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Kristin Toussaint

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Northeastern professor creates new way to help cities recover from disasters

What’s the first step to helping a city recover after a natural disaster? Often, crews clear roads of debris, so emergency personnel can get through to the people who need help. But what roads to clear depends on a lot of factors, like the layout of the city, what kind of disaster hit, where...

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 5:00 AM

Could roommates help college students get the mental health services they need?

It’s no secret that college students are under a lot of stress, but getting those students to seek help still proves to be a challenge. Roommates may be the key to connecting students to the mental health support they need, according to a new study out of New York University. “This is...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 5:00 AM

Spring-like weather bringing record high temperatures this week

Are you feeling spring fever? After a bit of snow, temperatures could hit record highs this week, giving an early taste of the warmer season. “The whole eastern part of the country is feeling the effects of this unseasonable warmth,” said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:14 PM

Millennials most likely to go over budget on NYC housing: Report

It’s hard to find a New York City apartment that’s in your budget — and apparently, a lot of New Yorkers don’t. Nearly one-third of New Yorkers go over their initial budget when it comes to housing costs, according to a new study by StreetEasy, and millennials are the worst...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 10:01 AM

Canned dog food recalled for possible euthanasia drug contamination

Several kinds of canned dog food are being recalled for containing a drug used to euthanize animals. The J.M. Smucker Company said it is recalling certain products, including Kibbles ‘N Bits and Gravy Train cans, for turning up positive results of pentobarbital. Pentobarbital is most...

Monday, February 19, 2018, 11:22 AM

'Fearless Girl' may get new permanent home in NYC

New York City’s “Fearless Girl” statue may be here to stay permanently. Fans of the bronze girl, who stands with her hands on her hips across from the iconic Wall Street “Charging Bull,” have been asking for officials to make her a permanent fixture for a while. Now...

Friday, February 16, 2018, 1:40 PM

Boston could get up to 7 inches of snow this weekend

Despite some mild weather on Friday, winter isn’t over yet, Boston. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing this weekend, and the Boston area could get up to 7 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. “A fast-moving system likely brings accumulating...

Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:22 AM

New York State breweries break record set in 1876

If you needed a special reason to grab a pint, here’s something worth raising a glass to: There are now more breweries in New York state than ever before in its history, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo announced the news about the brewery boom this week, citing state liquor license...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 3:40 PM

Update: NYC could get up to 8 inches of snow this weekend

Though New York City enjoyed some spring-like weather on Thursday, it's back to winter with snow in the forecast for this coming weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for New York City, with forecasters saying that the city could up to eight inches of snow on...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:28 PM

NYU startup labs added $4B to city's economy

Startups can provide big benefits to a city, providing jobs and boosting the economy with more spending, and New York City is quickly becoming an epicenter of the startup industry. New York University has been working to be a part of that progress with its four Future Labs — the Data, Urban...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:41 AM

Are e-cigarettes safe? Doctor lays out benefits and harms

There’s plenty of evidence that smoking is bad for you, but the ruling on e-cigarettes isn’t so clear. Do they help people quit smoking, or do they get people to pick up the habit? Nancy Rigotti, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Harvard Medical School professor,...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 3:51 PM

State officials say Rikers Island should close sooner

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to close Rikers Island within 10 years back in June, but a new report from state officials may speed up the shuttering of the city’s main jail. The Commission of Correction released a report Wednesday on the “most problematic” correctional...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:49 PM

Activist Angela Davis donates her archives to Harvard

Angela Davis is an icon of the 1960s, known for her political activism, academic achievements and overall radicalism. Now, Davis’s life, through her writings and photos, will live on at Harvard. Harvard University announced Tuesday that Davis is donating her archives to the Schlesinger...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 10:36 AM

Here's how the Valentine's Day card industry got its start

Long before Valentine’s Day could ever be called a “Hallmark holiday,” the romance card industry had its roots in Worcester, Massachusetts thanks to one woman. Esther Howland is considered the pioneer of the American Valentine’s Day card industry. In the 1800s, she...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 2:26 PM

In housing crisis, more than 1,000 city-owned properties sit empty: Comptroller

Despite a lack of affordable housing in New York City, more than 1,000 properties owned by the city are currently sitting empty, according to a new report from the comptroller’s office. New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a report this week which says that the Department of...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 10:29 AM

Perkins welcomes virtual assistance technology at Watertown campus

One recent night, Kim Charlson and her husband wanted to take an inventory of their downstairs freezer. It’s something everybody has to do, Charlson said, but because they’re blind, the chore is a bit tricky. Though the couple has labeled their frozen food with braille, Charlson can...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5:00 AM

NYC vacancy rates still low, show 'affordability crisis' for city: Report

Even though the city currently has the largest housing stock on record, New Yorkers are still struggling to find housing — specifically, affordable housing — according to a new report from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. New York City’s Housing and Vacancy...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 1:04 PM

BPD faces backlash for Black History Month tweet that honored a white man

The Boston Police Department is facing some criticism after its official Twitter account honored a white man for Black History Month in a now-deleted tweet. The department’s original tweet, sent out on Sunday, honored previous Celtics coach Red Auerbach, a white man, for being the first NBA...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 10:22 AM

With new MIT system, self-flying drones can avoid crashing into obstacles

Flying a drone is hard — all the crash videos available online make that clear. It’s even harder for a drone to fly itself, especially through areas like cities, forests or warehouses, where there are a lot of things to run into. Autonomous drones could revolutionize a lot of fields,...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 5:00 AM

Ravi Ragbir won't be deported on Saturday

New York City immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir has been granted a temporary stay of deportation. Ragbir was detained Jan. 11 after a routine check-in with U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement, a move that sparked protests throughout the city from supporters who called Ragbir a pillar of the...

Friday, February 9, 2018, 12:29 PM