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Health Connector: Insurance Signups Up, But Many Unpaid

December 19, 2014

BOSTON — The deadline is Tuesday for those who want to be covered on the first of the year.

Watch Live: President Obama Holds Year-End Press Conference

December 19, 2014

The president is scheduled to hold a year-end press conference at 1:30 p.m.

‘Call Me Lucky’ — Bobcat Goldthwait’s New Film About Longtime Friend Barry Crimmins

December 19, 2014
Barry Crimmins, a left-wing comedian, satirist and human rights activist, is now the focal point of Bobcat Goldthwait's new documentary. (Courtesy Dennis Brennan)

Bobcat Goldthwait, who got his start through Barry Crimmins’ comedy clubs, will show his new documentary, “Call Me Lucky,” on the life of Crimmins, at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

Map: Fleeing From El Salvador To Mass.

December 18, 2014
GOP Campaigns Securing the Border

Trace Lisette’s thousands-of-miles-long journey from El Salvador to Massachusetts.

D’Angelo: ‘We Should All Aspire To Be A Black Messiah’

December 17, 2014

D’Angelo is back with his first CD in 15 years, “Black Messiah.” It was worth the wait, says Renee Graham.

Sarah Koenig’s ‘Serial': Permission To Play Detective

December 17, 2014
Sarah Koenig and Dana Chivvis in the recording studio. (Elise Bergerson)

Sarah Koenig cleverly crafts a journalistic narrative, but what makes “Serial” different is how it pays attention to an audience that demands accessibility, and to the digital needs of today.

Boston Police Investigate 3 Alleged Ride-For-Hire Assaults

December 16, 2014

BOSTON — All of the alleged assaults happened within a two-hour period early Sunday morning.

Have A Holly Jolly Mayor’s Holiday

December 15, 2014
Disney on Ice (Courtesy)

BOSTON — The Mayor’s Holiday, a Thomas Menino tradition of curating arts and entertainment, continues for its 11th year. Here are ARTery highlights of some of the best holiday performances in the Greater Boston area.

Ryan Landry Spices Up The Eggnog In ‘Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas!’

December 12, 2014
Casey Preston, Qya Crystal, Darcie Champagne and Paul Melendy in Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans' "Jesus Christ, It's Christmas" at Machine. (Michael von Redlich)

BOSTON — Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans revisit “The Bishop’s Wife,” as only they can, in “Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas.”

Gov.-Elect Baker Taps Ron Walker As Labor Secretary

December 12, 2014
Ron Walker (Courtesy Baker Administration)

BOSTON — Walker, a 53-year-old Democrat, is the founder and president of the Boston-based company Next Street.

Mass. U.S. House Members United Against Just-Passed Spending Bill

December 12, 2014

BOSTON — Eight of Massachusetts’ nine U.S. House members — all Democrats — voted against the $1.014 trillion spending bill the chamber approved by a narrow 219-206 margin late Thursday.

Roxbury Plan To Relaunch Recovery Programs Previously Held On Long Island Fails

December 11, 2014

BOSTON — Resident concerns prompted the city to end its pursuit of the neighborhood’s former Radius Hospital as an option to relaunch recovery programs once held on the island.

Jump For Joy — It’s The ARTery’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 11, 2014
A detail of Michaela DePrince at Jacob's Pillow, from Jordan Matter's "Dancers Among Us" calendar.

A membership in a museum? A mammoth collection of CDs? Or how about a donation to a worthwhile arts endeavor? The ARTery writers have an assortment of gift ideas.

John Pizzarelli: A Double Threat In The Jazz World

December 11, 2014
Jazz-singing guitarist John Pizzarelli is appearing at the Bull Run on Dec. 14. (Courtesy Katz)

A rarity in the jazz world, John Pizarelli, a guitarist who can play complicated accompaniments and croon swing tunes simultaneously, will be playing at the Bull Run on Dec. 14.

Harvard Medical Students Protest Ferguson, NYC Cases

December 10, 2014
Some 100 Harvard Medical School on Wednesday protested deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police as well as racial inequality in medical treatment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Harvard Medical School students joined students from some 40 other medical schools across the country Wednesday in protesting the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and racial inequality in medical treatment.

Watch, Listen: Mayor Walsh Addresses Boston Chamber Of Commerce

December 10, 2014
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addresses the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As he nears one year in office, watch Mayor Marty Walsh’s address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Transcript: Walsh’s Chamber Of Commerce Remarks

December 10, 2014

Read the mayor’s remarks.

John Kuntz’s Monster Mash Stalks The SpeakEasy Stage

December 10, 2014
Thomas Derrah and the cast of "Necessary Monsters" at SpeakEasy Stage Company. (Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo)

BOSTON — SpeakEasy Stage Company hosts the world premiere of John Kuntz’s wild theatrical ride, “Necessary Monsters.” It’s about … well, read Carolyn Clay’s review.

Sincerely, Norman: Collection Of Mailer's Letters Shines New Light Into This Famous Life

December 09, 2014

J. Michael Lennon’s “Selected Letters of Norman Mailer” provide insight into the writer’s work through his correspondence with artists, celebrities and fans.

A.R.T. Embraces Eve Ensler’s Obsessive Political Correctness

December 07, 2014
Kate Mulligan as would-be Senator Smith implores her daughter, Romi (Olivia Thirlby) to leave her squat. (Evgenia Eliseeva)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The world premiere of Eve Ensler’s “O.P.C.” at the American Repertory Theater has hardly any of the poetry or force of her revolutionary “The Vagina Monologues,” says theater critic Carolyn Clay.

Thick Crowds Of Protesters March Somerville And Cambridge Streets Friday

December 05, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The protest was organized by students at Tufts University and began at Davis Square in Somerville.

MGH Patient Monitored For Possible Ebola ‘Cleared Medically,’ Discharged

December 05, 2014

BOSTON — The patient’s release and current condition are not a threat to anyone else, MGH officials said.

Baker Names Sudders As His Health And Human Services Chief

November 21, 2014
Marylou Sudders (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Marylou Sudders is the state’s former mental health commissioner.

Westminster Pulls Tobacco Ban Proposal

November 19, 2014

BOSTON — The proposal — which would have been the first such sweeping measure in the country — was met by staunch opposition.

4 More Mass. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Approved

November 07, 2014

BOSTON — The four dispensaries in Boston, Taunton, Greenfield and Fairhaven fill counties that did not previously have any medical marijuana dispensaries in the works.

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.

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