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Tasers might compel police to use force, opponents say

After less than a year on the job with Tasers, instances of use of force by the Massachusetts State Police has doubled. Department officials say the data could be misleading, because the devices were never fired in many cases, but civil rights advocates warn an overreliance on stun guns by law...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:28am

Robotic exoskeleton helps man walk again at Boston hospital

In another era, Cory Cook almost definitely would have spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Since a diving accident in 2012 damaged the New Hampshire man’s spinal cord, he has been paralyzed from the chest down. After nine months of training at an area hospital, though, Cook this...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:45pm

PHOTOS: Memorial Day at Boston's Florian Hall

Avoiding the rain, a crowd packed Dorchester's Florian Hall today to recognize veterans for Memorial Day. Mayor Marty Walsh, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry andGov. Charlie Baker each at the event, remembering the more than 37,000 from Massachusetts who have died in battle since the Revolution....

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:39pm

PHOTOS: Take home one of these adorable Boston cats for National Cat Day

If you've always wanted a cat or are looking to add to your feline family, then National Cat Day is the perfect excuse. MSPCA-Angell, a private, nonprofit organization, has cats available at its Boston adoption center. Take a look at the above gallery to see some of the frisky friends you...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:34pm

Maybe all MBTA trains should be driverless: expert

Reports that a Red Line train went barreling through four stations without a driver on Thursday gave riders quite a stir this week. The mishap, believed to have been caused by operator error, birthed an MBTA controversy that was big even for an agency used to dealing with commuters’ scorn...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:29pm

Posters promoting white supremacy found on Emerson College campus

Seven posters promoting a white supremacist group were hung inside two buildings on the Emerson College campus this week. The posters were hung by the white supremacist group American Vanguard in an attempt "to spread its message and influence,” Emerson President Lee Pelton wrote in...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:07pm

Day of the Dead a big draw for the Peabody

Every year, Aquilez Sanchez makes the trip to the Peabody Museum to ring in Day of the Dead festivities. On Sunday, he and his daughter Aracelly stood admiring a colorful alter adorned with skulls and flowers and battery-powered tea lights on the Harvard museum’s upper floor. For a family...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 1:51pm

Replica of new Orange Line train making trip from China to Boston

An Orange Line train is taking a long ride from China to Boston. The MBTA tweeted a photo of a scale replica of the new Orange Line car as it was being loaded onto a cargo ship in China on Dec. 26. The train is being shipped to Boston, where it will arrive in about a month, the MBTA said. A...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 2:07pm

Kitchen remodeling tips with Home Depot

Nothing is worse than moving into a new apartment or home with a lousy kitchen. Many people will avoid putting a down payment or signing a lease they think it doesn’t cut the mustard, while many choose remodeling the to build the kitchen of their dreams. It can be done! But just keep in mind...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:17pm

Chicago deep dish vs. the New York slice: Which pizza is better?

As a New Yorker, I treat our Pizza like it has rejuvenating powers that can’t be reproduced anywhere else. But even NYC purists have to admit that this kind of admiration for the New York slice has always been weirdly just “understood” rather than backed up. Many faithful to the...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 5:09pm

#MeToo in 2018: Disrupting the status quo

With #MeToo gaining wide influence this year, the time has come where the women’s movement has truly reached the mainstream. We are witnessing a cultural moment where women, and men alike, are banding together to disrupt the existing patriarchy.  This weekend marks the anniversary of...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 4:10pm

Your Boston move-in guide for what to do with everything you no longer want

There’s a lot that goes into moving house. Now imagine nearly the entire city doing it at once. Most leases in Boston turn over at the beginning of September, thanks in part to the many area colleges starting their fall semesters. That means thousands of students and other residents...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 5:00am

Bunny infestation overruns Boston

An infestation of urban-dwelling creatures usually causes people to gag or get the frights, but one furry city animal is taking over Boston's terrain – and winning its residents' hearts. Boston is known to be home to many creatures people look to avoid: Rats, squirrels, mice,...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 4:58pm

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