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A dramatic expansion of mail-in and early voting in Massachusetts is now law, and Secretary of State William Galvin is now preparing to quickly mail applications to all 4.5 million of the state's registered voters by a deadline next week. Galvin... Read more
Gov. Charlie Baker has until Sunday to decide whether to sign a massive expansion of early and mail-in voting that would alter the way campaigns and elections are run in 2020, but if he waits, he would give Secretary of State William Galvin very little... Read more
The Massachusetts Senate plans to vote Thursday on a wide-ranging police reform bill that would create a process for certifying and de-certifying officers and impose new limits on the use of force, including a ban on chokeholds and restrictions on the use... Read more
The U.S. Senate should cancel its recess and immediately return to Washington D.C. to pass a massive economic stimulus package featuring aid to state and local governments, according to Sen. Edward Markey. While it joined the House in passing major aid... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports Boston's seventh murder - and Dorchester's third - in less than a week: A woman shot to death at 37 Stonehurst St. around 3 a.m. on Sunday. Kristian Maraj, 22, of Dorchester, was arrested at the scene and now faces... Read more
Two more people were murdered last night in Dorchester as an uptick in violent crime continued in Boston over the holiday weekend. A fight outside a home at 42 Theodore St. on Friday around 10:30 p.m. is connected to one of the homicides, according to... Read more
A man was shot to death last night near Norfolk and Woolson streets in Mattapan and Boston Police arrested an armed suspect at the scene after what BPD described as a tense standoff with the gunman. The victim, who has not yet been named by police, was... Read more
Massachusetts will move into Phase 3 of its re-opening plan on Monday, but impacted businesses and patrons in the capitol city will have to wait an additional week. Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh discussed the next phase during a press event at Fenway... Read more
Transportation advocates and their political allies renewed calls for dramatic reforms to the MBTA system— with a specific emphasis on “unfair fares”— during an event in Roxbury’s Nubian Square on July 1. City Councillor-at-Large Michelle Wu, joined by... Read more
Seniors citizens should continue to stay home, mayor says Mayor Martin Walsh on Thursday, joined by a host of public health and safety officials, urged Bostonians to continue taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and discussed illegal... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh announced today the City of Boston July Drive-In Movie Series, a free, family-friendly initiative open to Boston residents that will screen movies at outdoor locations in South Boston and Roxbury on select Wednesday nights in July.... Read more
Eager to hear next week’s news on COVID-19 today? “This Week in Virology, or TWIV,” the longstanding podcast that previews next week’s COVID-19 news, and that some listeners refer to “The Car Talk of Virology,” is my current obsession. Parts of the... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh last week rolled out three initiatives that he said are aimed at addressing systemic racism in Boston – an “equity and inclusion” cabinet in his administration; a new Racial Equity Fund; and the filing of a “fair housing” amendment to... Read more
Fed up, like many Bostonians, with the increase at all hours of illegal fireworks in the city, Mayor Walsh has set up a task force to address the issue ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.  “Fireworks are a serious issue not only in the City of Boston,... Read more
Discriminating against people of color or anyone who relies on a voucher to pay their rent is illegal in Massachusetts, but new research suggests the practice is pervasive in the Greater Boston real estate market. The study done by Suffolk University Law... Read more
As phase two, part two of plans to reopen the state’s economy continued this week, Dorchester eateries continued to make more strides towards recovery while reimagining their dining experiences in light of an still-evolving “new normal.” The Industry in... Read more
Over the last month we have learned just how much we take things for granted. That includes visiting relatives, handshakes and hugs with good friends, or even a dinner out at a restaurant. In that same time period, we have also learned to appreciate the... Read more
Gov. Charlie Baker visited Mattapan on Tues., June 23, to celebrate the selection of a minority-owned developer to build new housing, day care, and healthy food amenities on the site of the former Boston State Hospital, but he was greeted with frustration... Read more
The City Council last week voted unanimously to bar police and other city agencies from using facial-surveillance software except for specific criminal investigations - and even then only if the data are not generated by city-owned cameras. The proposal,... Read more
Three city councillors want Boston to explore a new “crisis response” system that would divert non-violent, emergency calls away from the Boston Police Department in favor of “a more holistic public safety infrastructure integrated with public health.”... Read more

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