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UMass Amherst Suspends Informant Program After Overdose Death

October 01, 2014

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is suspending the use of students as confidential informants against drug dealers on campus.

From ‘Good Will Hunting’ To ‘The Equalizer’ — Who Gets Boston Right?

September 30, 2014

BOSTON — The latest Hollywood product to call the Hub home–”The Equalizer”–makes excellent use of Boston, balancing the dark criminal past and the sweeping gentrification. But Tom Meek thinks many other movies set in the city missed the mark.

Watch: Obama Makes Personnel Announcement

September 25, 2014

President Obama makes an announcement after news that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. will step down.

Gov. Patrick Knocks Down AG Speculation, After Holder Resignation News

September 25, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick, in an August file photo (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — “That’s an enormously important job but it’s not one for me right now,” the governor said.

Judge Denies Motion To Move Tsarnaev Trial, Pushes Start Date Back To January

September 24, 2014
Department of Homeland Security police officers stand watch outside the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on May 1, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial is now expected to begin in Boston in January.

National Grid Electricity Rates To Rise 37 Percent

September 24, 2014

BOSTON — A typical residential customer, who uses 500 kilowatt hours a month, could see their bill rise about $33 a month.

Watch: Obama Addresses U.N. General Assembly

September 24, 2014

President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly about the threat from Islamic State extremists Wednesday.

BUPD First Campus Force To Carry Antidote For Heroin Overdose

September 24, 2014

BOSTON — Since February, the department has “responded to approximately 8 to 12 opioid overdose medical calls for non-BU-affiliated victims,” an officer said.

The Allure, And Mystery, Of Elena Ferrante — Whoever She Is

September 24, 2014
Elena Ferrante's "The Story of a New Name"

The third Neapolitan novel of the artist known as Elena Ferrante is out to rapturous reviews. Maureen Dezell can’t wait for the fourth.

Immigration Officials Take Custody Of Afghan Army Officers

September 23, 2014

BOSTON — The three men, who went missing from a training exercise on Cape Cod, now face removal proceedings after being charged with administrative immigration violations.

Marijuana Reform Advocates Optimistic About Future

September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Pot is still classified by the federal government as a Schedule I narcotic, which presents legal difficulties for researchers trying to study marijuana’s health benefits.

Watch: Obama Delivers Statement On Airstrikes In Syria

September 23, 2014

President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement on ISIS at 10 a.m.

Getting On Target With John Fullbright At Royale Boston

September 23, 2014
John Fullbright (Courtesy Vicki Farmer)

Singer-songwriter John Fullbright feels he’s getting better all the time. Critics seem to agree. He’s at the Royale Boston Friday and Saturday.

Let’s Dance To Tennessee Williams And Friends In Provincetown

September 22, 2014

Provincetown festival showcases this weekend works by the great American playwright and his peers.

Eric Harland Brings Electrifying Drumbeats Back To The Regattabar

September 22, 2014
Eric Harland (Courtesy, Eric Harland)

Drummer Eric Harland returns to the Regattabar on Sept. 23 and will be joined by the Eric Harland Voyager, performing tracks from the group’s first studio recorded album “Vipassana.”

Green Spaces Breathe Life Into Filmmaker; Now You Get A Shot, Too

September 19, 2014
Photo anonymously shared on Instagram with tag #wanderurbanwilds and caption, "Moment of contemplation."

This weekend local filmmaker and artist Paul Turano premieres the film portion of a multi-platform interactive documentary about Boston’s green spaces called “Wander, Wonder, Wilderness.” Viewers who attend the ICA screening will learn how to become involved in the project’s next phase.

Dennis Lehane Moves ‘The Drop’ From Boston To Brooklyn

September 12, 2014
Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini star in “The Drop,” the latest movie based on the new book by Boston crime novelist Dennis Lehane.

Boston Rock Bands Reunite For Pipeline! 25th Anniversary Concert Series

September 10, 2014
1981 Someone & the Somebodies (Courtesy, Neal Trousdale)

“Pipeline” celebrates 50 years of live rock on WMBR-FM at several venues between Sept. 12 and Oct. 12.

The Boston Bohemian And Walt Whitman — How American Rebels Got Their Voice

September 04, 2014

Justin Martin charts the spread of American bohemianism in “Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians.”

A Blockbuster At The Brattle? Thank Video On Demand for ‘Snowpiercer’

September 02, 2014

The Brattle Theatre hit paydirt this summer with “Snowpiercer.” Tom Meek describes how it happened.

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.

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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