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Kristin Toussaint

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NYU moves tech hub into long-empty former MTA headquarters

A long-vacant MTA building has been given a tech-filled new life. New York University announced Wednesday that the school’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) has moved into 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, a site that was previously home to the headquarters of the New York...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 1:07 PM

Bitter cold and strong winds moving through Massachusestts

Time to bundle up, Boston: wind and bitter cold temps are moving through the area. “The main weather story for today will be wind and cold,” forecasters for the National Weather Service wrote. Wind gusts could hit a high of 40 to 50 miles per hour across Massachusetts on Wednesday,...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 10:52 AM

Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the US: Report

Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the country, according to a report published Tuesday by the United Health Foundation. The Bay State dethroned Hawaii, which held the top spot for the past five years, in the foundation’s 28th annual report. Called “America’s Health...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:42 PM

Parents upset with BPS start time changes create petition

The announcement of new school start times surely had some Boston high schoolers excited about sleeping in, but for many parents of elementary and middle school kids, the news didn’t receive a positive reaction. “I was very shocked when I heard. I can’t even explain how shocked,...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 2:54 PM

You can now use your Mass. license photo for 14 years

If you hate going to the RMV, here’s some good news: Massachusetts license photos can now be used for more than a decade, meaning you can renew your license online instead of in-person more often.  The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced this week that license...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 10:36 AM

Complaint alleges 'creepy' sex talks, angry outbursts by 'On Point' host Tom Ashbrook

A number of current and former WBUR employees have filed a complaint with the Boston-based NPR news station alleging a hostile work environment at the hands of Tom Ashbrook, host of the radio show “On Point.” Eleven young men and women filed the “multi-page” complaint...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:46 PM

Boston police amp up MBTA station patrols after NYC terror attack

The Boston Police Department is amping up patrols around major MBTA stations after a terror attack in the New York City subway near Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday morning. The explosion injured four people, including the suspect Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 10:57 AM

Who is Akayed Ullah, the Port Authority bombing suspect?

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man, reportedly detonated a pipe bomb in the subway near Times Square Monday morning, NYPD said, causing minor injuries and disrupting multiple trains. Ullah is currently at Bellevue Hospital on Manhattan’s East Side. He sustained burns and wounds to his body from...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 10:14 AM

Pie Face Challenge started by Mass. native raises awareness for gastroparesis

As you’re home for the holidays this year, considering pieing your family and friends in the face. After all, it’s for a good cause. The idea comes from Andrew Belliveau, a 20-year-old Lynn native who is currently a junior at Elms College in Chicopee. Belliveau created the...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 5:00 AM

NYC issues travel advisory amid winter weather warning

Be warned, New Yorkers: A travel advisory has been issued this Saturday and Sunday due to anticipated snowy weather. The New York City Emergency Management Department has issued a travel advisory for this weekend, Saturday Dec. 9 and Sunday Dec. 10. The National Weather Service has issued a...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 3:59 PM

BU biolab gets approval to research world's deadliest viruses

Boston University’s biolab is finally approved to start its research on the world’s deadliest microorganisms in hopes of finding treatment options. The Boston Public Health Commission has given its final approval for BU’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL)...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:41 PM

Here are the new Boston Public School start times

More than 100 schools across the Boston Public Schools district are changing up their start times next year. After the Boston School Committee unanimously voted to change school start times on Wednesday, officials have released the new start and end times for the 105 out of the district’s...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:28 AM

3 million more guns than usual were sold in wake of Sandy Hook shooting: Report

The Sandy Hook school shooting, like many other mass shootings in America, sparked a nationwide debate about gun control. It also led to a jump in gun sales and accidental gun deaths, according to a new report. On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3:17 PM

BPS approves change to school start times

Some Boston Public School students will soon be able to sleep in a bit longer before classes. The Boston School Committee approved a change to school start times in a unanimous vote Wednesday night. The move will push back the beginning of the school day for Boston high schoolers to after 8 a.m...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 1:26 PM

'Worst password offenders' of 2017 include Trump, Republican Party

Cybersecurity can seem complicated, but an easy way to prevent being hacked, experts say, is to make sure you have a strong password. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t. Even big companies and government departments fail at making sure their passwords are secure. And the worst password...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11:10 AM

'Living tattoos' can light up in response to certain chemicals

You’ve heard of white ink tattoos and UV ink tattoos, but now, there’s a new innovation in the works when it comes to body art. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed “living ink” tattoos, which contain genetically programmable living cells...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2:44 PM

Met painting of young girl in 'suggestive pose' sparks controversy

A painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has come under scrutiny for depicting a young girl in a “sexually suggestive pose,” with thousands of people signing an online petition asking for the artwork’s removal from the museum. “Thérèse Dreaming” by Balthus,...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:50 AM

Two-thirds of young Americans are fearful about country's future: Poll

Are you concerned about the future of our country? If so, you’re not alone. More than two-thirds of young adults in the United States say that they are more fearful than they are hopeful about America’s future, according to a new poll out of Harvard University. The Harvard Kennedy...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:13 AM

SnoHub brings snowplow services on demand

Winter is on its way, and for homeowners, the season comes with the responsibility of shoveling your driveway and clearing off your steps all by yourself. To James Albis, dealing with snow is one of the biggest pains of owning a home, so he came up with a solution: a way to order snowplow service...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 1:41 PM

Boston-area mayors come together to address housing crisis

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and other local leaders are partnering up to address the housing shortage amid growth in the Greater Boston area’s population. The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition of Greater Boston, made up of 14 representatives from local cities and...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 11:36 AM