Massachusetts

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

Former Fessenden students file lawsuit over alleged sexual abuse in '60s,'70s

Two former students of the Fessenden School west of Boston have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for the alleged sexual abuse they suffered by employees of the all-boys boarding school in the 1960s and 1970s. The lawsuit was recently filed in Middlesex County Superior Court on behalf of two...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 6:10pm

Mass. to send emergency response team to aid Hurricane Michael recovery in Florida

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is sending a three-person emergency response team to Florida to aid Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. The response team includes one employee from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and two from the Massachusetts Department of...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:19pm

Massachusetts gets high scores for LGBTQ equality: Human Rights Campaign report

Massachusetts made history as the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, and it’s still making itself known as a state that values LGBTQ equality, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The Human Rights Campaign released this week its seventh annual Municipal Equality Index, an...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:06am

Baker, Gonzalez spar in first debate over who has vision to lead

Gov. Charlie Baker and his challenger Jay Gonzalez met in a televised debate for the first time Tuesday night, where the Republican incumbent focused on his accomplishments in his nearly four years in office and Gonzalez, a Democrat, cast himself as someone with vision to take the state beyond...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:22am

Maura Healey named on list of 50 'badass' women

Maura Healey is a badass, at least according to InStyle. The Massachusetts Attorney General was named by InStyle Magazine on a list of 50 “badass women” who “show up, speak up and get things done.” Maura Healey appears on the list alongside Emma Gonzalez, the Stoneman...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:56am

Retail pot still 'weeks away' but two Mass. companies get final licenses

Legal marijuana sales are "weeks away" in Massachusetts, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission said Thursday after regulators approved final business licenses for shops in Leicester and Northampton. The CCC on Thursday afternoon granted final business licenses for Cultivate...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:23am

Massachusetts nurse ballot question could cost $949M: Report

The total annual costs of a ballot question that would limit the number of patients assigned to one nurse would land between $676 million and $949 million, according to a new state analysis that cautioned those figures are likely on the conservative side. Less than five weeks before voters will...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 4:58pm

Here’s why Massachusetts is so politically active

There seems to be a protest nearly every day lately. Whether opposing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, showing support for immigrants or saying they are against gun violence, people are stepping out into the streets in droves for causes they believe in. And Massachusetts...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 4:54pm

MassDOT issues travel advisories ahead of Columbus Day weekend

Columbus Day is coming up quick, and for many in Massachusetts and beyond, that means a three-day weekend. Are you planning any Columbus Day weekend travel? If so, take note. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is already warning residents of some travel advisories According to the DOT...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 11:50am

Flash flood watch issued for Boston, most of Massachusetts

Massachusetts weather is set to be a bit wet today, with most of the state under a flash flood watch. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch on Friday morning for Boston and the majority of Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut. The flash flood watch...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 10:10am

First Baker-Gonzalez debate in race for Mass. gov set for Oct. 9

In less than two weeks, Bay Staters will be able to watch the first of three gubernatorial debates as incumbent Charlie Baker faces Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez in the race for governor of Massachusetts. The first gubernatorial debate is scheduled for Oct. 9, with WBZ-TV host Jon Keller as...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 3:52pm

Here's how people in Boston and beyond are reacting to the Dunkin' name change

In case you somehow missed the news, Dunkin’ Donuts as we know it is no more. Don’t worry, the beloved Massachusetts-based chain isn’t going anywhere. It announced that it’s officially dropping the “Donuts” (from the name, not the menu) and going by just...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:52am

Photos: Peek inside the Satanic Temple headquarters in Salem, now reopened to the public

Have you ever wanted to see inside a Satanic Temple? If you live near Salem, Massachusetts, you’re in luck. On Sept. 24, the Satanic Temple officially reopened its international headquarters in Salem to the public. The Satanic Temple says its mission is to “encourage benevolence and...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 3:23pm

Hepatitis A outbreak reported by Massachusetts health officials

A public health alert about an outbreak of hepatitis A among the homeless and people addicted to drugs went out from the state to local health officials Monday after 65 cases of the virus were diagnosed, leading to one death so far. The Department of Pubic Health encouraged local health...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 2:09pm

The MSPCA is stepping up for pets displaced by Merrimack Valley gas explosions

When a Columbia Gas pipeline ruptured on Sept. 13, triggering dozens of gas explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley, thousands of homes and businesses lost power. For one Lawrence family, that meant their German shepherd, Kolya, was alone for more than 24 hours in a dark house. Laura...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 4:38pm

Recovery plan eyes gas service restoration before Thanksgiving

National Guardsmen delivering hotplates, teams of electricians, assessors, translators and plumbers, and 24,000 space heaters will arrive in the Merrimack Valley in coming days to support residents during a pipeline repair and gas restoration effort that officials said will be complete by Nov. 19...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 1:28pm

Prior to Mass. gas explosions, pipe pressure was 12 times higher than normal

Ahead of gas explosions in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover that led to one death and at least 25 injuries, the Columbia Gas pipelines were found to be over pressurized, registering a pressure 12 times higher than normal. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren cited that information,...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 2:30pm

GoFundMe for Arthur Medici, Cape Cod shark attack victim, surpasses goal

A GoFundMe created for the family of Arthur Medici, the 26-year-old who died following a shark attack off of Cape Cod on Saturday, had already surpassed its fundraising goal by Monday. Arthur Medici, an engineering student at Bunker Hill Community College who lived in Revere, was boogie boarding...

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 1:48pm

Ayanna Pressley is ready to make more political history

You may know Ayanna Pressley as the first woman of color elected to Boston City Council, or maybe from the 2016 New York Times list of “14 Young Democrats to Watch.” That description is even truer today — Pressley has gained national attention for her congressional race in which...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 4:50pm