COVID Q&A 2 hours ago

Everything We Know About COVID Booster Shots, Side Effects

Johnson & Johnson released a new update on the potential for a booster shot of its single-dose coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, but as booster shots continue to be debated nationwide, what’s nex...

  • tourism 14 hours ago

    New Travel Regulations Encourage Tourist-Dependent Boston Businesses

    There were times during the coronavirus pandemic when Boston pushcart owner Kemal Akdogan didn’t think he’d make it. “I’m sure if we didn’t have the help, a bunch of us could go homeless,” said Akdogan, who sells all types of toys and novelties at his Illusions pushcart at Faneuil Hall. The tourist mecca took a g...
  • Massachusetts 16 hours ago

    Will Support From Police Help or Hurt Annissa Essaibi George's Campaign for Boston Mayor?

    No issue was more defining for Annissa Essaibi George in Boston’s preliminary mayoral election than her support of police. In a race where the candidates agreed on most key issues, the city councilor’s commitment to hiring more police stood out — as did the very public and well-funded support of former Boston Police Commissioner William...
  • school bus 16 hours ago

    Party Bus Saves the Day for Boston School Field Trip

    A group of high school students in Massachusetts had to ride on a party bus complete with a stripper pole and neon lights during a recent field trip — an experience their teacher said highlights problems with the education system. Jim Mayers, an 11th grade Advanced Placement language and composition teacher at the Brooke Charter School in Boston, s...
  • coronavirus 19 hours ago

    4,568 New Breakthrough Cases in Mass., 23 More Deaths in Vaccinated People

    Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported more than 4,500 new breakthrough cases over the past week, and 23 more deaths. In the last week, 4,568 new breakthrough cases — infections in people who have been vaccinated — were reported, with 178 more vaccinated people hospitalized, Massachusetts Department of Public Health official...
  • Boston University 17 hours ago

    Tribe Wants Boston U to Change Name of Myles Standish Dorm

    A Native American tribe is calling on Boston University to change the name of a dorm that honors Myles Standish, the military leader of the Pilgrims. The Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag says Myles Standish Hall should be renamed Wituwamat Memorial Hall after a leading Native American figure massacred with other tribal members by Plymouth Colony set...
  • mbta 18 hours ago

    MBTA Moving to Fire Driver in Green Line Crash That Injured More Than 20 in Boston

    The MBTA is taking steps to fire a driver involved in the Green Line trolley crash that injured more than 20 people in Boston this August, the agency said Tuesday. The news was announced after the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash. One of its key takeaways is that the driver put the trolley in…...
  • Jasiel Correia 16 hours ago

    Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

    Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after being acquitted on Monday of several charges he had been convicted of. The 29-year-old, who was elected mayor in 2015, was convicted in May of stealing money from investors and extorting thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses that hoped to open in Fall...
  • Worcester Sep 21

    Mass. State Trooper Injured in Worcester Crash

    A Massachusetts State Police trooper was injured when his cruiser was hit by an alleged drunken driver in Worcester on Monday night. State police said the trooper was in his marked cruiser on Interstate 290 eastbound at Burncoat Street around 10:35 p.m. when it was struck by an SUV. The cruiser had its emergency lights activated and was protecting ...
  • rmv Sep 21

    Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles Resumes Some Service Options

    The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles on Monday resumed offering some services that had been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-one locations statewide will offer appointments for in-person vehicle and driver services, walk-in visits, and business-to-business transactions, which includes bulk transactions for auto dealers an...
  • protests 18 hours ago

    UMass Students Under Investigation After Protesting Alleged Sexual Assault at Frat

    A crowd of about 300 students gathered in front of the Theta Chi fraternity house Sunday, calling for it to be shut down after sexual assault allegations circulated online and among students over the weekend.

  • education 16 hours ago

    MCAS Test Results Reveal Remote Learning Shortfalls in Math, English

    The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the results of spring 2021 MCAS tests Tuesday morning. Results show that many more students had gaps in their knowledge of math and, to a lesser extent, English language arts, compared to students in the same grades before the COVID-19 pandemic, and fewer students met or ex...
  • water main break 11 hours ago

    Water Main Break Floods Beacon Hill

    A water main burst and flooded the roads of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood overnight. The break, near Myrtle, Derne and Hancock streets, sent water rushing through Hancock Street to Cambridge Street. Some roads were closed Tuesday morning. Water got into some of the homes, but fire officials said the damage wasn’t as bad as expe...
  • money Sep 21

    Here Are 65 Things You Probably Shouldn't Be Paying For

    Pinching pennies and trying to save money can be difficult. But you may be throwing money away on products, services and extras that seem to be useful, but really aren’t worth the cost. While it may be that pumpkin spice latte time of year, we all know $5 coffee drinks aren’t budget friendly. Nonprofit group Boston Consumers’ Chec...
  • vaccine Sep 21

    Pediatrician Explains Importance of Vaccinations as Pfizer Seeks Approval for Kids

    Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward kids being vaccinated. The company’s vaccine is already available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the more highly transmissible delta variant causing a huge…...
  • Massachusetts Sep 21

    ‘It Freaked Me Out': Trip Wires Placed on Midstate Trail in Spencer

    Police in Spencer, Massachusetts, are asking for the public’s help to find the person responsible for placing trip lines on the Midstate Trail. “When I realized what this was, I just kind of wanted to get out of there,” said Sarah Gates of Leominster. “It freaked me out, and I wanted to get away from it.” Monday night,...
  • Logan Airport Sep 21

    North Attleboro Firefighters Honored After Rescuing Passenger on Flight

    A group of current and retired firefighters was honored Monday after helping save a man’s life on a flight from Boston to Chicago. North Attleboro Fire Chief Christopher Coleman was traveling Thursday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Logan International Airport to Midway International Airport, along with six other current and retired firef...
  • Massachusetts Sep 21

    Baker Creates Clean Heat Commission to Help Cut Emissions

    Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order Monday creating what he described as a first-in-the-nation “Commission on Clean Heat” to help craft policies to reduce heating fuel emissions in Massachusetts. The task of the commission is to establish a heating fuel framework to help the state meet a goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The ...
  • Charlie Baker Sep 21

    At William Allen Commutation Rally, Gov. Baker Urged to Grant Clemency

    Retired Department of Corrections Chaplain Peg Newman just has one request of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker: change the world for one man, William Allen, who has spent the past 27 years in prison after participating in an armed robbery in which a person was killed. Newman, who worked closely with Allen for many years as his chaplain in prison, j...
  • coronavirus Sep 20

    Mass. Confirms 4,364 New COVID Cases, 7 More Deaths Over the Weekend

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 4,364 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths Monday, in a report that includes data from over the weekend. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 742,667 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,069. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked ...
  • remote learning Sep 20

    Mass. Parents Demand Remote Learning Option Amid Delta Spike

    Massachusetts parents from Malden and Roxbury to Worcester and Rehoboth have made the choice to home-school their children this fall rather than send them back into the classroom unvaccinated in the midst of a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant.

  • Massachusetts Sep 20

    Missing Massachusetts Woman Found Safe

    A Massachusetts woman who was missing for over a week has been found safe, authorities said Monday. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office said Dolly Thapa, a former Rowley resident who had recently been staying in Wellesley, “has been located alive and well.” Thapa, 38, had last been seen leaving a friend’s home on the...
  • coronavirus Sep 20

    Mass. Community Colleges Announce COVID Vaccine Mandate

    All faculty, staff and students who attend on-campus classes at the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 2022, the presidents of those schools announced Monday. The heads of the Bunker Hill, Bristol, Cape Cod, Berkshire, Greenfield, Holyoke, Massasoit, MassBay, Middlesex, Mount Wachusett, Nor...
  • POLICE Sep 20

    Taunton Police Sgt. Charged With OUI After Injuring Motorcyclist in Crash

    A Taunton police sergeant was arrested early Sunday morning and placed on administrative leave after allegedly injuring a motorcyclist in a drunken driving crash. Shawn Smith, 49, of Raynham, was charged with OUI liquor causing serious injury and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He is expected to be arraigned Monday in Taunton District Court...
  • Georgetown Sep 21

    Allegations of Racist Language Investigated After Fight at Football Game

    Police and school officials are investigating allegations that “racially charged language” was used when a fight broke out during a high school football game between Georgetown and Roxbury Prep over the weekend. Georgetown school officials said in a statement that there was a “physical altercation” during Friday night’...
  • Jasiel Correia Sep 21

    Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Acquitted on Some Charges, to Be Sentenced Tue.

    Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia walked out of federal court in Boston with his head held high following Monday’s turn of events. The 29-year-old, who was elected mayor in 2015, wouldn’t say if this was a win for him — he declined to comment — but Massachusetts School of Law President Michael Coyne believes he got some...
  • MCAS Sep 20

    Proposal to Eliminate MCAS Requirement Sparks Serious Debate

    More than 50,000 students have faced similar circumstances the last nearly 20 years, a point that a chorus of lawmakers and education reform advocates hammered on Monday as they called for the legislature to eliminate the state’s MCAS graduation requirements or pause the tests altogether.

  • Twelfth Baptist Church Sep 20

    Nonprofit King Boston Gifts $1M to Roxbury Church Honoring MLK

    Boston Mayor Kim Janey and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke of the significant impact the Twelfth Baptist Church has made in the Roxbury community Monday as King Boston made a $1 million donation. “This gift is important because it will help continue that work around food insecurity, the work that the Black church has always done. A pla...
  • Boston Decoded Sep 20

    Uncovering The ‘Smoots' on Harvard Bridge

    Oliver “Ollie” Smoot didn’t expect to become a lasting legend when he came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but that all changed the night his fraternity used his body to measure a bridge . A younger Ollie was chosen by Lambda Chi Alpha to become a measurement painted on Harvard Bridge decades ago. Now the “smoot” is an official…...
  • Boston Sep 20

    Boston Enters First Phase of Vaccine Mandate

    Monday was the deadline for some Boston city employees to prove that they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or begin weekly testing. Mayor Kim Janey announced in August a COVID vaccine policy for all city employees, requiring them to verify their vaccination status or get tested weekly. The plan goes into effect in phases starting in Sep...
  • drive-by shooting Sep 20

    Boston Man Killed in Norwood Drive-By Shooting

    A Boston man who was shot multiple times outside of a car in a drive-by-shooting in Norwood, Massachusetts, has died, police said. Shakim Lewis-Johnson, 28 of Hyde Park, was leaving a friend’s house on Sturtevant Avenue around 5 p.m. Sunday when he was shot. Norwood police found Lewis-Johnson alive at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds. ...
  • Worcester Sep 20

    Worcester Mask Mandate Takes Effect

    Masks are required in all indoor public spaces in Worcester, Massachusetts, as a new mandate took effect Monday due to a spike in COVID cases. Officials in Worcester announced the citywide mask mandate Friday. “I think it’s a huge bummer — only because I am so tired of all of this, but I think it’s absolutely essential and until.....
  • double shooting Sep 20

    Two People Shot in Chelsea Saturday Night

    Two people were injured in a shooting in Chelsea, Massachusetts late Saturday night, officials said. Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes said, police responded to reports of multiple shots fired at 144 Congress Ave. at night. The two injured male victims, one shot in the neck and the other shot in the bicep are both stable and have been transported to&...
  • Norwood Sep 19

    Police Investigating Drive-by Shooting in Norwood

    Police are investigating a shooting in Norwood, Massachusetts, on Sunday evening. The shooting was reported on Sturtevant Avenue. Neighbors said they were watching the New England Patriots game and heard between six and eight gunshots. They said they initially thought it was just fireworks. Norwood and state police are investigating, and were still...
  • Boston Sep 19

    1 Killed in Motorcycle Crash on Soldiers Field Road in Boston

    One person was killed in a motorcycle crash on Soldiers Field Road in Boston on Sunday afternoon. Massachusetts State Police said the crash occurred on Soldiers Field Road westbound at the North Arsenal Street off ramp. The road is currently closed on the westbound side at the off ramp. No further information was immediately available.

  • Massachusetts Sep 19

    Firefighters Respond to Stove Burn Accident in Chelmsford

    Firefighters responded to a stove burn accident early Sunday morning in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. According to Chelmsford Fire Chief Gary Ryan, firefighters were called to 19 Buckman Drive around 10:54 a.m. for an investigation. The fire crew arrived at the site to find one female who had sustained minor burns from a gas wood stove, Ryan said. She...
  • Fairhaven Sep 19

    2 Seriously Hurt in Fairhaven Single-Car Crash

    Two people are seriously hurt following an overnight single-car crash in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Emergency crews responded to the crash on Howland Road just after midnight on Sunday and found two people trapped inside. According to the Fairhaven Fire Department, the driver was immediately extricated and taken to Rhode Island Hospital. The passeng...
  • MCAS Sep 19

    Bill to Scrap MCAS Test is Subject of Virtual Public Hearing

    A bill that would scrap the MCAS test as a graduation requirement in Massachusetts is the subject of a virtual public hearing at the Statehouse on Monday. The bill would replace the standardized test with what supporters describe as “a broader and democratically determined framework to measure school quality, along with more authentic forms o...
  • Abington Sep 19

    Final Memorial Road Race Held in Abington to Honor Man Killed in 9/11 Attacks

    For one final time, more than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in a 5K run and walk named in honor of an Abington, Massachusetts man who died in the attacks on 9/11. The Jeff Coombs Memorial Road Race, which started in 2002, kicked off for the final time on Sunday morning. “I said, ‘Well, let’s look at 20. I think…

  • Boston Sep 19

    Mourners to Pay Respects to BU Professor Who Died After Falling Through Staircase

    Mourners are expected to gather Sunday in Milton to pay their respects to a Boston University professor who died after falling about 20 feet through a rusted-out staircase near a train station last week. David K. Jones, an associate professor in the university’s School of Public Health, was out for a run last Saturday when he fell through a set&#82...
  • Boch Center Sep 19

    Lights On at Boston's Boch Center

    It’s lights on for the Wang and Shubert theaters at the Boch Center in Boston, and CEO Josiah Spaulding said that the theaters are taking every precaution to keep it that way amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “You get emotional, I’m almost ready to cry, because we’ve been dark for almost 18 and a half months,” Spaulding said...
  • Boston Marathon Sep 19

    Marathoners Keep Running to Honor Memory of Lingzi Lu

    On a cloudy, late summer morning, there’s a ray of hope in Newton. Shu Li helped organize this year’s Lingzi Dream Dash 5K, the event honoring Lingzi Lu, a graduate student at Boston University who lost her life in the attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon. That day inspired Li to start running marathons. “I just want to try......
  • boston mayoral race Sep 18

    Influence of Campbell and Janey Expected to Remain in Boston Mayoral Race

    The Black vote has been tallied in Boston’s preliminary election for mayor, and it did not go to finalists Michelle Wu or Annissa Essaibi George. “That is why so many people are feeling a punch in the stomach right now that there is no African American in this race,” said former NAACP Boston Branch President Michael Curry. The vas...
  • missing person Sep 18

    Investigators Release New Photo of Car Belonging to Missing Mass. Woman

    Authorities are looking for a missing Massachusetts woman. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that investigators were searching for 38-year-old Dolly Thapa, a former Rowley resident who has recently been staying in Wellesley. She was last seen Sunday morning leaving a friend’s home in Boston’s Dorchester neigh...
  • coronavirus Sep 17

    Mass. Confirms 2,024 New COVID Cases, 16 More Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 2,024 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 16 new deaths Friday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 738,303 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,062. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interacti...
  • Massachusetts Sep 17

    Metal Falls From Truck, Hurting 2 in Another Vehicle on I-495 in Middleboro

    Two people were hurt Friday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 495 in Middleboro, Massachusetts. State police say a piece of metal fell from an unidentified truck, hitting the window of another vehicle around 2:30 p.m. The driver and passenger of the second vehicle, both from Brockton, were taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital. The extent of...
  • National Guard Sep 17

    National Guard to Help Take Kids to School in 5 More Mass. Communities

    The Massachusetts National Guard will begin driving students to school in five more communities. Brockton, Framingham, Holyoke, Quincy and Woburn asked and will receive the help, the Baker administration said Friday. The National Guard was already approved to help out in Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn as Massachusetts school struggle to get kid...
  • Boston University Sep 17

    BU Warns of Scammers Who've Stolen Over $175K From Students

    A Boston University student wired $150,000 to scammers posing as members of the government of China in one of four recent incidents of wire fraud the university warned about Thursday. Many of the incidents, which bilked students out of $178,400, seem to be target at members of the Asian community, police said, urging students not to send money onli...
  • Boston Sep 17

    Gunman IDed as Father of 7-Year-Old Girl Grazed in Dorchester Shooting

    The man charged in a shooting that caused a 7-year-old girl to be grazed in the head with a bullet on Thursday in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood appeared in court Friday. He was identified as Jesse Fuller, the girl’s father. He faces numerous gun charges and is being held pending a dangerousness hearing next week. A Suffolk County pro...
  • Worcester Sep 17

    Worcester Issues Citywide Mask Mandate

    Officials in Worcester, Massachusetts, announced Friday that they are issuing a citywide mask mandate that will take effect on Monday, Sept. 20. Masks will be required indoors at all private businesses in the city, City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. said. City employees will also be required to be vaccinated or be tested weekly effective Nov. 1. The ...
  • real estate Sep 17

    Boston's Famous Skinny House Sells for a Nice Fat Price

    Boston’s famous Skinny House has sold for a nice fat price. The home in the city’s North End hit the market in August for $1.2 million, and the deal was closed Thursday for $1.25 million, according to Zillow. The home “received multiple offers and went under agreement for over list price in less than one week,” real estate a...
  • Boston Sep 17

    Annissa Essaibi George Vs. Michelle Wu: Your Guide to Boston's Mayoral Election

    It’s official: Boston voters will choose between Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George to be the city’s next mayor. The preliminary election on Sept. 14 saw the field of five mayoral candidates cut down to two. City Councilors Wu and Essaibi George earned the most votes, eliminating Mayor Kim Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell and J...
  • Boston Sep 18

    2 Banks Robbed in 5 Minutes in Boston's North End; Images of Suspect Released

    Police say two bank robberies were reported within five minutes of each other on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End on Friday morning, and they’re asking for the public’s help finding a suspect. The first was reported at 9:10 a.m. at a Santander Bank branch at 287 Hanover St., and the second at 9:14 a.m. at a Citizens Bank......
  • clergy sex abuse Sep 17

    New Lawsuit Accuses Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick of Abusing NY Man

    New lawsuits have been filed against defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick, accusing him of sexually abusing an adult in New York in the 1980s. The now 91-year-old former Archbishop is already charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in 1974. The latest lawsuit accuses McCarrick of sexual batte...
  • Boston Business Journal Sep 17

    Hub Hall Collection of Eateries Opens at North Station

    Hub Hall collection of eateries opens at North Station

  • Salem Sep 18

    Salem Will Require Negative COVID Test for Halloween Events

    People going to large indoor Halloween events in Salem, Massachusetts, will have to test negative for COVID-19. The Board of Health voted Friday to require anyone attending indoor festivities where there are more than 100 people, regardless of vaccine status, to provide a negative test. The policy will be in effect from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1. The h...
  • education Sep 17

    Bridgewater School Officials Blame Delta Variant as Entire 4th Grade Class Quarantines

    An entire fourth grade class is in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus in Bridgewater, and school administrators say the highly contagious delta variant is to blame. The 13 students and two employees at Williams Intermediate School are among 1,420 students and staff who tested positive for COVID-19 across Massachusetts between Sept. 1...
  • car vs building Sep 17

    Car Crash Sends SUV Into Everett Building

    A car crash sent an SUV off the road, through a fence and into a building overnight in Everett, Massachusetts. Damage could be seen to the two cars after the crash, which occurred on Ferry Street just before midnight. It was unclear if anyone was injured. No further information was immediately available.

  • shooting Sep 17

    Person Shot in the Arm in Roxbury

    A person was shot in the arm near Nubian Square in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. The person was rushed to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. No further information was immediately available.

  • boston mayoral race Sep 17

    Boston Mayoral Race: Where Wu and Essaibi George Stand on the Issues

    Ask former Boston State Rep. Marie St. Fleur how she sizes up the city’s two remaining mayoral candidates, City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George. “I see Wu as more cerebral and Annissa as a scrappy neighborhood kid,” St. Fleur said. Essaibi George, born and raised in Dorchester, chatty and outgoing, has much of th...
  • Boston Sep 17

    ‘We Need Help Now': Greater Boston Food Bank Workers Fear for Safety as Tent City Grows

    An organization that has focused on helping with food insecurity is now forced to worry about its own security. The Greater Boston Food Bank is located in Boston’s South End, right next to a growing tent city. Employees say they no longer feel safe going to and from work, and they are calling on the city to address it....

  • theft Sep 16

    Has the ‘Devious Licks' Challenge Reached Mass. Schools? Residents Say Yes

    Students in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, have been disciplined for the viral TikTok challenge known as “devious licks,” residents say. In this case “lick” means theft — across the country, kids are stealing things from their schools, from hand sanitizers to more serious items like fire extinguishers and fire alarms, and ...
  • Worcester Sep 16

    Man Accused of Stabbing Marine in Eye in Worcester Faces Judge

    A man has been arrested after a Marine was stabbed in the eye over the weekend in a parking lot in Worcester, Massachusetts. Retired Marine Sgt. Tyler Ferrara, 26, may never regain his sight, but that didn’t stop him from coming to court Thursday to support his brother and mother as they faced the man accused of stabbing him. “My…...
  • Air Force Sep 16

    Company to Pay Air Force Sergeant $60K for Auctioning Possessions

    A Massachusetts storage company that federal prosecutors said illegally auctioned the personal possessions of an Air Force sergeant while he was deployed has agreed to pay the service member $60,000 in compensation. The U.S. attorney’s office in Boston announced Thursday that Father & Son Moving & Storage also agreed to pay a $5,000 civil p...
  • coronavirus Sep 16

    West Springfield Enacts Mask Mandate as Big E Fair Opens

    The Board of Health in West Springfield, Massachusetts, has approved an indoor mask mandate that takes effect the same day as the opening, for the first time in two years, of what’s billed as the largest agricultural fair on the East Coast. The mask mandate starts Friday, the first day of The Big E, a more than 100-year-old multistate......
  • Logan Airport Sep 16

    Firefighters on Flight From Boston Rescue Passenger

    A Massachusetts fire department says its chief and several other firefighters helped save a man’s life on a flight from Boston to Chicago. North Attleboro Fire Chief Christopher Coleman was traveling Thursday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Logan International Airport to Midway International Airport, along with other current and retired f...
  • coronavirus Sep 17

    Mass. Schools Report 1,420 New COVID-19 Cases Among Students, Staff

    Massachusetts schools reported 1,420 positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff this week, according to state education officials. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the numbers Thursday in its weekly COVID-19 report, the first of the 2021-22 school year. A total of 1,230 students and 190 employees tested posi...
  • coronavirus Sep 16

    Mass. Confirms 1,999 New COVID Cases, 16 More Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,999 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 16 new deaths Thursday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 736,279 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,046. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interac...
  • Boston Sep 17

    7-Year-Old Girl's Head Grazed in Dorchester Shooting; Person Arrested

    A person has been arrested after a child was grazed by a bullet in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Officers responded to a report that a person had been shot on Talbot Avenue. The Boston Police Department said a 7-year-old girl’s head was grazed by a bullet. The child’s injuries are considered minor. She was not hospitalized. &#...
  • coronavirus Sep 17

    Gov. Baker Says Mass. Could Create a Statewide Vaccination ID System

    Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that Massachusetts could look to create a statewide vaccination identification system similar to what some other states have already implemented. “We’ve been talking to those folks and working through how that would work here in the Commonwealth,” he said during an appearance on GBH radio. “I...
  • Salem Sep 16

    Salem Could Require COVID Test Rule for Large, Ticketed, Indoor Events This Halloween

    Halloween revelers would need to test negative for COVID before attending large, ticketed, indoor events in Salem, Massachusetts, this October under a proposal being considered on Friday. The Witch City’s board of health will hold a special meeting on the subject, Mayor Kim Driscoll said in a Facebook post Thursday. “Given what we have ...
  • Massachusetts Sep 16

    Man Wanted in Deadly Texas Shooting Arrested in Massachusetts

    A man wanted on a murder charge in a Texas nightclub killing earlier this week was arrested Thursday morning in New Bedford, Massachusetts, police said. Denis Alexis Ocampo-Maldonado, 23, was found and arrested in an apartment building on Felton Street after being tracked down by state and local police, as well as U.S. Marshals and Massachusetts Pa...
  • Meme stocks Sep 16

    ‘Roaring Kitty,' Key Figure in Gamestop Stock Craze, Nets MassMutual $4M Fine

    YouTuber Roaring Kitty, one of the key figures in this winter’s GameStop meme stock bonanza, landed his former employer in hot water with Massachusetts regulators, including a $4 million fine.

  • National Guard Sep 16

    Bus Drivers in Fatigues? National Guard to Begin Driving Kids to School in Mass.

    In some Massachusetts communities, you could see bus drivers wearing fatigues on Thursday. That’s because members of the National Guard are already practicing bus routes in several cities and towns across the state. The guard started learning routes and bus stops in Chelsea, Lowell and Lynn on Thursday. Guard members went through training on ...
  • lawrence Sep 16

    Sen. Warren Introduces Bill to Honor Lawrence Marine With Congressional Gold Medal

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill to honor the 13 Marines killed in the Kabul suicide bombing — including Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo of Lawrence — with the Congressional Medal of Honor. The bill was introduced Wednesday by Warren and Sen. Steve Daines. “We should honor these 13 servicemembers, including U.S. M...
  • mbta Sep 16

    MBTA on Course Toward ‘Fiscal Calamity,' Report Says

    As candidates for governor and mayor of Boston tout plans for fare-free public transit before the end of the decade, a new report suggests the MBTA could be facing a “fiscal calamity” in a just a few years, needing $1.25 billion in new annual revenue just to meet operating and capital needs. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation publis...
  • coronavirus Sep 16

    Urgent Care Clinics in Mass. at Capacity Due to COVID Surge

    As COVID cases continue to surge in Massachusetts, many hospitals and urgent care clinics are at full capacity. With new cases every day, there’s been an influx of patients at these facilities, but the shortage of medical staff workers still continues, leaving these facilities stressed and overworked. Several patients who have delayed their t...
  • Dracut Sep 16

    Two Police Cruisers Set on Fire in Dracut

    Police in Dracut, Massachusetts, say a fire that destroyed two marked cruisers in the station parking lot late Wednesday is suspicious in nature. The fire burned through one cruiser and quickly spread to another one parked nearby, authorities said. The two damaged vehicles were a reserve cruiser and a school resource officer vehicle. Investigators ...
  • Afghan refugees Sep 16

    1,000 Afghan Refugees Set to Arrive in Mass., NH

    About 1,000 Afghan refugees are expected to arrive in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in a matter of days. The Associated Press reports that about 900 refugees will resettle in Massachusetts, and another 100 up north in New Hampshire. This is among the roughly 37,000 arriving in the U.S. All arrivals will be vetted by homeland security and everyone...
  • coronavirus Sep 16

    COVID Surge, Delayed Medical Visits, Nurse Fatigue Contribute to Stress at Clinics

    The health care sector is at a critical state. Hospitals across Massachusetts are reaching near capacity while dealing with a national shortage of medical staff. NBC10 Boston found that urgent care clinics are also feeling the pinch. A sign outside of the Mass General Brigham Urgent Care Clinic in Newton reads, in part, “We are experiencing v...
  • Massachusetts Sep 16

    National Guardsmen Train on 7D Buses to Drive Mass. Students to School

    School is in session in Massachusetts, but getting there and home is a challenge being met by the National Guard. Troops are in training at Camp Curtis in Reading. It’s a one-day, nine-hour course to teach about 150 troops how to drive 7D buses, which are vans that carry up to eight passengers. “It starts off with fingerprinting in the&...
  • corruption Sep 15

    Former Top Dem in Mass. House Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison

    A federal judge sentenced former Massachusetts state Rep. David Nangle to 15 months in prison on Wednesday after the Lowell Democrat pleaded guilty earlier this year to illegally using campaign funds. He used the money to fund a lifestyle that included golf club memberships and casino trips to Connecticut and lying to banks about his debt to obtain...
  • coronavirus Sep 15

    Mass. Confirms 2,716 New COVID Cases, the Most in One Day Since February

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 2,716 confirmed COVID-19 cases — the most in one day since February — and 15 new deaths Wednesday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 734,280 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,030. The last time at least 2,716 new COVID cases we...
  • Blackstone Sep 15

    Police Searching for Robber Who Held Up Convenience Store, Escaped on BMX Bike

    A man robbed a convenience store at gunpoint in Blackstone, Massachusetts, Tuesday, before riding off on a BMX bike, police said, asking for the public’s help finding the robber. The armed robbery took place about 5:50 p.m. at the Emmanuel Mart on Main Street, Blackstone police said Wednesday. The robber rode up on a multi-colored BMX-type bi...
  • moose Sep 16

    Moose That Ran Through Busy Streets of Worcester Safe After Hitting Car

    A moose wandered through the streets of Worcester on Wednesday, hitting a car and charging at least one person on a porch before being captured. “I look in my rearview, and there’s a moose that just literally ran right behind my car,” said Casey Thomas, who had a close encounter with the animal Wednesday morning after dropping her...
  • nantucket Sep 15

    New Voluntary Slow Zone Off Nantucket to Protect Whales

    Federal officials are implementing a new slow zone off Massachusetts to try to protect a rare species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created the slow zone south of Nantucket on Sept. 11. It’s designed to protect North Atlantic right whales and will be in effect until Sept. 26. The whales number only about 360 and they...
  • Massachusetts Sep 15

    Bill to Give Mass. an Official Dinosaur Strides Over First Hurdle

    Legislation establishing the Podokesaurus holyokensis as the official dinosaur of Massachusetts cleared its first committee Tuesday and the lawmaker behind the effort hopes the forward movement will help teach onlookers about the legislative process. Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, the lead sponsor of the bill (H 3190), has been using the effort to create...
  • coronavirus Sep 16

    Breakthrough COVID Cases in Mass. Now Approaching 30,000

    More than 27,700 fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 190 of them have died, according to the latest state data on breakthrough cases published Tuesday. The Department of Public Health has tracked a cumulative 27,777 confirmed COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated in the state ...
  • Boston Sep 15

    Here's Why It Took 14 Hours to Find Out Who Won Boston's Preliminary Elections

    The unofficial results from Tuesday night’s Boston preliminary mayoral and city council elections were finally released Wednesday morning, a full 14 hours after the polls closed. The issue, Boston’s election commissioner said, was that approximately 7,000 ballots were received inside 22 drop boxes around the city close to 8 p.m. Tuesday...
  • politics Sep 16

    Wu, Essaibi George to Face Off in Boston Mayoral Final

    The final round of the Boston mayoral race appeared set early Wednesday morning, as results trickled in from a preliminary election to winnow the field of hopefuls down to two. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George told supporters Tuesday night they were the top two vote-getters, despite a small number of votes officially tallied....
  • politics Sep 15

    Essaibi George Takes Shot at Wu After Boston Mayoral Preliminary

    City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George took a shot at her opponent while greeting residents at Mike’s Diner in Boston’s South End Wednesday, the morning after she declared victory in Boston’s mayoral preliminary election. “I think many of her plans, unfortunately, are unrealistic,” Essaibi George said of fellow City Councilor Miche...
  • politics Sep 15

    ‘Back to Work': Wu Looks Ahead After Victory in Boston Mayoral Preliminary

    Democrat Michelle Wu spoke briefly Wednesday morning as she greeted commuters at the Forest Hills T station, emerging as the top vote-getter in a runoff election for the next mayor of Boston. “I am grateful for every single person who came out to participate in the election, grateful for the chance to continue on in asking for votes but askin...
  • Milagros para Niños Sep 18

    Boston Children's Hospital Hosts ‘A Night of Milagros para Niños': WATCH LIVE AT 7:30 P.M.

    Boston Children’s Hospital will host “A Night of Milagros para Niños” on Saturday, Sept. 18. The fundraiser event will showcase Latino performers and patient stories and will make it’s television debut on Telemundo Boston at 6 p.m., on NBC10 Boston at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. on NECN. The Milagros para Niños (Miracle...
  • terrorism Sep 14

    The Case of Usaamah Rahim

    Usaamah Rahim was walking to a bus stop in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood in 2015 when he was approached by members of a joint terrorism task force. He was shot and killed, and a knife was recovered, in a burst of violence in a case that made national headlines. The officers’ actions were ruled justified, but Rahim’s family want...
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