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E-moped beats bike, subway and Uber in Brooklyn rush hour race

New York City rush hour is the bane of many commuters’ existence. Do you risk getting delayed on the subway, or hop in a cab to then just get stuck in some of the world's worst traffic? Other transit options have been infiltrating the city as a way to provide relief to these woes,...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 3:57pm

This internet plug-in is fighting against fake news

You don't need numbers to tell you there's a lot of faulty news out there — and with all the false information and fake photos on your feed, how can you truly know who or what to trust? In a Statista survey conducted last year, 27 percent of respondents said they were very...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 3:39pm

Is Dunkin Donuts open on Labor Day?

Coffee drinkers all know that your caffeine needs don’t recognize holidays. There’s no magical energy that comes the morning of big events when you might not have time to grab your beloved brew. Even worse, they don’t quit when your go-to coffee shop might be closed. With a...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 3:10pm

What is Mastodon? Meet the Twitter competitor that's proudly Nazi-free

Twitter is embroiled in a seemingly never-ending controversy about hate speech on the platform, with many charging that the company has been overly permissive and too slow to remove offenders including white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Their message to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey: This is your...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 2:54pm

MBTA countdown clocks will now show when trains are stopped

The MBTA countdown clocks can be helpful if you’re wondering how long you’ll have to stand on a platform waiting for your train — unless there’s a delay, of course, and you’re left starting at a digital sign that’s been saying a train is two minutes away, even...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 2:38pm

2018 Massachusetts primary election: Everything you need to know

The 2018 Massachusetts primary election is around the corner. Are you ready to head to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 4? What you see on your Massachusetts primary election ballot that day will depend on which party you are currently registered with, and your choices will shape the November election...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 2:11pm

How did Beto O'Rourke get his name?

Beto O'Rourke, the Texas Congressman who is challenging Ted Cruz for his Senate seat this fall, is a rising star in the Democratic Party. In the wake of a viral video in which he explained why it was important for football players to "take a knee," the 45-year-old has pulled within...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 1:59pm

The #tipthebill challenge is one social media trend we can support

Most of the challenges that pop up on YouTube and social media are silly at best and dangerous at worst (like the fire challenge). But there’s a new trend in town that’s downright awesome: the #tipthebill challenge. "A challenge to get behind," one person wrote on Instagram,...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:15pm

UPDATE: Starbucks is making this day a little sweeter with some drink deals

This upcoming weekend seems to be the end of so many great things: public pools being open, beach weather and vacation season to name a few. We know you’re squeezing the last drops of summer out of this week, but make some time for delicious drink deals, too. It’s time to ask the...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:02pm

Is Target open on Labor Day?

This superstore’s wide supply of things you need, but usually just want, might be bad thing under normal circumstances — for your wallet, at least — but it’s ideal for holiday prep. Skip the running around town and just hit Tarjay, where you can get everything from red Solo...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 11:56am

UPDATE: When will we see The Good Place season 2 on Netflix?

After the final twist in the first season, we’ve been biting our nails, waiting for the streaming service to finally, finally drop the second installment of this unique sitcom. So when are we going to see The Good Place season 2 on Netflix? An official release date has been announced, and we...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 11:33am

Here are the worst times to travel for Labor Day weekend

Labor Day is nigh, which means that you may be hitting the road to squeeze in one more ounce of fun before summer unofficially comes to a close this weekend. As millions of other Americans are expected to be traveling alongside you, there’s a very good chance your Labor Day weekend will...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 11:20am

'Gamer rage' explored as cause of violence after Madden mass shooting

After a 5-month-old baby girl died in early 2018 in Coatesville, Pa. from traumatic brain injuries, police began to interrogate her father, who was the last person to see her alive. The father eventually made a shocking confession. He had violently shaken his own infant, causing her death, because...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 8:27am

Everything you need to know about David Pecker, the owner of The National Inquirer

This week, it was reported that David Pecker, the owner of the National Enquirer, was granted immunity in the FBI's investigation into whether President Trump paid hush money to two women to influence the 2016 election. The president's longtime personal lawyer/fixer, Michael Cohen, is...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:44pm

Will John McCain be buried at Arlington?

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) died on Saturday after a long battle with brain cancer, and befitting his status as one of Washington's elder statesmen, a number of official tributes are planned. McCain's body will lie in state at the Arizona state capitol and U.S. Capitol building this week, and...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 5:04pm

Are liquor stores open on Labor Day?

In case you haven’t noticed and haven’t been counting down the days, this coming weekend is a holiday weekend. (Please also tell us the secret to your stress levels if you’re not anxiously waiting for a long weekend.) As you look ahead to your weekend full of parties and barbecues...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:25pm

Trump issues final diss to John McCain, refuses to call him a hero in Twitter condolences

Updated August 27, 2018 4:15 p.m.: Two days after Sen. John McCain passed away from glioblastoma, President Trump finally released an official statement.  The White House just released a statement from Trump on John McCain pic.twitter.com/tD880jDAkz — Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold)...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:19pm

First 2018 human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Boston

Health officials confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Boston this year in the wake of Massachusetts moving into a "moderate" risk level for the mosquito-borne infection.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health raised the risk level from low to moderate on...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:18pm

Are flags at half staff for John McCain still?

After Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) died on Saturday, American flags were lowered throughout the nation's capital, which is customary after a top politician passes away while in office. But are flags at half staff still? Not at the White House. On Monday, the flags at the White House flew at full...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:05pm

Heat and humidity to reach 'dangerous levels' in Boston area this week

August may be winding down, but summer’s warm weather isn’t over yet. Forecasters have issued a heat advisory and excessive heat watch for the New England area, warning that intense humidity could cause temps to rise to “dangerous levels” this week. The National Weather...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 1:51pm