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Major overhaul of pot ballot law clears House

After several years of ceding marijuana policy-making to a voting public eager to adopt a more permissive approach to the once completely illegal drug, House lawmakers on Wednesday took the reins of the sticky issue, passing a bill to overhaul how the state will regulate the retail market of the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:48am

CEO of 'Safr' ride-hailing service for women arrested on embezzlement charges

The CEO of Boston-based Safr, a ride-hailing app that provides a “safer” alternative for women riders, was arrested last week on charges he embezzled $2 million from the U.S. Virgin Islands Government. Syed Zain Gilani, 43, was arrested at the company’s Harrison Avenue...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 12:32pm

AFFOA opens Cambridge headquarters by unveiling hat that transmits audio

Within Advanced Functional Fabrics of America’s new Cambridge headquarters, AFFOA-emblazoned hats line tables in the product room. But these aren't just any hats. AFFOA is a high-tech fabric innovation center, working to change what our fabrics can do for us. The goal is to create...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

Gov. Baker wants to invest $500M in life sciences

Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing a $500 million investment into the state’s life-sciences sector as part of a five-year initiative that would build on efforts started by his predecessor, Deval Patrick. “We are committed to supporting the public-private partnerships and strategic...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:14pm

New high-tech fabric innovation center opens headquarters in Cambridge

Technology has already been integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, and now even the fabrics on our backs will become more advanced thanks to a new center unveiled Monday in Cambridge. “Our fabrics express who we are, convey our identity as individuals and our values as a society,...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:48am

Why Massachusetts' higher unemployment rate isn't actually bad news

At the beginning of the year, Massachusetts’ unemployment rate around the lowest it’s been in more than 15 years, with a 3.2 percent rate in January — well below the nation's 4.8 percent at that time. About halfway through 2017, however, the state unemployment rate has risen...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 5:00am

Boston's beloved Keytar Bear attacked, robbed near Faneuil Hall

Boston’s beloved Keytar Bear was attacked by three New Hampshire teens near Faneuil Hall on Saturday, Boston police confirmed. Police said the young men were charged with assault and battery, affray (public fighting) and disorderly conduct for allegedly beating up the well-known street...

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 6:46pm

Michelle Carter found guilty in suicide texting case

Michelle Carter, the 20-year-old Plainville woman who sent text messages urging her boyfriend to kill himself, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Carter was charged with the 2014 death of her then-boyfriend Conrad Roy III, 17, who was found dead his truck on July 13, 2014 of...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 1:03pm

New marijuana bill targeted for Monday

After tepid support and a procedural snafu forced House leadership to pull the rewrite of the marijuana legalization law from consideration this week, the Marijuana Policy Committee is planning to release a redrafted version of the legislation Monday with debate expected in the House on Wednesday,...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 9:46am

FBI releases new photos of Mass. man wanted for 1980 murder

The FBI has released new photos of a Massachusetts man wanted for a 1980 murder. Donald Eugene Webb, who would be 85 years old now, is the only fugitive in the United States wanted for the murder of a police chief, according to FBI Boston. The new photos released Thursday were taken on a...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 3:09pm

Marijuana law rewrite criticized, debate postponed

House leadership-backed legislation overhauling the marijuana law approved by voters last year came under fire from multiple sides Wednesday and by the end of the day, Speaker Robert DeLeo opted to push off Thursday's planned debate to next week. House leaders planned to bring the bill (H 3751...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:49am

Drew Faust, Harvard's first female president, to step down next year

Harvard University President Drew Faust, the first woman to serve in that post in the elite Ivy League school's 380-year history, plans to step down from her role at the end of the next academic year, she said on Wednesday. Faust, a historian, has run Harvard since 2007. Her leadership helped...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 5:06pm

Bill overhauling legal pot law would more than double tax rate on sale of marijuana

A key House committee that for months has been vetting the marijuana legalization ballot law will propose to more than double the tax rate on the sale of pot in Massachusetts from what was approved by voters in 2016, according to copy of the bill. The Marijuana Policy Committee will meet at noon...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:04am

Read the suicide note left for Michelle Carter, woman on trial for involuntary manslaughter

In his suicide note, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III told Michelle Carter, the now 20-year-old on trial for involuntary manslaughter, that he loved her and appreciated her “effort and kindness” toward him. Prosecutors say that Carter, then 17, persuaded her boyfriend Roy to commit...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:51am

Poop transplants are now a thing at Boston Children’s Hospital

Someone’s poop could be another person’s medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, as part of an experimental new treatment that has prospective patients lining up and friends offering to donate their own poop. Yes, you read that right. It might sound like a naughty child'...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:02am

Bill would create Ice Bucket Challenge week to honor viral campaign that began in Massachusetts

The first week in August would be set aside to recognize the impacts of the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral fundraising campaign that started in Massachusetts but spread across the globe, under a bill lawmakers considered Monday. The Ice Bucket Challenge — a fundraiser in which someone empties...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 9:53am

The best way to beat Boston rush-hour traffic might surprise you

Boston’s congested rush-hour roadways are no match for commuters on two wheels. Bicyclists took the top two spots in Monday morning’s fifth annual Boston Rush Hour Challenge. The friendly competition pits people driving cars, riding bikes, taking the MBTA, bike-sharing with a Hubway...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:21pm

Massachusetts House leaders rolling out pot bill on Wednesday

House leadership will unveil its proposal to overhaul the voter-backed law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts on Wednesday, setting up an expected debate and vote before the full membership on Thursday. The bill's details have been held tightly by those writing the legislation, but it is...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 2:28pm

Mass. residents warned about latest opioid threat: carfentanil

Law enforcement officials in a town about 25 miles south of Boston are warning residents to beware after authorities last week said three drug samples had tested positive for a drug that is about 100 times more powerful than the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. "We are extremely...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 1:22pm

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt to be replaced in August

General Electric’s new Boston headquarters isn’t the only change coming to the company. GE announced Monday that current CEO Jeff Immelt is stepping down on August 1. Immelt has served as CEO for 16 years and will be replaced by John Flannery, currently the president and CEO of GE...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 11:31am