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Boston March For Our Lives is ready to make a difference

This weekend, Boston area students are continuing their fight to end gun violence by taking to the streets for a march to Boston Common. March For Our Lives is a national movement, and the sister event in Boston is expected to attract around 50,000 people. Here and around the country, students...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 2:31pm

This robot can explore the ocean by swimming like a fish

The ocean covers more than 70 percent of our planet, and yet we’ve only seen a small fraction of these waters and all the marine life within them. But what if we could explore the ocean through the eyes of a fish? Thanks to MIT computer scientists, that’s now a possibility....

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 2:06pm

Boston nonprofit creates tool kit to help student activists stop gun violence

Students are no doubt leading the fight for gun control, but a Boston-based nonprofit is still here to lend a helping hand. Stop Handgun Violence, a nonprofit that aims to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms through public awareness, education and policy advocacy, has put together a tool kit...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:38pm

Mayor Walsh hits pause on short-term rental regulations

As state representatives prepare to vote to regulate and tax short-term rentals, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is withdrawing his own plan to govern the industry in the city, citing a need for more time to refine it. In a letter to the Boston City Council Wednesday, Walsh said he plans to refile a...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:45am

Legal marijuana may lead to influx of poison control calls

Poison control officials in Massachusetts are gearing up for an expected spike in calls about accidental exposure to marijuana once legal sales of the substance begin on July 1. That expectation is based on the experiences of states that legalized marijuana previously and have years of data on...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:15am

Industries dump more pollution in Mass. waters than legally allowed: Report

There are regulations that restrict how much pollution can be dumped into a waterway, but industries in Massachusetts don’t seem to always follow the rules. Massachusetts industries dumped excessive amounts of chemicals into the commonwealth’s rivers and streams more than 120 times in...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 2:53pm

Fourth nor'easter of 2018 to hit Boston

Even more snow is slated to hit the Northeast this week, despite the fact that spring has technically sprung. The National Weather Service’s Boston office issued a Winter Storm Warning for Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island and Connecticut ahead of the coming nor'easter. The warning...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:44pm

Walsh: Self-driving vehicle tests on hold after Arizona fatality

Boston has put its self-driving car testing program on hold after an autonomous Uber vehicle struck and killed a woman walking in Tempe, Arizona. "We put the program on hold for a couple of days here to see what's going on," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told reporters on Tuesday morning...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:09pm

RMV to close this weekend ahead of ID changes: What you need to know

The Registry of Motor Vehicles will close its service centers this weekend as the department upgrades its computer systems for the first time in 30 years. The new system will help the RMV issue its new types of driver’s licenses, called Real ID — part of a federal mandate to increase...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:33pm

Massachusetts Uber driver charged with raping female passenger

A Massachusetts man charged with raping a woman who was reportedly his Uber passenger was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court on Monday. Ranjan Thapa, 26, of Everett, was arrested on Sunday after he was stopped by Northeastern University Police who were responding to a call of sexual assault....

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 3:34pm

Walsh announces next One Boston Day as 2018 marathon banners unveiled

Start thinking of some acts of kindness, Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh has officially announced the next One Boston Day for April 15. On April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombings scarred the city. But now, Boston residents have responded to the anniversary of the tragedy with a day of kindness and...

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 1:50pm

Mass. AG investigates data firm used by Trump campaign

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is launching an investigation into data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica after reports that the company harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump's 2016 election...

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:13am

St. Paddy's Parade paints Southie green

On Sunday, South Boston came alive with the sound of bagpipes and the buzz of a jubilant crowd as the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade marked the Irish holiday. Up to one million spectators were estimated to attend Sunday's parade, which happened a day after St. Patrick's Day. The...

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 3:46pm

Licensing looms as next step toward legal marijuana

With less than a month until it is required by law to begin accepting applications for legal marijuana businesses, the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the process and timeline it will use to review and process licenses. "We are on track and we are capable of accepting...

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 1:44pm

Here are the 50 craziest things left in an Uber this year

Ever leave something behind in an Uber? According to Uber’s 2018 Lost and Found Index, you’re not alone. The study reveals many interesting findings, including a list of some of the craziest things left in an Uber for 2018. Here are the top 50 most outrageous items left behind in an...

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 9:59am

Buckle up, Boston: Another storm could be a-brewin'

Let's say it all together now, "Are you serious?" We knew when Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Feb. 2 we’d be in for six more weeks of winter, but this is ridiculous. Boston is still recovering from getting 8 inches of snow this week. And with thousands just getting heat...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 2:07pm

MBTA sluggish in its pursuit of wifi for commuters

To the tens of thousands of commuter rail riders who struggle daily with inconsistent wireless connectivity years after state officials promised a smooth new system, the MBTA has a message. "There is no update on this project to report at this time." That was MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 1:37pm

They've had enough: Students step out, speak up for gun control

Schools were closed Wednesday, but that didn't stop Boston-area students from stepping out in solidarity with others around the nation. Following the lead of student activists who have carried the flag for gun control since the deadly school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida, high...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 5:25pm

Boston schools to close Wednesday due to storm, despite plans for walkouts

Boston suffered under the weight of another massive snowstorm Tuesday, collecting as much as 9 inches of snow in some areas by the afternoon. Boston schools were closed on Tuesday due to the blizzard, and as snow and wind continued to pile up on city streets and take down power lines, many wondered...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 4:37pm

Massachusetts slammed with snow, power outages in latest blizzard

The third major snowstorm of the year descended on New England Tuesday, dumping as much as two feet of snow in some parts of Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. The winter storm closed Boston schools and businesses and made for gnarly travel conditions by car and public transit. The National...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 4:18pm