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Retail pot still 'weeks away' but two Mass. companies get final licenses

Legal marijuana sales are "weeks away" in Massachusetts, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission said Thursday after regulators approved final business licenses for shops in Leicester and Northampton. The CCC on Thursday afternoon granted final business licenses for Cultivate...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:23am

Massachusetts nurse ballot question could cost $949M: Report

The total annual costs of a ballot question that would limit the number of patients assigned to one nurse would land between $676 million and $949 million, according to a new state analysis that cautioned those figures are likely on the conservative side. Less than five weeks before voters will...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 4:58pm

Boston's first hotel strike underway as Marriott workers walk out

About 1,500 Marriott Hotel workers walked out Wednesday morning to demand a living wage, marking the start of the first hotel strike in Boston history. After months of failed negotiations, Unite Here Local 26, the union representing the hotel workers, said they were forced to strike. “After...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 3:51pm

Here’s why Massachusetts is so politically active

There seems to be a protest nearly every day lately. Whether opposing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, showing support for immigrants or saying they are against gun violence, people are stepping out into the streets in droves for causes they believe in. And Massachusetts...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 4:54pm

Brett Kavanaugh will not return to teach at Harvard Law School

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will not return to teach at Harvard Law School this winter. Harvard Law School students previously wrote an op-ed calling on the administration to take the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh seriously and investigate him before allowing him back on...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 2:47pm

MassDOT issues travel advisories ahead of Columbus Day weekend

Columbus Day is coming up quick, and for many in Massachusetts and beyond, that means a three-day weekend. Are you planning any Columbus Day weekend travel? If so, take note. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is already warning residents of some travel advisories According to the DOT...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 11:50am

PHOTOS: City Hall Plaza protestors call on Sen. Jeff Flake to reject Kavanaugh

After being confronted by two sexual assault survivors on Friday who opposed his decision to move forward the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was greeted by hundreds of sexual assault survivors and supporters in Boston on Monday. Flake was scheduled...

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 5:08pm

Red Sox owners planning to build new performing arts venue 'Fenway Theater'

Boston’s Fenway neighborhood could be getting a new performing arts center soon called the Fenway Theater. Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, recently announced that it will “actively explore” the development of a 5,000-capacity performing arts venue...

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 12:54pm

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake's Boston appearance moved due to safety concerns

Senator Jeff Flake’s scheduled appearance in Boston on Monday at the Forbes Under 30 Summit has seen a change in venue due to safety concerns by college officials. The Arizona senator, who voted to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:53am

National sexual assault hotline saw 200% surge in calls during Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Sexual assault hotlines reported an increase in calls during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing on Thursday in which Christine Blasey Ford testified about her alleged sexual assault. RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, saw “unprecedented wait times” for both its hotline and...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 1:39pm

Flash flood watch issued for Boston, most of Massachusetts

Massachusetts weather is set to be a bit wet today, with most of the state under a flash flood watch. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch on Friday morning for Boston and the majority of Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut. The flash flood watch...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 10:10am

First Baker-Gonzalez debate in race for Mass. gov set for Oct. 9

In less than two weeks, Bay Staters will be able to watch the first of three gubernatorial debates as incumbent Charlie Baker faces Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez in the race for governor of Massachusetts. The first gubernatorial debate is scheduled for Oct. 9, with WBZ-TV host Jon Keller as...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 3:52pm

Here's how people in Boston and beyond are reacting to the Dunkin' name change

In case you somehow missed the news, Dunkin’ Donuts as we know it is no more. Don’t worry, the beloved Massachusetts-based chain isn’t going anywhere. It announced that it’s officially dropping the “Donuts” (from the name, not the menu) and going by just...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:52am

Boston City Councilors to consider moving Hempfest off Boston Common

Boston City Council will explore the idea of moving the Freedom Rally, also known as Hempfest, off of Boston Common, according to a hearing order. Councilors Josh Zakim and Ed Flynn filed the order for a hearing on the issue ahead of this week’s Boston City Council meeting. The Boston...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 4:20pm

Photos: Peek inside the Satanic Temple headquarters in Salem, now reopened to the public

Have you ever wanted to see inside a Satanic Temple? If you live near Salem, Massachusetts, you’re in luck. On Sept. 24, the Satanic Temple officially reopened its international headquarters in Salem to the public. The Satanic Temple says its mission is to “encourage benevolence and...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 3:23pm

MBTA upgrading bus-tracking technology

Within six weeks, all MBTA buses will be outfitted with new cellular/GPS vehicle trackers that T officials said will give bus riders better information about where their bus is and when they might expect it to arrive at their stop. MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez said Monday that MBTA buses...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 2:36pm

Harvard Law School students walk out in support of Kavanaugh accusers

Hundreds of Harvard Law School students participated in a walkout on Monday to protest the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and show their support for Christine Blasely Ford and Deborah Ramirez, who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.  The walkout follows an op-...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 5:19pm

Hepatitis A outbreak reported by Massachusetts health officials

A public health alert about an outbreak of hepatitis A among the homeless and people addicted to drugs went out from the state to local health officials Monday after 65 cases of the virus were diagnosed, leading to one death so far. The Department of Pubic Health encouraged local health...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 2:09pm

National Guard delivers hot plates to Lawrence residents affected by gas disaster

The National Guard handed out thousands of hot plates to residents of Lawrence who were affected by gas explosions that devastated the Merrimack Valley last week. More than 7,000 hot plates were distributed on Saturday as part of recovery efforts to give residents without gas service the ability...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:13am

The MSPCA is stepping up for pets displaced by Merrimack Valley gas explosions

When a Columbia Gas pipeline ruptured on Sept. 13, triggering dozens of gas explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley, thousands of homes and businesses lost power. For one Lawrence family, that meant their German shepherd, Kolya, was alone for more than 24 hours in a dark house. Laura...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 4:38pm