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More than 300,000 in Massachusetts lose power after storm batters Northeast

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents are without power Monday morning after a storm battered the state with strong winds and yesterday and into the early morning.  As of 6:45 a.m. Monday, there were about 304,000 power outages across the state, according to the Massachusetts...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:04am

Boston launches Office of Returning Citizens to help previously-incarcerated residents start anew

How does someone start to rebuild their life after they’ve been incarcerated? Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping his newly-formed office will help those ready to reenter society. Walsh announced the creation of the Office of Returning Citizens this week, a resource to help support those returning...

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:52am

Boston Yeti, BostonTweet talk favorite horror films and Halloween traditions

Halloween has its share of fanatics. For some, it's the best holiday of the year, made all the better by their favorite scary movie, spooky (or sweet) traditions and the memories of their impressive costume creativity. Metro asked two notable Boston figures — Tom O’Keefe of @...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:05pm

State poised to sink more money into Big Dig

It was forged a decade ago and filled with hundreds of millions of dollars. Now the state's transportation chief is looking to tap into a trust fund for Big Dig repairs. In 2008 contractors agreed to pay $415 million into the fund as part of a deal to resolve their legal liabilities associated...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 2:13pm

Tito Jackson turns up the heat ahead of election

As the Boston mayoral election inches closer, City Councilor Tito Jackson is, in his words, “turning up.” The councilor is looking to boost awareness of the race after a dismal turnout in the preliminary election. Incumbent opponent Mayor Martin J. Walsh took 63 percent of votes Sept....

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:11am

Marty Walsh talks Tito, Trump and another term

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has his eyes on a second term. The incumbent mayor took 63 percent of votes in the preliminary election Sept. 26., according to city results. City Councilor Tito Jackson took just 29 percent of votes from the mere 56,000 ballots cast. The two will face off Nov. 7 but...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 2:27pm

Boston Free Speech rally organizer files $50M lawsuit against Walsh for slander

One of the organizers involved with August’s controversial Free Speech rally on Boston Common is suing Mayor Marty Walsh for slander, claiming that the mayor’s description of the event falsely characterized him as part of a hate group. The suit was filed Monday in Berkshire Superior...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:36am

Walsh received poor grades in NAACP report on administration's efforts to help communities of color

According to the NAACP, Mayor Marty Walsh is far from an A student when it comes to his administration’s efforts to help communities of color. The NAACP Boston Branch recently released a report card evaluating the Walsh administration, looking at both the efforts and measurable results made...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:35am

Lyft and Massachusetts Brewers Guild partner up to make craft breweries more accessible

Massachusetts is practically overflowing with breweries, and to help you try out the many pours they have to offer, the Massachusetts Brewers Guild is partnering with Lyft to offer rides, promo codes and other perks to more than 90 craft breweries across the commonwealth. Lyft is now the official...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:15am

MBTA testing technology to speed the flow of buses, trolleys

Transit vehicle, coming through. That's essentially what trolleys and buses have been electronically telling certain traffic signals over the last few months as part of a pilot to speed up transit along city streets. Over the next several months, the MBTA plans to expand its transit signal...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 9:54am

Bernie Sanders rallies in Somerville, Cambridge

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Somerville on Monday to rally with local candidates running for city council, the school board and the board of aldermen. His visit to Once, which drew hundreds of spectators, was a show of support for candidates running across the country next month who have...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 2:53pm

Boston Marathon bombing survivors award first Boston College Strong scholarship

Boston College sophomore Jack Manning is the first recipient of the Boston College Strong Scholarship, awarded Monday by two Boston Marathon bombings survivors. Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky were both severely injured in the 2013 bombings, each losing one leg due to their injuries, and Kensky...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 2:42pm

Man wanted for stabbing dog with machete captured: Police

A man who officials say randomly attacked a woman and stabbed her dog with a machete in Taunton last month has been arrested. Thomas Vargus, 45, one of the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted fugitives, was arrested Sunday in Pennsylvania, police said on Monday. Vargus allegedly attacked a...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:49am

School district apologizing after photo of black child on a leash mistaken for a slavery recreation online

A Massachusetts school district is on the defensive after a photograph of a visit by a Pilgrim reenactor appeared to show a  slavery recreation using a black elementary school student. The photo shows a young black girl on her knees while two white children stand behind her in Colonial-period...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:16pm

Bike-share company LimeBike is coming to Malden

A new bike-share service is wheeling its way into Greater Boston. LimeBike, a dockless bike-share company based out of California, recently announced that it raised $50 million in Series B funding, allowing it to roll lime-green bikes into more than 30 new cities across the country. As part of...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:45pm

What are the 'rattiest' cities in the US?

Autumn is many people’s favorite season, but fall isn’t just all about picturesque pumpkin patches, apple cider and cozy sweaters — it's also a time for rat infestations. With the change in temperature comes an increase in vermin invasions, according to Orkin. The...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 5:23pm

SafeRideWalkSafe app aims to keep people safe when they travel

As thousands of women add their voices to the #MeToo campaign, the fact that women face sexual assault or harassment at alarming rates is becoming even more undeniable. The stories being shared online cover an array of instances, whether in the workplace, at home or in public spaces. One Boston-...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 3:54pm

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center talks about impact of #MeToo campaign

Thousands of women have been taking to social media to share their own stories of sexual assault and harassment as part of what is now being called the #MeToo campaign. Actress Alyssa Milano sparked the movement, writing on Twitter on Sunday that a friend suggested: “If all the women who have...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:34am

Man shot, killed at Dorchester Holiday Inn Express

A man was fatally shot at a Dorchester Holiday Inn Express early Tuesday morning, according to Boston police. The Boston Police Department responded to a call for a person shot at 69 Boston Street around 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Once on scene, police saw the man, who they say was in his mid-20s,...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 9:54am

Bill and Chelsea Clinton coming to Northeastern for Clinton Global Initiative University event

The 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting kicks off Friday at Northeastern University, bringing together more than 1,000 students and experts to hear from former President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and more over the course of the three-day event. From Oct. 13 to 15, the CGI...

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:44am