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Cicely Tyson Puts Her Best Foote Forward In ‘The Trip To Bountiful’

November 23, 2014

BOSTON — Cicely Tyson is the star of an African-American cast in “The Trip to Bountiful” at the Cutler Majestic Theatre through Dec. 7.

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.

Scott Brown Rejoins Fox News After Senate Bid

November 21, 2014
New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, with his wife Gail Huff, left, concedes defeat to incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen at his election night party in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 4. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Scott Brown had been a Fox News contributor after he lost his Massachusetts U.S. Senate bid to Elizabeth Warren.

Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ Is Indeed Happy With Brooke Adams At Babson

November 21, 2014
Brooke Adams as Winnie brushes her teeth with a vigor that shows the character's stubborn commitment to her routine. (Ed Kreiger)

BOSTON — Brooke Adams is the valiantly upbeat protagonist, Winnie, of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of Samuel Beckett’s classic “Happy Days” at Babson until Nov. 23.

Official Tally: Baker-Coakley Was Closest Governor’s Race In 50 Years

November 20, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, left, and Democrat Martha Coakley. (AP's Stephan Savoia, WBUR's Jesse Costa)

BOSTON — The Republican beat the Democrat by just 40,165 votes.

Officials Expect More Will Hit The Road This Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014
You may see a lot of this over Thanksgiving. (Charles Krupa/AP)

BOSTON — More than a million Massachusetts residents are expected to drive for the holiday, the highest number since 2005.

Pérez-Salas Debuts Her Choreographic Energies In Boston

November 20, 2014
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BOSTON — Tania Pérez-Salas’ Compañía de Danza, based in Mexico City, has gained worldwide recognition with visually arresting, unconventional productions. Pérez-Salas and her dancers will make their debut in Boston this weekend.

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.

Odyssey Opera Spends ‘Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night’ With Dominick Argento

November 19, 2014
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BOSTON — Gil Rose leads Odyssey Opera in two one-act operas by Dominick Argento Nov. 22 and 23, featuring Aaron Engebreth and Heather Buck.

Is This The Location For A New Revs Stadium?: Report Cites South Boston

November 18, 2014
The New England Revolution is one of the top teams in MLS, but it doesn't draw enough fans to Foxborough to fill NFL-size Gillette Stadium. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — The owners of the New England Revolution are exploring building a soccer stadium in South Boston, The Boston Globe reports. It’s not the first time the Kraft family has pursued a stadium in the Boston area.

Rabbi From Prominent Boston Jewish Family Killed In Jerusalem Attack

November 18, 2014
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth takes a picture at the scene of a shooting attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem Tuesday. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

BOSTON — Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, graduated from Brookline’s Maimonides School in 1973. In a statement, the school said it “is engulfed in grief and outrage” at his slaying.

Mass. Health Officials, Doctors To Strategize Ways To Curb Opioid Crisis

November 14, 2014

BOSTON — Health officials and clinicians from around the state meet in Boston Friday to find ways to curb opioid crisis and the abuse of prescription pain medications.

Warren Added To Democratic Senate Leadership Team

November 13, 2014
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will become strategic policy advisor to the Democratic Policy And Communications Center. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

BOSTON — The Massachusetts senator will become strategic policy advisor to the Democratic Policy & Communications Center.

Hundreds Call On City To Aid Those Displaced By Long Island Homeless Shelter Closure

November 13, 2014
Cherie King speaks in support of the homeless. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — In October, the bridge that leads to Long Island was shut down due to concerns over its structural integrity. The island housed the city’s largest homeless shelter.

Dick Lehr: From ‘Whitey’ Bulger And ‘Black Mass’ To D.W. Griffith And ‘Birth Of A Nation’

November 13, 2014
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BOSTON — Dick Lehr, co-author of “Black Mass,” rewinds history to a conflict in 1915 between groundbreaking director, D.W. Griffith, and journalist and activist, William Monroe Trotter.

Sentencing Set For Convicted Ex-Probation Head

November 12, 2014

BOSTON — Prosecutors are seeking nearly six years in prison for John O’Brien. His lawyers want probation.

Puppet Showplace Theater — Productions That Aren’t Just Kids’ Stuff

November 12, 2014
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The Puppet Showplace Theater will be featuring a slew of performances for children, families and adults.

Is Amanda Palmer Asking, And Sharing, Too Much?

November 11, 2014

Amanda Palmer talks about some of the controversial issues associated with her in her new book, “The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let Other People Help.”

NStar Electricity Rates To Rise 29 Percent

November 07, 2014

BOSTON — NStar is asking state regulators to approve an electricity rate hike that could cost residential customers an extra $28 a month on average.

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.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre Gives Birth To ‘Chosen Child’

November 07, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Playwrights’ Theatre unveils Monica Bauer’s “Chosen Child.” What were the sins of the mother that the lead character can’t forgive? Carolyn Clay reviews.

How I Cut The Cable Cord And Still Got To See What I Wanted

November 06, 2014

Approximately 2.65 million Americans have “cut the cord” and canceled their cable TV subscriptions in favor of streaming and other ways of getting TV services. And now CBS and HBO have joined the streaming party.

Composer Elena Ruehr Will Have A November To Remember With Three Premieres

November 05, 2014
Elena Ruehr (Christian Steiner)

Elena Ruehr premieres three of her works this November, two of them in Boston along with new recordings.

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.

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