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Saved at last minute, jobs help at-risk teens

Robert Brewington-Pringle, 18, never noticed Dorchester’s ReVision Urban Farm until he got a job there this month.“I actually thought it would be a real big farm,” the Roxbury teen said of the 1-acre Fabyan Street facility. After failing to find a job all school year, Brewington-Pringle received...

Monday, July 26, 2010, 10:01 AM

Mass. graduating from the Electoral College?

Goodbye, Electoral College? That’s the upshot of a bill working its way through the State House this week. The National Popular Vote bill was in the state Senate last night after being enacted by the House on Tuesday. If enacted by the upper house — which could happen as early as today — and signed...

Thursday, July 22, 2010, 11:41 AM

Cooling down commuter rail

While passengers sweltered for hours on a broken-down Amtrak train from Boston to New York recently in Connecticut, John Ray wasn’t taking any heat during the Hub’s own bout with extreme temperatures. The MBTA’s director of railroad operations wasn’t sweating because he knew about half of the T’s...

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 10:59 AM

Brewer stirs up the immigration debate

Immigrant advocates will protest Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s visit to Boston this weekend for the National Governors Association meeting. Brewer recently signed Arizona’s controversial immigration law.“Of course many people on the East Coast are outraged at Arizona’s legislation but they don’t know...

Thursday, July 8, 2010, 11:11 AM

MBTA ridership swells, but riders start to swelter

As the MBTA announced yesterday that its ridership increased for three consecutive months for the first time since 2008, cramped commuters traveled in temperatures cracking 100 degrees for the first time in eight years.“Capacity is a big issue,” said Brian Kane of the MBTA Advisory Board, lamenting...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 12:30 PM

Infrared scans may save cash

Warm breath leaving people’s mouths is easy to see on a cold winter day, but it’s not nearly as easy to see all the warmth seeping from homes and buildings. “Imagine if your car leaked gas you’d want to know what happened,” said Sanjay Sarma, an MIT mechanical engineering professor. “Homes leak...

Monday, June 28, 2010, 10:16 AM

New park: Better skate than never

Crews built the course for this weekend’s Dew Tour Skate Open at TD Garden in three days. Nearby, the Charles River Skatepark is taking nearly a decade. “It’s kind of ironic,” Armin Bachman, co-owner of Allston’s Orchard Skateshop, said of the park planned for underneath the Zakim Bridge ramp in...

Friday, June 25, 2010, 8:55 AM

Teen on texting bill: ‘We think it’s BS’

Nathan Macomber understands the logic behind a bill passed yesterday that bans drivers under the age of 18 from using cell phones, he just doesn't agree with it. “As a kid, we think it’s BS,” the 17-year-old from Newton said about the combined House and Senate bill, which also bans all drivers...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 11:10 AM

Whose Red Line is it anyway?

A play about gay dolphins riding the Blue Line to the aquarium for a date isn’t easy to top, so writer/actor Rick Park was a little relieved when “The T Plays” didn’t return to the Factory Theater in the South End last year. But this year, the Mill 6 Collaborative found space again to run the...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10:59 AM

The real deal on deals of the day

When the June 11 Groupon for 47 percent off a vertical wind tunnel ride in nearby Nashua, N.H., hit Nuzhat Karim’s e-mail, the Newton resident was tempted.“I was like ‘Oh my God that would be so awesome,” she said. “Then I was like ‘OK, no, no, we still have a budget.’”Couponing websites offering...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 10:18 AM

Registrar: Not your grandfather’s RMV

Panned in March for trying to charge customers $5 per branch visit in an effort to increase online transactions, the Registry of Motor Vehicles is leaner and meaner than ever. “One positive thing that came out of it is we got a lot of attention for what we can do online,” said Registrar Rachel...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 10:00 AM

North End welcoming total sports overload

The North End might be ground zero for Boston’s soccer fans. But when the World Cup begins today it will have to share the spotlight with the neighborhood’s Celtic pride. “When the Celtics and Lakers punched their tickets for the Finals, the World Cup became far less important,” soccer fan Chris...

Friday, June 11, 2010, 1:40 PM

Boston, get ready for some real Innovation

Mayor Thomas Menino recently announced plans to develop 1,000 acres on the South Boston Waterfront and the Marine Industrial Park into an Innovation District. “We have to create a platform to drive new business in growing industries in the next several years,” Menino’s Chief of Staff Mitch Weiss...

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 1:24 PM

Exam schools want proof of residence

With a growing number of nonresidents improperly gaining admission to Bos-ton’s three exam schools, school officials will propose a policy tonight that will only allow residents to apply to Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science.Nonresidents...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 12:49 PM

Poker-faced Coakley set to finally ante up

One of the most important voices in the casino conversation will finally weigh in today, but only after receiving heavy criticism from gambling opponents for not speaking out sooner. Attorney General Martha Coakley will testify as the Senate takes public testimony on its casino bill.“The Attorney...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 12:09 PM

Newest reason to root against N.Y.

Shortly before the Yankees won two of three against the Red Sox earlier this month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority threw down the gauntlet on a new front of the East Coast’s fiercest rivalry: transit apps. During the MTA’s Developers Conference, Chairman Jay Walder said the city’s tech-...

Monday, May 17, 2010, 10:53 AM

Cheruiyot snaps marathon record

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot won yesterday’s 114th Boston Marathon in a course record 2:05.52 — his first Boston victory, not his fifth. The 21-year-old is not related to four-time champ Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who set the previous course record (2:07:14) in 2006. “Most of the people already...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 12:40 PM