15...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9:00 AM

The future of robotics means robots and humans will work side by side, experts say

Right now, roboticist Daniela Rus’ main aspiration is “to have a world where anyone can have a robot, where anyone can use a robot,” the MIT professor told TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics on Monday. Rus, who is also the director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

Inside the 'rapid advance of robotics' at TechCrunch's Robotics fair at MIT

The future is now, and it may be most evident in the advanced world of robots. On Monday, some of the top players in the robotics field will come together at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics, a one-day event. There, experts will talk everything bots, from...

Monday, July 17, 2017, 5:00 AM

Remains found in Dartmouth belong to fugitive wanted for 1980 murder

The remains of a long-time fugitive who once topped the FBI’s Most Wanted list have been recovered in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The FBI’s Boston office confirmed on Friday that the remains found Thursday, buried in the back of a North Dartmouth property, belonged to Donald Eugene...

Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:58 PM

Puerto Rico puppies arrive in Boston looking for forever homes

Logan Airport had a special few furry passengers on Thursday. Ten puppies from Puerto Rico were flown to Boston in the hopes of finding a forever home here. The Animal Rescue League of Boston is behind the pups’ journey. The ARL partnered with the Puerto Rico-based All Sato Rescue to bring...

Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:20 PM

New York drivers spend 107 hours a year searching for parking spots: Report

Anyone who has a car in a major city knows the pain of parking – it can hit your wallet if you often get tickets, or it can cause you to spend a lot of time searching. INRIX Research, a transportation analytics company, released a report this week that looks at exactly how much parking woes...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 3:28 PM

Tufts Medical Center nurses now locked out after 1-day strike

Thursday morning, nurses at Tufts Medical Center tried to return to work after their one-day strike, but they are now locked out by the hospital. The 1,200 nurses completed their one-day strike early Thursday morning, which they said was a move they had to make. “Our 24-hour strike was...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 12:51 PM

Harvard proposes banning all frats, sororities and final clubs

Harvard’s predominantly all-male social clubs have been a point of contention in the college’s past, and now a faculty committee has proposed that the college forbid all fraternities, sororities and single-gender clubs starting in fall 2018. The recommendation was outlined in a 22-page...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 10:23 AM

MBTA to share rider etiquette reminders through GIFs

In a digital world where everyone on the T is probably consumed by their cell phone for their entire trip, how will riders be reminded not to wear bulky backpacks on the train or to give up their seat to someone who needs it? Through GIFs, of course. The MBTA and its advertising partner, Outfront...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 8:00 AM