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Murder Charge Dropped Against Nanny In Case Of Infant Death

August 31, 2015
In this July 30, 2015 photo, Aisling Brady McCarthy leaves court proceedings at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn. Middlesex DA Marian Ryan announced Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, that the murder charge against the Irish nanny had been dropped. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via AP)

Aisling Brady McCarthy had been indicted for homicide in connection with the death of a 1-year-old Cambridge girl.

Annual Boston Tradition: Move-In For Thousands Of City’s College Students

August 31, 2015
On Monday, Kevin Weldon, a Boston University senior, lifts a suitcase into his pickup truck while helping friends relocate from Comm. Ave. to another apartment in Allston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Also descending on areas around campuses: city inspectors, seeking to ensure apartments are up to code.

A Personal Challenge Turns Into A Global ‘Directed By Women’ Film Bash

August 28, 2015
Barbara Ann O'Leary. (Eric Rudd)

One woman’s personal challenge to watch more films directed by women is now a two-week global celebration. Directed By Women takes place Sept. 1-15 and includes a screening at Emerson’s Bright Light Film Series.

Watch: President Obama Delivers Remarks In New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

August 27, 2015

The president is expected to speak at 4:55 p.m.

Valerie Martin Dives Into The Head And The Heart In Short Story Collection, ‘Sea Lovers’

August 27, 2015
Opening Valerie Martin’s “Sea Lovers: Selected Stories” is a bit like unbolting a treasure chest. (Courtesy Penguin Random House)

In her new collection of stories, Valerie Martin merges the inexplicable with the everyday in highly believable, often disquieting ways.

Lowell Police Considering Body Camera Pilot Program

August 26, 2015
In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, a Minnesota police officer wears a body camera. Police in Lowell are considering a 30-day pilot of the technology. (Jim Mone/AP/File)

Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor says he supports a 30-day test run of the technology and that the city is currently negotiating with the local patrolman’s union on the terms of the pilot.

Boston Mayor Defends Officer’s Actions As Police Investigate Arrest Video

August 25, 2015

An officer places his hands on a handcuffed suspect’s neck during an arrest.

It's Another New Beginning For The Papercut Zine Library

August 24, 2015
A zine at the Papercut Zine Library (Matt Mullen)

Papercut Zine Library was founded just over 10 years ago as a zine lending library collective, the first of its kind in Boston. We check in with the library as they prepare to open in their new — more permanent — space.

Mass. Added 7,200 Jobs In July; Unemployment Rate At 4.7 Percent

August 20, 2015

Massachusetts added an estimated 7,200 jobs in July, the 10th straight month of gains.

Frederick Wiseman On The Making Of His Latest Works, Reaching Audiences — And A Ballet

August 20, 2015
In "National Gallery," a woman sizes up a painting (Courtesy Zipporah Films)

Cambridge director Frederick Wiseman discusses his 2014 film “National Gallery,” his latest, “In Jackson Heights” and the sneak peak of a ballet based on his 1967 classic, “Titicut Follies.”

Investigators Search Auburn Foster Home Where Toddlers Were Found Unresponsive

August 19, 2015

A 2-year-old child died, and a second foster child, a 22-month-old girl, remains hospitalized in “dire” condition.

Watch Live: Gov. Baker Discusses Report On 2024 Olympic Bid

August 18, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to take questions from reporters at 2:30 p.m.

Analysis Shows Financial Risks Of 2024 Olympics Bid

August 18, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks in January after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Gov. Charlie Baker says based on the state-funded report, he would have not been able to support the now-withdrawn bid.

Watch: Seal Escapes Breaching Great White Shark

August 18, 2015
(Courtesy of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy)

The dramatic “failed predation attempt” occurred off Chatham’s Monomoy Island, in the waters off Cape Cod.

These ‘Kinky Boots’ Are Made For Dancing

August 14, 2015
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“Kinky Boots” is uncomplicated fun set to a driving disco beat, says Jeremy D. Goodwin.

Art House Theater And Film Festival Brass To Hug It Out At The Coolidge This Week

August 11, 2015
The Coolidge is one of the nation's leading art house theaters. (Courtesy Art House Convergence)

In a first for the region, leaders of art house movie theaters and film festivals from Massachusetts and beyond are gathering at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to share tips, tools and to sing a little karaoke.

‘Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid': Peckinpah’s Unfinished Masterpiece

August 10, 2015
"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" movie poster. (Somerville Theatre)

Peckinpah’s last Western, his final word on a genre he helped to define, is the greatest movie you almost never got a chance to see, says Sean Burns.

Shifting From Public Theater To Broadway, ‘Hamilton’ Shines

August 08, 2015
Christopher Jackson as George Washington in "Hamilton." (Joan Marcus)

As “Hamilton” makes its transfer to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, it stands as the buzziest new show since “The Book of Mormon” and it’s already the front-runner for next spring’s Tony Awards, says Christopher Wallenberg.

Mapping The Legacy Of Boxing On Celluloid: 10 Picks

August 07, 2015
Paul Newman in "Somebody Up There Likes Me." (Courtesy)

Boxing has always been a storied staple of film throughout history–floating the paradigm of the American Dream realized in the toughest of all venues. Tom Meek takes a look at 10 of the best.

Gone ‘Girl On The Train': How To Conjure A Bestseller

August 06, 2015
Paula Hawkins, author of "The Girl on the Train." (Kate Neil)

Did its connection to the 2012 hit “Gone Girl” propel “The Girl on the Train” to the bestseller list?

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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