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Avoid these travel times in Boston if you're driving over the July 4 weekend

It’s almost the holiday weekend, which means you probably have almost everything planned, like where you’ll watch the fireworks and what bathing suit you’ll don at the beach. But what about your travel plans? Be warned: This year’s Independence Day is anticipated to have...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 3:08pm

Mass. voters would pay more money to reduce emissions: Poll

Three quarters of Massachusetts voters say they would favor spending an extra $10 per month on energy bills if it led to significant reductions in greenhouse gases, according to a WBUR poll publicized Wednesday. Less than two years ago, 58 percent of Bay State voters said they would like to pay...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 2:21pm

A portable nap room, Uber for nannies and other startups to compete atMassChallenge accelerator

Boston is already home to some of the best tech innovators and entrepreneurs in the country, and on Wednesday, more than 120 startups will gather here to show what they’ve been working on. The MassChallenge Startup Showcase brings together for the first time the 128 startups, hailing from 16...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 9:52am

MBTA's overdue Wi-Fi system faces opposition

Commuter rail riders hailing from communities north of Boston want better wireless internet service, but a vocal group is upset about the communication towers that are planned to achieve that aim. As a wireless vendor moves closer to fulfilling an agreement inked three years ago, residents from...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 4:19pm

Michael McCarthy found guilty of second-degree murder for death of BellaBond, age 2

Michael McCarthy, the man accused of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond, has been found guilty of second-degree murder by a Suffolk Superior Court jury. Monday marked the fifth day of deliberations for the jury, which had the choice between saying McCarthy was not guilty, guilty of murder in the...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 3:38pm

Walsh will challenge Senate healthcare bill

After the Senate’s healthcare bill was finally revealed last week, disability rights activists, representatives and others have spoken out against the action that would cut Medicaid and impose lifetime caps on “nonessential services.” Included under nonessential services...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:16pm

Boston artist creates song to help end homelessness

There are more than 19,000 homeless people in Massachusetts, according to 2016 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development data, and Derek Cummings thinks those individuals are far too often overlooked. That fact is more than just a number to Cummings, a Boston entertainer who goes by...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 5:06am

Man accused of killing Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte indicted for murder

A Worcester man who was arrested in connection with the death of Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte back in April has now been indicted for murder, according to a statement from Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early on Friday. Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, was indicted for the murder of...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 4:42pm

Bristol County DA appeals decision to vacate Hernandez murder conviction

The murder conviction of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was vacated back in May, following the athlete’s April suicide in his jail cell. Now, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn has filed an appeal of that decision, which followed a Massachusetts legality...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 1:32pm

Mass. Senate passes pot bill

The Senate on Thursday night approved a series of updates to the state's voter-passed marijuana legalization law, which supporters said closely align with the ideals of the ballot question but which differ significantly from the bill House lawmakers passed Wednesday. The Senate's 30-5 vote...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 9:18am

Major overhaul of pot ballot law clears House

After several years of ceding marijuana policy-making to a voting public eager to adopt a more permissive approach to the once completely illegal drug, House lawmakers on Wednesday took the reins of the sticky issue, passing a bill to overhaul how the state will regulate the retail market of the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:48am

CEO of 'Safr' ride-hailing service for women arrested on embezzlement charges

The CEO of Boston-based Safr, a ride-hailing app that provides a “safer” alternative for women riders, was arrested last week on charges he embezzled $2 million from the U.S. Virgin Islands Government. Syed Zain Gilani, 43, was arrested at the company’s Harrison Avenue...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 12:32pm

AFFOA opens Cambridge headquarters by unveiling hat that transmits audio

Within Advanced Functional Fabrics of America’s new Cambridge headquarters, AFFOA-emblazoned hats line tables in the product room. But these aren't just any hats. AFFOA is a high-tech fabric innovation center, working to change what our fabrics can do for us. The goal is to create...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

Gov. Baker wants to invest $500M in life sciences

Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing a $500 million investment into the state’s life-sciences sector as part of a five-year initiative that would build on efforts started by his predecessor, Deval Patrick. “We are committed to supporting the public-private partnerships and strategic...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:14pm

New high-tech fabric innovation center opens headquarters in Cambridge

Technology has already been integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, and now even the fabrics on our backs will become more advanced thanks to a new center unveiled Monday in Cambridge. “Our fabrics express who we are, convey our identity as individuals and our values as a society,...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:48am

Why Massachusetts' higher unemployment rate isn't actually bad news

At the beginning of the year, Massachusetts’ unemployment rate around the lowest it’s been in more than 15 years, with a 3.2 percent rate in January — well below the nation's 4.8 percent at that time. About halfway through 2017, however, the state unemployment rate has risen...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 5:00am

Boston's beloved Keytar Bear attacked, robbed near Faneuil Hall

Boston’s beloved Keytar Bear was attacked by three New Hampshire teens near Faneuil Hall on Saturday, Boston police confirmed. Police said the young men were charged with assault and battery, affray (public fighting) and disorderly conduct for allegedly beating up the well-known street...

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 6:46pm

Michelle Carter found guilty in suicide texting case

Michelle Carter, the 20-year-old Plainville woman who sent text messages urging her boyfriend to kill himself, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Carter was charged with the 2014 death of her then-boyfriend Conrad Roy III, 17, who was found dead his truck on July 13, 2014 of...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 1:03pm

New marijuana bill targeted for Monday

After tepid support and a procedural snafu forced House leadership to pull the rewrite of the marijuana legalization law from consideration this week, the Marijuana Policy Committee is planning to release a redrafted version of the legislation Monday with debate expected in the House on Wednesday,...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 9:46am

FBI releases new photos of Mass. man wanted for 1980 murder

The FBI has released new photos of a Massachusetts man wanted for a 1980 murder. Donald Eugene Webb, who would be 85 years old now, is the only fugitive in the United States wanted for the murder of a police chief, according to FBI Boston. The new photos released Thursday were taken on a...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 3:09pm