Kristin Toussaint

Reporter

kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Mass AG Maura Healey to investigate JUUL

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Tuesday that she is investigating JUUL because of how the company markets to minors. Healey’s office has sent cease and desists to two online companies that host three websites — directeliquid.com, buyjuul.com and eonsmoke.com...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 3:04 PM

Interactive map details ICE raids in New York

New York is a sanctuary city, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely protected from the Trump administration’s intense immigration efforts. A new project details just what that effort has looked like here by analyzing ICE raids in New York.  From President Donald Trump’...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:15 PM

Forecasters warn of hazardous New York City weather with potential for flashfloods

You probably already noticed this week has been a bit gray, and there’s even more unpleasant New York City weather in the forecast — including the possibility of flash floods. As of Tuesday, July 24, the National Weather Service New York office has issued a hazardous weather outlook...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:24 AM

New Yorkers react to Manhattan Target awning that looks like CBGB logo

A new Manhattan Target popped up over the weekend with an awning reminiscent of the old New York City punk icon CBGB, and New Yorkers are not entirely thrilled. CGBG, if you don’t know, was an epochal East Village music venue, home to historic performances by the Ramones, Blondie, Joan Jett...

Monday, July 23, 2018, 1:42 PM

Bird scooters land in Cambridge, Somerville: What you need to know

Bird scooters are in the Boston area. The electric scooter company announced that it has brought its Bird scooters to Cambridge and Somerville over the weekend, offering a new transit option to residents. Similar to dockless bikes, potential riders can unlock Bird scooters via a smartphone app and...

Monday, July 23, 2018, 11:53 AM

Group that wants to rename Faneuil Hall calls for black people to boycott area

The Boston-area group which has been pushing for the city to rename Faneuil Hall because of its ties to slavery has now called for a black-led boycott of the landmark. Kevin Peterson of the New Democracy Coalition called for the boycott in a letter to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce....

Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:01 AM

Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn takes up plastic straw ban

Though the environmental impact of plastic straws isn’t truly known, most people still agree that we should try to limit single-use plastics in general. A plastic straw ban seems like an easy start, with companies like Starbucks and McDonald’s announcing initiatives — and now,...

Friday, July 20, 2018, 12:57 PM

Massachusetts will not be a sanctuary state anytime soon

While individual cities across the commonwealth have pledged to protect immigrant communities, Massachusetts had yet to solidify itself as a sanctuary state. And now, legislators have taken a proposal that would have done so off the table. In May, the Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment that...

Friday, July 20, 2018, 11:01 AM

Here's how you might be able to get free ice cream at Toscanini's

What’s better on a hot summer day than ice cream? How about free ice cream — specifically, from Toscanini’s Ice Cream, which boasts on its storefront that it’s been declared the “world’s best ice cream” by the New York Times. Bostonians and Cantabrigians...

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:16 PM

Why Chance the Rapper bought Gothamist sister-site Chicagoist

Chance the Rapper is more than just a rapper — the 25-year-old has an array of titles under his belt including singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and now, media mogul, because Chance the Rapper bought Chicagoist. Yup, Chance announced the news a bit slyly in a new song, and then WNYC...

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12:53 PM

How the ACLU is fighting for your right to record the police in Massachusetts

In this modern age, viral videos are the surest way to get attention to an issue, whether it’s of a regular citizen calling the police on a black person, or of the police themselves using excessive force or behaving in a way you want the world to know about. But can you record the police in...

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12:09 PM

Harvard researchers create a kind of underwater pokeball to study deep sea creatures

Experts predict that more than 80 percent of our ocean is unexplored, and that means up to a million marine species have yet to be studied. But a new innovation out of Harvard could help further deep sea exploration, and it’s kind of like a real-life pokeball. Researchers at Harvard’s...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 2:49 PM

Airbnb host sues NYC alleging city retaliated against him

An Airbnb host has filed a lawsuit against New York City on Wednesday, claiming city officials retaliated against him when he spoke out against legislation proposed by the New York City Council poised to crack down on the home sharing service. Stanley "Skip" Karol, 58, owns a two-family...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 12:57 PM

Almost half of all US adults who drink alcohol drink too much: Report

Binge drinking is practically part of American culture — it’s depicted in movies and nearly an assumed part of everyone’s college life. But aside from those nights of partying, how many people drink too much in general? A lot of people, it turns out. A new study out of Boston...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 11:53 AM

DMV launches REAL ID awareness campaign across New York state

Do you have your New York REAL ID yet? New Yorkers and others across the country have been hearing about REAL ID for a while, but many may still not be clear on what exactly it is or what they need to do to get one. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles earlier this month launched a...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 1:37 PM

Theresa Lund, Harvard researcher dubbed Sidewalk Susie, placed on leave after viral video

Update, 7/20/18: Theresa Lund has been placed on leave by the Harvard Humanitatian Initiative, where she was the executive director, in the wake of a video in which Lund asks a neighbor who was with her biracial daugther if they live in the "affordable units" around Harvard University....

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 11:10 AM

Early voting in Boston announced for Massachusetts November 2018 election

Are you eager to vote in the Massachusetts election this November? You're in luck — Boston will offer early voting this year, Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Monday. The Massachusetts ballot questions have been finalized, so residents just need to know when and where to vote. Early...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 3:40 PM

Mass. leads nation in reducing number of opioid prescriptions: Report

The opioid epidemic in Massachusetts has been one of the worst in the country. In 2016, the rate of opioid overdose deaths here was 29.7 per 100,000 residents, compared to the national rate of 13.3. Hopefully, though, there is relief on the way. Doctors in Massachusetts are leading the country in...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 2:31 PM

Legionnaires disease cluster in Manhattan: What you need to know UPDATE: 1 death

Update, 7/18/18: The New York City Health Department confirmed that there has been one death of Legionnaires' disease in Upper Manhattan. As of Wednesday, there were 18 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease. Of those 18, nine people have been discharged from the hospital, seven...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 10:37 AM

Dockless bikes are now available in the Rockaways

What’s better than a bike ride near the beach in the summer? New Yorkers can do just that without even owning a bicycle themselves with dockless bikes in the Rockaways now a reality, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday. This marks the first-ever dockless bike share in New York City,...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 12:49 PM