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66 Alleged Boston Area Gang Members Face Drug, Firearm Charges

June 09, 2016
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz responds to questions during a news conference Thursday in Boston. Law enforcement officials say more than 60 alleged gang members from Boston and other cities in eastern Massachusetts have been charged with drug, weapons and racketeering charges. (Steven Senne/AP)

The charges allege that these individuals “fueled a gun and drug pipeline” across eastern Massachusetts, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

WBUR’s Morning Edition Podcast: June 9, 2016

June 09, 2016

A podcast of what local features aired today on WBUR’s Morning Edition.

WBUR’s Morning Edition Podcast: June 8, 2016

June 08, 2016

A podcast of what local features aired today on WBUR’s Morning Edition.

4 Shot, 1 Fatally, Near Boston High School

June 08, 2016
Police scan the scene where a Boston high school student was killed and three others wounded in a shooting on Washington Street in Dorchester. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

Police believe the person killed was a 17-year-old at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester.

Cambridge Renames Columbus Day As Indigenous Peoples’ Day

June 07, 2016
The Christopher Columbus statue in the North End of Boston. (Kathryn Rotondo/Flickr)

Supporters of the change say it was needed to honor the thousands of Native Americans that were killed when Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World.

WBUR’s Morning Edition Podcast: June 7, 2016

June 07, 2016

A podcast of what local features aired today on WBUR’s Morning Edition.

WBUR’s Morning Edition Podcast: June 6, 2016

June 06, 2016

A podcast of what local features aired today on WBUR’s Morning Edition.

‘I Didn’t Want To Carry A Weapon, I Wanted To Carry A Book’: Boston Valedictorian Fled War

June 03, 2016
Bilal Lafta, 17, this year’s valedictorian at Boston Community Leadership Academy, came to the U.S. as a child after his family fled war-torn Iraq. (Courtesy Boston Public Schools)

Bilal Lafta was born in Baghdad. Now 17, he’s valedictorian of the Boston Community Leadership Academy.

WBUR's Morning Edition Podcast: June 3, 2016

June 03, 2016

A podcast of what local features aired today on WBUR’s Morning Edition.

Mass. State Police Can Detain Individuals Sought By Immigration Officials

June 02, 2016

State police say the revised regulations are designed to align with the Obama administration’s Priority Enforcement Program, which replaced the controversial Secure Communities program.

Photos: Boston Calling Takes Over City Hall Plaza

May 28, 2016
Janelle Monáe sings "Let's Go Crazy" in honor of Prince at Boston Calling. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

Janelle Monáe, Disclosure, Odesza, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Sia and many more took to the stages set up on City Hall Plaza this weekend for Boston Calling.

‘The Body Politic’ — Ovid Meets Contemporary Issues In A New Opera From Juventas

May 05, 2016
Countertenor Rudy Giron as Iphis in 'The Body Politic'. (Courtesy Scott Bump)

The new opera tells the personal story of a transgender man who moves to the United States from Afghanistan, a modern retelling of a story from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.”

Ai Weiwei’s Chinese Zodiac Heads Now Circle Boston’s Greenway

April 27, 2016
Ai Weiwei’s Chinese Zodiac heads on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

Ai Weiwei’s Chinese Zodiac heads have now been installed on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, where they will summer near the park’s Rings Fountain.

At Least 40 Students With Mumps, Harvard Reports

April 26, 2016
Harvard University's campus in Cambridge, Mass. Several students have recently been diagnosed with the mumps. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Harvard University officials are concerned that a recent outbreak of the mumps among its undergraduates could impact commencement activities, health officials said Tuesday.

Dr. Alice Coombs: Mass. Health Law Put State On The Right Road

April 12, 2016

One of a series of analyses on the 10th anniversary of the 2006 Massachusetts health care overhaul. Dr. Alice Coombs was formerly the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. She currently practices anesthesiology at South Shore Hospital. 

Josh Archambault: Paternalism Undermined Mass Health Reform Law

April 12, 2016

Much more work needs to be done for the state’s Health Connector to live up to the promise set out in the 2006 reform, writes Josh Archambault, a senior fellow with the Pioneer Institute.

JudyAnn Bigby: Better Health After 10 Years of Mass. Health Care Law

April 12, 2016

Still, Bigby, the state’s former secretary of health and human services, says critical access issues continue to pose an obstacle for some state residents.

Elizabeth Browne: Mass. Law Leaves Many Still Uninsured, Needing Care

April 12, 2016

The state must continue to invest in the primary care workforce and other reforms to control costs, says Elizabeth Browne, to make both affordable coverage and access to high quality primary care available to all residents.

Amy Lischko: Mass. Health Law Not What It Was Meant To Be

April 12, 2016

Amy Lischko, who was Gov. Mitt Romney’s director of health policy, offers five things she would have done differently than the Patrick administration did in implementing the law.

What Analysts Say About The Mass. Health Law That’s Turning 10

April 12, 2016

To mark the 10th anniversary of the state’s health care law, we asked a number of health experts to offer their takes on the law.

CreateWell Seeks To Fund The Intersection Of Art And Physical Wellness

April 01, 2016
Jennifer Lin-Weinheimer, founder of a new grant-making fund aimed at the nexus of creativity and wellness, pictured at home. (Courtesy Diego Tang/The CreateWell Fund)

A new fund aims to assist artists of color find a balance between creative work and wellness.

What Makes Superheroes So Super?

March 25, 2016
The release of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" prompts the question: Why are superhero movies so enduringly popular? (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures & DC Comics)

The popularity of superheroes speaks to many of our culture’s pent-up voices and internal desires, says Ethan Gilsdorf.

‘Stand By Me’ — The History Of Gay Liberation Isn’t What You Think It Is

March 18, 2016
Portion of the cover of "Stand By Me" by Jim Downs. (Courtesy)

Jim Downs revisits the history of gay liberation, beyond the bars, beaches and bathhouses.

War Correspondent Tells The True Story Behind ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

March 17, 2016
Tina Fey in "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot." (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)

Kim Barker discusses her experiences covering the war in Afghanistan, now dramatized onscreen by Tina Fey in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

Baker Signs Compromise Opioid Bill Into Law

March 14, 2016
Surrounded by lawmakers and health and public safety officials, Gov. Charlie Baker signs the opioid bill into law on Monday at the State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The bill includes a seven-day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions, new efforts to evaluate patients within 24 hours after an overdose and addiction screening for students.

Mass. Cultural Chief: When It Comes To Arts Funding, We Have A Long Way To Go

March 09, 2016
Anita Walker (Courtesy of Massachusetts Cultural Council)

Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker says her agency supports community arts via 329 local cultural councils and their 2,500 volunteers — amounting to the nation’s largest grassroots cultural support network. But more funds are needed.

Oscar 2016: ARTery Writers Spotlight The Year In Movies

February 26, 2016

The ARTery had a pretty good time at the movies this year, particularly at “Spotlight.” Here’s what Joyce Kulhawik, Tom Meek, Sean Burns, Erin Trahan, Ed Siegel and Greg Cook had to say about the films they saw.

Fitchburg Art Museum’s ‘TRIIIBE’ Questions Identity In The Modern Age

February 22, 2016
"Miss" (l to r, Sara, Kelly and Alicia Casilio) by Cary Wolinsky (Courtesy Cary Wolinsky)

Fitchburg Art Museum’s new exhibit, “TRIIIBE: same difference,” explores — and subverts — contemporary notions of identity.

First Case Of Zika Virus In Boston Is Confirmed

January 28, 2016

A Boston resident contracted the virus while traveling abroad, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. The patient is expected to make a full recovery.

Boston Raises Legal Age For Buying Tobacco Products To 21

December 17, 2015
Cigarette packs are displayed at a convenience store in New York. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

By a unanimous vote, the city’s Board of Health approved the mayor’s proposal to raise the minimum age to buy any tobacco or nicotine products from 18 to 21.

SJC To Hear Petition To Dismiss Convictions Tied To Dookhan

October 23, 2014

The ACLU is asking the state’s highest court to dismiss tens of thousands of criminal convictions tied to former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who admitted to tampering with evidence.

With More Work, Less Time, Dookhan’s Tests Got Faster

May 15, 2013

Now-indicted former state chemist Annie Dookhan was by far the Hinton lab’s most productive chemist. We look at the data behind her output.

Marathon Lockdown Serves As Eye-Opener For Suburban Moms

May 10, 2013

When a number of Massachusetts communities were on lockdown following the Marathon Bombings, some suburban moms gained a new understanding of the fear their inner-city counterparts live with all the time.

'Here & Now' Teams Up With NPR, Will Expand To 2 Hours

March 29, 2013

NPR is partnering with member station WBUR to expand “Here & Now” to two hours. It will also add a co-host, Jeremy Hobson, who currently hosts the Marketplace Morning Report.

Massachusetts ACLU Director: Chemists Are Pressured to be Prosecutors

March 07, 2013
Masssachusetts ACLU Director Matthew Segal speaks about Drug Lab Scandal

Above: WBUR’s Deb Becker interviews Massachusetts ACLU Director Matthew Segal in March of 2013. The American Civil Liberties Union says the drug lab crisis shows that pressure was put on chemist Annie Dookhan and others to help prosecute drug cases. The ACLU has filed a brief with the state Supreme Judicial Court as it reviews […]

Mass. High Court Expected To Hear Drug Lab Appeal Case In April

February 21, 2013

The Supreme Judicial Court is expected to review a case that challenges the way the state is handling criminal cases related to the drug lab crisis.

Former Middlesex DA: Bad Lab Protocols Likely To Expand Volume Of Tainted Cases

February 07, 2013
Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone speak about Drug Lab Scandal

“We’ve moved away from it being one rogue chemist to a lab that had insufficient practices, policies and protocols — to an extent that leads us to believe that there are more cases that are going to be compromised than those signed off on by Annie Dookhan.”

Essex County DA: ‘It’s My Duty to Review Drug Lab Cases One by One’

January 28, 2013

“Most of these cases have accompanying charges of violence. No district attorney in Massachusetts is going to have somebody spend one more day in jail because of a case where Dookhan was primary chemist and the only charges were drug charges. I believe its my duty and obligation to review these cases one at a time.”

Mass. Republicans Seek Drug Lab Oversight Board

January 16, 2013

The board would oversee all criminal forensic services in Massachusetts.

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