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Kristin Toussaint

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Two-thirds of young Americans are fearful about country's future: Poll

Are you concerned about the future of our country? If so, you’re not alone. More than two-thirds of young adults in the United States say that they are more fearful than they are hopeful about America’s future, according to a new poll out of Harvard University. The Harvard Kennedy...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:13 AM

SnoHub brings snowplow services on demand

Winter is on its way, and for homeowners, the season comes with the responsibility of shoveling your driveway and clearing off your steps all by yourself. To James Albis, dealing with snow is one of the biggest pains of owning a home, so he came up with a solution: a way to order snowplow service...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 1:41 PM

Boston-area mayors come together to address housing crisis

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and other local leaders are partnering up to address the housing shortage amid growth in the Greater Boston area’s population. The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition of Greater Boston, made up of 14 representatives from local cities and...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 11:36 AM

Police fatally shoot machete-wielding man in the Bronx Tuesday morning: NYPD

A police officer shot and killed a man wielding a machete in a Bronx apartment early Tuesday morning, according to the NYPD. Members of the department’s Emergency Service Division were at the apartment, located at 230 Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx, around 4:10 a.m...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 9:58 AM

November had fewer murders, shootings than past years: NYPD

New York City keeps getting safer, officials say. The New York Police Department announced Monday that last month saw the fewest murders and shooting incidents out of any November in the city’s history. This November, there were four fewer murders, 17 fewer shootings, and 656 fewer index...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 2:56 PM

Boston UPS drivers oppose possible 70-hour workweeks

The holiday season is always a busier time for UPS, but this year, drivers are standing up against even longer workweeks. Union UPS drivers gathered Monday morning for parking lot meetings at Boston and other New England UPS locations as part of a demonstration to oppose 70-hour workweeks during...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 1:36 PM

Salvation Army receives first anonymous jewelry donation of the season

The Salvation Army’s red kettles are as much of a sign of the holidays as the Boston Common Christmas Tree, and now another marker of the season is here: The first anonymous jewelry donation into one of those kettles. An anonymous donor dropped a diamond-and-gold fish brooch into a Salvation...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 10:33 AM

Uptown and Downtown rats in NYC are genetically different, study finds

You’ve heard of Uptown girls, but what about Uptown rats? Apparently, rats that live Uptown and Downtown in New York City have distinct genetic differences, according to a new paper out of Fordham University. Matthew Combs, a PhD student at Fordham, is writing his dissertation about the...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 5:00 AM

New York City Council bans conversion therapy

A bill that prohibits conversion therapy, a practice which aims to turn gay people straight, was passed by the New York City Council on Thursday. Sponsored by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the bill will ban anyone from charging somebody money for a service that intends to change their sexual...

Friday, December 1, 2017, 2:43 PM

Food for All app teams up with Boloco to lessen food waste

One in six people in the United States reportedly struggle with hunger, and yet, at the same time, up to 40 percent of all the food produced in the U.S. isn’t eaten. The Boston-born app Food for All was developed last year to help solve that food waste problem. This week, Food for All is...

Friday, December 1, 2017, 2:00 PM

Meghan Markle is a descendent of English royalty herself, Boston genealogist discovers

When actress Meghan Markle got engaged to Prince Harry, many people were excited about the idea of an American becoming part of the royal family. But it turns out, Markle already has some royal blood. Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales (Markle’s to-be title) is descended from royalty...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 2:33 PM

New HIV diagnoses in NYC reach historic low

The number of yearly new HIV diagnoses in New York City has reached a historic low, the Health Department announced this week.  The department recently released its 2016 HIV Surveillance Annual Report, an annual survey of HIV data and diagnoses in New York City that began in 2001. According...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:26 AM

Matt Lauer releases statement after being fired from NBC, expresses 'regret and sorrow'

Former NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer has issued a statement addressing the allegations that surfaced Wednesday of his sexual misconduct in the workplace. On Wednesday, NBC announced that the network was firing Lauer after an internal complaint of sexual harassment. A Variety exposé...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:05 AM

Boston City Council passes plastic bag ban

Boston City Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to approve a plastic bag ban, following in the footsteps of neighbors like Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville and countless other towns and cities across the country. The ordinance, led by councillors Matt O’Malley and Michelle Wu, bans...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 1:33 PM

Boston prepared for oncoming winter, Walsh says

With hundreds of snow equipment and thousands of pounds of salt at the ready, Mayor Marty Walsh said that Boston is prepared for the upcoming winter. “It’s that time of year again,” Walsh said Wednesday at a press conference at the Public Works Department. “Our winters, as...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 12:59 PM

Here's how people reacted to the news about 'Today' host Matt Lauer

On Wednesday morning, NBC announced that Matt Lauer, host of the "Today" show, had been fired after the network received a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Lauer’s fall from his broadcast throne comes in the wake of multiple reports of and firings for...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 11:54 AM

Transit app shows you nearby dockless bike-shares to help you plan trips

If you have to get somewhere quickly, do you opt for a ride-share, a bike-share, the T or just to hoof it? Calculating how fast each of those options are will take a long time itself and involve opening multiple apps. One app aims to make it an easier process, though — Transit is the...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 5:00 AM

NY AG ensures sexual assault survivors no longer billed for rape exams

Survivors of sexual assault will be protected from paying for forensic rape examinations after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached an agreement with Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center. Schneiderman launched an investigation into the medical center, also called Brooklyn Hospital,...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 1:43 PM

Scaramucci resigns from Tufts board of advisors

Anthony Scaramucci, who served as the White House communications director for a brief ten days this past summer, has stepped down from another role, resigning from a Tufts University’s Board of Advisors after weeks of students and faculty calling for his removal. Scaramucci’s...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 1:04 PM

Sen. Schumer calls for investigation into privacy policies of at-home DNA kits

This holiday season, many families will get the chance to dive into their genetic history through at-home DNA kits, but Sen. Chuck Schumer is warning that such kits may put your privacy at risk. DNA kits like AncestryDNA and 23andMe were top sellers on Amazon this Cyber Monday and have seen...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 11:30 AM