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Which Boston neighborhoods have the fastest rising rents?

To residents here, it’s no surprise that Boston rents are expensive. But how do Boston’s own neighborhoods stack up against each other? Real estate site Zumper released a new report this week that mapped Boston neighborhood rent prices, and the picture, unsurprisingly, isn’t too...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 5:07am

Cape Cod politician suggests killing great white sharks, experts denounce plan

After recent reports of shark sightings close to the Cape Cod shore, one politician there is proposing a “mitigation strategy” that would involve catching and killing great whites to ensure public safety. Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty's announcement of his proposed...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:59am

New mural along Charles River will help revitalize Esplanade

Thousands of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians go past the Bowker Overpass on the Esplanade every day, but soon, there will be a reason for them to stop and stare. Work will begin this week on a mural there as part of a collaboration between The Esplanade Association and nonprofit Now and There....

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 5:06am

ChickTech conference comes to Boston to provide a community for women in tech

Lately, news around women in tech has been dominated by reports of sexual harassment and controversies like the recent anti-diversity memo written by a Google employee. Unfortunately, these things aren’t new, said Janice Levenhagen, CEO of ChickTech, a nonprofit that focuses on getting girls...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 3:25pm

Massachusetts has highest educated workforce in the country: Report

Massachusetts has the most educated workforce in the country, according to a new report — how do like them apples? Half of all Massachusetts workers had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, according to a report published Wednesday by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. That...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:14pm

Robot developed at Harvard will help kids learn to code

Want your kid to get into coding? There will soon be a new wall-climbing robot on the market, developed at Harvard University, to help you do just that. Root is an educational robot developed by faculty at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Three Wyss employees...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 5:02am

Dems call on Baker to revoke hiring of new MBTA GM

The Massachusetts Democratic Party is calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to rescind the hiring of Luis Ramirez, the former General Electric executive who was recently named as the MBTA’s new general manager. Gus Bickford, chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, said in a statement that he...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

Video: Shark attacks seal off Cape Cod

Beachgoers who tried to enjoy Cape Cod’s Nauset beach on Monday got more than a summer day on the sand and views of the eclipse. The beach day turned frightening as swimmers saw a shark attack a seal only yards away from the shore. The shark took a fatal bite of the seal, turning the water...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 10:25am

Satanic temple may sue over city council invocation

Following a "free speech" rally on Boston Common that attracted controversy, another fiery issue concerning the first amendment right is brewing. The Boston chapter of the Satanic Temple is asking city council for the opportunity to deliver opening remarks at a weekly meeting,...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 5:08pm

'Free Speech' rally organizer says they will 'come back stronger'

Though Saturday’s “Free Speech” rally in Boston was overshadowed by counterprotesters, the organization seems undeterred. An estimated 50 people gathered at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common for the “Free Speech” rally Saturday afternoon, while nearly 40,000...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 1:28pm

How long does solar eclipse last? When does it end?

Most everyone in America by now knows when to see the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, but how long does the eclipse last – and when does it end? The total solar eclipse is expected to last for around 90 minutes but most areas will only see it for a minute and 10 seconds. According to...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 1:28pm

Former Romney aide Beth Lindstrom announces run against Warren

Elizabeth Warren has another challenger vying for her Senate seat. Beth Lindstrom, a former aide to Gov. Mitt Romney, announced her run on Monday. In a video posted online Monday, Lindstrom said that she is not a politician, “I’m a mom who cares deeply about Massachusetts and where we...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:51am

Local police warn not to wear eclipse glasses while driving

You’ve heard all the warnings about not looking at the sun during Monday’s eclipse, but Braintree police have another bit of advice for people hoping to see the celestial event. “Tomorrow, please do not wear eclipse glasses while driving,” the police department warned on...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 10:26am

Far-right rally to be met with counter-protest on Boston Common

Boston is bracing for a far-right “free speech” protest today, only one week after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The right-wingers set to appear on Boston Common will be in the city during a counter-demonstration labeled “Fight White...

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 11:39am

Experts forecast 'spectacular' fall foliage for New England

Even if you can’t believe it, autumn is already around the corner. Lucky for New Englanders, this year’s season is expected to offer “spectacular” fall foliage. Yankee Magazine is releasing its annual fall foliage forecast on Friday and the publication predicts a stunning...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

Precautions, including cameras installed on Boston Common, taken ahead of Free Speech rally

Boston officials are taking extra precautions ahead of Saturday’s “Free Speech Rally” and subsequent counter marches on Boston Common, including installing cameras around the Parkman Bandstand and closing Tremont Street. But the overall message asked ahead of the controversial...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:30am

Where to watch the solar eclipse in Boston

For Bostonians the upcoming total eclipse of the sun will be more like a partial eclipse of the sun — Boston is about 15 hours from closest prime viewing locations in South Carolina. The solar eclipse will sweep across the United States at 2:43 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21 from Oregon to Georgia...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 2:52pm

Baker, legislators issue resolution denouncing neo-Nazis

Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts legislators came together Thursday morning to present a resolution condemning white nationalists and neo-Nazis following a rally in Charlottesville that turned violent last weekend. Officials took turns reading out parts of the proclamation, which included...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:26pm

Massachusetts has more hate groups than any other New England state: Report

After white supremacist gathered in Charlottesville, Va., institutions of all kinds are clamping down on hate groups, from domain providers to PayPal. But just how much of a concern are hate groups, especially here in New England? The Southern Poverty Law Center has a “hate map” on...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:17pm

Fate of Massachusetts' only Confederate monument still in limbo

Across the country, all eyes are on Confederate monuments as states weigh what to do with the symbols that now seem to display more hate than history. Recently, Baltimore made headlines after the city quietly removed its Confederate statues. In Massachusetts, the one such monument’s fate is...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:31am