Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristine Guillaume is first black woman president of 145-year-old Harvard Crimson newspaper

The Harvard Crimson announced this week that Harvard junoir Kristine Guillaume will be the next president of the newspaper, making her the first black woman to helm the student paper in its 145 year history. Guillaume will lead the 146th guard, the term for the paper’s board of executives....

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:26pm

Not all Merrimack Valley residents impressed by holiday meal offered by Columbia Gas

Columbia Gas is offering 20,000 Thanksgiving meals to those affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, but some residents who haven’t yet been able to return to their homes are disappointed by what they say is a “too little, too late” gesture. Residents of Andover, North...

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 5:08pm

PHOTOS: See Yes on 3 supporters react to historic transgender rights Question 3 win

Massachusetts has once again shown itself to be a leader in LGBTQ rights after residents voters overwhelmingly on Tuesday to uphold a transgender public accommodations law, barring discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places like bathrooms, restaurants and parks. Sixty eight percent...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:46am

Mass election results 2018: Voters strike down nurse ratios, uphold trans protections

Polls are closed in Massachusetts on Election Day 2018 and the election results are starting to trickle in. Here's what Massachusetts races have been called.  Question 1, concerning patient-to-nurse ratios, has been the most contested ballot question of the election, and Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 9:45am

Massachusetts Election Day 2018 guide: Everything to know about voting in the midterms

Are you ready for Election Day 2018 in Massachusetts? If you didn’t vote early and aren’t sending in an absentee ballot, you’ll have to head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to cast your vote in the midterms.  Eyes are on the 2018 midterm elections all across the country, and...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:43pm

Honoring the memory of Parkland shooting victim, Joaquin Oliver, his parents unveil billboard in Boston

Parents of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver along with gun control activists and local politicians unveiled a billboard in Boston comparing Massachusetts’s strong gun laws to those in Florida, calling for gun reform across the country. “If I had attended high school in...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:43pm

Minister who blessed Gov. Baker, 9 others arrested in prostitution sting

A minister who blessed Gov. Charlie Baker shortly after his election was one of 10 people arraigned Wednesday on charges related to an online prostitution ring. Ten men in total were arrested Tuesday and charged with paying for sex during an operation conducted by the Boston Police Human...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 9:22am

Support for Massachusetts ballot Question 1 dropping as election looms: poll

Election Day is around the corner, and Massachusetts voters are still mulling over ballot Question 1. A new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll shows that voter support for Question 1 has flipped as Election Day looms, with a majority of voters now leaning toward “no” on the ballot...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 4:54pm

What to know about the MBTA, parking restrictions for Red Sox World Series parade

Before you can celebrate at the Red Sox World Series parade on Wednesday, you’ll have to figure out how to get there, and officials are advising that you choose public transit over driving. Keolis, which operates the MBTA commuter rail, will increase train capacity and on-hand personnel on...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 3:05pm

Massachusetts ballot question 3 puts transgender rights on national stage

Massachusetts ballot Question 3 is gaining attention beyond the Bay State as the Trump administration considers redefining legal definitions of sex and gender, threatening transgender protections across the country. Question 3 asks residents to uphold a transgender protection law that was...

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 11:29am

Burnt heroin spoon sculpture gifted to Massachusetts' AG for her battle against opioid abuse

An 11-foot, 800-pound burnt heroin spoon sculpture meant to call attention to the opioid crisis was dropped in front of the Massachusetts State House Friday morning, a gift to Attorney General Maura Healey from the Spoon Movement. The Spoon Movement is a non-profit meant to call out those in the...

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 8:47am

New travel guide details spookiest spots in New England

New England is worth visiting all year around, but the region really thrives in autumn with its picturesque fall foliage, seasonal activities like apple picking, and of course, its haunted history. There are plenty of spooky sites throughout New England, and authors Summer Paradis and Sandra...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:13pm

Kennedy Institute's Seat at the Table project highlights importance of inclusion

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Those iconic words by fomer Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) have inspired thousands to charge into politics, and now, they’ve inspired an exhibit and project out of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 5:00pm