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Kristin Toussaint

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Baker highlights road safety initiatives ahead of holiday travel

As Massachusetts residents prepare for all their travels this holiday season, Gov. Charlie Baker is highlighting legislative proposals that aim to keep the commonwealth’s roadways safe. In 2016, there were 389 deaths on Massachusetts roads, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:22 AM

7-hour long 'Cold Hudson' doc offers alternative to sports, parades on Thanksgiving Day

The holidays are hectic. There’s the flurry that is preparing the Thanksgiving meal, the football games and parades to catch on TV and the pressure of Black Friday, to start. Filmmaker Billy Wirasnik thinks everybody could benefit from slowing down. This Thanksgiving, he’s hoping to...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

Native Americans voice past and current struggles on National Day of Mourning

The story of Thanksgiving is often presented as a heartwarming, welcoming tale in which Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to share crops, bonding over the feast. But that story leaves out the struggles and horrors Natives faced at the hands of those colonists, their descendants argue....

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 1:27 PM

Christmas Tree from Nova Scotia arrives on Boston Common Tuesday

On Tuesday, a 53-foot tall white spruce will be welcomed at Boston Common, where it will soon be strung with thousands of festive lights. This is not just any Christmas Tree, though; it’s 100 years of gratitude from Nova Scotia. Each year, the Canadian province gifts Boston a Christmas tree...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 1:25 PM

Boston startup lets you personalize your holiday cards with voice recordings

Want to make your holiday cards extra-unique this year, but don’t have a crafty bone in your body? Don't worry, a Boston startup is here to help. LiziCards, a Boston-based greeting card company, launched Monday with the aim to change how people pick out and send off cards for all...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 12:50 PM

Rideshares give back, and help you pay it forward, this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to sit around a table full of food with your family, stuffing yourself with so much stuffing that you might need bigger pants — but it’s also about giving back and helping out those who may not be as fortunate. This year, rideshare services are getting in on the...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:00 AM

Watch the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot do a backflip

When you picture what the future will look like, you surely see a world full of robots. But did you ever imagine those robots doing backflips? There’s no need to even imagine it now, because it’s already a reality. Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts company that says it is “...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 10:51 AM

Boston cat cafe plans to open this weekend

UPDATE, Nov. 17 : Purr Cat Cafe, Boston's first such feline establishment, plans to finally open it's doors this weekend after a few controversies delayed the business's beginnings.  Diane Kelly, the owner of Purr, confirmed that she met with the city's Inspectional Services...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 1:27 PM

Bronx teen pleads not guilty to fatal high school stabbing

A Bronx teenager accused of stabbing two classmates while in high school, one fatally, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other charges. Abel Cedeno, 18, was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court on Wednesday on charges related to the Sept. 27 incident in which he allegedly stabbed 15-year-old...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10:21 AM

Here's the best time to leave Boston for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and next week will be no different. In fact, it may be more hectic than usual, with a record 28.5 million people expected to fly on U.S. airlines, between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28, according to Airlines for America — a 3...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 3:39 PM

These are the worst landlords in New York City

Living in New York City isn’t always glamorous, and for some tenants at the mercy of bad landlords, living conditions can be downright dangerous and disgusting. Public Advocate Letitia James released her 2017 Worst Landlords Watchlist, an annual database of the worst landlords in New York...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:17 PM

NYC spent 'all-time high' on jails in 2017, despite drop in inmates

The budget for New York City’s Department of Correction has hit an “all-time high” in the 2017 fiscal year, despite one of the lowest inmate populations on record in more than 30 years, according to a new report. An analysis released by city Comptroller Scott M. Stringer’s...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:06 PM

MIT engineers create sensor that shows when a plant needs water

Some people have a green thumb, and others forget to water their houseplants and garden plots until all the leaves are wilting and it’s too late to save them. But what if your plant could tell you when it needs water? That may be the future, thanks to engineers at the Massachusetts Institute...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:00 AM

Revere Husband pleads not guilty to killing Lynn school teacher

The Revere man accused of strangling and stabbing his beloved second-grade teacher wife was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on first-degree murder charges in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday. Andrew MacCormack, 29, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 3:43 PM

Google Maps releases data to help you avoid Thanksgiving traffic

Thanksgiving is almost here, but before you can sit down at the dinner table and enjoy tons of turkey and wine, you have to head home during one of the year’s busiest travel times. Last year, AAA predicted that nearly 49 million Americans would travel at least 50 miles in order to make it to...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 1:05 PM

NYU launches tech hub to support veteran entrepreneurs

New York University has launched a new lab to support entrepreneurial Unites States military veterans and their startup ventures, the school announced this week. Called the Veterans Future Lab, the technology hub will be located in Industry City, along the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn....

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 11:42 AM

Boston Theater Company launches athletic association to bridge gap between artists and athletes

Artists and athletes are often seen as occupying separate worlds, but to Joey Frangieh, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Frangieh is the artistic director of the Boston Theater Company. Though he was never really an athlete — he was always the last to finish running the mile...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 5:00 AM

Why NYC's rat whisperer is looking forward to winter

After a literally freezing cold weekend, New Yorkers are preparing for the onslaught of winter. Though some residents may already be complaining about the upcoming cold, Rick Simeone, director of the pest control services within the city’s health department, looks forward to the season....

Monday, November 13, 2017, 3:38 PM

Head of State Police retires after allegations of altered police report

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Col. Richard McKeon is retiring amid accusations that he ordered a trooper to remove embarrassing details from an arrest report for a state judge’s daughter. McKeon, who was appointed to head the State Police by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015, announced...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 11:16 AM

New app in Boston lets you book parking spots in advance

When Reepal Dalal was studying law at Boston University, she often faced a frustration most Bostonians are familiar with — the traffic that precedes a Red Sox game. It’s no secret that parking in Boston can be a headache, but when you have to battle with those heading to a baseball...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 5:00 AM