Kristin Toussaint

Reporter

kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Traffic fatalities over six-month period at an all-time low: Mayor

The first half of 2018 saw the lowest number of traffic fatalities ever measured during a six-month period in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. As of June 30, officials recorded a record-low 81 traffic fatalities in the city so far this year. This is only the second instance...

Monday, July 9, 2018, 3:11 PM

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman pleads not guilty to new lewd charges

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman pleaded not guilty on Monday to new charges of lewd acts stemming from two incidents inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institute — Shirley. Chapman, 70, has been serving time at that facility since 1977 after he was convicted of raping two boys. He...

Monday, July 9, 2018, 1:45 PM

New York City ranked as one of the worst-run cities in America

New Yorkers may feel like this is one of the best cities in America, but a new report has named New York City one of the worst-run cities in the United States. New York City ranked as the third-worst-run city in the country according to a WalletHub study published on Monday. This is the second...

Monday, July 9, 2018, 12:38 PM

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty in third sex assault case

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in court Monday when arraigned on charges for a third criminal sex assault case brought against him. Weinstein is charged with criminal sexual act in the first degree for a forcible sexual act against a third woman in 2006, according to Manhattan District...

Monday, July 9, 2018, 8:49 AM

Brooklyn federal judge promises not to send people back to prison for smoking weed

A federal judge in Brooklyn says that he will no longer send people who have recently been released from prison back behind bars just for smoking marijuana. Jack B. Weinstein, a United States district court judge for the Eastern District of New York, made the promise in a written opinion on...

Friday, July 6, 2018, 12:24 PM

Mother and 8-year-old daughter separated at border reunited in Boston

After nearly two months since they were separated at the southern United States border, a Guatemalan mother seeking asylum in Massachusetts has been reunited with her 8-year-old daughter in Boston. Angelica Rebeca Gonzalez-Garcia and her daughter were reunited at Logan Airport on Thursday,...

Friday, July 6, 2018, 10:22 AM

Statue of Liberty climber charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct

The woman who climbed up the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July to protest immigrant family separation at the southern United States border has been charged with trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct, according to the Southern District of New York U.S....

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 4:02 PM

MSPCA saves 200 birds from euthanasia after breaking up cockfighting ring

The MSPCA was able to save more than 200 birds from euthanasia after hundreds of roosters, hens and chicks were discovered in a cockfighting operation in Northampton. At the end of May, the MSPCA and Northampton police announced that officials busted a cockfighting ring that involved nearly 400...

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 1:19 PM

NYC announces companies to provide dockless bikes to outer boroughs: Update

Update, 7/24/18: The New York City Department of Transportation announced an update to the companies involved in the dockless bikeshare pilot program on Tuesday, July 24. Previously, DOT said that ofo would provide dockless bikes to the Bronx, but on Tuesday, officials announced that dockless Citi...

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 11:37 AM

Boston heat advisory still in effect, but relief to come this weekend

The northeast has been roasting in a heat wave this week, but there’s relief on the horizon. Though a heat advisory is still in effect for Greater Boston through to 8 p.m. Thursday, the weekend will bring a break in the heat, according to the National Weather Service. Boston will see a high...

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 10:07 AM

Boston charity raises $170K for families separated at the border

The Trump Administration’s family separation policy for migrant families at the southern U.S. border sparked outrage and action across the country, from thousands protesting in major cities to politicians and lawyers planning trips to the border. If you can’t travel to the border from...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

Walsh announces interim BPS superintendent

The Boston School Committee has approved a new interim superintendent of Boston Public Schools after Tommy Chang’s recent departure from the position. The committee unanimously approved Laura Perille to temporarily take over the role. Perille previously served as the president and CEO of...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 11:33 AM

City moves forward with City Hall Plaza renovations at expense of Boston Winter fest

Boston’s City Hall Plaza is getting a makeover, but that means no Boston Winter festival this year, the city announced. Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday that the city is going forward with a plan to redesign City Hall Plaza after two years of planning. The city has selected construction firm...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 11:05 AM

Boston Pops 4th of July concert to honor immigrants

The American Dream, the idea of venturing here for a better life, stretches as far back as the first colonists to set foot on these shores. It is repeated in every immigrant story today, and it will be a part of the Boston Pops 4th of July celebration. The annual Boston Pops 4th of July concert...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 3:32 PM

Original copy of Declaration of Independence will be on display in Boston this 4th of July

Boston was an epicenter of the American Revolution and now, a piece of that history is coming back for the 4th of July. One of the 14 original copies of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum in Boston this Independence Day. This...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 1:25 PM

Local, state officials amp up security ahead of Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show draws hundreds and thousands of spectators to the Esplanade each year, and local and state officials are ramping up security ahead of the popular holiday event. The security plan for the Boston Pops show includes participation from...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 1:09 PM

NYC pilot program aims to make legal, safe basement apartments in Brooklyn

It’s no secret that affordable housing in New York City is scarce. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new effort he says will add more housing options via new basement apartments. The mayor recently announced a pilot program to create and renovate apartments in the basements and...

Friday, June 29, 2018, 11:53 AM

Heat wave will bring high temps to Boston and beyond

Make sure your air conditioner is up and running, Bay Staters: a heat wave is expected to hit Massachusetts beginning this weekend and lingering throughout next week. “Are you prepared for prolonged heat & humidity?” the National Weather Service Boston office tweeted. Throughout...

Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:52 AM

Subway delays harm low-income New Yorkers more than rich residents: Report

Subway delays are more than just an annoyance, they’re a real harm to the city’s economy and the lives of every day New Yorkers. But not all New Yorkers are affected by delays equally, according to a new report. In a report released this week, economists with the Federal Reserve Bank...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 1:45 PM

How to avoid the worst NYC 4th of July travel traffic

New Yorkers are pretty accustomed to crowds, but even if you’re used to getting stuck in (foot) traffic on the subway stairs during your morning commute, you don’t want to waste the precious time of your 4th of July travel plans sitting bumper-to-bumper on the bridge. According to AAA...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 11:37 AM