Boston

'There are barriers to a greater diversity of people running for office'

In the midst of Women’s History Month, we spoke to Boston at-large city councilor Ayanna Pressley — the first black woman elected to that body in the city’s history — about race, gender and politics.Boston is considered by some to be this bastion of progressive thought, but we’ve never had a black...

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 6:00am

Pot legalization group warns of 'excessive taxation'

The group behind the effort to put a marijuana legalization proposal on the 2016 statewide ballot in Massachusetts offered a brief critique Wednesday of legalization legislation being pushed by 15 lawmakers.The bill (H 1561) sponsored by Rep. David Rogers and Sen. Patricia Jehlen "permits home...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:41pm

A quarter century on, Gardner heist still confounds

Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of one of the craziest and costliest art heists of all time. The brazen pilfering of half-a-billion dollars worth of masterpieces took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, located in the Fenway.Early in the day on March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:36pm

This guy just took on the most hated job in the commonwealth

Frank DePaola -- the new interim general manager of the MBTA -- has his work cut out for him.The 59-year-old Brockton native just took the reins an agency that is debt-addled and controversy plagued. This past winter saw riders frustrated with delays and cancellations as historic blizzards wreaked...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:19pm

Homeless, but alive: Five Lowell fams safe after raging 4-alarm blaze

An early morning fire Wednesday left five families homeless -- but counting their blessings that everyone escaped unscathed. The families, more than 20 people from two homes on Varney Street, were removed safely to the Senior Center in Lowell.The fire started in the second floor of the rear of 71...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 9:21am

Source: Mass. AG regs will ban sale of e-digs to minors

(State House News Service) The sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes to minors would be banned under new regulations Attorney General Maura Healey plans release on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the announcement.Lawmakers pushing to regulate the growing e-cigarette industry were...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 2:00am

Mass. inmate looks to the Supreme Court in sex reassignment case

Lawyers have asked the highest court in the land to hear an appeal on behalf of a transgender murderer who is seeking sex reassignment surgery while imprisoned in Massachusetts.Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) this week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case, saying the...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 1:54am

Former Boston English dean arraigned on more charges

The reverend and former high school dean who authorities say shot a 17-year-old male student was arraigned on more charges Tuesday.Shaun Harrison, 55, of 18 Pompeii St., Roxbury, was held on an additional $150,000 on new charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and single counts of trafficking...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 1:47am

Teen who triggered T delays after Sunday's parade is arraigned

A teen from Braintree is facing charges after hopping the third rail at Andrew Square T stop following the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Southie Sunday.Transit police say Patrik Finnerty, 19, jumped down from the northbound platform, climbed over the dividing wall and onto the southbound platform at...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 1:38am

Is this guy the most powerful force in Boston hip hop?

Ned Wellbery is a serious guy in a ridiculous business.That’s how many describe the 35-year-old independent concert promoter who specializes in hip hop. Rappers, friends, colleagues in the industry. Everyone agrees Wellbery, a Dorchester resident, is serious about his business. He has a brooding...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:30pm

New Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello with ace stuff

The Red Sox appear to have it all. Except an ace.John Farrell’s team has power, speed and enough starting outfielders for three teams, but it lacks a stopper in the post Jon Lester era. The Sox hope the gifted but perpetually fragile Clay Buchholz can somehow stay healthy for an entire season or...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 4:49am

Spring arts in Boston: what to see and where to go

Someday, you'll be able to see green grass again. And when that day comes, why not go see some shows? Here's our guide to what you can do this spring in Boston.THEATER'City of Angels'March 27 through May 2Lyric Stage140 Clarendon St.$33-$67, 617-585-5678www.lyricstage.comThis musical takes us to...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 2:24am

Bicycling advocates push for safer streets

The improper use of bicycle lanes by motorists has prompted local cycling advocates to propose legislation that would make the state’s streets a safer place for bikes.Lawmakers are considering two bills written by the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, also known as MassBike.The first would make it...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 1:02am

Nailed it! Boston wins neck-and-neck contest with NYC over who's overpriced

Boston beats New York -- and Hawaii’s Honolulu tramples all comers.And we’re not talking sports.The folks at list-crazy Forbes mag are out with their ranking of “America’s Most Overpriced Cities,” and three Massachusetts metro areas are in the top 10.THE FORBES 101. Honolulu2. Southern Connecticut3...

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:01pm

It’s official, Boston has beat its snow record

Crack the champagne, because Boston is nearing the end of what the National Weather Service has officially dubbed the snowiest winter in the city’s recorded history.A Sunday evening snowfall of 2.9 inches nudged the city’s total to 108.6 inches this season, surpassing the 1995-1996 record of 107.6...

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:33pm

Southie St. Paddy's Day Parade showcases city's pride

For 115 years, South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has brought smiles and celebration to a neighborhood packed full of Irish pride. But since the annual march draws thousands of rowdy parade goers, locals are left with the traffic nightmare and day-after clean up.“It's a dirty, dirty mess after...

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 2:28am

Boston Yeti may just be your next mayor

This winter, a loveable and random local character known as the Boston Yeti captured the hearts of blizzard beaten Bostonians, and now, as spring descends on the Hub, the mythical creature has a request: “Make me your mayor.”The yeti, who spoke to Metro last month in an exclusive interview, shot a...

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:50am

Powdered alcohol a no-go in Massachusetts

Even though a federal regulatory agency approved a form of powdered alcohol this week, that doesn’t mean the substance is legal in Massachusetts. In fact, manufacturing, buying or selling it is definitely prohibited.The decision comes by way of a technicality. Since the Alcoholic Beverages Control...

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:54am

10 Ways to celebrate St. Paddy's in Boston

From corn beef to Guiness deals, it's time to settle on your St. Patrick's Day plans.If you’re still looking for a place to celebrate one of Boston's bigger holidays, here are some great options to beat the cold and work up a bit of Irishcheer:South Street Diner178 Kneeland St.617-350-0028March 14...

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:48am

MBTA “at the end of its line,” says taxpayer group

After a harsh winter that crippled the MBTA, critics are now calling for major changes. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) is pushing the state to quit funding expansion projects, conduct an independent audit of the organization and more, reports The Boston Globe.“We know the T is broken...

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 11:47pm