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50 US cities pen letter to FCC demanding net neutrality, democracy

Leaders from New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and the District of Columbia today submitted a signed letter with 45 other mayors urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to uphold the rules supporting net neutrality. Net neutrality would keep the internet as a public utility...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 2:00am

Boston launches Office of Returning Citizens to help previously-incarcerated residents start anew

How does someone start to rebuild their life after they’ve been incarcerated? Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping his newly-formed office will help those ready to reenter society. Walsh announced the creation of the Office of Returning Citizens this week, a resource to help support those returning...

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:52am

Walsh received poor grades in NAACP report on administration's efforts to help communities of color

According to the NAACP, Mayor Marty Walsh is far from an A student when it comes to his administration’s efforts to help communities of color. The NAACP Boston Branch recently released a report card evaluating the Walsh administration, looking at both the efforts and measurable results made...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:35am

Walsh launches efforts to end youth homelessness in Boston

Mayor Marty Walsh is tackling the issue of youth homelessness in Boston. Walsh will create an action plan to end youth homelessness, his office announced Tuesday, and as part of that effort, Boston is seeking a consultant to gather data on homeless youth, understand the current system, identify...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:44am

Precautions, including cameras installed on Boston Common, taken ahead of Free Speech rally

Boston officials are taking extra precautions ahead of Saturday’s “Free Speech Rally” and subsequent counter marches on Boston Common, including installing cameras around the Parkman Bandstand and closing Tremont Street. But the overall message asked ahead of the controversial...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:30am

Walsh officially kicks off re-election campaign

Mayor Marty Walsh officially kicked of his re-election campaign this past weekend with a video called “One Boston for All” and an event in Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood in which he grew up. Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, a challenger to Walsh, had already announced his run...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 1:33pm

Walsh launches PSA campaign to encourage bystanders to address Islamophobia

What should you do if you witness Islamophobia in public? Posters around Boston will soon give tips to help people in that exact situation. Mayor Marty Walsh announced this week a citywide public service announcement to help raise awareness about how bystanders can de-escalate harassment and...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 1:22pm

Walsh will challenge Senate healthcare bill

After the Senate’s healthcare bill was finally revealed last week, disability rights activists, representatives and others have spoken out against the action that would cut Medicaid and impose lifetime caps on “nonessential services.” Included under nonessential services...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:16pm

Boston's US-China climate summit likely off the table, Walsh said

Plans for the city to host the third annual U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit this summer are likely off the table, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday. At a press conference he called to respond to reports that President Donald Trump would pull the U.S. out of The Paris Agreement, Walsh said...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:54am

Latest draft of Imagine Boston 2030 puts emphasis on affordable housing

By 2030, Boston will need at least 53,000 more housing units than it currently has in order to keep up with its growing population, city officials project. By 2050, another 42,000 on top of that. Where will these homes fit into Boston proper’s 49 square miles? That’s one of the...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:54am

Controversial Massachusetts sheriff wants sanctuary city leaders arrested

Updated March 29, 2017: One sanctuary city mayor took to Facebook to respond to Bristol CountySheriff Thomas Hodgson's calls to arrest leaders of communities that provide safe harbor to illegal immigrants.Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone called the sheriff's comments "ridiculous" and challenged...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:16am

Get a sneak peek of the new Orange Line trains at City Hall Plaza

T riders will get glimpse of what's to come on the Orange Line when the MBTA brings a prototype of the new train cars to City Hall Plaza next week.The trains will be on display in the plaza from Monday to Wednesday, according to an MBTA spokeswoman.It will still be some time until riders see the...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:06am

Deal means Citgo sign will stay in Kenmore Square

The Citgosign is here to stay.The imposing fixture of Boston's city skyline has hovered above Kenmore Square since 1965, but its fate was questioned when Boston University sold the Beacon Streetbuilding that houses it earlier this year.On Wednesday, Mayor Marty Walsh announced the building's new...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 5:35pm

Target's Boston neighborhoods T-shirt is full of disappointment

Southie isn't spelled with a "y."Target learned that lesson the hard way this week after coming out with a new Boston neighborhoods T-shirt.The shirt featured a navy blue map of 15 neighborhoods, which seems a little off, considering Boston.gov lists 23 official Boston neighborhoods.Seen at the new...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 1:28pm

Boston restaurants could get a lot more liquor licenses

For most restaurants in Boston, getting a license to sell beer, wine and booze has always come down to one thing: cash — and a lot of it. But for the restaurants without enough scratch, there is hope.Mayor Marty Walsh and City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley created a plan Monday that would add 152...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:49pm

Boston blizzard dumps over a foot of snow

The storm got off to a slow start on Thursday, but by the end of the day, more than a foot of snow blanketed the city.Boston's public transit weathered its first major storm since it was crippled bythe historic snowstorms of 2015. There were no major service interruptions, though there were some...

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 4:09am

Boston braces for biggest snowstorm of the season

As Boston braces for what could be the biggest snowstorm the city has seen in years, officials said “Let it snow.”Meteorologists are predicting up to 14 inches of snow could fall on the region tomorrow and Mayor Marty Walsh said the city is prepared.“We will have 600 pieces of equipment on the road...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 4:17am

Watch Mayor Walsh defend immigration on 'The Daily Show'

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who has championed the plight of immigrants and refugees, was able to discuss both, along with his thoughts on sanctuary cities, with his appearance on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" Tuesday night.After quick mention of the historic Patriots Super Bowl win, the...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 3:15am

Thousands protest Trump's travel ban in Copley Square

Protesters, 20,000 strong, swarmed Copley Square Sunday to rally against President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.Shoults of "No ban, no wall" and "Heyhey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go," rang out across the square and...

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 8:27pm

Walsh sees economic ramifications from immigration crackdown

A day after pledging to open City Hall to immigrants threatened by a shift in federal policies, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the public is missing the larger point about the economic importance of immigration and the need for comprehensive immigration reform."The conversation today is dominated...

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:11am