Kristin Toussaint

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kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Hydrox cookies claims Oreos parent company is sabotaging their sales

If you haven’t seen Hydrox cookies in stores lately, there may be a diabolical reason why, and the company is blaming those behind its chocolate-and-cream cookie competition: Oreos. Hydrox have often been referred to as knock-off Oreos, even though they came first. Hydrox cookies debuted in...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 4:02 PM

Here's the start time and street closures for the 2018 India Day Parade in NYC

Are you planning on attending the 2018 India Day Parade in New York City? It’s scheduled for this weekend in Midtown, Manhattan, and here’s what you need to know. This year marks the 38th India Day Parade, which is put on each year by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA). The...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 1:38 PM

This one tweet about a racist encounter in Boston sparked dozens of similar stories

Is Boston racist? Plenty of signs point to yes. The city has been called out many times for being home to a number of racist acts, from a Fenway crowd member calling Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones the N-word last summer to comedian Michael Che saying Boston is “the most racist city...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 11:16 AM

Boxers vs briefs? Harvard study says yes, underwear affects your sperm count

Science finally has an answer to the boxers vs briefs debate, thanks to a study out of Harvard University school of public health — and Elaine Benes was right all along. In Seinfeld Episode 90, which debuted in 1994, Elaine tells Kramer that if he ever wants to have kids he shouldn’t...

Friday, August 10, 2018, 1:24 PM

50 Miles More Massachusetts: Student gun control activists to march to Smith & Wesson

Like thousands of youth across the country, Felix Brody has marched against gun violence in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. From  March For Our Lives in Boston to the March on the NRA in Virginia, he’s covered a lot of ground — but he’s not done yet. Soon, he’...

Friday, August 10, 2018, 12:32 PM

Cambridge man arrested in NYC for tweet offering to pay someone to kill ICE agents

A Cambridge man named Brandon Ziobrowski has been arrested in New York City for threatening to solicit the murder of ICE agents online. Ziobrowski, 33, was arrested Thursday morning in New York and is being transported to Boston to appear in court at a later date after making a threat against...

Friday, August 10, 2018, 9:55 AM

White supremacist propaganda up since Charlottesville Rally: ADL

It’s been one year since the 2017 Charlottesville Rally in which a group of torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the Virginia city. In the year since, white supremacist propaganda efforts have increased across the country, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The Anti-...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 2:59 PM

Massachusetts voter registration deadline is Aug. 15 for state primary

The Massachusetts primary 2018 is coming up fast. If you want to cast a ballot in that election, you’ll have to first make sure your Massachusetts voter registration status is good to know. The 2018 primary election is on Tuesday, September 4. Voters across the commonwealth will take to the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 12:52 PM

These are the 12 most dangerous areas for pedestrian, cyclist traffic accidents in NYC

Officials have been working to make New York City streets safer through the Vision Zero initiative, but we’re not quite totally free of traffic accidents just yet. There are some areas that pedestrians and cyclists should be extra cautious around, according to Localize.city. The data...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10:22 AM

These are the crayons with asbestos and other school supplies to avoid

If you’re a parent or a teacher, you know that it’s practically already time to do all that back to school shopping — where did the summer go? — but before you finalize your school supplies list, a public interest research group is warning against some potentially harmful...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 2:26 PM

Invasive longhorned tick found in NYC, spreading along east coast

Ticks have been a growing menace across the United States, and now a new tick species called the longhorned tick has been found in New York City for the first time, concerning some health experts.  The New York City Health Department on Wednesday announced that the longhorned tick, although...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 11:59 AM

New effort will help incarcerated individuals register to vote in NYC

New York City tends to have a pretty low voter turnout, but now Mayor Bill de Blasio is hoping to get more people to vote in New York City by bringing voter registration forms right to those who are incarcerated in New York jails. The mayor announced on Tuesday that for the first time ever,...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 12:40 PM

What is Snapchat dysmorphia? How selfies affect self-esteem, leading to more plastic surgery

Selfies, and the people who take lots of them, have long received criticism from those who think the practice reeks of narcissism. But who can resist looking at the big eyes and smooth skin that a Snapchat filter gives them? Now, those selfies have a new kind of critic as medical experts argue...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 12:25 PM

Deep dis: U.S. Pizza Museum to open in Chicago, not NYC

It’s a debate as old as time itself: Which is better, New York style pizza or Chicago deep dish? Now, the food feud is heating up with the announcement that the U.S. Pizza Museum is apparently picking sides by setting up shop in the Windy City.   The U.S. Pizza Museum is set to...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 4:11 PM

Delta Gamma Harvard sorority chapter closes in response to school's socialclub sanctions

The Harvard sorority chapter of Delta Gamma has closed in response to the university’s sanctions against single-gender social groups on its Cambridge campus. Delta Gamma’s shuttering marks the first such single-gender social group to halt its operations in response to Harvard’s...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 2:00 PM

NYC Weather: heat advisory in effect until Wednesday

New York City weather is bringing the heat this week: A heat advisory has been issued as humidity is expected to make temperatures feel in the triple digits. The National Weather Service has issued a NYC heat advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. A heat advisory is issued, the weather...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10:20 AM

Two people hit, killed by LIRR trains: MTA

Two people were struck and killed by Long Island Rail Road trains Monday morning, officials said, disrupting LIRR service system-wide. The first incident occurred when a person on the tracks was struck by a train near Hicksville Station around 4 a.m. Monday, according to the MTA, leading to a...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 9:34 AM

420 Suites brings cannabis-friendly vacation rentals to Boston

Boston has long been a vacation destination, but legal marijuana may draw in even more visitors to all over Massachusetts — and businesses like 420 Suites are ready to cater to cannabis tourism. 420 Suites, which debuted at Boston’s recent CannaCon, is turning the typical vacation...

Friday, August 3, 2018, 12:21 PM

Lakeith Stanfield to star in Prince of Cats movie, a Romeo & Juliet revamp set in Brooklyn

Lakeith Stanfield has been all over the big (and small) screen lately. From Atlanta to Get Out to Sorry To Bother You, which you can see in theaters now, Stanfield has been busy — and he has another lead role in the works for a movie adaptation of Prince of Cats, a Romeo & Juliet...

Friday, August 3, 2018, 11:00 AM

You can ride Blue Bikes for free this Saturday

If you haven’t yet noticed, Blue Bikes are in Boston, and if you haven’t yet tried the rideshare service out, here’s your chance to ride a Blue Bike for free. Back in May, the Hubway bikeshare system became Blue Bikes after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts partnered up...

Friday, August 3, 2018, 8:50 AM