Kristin Toussaint

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kristin.toussaint@metro.us

MIT looking into allegations made against writer Junot Diaz

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is looking into allegations of abuse recently made against writer Junot Diaz, a spokesperson for the university said in a statement. Diaz is a Dominican-American writer known for his books This is How You Lose Her and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,...

Monday, May 7, 2018, 2:52 PM

Here's how tourism benefits New York City

New York City is, obviously, a top destination for tourist. From Broadway shows to museums of all kinds, it has a lot to offer sightseers — but what do those visitors have to offer the city? Tourism has been praised as an economy booster, and a new report from the Center for an Urban Future...

Monday, May 7, 2018, 11:41 AM

East Boston woman's car stolen with her dog inside

An East Boston woman’s car, and her dog that was inside it, were stolen on Sunday, police said. Rose Nese, a lifelong East Boston resident, told the Boston Globe that the incident occurred around 8:45 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of an Orient Heights convenience store. Nese left her 8-...

Monday, May 7, 2018, 9:55 AM

Gyspy moths emerge in May: Here's what you need to know

May is finally bringing some warmer weather to Massachusetts, but it also brings some annoyances like gypsy moths, an invasive species that damage trees all across the commonwealth. Gypsy moths begin to emerge as caterpillars in May, and in past years these pests have ravaged Massachusetts trees....

Monday, May 7, 2018, 5:00 AM

Data company cited in comptroller's Airbnb report refutes findings

After New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a report saying that Airbnb led to more than $600 million in added cost for renters in the city, the data company cited in the report has refuted the findings. Analytics company AirDNA, which bills itself as the “world’s...

Friday, May 4, 2018, 3:03 PM

NYC will open safe injection sites: Mayor

New York City will open overdose prevention centers, also referred to as safe injection sites, in an effort to reduce deaths as the opioid epidemic continues, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. “The opioid epidemic has killed more people in our city than car crashes and homicides combined,...

Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:17 AM

Boston Marathon will award prize money to this year's top women finishers after outcry

The Boston Athletic Association has agreed to award prize money to five additional women who placed in the top 15 at this year’s Boston Marathon after an outcry about the different rules for male and female racers. Jessica Chichester placed fifth at this year’s race on the rainy, cold...

Friday, May 4, 2018, 9:48 AM

Airbnb caused NYC renters to pay an extra $616M in 2016, comptroller says

New Yorkers who rent had to shell out an extra $616 million in 2016 because of Airbnb, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said in a new report. Stringer’s office released a report on Thursday looking at the effect of Airbnb on rising rents in New York City. This is the first such report, the...

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 1:11 PM

NYC Ferry prepares to double fleet as expected ridership soars

We’re gonna need a bigger boat — and at least a few more of them. NYC Ferry is gaining popularity quickly. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that ferry ridership may reach 9 million annual passengers by 2023. That’s twice the amount of passengers initially projected,...

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 11:26 AM

Body found, 9 officers hurt after New Haven home standoff ends in explosion

Multiple law enforcement officers are injured after a standoff Wednesday night between police and a man who was holding his wife hostage in their Connecticut home that ended in explosions. The Yale-New Haven Hospital said on Twitter that it received a total of nine patients in connection with the...

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 10:20 AM

Advocates call on MBTA to switch to all electric buses

Environmental advocates, medical professionals and members of a public interest group are calling on the MBTA to switch completely to electric buses, saying the transition is necessary to protect the health of residents and the environment. “The majority of America’s buses remain dirty...

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

House flipping is depriving New Yorkers of affordable housing options: Report

You’ve probably heard of house flipping on some HGTV shows, and the practice of buying a home for cheap and selling it for a profit isn’t just spurring new series — it’s having a big effect on the state of affordable housing in New York City. A recent report by the Center...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 1:37 PM

AG calls for substance abuse prevention education in all Mass. schools

As the opioid epidemic rages on, Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for substance abuse prevention education in all Massachusetts public schools. This week, Healey announced on Wednesday, she’ll tour middle schools across the commonwealth that have implemented Project Here, a public-...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 11:53 AM

Harvard researchers say these 5 healthy habits could add 10 years to your life

What’s the secret to living a long, healthy life? While there’s no magic potion, there are a few healthy habits that can keep you fit while adding 10 years or more to your life expectancy, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a report released this week,...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 10:57 AM

Boston is the second most-millennial city

There’s a lot of research about the impact of millennials, from what industries they’re “killing” with their spending habits to what jobs they’re bolstering as they take over the workforce. But where exactly are all these millennials living, and what cities are they...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 2:39 PM

New program lets incarcerated moms bond with their kids at Manhattan children's museum

Even when closed to the public, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan will be teeming with activity per a new pilot program — as a place where incarcerated women can connect with their children. First Lady Chirlane McCray announced on Tuesday the start of a pilot program with the museum...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12:04 PM

Playing youth tackle football leads to earlier CTE symptoms: Study

It’s now no secret that the hits most NFL players sustain during football games could lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease known as CTE that causes memory loss, aggression, confusion and more. But it’s not just those tackles in a national stadium...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 9:57 AM

Delivery workers who bike around NYC need to be protected, advocates say

Bike advocates gathered at City Hall on Monday to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to do more to protect delivery workers who cycle around New York City for their jobs. "I've been given many fees and fines just for doing my job," one delivery worker named Clemente said at the City Hall...

Monday, April 30, 2018, 3:33 PM

Bostonians, New Yorkers can get free bikeshare rides, courtesy of Switzerland

May is National Bike Month, and now you can take a Blue Bike or Citi Bike out for a spin for free thanks to Switzerland. Yup, the European country is trying to get more Americans to bike. Switzerland Tourism has partnered with Motivate, the company behind bike shares like Citi Bike, Blue Bikes and...

Monday, April 30, 2018, 2:27 PM

TransAlt challenges New Yorkers to bike to work this May

Sick of standing on a packed subway in the mornings, or starting your day stuck in traffic? Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives wants you to try another way to head to work: biking. In honor of Bike Month in May, Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) is once again hosting its Bike Commuter...

Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:42 PM