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Boston City Council urges repeal of archaic Massachusetts abortion laws

After President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick conservative Brett Kavanaugh, many across the country are wondering what this move could mean for Roe v. Wade. Now, Boston City Council is taking up the fight to scrap old Massachusetts abortion laws that criminalize the procedure to...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 5:01pm

Attorneys from The Staircase, Making A Murderer coming to Boston

Netflix's hit documentary series The Staircase and Making A Murderer riveted true crime junkies and shed light on the flaws of the U.S. criminal justice system with the help of attorneys David Rudolf and Jerry Buting. Now, the high-profile lawyers are kicking off a national tour together, and...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 3:53pm

Will free speech get Michelle Carter off the hook?

“You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't.” That was just one of multiple such texts Michelle Carter, then 17, sent to her boyfriend Conrad Roy III in 2014. What was the action in question Roy had yet...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 2:12pm

How much did the 2018 Boston Marathon raise for charity?

If you want to run in Boston, you either have to be a pretty great athlete that makes the race’s tough qualifying time, or you can run the Boston Marathon for charity. Each year, hundreds of runners fundraise for organizations like Dana Farber and the American Red Cross, and 2018, or 122nd...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:25pm

Mass. House votes to hold sales tax holiday Aug. 11-12

The Massachusetts House approved an amendment to an economic development bill Tuesday that would establish the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 as a sales tax-free weekend. "The sales tax holiday is something for one weekend that is good for retailers, it's good for Main Street merchants, it...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:49am

Northeastern students, staff to protest school contract with ICE

Northeastern University students, staff and faculty will gather on the Boston campus on Wednesday to protest the school’s $7.7 million research contract with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). More than 2,000 members of the Northeastern community have signed an open...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 3:29pm

Here are the November 2018 Massachusetts ballot questions

Though November seems far away, the debate over which Masschusetts ballot questions voters will see then has stretched on. It seemed as if voters would have a long list of topics to weigh in on, but the state has officially narrowed it down: Secretary of State William Galvin assigned this week the...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 2:22pm

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman pleads not guilty to new lewd charges

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman pleaded not guilty on Monday to new charges of lewd acts stemming from two incidents inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institute — Shirley. Chapman, 70, has been serving time at that facility since 1977 after he was convicted of raping two boys. He...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:38pm

Overnight explosion in East Boston injures one, police investigating

An East Boston neighborhood was shaken last night after an explosion occurred just after 1 a.m. on Webster Street. Shortly after the explosion, both Boston Police officers and Boston firefighters reported to the scene of a three-story building. The Boston Bomb Squad also arrived to assist in the...

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 4:22pm

Mother and 8-year-old daughter separated at border reunited in Boston

After nearly two months since they were separated at the southern United States border, a Guatemalan mother seeking asylum in Massachusetts has been reunited with her 8-year-old daughter in Boston. Angelica Rebeca Gonzalez-Garcia and her daughter were reunited at Logan Airport on Thursday,...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:22am

Boston charity raises $170K for families separated at the border

The Trump Administration’s family separation policy for migrant families at the southern U.S. border sparked outrage and action across the country, from thousands protesting in major cities to politicians and lawyers planning trips to the border. If you can’t travel to the border from...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 9:13am

MSPCA saves 200 birds from euthanasia after breaking up cockfighting ring

The MSPCA was able to save more than 200 birds from euthanasia after hundreds of roosters, hens and chicks were discovered in a cockfighting operation in Northampton. At the end of May, the MSPCA and Northampton police announced that officials busted a cockfighting ring that involved nearly 400...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 1:19pm

Boston heat advisory still in effect, but relief to come this weekend

The northeast has been roasting in a heat wave this week, but there’s relief on the horizon. Though a heat advisory is still in effect for Greater Boston through to 8 p.m. Thursday, the weekend will bring a break in the heat, according to the National Weather Service. Boston will see a high...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 10:07am

Julian Edelman's 4 game suspension upheld by NFL

New England Patriots player Julian Edelman’s suspension appeal has been denied. The wide receiver will miss four games in the upcoming start of the NFL 2018 season after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. NFL officials announced their decision on Tuesday after Edelman appealed...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 7:58am

Walsh announces interim BPS superintendent

The Boston School Committee has approved a new interim superintendent of Boston Public Schools after Tommy Chang’s recent departure from the position. The committee unanimously approved Laura Perille to temporarily take over the role. Perille previously served as the president and CEO of...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 11:33am

City moves forward with City Hall Plaza renovations at expense of Boston Winter fest

Boston’s City Hall Plaza is getting a makeover, but that means no Boston Winter festival this year, the city announced. Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday that the city is going forward with a plan to redesign City Hall Plaza after two years of planning. The city has selected construction firm...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 11:05am

Leicester company awarded first retail pot license, eyes sales in 'few weeks'

The president of the company that secured the state's first retail marijuana license Monday said he expects to be selling non-medical marijuana in Leicester in a matter of weeks. The Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously Monday to issue a provisional license to Cultivate Holdings, Inc...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:18am

NYC chef brings cannabis edibles to city with Massachusetts on horizon

For nearly 30 years, Bubby’s has been a staple dining destination in New York City, and now chef and owner Ron Silver has set his sights on the booming cannabis industry in New York and Massachusetts with his new venture, Azuca. Azuca is a line of fast-acting cannabis-infused sweeteners and...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:32pm

Boston Globe columnist suspended for Boston Marathon Bombing fabrications

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen has been suspended for three months without pay following an investigation into comments and remarks he made about the Boston Marathon Bombings that occurred on April 15, 2013. The decision to suspend Cullen was announced on Friday, June 15 after an extensive...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:27pm

Through the Keyhole: Old State House exhibit opens door to more stories of American history

What does it mean to be an American? Who were the Founding Fathers referring to with the “We” of We the People? And who is left out of the story we tell about the American Revolution? These are big questions, but a new exhibit opening Wednesday at the Old State House in Boston will...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:21pm