Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 arrested after 2,000 people gather at UMass Amherst following Patriots Super Bowl loss

Six people were arrested and 12 others transported to area hospitals after a chaotic crowd of nearly 2,000 formed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Sunday night following the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl loss. People began to gather on the Southwest plaza of the school's...

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:42am

Workers at Logan vote to strike, allege threats and intimidation

Hundreds of workers employed by JetBlue subcontractors at Logan Airport have voted to strike, citing alleged intimidation and threats over their attempts to organize as union members. "We expect even more to join us in the coming days," Dayel Gathers, who works for subcontractor FSS,...

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:35pm

Immigrants ignite the economy in these states, study finds

With the country’s immigration policy — from border security and the looming DACA termination to President Trump’s travel ban from mostly Muslim countries — remaining a hotly debated topic, WalletHub has taken a look at the economic impact immigrants have in the U.S. Using...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 11:25am

Gaming officials explore undisclosed Wynn sexual harassment settlement

Reopening the question of Wynn Resort's suitability to build a casino in Everett, Massachusetts gaming regulators honed in Wednesday on the failure of the company and its namesake Steve Wynn to disclose to investigators in 2013 that Wynn had privately paid out a $7.5 million settlement to...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 9:28am

Marijuana black market could be topic for Baker, Mass. US Attorney

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to meet with U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling next month and the governor thinks state and federal law enforcement priorities could converge on cracking down on the illicit marijuana market. At the state level, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and other uses,...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 9:47am

Mass. Gaming Commission investigates Everett casino after sexual misconduct claims

Everett’s Wynn casino project faces scrutiny after casino mogul Steve Wynn stepped down from his position on the Republican National Committee amid sexual misconduct allegations. A Wall Street Journal report on Friday detailed dozens of stories from Wynn Reports employees who say Wynn...

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 11:54am

Mass. Senate approves 'Nasty Women' act to repeal archaic abortion laws

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to wipe outdated and unenforced laws restricting abortion and contraception from the books, a move one lawmaker said would send a message to the rest of the country. Sponsored by Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler, the bill —...

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 11:56am

What are America’s biggest fears?

There are many things to be frightened of in today’s world, especially in the wake of this weekend’s false alarm about an inbound ballistic missile threat in Hawaii, but did you ever wonder what Americans are really scared of? If you’re thinking the answer might include recent...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:48pm

Separated from husband, Mass. Senate pres reunites with colleagues

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, back on Beacon Hill where he said he hopes to resume his work as a rank-and file senator after giving up the presidency in December, said Thursday he has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who precipitated his fall from power after being accused of sexually harassing...

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

Ed Markey is trying to reverse the FCC's repeal of net neutrality

The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality on Thursday and already, politicians are fighting back. Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey announced on Thursday a plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution to undo the FCC decision and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules. The 2015 Obama-era...

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:11am

Harvest Cup in Massachusetts will feature marijuana contest, 100-foot joint

One year after it became legal for adults to possess and use marijuana in Massachusetts, cannabis aficionados will gather in Worcester this weekend to show off some of the best locally-sourced ganja and edibles, and to try to put a welcoming face on the world of weed. Part competition, part expo...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 3:37pm

Bitter cold and strong winds moving through Massachusestts

Time to bundle up, Boston: wind and bitter cold temps are moving through the area. “The main weather story for today will be wind and cold,” forecasters for the National Weather Service wrote. Wind gusts could hit a high of 40 to 50 miles per hour across Massachusetts on Wednesday,...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:52am

Cannabis commission exploring ways to help communities hurt by pot ban

As it works to build a new industry from the ground up, state marijuana regulators on Tuesday wrestled with how Massachusetts' newly legal marijuana industry could be more accessible to racially and economically diverse communities and how the industry could benefit groups that were...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9:48am