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National Women's Political Caucus to convene in Boston this summer

In two months, Boston will host the National Women's Political Caucus Biennial Convention, which will focus training women to run for public office. "It's a huge honor for us," Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Executive Director Sarah McCarthy Welsh wrote in an email to...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:25am

Massachusetts prisons are padding employee pockets at the expense of prisoner programs

The number of prisoners in Massachusetts jails is down 12 percent from six years ago, but spending is still on the rise. Since 2011, the number of people incarcerated in the state has dropped by almost 3,000 — from 23,850 to 20,961. State spending, however, is up by 18 percent, bringing...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 5:03am

Deadly New Jersey standoff ends after 35 hours with suspect's surrender

An armed suspect was arrested on Thursday following a 35-hour standoff in Trenton, New Jersey, that left a bystander dead when the man opened fire on officers, according to police and media reports. Three Mercer County sheriff's deputies were lightly injured during the standoff, WPVI reported...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:54pm

Pregnant workers' rights bill set to pass in Massachusetts

Legislation mandating accommodations for pregnant women on the job appears likely to become law this session, barring unforeseen complications, after the Massachusetts House unanimously passed a bill that already has the support of a majority of the Senate and the governor. The so-called Pregnant...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:48am

Man charged in hit and run that killed Boston cyclist

UPDATE 11:45 a.m., May 10: A Boston Municipal Court Judge ordered the suspect in an April 30 hit and run that killed a 29-year-old South Boston bicyclist be help without bail on Wednesday. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Megrian, Malone Kidanemariam, 25, of Boston was...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 11:55am

Soda tax could raise $368 million in Massachusetts, lawmaker says

Empty calories would carry a new cost under a plan pushed by health organizations and lawmakers that would add a sin tax to soft drinks. Under the proposal, a $1 can of cola would have an additional 24-cent cost, which would likely be passed along to the consumer, according to Allyson Perron Drag...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 11:43am

Delaware legislature moves to guarantee abortion access in Trump era

The Delaware state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would keep abortion legal in the state if a future U.S. Supreme Court shaped by President Donald Trump overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized it nationally. The measure was approved by a vote of 11-7 but needs to be...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:40am

US anti-Muslim bias incidents increased in 2016, group says

When the Masjid Al-Kareem mosque in Providence, Rhode Island, received a threatening letter in November calling Muslims a "vile and filthy people," its members were frightened enough they asked for and got extra police protection. The 42-year-old mosque was far from alone. The letter it...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:06pm

Florida airport falls into disarray after Spirit flights canceled

A busy Florida airport descended into chaos after Spirit Airlines Inc canceled nearly a dozen flights due to a labor dispute with pilots, stranding hundreds of passengers and leading to multiple skirmishes. Cellphone video footage of the scene inside the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 11:55am

Bicyclist in Back Bay hit-and-run dies

The bicyclist who was struck in a hit-and-run crash in Back Bay died early Tuesday, police confirmed. A car matching the description of the hit-and-run vehicle was also found. Richard Archer, 29, of South Boston, was hit while traveling on Commonwealth Avenue near Claredon Street at 3:19...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:25pm

Boston Police need public's help tracking down hit-and-run driver who maimed cyclist Sunday

Boston Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a car involved in a hit and run early Sunday morning that left a 30-year-old Boston man fighting for his life. The silver sedan hit the cyclist around 3:19 a.m. Sunday as he was traveling on Commonwealth Avenue near Clarendon...

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 5:05pm

Half of New England is ready to switch time zones so no one ever has to change their clocks again

Nobody likes losing an hour of sleep in the morning. But some New England states are so irate over daylight savings that they are ready to secede and join a new time zone to avoid resetting their clocks ever again. Maine and New Hampshire have already passed provisionary bills that would start the...

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:02am

Urban turkeys run afoul in Boston

Springtime marks turkey-hunting season in Massachusetts, but as far as Bostonians are concerned, it’s the turkeys that are hunting them. March through May is breeding season for the birds and hormones tend to make them a little bolder, according to wildlife officials — that’s one...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 2:48pm

You can live rent-free — at least for a couple of months — in a luxury NYC apartment

If the rent is too high, ask for a present. Too much inventory in the New York City rental market is creating a splendid situation for some renters, as owners and managers are packaging big incentives and promotional goodies to fill empty units ASAP. It’s a new phenomenon. Landlords are at...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:19am

Massachusetts sheriffs see higher pot tax as opportunity to fund addiction treatment

Two sheriffs urged lawmakers on Monday to use the legalization of marijuana as an opportunity to invest in substance abuse treatment by raising the tax on pot sales to support public and private addiction treatment programs. "We are searching and starving for resources," Hampshire County...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 3:45pm

Over 21,000 cases set for dismissal following state drug lab scandal

A total of 21,587 drug cases are set for dismissal, according advocates for defendants, a major step in the years-long attempt to clean up the mess left by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan. Tuesday was the deadline for prosecutors to note which convictions involving Dookhan should be...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:11am

Stop complaining about noise: NYC’s noisiest neighborhoods are actually healthiest, study says

Quit complaining about noise pollution in the city; new research shows residents of some of New York City’s noisiest neighborhoods are actually the healthiest. But is it actually the noise that’s making residents healthier? Researchers aren’t so sure about that, but the study...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 2:58am

Boston Marathon 2017: Live updates

Monday marked the 121st Boston Marathon, but for one out-of-town spectator, it was his first time taking part in the famed event. Michael Roth made the trip from Chicago to cheer on a friend, and he basked in the clear blue skies and temperatures that hovered in the 70s. Thousands of fans...

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 6:49pm

Boston Marathon Guide: Marathon Monday road closures in Boston

The Boston Marathon returns to city streets Monday, and if you’re thinking of driving anywhere that day, you might want to rethink your plans. Close to 30,000 runners are slated to participate this year and the Boston Athletic Association estimates the number of spectators will top 500,000,...

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 11:19am

Boston Marathon Guide: Where to watch

Over half a million spectators are expected to turn out somewhere along the 121st Boston Marathon route on Marathon Monday to cheer on racers. Though the Boston Athletic Association says there’s ample room along each and every mile of the 26.2-mile course, it pointed out a few of the more...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:35pm