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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the first large free municipal library in the United States, but despite its 170 year age, the institution is far from out of date.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

Boston Pride president talks importance of 2018 event, Rainbow Resistance theme

Boston Pride Parade 2018 is around the corner and this year’s event marks the 48th anniversary of a Pride celebration here. It’s one of the largest public parades in New England, according to the organizers, and will feature 45,000 participants and more than 500,000 spectators. Metro...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:05pm

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman held without bail on new lewd charges

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman was expected to be released from prison soon, but that action was postponed as he faces new charges of indecent exposure and lewd acts. Chapman, 70, was ordered held without bail on Wednesday after pleading not guilty at his arraignment in Ayer District Court...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 1:18pm

Find the nearest public restroom in Boston with this interactive map

A leisurely stroll around the city doesn’t become so fun once you're trying to find the nearest public restrooms, but a new tool from the city of Boston is here to solve that problem. This week, the city launched an interactive map that shows every public bathroom in Boston, along with...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:16am

Watch the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot do a backflip

When you picture what the future will look like, you surely see a world full of robots. But did you ever imagine those robots doing backflips? There’s no need to even imagine it now, because it’s already a reality. Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts company that says it is “...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 3:59am

Next time you spot a turkey around Massachusetts, tell the state

You may have seen them strolling the streets of Cambridge, or been chased down by one in Brookline. You may even follow them on Twitter. We’re talking about turkeys, of course, and the next time you see such a fowl, the state is asking that you take notice and fill out a survey. Every...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

MBTA approves early morning, late night bus service pilot

Early-morning bus trips and more frequent late night trips are scheduled to begin in September under a $1.2 million pilot proposal that the MBTA Control Board approved on Monday. The new service would primarily serve cities north of Boston, including Chelsea, Malden and Revere, and neighborhoods...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 4:22pm

Somerville man arrested after assaulting MBTA employee at Alewife Station

MBTA Transit Police arrested a Somerville man Monday morning who they say “violently attacked” a female MBTA employee at Alewife Station. Charles Mills was arrested around 5:20 a.m. Monday after transit police officers responded to a call reporting an MBTA employee being assaulted at...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 4:06pm

Mass. sending chopper, soldiers to southwest border to support Trump's immigration effort

The Massachusetts National Guard will be sending a helicopter and a two-person flight crew to the southwestern border later this month to support President Donald Trump's mission to curb illegal border crossings and drug trafficking by leaning on states for support, according to officials. The...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:25am

Group pushes for Faneuil Hall to be renamed because of ties to slavery

Bostonians have already seen Yawkey Way transform to a new title because of the namesake’s racist past — will Faneuil Hall be next? Local religious leaders are calling on the city to rename Faneuil Hall, calling the iconic Boston spot an “unfortunately racial symbol.”...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:25am

Gov. Baker will seek greater penalties for serial sex offenders

As the case of a convicted child rapist who is set to be released from prison continues to make headlines, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he plans to file legislation shortly to increase penalties for serial sex offenders. Wayne Chapman was sentenced in 1977 to serve 30 years in prison for...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 4:02pm

Boston beaches get safety rating from water quality report

Summer means spending time by the sea, and luckily there are plenty of Boston beaches, and even more just outside of the city. But not all beaches are equal: The water quality at some beaches can be better than at others, providing a safer summer setting for your swims, and a new report by an...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 2:15pm

When is Boston Pride Parade 2018?

June marks LGBT Pride Month, and with it, pride events around the country take place, but when is Boston Pride Parade 2018? June was chosen as Pride Month to honor the Stonewall Riots, a key event in the gay rights movement that happened on June 28, 1969 when police raided a gay bar in Greenwich...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:47am

Building a barrier in Boston Harbor 'doesn't make sense:' Report

Building a barrier across Boston Harbor to protect the city from flooding would be "not prudent," according to a new study which instead recommends focusing attention on land-based coastal protection efforts like berms, walls and zoning policy. The report, which the Sustainable Solutions...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 9:52am

MSPCA rescues nearly 400 birds from Mass. cockfighting ring

Nearly 400 roosters that were involved in a Northampton cockfighting ring were rescued by the Massachsuetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, marking the largest bust in the animal non-profit's history, the organization said. While the birds are housed at MSCPA-Nevins Farm, the...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 2:53pm

Boston unveils renderings of Marathon Bombing Memorial sculptures

The City of Boston has unveiled renderings of sculptures they plan to resurrect in honor of the Boston Marathon Bombings and its victims. The two sculptures are scheduled to be resurrected by 2020. Sculptor Pablo Eduardo has been commissioned by the city to create the memorials that will be placed...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 2:32pm

Despite progress, Mass. LGBT community still faces challenges: Report

Massachusetts has been on the forefront of LGBT acceptance, legalizing same sex marriage 11 years before the country as a whole — but the LGBT community here still faces challenges, a new report shows. Boston Indicator, a research center within the Boston Foundation, released a report with...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:37pm