Massachusetts

Kristine Guillaume is first black woman president of 145-year-old Harvard Crimson newspaper

The Harvard Crimson announced this week that Harvard junoir Kristine Guillaume will be the next president of the newspaper, making her the first black woman to helm the student paper in its 145 year history. Guillaume will lead the 146th guard, the term for the paper’s board of executives....

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 11:16am

Not all Merrimack Valley residents impressed by holiday meal offered by Columbia Gas

Columbia Gas is offering 20,000 Thanksgiving meals to those affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, but some residents who haven’t yet been able to return to their homes are disappointed by what they say is a “too little, too late” gesture. Residents of Andover, North...

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 5:08pm

PHOTOS: See Yes on 3 supporters react to historic transgender rights Question 3 win

Massachusetts has once again shown itself to be a leader in LGBTQ rights after residents voters overwhelmingly on Tuesday to uphold a transgender public accommodations law, barring discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places like bathrooms, restaurants and parks. Sixty eight percent...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:46am

Mass election results 2018: Voters strike down nurse ratios, uphold trans protections

Polls are closed in Massachusetts on Election Day 2018 and the election results are starting to trickle in. Here's what Massachusetts races have been called.  Question 1, concerning patient-to-nurse ratios, has been the most contested ballot question of the election, and Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 9:45am

Massachusetts Election Day 2018 guide: Everything to know about voting in the midterms

Are you ready for Election Day 2018 in Massachusetts? If you didn’t vote early and aren’t sending in an absentee ballot, you’ll have to head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to cast your vote in the midterms.  Eyes are on the 2018 midterm elections all across the country, and...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:43pm

Honoring the memory of Parkland shooting victim, Joaquin Oliver, his parents unveil billboard in Boston

Parents of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver along with gun control activists and local politicians unveiled a billboard in Boston comparing Massachusetts’s strong gun laws to those in Florida, calling for gun reform across the country. “If I had attended high school in...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:43pm

Minister who blessed Gov. Baker, 9 others arrested in prostitution sting

A minister who blessed Gov. Charlie Baker shortly after his election was one of 10 people arraigned Wednesday on charges related to an online prostitution ring. Ten men in total were arrested Tuesday and charged with paying for sex during an operation conducted by the Boston Police Human...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 9:22am

Support for Massachusetts ballot Question 1 dropping as election looms: poll

Election Day is around the corner, and Massachusetts voters are still mulling over ballot Question 1. A new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll shows that voter support for Question 1 has flipped as Election Day looms, with a majority of voters now leaning toward “no” on the ballot...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 4:54pm

What to know about the MBTA, parking restrictions for Red Sox World Series parade

Before you can celebrate at the Red Sox World Series parade on Wednesday, you’ll have to figure out how to get there, and officials are advising that you choose public transit over driving. Keolis, which operates the MBTA commuter rail, will increase train capacity and on-hand personnel on...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 3:05pm

Massachusetts ballot question 3 puts transgender rights on national stage

Massachusetts ballot Question 3 is gaining attention beyond the Bay State as the Trump administration considers redefining legal definitions of sex and gender, threatening transgender protections across the country. Question 3 asks residents to uphold a transgender protection law that was...

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 11:29am

Burnt heroin spoon sculpture gifted to Massachusetts' AG for her battle against opioid abuse

An 11-foot, 800-pound burnt heroin spoon sculpture meant to call attention to the opioid crisis was dropped in front of the Massachusetts State House Friday morning, a gift to Attorney General Maura Healey from the Spoon Movement. The Spoon Movement is a non-profit meant to call out those in the...

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 8:47am

New travel guide details spookiest spots in New England

New England is worth visiting all year around, but the region really thrives in autumn with its picturesque fall foliage, seasonal activities like apple picking, and of course, its haunted history. There are plenty of spooky sites throughout New England, and authors Summer Paradis and Sandra...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:13pm

Kennedy Institute's Seat at the Table project highlights importance of inclusion

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Those iconic words by fomer Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) have inspired thousands to charge into politics, and now, they’ve inspired an exhibit and project out of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

Former Fessenden students file lawsuit over alleged sexual abuse in '60s,'70s

Two former students of the Fessenden School west of Boston have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for the alleged sexual abuse they suffered by employees of the all-boys boarding school in the 1960s and 1970s. The lawsuit was recently filed in Middlesex County Superior Court on behalf of two...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 6:10pm

Mass. to send emergency response team to aid Hurricane Michael recovery in Florida

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is sending a three-person emergency response team to Florida to aid Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. The response team includes one employee from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and two from the Massachusetts Department of...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:19pm

Massachusetts gets high scores for LGBTQ equality: Human Rights Campaign report

Massachusetts made history as the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, and it’s still making itself known as a state that values LGBTQ equality, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The Human Rights Campaign released this week its seventh annual Municipal Equality Index, an...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:06am

Baker, Gonzalez spar in first debate over who has vision to lead

Gov. Charlie Baker and his challenger Jay Gonzalez met in a televised debate for the first time Tuesday night, where the Republican incumbent focused on his accomplishments in his nearly four years in office and Gonzalez, a Democrat, cast himself as someone with vision to take the state beyond...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:22am

Maura Healey named on list of 50 'badass' women

Maura Healey is a badass, at least according to InStyle. The Massachusetts Attorney General was named by InStyle Magazine on a list of 50 “badass women” who “show up, speak up and get things done.” Maura Healey appears on the list alongside Emma Gonzalez, the Stoneman...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:56am

Retail pot still 'weeks away' but two Mass. companies get final licenses

Legal marijuana sales are "weeks away" in Massachusetts, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission said Thursday after regulators approved final business licenses for shops in Leicester and Northampton. The CCC on Thursday afternoon granted final business licenses for Cultivate...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:23am

Massachusetts nurse ballot question could cost $949M: Report

The total annual costs of a ballot question that would limit the number of patients assigned to one nurse would land between $676 million and $949 million, according to a new state analysis that cautioned those figures are likely on the conservative side. Less than five weeks before voters will...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 4:58pm