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Baker will seek funds to address influx of Puerto Rican students

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to request additional school funding from the Legislature to help cities pay for the education of hundreds of children who have arrived from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria battered the Caribbean island in September. The administration sent a memo on Tuesday to...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:47am

Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in Hamilton again for Puerto Rico

Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda will step back into the Founding Father’s shoes — for a good cause. Miranda is bringing his smash hit Broadway show to his family’s native Puerto Rico for a three-week run in January 2019. He’ll step back into the title role of Alexander...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:56am

Puerto Rico makes move to cancel $300M contract with Whitefish Energy

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has made the decision to cancel its $300M contract with  Whitefish Energy. The small company was recently hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electric grid that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in September.  When it was announced that...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3:21pm

Small utilities company linked to Trump supporter gets $300M contract to restore power to Puerto Rico

A small utilities construction company called Whitefish Energy will receive a $300 million to restore the power grid in Puerto Rico that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria. The small company is from Montana is financed by a private equity firm run by a man who has donated thousands of dollars to...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 2:39pm

Puppies rescued from Puerto Rico will soon be up for adoption in Massachusetts

As Puerto Rico continues to reel from the devastating Hurricane Maria, New England shelters are rescuing animals from the island, including the MSPCA, which just recovered eight dogs, including five puppies. The three adult dogs and five puppies, which are between 8 and 9 weeks old, are currently...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:49am

Trump justifies throwing paper towels at Puerto Rican residents

President Donald Trump defended his decision to throw paper towels into a crowd of Puerto Rican residents last Tuesday during his trip to the hurricane-ravaged island. In an interview with Mike Huckabee that aired on the Christian TV network Trinity Broadcasting, Trump justified his paper towel...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 5:27am

Did FEMA try to cover up the slow pace of Puerto Rico's recovery?

Vital statistics on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria are back up after FEMA removed the information from its website on how many people on the island are still without electricity and clean drinking water. President Donald Trump and his administration have been criticized for...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:21pm

Trump spent most of Puerto Rico visit in wealthy suburb

By all accounts, President Trump's visit to hurricane-wrecked Puerto Rico was not what is traditionally called successful. He said that the rescue and relief efforts had "blown the budget," requested praise and volleyed paper-towel rolls at a crowd queuing for relief supplies. Today...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:20pm

Massachusetts to send 69 police officers to Puerto Rico

A team of local and state police officers are heading from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to help with security duties as the U.S. territory is still reeling from two devastating hurricanes, Gov. Charlie Baker announced. Sixty-nine officers from across the state will be split into three separate two...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:09am

Trump’s America: In Puerto Rico, stuck on stupid again

Put Honoré in charge! If Donald Trump really wants to rescue the 3.5 million hurricane-ravaged American citizens of Puerto Rico, he needs to dump the rah-rah Homeland Security secretary who sees Washington’s response as a “good-news story” and is “very satisfied” with...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:42pm

Where is Puerto Rico on the world map? Trump can't tell you

On Tuesday, President Trump revealed that he doesn't know where Puerto Rico is, saying it is "in the middle of an ocean" when it is not. He was discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on the island. "This is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean — and it's a...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 3:43pm

Trump blames Puerto Rico's poor infrastructure, massive debt for Maria devastation

The President Donald Trump Twitter tore away from calling out NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to spread some blame on Puerto Rico for the massive destruction it is experiencing in the wake of Hurricane Maria. In his first tweets since last Wednesday about the United States...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 1:06pm

Hurricane Maria forces Puerto Rico residents to swim from their homes

Only at times when a person is between life and death can he perhaps know the maximum strength and courage of the human being, grasping for the last breath in a struggle for survival. Hurricane Maria surprised Joseph Rivera, Haniff Mohammed and Isaac Baez on Wednesday morning at their residence in...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 3:13pm

Puerto Ricans celebrate heritage despite fresh pain of Maria

As a sanctuary city, Philadelphia is home to many different cultural groups. To celebrate Puerto Rican pride and culture, the annual Puerto Rican Festival Parade is a joyful showcase of Puerto Rican and Hispanic traditions, music and more. With approximately 5,000 people in attendance on Sunday,...

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 6:06pm