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MBTA general manager Shortsleeve to step down, triggering overhaul of management

The MBTA leadership team is undergoing a sudden overhaul with Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve departing at the end of June, triggering a series of moves pending the hiring of a permanent CEO. Shortsleeve's exit before the expected completion later this year of a search for a permanent...

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:32am

AHCA could raise Massachusetts' uninsured rate from 3 percent to 10.3 percent: Report

Although Massachusetts has historically been a leader when it comes to healthcare coverage, the state is not immune to the effects of national health care policy change. The Congressional Budget Office released its score of the revised American Health Care Act Wednesday, which estimated that...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 3:11pm

Massachusetts' traditional town meetings are ideal to build anti-corruption movement, organizers say

When many hear the phrase “campaign finance reform,” they probably think of Bernie Sanders talking about “big money” corrupting politics during his bid for the Democratic nominee for president. Though Sanders didn’t win and a billionaire businessman is currently...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:42am

Joe Biden dons aviators, tells students they can change the country in Harvard Class Day speech

Before Harvard grads get to hear Mark Zuckerberg share his wisdom at the university’s commencement, they heard from former vice president Joe Biden at the school’s annual Class Day celebration. Biden, affectionately nicknamed “Uncle Joe” and the subject of many a meme,...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:27am

How to watch Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard commencement speech

On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg heads back to Harvard to finally get his (honorary) degree and to give the speech at the university's 366th commencement.  The CEO and co-founder of Facebook took to his own platform to give a little preview of his address.  "At tomorrow's...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:14am

Mass. house pulls back bill aimed at countering Trump

Massachusetts House leaders indefinitely postponed a planned vote Wednesday on legislation recommended by Democrats as a response to President Donald Trump's illegal immigration crackdown. The bill would prevent state resources from being used to execute agreements with federal Immigration and...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 3:16pm

Gardner Museum doubles reward for stolen paintings, but only for limited time

Nearing 30 years after the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, the search is still on for the missing masterpieces — and now the reward has been doubled. The museum's board of trustees announced Tuesday that it is doubling from $5 million to $10 million the reward for...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:12pm

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan visit Quincy High School

Mark Zuckerberg is in town this week to give the commencement speech at Harvard, but before the CEO and co-founder of Facebook visited his alma mater, he and his wife Priscilla Chan stopped by her old high school, Quincy High, on Tuesday. Chan was born in Braintree and raised in Quincy, where...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 10:14am

Boston police amp up concert security after explosion at Ariana Grande showin UK

Boston police are increasing security patrols at concerts and sporting events in the wake of an apparent terror attack during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night. An explosion detonated at the Manchester Arena in an attack that officials are treating as a terror incident...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:09pm

Man found dead in Chelsea home after shooting at officers, starting fire: Police

Authorities are trying to piece together how a Chelsea man died after he reportedly assaulted his family, barricaded himself inside his home, shot at police and started a fire Monday night. The Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley has promised a “full, fair and thorough”...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 4:36pm

Harvard is updating a home from the 1920s to be 'ultra' energy efficient

Imagine a comfortable, livable home where you don’t have to turn on any electric lights during the day, where no heating or air conditioning system is required — yes, even in New England — and that it can do all that without producing any carbon emissions. This house will soon be...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:06am

Body of missing college student found: Police

Franklin police have found the body of missing 20-year-old college student Michael Doherty. The Norfolk District Attorney's Office confirmed that a body found Saturday afternoon was Doherty, who had been missing since May 14. After search teams spent six days combing through woods, marsh and...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 3:13pm

Malden charter school suspends hair extension ban criticized for targeting black students

A Malden charter school dropped its ban on hair extensions days after Attorney General Maura Healey accused them of targeting black students with the practice. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s board of trustees met for a closed meeting Sunday night to review the...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:03pm

State police find body in Charles River

State police have recovered a body in the Charles River, the department said online Friday afternoon. The body was found in the area of the Massachusetts Ave. bridge.  The department announced via Twitter that the body was recovered at 4:30 p.m. A call to search for a possible body in the...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 4:48pm

Hair extension ban trashed by AG's office for punishing only black students

Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has ordered a Malden charter school to end its ban on hair extensions following news that two black students there were punished for violating the dress code. Reports surfaced last week that black students at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School had...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 3:11pm

Prison reform advocates to sit in at Gov. Baker's office

A group of prison reform advocates that includes formerly incarcerated citizens, family members of those incarcerated and clergy are planning a sit-in outside Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Friday afternoon to spur an investigation into the Department of Corrections. The advocates, a collective...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 11:04am

Logan Airport looks to add 5,000 parking spaces

The agency that manages Logan Airport agreed Thursday to invest in reducing emissions from cars and planes as part of its plan to create 5,000 new parking spaces at the East Boston air hub. If the parking plan is permitted, Logan would install ample electric vehicle charging stations throughout...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:56am

Safe streets advocates plan protest following Walsh's 'victim blaming' comments

Boston bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates will take to the steps of City Hall on Friday after Mayor Marty Walsh said pedestrians and cyclists share in the blame for traffic crashes. During a live interview on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio Tuesday, Walsh said bikers and pedestrians “...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:01pm

Bikers want Massachusetts to relax helmet laws for motorcycles

Clad in leather and star-spangled bandanas, motorcyclists descended on the State House Thursday asking for government to take a more hands-off approach towards helmet usage and step up enforcement of dangerous driving. Rick Gleason, the legislative director of the Massachusetts Motorcycle...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:29pm

As Massachusetts lawmakers look to raise smoking age to 21, e-cigarette regulation gets wrapped up in bill

Debate over raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 has largely focused on the health risks of smoking and the ability of teenagers to obtain cigarettes from older friends, but pending legislation also restricts certain smokeless and tobacco-free products. In addition to increasing the legal...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 1:06pm