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Kristin Toussaint

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Boston Children's Hospital patients get sweet treats and needed support

Boston Children’s Hospital will be getting some sweet treats on Thursday.More than 2,300 bags of candy will be delivered to critically-ill patients, their families and the hospital staff that cares for them. Each bag will come with a note handwritten by kids from elementary schools throughout...

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 1:06 AM

Boston's effort to end homelessness focuses on most vulnerable cases

About a quarter of the country's homeless population struggles with serious mental illness, compared to roughly 6 percent of the rest of Americans, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.In Boston, the number of homeless with mental health issues approaches nearly 40 percent of that...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 10:57 PM

Authorities ask for public's help on 5th anniversary of double murder

Authorities continue to ask for thepublic's help as the fifth anniversary of a double homicide in Andover approaches.On the morning of Dec. 14, 2011, John and Geraldine Magee were found dead in their home at 7 Orchard Crossing. Their car, a Lexus SUV, had been found on fire on Boston'sNorth End the...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 1:55 AM

Boston faces 'serious risk' from climate change: Report

Thanks to the harbor and multiple rivers, Boston bloomed into a bustling trade city. But that same coastline that helped Boston flourish is one reason why the city is especially vulnerable to climate change, a group of researchers say.As the sea level continues to rise in the upcoming century, the...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:08 PM

Should you buy a real or artificial Christmas tree?

For some, the beginning of the holiday season coincides with a trek to pick out a Christmas tree. But not for Gelinda Hawkins. She has had the same artificial tree for 20 years.“I can use it, technically, for forever,” she said, while holiday shopping in the Watertown Target.“It saves money and you...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 3:30 PM

Cambridge launches parking payment app for Harvard Square

The days of running to feed that parking meter you think is about to expire but aren't sure will soon be a thing of the past in Cambridge. Paying for parking has gone high-tech.The city unveiled a new way for driversto pay parking meters in Harvard Square, one that doesn't involve feeding quarters...

Monday, December 12, 2016, 9:49 PM

Lyft claims riders added $33M to local economy in past year

There's little doubt that ride-hailing companies are a big hit in large cities by making commuting more convenient for residents. One such company, Lyft, suggests that it is also boosting the local economy, and not only by employing drivers.Lyft passengers contributed $33.5 million in new spending...

Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:30 PM

Reebok headquarters to move into Seaport District

Reebok's headquarterswill soon be stepping into Boston.The athletic company announced this week that its headquarterswill leave its current Canton location to set up shop in the city's Seaport District.The new headquarters will take over more than 220,000 square feet of space on five floors within...

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:59 AM

Commuter Rail in Belmont strikes car on the tracks, injuring vehicle's driver

Train Vs car here in Belmont. @NECN pic.twitter.com/pcyqdFpucf— Katelyn Flint (@Katelyn_necn) December 9, 2016A Commuter Rail train headed to Boston struck a car on the tracks on Friday morning in Belmont, injuring a woman who had exited the vehicle to let out the three children in the...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 9:28 PM

Two Dorchester house fires displace 28 residents

Two separate house fires in Dorcester on successive days this week have displaced nearly 30 people, fire officials said. Two firefighters received minor injuries, one from each fire. Investigators are trying to determine a cause for each blaze, and no residents were injured.In the latest incident,...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:51 PM

Boston braces for winter's wrath

Winter is coming and Boston is hedging its bets— the city anticipates spending more money on snow removal than last winter, but less than the punishing winter of 2014-15.The city’s snow removal budget this year is $22.5 million, Mayor Marty Walsh said on Thursday while detailing the city’s efforts...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 2:12 AM

Thousands of Boston students face longer school days next year

More than 15,000 students in the Boston Public Schools system will spend an additional 40 minutes in school each day next September.Increasing classroom hours is "a critical component in our effort to close opportunity and achievement gaps," BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang said in a statement.The $...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 11:24 PM

75th Pearl Harbor Anniversary Ceremony in the Charlestown Navy Yard (PHOTOS)

Dec. 7, 1941, is truly a day that has lived in infamy, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt solemnly declared it would be when announcing the news of the Pearl Harbor attack on the United States.This year marked the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack. The Boston National Historical Park, the USS...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2:33 AM

Boston City Council concerned with new developments displacing low-income residents

With neighborhoods across the city seeing a rapid rise in new housing developments, City Councilor Tito Jackson called for a hearing to address the issue of resident displacement throughout Boston.“In Roxbury, we've actually seen a fifth of all sales in city of Boston actually occur [here] between...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2:25 AM

Harvard president rejects sanctuary campus label; Student activists disappointed

Harvard University President Drew Faust announced this week that the school will not label itself as a “sanctuary campus,” despite rallies and a strongly-supported petition by Harvard students and faculty urging the school to take the opposite action.“Were all really disappointed right now, we’re...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2:16 AM

Lyft proposes late-night service, suggests employers pitch in

Another ride sharing app has thrown its hat into the ring of proposals to the MBTA for a late-night service partnership.Brian Shortsleeve, the MBTA chief administrator and acting general manager, announced the proposal from Lyft in a report made public this week. It would cost the authority about $...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 3:30 PM

Verizon network now offered to 3 Boston neighborhoods

Some Boston residents looking for a new cable provider now have another option thanks to Mayor Marty Walsh's move to issue a license to Verizon New England.The city announced in April that it would partner with Verizon to bring its fiber-optic network to Boston in a $300 million project.The license...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 2:24 AM

Suspended Boston attorney held on $1M bail for allegedly stealing from clients, co-workers

A suspended attorney was ordered held on $1 million bail in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesdayafter pleading not guilty to stealingtens of thousands of dollars from clients and other individuals.Wassem Amin, 31, faces 26 charges, including six counts of credit card application fraud, four counts of...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 9:04 PM

Inside Look: Architect's Cambridge home is an oasis within the city

Cambridge is a bustling, high-energy city with a lot to offer in terms of restaurants and retail. Still, sometimes we get the itch to get away.If you're someone who dreams of owning a cabin in the mountains as a personal retreat — but you still love the city life — this Cambridge home may be the...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 2:59 AM

Residents who oppose Blue Hills deer hunt deliver petition to Gov. Baker

Opponents of the Blue Hills deer hunt delivered a petition to Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday asking his administration to rethink the policy, which is meant to manage what the state says is an overpopulation of deer.Members of the Friends of Blue Hills Deer, a group that disagrees with the state-...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 2:36 AM