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Kristin Toussaint

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Five free events to check out as HUBweek takes over Boston

Boston is ripe with tech innovations and events, especially this week as the city marks the third annual HUBweek Festival, a six-day showcase on the intersection of art, science and technology. HUBweek bills itself as “Greater Boston’s festival for the future,” and the future is...

Monday, October 9, 2017, 1:43 PM

Sen. Schumer criticizes NRA for pushing concealed carry reciprocity bill after Las Vegas shooting

One week after the Las Vegas shooting that prompted some to ask for stricter gun control, Sen. Chuck Schumer lambasted the NRA for supporting a law that would actually expand gun rights. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that has been pending in Congress and was introduced in January,...

Monday, October 9, 2017, 10:14 AM

Future of Boston's first cat cafe uncertain

Update Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.: Purr held an open house this past weekend to invite those interested in the cat cafe and to quell concerns about the establishment, though there is still no planned opening date. Watch the video here. All eyes have been on Boston’s first cat cafe lately, but...

Monday, October 9, 2017, 5:00 AM

State Street, firm behind 'Fearless Girl,' underpaid female workers: feds

Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue became a spectator favorite as a symbol of female empowerment and gender equality, but a federal report found that female employees at State Street, the Boston-based firm behind the bronze girl, were not treated equally. A federal audit...

Friday, October 6, 2017, 12:07 PM

Dr. Seuss museum to remove mural after complaints it depicted 'racialstereotype'

Springfield’s Dr. Seuss museum says it will remove a mural that depicts a Chinese character after three authors threatened to boycott a museum event over the “jarring racial stereotype.” The three authors, Mike Curato, Mo Willems and Lisa Yee, were invited to attend and read at...

Friday, October 6, 2017, 10:25 AM

Las Vegas shooter reportedly researched Boston concerts

Stephen Paddock, the shooter who opened fire at a Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more before killing himself, researched outdoor concert locations in Boston, according to reports. Though there is no evidence yet that Paddock ever actually traveled to Boston, he...

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:09 PM

Citi Bike reaches 50 millionth ride

Citi Bike has pedaled past another milestone, marking its 50 millionth ride since the bike-sharing service launched in May 2013, Mayor Bill deBlasio announced this week. This year, Citi Bike is on track to break last year’s record of 14 million rides with a 19 percent increase in ridership...

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 10:57 AM

Massachusetts to send 69 police officers to Puerto Rico

A team of local and state police officers are heading from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to help with security duties as the U.S. territory is still reeling from two devastating hurricanes, Gov. Charlie Baker announced. Sixty-nine officers from across the state will be split into three separate two...

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 10:09 AM

Boston women will literally fight for a cancer cure at charity boxing event Thursday

Those pushing for cancer research often use the phrase “fight for a cure,” and on Thursday, a group of Boston-area women are taking that challenge literally. Thirty-two women will participate in a charity boxing event at the House of Blues, stepping into the ring to try to knockout...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 2:36 PM

Columbia professor wins Nobel Prize in chemistry for imaging molecules of life

A Columbia University professor is one winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on innovative and better ways to capture images of biomolecules. Joachim Frank, PhD, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of biological sciences at Columbia, shares the award with Richard...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 11:32 AM

More former Milton Academy students come forward about experiencing sexual misconduct

After an investigation into Milton Academy in February found that four employees engaged in “sexual misconduct” with students decades ago, more former students have come forward saying that they were victims of sexual abuse. Six more former students contacted Milton to say that they...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 10:46 AM

Lawmakers, union leaders want MBTA privatization reigned in

The MBTA privatization debate may change course after lawmakers urged their colleagues Monday to start rolling back the privatization powers they granted the T after the disastrous 2015 winter. After winter storms suspended the MBTA’s train service more than once, lawmakers gave Gov. Charlie...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:24 PM

MIT physicist wins Nobel Prize for discovery of gravitational waves

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves — but he assumed they would never be detectable. Now, Rainer Weiss, professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017 for his work in...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:04 PM

GoFundMe created for Tewksbury woman killed in Las Vegas shooting

A GoFundMe page is raising money for the family of a Tewksbury woman who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night. Rhonda LeRocque, 42, was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with her husband, Jason, and their six-year-old daughter, according to the fundraiser page, created by LeRocque...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 10:34 AM

Subway delays could cost NYC up to $398M every year: Study

New York City’s notorious subway delays have surely costs you some of your time, and since time is money, they’re costing the city as well — to the tune of nearly $400 million. Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a new analysis on Monday looking at exactly how much those...

Monday, October 2, 2017, 4:06 PM

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey call for action after Las Vegas shooting

Massachusetts officials are offering their condolences, prayers and comments on gun violence after a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 515 injured. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that “Boston’s thoughts and prayers” are...

Monday, October 2, 2017, 11:33 AM

How to check on family, friends after the Las Vegas shooting

At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 others injured Sunday night at a music festival in Las Vegas, marking the worst mass shooting in American history. The gunfire started as country music singer Jason Aldean was performing during the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival....

Monday, October 2, 2017, 10:06 AM

How four women are working to get young girls interested in STEM

What do a children’s book author, an entrepreneur, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA and a director at the Museum of Science in Boston have in common? They’re all working on ways to get young girls more involved in science, technology, engineering and math. Referred to as STEM, these...

Friday, September 29, 2017, 2:46 PM

45 arrested in NYC as part of ICE operation that targeted sanctuary cities

U.S. Immigrants and Customs Enforcement has arrested 45 immigrants in New York City as part of a nationwide operation that targeted sanctuary cities. Called operation “Safe City,” the four-day raid, which ended on Wednesday, resulted in a total of 498 arrests across the country....

Friday, September 29, 2017, 11:47 AM

50 arrested in Massachusetts as part of ICE operation that targeted sanctuarycities

Fifty immigrants were arrested in Massachusetts as part of a nationwide operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that specifically honed in on “sanctuary” cities and states. Though Gov. Charlie Baker has been opposed to declaring Massachusetts a sanctuary state,...

Friday, September 29, 2017, 11:45 AM