217 Suspected Massachusetts Heroin Overdose Deaths This Year

April 1, 2015

The figure that doesn’t even include the state’s three largest cities — Boston, Worcester and Springfield.

With Typewriters And Rotary Phones, Tech Firm Goes Analog For April Fools’

April 1, 2015
When they arrived at work in Kendall Square Wednesday -- April Fools' Day -- Endeavour Partners staff members found, um, new technology waiting for them. (Courtesy of Endeavour Partners)

Workers arrived on the 14th floor of Endeavour Partners’ Kendall Square office building Wednesday morning only to find rotary phones and manual typewriters where their computers used to be.

Ex-Friend: Aaron Hernandez Thought Helicopters Followed Him

April 1, 2015
Defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, cross examines prosecution witness Alexander Bradley during former Aaron Hernandez's murder trial Wednesday. (Brian Snyder/AP/Pool)

A man who sued Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida testified Wednesday in the former New England Patriots player’s murder trial that Hernandez thought he was being followed by helicopters and that he was paranoid about his conversations being recorded.

Looking To The Red Sox Season Ahead

April 1, 2015

With the Red Sox’ first game next Monday, a look ahead to the team’s prospects this season and a look back at an essay written by the Sox’ designated hitter, David Ortiz.

Tsarnaev Attorney Judy Clarke: ‘Most Ferocious Lawyer In America’

April 1, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, and defense attorney Judy Clarke are depicted watching evidence displayed on a monitor during his federal death penalty trial Monday, March 9, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 spectators. (AP)

In several cases, Clarke defended the indefensible. But in each case, Clarke’s goal wasn’t forgiveness for the crimes, but rather, an attack on society’s maximum punishment: the death penalty.

Mark Wahlberg To Produce Boston Marathon Bombing Movie

April 1, 2015
A woman pauses near the barricades blocking off Boylston Street in the days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. (Matt Rourke/AP)

CBS Films says “Patriot’s Day” will be based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ firsthand account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Marathon Bombing Trial Heads for Closing Arguments

April 1, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial earlier this month. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

The defense rested its case yesterday, just a day after it called its first witness. WBUR’s David Boeri reports.

ParkBoston App To Work On All City Meters By End Of Summer

April 1, 2015
The city is updating all of its parking meters to work with the ParkBoston cellphone app. (Jp Gary via Flickr)

The city is now working on modernizing all of its 8,000 parking meters to allow drivers to pay fares with their cell phones.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Head To Retire

April 1, 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.

Kane, Madaro Win Special Mass. House Elections

April 1, 2015

Republican Hannah Kane won a special election on Tuesday to represent Shrewsbury and Westborough, while Democrat Adrian Madaro won a special election to represent East Boston.

Keolis Tells Lawmakers About This Winter’s Commuter Rail Service Issues

April 1, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in late February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Keolis’ Deputy General Manager Franck Dubourdieu told lawmakers that during a typical winter, about 20 commuter rail trains’ motors will be replaced. This winter, the company lost 67 motors.

DYS Facility In Boston Closed Over Allegations Staff Mistreated Youth

April 1, 2015
The Long Island Bridge (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A state program on Boston’s Long Island that housed 14- to 19-year-old males sent there by juvenile courts closed in August amid allegations workers mistreated the young clients.

Poll: Mass. Backs Policies To Combat Global Warming, But It Remains A 2nd-Tier Issue

April 1, 2015
Nearly three-quarters of respondents in a recent poll said Massachusetts is likely to experience more powerful storms, sea level rise and coastal flooding as a result of global warming. Here's a breached wall at Brant Rock in Marshfield, during a late January storm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Just 41 percent of survey respondents said global warming should be a high priority for state government.

Convention Center Head Rooney Will Take Boston Chamber Post

April 1, 2015

James Rooney, who has led the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority for more than a decade, will succeed Paul Guzzi as president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

‘Stronger Than The Wind’ And ‘God’s Ear’ Bring The Pain Of Parenthood To The Stage

April 1, 2015
Mel (Tamara Hickey) crying into Ted's (Gabriel Kuttner's) arms in "God's Ear." (Stratton McCrady Photography)

Two plays currently on the Boston scene explore some of the most trying times parents could go through: devastating health challenges and the aftermath of a child’s death.

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