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Boston LGBTQ advocacy group reminds of importance of allies on National Coming Out Day

Coming out as LGBTQ can be intimidating, but it can also be an extremely powerful act, the Human Rights Campaign says. That’s why the HRC started National Coming Out Day 29 years ago. Today, LGBTQ youth are coming out to their family and friends at younger and younger ages, said Valerie...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:05am

Five free events to check out as HUBweek takes over Boston

Boston is ripe with tech innovations and events, especially this week as the city marks the third annual HUBweek Festival, a six-day showcase on the intersection of art, science and technology. HUBweek bills itself as “Greater Boston’s festival for the future,” and the future is...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:45am

Walsh launches efforts to end youth homelessness in Boston

Mayor Marty Walsh is tackling the issue of youth homelessness in Boston. Walsh will create an action plan to end youth homelessness, his office announced Tuesday, and as part of that effort, Boston is seeking a consultant to gather data on homeless youth, understand the current system, identify...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:44am

Future of Boston's first cat cafe uncertain

Update Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.: Purr held an open house this past weekend to invite those interested in the cat cafe and to quell concerns about the establishment, though there is still no planned opening date. Watch the video here. All eyes have been on Boston’s first cat cafe lately, but...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:35am

Musicians jam out and speak up at 2017 HONK! activism fest

Musicians and marchers flooded the streets of Somerville, MA over the weekend for the 12th annual HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. The festival, attended by dozens of brass bands from around the globe, drew large crowds to Davis Square where marchers were seen on foot, stilts and the...

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 8:47pm

Dr. Seuss museum to remove mural after complaints it depicted 'racialstereotype'

Springfield’s Dr. Seuss museum says it will remove a mural that depicts a Chinese character after three authors threatened to boycott a museum event over the “jarring racial stereotype.” The three authors, Mike Curato, Mo Willems and Lisa Yee, were invited to attend and read at...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:13pm

State Street, firm behind 'Fearless Girl,' underpaid female workers: feds

Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue became a spectator favorite as a symbol of female empowerment and gender equality, but a federal report found that female employees at State Street, the Boston-based firm behind the bronze girl, were not treated equally. A federal audit...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 12:07pm

Time to get your HONK! on, Somerville

Honk if you're happy that the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands will dance through the streets of Somerville this weekend, bringing music, art and activism together in honktacular harmony. The History of Somerville HONK Fest HONK! Is a free street band festival that draws...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:44am

Las Vegas shooter reportedly researched Boston concerts

Stephen Paddock, the shooter who opened fire at a Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more before killing himself, researched outdoor concert locations in Boston, according to reports. Though there is no evidence yet that Paddock ever actually traveled to Boston, he...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:09pm

Massachusetts to send 69 police officers to Puerto Rico

A team of local and state police officers are heading from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to help with security duties as the U.S. territory is still reeling from two devastating hurricanes, Gov. Charlie Baker announced. Sixty-nine officers from across the state will be split into three separate two...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:09am

Metro Boston spotlights Dorchester hawker for brightening our readers' mornings

Trudging to the T in the morning typically isn’t an uplifting experience, but a friendly smile and a warm “good morning” can go a long way. That’s something Jonel Bresca understands. The 23-year-old student recently marked his final day as a Metro Boston newspaper promoter...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:00am

Boston women will literally fight for a cancer cure at charity boxing event Thursday

Those pushing for cancer research often use the phrase “fight for a cure,” and on Thursday, a group of Boston-area women are taking that challenge literally. Thirty-two women will participate in a charity boxing event at the House of Blues, stepping into the ring to try to knockout...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 4:27pm

Boston Marathon will retire bib number worn by trailblazing runner Kathrine Switzer

Boston Marathon bib number 261 has been imbued with meaning since Kathrine Switzer wore it in 1967, when she became the first woman to be officially registered and run in the race. Now, the same year that the trailblazing Switzer is again running in the Boston Marathon, the number will be...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:41pm

More former Milton Academy students come forward about experiencing sexual misconduct

After an investigation into Milton Academy in February found that four employees engaged in “sexual misconduct” with students decades ago, more former students have come forward saying that they were victims of sexual abuse. Six more former students contacted Milton to say that they...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Insurers, advocates compromise on Mass. birth control coverage bill

The morning-after emergency contraception pill would be as accessible as a flu shot in Massachusetts and birth control pills could be purchased in 12-month supplies, under compromise legislation agreed to by the insurance industry and reproductive rights advocates. The compromise does not include...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 3:47pm

Lawmakers, union leaders want MBTA privatization reigned in

The MBTA privatization debate may change course after lawmakers urged their colleagues Monday to start rolling back the privatization powers they granted the T after the disastrous 2015 winter. After winter storms suspended the MBTA’s train service more than once, lawmakers gave Gov. Charlie...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 3:24pm

MIT physicist wins Nobel Prize for discovery of gravitational waves

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves — but he assumed they would never be detectable. Now, Rainer Weiss, professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017 for his work in...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 2:43pm

GoFundMe created for Tewksbury woman killed in Las Vegas shooting

A GoFundMe page is raising money for the family of a Tewksbury woman who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night. Rhonda LeRocque, 42, was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with her husband, Jason, and their six-year-old daughter, according to the fundraiser page, created by LeRocque...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:34am

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey call for action after Las Vegas shooting

Massachusetts officials are offering their condolences, prayers and comments on gun violence after a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 515 injured. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that “Boston’s thoughts and prayers” are...

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:58am

50 arrested in Massachusetts as part of ICE operation that targeted sanctuarycities

Fifty immigrants were arrested in Massachusetts as part of a nationwide operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that specifically honed in on “sanctuary” cities and states. Though Gov. Charlie Baker has been opposed to declaring Massachusetts a sanctuary state,...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 2:00pm