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MBTA To Expand, Improve Commuter Rail WiFi System

July 24, 2014
In this photo taken May 24, 2011, a commuter train leaves the MBTA station in Andover, Mass. (AP)

BOSTON — Within two years, travelers on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rails will be able to access free — though arguably limited — wireless Internet that MBTA officials say will be of a higher quality than the trains’ current WiFi connections.

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.

Batter Up — To The Mic: The Baseball Project

July 24, 2014
Linda Pitmon, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Steve Wynn formed The Baseball Project in 2007. (Courtesy Chattman)

“There were times when it was uncool–liking sports for an indie rocker or a punk rocker and I’ve felt that way, but it never kept me from liking baseball,” says Steven Wynn, a founding member of The Baseball Project, a band that writes and plays songs exclusively about baseball and is playing at Great Scott on Wednesday, July 30.

Lenny DiNardo’s Baseball Project Review

July 24, 2014
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Lenny DiNardo throw in the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. (Ed Zurga/A{)

He loves baseball, still, but says, “I would rather go to a rock show than a baseball game from a fan standpoint,” says Jim Sullivan, on baseball player and rock musician Lenny DiNardo who shares his praise of the band, The Baseball Project.

Cambridge Man Arrested On Gun, Drug Charges

July 22, 2014

BOSTON — The weapon 21-year-old Stephen Silva is accused of possessing is the same type of weapon authorities have said was used to kill MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

At Somerville Market Basket, Some Shelves Empty As Workers Protest

July 22, 2014
As of Monday, 37 state lawmakers and mayors had agreed to encourage constituents to stop shopping at Market Basket until Arthur T. is reinstated. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

At the Union Square Market Basket, produce shelves were empty as employees picketed on the sidewalk, urging shoppers to go elsewhere until ousted-CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is reinstated.

Smetena’s ‘Bartered Bride’ Gives A Taste Of The Czech Countryside (In Boston)

July 22, 2014
Nicole Percifield (in center at table) is Marenka in Boston Midsummer Opera’s 2014 production, The Bartered Bride

This year’s Boston Midsummer Opera is Smetena’s “The Bartered Bride.” It begins Wednesday at Boston University.

Watch: Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts Receives Medal Of Honor

July 21, 2014

A New Hampshire veteran who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan’s bloodiest battles will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House Monday afternoon.

Boston Police Investigate Fatal South End Shooting

July 21, 2014

BOSTON — Boston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a male victim in the city’s South End neighborhood.

‘Art Is Freedom’ — A Recent H.S. Grad Says Public Schools Need More Art Education

July 21, 2014

Fred Plowright, a recent Charlestown High School graduate, says most students recognize that an arts education helps them develop beyond the classroom, no matter what their aspirations are.

No Cash Allowed: Tobin Bridge Tolls Go All-Electronic Monday

July 18, 2014
Motorists pass through toll booths on the Tobin Bridge in Boston on Jan. 15, 2004. (Robert Spencer/AP)

BOSTON — The Tobin Bridge is the first toll location in the state to make the transition to all-electronic tolling.

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.

Truck Crashes Onto Boston Common

July 17, 2014
(Boston Fire Department)

The truck’s cab came to a rest at the base of a staircase at the northern edge of the park, near the intersection of Beacon and Walnut streets. No injuries were reported.

State Task Force Calls For School Shooting Drills

July 17, 2014

BOSTON — A state task force says every Massachusetts school should practice responding to school shootings and threats.

Video: The Mass. Gubernatorial Forum On The Arts

July 16, 2014
Joyce Kulhawik addresses the candidates at Tuesday night's Mass. gubernatorial forum in Worcester. (Kat Waterman)

Watch the first-ever gubernatorial debate, sponsored by Create the Vote, held at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester Tuesday night.

‘M,’ ‘Metropolis,’ ‘Mabuse’ — It’s The Complete Fritz Lang At Harvard Film Archive

July 16, 2014
Detail from "M" by Fritz Lang. (Courtesy, Harvard Film Archive)

The Harvard Film Archive hosts a retrospective of the complete Fritz Lang beginning Friday. The series begins with live piano accompaniment to “Metropolis.”

MIT Student Is The Youngest To Fly Solo Around The World

July 16, 2014
0716_guthmiller

BOSTON — Matt Guthmiller, 19, is now the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone by plane.

Boston Bass Player Rick McLaughlin’s Favorite Recordings Of The Late Charlie Haden

July 15, 2014
Charlie Haden. (Decca/AP)

Local bass player and teacher Rick McLaughlin shares his memories, and favorite recordings, of renowned bass player Charlie Haden, who died last week.

Hundreds Mourn Victims Of Lowell Fire

July 14, 2014
Monks lead gatherers in prayer at the Glory Buddhist Temple in Lowell. (Kassandra Sundt/WBUR)

LOWELL, Mass. — As investigators try to figure out what caused a fire in Lowell that took seven lives last week, members of the devastated community there are counting on one another for support.

Grace Kelly Is Figuring It Out On The Fly

July 14, 2014
Grace Kelly In Concert

Young jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly’s still-evolving vision embraces jazz as a form of popular music without discarding her respect for tradition. The Brookline native attracts attention first with her great fluidity and technical command.

A Faint Echo: Samuel Beckett’s ‘Latest’ Story Falls Short

July 09, 2014

“New” Samuel Beckett story catches the master halfway to glory (which doesn’t mean you have to read it)

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.

Roxbury International Film Festival Gets A ‘Lift’ From Kerry Washington Film

June 25, 2014
Lift square

The Roxbury International Film Festival opens at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight. The festival concludes Sunday night revisiting Kerry Washington in the home-grown “Lift.”

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
(prensa420/Flickr)

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.

Study Finds ‘Gender Gap’ In Medical Research

March 03, 2014
Dr. Paula Johnson (courtesy)

The report from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds fewer women than men are involved in clinical trials on new drugs and medical devices.

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