Kristin Toussaint

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kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Moms find flexible work opportunities with female-focused ride-share service Safr

Mom of three Morgan Loria is preparing to send her middle daughter to college, so she wanted to find a way to supplement her family’s income. Loria teaches French and Spanish, but it’s not enough to cover everything, she said. So she she told her family she was thinking about driving...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 5:00 AM

Amid protests, GE breaks ground on new Boston headquarters

Dogged protesters who say General Electric is getting unfair benefits from the state attended a groundbreaking ceremony for GE's new Boston headquarters on Monday morning. Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker joined General Electric executives for the ground-breaking ceremony at the...

Monday, May 8, 2017, 12:28 PM

Suspect in South Boston killings charged with murder

The suspect in the slaying of two doctors in their South Boston home has been charged with two counts of murder, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. Bampumim Teixeira, a 30-year-old Chelsea man, was ordered held without bail Monday pending his trial for the killing of...

Monday, May 8, 2017, 9:47 AM

Veterans use improv classes to gain confidence back in civilian life

Before Andrew McCarty went into the military, he was involved in theater and improv troupes. He had no problem standing in front of hundreds of people and doing something silly to make them laugh. But when he got out of the service, something had changed. “When I went through my transition...

Monday, May 8, 2017, 5:00 AM

Hernandez suicide note to fiancee released

A suicide note written by former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was released Friday by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. After Hernandez committed suicide in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, officials found three hand-written notes next to a Bible in that cell....

Friday, May 5, 2017, 3:55 PM

Destruction of last Massachusetts toll booths scheduled for this weekend

If you’ve driven on the Massachusetts Turnpike recently, you’re probably used to the lack of toll booths. The state’s Department of Transportation began taking down toll booths back in October, and the last remaining toll plazas in the state are set to be demolished this weekend...

Friday, May 5, 2017, 2:47 PM

Life gets harder for hungry Massachusetts residents due to increasing food costs: Study

One in 10 Eastern Massachusetts residents isn't sure where their next meal is coming from, according to new data released by the Greater Boston Food Bank. Though that’s a slight improvement on last year’s analysis, the study also showed that it’s become more expensive for...

Friday, May 5, 2017, 11:10 AM

Massachusetts sheriff who signed on to federal immigration efforts sued by civil rights group

A civil rights group has sued a controversial Massachusetts sheriff who signed up his department to join federal immigration enforcement efforts. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice announced Thursday that they have filed a lawsuit against Bristol County Sheriff...

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 12:55 PM

Fan banned from Fenway Park after using racial slur

Following an incident in which Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said fans at Fenway targeted him with racist comments, the Red Sox have banned a fan for using a racial slur during another game. Red Sox officials said in a statement on Wednesday that “the offending individual was promptly...

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 10:31 AM

Healing wounds in Chinatown through art

New urban developments have ushered in gentrification throughout Boston, but one neighborhood, Chinatown, has been hit especially hard. But the Pao Arts Center is a project that, though new, wants to reclaim the neighborhood and allow Chinatown to offer the culture, support and community resources...

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:00 AM

Boston pastor charged with drug trafficking

A Boston pastor was arrested on Tuesday after police say they found a large amount of drugs, cash and stolen property while searching his home and church. Willie Wilkerson, a 58-year-old pastor at Mission Church, where he reportedly ran a 12-step substance abuse recovery group, was charged with...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 10:54 AM

Mass. doctors want task force to study safe places to inject drugs

An estimated 1,900 people died of opioid-related overdoses in 2016, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the highest year on record for a statistic that has increased rapidly in recent years. To combat that devastating trend, the Massachusetts Medical Society thinks...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 3:34 PM

Boston cops honored for connecting with youth

When Jeff Lopes was growing up in Dorchester, he didn’t have a lot of older role models to look up to. “I always wanted a mentor, but I didn’t know where to find one,” he said. Now Lopes, a police officer with the Boston Police Department, is one of 25 officers serving as...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 2:42 PM

Massachusetts immigrants, activists say they're 'here to stay' at May Dayrally

President Donald Trump has been outspoken about wanting to help American workers. But workers here who weren’t born in America don’t feel included in that sentiment. For International Workers Day, or May Day, on May 1, dozens of immigrants and activists gathered on the steps of the...

Monday, May 1, 2017, 3:52 PM

Mass. schools get funding to prevent opioid addiction from AG's office

As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate Massachusetts communities, state officials have announced funding for addiction prevention programs at schools, nonprofits and community groups. Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Monday that she will award $700,000 in funding across 41...

Monday, May 1, 2017, 11:35 AM

Boston-based transit service Bridj shuts down

Bostonians have one less transportation option to choose from after Bridj announced that it is shutting down. Matt George, CEO of the Boston-based on-demand shuttle service, announced the move in a blog post on Sunday. “Today, our incredible journey unexpectedly ends. After three years and...

Monday, May 1, 2017, 9:43 AM

Textalyzer technology aims to prove when a driver is distracted behind the wheel

If you drink and drive and get into an accident, you’d probably take a breathalyzer test so police can measure your level of intoxication. But if you were texting behind the wheel instead, how would an officer prove that you were breaking the law? Some say phone records or a warrant to...

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 12:56 PM

State police lasso llama on the loose in Western Mass

State troopers flexed their “cowboy skills” to lasso a llama that was on the loose in Western Massachusetts. Troopers Matthew Kane and Kyle Minnicucci responded to reports on Thursday of a rogue llama wandering Route 23 in Russell, a town west of Springfield. Police got the call...

Friday, April 28, 2017, 10:51 AM

Lawyers head to Boston high school to give students a Know Your Rights day

About two dozen lawyers will visit immigrant and refugee students at a Boston high school on Friday for a “Know Your Rights” day. The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project began offering Know Your Rights presentations to the Massachusetts community following the...

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 3:03 PM

Less than a third of young adults approve of Trump's performance as 100th day approaches

This Saturday marks President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, but it doesn’t seem like many young Americans are looking forward to that momentous mark. The president has an overall approval rating of 32 percent among 18-to-29-year-olds, according to a new poll by the Harvard...

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:49 AM