• Massachusetts 6 mins ago

    Pedestrian Struck By Car in Natick

    A person was taken to a Boston hospital Sunday night after being hit by a car in Natick, Massachusetts, fire officials said. Natick police and fire officials responded to the area of Stacy and West Central streets where they found a pedestrian who had been struck by a car shortly after 9 p.m. The extent of the victim’s injuries...

  • mass and cass 6 mins ago

    Citing Health Concerns, Boston Ready to Start Cleaning Up Mass. and Cass.

    Less than a week after Boston Mayor Kim Janey declared the rampant drug use and homelessness near Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard public health crises and vowed to remove the tents scattered along the sidewalks near the intersection, at least one flier posted in the area notified residents of a cleanup on Monday morning. The long troubled part of…

  • elijah lewis 1 hour ago

    Remains Confirmed to Be Elijah Lewis'; Vigil Held in Boy's NH Hometown

    The human remains discovered in a park in Abington, Massachusetts, Saturday have been confirmed to belong to Elijah Lewis, a 5-year-old boy who’d been missing for about a month, officials said Sunday after an autopsy. However, it could take months before Massachusetts medical examiners determine what caused Elijah’s death, according to an update from prosecutors and police in New...

  • elijah lewis 10 hours ago

    ‘I Hate What Happened': Reaction as Body Found in Search for Elijah Lewis

    A small memorial was set up in Abington, Massachusetts, Saturday, hours after the body of a child was found nearby. Investigators believe it is the body of 5-year-old Elijah Lewis, who authorities in New Hampshire had been searching for since Oct. 14. A vigil is planned for the boy’s hometown of Merrimack Sunday night. Randy Stewart, Elijah’s uncle, said...

  • New Mexico Oct 24

    Mass. Movie Prop Shop Owner Shocked by Fatal Shooting: ‘Could Have Been Avoided'

    There have been renewed safety calls from industry insiders after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed Thursday when actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico movie set, and two local experts say the fatal incident shows how desperately change is needed. Working on major films and keeping everyone safe is Thomas Pimentel’s job. He says he...

  • chatham harbormaster Oct 24

    4 Men, 2 Dogs Rescued Minutes Before Boat Capsizes Off Cape Cod

    It was a close call Saturday for four boaters and two dogs off the coast of Cape Cod. The Chatham harbormaster was notified around 9:15 a.m. of a vessel sinking 11 miles east of the seaside town. While a patrol boat was en route from the Chatham Fish Pier, those aboard the distressed vessel were able to light off a…

  • Republicans Oct 24

    GOP Uses Voters to Push Election Reforms in Unlikely States

    Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the governor’s office, the legislature or both are pursuing statewide ballot initiatives or veto-proof proposals to enact voter ID restrictions and other changes to election law.

  • elijah lewis Oct 24

    Body Presumed to Be Missing NH Boy Elijah Lewis Found Amid Search in Mass.

    What is presumed to be the body of a missing 5-year-old boy from New Hampshire has been found amid a massive search in Abington, Massachusetts, prosecutors from both states said Saturday. A cadaver dog found the body buried in the ground in Abington, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, District Attorney Timothy Cruz said the body is presumed to be Elijah Lewis’. Elijah…

  • north end Oct 23

    North End Restaurants ‘Disappointed' at Early End to Outdoor Dining

    Another successful season of outdoor dining in the North End of Boston is drawing to a close in about a week, a month ahead of other neighborhoods, disappointing restaurant owners and loyal patrons. The city’s restaurant pilot program, which started during the coronavirus pandemic and is wrapping up its second year, will allow outdoor dining in the North End...

  • Boston Red Sox Oct 23

    Red Sox' ‘Kyle from Waltham' Buys First Responders Dinner Ahead of ALCS Game

    Red Sox outfielder and beloved honorary member of the Waltham community Kyle Schwarber continues to impress his fans — and his newfound community. Joey LaCava of the Shoppers Cafe Bar and Grille in Waltham still can’t believe the call he got Friday: an order for dozens of pizzas for firefighters and first responders, placed by the agent of Boston Red…

  • domestic violence Oct 22

    Football Game Honors Woman Killed 10 Years Ago, Raises Domestic Violence Awareness

    Ten years ago, Lauren Dunne Astley was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Her father, Malcolm, lives with the loss every day. “People who have been through such an experience know it’s all there all the time, hanging on your shoulders,” he said. He has spent the past decade working to make people aware of domestic violence, and Friday night, the...

  • coronavirus Oct 22

    Mass. Confirms 1,343 New COVID Cases, 15 New Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,343 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths Friday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 786,143 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,520. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, dashboard, are far lower than they were in spring, and…

  • coronavirus Oct 22

    Mass. Announces Who Can Get Moderna, J&J COVID Vaccine Booster Shots

    After getting federal approval, booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines are now available for some people in Massachusetts, officials said Friday. More than 750,000 Massachusetts residents are now eligible to get booster shots after the update to federal eligibility criteria, Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said. There are different rules for when people can the Moderna…

  • Abington Oct 23

    NH Authorities Believe Missing 5-Year-Old Elijah Lewis Is Dead Amid Search of Mass. Woods

    A police search in Abington, Massachusetts, is part of an investigation into the disappearance of Elijah Lewis from Merrimack, New Hampshire, officials from the Granite State said Friday.

  • commuter rail Oct 22

    Train Conductor Who Lost Part of Finger Sues MBTA Commuter Rail Operator

    A conductor on a Massachusetts commuter rail train is suing the company that runs the system, alleging that a malfunctioning door amputated part of his right ring finger. Allen Chin, of Quincy, is suing Keolis Commuter Services LLC for $220,000, split between $60,000 in medical expenses and $160,000 in current and future wage losses, The Patriot Ledger reported Friday. Keolis…

  • COVID Q&A Oct 22

    Should Mass. Lift the School Mask Mandate? Here's What Boston Doctors Think

    While there is always some risk in going to school without a mask, Boston doctors say at some point Massachusetts needs to draw a line, lest students wind up wearing masks forever. Education officials are currently considering whether or not to extend the school mask mandate when it expires on Nov. 1. As part of the weekly “COVID Q&A”...

  • coronavirus Oct 22

    When Will Kids' COVID Vaccines Arrive in Mass.?

    The fine details are still being worked out, but the Baker administration expects there will be about 700 locations across the state where kids as young as 5 will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if federal agencies approve the expansion of vaccine eligibility as expected in the coming weeks. About 515,000 children between the ages of 5 and…

  • Brockton Oct 22

    ‘Concerning' Snapchat Video Prompts Stay-in-Place Order at Brockton High

    A stay-in-place order was issued at Brockton High School for about 90 minutes Friday morning after school officials said a “concerning video” was brought to the attention of the administration. School officials said they were alerted to a Snapchat post which depicted a magazine clip in a student’s waist band. The student in question was pulled from class and he…

  • coronavirus Oct 22

    Hopkinton High to Become First School to Lift Mask Mandate in Mass.

    High schoolers in Hopkinton will be the first in Massachusetts to go to class without a mask in an experimental trial run next month. The Hopkinton School Committee voted 3-2 Thursday night to approve the three-week trial, which allows fully vaccinated high schoolers the option to unmask while in school from Nov. 1 through Nov. 19. During the two hour meeting,...

  • Massachusetts Oct 21

    Salem Businesses Reject Mayoral Candidate's Claim That Mask Mandate Is Hurting Them

    People are required to wear masks in indoor public spaces in Salem, Massachusetts, and despite the claims of a mayoral candidate, business is booming. October is spooky season in Salem, and the downtown area was packed with tourists Thursday. “What we’re finding is people appreciate the fact that when you have this many visitors in town, that we’re taking...

  • coronavirus Oct 21

    Mass. Confirms 1,267 New COVID Cases, 20 New Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,267 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 20 new deaths Thursday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 784,800 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,505. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, dashboard, are far lower than they were in spring, and…

  • Weather Oct 21

    1 More Day to Enjoy New England's Mild Spell, But Rain Coming for Some

    New England’s warm stretch of weather continues into Friday, with another mild night ahead.  Lows drop to the 40s and 50s, with some spots around 60. Normally, we should have frosty nights up north, with temperatures in the 30s to 40s.  But the growing season continues for many in southern New England! And this warm weather has helped delay our...

  • Massachusetts Oct 21

    Missing Mass. Woman Found Safe

    A woman who went missing Wednesday in Andover, Massachusetts, has been found safe. Luisa Diaz, 61, went missing on North Street Wednesday morning, police said Thursday. A Methuen native, she was spotted Wednesday afternoon in that city. Police said Thursday evening that Diaz was safe after being found in Lawrence.

  • Brockton Oct 22

    Person Dead in Brockton Car Crash Involving Pedestrian, Police Say

    A person has died in a car crash involving a pedestrian in Brockton, Massachusetts, authorities said Thursday. The crash took place at North Quincy Street and Brookfield Drive just before 2 p.m., Brockton police said. They are investigating along with Massachusetts State Police. No more information was immediately available. First responders were seen where the crash took place Thursday afternoon….

  • winter Oct 21

    Winter's Coming. Here's How Snowy NOAA Predicts It Will Be in New England

    NOAA released their winter weather prediction for the 2021-2022 season Thursday morning, and it has some pretty good news for New England — if you put stock in these kinds of seasonal forecasts.

  • wayne chapman Oct 21

    Convicted Child Rapist Who Claimed 100 Victims Dies in CT Nursing Home

    Wayne Chapman, a child rapist from Massachusetts who said he sexually assaulted as many as 100 victims, has died at a Connecticut nursing home, according to lawyers in the cases. He was 73. Chapman died of natural causes Wednesday evening, his Boston lawyer, Eric Tennen, said. He was living at a nursing home in Rocky Hill, just south of Hartford,…

  • coronavirus Oct 21

    Are Breakthrough COVID Cases Declining in Massachusetts?

    Nearly 48,000 fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 and 371 of them have died, according to the latest state data on breakthrough cases published Tuesday. The state Department of Public Health has tracked a cumulative 47,929 confirmed coronavirus infections among those fully vaccinated in the state to date. The breakthrough cases represent just a small percentage —…

  • Massachusetts Oct 21

    What Will the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout for Kids 5-11 Look Like in Mass.?

    Beacon Hill lawmakers will get a look Thursday morning at Massachusetts’ plan to vaccinate children. This comes as kids between 5 and 11 could become eligible for the vaccine as early as next month; roughly 515,000 Massachusetts children fall into this group. The White House is preparing for the rollout as everyone awaits FDA and CDC approval. Gov. Charlie Baker’s…

  • vaccine Oct 21

    Mass General Brigham Workers Denied Motion Against COVID Vaccine Mandate

    A group of hospital workers lost a legal bid against Mass General Brigham’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement on the day unvaccinated employees face unpaid leave. The lawsuit against the hospital system sought an injunction against the mandate that employees must be vaccinated against coronavirus. Eight employees named in the suit said they should be exempt for religious and medical reasons....

  • smartphones Oct 20

    More Than $1M in Mass. Lottery Prizes Have Been Claimed Remotely

    Massachusetts Lottery players have now claimed more than $1.1 million worth of prizes remotely using a new ticket-checking and prize-cashing feature on the Lottery’s smartphone app, the agency announced Wednesday. More than 44,000 lottery players signed up to use a ticket-scanning feature the agency introduced to its app last year to let players remotely check whether their tickets are winners….

  • bullying Oct 20

    Dozens Rally Against Bullying at Wellesley High School After Violent Incident

    After teenagers accused of attacking a Wellesley High School student were allowed to return to school, about 150 people, including parents and community members, gathered outside the campus Wednesday morning. “They attacked my son,” Dylan Ade, a Wellesley dad, told those people gathered at the rally. He, and many of the people demonstrating, said the principal and superintendent fell short…

  • Oct 20

    Mass. Confirms 1,355 New COVID Cases, 11 New Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,355 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths Wednesday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 783,533 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,485. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, dashboard, are far lower than they were in spring, and…

  • Nahant Oct 20

    Multiple Injuries Reported After Car Crashes Into Nahant Home

    Multiple injuries are being reported after a car crashed into a home Wednesday afternoon in Nahant, Massachusetts. Nahant fire said they are evaluating five patients, three of whom are children. There is no word yet on their condition. The scene is still active and the investigation is ongoing. No further information was immediately available.

  • coronavirus Oct 21

    Massachusetts Prepares for Child COVID Vaccine Rollout

    Anticipating that kids between the ages of 5 and 11 could become eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 as soon as early November, the White House said Wednesday it is working closely with states like Massachusetts to be ready to deliver the shots within days of the go-ahead. Nearly 900,000 children in Massachusetts could become eligible for COVID-19 shots in the…

  • Wrentham Oct 20

    Delivery Driver Had Child Porn After Spying on Women in Mass. Bathroom, Police Say

    An Amazon delivery driver was arrested on suspicion of having child pornography Monday night in Wrentham, Massachusetts, police said. Jacob M. Guerrero, a 23-year-old from Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is facing 12 counts of possession of child pornography as well as one of photographing an unsuspecting nude person, the Wrentham Police Department said Tuesday. The arrest followed an investigation that started…

  • boston mayoral race Oct 20

    Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George Spar Over MBTA Plans at Mayoral Debate

    Transportation was one of the first topics addressed in Tuesday’s debate between Boston’s mayoral candidates. Michelle Wu has called for the MBTA to be free — a concept that has been heavily criticized by Annissa Essaibi George. “For us to be a world class city, we need transportation that works for everyone,” Wu said Tuesday. Wu said allies of...

  • Weather Oct 20

    Enjoy the Warmth This Week — Fall-Like Conditions Are Back By the Weekend

    An upper-level trough of low pressure will slide through New England Tuesday night, bringing with it a few clouds and some hit-and-miss showers across Maine. The gusty wind we saw much of Tuesday will also diminish overnight, but we won’t see temperatures dropping as cold as they could due to some cloud cover. Lows Tuesday night will be in...

  • coronavirus Oct 19

    3,431 New Breakthrough Cases in Mass., 26 More Deaths in Vaccinated People

    Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported nearly 3,500 new breakthrough cases over the past week, and 26 more deaths. The number of breakthrough infections is equivalent to just over 1% of all fully vaccinated people in the state. In the last week, 3,431 new breakthrough cases — infections in people who have been vaccinated — were reported, with 138 more…

  • mask mandate Oct 19

    Too Early to Say If Mass. School Mask Mandate Will Be Extended, Baker Says

    Gov. Charlie Baker is not yet saying whether Massachusetts’ school mask mandate, currently in place through at least Nov. 1, should again be extended. “We’ll talk to you about that when we get toward the end of the month,” Baker told reporters Monday afternoon. In August, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education authorized Commissioner Jeff Riley to require masks…

  • Massachusetts Oct 19

    No Timeline From Gov. Baker on COVID Vaccine Mandate Discipline

    More than 95% of Massachusetts executive branch state employees submitted the necessary paperwork on time to comply with Gov. Charlie Baker’s vaccine mandate, but for the more than 1,500 who did not, it remains unclear when the threatened consequences including suspension and termination will begin. Monday marked the first full day after the Oct. 17 deadline for executive branch workers…

  • Massachusetts Oct 19

    Massachusetts Leaders Deflect on Whether MBTA Should Be Fare-Free

    The push to make MBTA service free of fares to riders that Boston mayoral candidate Michelle Wu has made a campaign staple has yet to sway Beacon Hill leaders. Gov. Charlie Baker, asked about the city councilor’s calls to “free the T,” said Monday he does not support the idea of eliminating fares but believes “the T should work...

  • Fall River Oct 20

    Convenience Store Owner Shot and Killed in Fall River

    The owner of a local convenience store was shot and killed Monday night in Fall River, Massachusetts. Fall River police said they received a call around 10:30 p.m. reporting that a male victim had been shot inside the Stop N Save convenience store at 201 Rock St., the Bristol District Attorney’s Office said. The 911 caller had entered the store…

  • aaa massachusetts Oct 19

    Cost of Average Gas Fill-Up in Mass. Rose $17 in Past Year, AAA Says

    Gas prices continue to contribute to inflation concerns, rising nine cents per gallon in the last week and cutting further into household budgets across Massachusetts. AAA Massachusetts reported Monday that the average price of a gallon of gas hit $3.27 in its latest weekly survey. That’s up from $3.10 a month ago and just $2.10 a year ago. “Compared to…

  • vaccine Oct 19

    Hospital Employees Sue Mass General Brigham Over COVID Vaccine Mandate

    In a lawsuit filed against the Mass General Brigham hospital system, eight hospital workers say they’re against receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and shouldn’t be forced into it because they have exemptions based on religion and disabilities. They argue they should be accommodated and they should not be retaliated against. “The history of vaccine mandates by employers has been rather...

  • Lawrence High School Oct 19

    Parents, Teachers Call for Superintendent's Removal Over Lawrence High Fights

    Parents and teachers called for school officials in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to be held accountable for a series of fights that have taken place at the city’s high school. There was a full house at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium Monday night for an emergency joint session called by Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez between school and city officials. Several parents...

  • boston mayoral race Oct 19

    In Final Days Before Boston's Election, Negativity Arises in Mayoral Race

    The gloves are off in Boston’s mayoral race, with a new attack ad directed at Michelle Wu from “Bostonians for Real Progress,” a PAC of mostly local labor unions. The ad claims Wu would defund the police, the MBTA and other city services. It ends with the tagline, “For real progress, not radical change, elect Annissa Essaibi George.” Essaibi...

  • coronavirus Oct 18

    Mass. Confirms 2,815 New COVID Cases, 10 New Deaths Over the Weekend

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 2,815 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 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 780,290 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,449. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard,…

  • coronavirus Oct 18

    About 1,600 Mass. State Workers Miss Vaccine Mandate Deadline, Face Firing

    Nearly 1,600 Massachusetts state employees had not proved they are vaccinated against the coronavirus or had sought a vaccine exemption by Sunday’s deadline, the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday. The Republican governor said in August that a total of 44,000 executive branch workers and contractors would be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine or face suspension and ultimately…

  • vaccine mandate Oct 19

    Massachusetts' COVID Vaccine Mandate Is in Effect. Here's What to Expect This Week

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s coronavirus vaccine mandate took effect Monday. The rule doesn’t apply to everyone in the state, but employees of its Executive Department must be fully immunized or have applied for an exemption. Here’s what could happen this week as a result of the mandate going into effect: There could be staffing shortages in the state prison...

  • lawrence Oct 18

    Lawrence High School Teachers, Staff Stage Walk-in Protest Monday

    Community members and staff staged a “walk-in” protest at Lawrence High School Monday morning to demand that Massachusetts education officials relinquish their receivership and give back local control. The protesters walked inside the school with picket signs right before the morning bell Monday in a demonstration, organized by the Lawrence Teachers Union, over a series of brawls that have broken…

  • Massachusetts Oct 18

    Catholic School Football Team on Cape Cod Allegedly Used Racist Language in Game

    On-field football activities have been suspended at a Catholic preparatory school in Hyannis, Massachusetts, after the team allegedly used racist language toward members of the opposing team during a game this weekend on Cape Cod. In a statement issued by the Diocese of Fall River on behalf of St. John Paul II School, officials called the allegations “deeply troubling” and…

  • Worcester Oct 18

    18-Year-Old Shot in Worcester

    An 18-year-old was shot early Sunday morning on the Pasadena Parkway in Worcester, Massachusetts, police said. Worcester police officers responded to ShotSpotter activation in the area around 5:40 a.m. While on the way, dispatch received an additional call reporting there was a gunshot victim on scene. Responding officers found the victim and administered first aid until paramedics arrived and brought…

  • Massachusetts Oct 18

    Sunday Is COVID Vaccine Mandate Deadline for Mass. Employees. Suspensions Could Begin

    Sunday is the deadline for thousands of Massachusetts employees to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or face possible termination by their state employer. The mandate order, issued in August by Gov. Charlie Baker, requires that any person who works for a Commonwealth Executive Department Agency, including full-time, part-time, seasonal, intermittent, temporary, post retiree and contract employees, and interns are required…

  • Massachusetts Oct 17

    At Least 150 State Police Members Resigning Over Baker's Vaccine Mandate: Union

    With the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline Sunday, the union that represents Massachusetts State Police tells NBC10 Boston that while about 85-90% of its members have rolled up their sleeves to get the shot, the resignations have already begun for those who haven’t. The State Police Association of Massachusetts says at least 150, if not more, have either resigned...

  • Somerset Oct 17

    Missing Boater's Body Pulled From Taunton River During Search in Somerset

    Authorities searching the Taunton River in Somerset, Massachusetts, have recovered the body of a man who went boating Friday night and never returned. The Somerset Fire Chief confirmed in a statement the man’s body was recovered around 11 a.m. Sunday as the result of their coordinated search involving multiple public-safety agencies. The man’s name has not been released. The...

  • Massachusetts Oct 16

    12-Year-Old Hit by Car in Taunton

    A 12-year-old boy was seriously hurt after being hit by a car Friday in Taunton, Massachusetts. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. as the boy was crossing Plain Street with a family member. Police say the boy slipped and fell backward into the path of a Nissan Sentra. The driver stayed on the scene, police said. The victim was taken…

  • Massachusetts Oct 17

    Alleged Hazing Incident Under Investigation at Woburn High School

    An alleged hazing incident is under investigation at the high school in Woburn, Massachusetts. The Woburn Police Department received a complaint Wednesday involving members of a Woburn High School sports team regarding an incident earlier in the school year, according to a joint statement from Woburn Police Chief Robert Rufo, Mayor Scott Galvin and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Crowley….

  • coronavirus Oct 15

    Mass. Confirms 1,512 New COVID Cases, 12 New Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,512 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths Friday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 777,475 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,439. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, dashboard, are far lower than they were in spring, and…

  • coronavirus Oct 15

    2 Mass. School Districts Reach 80% Vaccine Threshold to Lift Mask Mandate

    So far, two school districts in Massachusetts have demonstrated at least 80% of students and staff have been vaccinated, the threshold for state education officials to allow an exception to mask mandates. The districts are Hopkinton and Ashland public schools, according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday. But students in those towns aren’t able to take…

  • Saint Vincent Hospital Oct 15

    As Nurses Strike Stretches on, St. Vincent Hospital Moves to Implement Recent Contract Offer

    Administrators at Worcester’s Saint Vincent Hospital are moving to end a monthslong nursing strike, saying Friday they are preparing to unilaterally implement their most recent offer this weekend. But the Massachusetts Nurses Association fired back that the hospital’s declaration of an impasse was illegal, and that it had filed a new charge of unfair labor practices with the federal...

  • Framingham Oct 15

    Firefighters Battle Blaze in Framingham Apartment Complex

    Firefighters battled a blaze in a 6-story apartment building in Framingham, Massachusetts, on Friday morning. The fire was reported at an apartment complex on Worcester Road around 9 a.m. Aerial images showed numerous fire vehicles on scene and firefighters on balconies as smoke poured from the building. No further information was immediately available.

  • lawrence Oct 15

    Lawrence Parents, Teachers to Rally for Change After Fights at High School

    Parents and teachers will demand change at Lawrence High School Friday night after a series of brawls broke out among students in recent weeks. Five students were arrested this week alone for getting into fights and school staff members have been injured trying to break them up. Violent videos of the fights have been circulating on social media. Police have…

  • Massachusetts Oct 15

    5-Year-Old Lost in Woods of Lincoln Found Safe by Hiker

    A 5-year-old who was reported missing Thursday in the woods of Lincoln, Massachusetts, was found safe by a hiker. Police say they learned around 4:30 p.m. that the child was missing after running away from a group along trails between Red Maple Lane and Sandy Pond Reservoir. Police and fire crews from Lincoln and Bedford searched a large area alongside…

  • missing person Oct 14

    Police Searching for Teenager Missing From Warren, Mass.

    A 16-year-old girl has been missing from Warren, Massachusetts, since Wednesday night, police said, asking for the public’s help in finding her. Olivia Boyd was last seen at her home on Liberty Street about 9 p.m. Wednesday, police said on Facebook. She’d been wearing a green hoodie that said “Maine” on the front, and has pink-and-purple hair. Police asked...

  • winter Oct 15

    Get Ready to Pay More to Heat Your Home This Winter. Here's Why

    With cold weather on the horizon, the cost of heating oil and natural gas is going up. It affects everyone, but especially people with a low or fixed income.

  • Oct 14

    Mass. Confirms 1,560 New COVID Cases, 14 New Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,560 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 14 new deaths Thursday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 775,963 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,427. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, dashboard, are far lower than they were in spring, and…

  • education Oct 14

    New Report Reveals Best Elementary, High Schools in New England

    U.S. News & World Report has released its first-ever ranking for public elementary and middle schools in each state. The inaugural ranking is in addition to the annual high schools ranking released every year. Unlike the high school ranking, there is no national ranking for K-8 schools, but readers can still browse school rankings by state or by district. ...

  • Fatal Shooting Oct 14

    20-Year-Old Man Killed in Lowell Shooting

    A 20-year-old man was shot and killed around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lowell, Massachusetts. Police said they found the man with gunshot wounds in the area of Loring and Westford streets after receiving a 911 call. He was taken to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead. The man’s identity was withheld pending notification of family. The Middlesex District...

  • Foxborough Oct 14

    Tractor-Trailer Rollover in Foxborough Causing Delays

    A tractor-trailer rollover on the ramp from Interstate 495 north to Interstate 95 south in Foxborough, Massachusetts, is causing delays on Thursday morning. The crash was reported by state police around 9:30 a.m. The ramp will be closed for some time as cleanup continues, they said. Motorists are urged to seek alternate routes.

  • Dunkin' Oct 14

    Brockton Woman Sues Dunkin' Franchise After Suffering Severe Coffee Burns

    A woman is suing the owner of a Brockton, Massachusetts, Dunkin’ store and two of its employees, accusing them of negligence and infliction of emotional distress after suffering severe burns from hot coffee. As The Patriot Ledger first reported, the plaintiff, Angela Barbosa, alleges that three cups of coffee spilled on her as a result of employee negligence and that…

  • coronavirus Oct 14

    Mass. Correction Officers Seek to Block Baker's Vaccine Mandate in Court

    The union representing the Massachusetts Correction Officers is seeking a preliminary injunction in Federal Court Thursday to block Gov. Charlie Baker from enforcing his COVID-19 vaccine mandate for executive branch employees. The deadline for correction officers to show proof of vaccination is Sunday, Oct. 17, but the union has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Baker’s vaccine policy. The…

  • lawrence Oct 14

    Lawrence Superintendent, School Board Address Series of Fights at High School

    Another fight broke out at Lawrence High School Wednesday after a series of brawls a day earlier at the same school. “It’s been scary, hard, and no one is feeling really good right now,” said Lawrence Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Paris during a school board meeting Wednesday night. Paris revealed during the meeting that three students had been arrested...

  • coronavirus Oct 14

    Mass. DPH Chief Sees ‘Very Good Trend' on COVID-19 Cases

    The state’s acting public health commissioner said Wednesday she sees a “very good trend” in COVID-19 metrics in Massachusetts, which have lately featured declining hospitalization and case numbers. As of Tuesday afternoon, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Massachusetts since February 2020 stood at 772,932, or nearly 100,000 more than the population of Boston. After dropping to double-digit…

  • boston mayoral race Oct 14

    Boston's 2 Remaining Mayoral Hopefuls Face Off in Debate

    Boston City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu drew sharp distinctions between their campaigns as they faced off Wednesday in the first head-to-head televised debate of the final stretch of Boston’s mayoral contest. Whoever wins on Nov. 2 will make history as the first woman and first person of color to be elected mayor of Boston. On the issue…

  • Boston Red Sox Oct 14

    Fenway Businesses Excited for Red Sox' Postseason Run, But Struggling With Shortages

    October baseball is typically a home run for Fenway businesses, but the labor shortage and supply chain crisis are hitting them hard as the Red Sox prepare for the American League Championship Series. As they continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, stocking up and staffing up in advance of the ALCS is a challenge. Tiffani Faison owns several restaurants…

  • Massachusetts Oct 14

    Missing 15-Year-Old From Merrimac Found Safe

    A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing Tuesday has been found safe, Merrimac police said. Relatives of the teenager reported that she did not return home on the bus on Tuesday. With the help of its law enforcement partners, Merrimac Police discovered the girl in Woburn on Wednesday night. “We are thankful this situation had a successful conclusion, due to…

  • coronavirus Oct 13

    Mass. Confirms 1,471 New COVID Cases, 19 New Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,471 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 new deaths Wednesday. The report pushed the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 774,403 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,413. Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, dashboard, are far lower than they were in spring, and…

  • Massachusetts Oct 13

    Person Dies in Lawrence Crash, Police Say

    A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Wednesday, police said. The crash took place about 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Essex and Winter streets, Lawrence police said. The victim is female, but her age and name weren’t given. Paramedics at the scene pronounced the person dead at the scene of the crash, police...

  • Worcester Oct 14

    Man Charged With Violent Assault, Carjacking of Taxi Driver in Worcester

    A Massachusetts man is facing numerous charges after police say he allegedly strangled, punched and carjacked a taxi driver in Worcester on Wednesday morning. Jeffrey Packard, 32, of Douglas, is charged with carjacking, armed assault to rob, armed robbery, assault and battery, larceny of a motor vehicle and use of a motor vehicle without authority. Worcester police said they received…

  • Worcester Oct 13

    Worcester's Christopher Columbus Statue Vandalized With Red Paint Again

    A statue of Christopher Columbus in the second largest city in Massachusetts was splashed with red paint overnight, the second time it has been vandalized in 16 months. The Telegram & Gazette reports that a public works crew was on the scene Wednesday cleaning the paint off the 8-foot statue. The statue was doused with red paint and defaced with…

  • coronavirus Oct 13

    Nearly 45,000 Breakthrough COVID Cases Reported in Mass. Since July

    Nearly 45,000 fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 and 345 of them have died, according to the latest state data on breakthrough cases published Tuesday. The Department of Public Health has tracked a cumulative 44,498 confirmed COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated in the state to date. The breakthrough cases represent just a small percentage — about…

  • Worcester Oct 13

    Missing 12-Year-Old Found Safe in Worcester

    Police say they have located a missing 12-year-old in Worcester, Massachusetts. Javion Saez went missing from a youth program on Blackstone River Road. He was found Wednesday afternoon, police said. No further information was immediately available.

  • lawrence Oct 14

    Mayor Assigns More Police to Lawrence High in the Wake of Recent Fights

    The mayor of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is assigning additional police resources to Lawrence High School after a recent spate of violence. “Multiple altercations at Lawrence High School in recent days has confirmed to us that in-person school after a more than twelve month break is taking a mental and emotional toll on students, educators, and the community alike that will require…

  • coronavirus Oct 13

    What Will the COVID Vaccine Rollout for Kids 5 to 11 Look Like in Mass.?

    Now that the White House has told governors to start preparing to vaccinate children between 5 and 11 by early November in anticipation of the FDA clearing Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for that age group, the question remains — what will the vaccine rollout for young children look like in Massachusetts? Pfizer and BioNTech said earlier this month that they had submitted an emergency...

  • boston mayoral race Oct 13

    Boston Mayoral Race: Wu and Essaibi George Draw Support From Different Corners

    As Boston’s mayoral election approaches, Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George have support from different groups. A new TV ad for Wu shows the candidate rallying her base of support — the progressives — a group 2013 Boston Mayoral Finalist John Connolly says is valuable and “dedicated, really, to community organizing and getting the vote out, so those are a…

  • Norwood Hospital Oct 13

    15 Months After Norwood Hospital Flooding, Impact on Emergency Responders Remains

    It’s been more than 15 months since floodwaters devastated a Massachusetts hospital, and the effects are still being felt on emergency responders in the community. A torrential storm in June of 2020 caused major damage at Norwood Hospital. Surveillance footage captured water rushing through the walls and ripping a door off its hinges. The hospital’s closure has put a strain…

  • lawrence Oct 14

    Fights Break Out at Lawrence High School: 2 Girls Arrested, Staff Member Hurt

    Two girls were arrested after students say five different fights broke out Tuesday at Lawrence High School. Sources in the Lawrence Police Department told NBC 10 Boston officers responded to the school shortly after 11 a.m. and helped staff break up the fights, with two girls being arrested and one school staff member getting hurt. “This one girl jumped this…

  • coronavirus Oct 12

    Hopkinton High School Could Be 1st in Mass. to Lift Mask Mandate

    Students at Hopkinton High School could become the first in Massachusetts to have an option when it comes to wearing masks indoors. Hopkinton High School, which has met the 80% vaccination rate threshold among students and staff, is the first school in the state granted permission to lift the mask mandate while inside. “At the beginning, I wasn’t used to…

  • coronavirus Oct 12

    4,034 New Breakthrough Cases in Mass., 45 More Deaths in Vaccinated People

    Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported more than 4,000 new breakthrough cases over the past week, and 45 more deaths. In the last week, 4,034 new breakthrough cases — infections in people who have been vaccinated — were reported, with 148 more vaccinated people hospitalized, Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials said Tuesday. Their report brings the total number of…

  • Massachusetts Oct 12

    Fogo De Chao Churrascaria Opens in Burlington

    [This story first appeared on Boston Restaurant Talk.] A chain of high-end Brazilian steakhouses with one location in Boston has opened a location in the suburbs. According to a press release, Fogo de Chao Churrascaria is now open in Burlington, moving into a space within the newly expanded/redeveloped Burlington Mall. The new outlet joins another location in Copley Square...

  • Massachusetts Oct 13

    Here's When New England's Gorgeous Warm Stretch Will End

    We are certainly enjoying one of the nicest stretches of weather this fall season has offered in New England and it will continue right through the end of the work week! It’s a perfect evening to head out for a walk or do any other type of outdoor activity you enjoy. After high temperatures in the 70s for much...

  • Lakeville Oct 12

    Woman Honored After Stopping to Comfort a Child After a Bad Car Crash

    Firefighters in a small Massachusetts town honored a good Samaritan who stopped to comfort a 4-year-old girl following a serious car crash on Monday. Lakeville fire officials said they responded to a serious single-vehicle crash on Route 140 south shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Monday. The car had left the highway and struck several trees. The driver was ejected from…

  • missing person Oct 12

    Man Arrested on Murder Charge in Death of NH Man Found in Mass. in 2020

    When Zakhia Charabati went missing from Manchester, New Hampshire, his bewildered family searched for months, only to be told months later that his body was found in Methuen, Massachusetts.

  • Cape Cod Oct 12

    Rare 2-Headed Baby Turtle Thrives at Massachusetts Animal Refuge

    A rare two-headed diamondback terrapin turtle is alive and kicking — with all six of its legs — at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts after hatching two weeks ago.

  • Alexander Hamilton Oct 12

    Stolen Revolutionary-Era Letter From Alexander Hamilton Returned to Mass.

    A Revolutionary War letter from Alexander Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette is back in the Massachusetts Archives in the wake of a federal court ruling last week, more than 75 years after it was believed to have been stolen. Hamilton wrote the letter in 1780, in his role as aide de camp to Gen. George Washington, and it was…

  • Massachusetts Oct 12

    Mass. National Guard Activated to Assist With School COVID Testing, Prison Staffing

    Gov. Charlie Baker has activated up to 450 members of the National Guard to assist with COVID-19 testing in Massachusetts schools and help offset potential staffing shortages within the state prison system. The Baker Administration said up to 200 National Guard members will assist with testing in K-12 public schools. The extra testing capacity is needed due to staffing shortages…

  • Massachusetts Oct 12

    Unseasonably Warm Temperatures Expected to Continue

    It’s hard to believe this is October, but it is! High pressure will continue to bring unseasonably warm temperatures to the region right through the end of the work week.  After starting out with lots of fog across the area, we’ll see a spectacular day with a few passing high, thin clouds around Tuesday afternoon. Highs reach the 70s across all...

  • Massachusetts Oct 12

    How Long After Exposure Do COVID Symptoms Appear? Here's What Doctors Say

    COVID-positive individuals have reported experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath and many other symptoms associated with the virus. But how long does it take for symptoms to appear once a person has been exposed? And when is COVID the most transmissible? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incubation period, the time from exposure to when…

  • Boston Marathon Oct 12

    Runners Tell Us What Inspired Them to Finish the Boston Marathon

    As the hours ticked by, runners in Monday’s Boston Marathon were determined to finish, no matter the time. “Six hours,” said Jameelah Aziz of Billerica, Massachusetts. “It’s not great, but I’m done.” After months of training, nothing was stopping thousands of people from completing the race. “Feeling really incredible doing this pregnant,” said Ashleigh O’Hearn of Taunton. “It’ll be...

  • Boston Oct 20

    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 John Barros from the...

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