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Is Russia a democracy?

In coverage of Russia's interference in the U.S. elections, the country is often called a threat to democracy. At the same time, the country holds presidential elections and citizens are represented by their own in their version of Congress. So what form of government is Russia, technically? Is...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 2:10pm

How to watch Shark Week 2018 without cable

Duh dun. Duh dun. Duh dun duh dun duh dun — you know how it goes. Your favorite part of Discovery Channel programming is almost here, but wait, you cut the cord with the cable providers months ago. Don’t sweat it, we pulled together your guide to how to watch Shark Week 2018 without...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 1:53pm

Airbnb host sues NYC alleging city retaliated against him

An Airbnb host has filed a lawsuit against New York City on Wednesday, claiming city officials retaliated against him when he spoke out against legislation proposed by the New York City Council poised to crack down on the home sharing service. Stanley (Skip) Karol, 58, owns a two-family home in...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:57pm

Did Russia hack the election?

In his Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump seemed to let Russia off the hook for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During Monday's event, he said "I don't see any reason why it would be" when asked if Russia had...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:26pm

How to get free McDonald's fries every Friday until 2019

This summer has been an amazing time for food deals. Each week there’s another unofficial food holiday or promotion going on, so we hope you’ve scored plenty of half price coffee through Starbucks Happy Hour and mountains of free ice cream. But for many of us the most exciting (and...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:15pm

Almost half of all US adults who drink alcohol drink too much: Report

Binge drinking is practically part of American culture — it’s depicted in movies and nearly an assumed part of everyone’s college life. But aside from those nights of partying, how many people drink too much in general? A lot of people, it turns out. A new study out of Boston...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:53am

Search 'idiot' in Google Images and you'll get Trump's face

Whether or not you think Trump is an idiot, it's your own opinion — and you’re entitled to that opinion. If you’re all for the president, maybe you’ve sported your MAGA hat around town. If you’re outraged at him, perhaps you’ve expressed your frustration by...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:50am

The 9 best Boston date ideas, according to Yelp and OkCupid

Yelp teamed up with OkCupid to come up with the best date venues in eight U.S. cities, sorting them into nine unique categories like “where drinks turn into dinner” and “photo-friendly spot,” and millions of OkCupid users voted on the best ones. The 2018 Dater’s Choice...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:03am

Solving your Grumbles: What to know about parking in crosswalks

Here at Metro, we have a dedicated section in our print edition called The Grumble that acts as a sounding board for our readers to submit things that truly bother them in their cities. Recently, we asked out readers to send in some issues that they are seeing on a daily basis that they would like...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 4:46pm

Should you be giving your dog ice cubes this summer?

If you think this summer’s bad for you, just imaging going through it in a fur coat. That’s what your furry friend is suffering in the summer heat. But what can you give your poor pooch to help with the heat? Is ice bad for dogs? What about ice cubes? Here’s what you can and can...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 4:34pm

UPDATE: Stranger Things season 3: Everything we know right now

It feels like it should be about time for Stranger Things season 3, doesn’t it? The waiting for the next installment of the Netflix original series, rife with 80s nostalgia, makes every month feel at least double in length. So, to help you get through the next few months or even moments of...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 3:42pm

Trump says he misspoke in Helsinki, now accepts U.S. intelligence on Russian meddling

Just one day after saying he doesn't believe Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. elections, U.S. President Donald Trump back-peddled on his support of Vladimir Putin, now saying that he misspoke and accepts the American intelligence community's conclusions on Russian meddling. ...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 3:17pm

How fast can a dog die in a hot car? Way faster than you think

How fast can a dog die in a hot car? It’s unfortunately a question we have to know the answer to during the scorching summer months — and the reality is that it doesn’t take long. It’s certainly much less than seven hours. An Alabama woman was charged with animal cruelty in...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 2:19pm

Walking Dead cast criticized for seeking money for injured crew member's medical bills

After April’s battle-filled season 8 finale, everyone’s predicting that AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 will hit TV screens this coming October. And most of The Walking Dead cast will reportedly return for this post-All Out War season, including Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Andrew...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 2:02pm

Was Putin in the KGB?

After President Trump's meeting in Helsinki with Russian president Vladimir Putin, many analysts pointed to Putin's background in Russian intelligence as a reason why he was able to gain the upper hand on Trump. Was Putin, in fact, once a spy for Russia? Was Putin in the KGB? Was Putin in...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 2:01pm

DMV launches REAL ID awareness campaign across New York state

Do you have your New York REAL ID yet? New Yorkers and others across the country have been hearing about REAL ID for a while, but many may still not be clear on what exactly it is or what they need to do to get one. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles earlier this month launched a...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 1:37pm

Queen Elizabeth owns how many swans? Annual count gets underway

CHERTSEY, England (Reuters) - An 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 1:15pm

Gamergate forum 'infested with racism and sexism' back up after shutdown

Reddit's primary hangout for Gamergaters was briefly shut down Friday by its creator, who called it a "cancerous growth" and said it had become "infested with racism and sexism." (Don't know what Gamergate is? We'll get to that.) The subreddit /r/kotakuinaction went...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:47am

IKEA alternatives with affordable furniture for small spaces

Furnishing a small apartment is a double challenge: First, finding stuff that'll fit; second, finding pieces that are affordable but don't look like they're fated to end up in a dorm dumpster. For decades, the default solution was IKEA. And although the Swedish superchain remains...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:42am

Who is Theresa Lund? Harvard researcher dubbed Sidewalk Susie apologizes after inappropriate comments in video

Joining the internet denizens Permit Patty and BBQ Becky is another white woman receiving criticism after a viral video: Theresa Lund, who has been dubbed by the internet Sidewalk Susie. In the video, posted to Facebook on July 14 and picked up by the Boston Globe and other outlets this week, Lund...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:25am