Kristin Toussaint

Reporter

kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Apple and Perkins School for the Blind partner to teach kids how to code

To Apple, the world of technology should be accessible to everyone, and that’s why the company is partnering with Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to teach kids how to code. The tech giant has an initiative called Everyone Can Code, which includes a curriculum meant to bring the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 2:46 PM

MBTA to offer reduced weekend commuter rail fares this summer

Summer is the time for weekend getaways, and the commuter rail can connect you to spots across Massachusetts. But if you don’t want to spend all your vacation money on MBTA fares, take note of the summer deal. The MBTA commuter rail announced this week that there will be a special weekend...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10:25 AM

Here’s how misinformation multiplies on Twitter in the midst of a disaster

On average, more than 5,000 new tweets flood Twitter every second, and that volume increases when something newsworthy happens like a disaster.  Though Twitter can be a way to share information during an emergency, users can also spread rumors and inaccuracies, and a new study takes a deeper...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 5:13 PM

MTA launches LIRR Forward initiative to improve service

Transit officials are taking multiple steps to make the Long Island Rail Road more efficient as part of a new initiative called LIRR Forward. LIRR President Phil Eng announced LIRR Forward on Monday, describing the effort as a “package of specialized actions” meant to make the rails...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 12:37 PM

CapeFLYER is back with train trips from Boston to Cape Cod this summer

The CapeFLYER is back for another summer so you can take trips from Boston to Cape Cod without sitting in all that traffic. Keolis, which operates the MBTA commuter rail, recently announced the return of the service that offers round trips from Boston’s South Station to Hyannis. The...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 11:33 AM

Four penguin chicks make debut at New England Aquarium

Four new members of the New England Aquarium penguin family have made their first public debut. The little blue penguin chicks — named Goose, Wedge, Derwent and Miramar  — made their on-exhibit entrance Thursday morning after having hatched about 80 days ago. They’ve...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:23 PM

NYC plans to raise parking meter rates by end of 2018

If you drive in New York City, prepare to pay more for parking by the end of the year. The city’s Department of Transportation proposed on Wednesday a plan to raise meter rates in order to hopefully allow for parking spots to turn over more quickly. “New York City’s parking...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 1:57 PM

Prison reformers call for action as New York's population of elderly inmates increases

New York’s prison population has been shrinking over the years, but one subset of inmates has seen a surge in numbers, and its prompting prison reform activists to demand action. Though the prison population has dropped 17 percent over the last decade, the population of older adults in New...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 12:23 PM

One roommate saves you more than $12K a year on rent in NYC: Report

It’s the season of college graduation, which means thousands of students across the country are about to enter the real world, and surely some of them will end up in New York. But how will those new grads afford apartments here? The obvious answer is by getting some roommates, and a new...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:00 AM

Boston, NYC have worst airports when it comes to summer travel delays: Report

Have you planned any summer getaways yet? If so, you might want to already prepare yourself for some delays at the airport. Ahead of prime vacation season, financial site MagnifyMoney ranked the best and worst airports in the country for summer travel, and Boston and New York City did not fare...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:03 PM

Keolis announces commuter rail schedule changes for spring, summer

The commuter rail schedule will see some changes for the spring/summer season. Keolis Commuter Services announced this week some of the adjustments that will be made to certain commuter rail routes as we head into the warmer months. These changes, Keolis said, are meant to use new or improved rail...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 10:51 AM

Drug companies buying doctors meals leads to more opioid prescriptions: Study

With the opioid epidemic leading to thousands of overdose deaths a year, some experts have pinned responsibility on pharmaceutical companies and their influence on what doctors prescribe. But it doesn’t take thousands of dollars from a drug company to affect a doctor’s prescribing...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 3:27 PM

Greenwich Village plaque honors first female doctor in US

A new plaque in Greenwich Village honors Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree and the founder of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation unveiled the plaque this week at 58 Bleecker St...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 1:21 PM

Freelance Isn't Free Act recovered $250K in lost wages for New Yorkers in first year

Last year, city officials enacted the Freelance Isn’t Free Act as a way to protect New York City’s hundreds of thousands of independent workers. One year in, that move has helped recover more than $250,000 in lost wages. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) released...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 11:03 AM

Boston Children's Hospital unveils new rooftop garden

Boston Children’s Hospital will unveil its new rooftop garden with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the 8,000-square-foot space atop the Berthiaume Building. The garden is meant to be a place of comfort for families, patients and staff amidst the crowded Longwood medical...

Monday, May 14, 2018, 4:13 PM

These are the best landlords in Brooklyn

When apartment hunting in New York City, you want to make sure your new building has one of the best landlords around.  Each year, New York City’s Public Advocate releases a list of the worst landlords in the five boroughs, a ranking of those who leave their tenants to live in dangerous...

Monday, May 14, 2018, 1:56 PM

Transit advocates ask subway riders to call the mayor in push for fair fares

As you wait on subway platforms this week, you may see transit advocates asking you to call Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office to ask him to adopt “fair fares.” Members of the Riders Alliance and Community Service Society, an organization that advocates for low-income New Yorkers...

Monday, May 14, 2018, 1:30 PM

Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign to rally at state house

Advocates who want to highlight the struggles of those in poverty are planning a rally at the Massachusetts State House on Monday. The Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign is kicking off six weeks of protests across the country with one on the state house steps Monday, May 14 at 2 p.m. to...

Monday, May 14, 2018, 9:52 AM

Project takes NYC’s LGBT history out of the closet, and into the spotlight

When the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village was designated a National Monument in 2016, it was the first and only historic site out of about 92,000 in the National Park System to be recognized for its connection to the LGBT community. After a police raid of the gay bar in 1969, riots...

Monday, May 14, 2018, 5:00 AM

Bay State Bike Week asks you to give biking a chance

Tom Francis enjoys his commute to work so much that when he was out of town for a week this February, he took the time to follow his commute on the weekend when he came back to the Boston area. “How many drivers would do that?” Francis said. Not many, and maybe, not even any, since...

Friday, May 11, 2018, 2:26 PM