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Baker highlights road safety initiatives ahead of holiday travel

As Massachusetts residents prepare for all their travels this holiday season, Gov. Charlie Baker is highlighting legislative proposals that aim to keep the commonwealth’s roadways safe. In 2016, there were 389 deaths on Massachusetts roads, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:22am

Boston Common Christmas Tree arrives in style from Nova Scotia

The 2017 Boston Common Christmas Tree is the biggest one yet, at nearly five-stories tall. The giant spruce arrived from Nova Scotia on Tuesday, just in time for the holiday season.  The Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting celebration is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m....

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 3:24pm

Paying for a ride on the T could look very different in three years

The MBTA on Monday moved towards overhauling its fare collection system to eliminate cash from its trolleys and buses and to give riders the ability to pay onboard with a credit card or smartphone, changes the T says will help keep the transit system running on time. The T's Fiscal and...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 9:54am

Christmas Tree from Nova Scotia arrives on Boston Common Tuesday

On Tuesday, a 53-foot tall white spruce will be welcomed at Boston Common, where it will soon be strung with thousands of festive lights. This is not just any Christmas Tree, though; it’s 100 years of gratitude from Nova Scotia. Each year, the Canadian province gifts Boston a Christmas tree...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 9:47am

$1 billion Green Line Extension contract rewarded

The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday awarded a $1.08 billion design and construction contract for the long-awaited Green Line Extension project, the most concrete step yet for a project once thought to be at risk of falling by the wayside. The FMCB on Monday approved the...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 2:16pm

Boston startup lets you personalize your holiday cards with voice recordings

Want to make your holiday cards extra-unique this year, but don’t have a crafty bone in your body? Don't worry, a Boston startup is here to help. LiziCards, a Boston-based greeting card company, launched Monday with the aim to change how people pick out and send off cards for all...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 2:03pm

Rideshares give back, and help you pay it forward, this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to sit around a table full of food with your family, stuffing yourself with so much stuffing that you might need bigger pants — but it’s also about giving back and helping out those who may not be as fortunate. This year, rideshare services are getting in on the...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 5:00am

Watch the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot do a backflip

When you picture what the future will look like, you surely see a world full of robots. But did you ever imagine those robots doing backflips? There’s no need to even imagine it now, because it’s already a reality. Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts company that says it is “...

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:43am

Boston cat cafe plans to open this weekend

UPDATE, Nov. 17 : Purr Cat Cafe, Boston's first such feline establishment, plans to finally open it's doors this weekend after a few controversies delayed the business's beginnings.  Diane Kelly, the owner of Purr, confirmed that she met with the city's Inspectional Services...

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:16am

New State Police head pledges investigation into altered arrest report

The just-appointed superintendent of the State Police plans to conduct an investigation into a revised arrest report that was at the center of a recent shakeup in the agency's senior ranks. "Colonel Gilpin has determined that her office will conduct an investigation into the revisions...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:07pm

Here's the best time to leave Boston for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and next week will be no different. In fact, it may be more hectic than usual, with a record 28.5 million people expected to fly on U.S. airlines, between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28, according to Airlines for America — a 3...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:15pm

Baker offers new ways to tackle opioid epidemic

Less than two years after signing an opioid abuse prevention bill, Gov Charlie Baker returned Tuesday with a multi-pronged proposal to further ramp up the fight against opioid addiction, including legislation that revives the concept of holding addicts involuntarily for treatment for up to 72 hours...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:50am

Boston Common Frog Pond ice rink opens early for winter 2017-2018 skating

It has been cold; some would argue too cold for November. But, the recent freezing temperatures have a silver lining — ice skating. Thanks to the remarkably cold weather, the Boston Common Frog Pond ice rink was able to have its earliest opening of the season on Tuesday. To...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:51pm

Revere Husband pleads not guilty to killing Lynn school teacher

The Revere man accused of strangling and stabbing his beloved second-grade teacher wife was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on first-degree murder charges in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday. Andrew MacCormack, 29, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:51pm

Mass. House passes bill giving inmates early release options

The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation programming, a major policy shift intended to reduce recidivism. The bill (H 4012), filed in February by Gov....

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:31am

Boston Theater Company launches athletic association to bridge gap between artists and athletes

Artists and athletes are often seen as occupying separate worlds, but to Joey Frangieh, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Frangieh is the artistic director of the Boston Theater Company. Though he was never really an athlete — he was always the last to finish running the mile...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:03am

Head of State Police retires after allegations of altered police report

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Col. Richard McKeon is retiring amid accusations that he ordered a trooper to remove embarrassing details from an arrest report for a state judge’s daughter. McKeon, who was appointed to head the State Police by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015, announced...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:16am

Politician's plan to serve as mayor and state rep 'incredibly insulting,' Baker says

A state representative's plan to keep his job in the Legislature while also serving as the mayor of Attleboro is "insulting" to voters and his colleagues, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. "I think it's incredibly insulting, to the voters and to the mayors and to the...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:14am

New app in Boston lets you book parking spots in advance

When Reepal Dalal was studying law at Boston University, she often faced a frustration most Bostonians are familiar with — the traffic that precedes a Red Sox game. It’s no secret that parking in Boston can be a headache, but when you have to battle with those heading to a baseball...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:37am

Fox 25 Boston receives bomb threat, halts newscast

Update: Fox 25 News staff have returned to the building. Original story: Fox 25 News in Boston said Friday evening they received a threat and had to stop their newscast. The Dedham Fire Department confirmed that a bomb threat was called into the Dedham building and all employees had been...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:06pm