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Exhibit at Boston's Old State House opens the door to more stories ofAmerican history

What does it mean to be an American? Who were the Founding Fathers referring to with the “We” of We the People? And who is left out of the story we tell about the American Revolution? These are big questions, but a new exhibit opening Wednesday at the Old State House in Boston will...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 5:23pm

Boston taps law firm to sue pharma companies over opioid epidemic

The city of Boston has retained a law firm to sue pharmaceutical companies to recover damages from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday. Boston has tapped Motley Rice LLC for the litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors and dispensaries. Walsh announced that he...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 2:44pm

$10 parking fees part of MBTA plan that hopes to collect $8.5M from public

Drivers who park and ride from MBTA facilities during the work week will pay steeper prices at the more popular garages but could receive discounts at underused lots, under a policy adopted by the MBTA control board that will go into effect Aug. 1. Weekday prices will rise from $7 to $10 at three...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 9:25am

Millionaire's tax will not be on Mass. ballot in November, SJC rules

Massachusetts voters will no longer have the opportunity to weigh in on whether or not the state should impose the so-called millionaire's tax, an income surtax on the state’s highest earning residents, after the state’s highest court struck the question from the November...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 5:05pm

Boston City Council approves tighter restrictions for Airbnb

Boston City Council voted on Wednesday to pass an ordinance that would require stricter regulations for short-term rental platforms like Airbnb, including getting rid of so-called “investor” units. Investor units are those housing units bought up just for short-term rental use and are...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 4:33pm

In reversal, Gov. Baker not sending flight crew to southern border

In a sudden reversal, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration on Monday canceled its plan to send Massachusetts National Guard members and equipment to the southwestern U.S. border in light of the federal government's "inhumane" practice of separating undocumented children from their...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 3:24pm

Move to repeal Massachusetts transgender protection law sees some support, polls show

A measure may appear on the Massachusetts November ballot that would overturn a state law that protects transgender individuals in public spaces such as bathrooms — and it seems to have some support. The transgender protections law was passed in 2016 and specifically outlaws discrimination...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 12:58pm

Boston Globe columnist suspended for Boston Marathon Bombing fabrications

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen has been suspended for three months without pay following an investigation into comments and remarks he made about the Boston Marathon Bombings that occurred on April 15, 2013. The decision to suspend Cullen was announced on Friday, June 15 after an extensive...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 12:34pm

E-cigarette flavors linked to heart disease, stroke risk: BU study

With flavors like mango, cucumber, mint chocolate and even whipped cream, flavored e-cigarettes can seem more like a harmless treat than a health danger, but new research out of Boston University’s School of medicine sheds more light on the health risk of e-cigarette flavors E-cigarettes...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 12:28pm

Community Servings nonprofit in JP expands with 31,000-square-foot food campus

The idea of using food as medicine is more than a burgeoning trend — it’s a proven benefit, at least when it comes to the medically-tailored meals provided by Community Servings. The Jamaica Plain nonprofit that provides meals to homebound and critical ill residents in Greater Boston,...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 2:02pm

Boston-area native to embark on world's toughest cross-country bicycle race

Patrick Sweeney isn’t going to tell you that there’s nothing to be afraid of. The Belmont native, and now Bedford resident, has been through enough in life that it seems nothing could scare him: he finished second in the 1996 Olympic trials in rowing, holds multiple cycling world...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 2:53pm

Gov. Baker gets 'C' in environmental report card

A coalition of environmental groups, for the third year in a row, has awarded the Baker administration a passing but average grade for its environmental protection efforts, knocking officials for not moving the needle from year to year. Grades in the report card, issued by six groups, range from...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:44am

Wire issue disrupts Green Line service Tuesday morning

A problem with a power wire shut down service on the MBTA Green Line for a few hours Tuesday morning, stranding hundreds of passengers during their commutes. The MBTA announced that service was suspended between Government Center and Kenmore Square around 8:30 a.m.  “Please expect...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 4:52pm

AG Healey sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma, calling out execs' role in epidemic

Attorney General Maura Healey is suing Purdue Pharma, alleging that the company, which makes opioids like OxyContin, misled consumers about the drug’s addiction and health risks in order to get more people to take these drugs and to thus increase its profits. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 3:54pm

On eve of marijuana legalization, impaired driving panel just getting started

With legal marijuana sales expected to begin within a month, the commission that is supposed to make recommendations to prevent operating under the influence of marijuana and impaired driving is slated to meet for the first time Wednesday. The Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:36am

Boston Pride parade 2018 (photos)

The highlight of this year’s Pride festivities was once again City Hall’s extensive parade that kicked off at Copley Square at noon with the parade route finishing at Government Center. Attendees gathered on the side of city streets cheering with excitement as more than 300 groups of...

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 5:21pm

Boston Public Library revamps website

The Boston Public Library was established in 1848, making it the first large free municipal library in the United States, but despite its 170 year age, the institution is far from out of date. The Boston Public Library website is getting a revamp so patrons can better access its digital services....

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 2:32pm

Rare orange lobster found in a Roche Bros. will be donated to New England Aquarium

Lobsters in the summer may be a common sight, whether at a grocery store or on a restaurant menu, but one such crustacean that made its way to a Massachusetts Roche Bros. was a one in 30 million find. A rare orange lobster was found in a Westborough Roche Bros. last week and will now be donated to...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 4:14pm

Walsh, big-city mayors launch major renewable energy plan

Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities have joined Boston and other cities to explore a potentially massive renewable energy procurement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday at a climate summit. At the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston, Walsh urged other mayors to...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 2:08pm

Robot maids could become a reality with new MIT system

The future has long promised tech advances that take over mundane tasks like household chores, but though there’s no all-in-one robot housekeeper a la Rosie from The Jetsons on the market just yet, a new system out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:52am