Boston

‘Boston does not welcome you here,' Walsh warns hate groups ahead of ‘free speech’ rally

After chaos erupted in Charlottesville at a rally organized by the alt-right with one woman dead and dozens injured, fears are spreading that another event scheduled for this weekend in Boston could lead to similar violence. Officials in Boston are preparing for the “Free Speech Rally...

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 4:49pm

Teens who planned racism dialogue in Boston will address Charlottesville violence

After violent displays of white nationalism in Charlottesville, teens who helped plan a dialogue about racism in Boston are undeterred in their efforts to raise their voices and encourage those with authority to take action. The Center for Teen Empowerment, an organization that brings together...

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 4:44pm

Comm Ave, B Line to reopen to commuters mid-week

Though the Massachusetts Turnpike was free of heavy closures ahead of schedule, the reopening of Commonwealth Avenue has been delayed. Officials said that the final work in the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project saw delays due to weather conditions, like rain postponing the pouring of concrete....

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:32am

State announces new regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has issued new regulations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts which target the natural gas distribution network, the transportation sector and the electric sector. The regulations announced out on Friday are the final steps that build...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 1:16pm

Some passengers can't even fly due to recently intensified TSA patdowns

In the post-9/11 era, most Americans know that air travel may mean being subjected to somewhat invasive security searches by TSA agents. But what they might not know is that a protocol to intensify those searches was handed down earlier this year, and some passengers say they have been left...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 1:12pm

Boston launches online guide to gun ownership

What do you need to know about owning a firearm in Boston? There’s a lot of things to be aware of, but if you’re interested, the city has you covered. Boston launched a web-based guide to gun ownership in the city this week as part of a new initiative unveiled at Thursday’s New...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 10:17am

MBTA stops Commuter Rail wifi plan

The long and so far fruitless effort to bring steady wireless service to tens of thousands of MBTA commuter rail riders took an uncertain turn on Thursday, but one that will likely appeal to some elected officials and rail system abutters. The agency announced that it has notified its vendor, BAI...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 3:34pm

State launches campaign against driving while high

Though marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, officials are reminding residents that that doesn’t mean they can drive while high. The state’s public safety office unveiled this week a new campaign aimed at highlighting the risks of driving while impaired by marijuana. “Drive high...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 2:25pm

UMass fielding ideas to develop a 20-acre bayside property

UMass officials this week asked developers for feedback about a potential mixed use development designed to transform a 20-acre parcel near the university's Dorchester campus into a destination on par with Harvard Square or the MIT Volpe Center area. The so-called Bayside property at Columbia...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:24am

Mother in Amber Alert charged with attempted murder of 3-year-old daughter

The mother and child being sought in an Amber Alert issued Wednesday night have been found, according to state police. The mother will now face charges of attempted murder and assault and battery. State police issued an Amber Alert around 11 p.m. Wednesday night on behalf of the Worcester Police...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:09am

At Berklee, scoring a meal like it was a movie

When you go out for a multi-course meal at a fancy restaurant, ambience is as important as the food. Diners tend to notice details like decor and lighting — especially in the age of Instagram — but what about sound? A Berklee College class has combined music and food, teaching students...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 5:16pm

Loaded gun found at Logan Airport for second time within a week

TSA agents found a loaded gun in carry-on luggage at Logan Airport this week, marking the second gun recovered within six days. A 36-year-old man was arrested Monday after a .380 caliber Kel-Tec pistol was found in his carry-on luggage. Agents found the gun around 8:45 a.m. The man was at Logan...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:21pm

Fenway's food ranked second safest out of all ballparks in the country

Good news, Red Sox fans: Those Fenway Franks you chow down on come from a ballpark with one of the best food safety rankings in the nation, according to a new report. Out of all of the Major League Baseball parks in the country, Fenway Park earned the second spot for the safest food, according to...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 11:13am

All Mass. Pike Allston lanes are reopened ahead of schedule

If you take the Massachusetts Turnpike, your morning commute should be back to normal as of Monday morning. All four lanes in each direction on I-90 are open once again, as of 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The Pike was previously whittled down...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 8:59am

Cambridge moves to restrict short-term rentals

In the absence of a state strategy to regulate short-term housing rentals, the Cambridge City Council voted Monday night to require hosts to live in the same or an adjacent building as part of a new set of rules designed to protect the city's scarce affordable housing market. The new city...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 2:27pm

FBI searching for 'One Minute Bandit' responsible for 10 Boston-area bank robberies

The FBI is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man they’ve dubbed the “One Minute Bandit,” whom officials say is responsible for robbing 10 banks in the Greater Boston area since December 2016. His nickname comes from his signature move in which he has told each...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 1:45pm

Cambridge bans sales of commercially-bred pets

Cambridge has banned the retail sale of a variety of pets raised in “puppy mill” conditions in what may be the most inclusive such law in the country. Cambridge City Council approved the ban Monday night in an 8 to 1 vote, which will prohibit the sale of mammals (including dogs and...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 1:08pm

Red Line passenger brought a snake onto the train

MBTA riders Monday evening were met with a slithering surprise when they saw a pet snake on a Red Line train. One woman snapped a video of the snake while it was being held by a seated passenger. Anne Keane, rightly so, was a bit shocked to see the animal so out-and-about.  She said the...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 9:49am

'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi testifies in Teamsters extortion trial

"Top Chef" TV show host Padma Lakshmi appeared in federal court in Boston on Monday, and testified she was "terrified" after a member of the Teamsters union, accused of extorting the show's production company for jobs, appeared to threaten her in 2014. Lakshmi's...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 3:51pm

Families of slain South Boston doctors file wrongful death lawsuit alleginginadequate building security

The families of the two doctors who were murdered in their South Boston home in May have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Lina Bolanos and Richard Field were found with their hands bound and throats slashed at their luxury South Boston condo in May. Bampumim Teixeira, a 30-year-old man from...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 3:12pm