Boston

MBTA approves early morning, late night bus service pilot

Early-morning bus trips and more frequent late night trips are scheduled to begin in September under a $1.2 million pilot proposal that the MBTA Control Board approved on Monday. The new service would primarily serve cities north of Boston, including Chelsea, Malden and Revere, and neighborhoods...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 4:22pm

Somerville man arrested after assaulting MBTA employee at Alewife Station

MBTA Transit Police arrested a Somerville man Monday morning who they say “violently attacked” a female MBTA employee at Alewife Station. Charles Mills was arrested around 5:20 a.m. Monday after transit police officers responded to a call reporting an MBTA employee being assaulted at...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 4:06pm

Mass. sending chopper, soldiers to southwest border to support Trump's immigration effort

The Massachusetts National Guard will be sending a helicopter and a two-person flight crew to the southwestern border later this month to support President Donald Trump's mission to curb illegal border crossings and drug trafficking by leaning on states for support, according to officials. The...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:25am

Group pushes for Faneuil Hall to be renamed because of ties to slavery

Bostonians have already seen Yawkey Way transform to a new title because of the namesake’s racist past — will Faneuil Hall be next? Local religious leaders are calling on the city to rename Faneuil Hall, calling the iconic Boston spot an “unfortunately racial symbol.”...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:25am

Gov. Baker will seek greater penalties for serial sex offenders

As the case of a convicted child rapist who is set to be released from prison continues to make headlines, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he plans to file legislation shortly to increase penalties for serial sex offenders. Wayne Chapman was sentenced in 1977 to serve 30 years in prison for...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 4:02pm

Boston beaches get safety rating from water quality report

Summer means spending time by the sea, and luckily there are plenty of Boston beaches, and even more just outside of the city. But not all beaches are equal: The water quality at some beaches can be better than at others, providing a safer summer setting for your swims, and a new report by an...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 2:15pm

When is Boston Pride Parade 2018?

June marks LGBT Pride Month, and with it, pride events around the country take place, but when is Boston Pride Parade 2018? June was chosen as Pride Month to honor the Stonewall Riots, a key event in the gay rights movement that happened on June 28, 1969 when police raided a gay bar in Greenwich...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:47am

Building a barrier in Boston Harbor 'doesn't make sense:' Report

Building a barrier across Boston Harbor to protect the city from flooding would be "not prudent," according to a new study which instead recommends focusing attention on land-based coastal protection efforts like berms, walls and zoning policy. The report, which the Sustainable Solutions...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 9:52am

MSPCA rescues nearly 400 birds from Mass. cockfighting ring

Nearly 400 roosters that were involved in a Northampton cockfighting ring were rescued by the Massachsuetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, marking the largest bust in the animal non-profit's history, the organization said. While the birds are housed at MSCPA-Nevins Farm, the...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 2:53pm

Boston unveils renderings of Marathon Bombing Memorial sculptures

The City of Boston has unveiled renderings of sculptures they plan to resurrect in honor of the Boston Marathon Bombings and its victims. The two sculptures are scheduled to be resurrected by 2020. Sculptor Pablo Eduardo has been commissioned by the city to create the memorials that will be placed...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 2:32pm

Despite progress, Mass. LGBT community still faces challenges: Report

Massachusetts has been on the forefront of LGBT acceptance, legalizing same sex marriage 11 years before the country as a whole — but the LGBT community here still faces challenges, a new report shows. Boston Indicator, a research center within the Boston Foundation, released a report with...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:37pm

Former Boston mayoral candidate Tito Jackson will head a marijuana dispensary

Former Boston mayoral candidate Tito Jackson has switched career gears, leaving politics to enter the world of marijuana. Jackson has been tapped as the CEO of Verdant Medical Inc., a nonprofit medical marijuana company that hopes to open dispensaries in Massachusetts. “I know many will...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 11:25am

When to leave Boston for Memorial Day weekend getaways

Memorial Day weekend getaways are a great way to take advantage of that Monday off of work, but you don’t want spend your whole time headed to the beach or your family’s barbeque stuck in Boston traffic. AAA worked with INRIX, a transportation analytics company, to look at worst times...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 4:04pm

Natick museum exhibit puts spotlight on women in WWII

When you think of women in World War II, the first image that pops into your mind is probably of Rosie the Riveter, with her flexed arm and polka-dotted bandana. “But that just scratches the surface of what women did,” says Sue Wilkins, director of education at The International Museum...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 4:15pm

Massachusetts House speaker sweeps sports betting off 2018 legislative table

House Speaker Robert DeLeo all but dashed the dreams of sports betting enthusiasts hoping that Massachusetts lawmakers might move quickly to capitalize on the newly legal industry, indicating Wednesday that he intended to take his time making a decision on whether to embrace sports gambling. The U...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 3:57pm

Most Massachusetts 2017 opioid deaths occurred in Boston: Report

There have been at least 201 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts in the first three months of 2018, according to a new quarterly report from the state health department. That’s an estimated 5 percent decline compared to the first three months of 2017, according to the...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:29pm

Apple and Perkins School for the Blind partner to teach kids how to code

To Apple, the world of technology should be accessible to everyone, and that’s why the company is partnering with Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to teach kids how to code. The tech giant has an initiative called Everyone Can Code, which includes a curriculum meant to bring the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 4:38pm

Bostonians, New Yorkers can get free bikeshare rides, courtesy of Switzerland

May is National Bike Month, and now you can take a Blue Bike or Citi Bike out for a spin for free thanks to Switzerland. Yup, the European country is trying to get more Americans to bike. Switzerland Tourism has partnered with Motivate, the company behind bike shares like Citi Bike, Blue Bikes and...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:57am

MBTA to offer reduced weekend commuter rail fares this summer

Summer is the time for weekend getaways, and the commuter rail can connect you to spots across Massachusetts. But if you don’t want to spend all your vacation money on MBTA fares, take note of the summer deal. The MBTA commuter rail announced this week that there will be a special weekend...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:25am

CapeFLYER is back with train trips from Boston to Cape Cod this summer

The CapeFLYER is back for another summer so you can take trips from Boston to Cape Cod without sitting in all that traffic. Keolis, which operates the MBTA commuter rail, recently announced the return of the service that offers round trips from Boston’s South Station to Hyannis. The...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 11:38am