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Photos: Navy’s Blue Angels Fly Over Boston

May 26, 2015
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The flight demonstration squadron took to the skies in their blue and yellow F/A-18 Hornet jets for a photo shoot, according to the Navy.

The Huntington And Company One Bring Pamatmat To Boston

May 26, 2015
Playwright A. Rey Pamatmat. (Courtesy)

This spring, both companies independently bring playwright A. Rey Pamatmat’s work to Boston.

Underground Boston Theater May Come Alive Again

May 24, 2015
View from the balcony of Steinert Hall across the piano parts, and record boxes to the stage. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Steinert Hall — 40 feet underground — may have a chance to open its doors again. B Minor, LLC recently purchased the building from M. Steinert & Sons with plans to renovate the 119-year-old building.

Bush And Clinton Take Latest Swings Through New Hampshire

May 22, 2015
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a morning crowd at the Draft restaurant in Concord, New Hampshire, Thursday. (Jim Cole/AP)

The Clinton and Bush families have been represented in nearly every New Hampshire presidential primary since 1988. The latest members of these political powerhouses — Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton — made their latest swings through the state this week.

Uber Launches On Cape Cod And The Islands

May 22, 2015
A smartphone is mounted on the glass of an Uber car. (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

The service will launch in the beach communities at 5 p.m. Friday evening, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

‘Light Up The Sky’ Takes Laugh-Filled Look At A Time Gone By

May 22, 2015
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“Light Up The Sky” at the Lyric Stage is a laugh-filled backstage comedy, in a world where starlets sip champagne at the Ritz-Carlton and theater critics hold ultimate sway.

Rivaling The Expertise Of The Bard, ASP Stages ‘Henry VI, Part 2′

May 21, 2015
Duke of Gloucester (Allyn Burrows), Duchess Eleanor (Marya Lowry), King Henry (Jesse Hinson) and Queen Margaret (Jennie Israel) in "Henry VI, Part 2." (Stratton McCrady Photography)

Nigel Gore’s Duke of York is so evil, so forceful and so electric that it stands out among the outstanding cast of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s “Henry VI, Part 2,” says Kilian Melloy.

Faneuil Hall Property Manager Drops Bid To Charge Street Performer Fees

May 20, 2015
(Phil Songa/Flickr)

The company had initially wanted buskers to pay as much as $2,500 for the right to perform at the popular tourist destination.

Boston Needs More Substance Abuse Treatment Beds, Report Finds

May 20, 2015

The report serves as a blueprint for the city’s new Office of Recovery Services.

Carlos Santiago Named Mass. Higher Ed Commissioner

May 20, 2015

Santiago is currently the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education senior deputy commissioner for academic affairs.

The Boston Public Library Is Missing Rembrandt And Dürer Artworks

May 20, 2015
Albrecht Dürer’s “The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve)” and Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait with Plumed Cap and Lowered Sabre” (via Wikimedia Commons)

Together, the two works are valued at more than $600,000. The BPL hopes the pieces “have simply been misfiled.”

Would You Like Red Or White With Your Movie?

May 20, 2015
Eric Rohmer's "Autumn Tale" plays the Coolidge's Wine and Film Series on June 11. (Courtesy PhotoFest)

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of the first venues hosting a Wine and Film Series–which includes a guided wine tasting following each of four films that, of course, star vino.

All-Female Ensemble Lorelei Sings A Unique Song

May 20, 2015
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The all-female Lorelei Ensemble mixes little heard music from centuries ago with fresh compositions and commissions.

Gov. Baker And Plymouth Officials Meet Over Heroin Crisis

May 19, 2015

The governor met with Plymouth officials Tuesday afternoon to discuss the crisis, which has led to 140 heroin overdoses so far this year in Plymouth — 10 of them fatal.

During Mass. Heroin Crisis, Number Of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Grows

May 19, 2015
A Feb. 19, 2013 file photo of OxyContin pills. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Michelle Howe is among 34,000 grandparents in Massachusetts raising grandchildren, often because of opioid use by an adult son or daughter. According to 2013 census data, there has been a 20 percent rise in the number of grandparents raising grandchildren as a result of the state’s drug crisis.

10 Songs To Put You In The Mood For Boston Calling

May 19, 2015
Boston Calling at City Hall Plaza in September 2014. (Mike Diskin)

This weekend’s festival boasts a strong set of headliners and, according to Amelia Mason, an even better cast of supporting acts.

Boston Ballet Caps Season With A Classic Balanchine And Comical Robbins

May 18, 2015
The Boston Ballet in Jerome Robbins' "The Concert." (Gene Schiavone)

This season’s final program, “Thrill of Contact,” features an engaging and varied quartet of dances, from the familiar George Balanchine “Theme and Variations” to the colorful Jerome Robbins’ farce “The Concert (or, the Perils of Everybody).”

‘The Last Two People On Earth’ Combats Despair With Song, Dance And Shenanigans

May 16, 2015
Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac in A.R.T.'s "The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville" (Gretjen Helene Photography)

In A.R.T.’s “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville,” Taylor Mac and Mandy Patinkin have mounted a jukebox musical complete with song, dance and time-honored gags (seltzer bottles, pies in the face, humor both farcical and physical).

As It Unfolded: Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death

May 15, 2015
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. Here’s how it unfolded — and how officials and survivors reacted.

Officer Wounded In Bomber Shootout Is Promoted

May 15, 2015
MBTA Police Officer Richard Donohue with his wife, Kim, in a 2013 file photo (Elise Amendola/AP)

Dic Donohue, who was injured during the Watertown shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers, is now a sergeant in the MBTA transit force.

Report: Officials ‘Misled’ Public About Connector Failures

May 11, 2015

The Pioneer Institute report alleges Massachusetts officials “misled” the public and federal officials about the site’s woes.

Beth Israel Doctors Travel To Nepal To Aid Relief Efforts

April 29, 2015
Villagers wait in the rain as an aid relief helicopter lands at their remote mountain village of Gumda, near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal on Wednesday. (Wally Santana/AP)

A team of doctors from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston heads to Nepal today to aid with earthquake relief efforts.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Head To Retire

April 01, 2015
Edward Benz, in a 2005 file photo (John Deputy/AP)

Dr. Edward Benz, the longtime president and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will retire next year.

Partners HealthCare Drops Bid To Acquire South Shore Hospital

February 17, 2015

The move comes less than a month after a judge rejected a deal that would have allowed Partners to acquire South Shore and two other local hospitals, saying it wasn’t in the public interest.

Colleagues Mourn Surgeon Fatally Shot At The Brigham

January 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Davidson was remembered both for his skills as a surgeon and his rich personal life.

Health Connector Head Will Step Down

January 06, 2015

Jean Yang, who oversaw the problematic launch of the Connector’s new website, will depart the agency next Friday.

First Dispensary Cleared To Grow Marijuana In Massachusetts

January 02, 2015

Assuming a three-month growing cycle, the storefront in Salem could begin selling marijuana in April. However, the plants must first undergo a series of safety tests, and the state will continue to inspect the company’s business plans.

Health Connector: Insurance Signups Up, But Many Unpaid

December 19, 2014

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

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

December 05, 2014

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)

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

SJC To Hear Petition To Dismiss Convictions Tied To Dookhan

October 23, 2014

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.

With More Work, Less Time, Dookhan’s Tests Got Faster

May 15, 2013
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Now-indicted former state chemist Annie Dookhan was by far the Hinton lab’s most productive chemist. We look at the data behind her output.

Marathon Lockdown Serves As Eye-Opener For Suburban Moms

May 10, 2013
Katherine Gekas, (left),  a mother in Newton, a wealthy suburban Boston town, and Tina Chery, (right), a mother whose son was killed in 1996 by cross-fire. She is founder of the Louis D. Brown Institute. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

When a number of Massachusetts communities were on lockdown following the Marathon Bombings, some suburban moms gained a new understanding of the fear their inner-city counterparts live with all the time.

'Here & Now' Teams Up With NPR, Will Expand To 2 Hours

March 29, 2013
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NPR is partnering with member station WBUR to expand “Here & Now” to two hours. It will also add a co-host, Jeremy Hobson, who currently hosts the Marketplace Morning Report.

Massachusetts ACLU Director: Chemists Are Pressured to be Prosecutors

March 07, 2013
Masssachusetts ACLU Director Matthew Segal speaks about Drug Lab Scandal

Above: WBUR’s Deb Becker interviews Massachusetts ACLU Director Matthew Segal in March of 2013. The American Civil Liberties Union says the drug lab crisis shows that pressure was put on chemist Annie Dookhan and others to help prosecute drug cases. The ACLU has filed a brief with the state Supreme Judicial Court as it reviews […]

Mass. High Court Expected To Hear Drug Lab Appeal Case In April

February 21, 2013
Annie Dookhan leaves Suffolk Superior Court after being arraigned Dec. 20, 2012. Photo by Joe Spurr / WBUR

The Supreme Judicial Court is expected to review a case that challenges the way the state is handling criminal cases related to the drug lab crisis.

Former Middlesex DA: Bad Lab Protocols Likely To Expand Volume Of Tainted Cases

February 07, 2013
Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone speak about Drug Lab Scandal

“We’ve moved away from it being one rogue chemist to a lab that had insufficient practices, policies and protocols — to an extent that leads us to believe that there are more cases that are going to be compromised than those signed off on by Annie Dookhan.”

Essex County DA: ‘It’s My Duty to Review Drug Lab Cases One by One’

January 28, 2013
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“Most of these cases have accompanying charges of violence. No district attorney in Massachusetts is going to have somebody spend one more day in jail because of a case where Dookhan was primary chemist and the only charges were drug charges. I believe its my duty and obligation to review these cases one at a time.”

Mass. Republicans Seek Drug Lab Oversight Board

January 16, 2013

The board would oversee all criminal forensic services in Massachusetts.

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