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Holiday travel 2018: Worst times to leave Boston and New York City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….except for all the time you might spend sitting in traffic during your holiday travel. More than one-third of Americans will travel some way this end-of-the-year holiday season, according to AAA, for a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 12:28pm

Jan. 1 income tax cut worth $175M to Massachusetts workers

While there's growing talk of a possible recession, Massachusetts workers are about to receive a $175 million income tax break and there's now a possibility that the 5 percent income tax rate that voters approved in 2000 will actually happen in 2020. As the weekend got underway Friday, the...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:43am

Newbury College to close after Spring 2019 semester

Newbury College has announced it will be closing its doors at the end of the Spring 2019 semester. The liberal arts college, who opened its doors in 1962, is closing due to financial issues. The news of the closure was announced on Newbury College’s website by its President Joseph Chillo on...

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 12:08pm

Luis Ramirez out after just over a year as MBTA General Manager

After just more than one year managing the MBTA, Luis Ramirez is leaving the transit agency, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Tuesday she has chosen MBTA control board member Steve Poftak to take over in the new year. Pollack said Poftak will start as MBTA general manager on Jan...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Bob Woodward brings 'Fear' to Boston

Having written about every president since his groundbreaking work on Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, Bob Woodward has seen a lot in Washington over the years. But he’s never covered someone quite like Donald Trump. The legendary journalist was more than up to the task to tackle the...

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 10:47am

Revolutionary Clinics dispensary debuts cannabis coffee pods

In the budding marijuana industry, people are finding more ways to consume cannabis, from the traditional toke to a THC-infused frozen pizza. Now, Revolutionary Clinics, a dispensary in Cambridge and Somerville, has another option: cannabis coffee, apple cider and more brew-at-home beverages....

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 2:49pm

Arsonist sets fire to Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter's vehicle

The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services is investigating an incident involving Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter. Over the weekend, an arsonist reportedly set fire to the mayor’s city-owned vehicle that was parked on Pearl Street at the mayor’s rental home. Authorities are currently...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:43pm

Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other Democrats protest at Harvard

The Bipartisan Program for newly elected members of Congress held at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics featured another, less formal, orientation of sorts yesterday. Representative elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and several other...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 5:04pm

Massachusetts bald eagle population on the rise

After nearly becoming extinct in the 1950s, Massachusetts bald eagles are slowly but surley making a comeback following three decades of efforts made by MassWildlife to see the national bird thrive once again. Last week, state wildlife officials shared that they have discovered 76 pairs of...

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 2:50pm

Newton judge under investigation for possibly helping man evade ICE agent

Newton District Judge Shelley M. Joseph and other court personnel are under federal investigation following an April 2 District Court hearing for a suspect by the name of Jose Medina-Perez, who may have been assisted in evading an ICE agent in the courtroom.   According to the Boston Globe,...

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 1:39pm

Boston Harbor flounder now tumor-free after decades of environmental cleanup

Boston Harbor flounder are now tumor-free thanks to a multi-billion dollar remediation effort, proving that investment from the federal government can positively impact the environment. But this proof makes the Trump administration’s disregard for environmentally-friendly policies even more...

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 3:57pm

PHOTOS: Boston tree lighting brings holiday cheer to Faneuil Hall

The holiday season is here, and that means multiple Boston tree lighting events. The Faneuil Hall tree lighting 2018 took place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and featured a visit from Santa, of course, along with the Mayor’s community Gospel Choir and Brynn Cartelli, a Massachusetts native and winner...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 3:58pm

Massachusetts pot shop sales exceed $2.2M in first five days

In the first five days that retail marijuana stores were open in Massachusetts, consumers bought more than $2.2 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products.  The Cannabis Control Commission announced Tuesday afternoon that the two stores that opened last Tuesday — Cultivate in...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:07am

BARCC launches web chat hotline to support more sexual assault survivors

With more sexual assault survivors reaching out for support, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has launched a web-based chat hotline service to make its resources more accessible. BARCC provides free, confidential support and services for sexual violence survivors. It’s seen a spike...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 1:54pm

Believe in Yourself project provides holiday dresses, words of encouragement for girls in need

From family celebrations to church events to recitals, the holiday season is full of events for which you want to look your best. But for some underprivileged girls, buying a new holiday dress isn’t an option, which is why the Believe in Yourself Project is stepping up to donate holiday...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 1:50pm

Thanksgiving travel 2018: Best and worst times to leave Boston

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving travel is hectic, and for Thanksgiving 2018, the roads may be even worse, officials warn, as AAA predicts the most New England travelers for the holiday in more than a decade. Nationwide, more than 54.3 million Americans are expected to hit the roads, rails or air...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 3:49pm

PHOTOS: Massachusetts residents make first retail marijuana purchases

Retail marijuana sales began on Tuesday in Massachusetts, and after quite a wait — at the legislative level and in line Tuesday morning — residents were ready. Shoppers lined up early at the only two currently operational retail pot shops in the state: Cultivate Holdings in Leicester...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 2:32pm

Boston Christmas Tree arrives from Nova Scotia On Nov. 20

The Boston Christmas tree that adorns the Common every year travels all the way from Nova Scotia, and this year’s tree for Boston will arrive on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Christmas tree for Boston is a thank you gift from Nova Scotia — a visual representation of gratitude from the Canadian...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 2:37pm

Boston Veterans Day Parade 2018: start time, street closures and Veterans for Peace parade details

This weekend, the country honors those who served in the military with Veterans Day celebrations, like the Boston Veterans Day Parade 2018. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day, celebrating the signing of the armistice between the German and Allied forces during World War I on the eleventh...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 1:50pm

Recreational marijuana sales to start Tuesday in Massachusetts

Recreational marijuana sales will begin in Massachusetts on Tuesday, according to the state Cannabis Control Commision. Massachusetts voters approved legal recreational marijuana on Nov. 2016. It became legal to grow, possess and use marijuana that December, and pot shops were set to open July 1,...

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 5:23pm