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Boston Pops 4th of July concert to honor immigrants

The American Dream, the idea of venturing here for a better life, stretches as far back as the first colonists to set foot on these shores. It is repeated in every immigrant story today, and it will be a part of the Boston Pops 4th of July celebration. The annual Boston Pops 4th of July concert...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 3:32pm

Original copy of Declaration of Independence will be on display in Boston this 4th of July

Boston was an epicenter of the American Revolution and now, a piece of that history is coming back for the 4th of July. One of the 14 original copies of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum in Boston this Independence Day. This...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 1:25pm

Local, state officials amp up security ahead of Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show draws hundreds and thousands of spectators to the Esplanade each year, and local and state officials are ramping up security ahead of the popular holiday event. The security plan for the Boston Pops show includes participation from...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 1:09pm

Boston Pops 4th of July fireworks: Start time, show info and where to watch

There's no better way to celebrate Independence Day in the Hub than at the annual Boston Pops 4th of July fireworks show and concert. The iconic festivities, which draws crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands each year, have also become a national event thanks to television broadcasts...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 2:21pm

Heat wave will bring high temps to Boston and beyond

Make sure your air conditioner is up and running, Bay Staters: a heat wave is expected to hit Massachusetts beginning this weekend and lingering throughout next week. “Are you prepared for prolonged heat & humidity?” the National Weather Service Boston office tweeted. Throughout...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:03am

Baker signs $15 minimum wage law

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of Massachusetts, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could have had dramatic consequences for the state's finances and economy. Legislators scrambled...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:34pm

MBTA commuter rail trains to accept credit card payments onboard

Commuter rail riders will soon have another way to pay their fares onboard. Beginning this fall, passengers will be able to pay their commuter rail fare onboard with a credit or debit card, the MBTA announced Wednesday. This is a first for the commuter rail network, according to Keolis, the MBTA...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:13pm

Mass. state troopers arrested, charged with theft of funds

Current and former State Police officials already under scrutiny internally for payroll discrepancies are now fully within the sights of federal prosecutors who on Wednesday announced charges against two troopers, one of whom is retired, and a former lieutenant. The three are suspected of...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 3:53pm

This is the worst time to leave Boston for your 4th of July travel

If you’re planning some 4th of July travel, there are a few things you have to plan first, like how many hot dogs and hamburgers to buy and whatever you need to spend a whole day at the beach. Oh, and what time to hit the road so you’re not stuck in all that 4th of July traffic. With...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 3:47pm

Massachusetts leaders 'deeply disappointed' by Muslim travel ban ruling

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban that targets several mostly-Muslim countries, prompting concern from experts about how this will harm the Muslim community as well as Massachusetts industries. As a health and education hub, Massachusetts...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 4:06pm

Retail marijuana not happening July 1 because of laboratory snag

There will be no legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts on July 1. And though regulators expect to approve business licenses next week, there can be no legal retail sales until an independent testing laboratory applies and is licensed by the Cannabis Control Commission. The CCC on...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 3:41pm

Officials break ground on Green Line Extension project in Somerville

Officials broke ground on the Green Line Extension project on Monday in Somerville, marking a long-awaited start to the transportation plan that will extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. The project has received more federal funding, as well, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:03am

Gov. Baker's son investigated for allegedly groping woman on plane

The U.S. Attorney's office is reviewing allegations that Gov. Charlie Baker's son A.J. groped a woman on a plane last week, and state authorities are not involved, the governor said Monday. Speaking briefly to reporters in his office lobby, Baker did not discuss details of the allegations...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 5:04pm

BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang steps down

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang announced his resignation on Friday, two years before his contract with the school system was set to expire. Chang took over BPS in 2015, coming here from the Los Angeles public school system and signing on to a five-year contract in Boston. In a...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 4:41pm

The latest on Hanley Ramirez fentanyl, investigation

There was great buzz heading into the 2018 MLB season that this was the year Hanley Ramirez would finally put it all together, and that he would become something of a combo of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez – a fun-loving clubhouse leader who battered the Green Monster and dropped bombs on...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 9:45pm

Lynn triple shooting leaves one dead, two injured

One man has been left dead and two injured following a triple shooting in Lynn that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 23. Twenty-five-year old Romel Danis of Lynn was pronounced dead on the scene by police. The two unidentified victims were both brought to Massachusetts General...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 10:43am

Screwdriver-wielding man attacks, bites Boston police

Multiple Boston police officers were injured after a struggle with a Hyde Park man who allegedly attacked police with a screwdriver and also bit one officer on the head. The man, whose identity has not been released, is facing multiple charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:36pm

Self-driving car testing expands in Boston, to 14 other Mass. cities and towns

Self-driving cars are taking over more Massachusetts streets. Cambridge-based company nuTonomy has been testing autonomous vehicles on certain Boston roads for a while, and now, officials have expanded that testing to all Boston streets city-wide. Separately, state officials announced on Thursday...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:52am

First recreational marijuana license issued in Massachusetts

State regulators voted unanimously Thursday to grant the state's first recreational marijuana business license to a marijuana grower in Milford. The license approved by the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) on Thursday will allow Sira Naturals to grow between 10,001 and 20,000 square feet of...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 3:42pm

Hundreds rally for immigration protections at Massachusetts State House

Singing “We will walk with you,” and holding signs that read “Mass. stands with immigrants” hundreds of protestors gathered at the Massachusetts State house on Wednesday to protest the family separation policy and to call on state officials to do more to protect...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:17pm