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State’s Earned Sick Time Law Set To Go Into Effect

June 30, 2015
Earned sick time advocates rally on June 30 in front of the State House after delivering signatures to appear on the ballot this November. (State House News Service)

Backers of the law — which voters easily approved in the fall, and which takes effect Wednesday — say it will extend benefits to nearly 1 million workers.

Boston 2024 Taps Existing Venues At BC, Harvard And Northeastern For 7 Events

June 24, 2015
Leo Sexton, of the New York Athletic Club, shot-puts at Harvard Stadium, in Cambridge on June 17, 1932. The venue has been tapped for Olympic archery, if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Summer Games. (AP)

The announcement came as Boston 2024 continued its steady roll-out of potential Olympic sites around Massachusetts.

Boston 2024 Proposes Olympic Basketball, Gymnastics For TD Garden

June 18, 2015
Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, foreground left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters Thursday at TD Garden. (Elise Amendola/AP)

It’s the fifth new venue announcement for Boston 2024, ahead of the release of a fully revised bid expected by the end of the month.

48 Boston Gang Members And Associates Indicted

June 18, 2015
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, right, speaks alongside Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, left, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, during a news conference Thursday in Boston. Federal authorities say 48 members and associates of Boston's most powerful gang have been indicted on drug and gun charges. Seven remain at large. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Federal authorities said the Columbia Point Dawgs is the largest and most powerful gang in Boston.

UMass Approves Undergraduate Fee Hike Of Up To 5 Percent

June 17, 2015

University officials said they had no choice, given the level of funding the system is expected to receive from the state.

Photos: Pomp-Filled Ceremony Marks Time Capsule’s Return To State House

June 17, 2015
From left, Secretary of State William Galvin, Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Grand Master of Masons Harvey Waugh look at the opening in the cornerstone for the time capsule. (Joanne Rathe/Boston Globe/Pool)

A time capsule dating back to 1795 returned to its granite cornerstone in the Massachusetts State House during a pomp-filled ceremony Wednesday morning.

Want To Learn To Make Others Laugh? Emerson To Offer First-Ever Comedy Major

June 17, 2015
Comedian Jay Leno, an alum of Emerson College, performs at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in May. The college will soon offer a four-year degree in comedic arts. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Starting in September 2016, Emerson will be the first college to offer a four-year bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts degree.

2 Teens Held Without Bail In Killing Of Dorchester 16-Year-Old

June 15, 2015
A memorial has been set up for Jonathan Dos Santos on the corner of Washington and Fuller streets, the location of last week's shooting. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The two teens — ages 14 and 16 — were arrested Saturday after their mothers turned them into police.

2 Teens Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Dorchester 16-Year-Old

June 13, 2015

The suspects — ages 14 and 16 — are charged with murder for the fatal shooting of Jonathan Dos Santos.

Woman Injured By Bat At Fenway Park Is Released From The Hospital

June 12, 2015
Tonya Carpenter, who was accidentally hit in the head with a broken bat by Oakland Athletics' Brett Lawrie, is helped from the stands during a game against the Red Sox at Fenway Friday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The hospital says Tonya Carpenter is being transferred to a rehab center and that she’s made “tremendous progress.”

16-Year-Old Is Fatally Shot In Dorchester While Riding His Bike

June 11, 2015

The community should “be outraged when a 16-year-old on his bike gets shot,” Police Commissioner William Evans said.

Police: Missing Boston Library Artwork May Be Inside Job

May 21, 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)

A top employee of the Boston Public Library has been placed on leave as police with the assistance of the FBI continue to investigate the disappearance of two pieces of artwork worth more than half a million dollars.

Gardner Museum Offers New $100,000 Reward For Item Stolen During Infamous Heist

May 12, 2015
The Napoleonic finial (Courtesy Gardner Museum)

The museum said it hopes the reward will help it recover the Napoleonic finial — one of the least recognizable of 13 works stolen during the infamous 1990 heist.

New Public Art Takes Shape High Above The Rose Kennedy Greenway

May 03, 2015
Artist Janet Echelman’s aerial sculpture hangs over The Greenway in downtown Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

If you’re near the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, be sure to look up. A new, high-flying piece of public art was installed Sunday.

More Than 1,700 Reports Of Drug-Exposed Newborns Seen In Mass. Last Year

March 19, 2015

The state started tracking drug-exposed babies last March.

Iconic Norman Rockwell Painting Donated To Museum

February 17, 2015
(Courtesy of Norman Rockwell Museum)

“Boy and Girl Gazing at Moon (Puppy Love)” was given last week to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

More Mass. Health Plans To Cover Methadone

February 06, 2015

It’s an effort to address the surge in opioid addiction.

Nearly 50,000 Sign Up And Pay For Health Coverage

December 29, 2014

As of Sunday night, Health Connector officials said about 50,000 residents had taken the steps needed to guarantee they have coverage on Jan. 1.

Teen Birth Rate In Mass. At Historic Low

December 12, 2014
A screenshot from the state department of health's 2013 Massachusetts Birth report, which details the trends in the number of births by mother's age -- either over 30-years-old or under -- from 1980-2013. (Courtesy Mass. DPH)

The birth rate of teens ages 15-19 fell 14 percent last year, from 14 births per 1,000 women in 2012 to 12 births per 1,000 women in 2013.

New Health Connector Website Launches

November 15, 2014

The new Health Connector website for Massachusetts launched successfully just before 8 a.m. Saturday and was working as designed upon launch.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’ And The Birth Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Americana

November 13, 2014
Dylan 1 square

The release of the “The Complete Basement Tapes,” a six-CD set, shows why Bob Dylan’s unofficial 1967 recordings were such an important chapter in his career and in the history of rock music.

Peter Mac Channels Judy Garland In Salem; Endora Also Casts A Spell

October 14, 2014
Judy-Square

Peter Mac has been playing Judy Garland for 12 years. Now he’s at Opus Underground in Salem.

Coakley Submits Amended Partners Agreement Capping Hallmark Prices

September 25, 2014

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has submitted an amended agreement Thursday with Partners HealthCare over its proposed acquisition of Hallmark Health System.

Gardner Receives $1.9M From Sale Of Rockwell Painting

May 21, 2014
"Willie Gillis in Convoy" by Norman Rockwell (Sotheby's)

Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke says he hopes the money can be used to benefit the city schools.

Robert Pinsky And Vijay Iyer Get In Rhythm Together

March 12, 2014
Vijay Iyer (Jimmy Katz)

Jazz artist Vijay Iyer and poet Robert Pinsky combine for POEMJAZZ at Sanders Theatre Friday night.

Neil Patrick Harris Earns Hasty Pudding Award

January 23, 2014
Zach Cordner

Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris has been named the man of the year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

At Hearing, Dookhan Asks For Leniency

October 18, 2013

In seeking a one-year sentence if Annie Dookhan changes her plea, her lawyer said her life “has been destroyed” by the charges.

Sentence Reduction For Drug Dealer, As Lab Crisis Spills Into Federal Court

September 17, 2013

Adam Davila received a four-year reduction in his federal prison sentence because of Annie Dookhan’s involvement in one of his state convictions.

ACLU Asks Mass. High Court To Rule On Drug Lab Cases

March 06, 2013

The ACLU’s legal director says too many people are in jail awaiting motions for new trials amid the scandal.

Mass. GOP Lawmakers Call For Health Secretary’s Resignation

November 29, 2012

The call for JudyAnn Bigby’s resignation follows the state drug lab scandal and the meningitis outbreak.

Mass. Inspector General Asked To Head Probe Of Drug Lab

November 05, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick has asked state Inspector General Glenn Cunha to take over the review of the former state drug lab at the center of a testing scandal.

Mass. Lawyers Call For Outside Probe Of Drug Lab

October 24, 2012

Groups want an independent investigator to oversee the probe of the state drug lab scandal.

Boston Residents To Discuss Lab Scandal Fallout

October 20, 2012

Civil rights activists, criminal justice advocates and attorneys will discuss the local impact of the state drug lab scandal at a town hall meeting in Roxbury on Saturday afternoon.

In Drug Lab Wake, Menino Launches Emergency Inmate Reentry Program

October 11, 2012

The program is an attempt to minimize the potentially disruptive effects on communities.

Dookhan’s Lab Coworker Testifies At Drug Trial

October 11, 2012

A former coworker of a chemist charged in Massachusetts drug lab scandal has testified the chemist appeared to have unfettered access to the lab.

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