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Kristin Toussaint

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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

Thousands of digital screens will play video ads on subway platforms and trains

In the near future, your subway commute will be inundated with ads streaming from thousands of screens on station platforms and inside train cars. The MTA announced this week that it has awarded Outfront Media a 10-year contract to advertise in subways, buses and commuter railroads throughout the...

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 3:21 PM

Falling leaves could lead to commuter rail delays, Kelois says

New England is known for its spectacular fall season, but as residents (and tourists) enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves, those same leaves could be causing trouble for commuters. The MBTA and its commuter rail operator Keolis are warning that as the leaves begin to fall, riders may...

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:50 PM

Which is faster, a taxi or bike ride? This interactive map of NYC will tell you

If you need to be somewhere in a hurry, should you flag down a taxi or hop on a bike? There’s now an interactive map to tell you which one is faster. Todd Schneider, a local software developer, pitted the two modes of transportation against each other to create an interactive map that shows...

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:36 PM

Boston forum will tackle how to raise next generation of women in STEM

How do you raise girls to be involved in science, technology, engineering and math? Referred to as STEM, these fields are a key part of our future, and that means preparing kids now to have the necessary interest, education and skills. Eric Klopfer, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 10:41 AM

Boston-area companies help fund DACA renewals for local Dreamers

For thousands of Dreamers across the country, the Oct. 5 DACA renewal deadline looms large. That date affects recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program whose benefits are set to expire between Sept. 5 and March 5, 2018. It’s not as easy as just renewing online, though...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 2:49 PM

Five-alarm fire spreads through Bronx building with history of complaints

A five-alarm fire on Wednesday morning blazed through the top of a Bronx apartment building that has a history of resident complaints and Department of Building violations. The fire department responded to a call around 6:30 a.m. of a fire at 1920 Walston Ave. in Mount Hope, an FDNY spokesman said...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 12:39 PM

BU researchers may have found a way to diagnose CTE in someone living

Boston University has been leading the research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and they may have just made a breakthrough after identifying a possible way to diagnose CTE in living patients. CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease often found in those who suffer repeated head...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 10:36 AM

Boston preliminary election results: Walsh, Jackson move on to Nov. election

Boston’s preliminary municipal elections were Tuesday, meaning the mayoral and city council races have been narrowed down ahead of November. Four candidates were in the running for mayor, but now, only two names will appear on the November ballot: incumbent Marty Walsh, who received more...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 8:14 AM

Q&A with Pat Payaso, the clown candidate running for Boston City Council

You may have seen someone clowning around outside of polling stations on Tuesday as Boston residents voted in the preliminary municipal elections. Roxbury resident Pat Payaso is running for an at-large city council seat in Boston with an interesting approach to garnering attention: "Payaso...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 3:25 PM

Watch: Water leaks into elevator with people stuck inside at World Trade Center

Getting trapped in an elevator is unfortunate enough, but the situation was even scarier for a group of people at the World Trade Center on Tuesday when water began rushing into the elevator in which they were trapped. “There is water rushing in the elevators on the 82nd floor of the WTC,...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 3:09 PM

80th Pulaski Day Parade takes over Fifth Ave on Sunday

The annual Pulaski Day Parade will take over Fifth Ave in Manhattan this Sunday, marking the 80th year that the Polish-American community in New York City has honored General Casimir Pulaski. This year’s celebration is two-fold, however, as the 2017 parade theme is “Tadeusz Kosciuszko...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 11:52 AM

Gas found on Vanessa Marcotte's body, suspect bought gas that day, cops say

Traces of gasoline and bug spray were found on items on Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte’s body, according to new court documents. A hair tie and socks found on Marcotte’s body tested positive for gasoline and DEET, and officials believe that the suspected killer bought gas on the day...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:31 AM

Interim Title IX guidelines leave advocates for assault survivors concerned

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently rescinded Obama administration guidelines detailing how colleges should respond to campus sexual assaults, leaving advocates concerned about what’s next. The move was not a total surprise, said Stephanie DeCandia, director of programs at the Boston...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 4:04 PM

Boston's 2017 preliminary election: What you need to know

You’ve probably seen Boston Mayor Marty Walsh or challenger City Councilor Tito Jackson stumping on city streets lately, and that’s because Boston’s preliminary municipal election is Sept. 26. Preliminary elections have been losing voters’ attention, experts say. Secretary...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 1:49 PM

MBTA, Keolis to educate public on train safety during Rail Safety Week

Every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is struck by a train, according to nonprofit Operation Lifesaver. In an attempt to change that statistic, the MBTA, Keolis Commuter Services and Transit Police have teamed up with Operation Lifesaver to launch Rail Safety Week. The...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 1:09 PM

Comedian Jimmy Tingle to run for Mass lieutenant governor

Comedian Jimmy Tingle has a new American dream, and it’s no joke: He’s running for Massachusetts lieutenant governor. The comedian and actor, who has appeared in “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream,” “Boondock Saints” and more, recently wrote on his Facebook...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 10:26 AM

With new building comes an innovative approach to education at Wentworth

A new building on a college campus is more than student's tuition dollars at work — it brings with it new opportunities, innovations and even a new approach to education that helps students carve out a path to success in a world that runs differently than it did decades ago. To Wentworth...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 5:00 AM