Massachusetts

2018 Massachusetts primary election: Everything you need to know

The 2018 Massachusetts primary election is around the corner. Are you ready to head to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 4? What you see on your Massachusetts primary election ballot that day will depend on which party you are currently registered with, and your choices will shape the November election...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 2:11pm

First 2018 human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Boston

Health officials confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Boston this year in the wake of Massachusetts moving into a "moderate" risk level for the mosquito-borne infection.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health raised the risk level from low to moderate on...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:18pm

Test lab approvals mark latest retail marijuana milestone

One of the largest roadblocks to launching the retail market for legal marijuana in Massachusetts was eliminated Thursday as the Cannabis Control Commission approved provisional licenses for two testing laboratories. Massachusetts officials had hoped to launch legal retail marijuana sales on July...

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 9:50am

Dog flu has arrived in Massachusetts: MSPCA

Dog flu has arrived in Massachusetts, the MSPCA is warning pet owners. Yup, dog flu is a thing, and the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center recently treated its second-ever confirmed case of dog flu in a six-month-old poodle. The poodle was brought in to the MSPCA on Aug. 12 with a fever and a...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:26pm

50 Miles More Massachusetts: Student gun control activists to march to Smith & Wesson

Like thousands of youth across the country, Felix Brody has marched against gun violence in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. From  March For Our Lives in Boston to the March on the NRA in Virginia, he’s covered a lot of ground — but he’s not done yet. Soon, he’...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:34am

Boston Children's Hospital completes first first female-to-male transgender surgery in Massachusetts

Boston Children’s Hospital paved the way for transgender care back in 2007 with its Gender Management Service program, the first of its kind in the country. And now, the top-ranked institution has once again taken a strong step forward with the first phalloplasty, or penis creation...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:01pm

New England fall foliage may come late, but will be bright and bold, expert forecasts

New England summers are great, yes, but New England in autumn is really when the region shines. Though the 2018 fall foliage season may come a bit late this year, it’s set to bring “bright, bold colors,” according to the 2018 Yankee Magazine fall foliage forecast. Each year,...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 9:04am

Massachusetts voter registration deadline is Aug. 15 for state primary

The Massachusetts primary 2018 is coming up fast. If you want to cast a ballot in that election, you’ll have to first make sure your Massachusetts voter registration status is good to know. The 2018 primary election is on Tuesday, September 4. Voters across the commonwealth will take to the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:52pm

Harvard rescinds some admission offers after students share offensive memes

Memes are an internet sensation, but they can also have real-world consequences. At least 10 students accepted to Harvard College have had their admissions rescinded after sharing racist and “sexually explicit” memes in a Facebook group titled “Harvard memes for horny...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:14pm

Massachusetts sales tax holiday 2018: Everything you need to know

Massachusetts sales tax isn’t among the highest in the country, but it’s also not the lowest. At 6.25 percent, it’s somewhere in the middle — but still, wouldn’t it be nice to have a tax free weekend? Well, a 2018 Massachusetts sales tax holiday has finally been...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 9:10am

Cambridge, Somerville issue cease and desists for Bird scooters

Bird scooters may soon have to leave their nests in Cambridge and Somerville. This week, both Cambridge and Somerville have sent cease and desist letters to Bird, the company behind the rideshare electric scooters that appeared on city streets without warning recently. “The City of...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:03pm

Boeing to lease space in new MIT Kendall Square building

Aerospace company Boeing will soon have a new home in Cambridge Kendall Square. Boeing, the largest aerospace company in the world, has agreed to lease about 100,000 square feet of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology building to be developed at 314 Main St. in Kendall Square, according to MIT...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 2:53pm

Mass AG Maura Healey endorses Ayanna Pressley for Congress

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is racking up some high-profile support for her run for Congress, including an endorsement from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Healey announced her endorsement on Monday in the primary election, siding with her city councilor. Pressley challenges...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 4:27pm

Baker signs NASTY Women Act, overturning archaic abortion ban in Massachusetts

An archaic Massachusetts abortion law has been officially overturned with Gov. Charlie Baker’s signing of the NASTY Women Act. Baker on Friday signed the act after state legislators and Boston City Council members pushed for the legislation, saying it is necessary to protect abortion rights...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:29am

Somerville Public Library hosted a stuffed animal sleepover and the internet loves it

After Forbes published (and then deleted) an op-ed with the headline “Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money,” people have been taking to the internet to defend the public institutions that offer thousands of books, classes, and maybe most importantly, a stuffed...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:48am

Mass AG Maura Healey to investigate JUUL

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Tuesday that she is investigating JUUL because of how the company markets to minors. Healey’s office has sent cease and desists to two online companies that host three websites — directeliquid.com, buyjuul.com and eonsmoke.com...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 3:04pm

Massachusetts will not be a sanctuary state anytime soon

While individual cities across the commonwealth have pledged to protect immigrant communities, Massachusetts had yet to solidify itself as a sanctuary state. And now, legislators have taken a proposal that would have done so off the table. In May, the Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment that...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:01am

How the ACLU is fighting for your right to record the police in Massachusetts

In this modern age, viral videos are the surest way to get attention to an issue, whether it’s of a regular citizen calling the police on a black person, or of the police themselves using excessive force or behaving in a way you want the world to know about. But can you record the police in...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:09pm

Massachusetts police officer, bystander shot dead with officer's pistol

Officials on Monday prepared to charge a hospitalized Massachusetts man accused of killing a Boston-area police officer and a bystander on Sunday with the officer’s pistol before being shot by police. The 20-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after police in Weymouth, Massachusetts,...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:40pm

Mass. leads nation in reducing number of opioid prescriptions: Report

The opioid epidemic in Massachusetts has been one of the worst in the country. In 2016, the rate of opioid overdose deaths here was 29.7 per 100,000 residents, compared to the national rate of 13.3. Hopefully, though, there is relief on the way. Doctors in Massachusetts are leading the country in...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:31pm