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Mayor Walsh Vetoes $20,000 City Council Raises

October 24, 2014

BOSTON — On a 9-4 vote earlier this month, the council voted to give itself a nearly 23 percent pay raise, effective in January 2016.

‘A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing’ Is A Fully-Formed Irish Avant-Garde Debut

October 24, 2014
Author Eimear McBride

With “A Girl is a Half-formed Thing,” author Eimear McBride defies writerly conventions to address tough topics and create something special.

Former Boston Mayor Menino Suspends Cancer Treatment

October 23, 2014
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks to the volunteers before they left City Hall to conduct the census. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced Thursday that he is suspending his book tour and cancer treatment.

The Huntington's ‘Ether Dome’ Won't Put You To sleep

October 23, 2014

BOSTON — The Huntington Theatre Company’s “Ether Dome” is a lively history of anesthesia, but Carolyn Clay finds it could afford to have some surgery of its own.

SJC To Hear Petition To Dismiss Convictions Tied To Dookhan

October 23, 2014

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

T May Eliminate 2 Green Line Stops Along Commonwealth Avenue

October 23, 2014
An MBTA train pulls into a stop on Commonweath Avenue near Boston University. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Under the plan, the MBTA would close the stops at BU West, St. Paul Street, Pleasant Street and Babcock Street and create two new stops — one just west of the current BU West stop and one between the existing Pleasant Street and Babcock Street locations.

Aretha Franklin Proves She’s Still The Queen Of Soul

October 23, 2014
Aretha Franklin performs at a concert in 2013. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Aretha Franklin’s new album is easily her best in years, says WBUR’s pop culture correspondent, Renee Graham.

What Do You Want Us To Ask Baker, Coakley?

October 22, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe, Pool/AP)

We’re seeking your questions before an Oct. 28 broadcast debate.

How Writer Celeste Ng Came To Love ‘God With A Megaphone’

October 22, 2014

In her new novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” author Celeste Ng takes on a complex narrative form, giving each character a distinct and equal voice.

Changing Demographics Of Mass. Cities Narrow Baker’s Path To Victory

October 21, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker talks with reporters after speaking to members of The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston in Roxbury Monday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Demographic churn is turning an already narrow Republican path to statewide victory into a tightrope walk.

40 Years And Counting: The Damned And Captain Sensible Still Rock The Stage

October 21, 2014
The Damned at Warehouse Aberdeen in May 2010 (Dod Morrison)

Captain Sensible from British punk band the Damned talks about the group, its music, and him becoming more sensible over the years. They will be performing at Royale Boston on Oct. 25.

Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop: The Lyric Stage Puts Poetry In Motion For ‘Dear Elizabeth’

October 21, 2014

BOSTON — The Lyric Stage Company of Boston brings the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell to life in “Dear Elizabeth.” Carolyn Clay reviews.

Will Lyman Is God — At Least For Israeli Stage

October 20, 2014
A performance at Brandeis. (Alena Kuzub)

BOSTON — You might not expect seasoned actor Will Lyman to pay much attention to 24-year-old directors—but Guy Ben-Aharon has his ear. Lyman and Maureen Keiller star in Ben-Aharon’s “Oh, God” on the Israeli Stage.

50th Head Of The Charles Regatta Underway

October 18, 2014
Rowers make their way under the Boston University Bridge Saturday. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

BOSTON — Here’s a look at some of photos shared from around the area on the first day of races.

Regina Carter Connects To Family Roots Through Music

October 17, 2014
Regina Carter (David-Katzenstein)

BOSTON — Jazz violinist Regina Carter will perform track from her latest album “Southern Comfort,” inspired by her family’s southern roots, at the concert for the Celebrity Series of Boston tonight.

Mush In The Middle: Baker And Coakley Balk At Drawing Sharp Distinctions

October 16, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley participate in a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce debate. WBUR's Bob Oakes, right, moderates. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The major party candidates have been tame when it comes to setting out forceful positions, argues Michael Jonas.

‘This Is A New Time’ — And Dianne Reeves Finds Her Place In It

October 16, 2014
Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves is at the Berklee Performance Center Saturday night, performing songs from her first studio album in five years, “Beautiful Life.”

Poll Vault: WBUR Tracking Poll Election Dashboard

October 15, 2014

Our interactive of our latest WBUR poll, by The MassINC Polling Group.

Martin Richard Foundation Seeks Runners For 2015 Boston Marathon

October 15, 2014
Martin Richard (Bill Richard via AP)

BOSTON — A charity established in memory of the youngest victim killed during Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 is now looking to build a team of charity runners for the 2015 Boston Marathon.

2 Park Rangers Stabbed On Boston Common

October 14, 2014

BOSTON — A suspect, Bodio Hutchinson, 34, of Boston, is in custody. Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans said Hutchinson had an outstanding warrant for assault and battery on a police officer and on drug charges.

From Actor To Professor — Remo Airaldi Draws Out Passion And Playfulness In His Students

October 09, 2014
Remo Airaldi (Katherine Lam)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Remo Airaldi has been in over 60 productions in his acting career, taking on numerous comedic roles, but what many don’t know is he’s one of the highest rated professors at Harvard University.

Brain Scientists Learn To Alter And Even Erase Memories

July 24, 2014
This optogenetic device uses light to activate specific brain cells. (Courtesy McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT)

Memories, it turns out, are malleable, and brain scientists are learning to alter and erase them, raising some hopes of possible treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Judge Delays Review Of Partners HealthCare Deal

July 17, 2014
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (Steven Senne/AP/File)

Coakley wants a judge to wait to review the settlement until after the Health Policy Commission releases its final report on the impact Partners’ acquisition would have on the market.

Report: Partners Merger Would Increase Costs

July 03, 2014

BOSTON — A report by the state’s Health Policy Commission finds allowing Partners Health Care to merge with Hallmark Health Systems would increase health care costs on the North Shore.

Mass. Receives Mixed Marks On Painkiller Prescription Report

July 02, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts ranks in the top 10 of all states for prescribing OxyContin and other long-acting painkillers, but in the bottom 10 for overall prescribing of opioids.

McInnis House Provides End-Of-Life Care For The Undocumented And Homeless

June 10, 2014
Kervin Elleyne, 67, receives end-of-life care at the Barbara McInnis House in Boston, which has 100 beds for homeless and undocumented individuals. He says it’s “one of the best places that a person could ever be.” (Gabrielle Emanuel/WBUR)

BOSTON — Undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts do not have access to most public health insurance programs, which can pose particular challenges at the end of life.

Mass. Gets Extra Year On Obamacare Rules

April 25, 2014

Massachusetts has been given an additional year to transition to a new system that would change the way insurance carriers calculate premiums for businesses.

Study: Young Adults’ Casual Marijuana Use Causes Brain Changes

April 16, 2014

The study found abnormalities in areas of the brain related to emotion, motivation and decision-making.

Mass. Senate Approves Anti-Shackling Bill

March 20, 2014

The passage comes a month after Gov. Deval Patrick issued emergency regulations banning restraints on pregnant inmates in labor.

Despite Continued Health Site Troubles, Progress Made On Applicant Backlog

March 07, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts health care officials struggling to repair the state’s hobbled website are looking at the possibility of leasing or buying technology from states with functioning insurance sites.

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