Kristin Toussaint

Reporter

kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Google is bringing its IT training to LaGuardia Community College

Google is coming to LaGuardia Community College. The internet giant announced this week that it will bring its IT Support Professional Certificate course to the community college in Queens to promote tech literacy and to open the door to more digital economic opportunities for New Yorkers. The...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 12:30 PM

Officials break ground on Green Line Extension project in Somerville

Officials broke ground on the Green Line Extension project on Monday in Somerville, marking a long-awaited start to the transportation plan that will extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. The project has received more federal funding, as well, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 11:03 AM

14th Street to become busway during L train shutdown

Officials are proposing that 14th Street turn into a 17-hour-a-day busway during the L train shutdown, New York City Department of Transportation confirmed, restricting vehicle traffic on the roadway in order to accommodate displaced commuters. The changes were originally reported by the New York...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 4:22 PM

2018 Congressional Primary Election: What you need to know in NYC

The New York 2018 primary election is on Tuesday, do you know all the details of who’s is on your ballot and where to go in order to vote? For the federal primary election on June 26, New Yorkers will weigh in on six congressional districts to decide which candidates appear on the November...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 1:12 PM

NYC to renovate 2,400 NYCHA apartments

Nearly 2,400 New York City Housing Authority apartments will receive a total of $400 million in renovations, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. Even with upgrades like new kitchens, these homes will not see a rise in their rent, the city assured. The upgrades will affect 5,300 residents...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 12:21 PM

BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang steps down

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang announced his resignation on Friday, two years before his contract with the school system was set to expire. Chang took over BPS in 2015, coming here from the Los Angeles public school system and signing on to a five-year contract in Boston. In a...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 10:55 AM

1 in 4 hijab-wearing women shoved on NYC subway in wake of 2016 election: report

One in four Muslim Arab women who wear a hijab in New York City said that they were intentionally shoved on a subway platform in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report on discrimination and acts of hate from the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Up to and...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 2:46 PM

Screwdriver-wielding man attacks, bites Boston police

Multiple Boston police officers were injured after a struggle with a Hyde Park man who allegedly attacked police with a screwdriver and also bit one officer on the head. The man, whose identity has not been released, is facing multiple charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 12:21 PM

Self-driving car testing expands in Boston, to 14 other Mass. cities and towns

Self-driving cars are taking over more Massachusetts streets. Cambridge-based company nuTonomy has been testing autonomous vehicles on certain Boston roads for a while, and now, officials have expanded that testing to all Boston streets city-wide. Separately, state officials announced on Thursday...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 10:46 AM

NYC gym launches napercise workout classes

New York is the city that never sleeps, but that’s not a very healthy lifestyle. SoHo trainer Harry Hanson is here to help, though, creating a class that allows you to clock in both exercise and catching up on some z’s at the same time — napercise. Yes, you read that right: a...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 3:52 PM

Mayor de Blasio turned away from migrant children's shelter in Texas

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other mayors from cities across the country were turned away when they attempted to visit a holding center for immigrant children in Texas on Thursday. The New York City mayor traveled to Tornillo, Texas, on Wednesday after touring a foster care facility in Harlem at which...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2:59 PM

NYC to award $1.8M in grants to help small businesses adapt to neighborhood changes

New Yorkers know that neighborhoods here can change quickly. It can be hard to keep up, especially for those small businesses that are iconic to those communities. Now, the city’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is launching a new initiative to help those mom-and-pop shops not...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5:00 AM

Hundreds rally for immigration protections at Massachusetts State House

Singing “We will walk with you,” and holding signs that read “Mass. stands with immigrants” hundreds of protestors gathered at the Massachusetts State house on Wednesday to protest the family separation policy and to call on state officials to do more to protect...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 4:36 PM

How the new MTA fare system will make your turnstile experience smoother

Public transportation can come with a slew of frustrations, like when you see your train pulling into the station but the turnstile reads “insufficient fare,” or when you’re stuck behind someone swiping their MetroCard over and over to no avail. These hiccups may soon be part of...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 2:26 PM

Through the Keyhole: Old State House exhibit opens door to more stories of American history

What does it mean to be an American? Who were the Founding Fathers referring to with the “We” of We the People? And who is left out of the story we tell about the American Revolution? These are big questions, but a new exhibit opening Wednesday at the Old State House in Boston will...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 4:48 PM

NYC will stop arresting most people for smoking marijuana in public

New Yorkers with no prior record who are found smoking marijuana in public will face criminal summonses rather than arrests under a new policy Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. The change marks a shift in marijuana enforcement in New York City as a way, the mayor said, to balance fairness...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 12:09 PM

Boston taps law firm to sue pharma companies over opioid epidemic

The city of Boston has retained a law firm to sue pharmaceutical companies to recover damages from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday. Boston has tapped Motley Rice LLC for the litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors and dispensaries. Walsh announced that he...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 10:22 AM

Public-private partnership improved conditions at NYCHA buildings: Report

It is no secret that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has faced its share of problems, from management debacles to lack of funding to issues like heating outages and lead paint on the long list of needed repairs. But some NYCHA properties have seen improvements, a new study found,...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 4:52 PM

Opioid users will qualify for medical marijuana, New York health dept announces

Those who use opioids will qualify for medical marijuana under an amendment developed by the New York State Department of Health. Patients can be eligible for medical marijuana use in New York state if they have been diagnosed with certain debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Currently,...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 1:36 PM

Move to repeal Massachusetts transgender protection law sees some support, polls show

A measure may appear on the Massachusetts November ballot that would overturn a state law that protects transgender individuals in public spaces such as bathrooms — and it seems to have some support. The transgender protections law was passed in 2016 and specifically outlaws discrimination...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 12:58 PM