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Regrets Linger 30 Years After Gay Couple Had Their Foster Children Taken Away

June 30, 2015
David Jean and Don Babets outside their home recently. (Barbara Howard/WBUR)

Thirty years ago, Roxbury’s Don Babets and David Jean were, by all accounts, the first openly gay foster parents — until social services took their boys away.

Settle In For A ‘Summer Of Sam Peckinpah’ At The Somerville Theatre

June 30, 2015
Movie producer Sam Peckinpah in 1964 in Los Angeles. (AP)

The Somerville Theatre’s series includes 10 of the 14 feature length films the maverick director made during his tumultuous career.

House Slam Is Boston’s First Slam Poetry Team To Head To National Competition

June 29, 2015
The 2015 House Slam Team (from left): Porsha Olayiwola, Erich Haygun, Janae Johnson, Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Jonathan Mendoza. (Beza Mehiretu)

A year after its founding, House Slam, which is housed at the Haley House Bakery Café in Dudley Square, is sending a team of five poets to compete at the 2015 National Poetry Slam in California.

Barney Frank Discusses Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

June 26, 2015

After the landmark 2003 ruling that would make same-sex marriage legal in Massachusetts, former Rep. Barney Frank began to strategize. He wanted gay marriage to be the law of the land, but he knew American would have to come around to the idea.

Watch: President Obama Delivers Eulogy For Charleston Pastor

June 26, 2015

The president, who led those mourners in a rendition of “Amazing Grace,” said the alleged killer failed in his effort to “terrorize and oppress.”

‘Love Wins': Mass. Officials React To Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

June 26, 2015
A crowd celebrates outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Friday after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The U.S. Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. In Massachusetts — the first state to legalize gay marriage — here’s how many of our officials are reacting.

Watch: President Obama Calls Gay Marriage Decision ‘A Victory For America’

June 26, 2015
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President Obama spoke Friday about the Supreme Court’s to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Extra! Read All About It! ‘Newsies’ Is An Athletic, Crowd-Pleasing Rave-Up

June 26, 2015
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Disney’s “Newsies” is low on subtlety but high on energy and gymnastic choreography, with plenty of smiles all around.

Watch: Obama Delivers Statement On Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Ruling

June 25, 2015

President Obama made a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ACA subsidies.

What The Judge Said As He Sentenced Tsarnaev To Death

June 24, 2015

After victim impact statements and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s statement to the court, here’s what U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. said as he formally sentenced the Boston Marathon bomber to the death penalty.

‘Spoon River’ Takes The Stage At The Poets’ Theatre

June 24, 2015
"Spoon River Anthology" will run June 26-27 at the Modern Theatre. (Courtesy)

Part centennial celebration, part something much grander, The Poets’ Theatre will be presenting a staged reading of “Spoon River Anthology” June 26-27.

Parts Of Elm Street In Somerville’s Davis Square To Reopen After Building Found At Risk Of Collapse

June 23, 2015

Parts of Elm Street in Somerville’s Davis Square will reopen Tuesday night after being closed because a two-story building in the heart of the major business district was found to be unstable and potentially on the brink of collapse, city officials said.

30 Miles Out At Sea, The Nantucket Film Festival Shines

June 23, 2015
"Mistress America," Noah Baumbach's new film, is on the lineup at the Nantucket Film Festival (Courtesy)

Cinephiles, stars and islanders converge for the 20th annual Nantucket Film Festival this week.

Gunther Schuller’s 2-Part Interview With Christopher Lydon

June 22, 2015
Gunther Schuller, shown conducting Charles Mingus's "Epitaph" in 2007, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and educator. He died Sunday at age 89. (Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)

Christopher Lydon spoke with Gunther Schuller in a two-part interview last spring.

Watch Live: Baker, Healey To Unveil Plan To Fight State’s Opioid Abuse Crisis

June 22, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey will announce the findings and recommendations of the governor’s opioid working group, which convened in February. A surge of overdoses claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in the state last year.

With A Growing Musical Presence, Matthew Aucoin Feels ‘Like A Kid In A Candy Store’

June 22, 2015
Composer Matthew Aucoin conducting at Peabody Essex Museum. (John Andrews/Peabody Essex Museum)

Composer Matthew Aucoin, a 25-year-old Harvard graduate, is set to perform at the Peabody Essex Museum and the upcoming Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

After Charleston Killings, Boston Police Offer Local Churches More Security This Weekend

June 19, 2015
Police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church Friday as FBI forensic experts work the crime scene where nine people were allegedly shot by Dylann Storm Roof on Wednesday in Charleston, S.C. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

“People are still in shock,” a Roxbury church official said. He thinks the additional security might help church-goers feel safer this weekend.

‘Simply Sondheim’ Is The Boston Pops At Its Best

June 18, 2015
Jason Danieley, Keith Lockhart and Kate Baldwin after a recent performance of "Simply Sondheim." (Liza Voll)

The Boston Pops production of “Simply Sondheim” was one of the best evenings of show tunes in years, writes Lloyd Schwartz.

‘Three’ Asks A Lot Of Questions, But Are They Questions Worth Asking?

June 17, 2015
Sam, Diane and Jenni in Boston Public Works's production of "Three." (Ron Spalletta)

Boston Public Works’ “Three” seems more interested in asking questions than in giving answers, writes Kilian Melloy. But the answer we most want is whether the questions posed here are the ones most in need of our attention.

This ‘Romeo’ Educates Men About Domestic Violence

June 16, 2015
Lorna Lowe (right) and Antonio Arrendel (left) collaborated on the documentary "Romeo" to expose the trappings of masculinity and men's role in the cycle of domestic violence. (Dawn Greene)

The documentary “Romeo,” premiering Thursday at the Roxbury International Film Festival, sheds light on a man who has dedicated his life to educating other men about their role in domestic violence.

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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