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Former Boston mayoral candidate Tito Jackson will head a marijuana dispensary

Former Boston mayoral candidate Tito Jackson has switched career gears, leaving politics to enter the world of marijuana. Jackson has been tapped as the CEO of Verdant Medical Inc., a nonprofit medical marijuana company that hopes to open dispensaries in Massachusetts. “I know many will...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 11:25am

When to leave Boston for Memorial Day weekend getaways

Memorial Day weekend getaways are a great way to take advantage of that Monday off of work, but you don’t want spend your whole time headed to the beach or your family’s barbeque stuck in Boston traffic. AAA worked with INRIX, a transportation analytics company, to look at worst times...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 4:04pm

Natick museum exhibit puts spotlight on women in WWII

When you think of women in World War II, the first image that pops into your mind is probably of Rosie the Riveter, with her flexed arm and polka-dotted bandana. “But that just scratches the surface of what women did,” says Sue Wilkins, director of education at The International Museum...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 4:15pm

Massachusetts House speaker sweeps sports betting off 2018 legislative table

House Speaker Robert DeLeo all but dashed the dreams of sports betting enthusiasts hoping that Massachusetts lawmakers might move quickly to capitalize on the newly legal industry, indicating Wednesday that he intended to take his time making a decision on whether to embrace sports gambling. The U...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 3:57pm

Most Massachusetts 2017 opioid deaths occurred in Boston: Report

There have been at least 201 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts in the first three months of 2018, according to a new quarterly report from the state health department. That’s an estimated 5 percent decline compared to the first three months of 2017, according to the...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:29pm

Apple and Perkins School for the Blind partner to teach kids how to code

To Apple, the world of technology should be accessible to everyone, and that’s why the company is partnering with Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to teach kids how to code. The tech giant has an initiative called Everyone Can Code, which includes a curriculum meant to bring the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 4:38pm

Bostonians, New Yorkers can get free bikeshare rides, courtesy of Switzerland

May is National Bike Month, and now you can take a Blue Bike or Citi Bike out for a spin for free thanks to Switzerland. Yup, the European country is trying to get more Americans to bike. Switzerland Tourism has partnered with Motivate, the company behind bike shares like Citi Bike, Blue Bikes and...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:57am

MBTA to offer reduced weekend commuter rail fares this summer

Summer is the time for weekend getaways, and the commuter rail can connect you to spots across Massachusetts. But if you don’t want to spend all your vacation money on MBTA fares, take note of the summer deal. The MBTA commuter rail announced this week that there will be a special weekend...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:25am

CapeFLYER is back with train trips from Boston to Cape Cod this summer

The CapeFLYER is back for another summer so you can take trips from Boston to Cape Cod without sitting in all that traffic. Keolis, which operates the MBTA commuter rail, recently announced the return of the service that offers round trips from Boston’s South Station to Hyannis. The...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 11:38am

Braintree parent brought gun to school prompting lock down

A Braintree parent who brought a handgun into Ross Elementary School on Friday prompted the school to go into lock down. The 36-year-old parent, Matthew Vacher of Braintree, entered the school that is located on Hawyard Street shortly before 11 a.m. with a gun that was improperly secured in a back...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 6:02pm

First same-sex marriages in US were 14 years ago today in Massachusetts

Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of the first same-sex marriages in the United States, which took place here in Massachusetts. According to data obtained by the News Service, there have been 32,469 same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts since May 17, 2004, based on numbers that run...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:34pm

Site launched to let Mass. residents compare health care costs, quality

Massachusetts residents have a new tool to help them make health care decisions with the launch Wednesday of an online transparency website that includes procedure pricing comparisons, provider quality metrics and other resources. The Center for Health Information and Analysis' new CompareCare...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 2:13pm

Boston, NYC have worst airports when it comes to summer travel delays: Report

Have you planned any summer getaways yet? If so, you might want to already prepare yourself for some delays at the airport. Ahead of prime vacation season, financial site MagnifyMoney ranked the best and worst airports in the country for summer travel, and Boston and New York City did not fare...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:03pm

Keolis announces commuter rail schedule changes for spring, summer

The commuter rail schedule will see some changes for the spring/summer season. Keolis Commuter Services announced this week some of the adjustments that will be made to certain commuter rail routes as we head into the warmer months. These changes, Keolis said, are meant to use new or improved rail...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:51am

Drug companies buying doctors meals leads to more opioid prescriptions: Study

With the opioid epidemic leading to thousands of overdose deaths a year, some experts have pinned responsibility on pharmaceutical companies and their influence on what doctors prescribe. But it doesn’t take thousands of dollars from a drug company to affect a doctor’s prescribing...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 3:27pm

Massachusetts advances $17.2 billion transportation capital budget

Transportation officials sketched out plans to spend $17.2 billion on capital projects over the next five years and approved a new policy to continue the old practice of paying certain MBTA employees through the capital budget. The MBTA has 230 employees being paid out of its capital budget and...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 9:29am

Boston Children's Hospital unveils new rooftop garden

Boston Children’s Hospital will unveil its new rooftop garden with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the 8,000-square-foot space atop the Berthiaume Building. The garden is meant to be a place of comfort for families, patients and staff amidst the crowded Longwood medical...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 4:13pm

Bay State Bike Week asks you to give biking a chance

Tom Francis enjoys his commute to work so much that when he was out of town for a week this February, he took the time to follow his commute on the weekend when he came back to the Boston area. “How many drivers would do that?” Francis said. Not many, and maybe, not even any, since...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 1:46pm

Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign to rally at state house

Advocates who want to highlight the struggles of those in poverty are planning a rally at the Massachusetts State House on Monday. The Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign is kicking off six weeks of protests across the country with one on the state house steps Monday, May 14 at 2 p.m. to...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:13am

What to know about Somerville's PorchFest 2018

Somerville's annual front stoop music festival PorchFest 2018 will bring an eclectic mix of live music to the city's neighborhoods on Sunday. PorchFest 2018 was originally slated to kick off on Saturday, May 12, but a rainy forecast pushed the celebration to Sunday, May 13. The annual...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 5:28pm