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Bostonians Share Their Personal Encounters With Former Mayor Menino

October 30, 2014

Considering so many of Boston’s residents were able to meet Thomas Menino during his long tenure as the city’s mayor, we asked them to share stories.

‘Bold, Big-Hearted, And Boston Strong': Officials React To Menino’s Passing

October 30, 2014
Founder of The One Fund Jim Gallagher, left, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, center left, former Boston mayor Tom Menino, center right, and current mayor Marty Walsh, right, stand on the field at Fenway Park for the playing of the national anthem during ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston’s history, has died. We’re collecting reactions and statements.

Mikko Nissinen’s ‘Swan Lake’ Premieres In Boston

October 30, 2014
Ashley Ellis and Eris Nezha rehearse their pas de deux as Odette and Prince Siegfried during a costume run-through of "Swan Lake" at the Boston Ballet studios. (Lawrence Elizabeth Knox)

BOSTON — All eyes on Ashley Ellis, or rather, Odette, in Mikki Nissinen’s world premiere of ‘Swan Lake’ opening Thursday at the Boston Opera House.

Ragnar Kjartansson’s ‘The Visitors’ Rewards Patience

October 30, 2014
Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, 2012, Nine-channel HD video projection, 64 minutes, Edition 4 of 6, Gift of Graham Gund to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and the Gund Gallery, Kenyon College. (Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik)

BOSTON — Ragnar Kjartansson’s “The Visitors,” a multi-screen installation on display at the ICA until Nov. 2, proves to be as much about the audience as the subject matter.

What Do Coakley And Baker Have In Store For The Arts?

October 30, 2014

Gubernatorial candidates Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley stake out positions on the arts.

Displaced Deities Stir Things Up For Company One

October 29, 2014

BOSTON — In Aditi Brennan Kapil’s “The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy” at Company One the Hindu Trimurti of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma are plopped down among ordinary, callow Americans to shake things up.

Issues And Polls: A Post-Debate Primer

October 29, 2014

BOSTON — With last night’s final televised debate behind them and less than a week until Election Day, WBUR’s analyzed its and others’ pre-election tracking polls to see how voters view Baker and Coakley on key issues.

MIT Shows How A Tree Can Be A Documentary

October 29, 2014
Listen Tree creators Gershon Dublon (left) and Edwina Portocarrero (right) can hear sounds they broadcast through a ficus.

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab is lighting the way for both students’ and filmmakers’ exploration of new documentary forms. One exemplar, conceived by graduate students, transmits sound vibration through trees and will be on display at MIT, in Mexico City, and Montreal between now and the end of 2014.

State Predicts Shortage Of College Grads, Calls For More Funding

October 28, 2014

BOSTON — The report predicts that by 2025 public campuses will graduate roughly 55,000 to 65,000 fewer students than employers will need.

Baker, Coakley To Have Final Broadcast Debate

October 28, 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)

Tuesday night’s debate between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will be broadcast on WBUR.

I-93 Southbound Tunnel Will Be Closed Tonight

October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Maintenance will require complete lane closures of the Interstate 93 Southbound tunnel through Boston Tuesday night into Wednesday.

A Fury Of Genres — Ballet Jazz De Montréal In Motion

October 28, 2014
BJM / Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. (Gregory Batardon/World Music)

The 42-year-old international touring company, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, comes to Boston via World Music/CRASHArts on Nov. 1 and 2.

Tufts Adjuncts Get Raise In New Deal

October 27, 2014

BOSTON — Part-time professors at Tufts University in Medford have signed off on a new contract with the school, giving them a significant pay raise as well as stronger job security.

Midterm Voters A More Favorable Electorate For Baker

October 27, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, right, stops by Eagle's Deli in Boston Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Just as nationally, the voters showing up at the polls in Massachusetts next week are likely to be older, whiter, wealthier, and more suburban than the voters who cast ballots in presidential years.

In ‘Beijing Bastard,’ Val Wang Looks At China Through New Eyes

October 27, 2014

Val Wang’s new memoir, “Beijing Bastard,” reconciles tradition with modernization, taking us on the wild adventure of a modern day Chinese-American rebel.

The ‘Doctor’ Is In: Comedian Jonathan Katz Is Back

October 27, 2014
Jonathan Katz, star of "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist," is back. (Michael Fein)

Fans of the ’90s comedy show, “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” can rejoice — Dr. Katz is back with a recording, an animated web series and club dates, including one at ImprovBoston on Nov. 2.

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.

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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