Kristin Toussaint

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kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Massachusetts ballot question 3 puts transgender rights on national stage

Massachusetts ballot Question 3 is gaining attention beyond the Bay State as the Trump administration considers redefining legal definitions of sex and gender, threatening transgender protections across the country. Question 3 asks residents to uphold a transgender protection law that was...

Friday, October 26, 2018, 11:29 AM

Burnt heroin spoon sculpture gifted to Massachusetts' AG for her battle against opioid abuse

An 11-foot, 800-pound burnt heroin spoon sculpture meant to call attention to the opioid crisis was dropped in front of the Massachusetts State House Friday morning, a gift to Attorney General Maura Healey from the Spoon Movement. The Spoon Movement is a non-profit meant to call out those in the...

Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:30 AM

You can watch Hocus Pocus in AMC theaters ahead of Halloween

Halloween is almost here, and what better way to get into the spooky spirit than making plans to watch Hocus Pocus for the millionth time? Since debuting in 1993, the film about three 17th century witch sisters coming back from the dead and roaming around Salem has become a Halloween classic. If...

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 12:14 PM

New travel guide details spookiest spots in New England

New England is worth visiting all year around, but the region really thrives in autumn with its picturesque fall foliage, seasonal activities like apple picking, and of course, its haunted history. There are plenty of spooky sites throughout New England, and authors Summer Paradis and Sandra...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 4:01 PM

Nor'easter could bring rain, winds to Boston this weekend

A nor’easter will cause rainy, windy Boston weather this weekend, forecasters say. As Hurricane Willa moves north from Mexico, it will reform as the first fall nor’easter for the Boston area, according to Meteorologist Dave Epstein in the Boston Globe. The storm will bring wet...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 12:57 PM

NYPD investigating suspicious package at Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle

Police are investigating a suspicious package at the Time Warner Center, which houses the CNN newsroom, on Wednesday morning, according to NYPD. The CNN newsroom was evacuated, according to multiple CNN reporters, and CNN is now broadcasting from its Washington offices. CNN New York was just...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 11:06 AM

Nearing 6th anniversary of Sandy, NYC announces $345K given to small businesses affected by storm

Cuisine by Claudette had only been open for six months before Hurricane Sandy hit in on Oct. 29, 2012. Located right on Rockaway Park, the eatery wasn’t spared as the storm ravaged the Rockaways. It was forced to shut down so soon after opening, said John Efrati, Cuisine by Claudette general...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:00 AM

De Blasio agrees to unlimited sick leave for civilians involved with 9/11 response efforts

Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to grant unlimited sick leave to New York City civilian workers who were exposed to 9/11 dust at Ground Zero when became ill after participating in rescue, recovery and cleanup operations after the terror attack. This unlimited 9/11 sick leave will be provided to...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 3:17 PM

Red Sox 'Beat LA' shirts to benefit Boston homeless during World Series

With the World Series beginning in Boston, many Red Sox fans are sure to be chanting “Beat L.A.” Now, they can wear the sentiment on a shirt while helping to end homelessness in the city. Mitch Modell, CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods, unveiled “Beat L.A.” Red Sox...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12:26 PM

Kennedy Institute's Seat at the Table project highlights importance of inclusion

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Those iconic words by fomer Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) have inspired thousands to charge into politics, and now, they’ve inspired an exhibit and project out of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for...

Monday, October 22, 2018, 5:00 PM

Mega Millions $1.6B jackpot equivalent to GDP of Belize

It’s official: the Mega Millions lottery has reached a new record with a $1.6 billion jackpot, with an immediate cash option of $904 million. Six numbered ping pong balls have been drawn 25 times without a winner, growing the lottery total to a staggering amount and feeding the Mega Millions...

Monday, October 22, 2018, 1:08 PM

Proud Boys member arrested in connection with Manhattan violence

A man believed to be a member of the Proud Boys has been arrested in connection with the brawl outside of the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan on Friday, Oct. 12, according to the NYPD. Police arrested Geoffrey Young, 38, of New City, New York on Thursday night. Young was charged with...

Friday, October 19, 2018, 2:03 PM

Walsh announces scholarship to help Boston college students complete last mile of education

Mayor Marty Walsh aims to help financially-struggling college students who are close to graduation cross the finish line with the launch of a ‘last mile’ college scholarship. The Graduate Ready To Achieve Degree (GRAD) Last Mile Scholarship will award a maximum of $2,500 to students at...

Friday, October 19, 2018, 10:45 AM

What to do if you win that $1B Mega Millions Jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $1 billion — a record for Mega Millions and the second-largest lottery jackpot in United States history — and that means thousands of Americans will be anxiously tuning in to the Friday evening drawing, visions of giant checks dancing in their...

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 3:17 PM

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2018 is back on

Pet owners and adorers alike can rejoice, for an iconic New York City event has been saved: the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2018 is back on. The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is a beloved tradition in which costumed pups march around the East Village park as a fundraiser for the...

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 12:03 PM

2016 presidential election linked to premature births for foreign born mothers in NYC: Study

The 2016 presidential election was stressful for many, but that stress may have impacted the health of a specific population. The 2016 campaign and election may be associated with a jump in preterm birth rates among foreign-born women in New York City, according to a study from the city health...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 4:56 PM

How Aly Raisman is standing up against child sexual abuse

As a two-time Olympic gymnast with multiple gold medals under her belt, Aly Raisman is someone girls across the country look up to. And as an advocate for those who have been sexually abused — and someone who has spoken up about her own experience as a survivor of child sexual abuse —...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3:37 PM

Everything to know about Head of the Charles 2018

One sure sign of October in Boston, besides the falling leaves and Halloween-decorated brownstones, is the Head of the Charles, the annual regatta that takes over the Charles River and its surroundings as thousands of spectators gather to watch the rowers. Head of the Charles 2018 is right around...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:14 PM

City Council calls for GPS on all NYC school buses

Students who rely on New York City school buses to get to class experienced more than 27,000 school bus related delays in Sept. 2018 alone, according to data from the New York City Council. On average, those delays made kids 28 minutes late. These delays, which most frequently stem from heavy...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 11:21 AM

Where to get a flu shot in New York City

Every year as autumn and winter approach, we know to expect a few things: that we’ll have to pull our jackets out of storage as the weather gets colder, we’ll see holiday decor pop up in stores, and we’ll be reminded to get a flu vaccine. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is starting the push...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4:17 PM