As city councillors take a hard look at the equity issues in the cannabis business, would-be marijuana merchants in and out of Boston are already jumping into the lucrative new market. Limited to doing business only by proximity to schools and each other... Read more
This story was first published on December 20 by WBUR 90.9FM, Boston’s NPR News Station. WBUR and the Reporter have a partnership in which the two news organziations share resources and content.Listen to this story here. Dannie Kelly is a real-life Santa... Read more
Boston Police report a traffic stop at Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester yesterday ended with the arrest of two men - one of whom served a lengthy prison sentence for shooting two state troopers on Blue Hill Avenue. Police say drug-control... Read more
Devon Street fire scene.
The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire that started in a multi-family house at 159 Devon St., off Columbia Rd., spread to 161 Devon St. late Friday night. Firefighters responded around 11:25 p.m., Friday, to the fire. One firefighter was... Read more
The number of hate crimes reported to the state increased by almost 10 percent to a 10-year high in 2017, the state said in a new report that also found a majority of law enforcement agencies reported they had experienced no bias-motivated incidents last... Read more
There is no presidential election in 2019, nor races for governor, mayors, or state and federal offices. The only game in Boston is the upcoming city council campaign, with all existing at-large incumbents — minus exiting Congresswoman-elect Ayanna... Read more
State public safety officials launched a statewide public information campaign this week about the dangers of driving drunk or stoned and a mobilization of police officers to conduct “stringent” impaired driving enforcement operations this holiday season... Read more
A city ordinance passed last year limiting plastic bag usage in Boston goes into effect on Friday (Dec. 14). The law mandates that all bags issued by retail stores must be either reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Establishments can no longer stock... Read more
Two years after his battle with cancer resulted in a shortened prison term, former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is stepping back into the public eye, offering harsh criticism of the federal Bureau of Prisons and indicating a desire to be an advocate for... Read more
Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley’s last hearing as a Boston city councillor was an echo of one she held eight years ago, a listening session on violence in the city where councillors’ voices were quiet and the community was given the reins to speak up... Read more
Editor's Note: This article was first published on Dec. 7 by WBUR 90.9FM, Boston's NPR News Station. The Reporter and WBUR have a content-sharing partnership. As it faces daunting challenges that have built up over decades, the Boston Public Schools... Read more
City Council President Andrea Campbell is looking to continue to use her platform to push for equity across a city strained by housing costs and grappling with new industries as she prepares for another run for her District 4 seat. The 36-year-old... Read more
Boston limited to 13 zones A new federal tax-deferment program intended to spur economic growth in select low-income neighborhoods across the country will launch in the new year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will offer qualified investors... Read more
A 31-year-old Dorchester man was found guilty Tuesday of murdering a young man in the parking lot of the Gallivan Boulevard McDonald’s in April 2017. Jurors returned a first-degree murder verdict against Deonarine Ganga for shooting and killing Joey... Read more
After just more than one year managing the MBTA, Luis Ramirez is leaving the transit agency, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Tuesday she has chosen MBTA control board member Steve Poftak to take over in the new year. Pollack said... Read more
A man was shot in a car on Savannah Avenue, near Messinger Street, shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday. The victim was declared dead at the scene. Police are looking for a maroon minivan in connection with the shooting; they say a man shot the victim, got... Read more
In the wake of an ugly pedestrian-involved accident Wednesday in Fields Corner, a local business owner is calling for something to be done about unsafe driving at the busy intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street. Vivian Girard, who co-owns the... Read more
Seeing an opportunity for a public-private partnership on a subdivided lot adjacent to the McCormack and Dever schools on Mt. Vernon Street, Boston Public School officials are seeking input into the best use of the property, BPS Chief of Staff Robert... Read more
Manny Lopes of East Boston has been appointed to chair of Boston’s Board of Health, a seven-member governing body that oversees the work of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). Lopes succeeds Dorchester’s Francis Doyle, who stepped down in October... Read more
A new business coalition with a goal of reducing the number of avoidable emergency room visits by 20 percent over two years and saving about $100 million will formally launch next week by hearing from the head of a similar effort underway in Missouri. The... Read more


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