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Marijuana activists push weed reform bill

Suffolk University senior Sean McSoley believes an unregulated weed market contributes to violence and by legalizing and taxing pot, it would take cash out of criminals’ hands while promoting safer city streets.“The prohibition of marijuana is the reason for the crime surrounding marijuana,” said...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 4:03 PM

MBTA cuts would have adverse effects on Boston's economy

If the MBTA doesn’t get help dealing with its deficit, it could lead to skyrocketing parking lot prices, gridlocked streets and cause a strain on the city's economy.According to a new report released yesterday by A Better City, a nonprofit transportation advocacy group, Boston’s sports venues and...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:48 PM

Nate Swain wants to turn Boston into an outdoor art museum

Artist Nate Swain thinks there are too many blank, boring walls around Boston — and he wants to spruce them up with the help of area artists by plastering them with massive murals.With a background in landscape architecture, Swain said he’d like to turn the city into an outdoor museum.“You could...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:41 PM

Low salary a problem in prolonged T General Manager search?

A low-paying salary and the uncertain outcome of potential fare increases coming down the tracks have been factors in the delayed search for a new MBTA general manager, according to some transit board members.“The salary that we have been paying is very much on the low side and many candidates [...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 3:53 PM

Cops search the home of missing BC student Franco Garcia

A weeklong search for a missing Boston College student has come up inconclusive so far.Officials are puzzled by the disappearance of 21-year-old Franco Garcia, who went missing Feb. 22 after a night out with friends at Mary Ann's bar in Brighton.Yesterday police turned to his parent’s home in West...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 2:39 PM

Protesters ask for Lady Gaga’s help as she unveils 'Born This Way Foundation'

Members of the Harvard community have high hopes that Lady Gaga will poke her face into university affairs and help bring justice to students that were persecuted for being gay in the 1920s.As the university partners with Gaga to launch the “Born This Way Foundation” today, activists will hold a...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3:11 PM

T Riders Union has come to the rescue

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s ... the T Riders Union dressed up as superheroes?On Tuesday, members of the advocacy group flew to the MBTA’s rescue wearing tights, capes and face masks to present five immediate ways transportation officials could fix the looming $161 million budget deficit without...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 2:12 PM

Franco Garcia: Search continues for missing BC student

What started as a night out with friends, having drinks and discussing an upcoming spring break trip, has turned into a nearly weeklong search for a missing Boston College student beloved by his community.Friends and family gathered around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir yesterday and waited with bated...

Monday, February 27, 2012, 4:36 PM

'The Occupiers': John Forrester's film documents Occupy Boston rise and fall

From the first tent that went up in Dewey Square in late September to the last one dismantled by Boston police several months later, John Forrester captured the Occupy Boston movement on film.On March 1, Forrester will debut “The Occupiers,” a documentary tracing the emergence of the group through...

Monday, February 27, 2012, 4:26 PM

Franco Garcia: Community makes push to find missing BC student

Luzmila Garcia knows in her heart that her son, Franco Garcia, is OK.“He wasn’t supposed to vanish from this place. We need him to come home,” she said through tears yesterday, standing in Cleveland Circle where her son was last seen before he disappeared.Franco, 21, was last seen Wednesday about...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 2:42 PM

Hub could feel smartphone use ‘crunch’

An unexpected surge of smart phone and tablet useage is starting to strain the capacity of the mobile broadband airwaves and it could affect how fast you download apps, send e-mails and make phone calls.“It means potentially dropped calls and slower speeds,” said Rory Altman, director and founder...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 1:29 PM

Max Nicastro: BU questions hockey behavior after sexual assault charges

Boston University President Robert Brown is launching an investigative panel to examine the behaviors of the men’s ice hockey team amidst recent sexual assault allegations against two of its star players.In an e-mail sent to the student body Thursday, Brown said he would construct a “Task Force” of...

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 8:07 AM

Boston 'Bugle Boy' brews buzz, aims to 'give away' shops

Tucked away on the side streets of Downtown Boston, something is brewing, and if you follow the sound of a bugle echoing through the alleyways, you are likely to find it.In just 88 days, the man behind the musical instrument, Tom Barnes, has made a name for himself as “Bugle Boy,” blowing in to a...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 4:02 PM

Report eyes possible waste of T’s RIDE

Massachusetts Inspector General Gregory Sullivan thinks the MBTA’s The RIDE program is a fragmented service ripe for fraud and abuse and needs to be fixed.In a letter sent to T officials this week, Sullivan said his office has been examining the paratransit issue for more than a year, trying to...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:29 PM

Max Nicastro: BU hockey player pleads not guilty to rape charges

A Boston University hockey star accused of raping a female student on campus during the weekend pleaded not guilty in court yesterday and was held on $10,000 cash bail.Max Nicastro, 21, was ordered by a Brighton judge to stay away from the victim, a female BU student, who alleged Nicastro sexually...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:28 PM

City councilors look to revamp roadway safety

Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley wants to change the way people perceive Massachusetts drivers.“We Bostonians often get a bad rap for being very aggressive … [I want to make] the term ‘Boston driver’ synonymous with safety and civility,” he said.During a public hearing yesterday with residents,...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:25 PM

Boston dog swallows cheese and knife, has it surgically removed

A Boston resident’s mischievous Bull Mastiff is recovering after she gobbled up a 3-inch knife along with a piece of brie cheese and had to undergo emergency surgery to get it removed.Bean, a 118-pound pup from Roslindale, was rushed to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, where doctors said...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 9:38 AM

Dorchester blaze leaves five firefighters injured

The “careless disposal of a cigarette” on a second-floor porch allegedly led to a three-alarm blaze that left five firefighters injured and a 13-year-old burned in Dorchester early yesterday morning.According to Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald, while no one suffered from serious...

Monday, February 20, 2012, 2:04 PM

Boston University athlete faces sex assault charges

For the second time since December, a member of the Boston University Men’s Hockey team has been charged with sexual assault.According to a spokesperson from the Suffolk District Attorney’s office, Max Nicastro, 21, is expected to be arraigned in Brighton District Court today to face charges...

Monday, February 20, 2012, 1:52 PM

Boston College High officials warn students about Facebook scam

Officials at Boston College High School sent a letter home to parents warning them about an alleged extortion threat after someone posed as a teenage girl on Facebook in order to solicit personal information from a student.The letter, sent out by Principal Steve Hughes, said an unknown individual...

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 2:09 PM