2 From Mass. Among 2014 MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners

September 17, 2014
Civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), poses for a portrait in Boston. She is one of 21 people to receive a 'genius grant' from the MacArthur Foundation. (Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation/AP)

A Boston civil rights lawyer and a Harvard mathematician are among this year’s 21 MacArthur “genius grant” recipients.

Patrick Dismisses Report Pegging Mass. ACA Costs At $1B

September 17, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts.

Gay Ugandan Activist Is Granted U.S. Asylum

September 17, 2014
John Abdallah Wambere sits in his Cambridge apartment. (Gabrielle Emanuel/WBUR)

John Abdallah Wambere has been granted asylum by U.S. immigration officials, according to the Boston-based legal group GLAD.

‘Repeal The Casino Deal’ Chair Says Side Has More Support Than Polls Show

September 17, 2014

John Ribeiro, chair of the Repeal the Casino Deal, the group at the forefront of the anti-casino fight discusses his group’s initiatives as it gets closer to referendum day.

2 Pipeline Proposals Compete To Power Mass.

September 17, 2014

Both proposals promise a cheap, virtually unlimited supply of natural gas. However, critics say it could be too much.

How Everett And Revere Reacted To The Wynn Casino Decision

September 17, 2014
Suffolk Downs, seen here in this 2007 file photo, is the last thoroughbred racetrack in New England. But this may be its final year in operation. (Lisa Poole/AP)

The decision could mean the end of 79-year-old racing traditions at Suffolk Downs in Revere.

Forecast: ‘Summer-Like Air’ Returning Over Weekend

September 17, 2014

The lack of rain in the area is becoming an issue, and highs over the next few days will near 70 degrees before cooler air returns Monday.

Wynn Gets Nod For Lucrative Boston Area Casino

September 17, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the proposed Wynn Harbor Park in Everett (Wynn Resorts Holdings)

Everett celebrates after Wynn Resorts wins the Greater Boston casino competition, while Revere officials express disappointment over Mohegan Sun’s loss.

Coakley Maintains Lead In First Post-Primary WBUR Poll

September 17, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, left, and Democrat Martha Coakley. (AP's Stephan Savoia, WBUR's Jesse Costa)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley holds a 7-point lead over Republican rival Charlie Baker, according to the latest WBUR weekly tracking poll.

‘It’s A Devastating Day’: Suffolk Downs COO Weighs In On Casino Decision

September 16, 2014

Now that Wynn Resorts has won the Boston-area casino license, Suffolk Downs race track is likely to close.

Aaron Hernandez Says He ‘Felt Helpless’ During Police Questioning

September 16, 2014

Aaron Hernandez says in a court filing he felt helpless and concerned about his fiancee and their baby when police investigating a 2013 killing questioned him during a warranted search at his home.

Suffolk Downs To ‘Wind Down Racing Operations’

September 16, 2014

Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle said it is “impossible” for the racetrack to continue after Mohegan Sun lost its bid for the Boston-area casino license to rival Wynn Resorts.

Natural Gas Company Seeks Federal OK For Pipeline Through Mass.

September 16, 2014

An energy company is seeking federal approvals for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition.

Northborough Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Is Laid To Rest

September 16, 2014
Jackson Gargalianos and his mother, Cheri, watch as the funeral procession for Army Spc. Brian Arsenault, of the 82nd Airborne Division, passes by. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Northborough Tuesday for the funeral of 28-year-old Army Spc. Brian Arsenault, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Plentiful N.H. Polling Shows Narrowing U.S. Senate Race

September 16, 2014
Republican Scott Brown and Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (AP)

The Scott Brown-Jeanne Shaheen race is now clearly one to watch as the two parties vie for control of the Senate.

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