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Kristin Toussaint

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1 in 4 hijab-wearing women shoved on NYC subway in wake of 2016 election: report

One in four Muslim Arab women who wear a hijab in New York City said that they were intentionally shoved on a subway platform in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report on discrimination and acts of hate from the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Up to and...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 2:46 PM

Screwdriver-wielding man attacks, bites Boston police

Multiple Boston police officers were injured after a struggle with a Hyde Park man who allegedly attacked police with a screwdriver and also bit one officer on the head. The man, whose identity has not been released, is facing multiple charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 12:21 PM

Self-driving car testing expands in Boston, to 14 other Mass. cities and towns

Self-driving cars are taking over more Massachusetts streets. Cambridge-based company nuTonomy has been testing autonomous vehicles on certain Boston roads for a while, and now, officials have expanded that testing to all Boston streets city-wide. Separately, state officials announced on Thursday...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 10:46 AM

NYC gym launches napercise workout classes

New York is the city that never sleeps, but that’s not a very healthy lifestyle. SoHo trainer Harry Hanson is here to help, though, creating a class that allows you to clock in both exercise and catching up on some z’s at the same time — napercise. Yes, you read that right: a...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 3:52 PM

Mayor de Blasio turned away from migrant children's shelter in Texas

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other mayors from cities across the country were turned away when they attempted to visit a holding center for immigrant children in Texas on Thursday. The New York City mayor traveled to Tornillo, Texas, on Wednesday after touring a foster care facility in Harlem at which...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2:59 PM

NYC to award $1.8M in grants to help small businesses adapt to neighborhood changes

New Yorkers know that neighborhoods here can change quickly. It can be hard to keep up, especially for those small businesses that are iconic to those communities. Now, the city’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is launching a new initiative to help those mom-and-pop shops not...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5:00 AM

Hundreds rally for immigration protections at Massachusetts State House

Singing “We will walk with you,” and holding signs that read “Mass. stands with immigrants” hundreds of protestors gathered at the Massachusetts State house on Wednesday to protest the family separation policy and to call on state officials to do more to protect...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 4:36 PM

How the new MTA fare system will make your turnstile experience smoother

Public transportation can come with a slew of frustrations, like when you see your train pulling into the station but the turnstile reads “insufficient fare,” or when you’re stuck behind someone swiping their MetroCard over and over to no avail. These hiccups may soon be part of...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 2:26 PM

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...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 4:48 PM

NYC will stop arresting most people for smoking marijuana in public

New Yorkers with no prior record who are found smoking marijuana in public will face criminal summonses rather than arrests under a new policy Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. The change marks a shift in marijuana enforcement in New York City as a way, the mayor said, to balance fairness...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 12:09 PM

Boston taps law firm to sue pharma companies over opioid epidemic

The city of Boston has retained a law firm to sue pharmaceutical companies to recover damages from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday. Boston has tapped Motley Rice LLC for the litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors and dispensaries. Walsh announced that he...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 10:22 AM

Public-private partnership improved conditions at NYCHA buildings: Report

It is no secret that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has faced its share of problems, from management debacles to lack of funding to issues like heating outages and lead paint on the long list of needed repairs. But some NYCHA properties have seen improvements, a new study found,...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 4:52 PM

Opioid users will qualify for medical marijuana, New York health dept announces

Those who use opioids will qualify for medical marijuana under an amendment developed by the New York State Department of Health. Patients can be eligible for medical marijuana use in New York state if they have been diagnosed with certain debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Currently,...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 1:36 PM

Move to repeal Massachusetts transgender protection law sees some support, polls show

A measure may appear on the Massachusetts November ballot that would overturn a state law that protects transgender individuals in public spaces such as bathrooms — and it seems to have some support. The transgender protections law was passed in 2016 and specifically outlaws discrimination...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 12:58 PM

Millionaire's tax will not be on Mass. ballot in November, SJC rules

Massachusetts voters will no longer have the opportunity to weigh in on whether or not the state should impose the so-called millionaire's tax, an income surtax on the state’s highest earning residents, after the state’s highest court struck the question from the November...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:45 AM

This inflatable satellite could revolutionize disaster recovery

After any sort of disaster, communication is key. Emergency management officials need to reach federal or local agencies to start disaster recovery efforts and learn what areas need what services right away. And, of course, people want to call and check in on family and friends. But the nature of...

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 5:00 AM

E-cigarette flavors linked to heart disease, stroke risk: BU study

With flavors like mango, cucumber, mint chocolate and even whipped cream, flavored e-cigarettes can seem more like a harmless treat than a health danger, but new research out of Boston University’s School of medicine sheds more light on the health risk of e-cigarette flavors E-cigarettes...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:28 PM

NYC launches Youth Homelessness Task force

There are more than 7,000 homeless New Yorkers 24 years old and younger, though the city’s yearly count admits this is an imperfect estimate. It’s difficult to get an accurate number on youth homelessness, to find and then to reach out to these New Yorkers with resources. To better...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 10:51 AM

Community Servings nonprofit in JP expands with 31,000-square-foot food campus

The idea of using food as medicine is more than a burgeoning trend — it’s a proven benefit, at least when it comes to the medically-tailored meals provided by Community Servings. The Jamaica Plain nonprofit that provides meals to homebound and critical ill residents in Greater Boston,...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 2:02 PM

NY AG sues Trump Foundation, alleging illegal use of charity funds for campaign, personal use

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood is suing the Donald J. Trump Foundation after an investigation by her office alleges that the company raised more than $2.8 million “in a manner designed to influence the 2016 presidential election.” The lawsuit, filed Thursday morning, names...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 11:33 AM