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Kristin Toussaint

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MBTA workers rally against possible privatization

Hundreds of MBTA workers wearing bright orange T-shirts that read “Keep Public Transportation Public!!!!! Stop MBTA Privatization” and chanting “We didn’t break the T!” rallied at the State Transportation Building on Monday to protest the possible privatization of bus driver and maintenance worker...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 5:30 PM

Memory Cafes help support Boston residents with Alzheimer's

Boston residents experiencing memory loss or Alzheimer’s came together on Monday to participate in a Memory Cafe at the Boston Center for Youth and Families Grove Hall.Mayor Marty Walsh’s first brought Memory Cafes to Boston this past July after the innovative way to help those who are cognitively...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 2:30 PM

Police don't believe Methuen woman's death was 'random act of violence'

State and local police are investigating a homicide after a woman was found dead in Methuen early Monday morning.Police found an unresponsive female at about 5:45 a.m. after theyforced entry into a home on Tudor Streetto conduct a well-being check. They also found the woman's 4-year-old son,...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 12:22 AM

PHOTOS: Massachusetts remembers 9/11 victims on 15th anniversary of attacks

Sunday marked 15 years since the 9/11 attacks in which two planes that left Boston Logan Airport crashed into New York's World Trade Centers. At the Boston Public Garden's 9/11 memorial and in the Massachusetts State House, people gathered to remember those they lost.

Monday, September 12, 2016, 11:27 PM

Two teenagers arrested for allegedly stabbing minivan driver in Chelsea

Chelsea police arrested two teenagers after they allegedly stabbed a minivan driver whom they had hired to give them a ride.Police responded to the area of 250 Congress Avenue at about6:40 p.m. on Sunday and found a 57-year-old man from East Boston suffering from an apparent stab wound.Police...

Monday, September 12, 2016, 7:13 PM

Gun groups challenge attorney general's 'wars' against firearm industry

The Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL), a Massachusetts gun rights advocacy group, is amping up its challenges against moves by state Attorney General Maura Healey to intensify enforcement of the law banning assault weapons.The organization debuted a new series of political signs this past weekend...

Monday, September 12, 2016, 2:30 PM

BPD body camera program gets approval to proceed

The Boston Police Department is set to continue with its body camera pilot program after a judge ruled in the city's favor on Friday, according to the Suffolk Superior Court clerk's office.The pilot program was scheduled to start last week, but no officers volunteered. Boston Police Commissioner...

Friday, September 9, 2016, 8:50 PM

Health officials look for clues into falling birds in Dorchester

Health officials might know this week what caused 47 birds to fall from the sky in an area ofDorchester.Twelve of the birds, identified as grackles, have died and 35 were found alive in various conditions, said Lisa Timberlake, director of publicity with the city's Inspectional Services Department...

Friday, September 9, 2016, 7:59 PM

Officials warn of bacteria outbreak in Charles River

Officials are warning residents of a bacteria outbreak found in parts of the Charles River that can be dangerous for humans and animals.The Charles River Watershed Association says that tests confirmed acyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, outbreak in the river'slower basin downstream of the...

Friday, September 9, 2016, 7:43 PM

Franklin Park's new zoo encourages kids to play with nature

Kids today have a "nature deficit disorder,” asserts John Linehan, president and CEO of Zoo New England, and he hopes that the new Children’s Zoo at Franklin Park can provide the cure.“Kids don’t get out and play in nature the way they used to,” Linehan said. “When I was a kid, I spent hours and...

Friday, September 9, 2016, 2:30 PM

Boston man pleads guilty to sex trafficking

A Boston man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges in U.S. District Court after prosecutors said that he prostituted a womanin hotels in Maine, Massachusettsand New York.Akil J. DeCoteau, 28, asked a woman to work for him as a prostitute in January 2014, investigators said. In exchange, he...

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 10:14 PM

Ice skating path and holiday market coming to City Hall Plaza this winter

Ice skating isn't just for the Frog Pond, anymore. This winter, City Hall Plaza will be home to New England's first custom-designed outdoor skating path, according to the city.As part of ongoing efforts to enhanceCity Hall Plaza, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the skating path and a "European-...

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 8:38 PM

Newton man indicted for fatal Sweet Tomatoes crash

A grand jury indicted a Newton man Wednesday on two counts of motor vehicle homicide for an accident in which an SUV crashed into the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in March, killing two people and injuring several others.Officials say that Bradford Casler, 55,wasdrivinga Volkswagen Touareg SUVdown...

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:32 PM

Boston landmarks to light up orange for Hunger Action Day

Do you know where your next meal is coming from?One in nine Eastern Massachusetts residents don’t, according to Catherine D’Amato, the president and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). The GBFB provides food to about 90,000 people each week, and for one day on Thursday, the city will change...

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 1:26 AM

Harvard University's incoming class: virgins, liberal, sober

As classes begin this week at Harvard University, the incoming Class of 2020 might be described as liberal, non-religious virgins, who have tried alcohol but shunned marijuana.Those are a few of the common traits of this year's freshman class at the Ivy League school as measured by the school's...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 10:55 PM

Alleged drunken driver charged in Mattapan hit-and-run that left one dead

A Dorchester man was charged on Monday with drunken driving and killing a person in a crosswalk in an incident on Saturday night, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.Anthony Earl Buchanan, 39, was charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence and...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 8:19 PM

BU freshman found dead near commuter rail tracks

Officials are investgating a death on the commuter rail early Wednesday morning after aBoston Universitystudent was found near the tracks in Allston-Brighton.The victim was identified as a 17-year-old BU freshman from China, who was found on the Worcester Line tracks, MBTA Transit Police...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 7:39 PM

Inside Look: 2 Beacon Hill beauties

When you think Boston, you think Beacon Hill. The historic neighborhood is lined with the iconic Federal-style rowhouses along its narrowstreets. Gaslitlamps linethe brick sidewalks, and the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House can be seen between the trees at the top of the hill. Which is...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:45 PM

Owen Labrie's lawyers respond to Chessy Prout's remarks

After Chessy Proutwent on NBC's "Today" show to publicly identify herself as Owen Labrie's victim in the high-profile New Hampshire prep school sexual assault case, Labrie'slawyers appeared on the "CBS MorningShow" on Tuesday to respond to her statements.In her interview, Proutbrought up how the...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 7:47 PM

State trooper injured after allegedly drunk driver hits cruiser

A Massachusetts State Trooper was injured early Tuesday morning when an allegedlydrunk driverstruck his cruiser on Route 93. The fully marked cruiser was stopped on the Southeast Expressway because the trooper was investigating a two-car crash at the same location, state police said in a statement....

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 7:05 PM