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Rachel Paiste

News Writer, WBUR

Rachel Paiste writes local newscasts, as well as national and international headlines for Here & Now.

Recent stories

Boston Councilor Proposes Ban On City-Sponsored Travel To North Carolina

March 29, 2016
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, seen here on Feb. 20, has signed into law a bill blocking anti-discrimination rules that would protect gay and transgender people. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Councilor Josh Zakim’s proposal is in response to a controversial new law in North Carolina.

Environmental Group Report Says State Not On Track To Meet Clean Energy Goals

February 26, 2016
A wind turbine stands next to Hull High School in the shadow of Boston. A new report suggests that Massachusetts is not on track to meet clean energy goals and needs to diversify its energy portfolio to things like solar energy and wind power. (Stephen Savoia/AP File)

George Bachrach, president of the group that released the report, says it’s time for the state to diversity its energy portfolio.

Volunteers Collecting Backpacks For Foster Children In Mass. And N.H. In Honor Of Bella Bond

October 15, 2015
Bella Bond, in an undated photo (Courtesy Massachusetts State Police Facebook page)

A local group is collecting backpacks filled with toys, clothes and toiletries to give to children being moved into foster care in memory of the toddler found dead on Deer Island this summer.

Strike A Party Pose: With Glow Sticks And Glitter, New Rave Yoga Trend Hits Boston

August 17, 2015
About 50 people participate in 90 minutes of rave yoga at the Oberon in Cambridge on Aug. 5. (Photo by Alexandra Düsterfeld; Courtesy Bill Connolly of Move With)

Yoga raves have popped up across the globe, and the movement, which brings participants peace and balance via back-bends and throbbing base lines, has cropped up in Boston.

Locals Look Back As 3 Indie Music Venues Shutter In Greater Boston

July 24, 2015
Ladies Rock Camp at T.T. the Bear's in 2015. (Ann Antonelli)

The Cambridge-Boston area has long been a hotbed of independent music. As three locally-run venues close, Bostonians look back.

Amnesia Undone: MIT Study In Mice Restores Lost Memories

May 28, 2015

MIT researchers working in mice with amnesia report that they were able to restore memories that had been lost, suggesting that forgetting can happen not because the memory is gone but because it cannot be retrieved. Researchers hope the tactic they used might help with age- and disease-related memory loss someday.

Female Lawyers Allege Improper Searches On Prison Visits

February 27, 2015

State public safety officials are defending how a female attorney was searched at MCI Norfolk this week.

Boston Receives Rockefeller ‘Resilient Cities’ Grant

December 03, 2014

Boston is one of 35 communities receiving the grant. While many cities applied based on environmental or economic issues, Boston cited social resiliency issues going back to the 1974 busing crisis.

Gaming Panel Strips Boston Of Surrounding Status For Wynn Plan

August 08, 2014

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh then accused the Massachusetts Gaming Commission of favoring casino supporters over city residents.

Arthur T. Demoulas Offers To Return To Market Basket Post

August 04, 2014

Arthur T. Demoulas said while his group negotiates a buyout of the supermarket chain, he could return to work to help restore order to the company.

Fired Market Basket Supervisors Plan To Sue

August 01, 2014

Also, a number of other managerial employees say they weren’t paid their once-a-month salary on Friday.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Was Approached To Be An Informant, Defense Says

March 28, 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense lawyers say Tamerlan was approached by the FBI, but prosecutors say they have no evidence of the contact.

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