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Boston could get up to 7 inches of snow this weekend

Despite some mild weather on Friday, winter isn’t over yet, Boston. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing this weekend, and the Boston area could get up to 7 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. “A fast-moving system likely brings accumulating...

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:22am

Mass. opioid deaths down, but Baker says too soon to declare 'victory'

The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 8.3 percent from 2016 to 2017, marking the first year-over-year decline in several years, the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. A total of 1,977 people died of suspected or confirmed opioid overdoses in...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 9:21am

Gas pipeline opponents urge Baker to 'break up' with industry

Clean energy advocates on Wednesday delivered a Valentine's Day message to Gov. Charlie Baker, handing one of his aides a bouquet of roses and a stack of red construction-paper hearts with the handwritten message, "Break up with gas pipelines." Addressing the group gathered outside...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 4:23pm

Activist Angela Davis donates her archives to Harvard

Angela Davis is an icon of the 1960s, known for her political activism, academic achievements and overall radicalism. Now, Davis’s life, through her writings and photos, will live on at Harvard. Harvard University announced Tuesday that Davis is donating her archives to the Schlesinger...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:44pm

Why do people have black stuff on their forehead today?

Walking around town today, you’ve likely noticed a few passerbys with black marks on their foreheads as today – Wednesday, Feb. 14 is Ash Wednesday in addition to Valentine's Day. Last year, Ash Wednesday fell on Wednesday, March 1. Ash Wednesday signifies the first day of Lent in...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:53am

Digital First wins auction buys Boston Herald: Whats next?

Digital First Media, based in Denver, is set to purchase The Boston Herald as it won an auction for the newspaper company late Tuesday afternoon in Boston. The Herald filed for bankruptcy in December and initially planned to sell the company to GateHouse. GateHouse, however, was outbid by Digital...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6:51pm

Here's how the Valentine's Day card industry got its start

Long before Valentine’s Day could ever be called a “Hallmark holiday,” the romance card industry had its roots in Worcester, Massachusetts thanks to one woman. Esther Howland is considered the pioneer of the American Valentine’s Day card industry. In the 1800s, she...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 2:26pm

MBTA faces $111 million budget gap

The MBTA's projected budget gap is expected to grow to $111 million in fiscal 2019, MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez told the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday, and it's unclear whether fares will be part of the fix. The projected gap is more than three times as large as the...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:52am

Perkins welcomes virtual assistance technology at Watertown campus

One recent night, Kim Charlson and her husband wanted to take an inventory of their downstairs freezer. It’s something everybody has to do, Charlson said, but because they’re blind, the chore is a bit tricky. Though the couple has labeled their frozen food with braille, Charlson can...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:05am

BPD faces backlash for Black History Month tweet that honored a white man

The Boston Police Department is facing some criticism after its official Twitter account honored a white man for Black History Month in a now-deleted tweet. The department’s original tweet, sent out on Sunday, honored previous Celtics coach Red Auerbach, a white man, for being the first NBA...

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:01pm

Mass. authorities seize 30 pounds of fentanyl from drug traffickers

State and local authorities have seized 77 pounds of narcotics — including heroin, cocaine and more than 30 pounds of the deadly opiate fentanyl — as the result of a six-month long investigation, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. The...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:59am

Lower infant mortality, teen smoking among findings in Health of Boston report

Boston is known as a health hub thanks to its grade-A hospitals and health-related innovations, but how healthy are the city’s residents? A new report from the Boston Public Health Commission out Thursday helps shed light on just that. The 2016 - 2017 Health of Boston report looked at data...

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 11:16am

Getaway company expands in Boston-area to provide phone-free retreats

Americans are bad at vacationing: We don’t take all of our time off, and when we do actually manage to get away, we don’t actually relax. We’re constantly on our phones, consuming some sort of media more than eight hours a day — which has been linked to increased...

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 10:10am

Boston students will donate 25,000 pairs of socks to homeless shelters this Saturday

This Saturday, students from eight different Boston-area colleges will volunteer at homeless shelters, donating their time and more than 25,000 pairs of socks to those in need. Socks are one of the most requested clothing items by homeless shelters. Twenty-year-old Harvard student Charlotte Kim,...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 2:29pm

Dunkin' Donuts will stop using foam cups by 2020

Soon, your Dunkin’s coffee won’t come in a foam cup. The Canton-based company announced Wednesday that it will eliminate the use of those well-known foam cups by 2020 in an effort to be more environmentally friendly. “With more than 9,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 2:15pm

Wynn resigns, company touts Everett casino plans

Steve Wynn, the public face of the company building a $2.4 billion resort casino in Everett, has resigned less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal detailed charges of "a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct" by Wynn, including instances of pressuring employees to perform sex...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 9:29am

Secretary of State worried Trump administration is 'sabotaging' 2020 census

The Trump administration is attempting to sabotage blue states like Massachusetts by putting them at a disadvantage during the 2020 United States Census, Secretary of State William Galvin said, and he is prepared to sue the federal government to stop what he views as the politicization of the...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 2:55pm

Ride-hailing services are making Boston roads more congested: Report

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft may make it easier to get around a city for those who don’t own cars, but they’re not actually taking many vehicles off the road. In fact, they’re making Boston’s roads more congested, according to a new report. The Boston...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 12:21pm

Gronk’s home burglarized, safes and guns may have been stolen

Foxborough police are investigating a break-in that occurred at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. “I just want to confirm the reports that Mr. Gronkowski was the victim of a residential burglary last night,” Foxborough Police Chief William D. Baker said Tuesday...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 10:40am

Baker: 'no way' Rosenberg should regain Mass. Senate presidency if chargesare true

New allegations of a breach in the supposed "firewall" between Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and his husband while the Amherst Democrat was leading that chamber prompted one Democratic candidate for governor on Monday to call for Rosenberg's resignation and Gov. Charlie Baker said that, if...

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 4:09pm