Kristin Toussaint

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kristin.toussaint@metro.us

These are the crayons with asbestos and other school supplies to avoid

If you’re a parent or a teacher, you know that it’s practically already time to do all that back to school shopping — where did the summer go? — but before you finalize your school supplies list, a public interest research group is warning against some potentially harmful...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 2:26 PM

Invasive longhorned tick found in NYC, spreading along east coast

Ticks have been a growing menace across the United States, and now a new tick species called the longhorned tick has been found in New York City for the first time, concerning some health experts.  The New York City Health Department on Wednesday announced that the longhorned tick, although...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 11:59 AM

New effort will help incarcerated individuals register to vote in NYC

New York City tends to have a pretty low voter turnout, but now Mayor Bill de Blasio is hoping to get more people to vote in New York City by bringing voter registration forms right to those who are incarcerated in New York jails. The mayor announced on Tuesday that for the first time ever,...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 12:40 PM

What is Snapchat dysmorphia? How selfies affect self-esteem, leading to more plastic surgery

Selfies, and the people who take lots of them, have long received criticism from those who think the practice reeks of narcissism. But who can resist looking at the big eyes and smooth skin that a Snapchat filter gives them? Now, those selfies have a new kind of critic as medical experts argue...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 12:25 PM

Deep dis: U.S. Pizza Museum to open in Chicago, not NYC

It’s a debate as old as time itself: Which is better, New York style pizza or Chicago deep dish? Now, the food feud is heating up with the announcement that the U.S. Pizza Museum is apparently picking sides by setting up shop in the Windy City.   The U.S. Pizza Museum is set to...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 4:11 PM

Delta Gamma Harvard sorority chapter closes in response to school's socialclub sanctions

The Harvard sorority chapter of Delta Gamma has closed in response to the university’s sanctions against single-gender social groups on its Cambridge campus. Delta Gamma’s shuttering marks the first such single-gender social group to halt its operations in response to Harvard’s...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 2:00 PM

NYC Weather: heat advisory in effect until Wednesday

New York City weather is bringing the heat this week: A heat advisory has been issued as humidity is expected to make temperatures feel in the triple digits. The National Weather Service has issued a NYC heat advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. A heat advisory is issued, the weather...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10:20 AM

Two people hit, killed by LIRR trains: MTA

Two people were struck and killed by Long Island Rail Road trains Monday morning, officials said, disrupting LIRR service system-wide. The first incident occurred when a person on the tracks was struck by a train near Hicksville Station around 4 a.m. Monday, according to the MTA, leading to a...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 9:34 AM

420 Suites brings cannabis-friendly vacation rentals to Boston

Boston has long been a vacation destination, but legal marijuana may draw in even more visitors to all over Massachusetts — and businesses like 420 Suites are ready to cater to cannabis tourism. 420 Suites, which debuted at Boston’s recent CannaCon, is turning the typical vacation...

Friday, August 3, 2018, 12:21 PM

Lakeith Stanfield to star in Prince of Cats movie, a Romeo & Juliet revamp set in Brooklyn

Lakeith Stanfield has been all over the big (and small) screen lately. From Atlanta to Get Out to Sorry To Bother You, which you can see in theaters now, Stanfield has been busy — and he has another lead role in the works for a movie adaptation of Prince of Cats, a Romeo & Juliet...

Friday, August 3, 2018, 11:00 AM

You can ride Blue Bikes for free this Saturday

If you haven’t yet noticed, Blue Bikes are in Boston, and if you haven’t yet tried the rideshare service out, here’s your chance to ride a Blue Bike for free. Back in May, the Hubway bikeshare system became Blue Bikes after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts partnered up...

Friday, August 3, 2018, 8:50 AM

Wow, a man carried a couch on the NYC subway

New Yorkers are pretty innovative when it comes to what they can carry on the NYC subway, from fitting their big dogs into small bags because of the MTA’s rule about pets to somehow getting a motorcycle on the train because maybe the subway was a better transit option? In the latest crazy...

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 12:34 PM

New Boston Logan Airport restaurants, stores coming soon

Finding great airport food can be one of the more frustrating experiences of travel, but a new lineup of Logan Airport restaurants on the horizon hopes to change that. Boston Logan Airport is set to get more than a dozen new airport food options and a few new retail spots by the end of 2018 and in...

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11:59 AM

Cambridge, Somerville issue cease and desists for Bird scooters

Bird scooters may soon have to leave their nests in Cambridge and Somerville. This week, both Cambridge and Somerville have sent cease and desist letters to Bird, the company behind the rideshare electric scooters that appeared on city streets without warning recently. “The City of...

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 9:41 AM

Boeing to lease space in new MIT Kendall Square building

Aerospace company Boeing will soon have a new home in Cambridge Kendall Square. Boeing, the largest aerospace company in the world, has agreed to lease about 100,000 square feet of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology building to be developed at 314 Main St. in Kendall Square, according to MIT...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 2:53 PM

New flyover highway opens at LaGuardia Airport to ease traffic woes

Navigating LaGuardia Airport traffic will hopefully get a bit easier with the opening of a new flyover highway on Wednesday. The new elevated roadway connects Grand Central Parkway Exit 7 to Terminals C and D, providing a streamlined route for drivers looking to get to Delta gates. “...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 12:52 PM

Frustrated commuters act out 'excruciatingly slow' bus speeds at City Hall

New York City may be fast paced, but some of its buses are not. On Tuesday, transit advocates urged officials to speed up MTA buses by bringing the typical frustrating New Yorker morning commute, experienced by transit riders across all boroughs, to the steps of City Hall. Activists from Riders...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 3:26 PM

MBTA offering special train to Gillette Stadium for Beyonce and Jay Z concert

Are you heading to the Beyonce and Jay Z concert this weekend at Gillette Stadium? Before you can go apes**t in the audience, you have to get there, and the MBTA is here to help. If you don’t want to deal with the crowds getting into or out of the Gillette Stadium parking lot — or the...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 11:48 AM

Black advocates make final plea to avoid ‘racial showdown’ over Faneuil Hall name: Update

Update, 8/01/18: The New Democracy Coalition has scheduled a Faneuil Hall boycott and march for Thursday, Aug. 2.  "Neighborhood activists and members of the faith-based community in Boston will march on Faneuil Hall in Boston Thursday, August 2, in the wake of Mayor Marty Walsh’s...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 11:24 AM

Mass AG Maura Healey endorses Ayanna Pressley for Congress

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is racking up some high-profile support for her run for Congress, including an endorsement from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Healey announced her endorsement on Monday in the primary election, siding with her city councilor. Pressley challenges...

Monday, July 30, 2018, 4:27 PM