Kristin Toussaint

Reporter

kristin.toussaint@metro.us

The MSPCA is stepping up for pets displaced by Merrimack Valley gas explosions

When a Columbia Gas pipeline ruptured on Sept. 13, triggering dozens of gas explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley, thousands of homes and businesses lost power. For one Lawrence family, that meant their German shepherd, Kolya, was alone for more than 24 hours in a dark house. Laura...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 4:38 PM

2018 Muslim Day Parade start time, street closures

The American Muslim Day Parade 2018, and an ensuing festival, is set for Midtown, Manhattan this weekend. This year marks the 33rd Muslim Day Parade, an event that started in 1985 with the goal of providing American Muslims “a platform to be united and be part of the political process of...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 12:19 PM

Satanic Temple headquarters in Salem set to reopen to the public

Have you ever wanted to see inside a Satanic Temple? If you live near Salem, Massachusetts, you’re in luck. On Sept. 24, the Satanic Temple is set to reopen its international headquarters in Salem to the public. The Satanic Temple says its mission is to “encourage benevolence and...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 10:40 AM

Brooklyn Heights Promenade could close for 6 years under BQE construction plan

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade could be closed for six years under a construction plan to repair the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, known as the BQE. New York City Department of Transportation officials unveiled on Thursday two construction options for replacing a run-down 1.5 mile stretch of the BQE...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 10:01 AM

Health experts detail 'concerning' outbreak of Candida auris fungus in NYC

New York City health care facilities are seeing a “concerning” amount of Candida auris outbreaks, according to a new report published in the Center for Disease Control’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal. The report, published in the October 2018 issue of the journal, is...

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 4:11 PM

'Multiple wounded, multiple fatalities' in Maryland shooting: Harford CountySheriff

Several people were injured on Thursday in a shooting in Harford County, Maryland, according to authorities. "At this time I can confirm multiple wounded and multiple fatalities," Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler said at a Thursday press conference.  According to CNN, ...

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 11:34 AM

4-month-old beagle puppy found beaten, tied to a pole in the Bronx

A four-month-old beagle puppy was found in the Bronx tied to a pole and suffering from severe injuries after reportedly being beaten, according to an animal rescue organization. Officials from Looking Glass Animal Rescue took in the puppy, which they’ve named Cleo, on Monday and are asking...

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10:31 AM

Brooklyn high school teacher arrested for allegedly soliciting child pornography via Facebook

Brooklyn high school teacher Jonathan Deutsch was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly using Facebook to solicit child pornography, officials said. Deutsch, 34, is a teacher at the Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. He was arrested and charged with five...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 3:50 PM

4 injured in shooting at office building in Middleton, Wisconsin

Police responded to an active shooter in Middleton, Wisconsin on Wednesday, according to multiple outlets. Four people have been shot, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, by a shooter at an office building in Middleton, which is a suburb of the state capital, Madison. Officials told the...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 1:04 PM

Flood Rat understands your New York City subway woes

If you had an unpleasant commute on Tuesday due to some inclement weather actually happening inside New York City subway stations, you weren’t alone. Flood Rat felt your pain. Yes, Flood Rat. Move over Pizza Rat, and even the most recent plural Pizza Rats, there’s a new rodent in the...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 12:06 PM

UN General Assembly to make NYC traffic worse on these gridlock alert days 2018

New York City traffic is no joke — the term gridlock was first coined here (to maybe no one’s surprise) — and certain events can make it even more unbearable. For example, the UN General Assembly, which meets here this month, which is why the city is warning drivers of...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 3:40 PM

See the 5 finalist designs for Boston's Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

A year after first announcing that he would work to erect a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Boston, and following a dozen community meetings on the vision, Mayor Marty Walsh has unveiled the five finalists. The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial will honor the activist as well as his wife, Coretta...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:55 PM

Prior to Mass. gas explosions, pipe pressure was 12 times higher than normal

Ahead of gas explosions in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover that led to one death and at least 25 injuries, the Columbia Gas pipelines were found to be over pressurized, registering a pressure 12 times higher than normal. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren cited that information,...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 10:10 AM

Bronx building boom on the rise, borough home to most approved residential units: Report

Take a walk around New York and it may seem like new residential developments are popping up everywhere you look. But out of all five boroughs, the Bronx is home to the most New York City neighborhoods with the highest amount of approved residential units, according to a new report. In a report...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 3:59 PM

GoFundMe for Arthur Medici, Cape Cod shark attack victim, surpasses goal

A GoFundMe created for the family of Arthur Medici, the 26-year-old who died following a shark attack off of Cape Cod on Saturday, had already surpassed its fundraising goal by Monday. Arthur Medici, an engineering student at Bunker Hill Community College who lived in Revere, was boogie boarding...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 1:48 PM

Hurricane Florence remnants to drop heavy rain on Boston area

This week began with some beautiful Boston weather, but unfortunately, it won’t last long. The remnants of Hurricane Florence are set to drop some intense rain on the region, according to the National Weather Service. Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, slamming the Carolinas ...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 12:02 PM

Hurricane Florence remnants to bring rain to NYC

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but the storm is still hanging around. And soon, it'll affect New York City weather. Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, slamming the Carolinas with torrential rain and intense winds. The 350-mile-wide storm left as many...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 10:34 AM

NYU study sheds light on why only some 9/11 firefighters developed lung disease

It’s been 17 years since the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and experts are still studying the health effects of all the dust, debris and particles that filled the air that day, breathed in by first responders and survivors alike. Previous studies have found that one in 10...

Monday, September 3, 2018, 8:00 PM

Experts raise alarm about using dog DNA tests to make medical decisions for your pup

If you’re wondering what kinds of dog breeds make up the loveable mutt you recently adopted, you might opt for an at-home dog DNA test. Yup, like the ones you can do on yourself to see where your ancestors are from. But don’t use that kit to make health decisions for your pup, experts...

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 12:20 PM

Ayanna Pressley is ready to make more political history

You may know Ayanna Pressley as the first woman of color elected to Boston City Council, or maybe from the 2016 New York Times list of “14 Young Democrats to Watch.” That description is even truer today — Pressley has gained national attention for her congressional race in which...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 4:41 PM