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Gov. Baker Signs Law Overhauling State’s Public Records System

June 03, 2016
Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The measure requires most public record requests to be completed in 10 days.

Man Accused Of Kidnapping Friend From Newton Nursing Home

May 20, 2016

The man’s attorney claims the woman was receiving “inappropriate and abusive treatment” at the CareOne facility.

Mass. Adds 13,900 Jobs In April; Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.2 Percent

May 19, 2016

In another good sign, the state’s labor force also grew last month.

Driver In Fatal Crash That Killed State Trooper Held On $500K Bail

May 18, 2016
David Njuguna, of Webster, is arraigned Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court. Njuguna pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and related crimes in the death of Trooper Thomas Clardy. (Christopher Evans/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Prosecutors allege that David Njuguna had smoked marijuana shortly before the crash, but Njuguna’s attorney denies he was high on the drug.

Mass. High Court Says State Hasn’t Met Obligations On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 17, 2016
A wind turbine stands next to Hull High School in the shadow of Boston. (Stephen Savoia/AP File)

The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday ruled the state hasn’t met the requirements of the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

2 Southie Brothers Plead Guilty To Beating Homeless Immigrant

May 17, 2016

The brothers admitted to urinating on the man as he slept, before beating him with a pole. One of the brothers said he’d been inspired by Donald Trump’s views on immigrants.

Baker Plan Would Up Affordable Housing Investment

May 16, 2016

The governor’s five-year capital plan will include $1.1 billion with the goal of preserving or creating 5,000 affordable units.

Gay Man Settles With Milton Catholic School In Discrimination Suit Over Rescinded Job Offer

May 10, 2016
In December, a judge ruled that Fontbonne Academy in Milton, pictured, discriminated against Matthew Barrett after discovering he was in a same-sex marriage. The parties reached a settlement this week. (Courtesy of Fontbonne Academy's Facebook)

Matthew Barrett, 45, reached a confidential settlement with Fontbonne Academy in Milton nearly five months after a judge found the school had discriminated against him over his sexual orientation.

Boston Students May Have Been Exposed To Lead In Water

May 05, 2016
A sign warns people not to drink water contaminated with lead from a fountain in Flint, Mich. But Flint isn't the only place concerned about its water. Four schools in Boston believe a miscommunication may have led to students being exposed to lead-tainted water. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Officials say students at four Boston public schools may have been exposed to lead-tainted water from drinking fountains that were mistakenly turned on too soon.

Plans Scrapped For IndyCar Race On Streets Of Boston

April 30, 2016
City of Boston Chief of Economic Development John Barros (right) and Tourism, Sports and Entertainment director Ken Brissette (left) examine an IndyCar mock-up in May 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

John Casey, president of the Grand Prix of Boston, told The Boston Globe Friday that the relationship between promoters and the city isn’t working.

1 In 6 Mass. Residents Put Off Health Care This Year To Avoid Costs, Survey Finds

December 15, 2015
The survey breaks down out-of-pocket spending and difficulty paying family medical bills by Massachusetts residents in 2015 by age group. (Screenshot of CHIA report)

The findings revealed that 17 percent of people reported having problems paying their medical bill over the past 12 months.

Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

October 27, 2015

The bill would require a terminally ill patient be assessed by two doctors and a counselor before being prescribed life-ending medication.

Want To Learn To Make Others Laugh? Emerson To Offer First-Ever Comedy Major

June 17, 2015
Comedian Jay Leno, an alum of Emerson College, performs at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in May. The college will soon offer a four-year degree in comedic arts. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Starting in September 2016, Emerson will be the first college to offer a four-year bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts degree.

Police: Missing Boston Library Artwork May Be Inside Job

May 21, 2015
Albrecht Dürer’s “The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve)” and Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait with Plumed Cap and Lowered Sabre” (via Wikimedia Commons)

A top employee of the Boston Public Library has been placed on leave as police with the assistance of the FBI continue to investigate the disappearance of two pieces of artwork worth more than half a million dollars.

Gardner Museum Offers New $100,000 Reward For Item Stolen During Infamous Heist

May 12, 2015
The Napoleonic finial (Courtesy Gardner Museum)

The museum said it hopes the reward will help it recover the Napoleonic finial — one of the least recognizable of 13 works stolen during the infamous 1990 heist.

New Public Art Takes Shape High Above The Rose Kennedy Greenway

May 03, 2015
Artist Janet Echelman’s aerial sculpture hangs over The Greenway in downtown Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

If you’re near the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, be sure to look up. A new, high-flying piece of public art was installed Sunday.

More Than 1,700 Reports Of Drug-Exposed Newborns Seen In Mass. Last Year

March 19, 2015

The state started tracking drug-exposed babies last March.

Iconic Norman Rockwell Painting Donated To Museum

February 17, 2015
(Courtesy of Norman Rockwell Museum)

“Boy and Girl Gazing at Moon (Puppy Love)” was given last week to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

More Mass. Health Plans To Cover Methadone

February 06, 2015

It’s an effort to address the surge in opioid addiction.

Nearly 50,000 Sign Up And Pay For Health Coverage

December 29, 2014

As of Sunday night, Health Connector officials said about 50,000 residents had taken the steps needed to guarantee they have coverage on Jan. 1.

Teen Birth Rate In Mass. At Historic Low

December 12, 2014
A screenshot from the state department of health's 2013 Massachusetts Birth report, which details the trends in the number of births by mother's age -- either over 30-years-old or under -- from 1980-2013. (Courtesy Mass. DPH)

The birth rate of teens ages 15-19 fell 14 percent last year, from 14 births per 1,000 women in 2012 to 12 births per 1,000 women in 2013.

New Health Connector Website Launches

November 15, 2014

The new Health Connector website for Massachusetts launched successfully just before 8 a.m. Saturday and was working as designed upon launch.

Peter Mac Channels Judy Garland In Salem; Endora Also Casts A Spell

October 14, 2014

Peter Mac has been playing Judy Garland for 12 years. Now he’s at Opus Underground in Salem.

Coakley Submits Amended Partners Agreement Capping Hallmark Prices

September 25, 2014

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has submitted an amended agreement Thursday with Partners HealthCare over its proposed acquisition of Hallmark Health System.

Gardner Receives $1.9M From Sale Of Rockwell Painting

May 21, 2014
"Willie Gillis in Convoy" by Norman Rockwell (Sotheby's)

Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke says he hopes the money can be used to benefit the city schools.

Robert Pinsky And Vijay Iyer Get In Rhythm Together

March 12, 2014
Vijay Iyer (Jimmy Katz)

Jazz artist Vijay Iyer and poet Robert Pinsky combine for POEMJAZZ at Sanders Theatre Friday night.

Neil Patrick Harris Earns Hasty Pudding Award

January 23, 2014
Zach Cordner

Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris has been named the man of the year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Mirren Earns Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Award

January 17, 2014

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren has been named Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

At Hearing, Dookhan Asks For Leniency

October 18, 2013

In seeking a one-year sentence if Annie Dookhan changes her plea, her lawyer said her life “has been destroyed” by the charges.

Sentence Reduction For Drug Dealer, As Lab Crisis Spills Into Federal Court

September 17, 2013

Adam Davila received a four-year reduction in his federal prison sentence because of Annie Dookhan’s involvement in one of his state convictions.

ACLU Asks Mass. High Court To Rule On Drug Lab Cases

March 06, 2013

The ACLU’s legal director says too many people are in jail awaiting motions for new trials amid the scandal.

Mass. GOP Lawmakers Call For Health Secretary’s Resignation

November 29, 2012

The call for JudyAnn Bigby’s resignation follows the state drug lab scandal and the meningitis outbreak.

Mass. Inspector General Asked To Head Probe Of Drug Lab

November 05, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick has asked state Inspector General Glenn Cunha to take over the review of the former state drug lab at the center of a testing scandal.

Mass. Lawyers Call For Outside Probe Of Drug Lab

October 24, 2012

Groups want an independent investigator to oversee the probe of the state drug lab scandal.

Boston Residents To Discuss Lab Scandal Fallout

October 20, 2012

Civil rights activists, criminal justice advocates and attorneys will discuss the local impact of the state drug lab scandal at a town hall meeting in Roxbury on Saturday afternoon.

In Drug Lab Wake, Menino Launches Emergency Inmate Reentry Program

October 11, 2012

The program is an attempt to minimize the potentially disruptive effects on communities.

Dookhan’s Lab Coworker Testifies At Drug Trial

October 11, 2012

A former coworker of a chemist charged in Massachusetts drug lab scandal has testified the chemist appeared to have unfettered access to the lab.

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