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Watch Live: Gov. Baker Holds Press Availability

July 27, 2015

Gov. Baker is scheduled to speak to the press at 3 p.m. on the same day Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced he would not sign a host city contract with the USOC without more assurances that taxpayers won’t be held responsible for cost overruns.

Photos: Former Red Sox Pitcher Pedro Martinez Through The Years

July 26, 2015
Newly acquired pitcher Pedro Martinez poses Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Fenway Park in Boston. (Julia Malakie/AP)

Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday afternoon.

BMO Stage Director James O’Leary Discusses ‘Martha’

July 25, 2015
BMO's "Martha" director, James O'Leary (Courtesy Boston Midsummer Opera)

Stage director James O’Leary shares his thoughts on Friedrich von Flotow’s famous opera, “Martha,” and Boston Midsummer Opera’s upcoming production.

In Its 10th Season, Boston Midsummer Opera Brings The Rarely Seen ‘Martha’ To The Stage

July 25, 2015
Stephanie Kacoyanis (Nancy) and Jason Budd (Plunkett) of Boston Midsummer Opera's "Martha" Production (Courtesy Boston Midsummer Opera)

In its 10th season, Boston Midsummer Opera goes back to the 19th century with Friedrich von Flotow’s “Martha.”

Sand Sculpting Festival Draws Crowds To Revere Beach

July 25, 2015
Jonathan Bouchard of Canada, who has placed first in this contest three out of the last four years, works on his sculpture. (Hadley Green for WBUR).

The main event is the Master Sand Sculptor Competition, in which 20 or more artists from around the world are invited to compete in creating the large-as-life sand sculptures.

‘Go Set A Watchman’ Sets Records, But Should It Have Been Published At All?

July 23, 2015
This book cover released by Harper shows "Go Set A Watchman," a follow-up to Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." (Harper/AP)

“Go Set a Watchman” should have simply remained in manuscript form and placed in Harper Lee’s archives for scholars and students to learn from, suggests John Winters.

Shelley Marlow’s ‘Two Augusts In A Row In A Row’ Creates Queer Magic

July 22, 2015
The cover of "Two Augusts in a Row in a Row." (Courtesy Shelley Marlow)

Shelley Marlow’s newest novel, “Two Augusts in a Row in a Row” is a cross-generational recognition of queer life, writes Spencer Shannon.

Central Square Theater Serves Up Silly Summer Fun With ‘Saving Kitty’

July 22, 2015
Alexander Cook and Jennifer Coolidge in Central Square Theater's production of "Saving Kitty." (A.R. Sinclair Photograph)

In Central Square’s production of “Saving Kitty,” the audience may be less interested in who is coming to dinner than in who is hosting the meal: namely, screen and television actress Jennifer Coolidge.

Woods Hole Film Fest Brings ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ And Other Local Films To Cape Cod

July 21, 2015
Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana in "Infinitely Polar Bear." (Courtesy)

With more than 100 films, the 24th annual Woods Hole Film Festival still emphasizes movies with New England connections including Cambridge-bred director Maya Forbes’ “Infinitely Polar Bear.”

Company One’s ‘Colossal’ Goes Head-To-Head With Football And Masculinity

July 21, 2015
Andrew Hinderaker's "Colossal" on the Company One stage. (Liza Voll)

“Colossal,” at Company One through Aug. 15, is a physical work that requires triple-threat performers — in this case, with acting, dance and football chops.

Johnny D’s, Longtime Davis Square Music Club, To Close

July 20, 2015
Johnny D's in Somerville will close in 2016. (Justin Perro for WBUR)

The cherished music club and restaurant, that for decades has been a fixture of Somerville’s arts scene, will close next year.

An Unlikely Collaboration Creates Successful Suspense In ‘The Hand That Feeds You’

July 20, 2015
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“The Hand That Feeds You,” by A.J. Rich, is fast-paced mystery shot through with something sinister.

4 From Mass. Die In Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Maine Cabin

July 18, 2015

Two men and two women along with a pet dog were found dead Friday in a cabin in Byron, Maine.

What To Listen For At Tanglewood's Festival Of Contemporary Music

July 18, 2015
Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. (Steve Rosenthal)

The week-long festival (July 20 to 27) focuses on music by Tanglewood Music Center faculty and alums and includes the premieres of 15 new commissions in honor of TMC’s 75th anniversary.

The One Fund Boston Will Close

July 16, 2015

The fund, created immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing, has “completed its mission,” it said.

Watch Live: President Obama Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

July 15, 2015

President Obama is expected to speak at 1 p.m.

Mass. Lawmakers React To Deal Over Iran’s Nuclear Program

July 14, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a former Massachusetts U.S. senator, delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear deal at the Vienna International Center on Tuesday. (Carlos Barria/ Pool/AP)

Massachusetts lawmakers reacted largely with positive remarks to the announcement of the historic deal.

Watch: President Obama Statement On Agreement Reached Over Iran’s Nuclear Program

July 14, 2015

President Obama delivered remarks on the agreement world powers have reached with Iran over its nuclear program.

Portuguese Tall Ship Sails Into Boston Harbor

July 10, 2015
Portugal's Sagres is docked at the Fan Pier Marina in Bostonon Friday. It's the second of three Tall Ships arriving this summer. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Sagres, the second Tall Ship to dock in Boston this summer, has arrived.

Gov. Baker Appoints McKeon As State Police Head, As Alben Retires

July 08, 2015
State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben speaks to media at the scene of a recent officer-involved shooting on the Silber Footbridge over Storrow Drive near Boston University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Col. Tim Alben is retiring after 32 years on the force, and Gov. Charlie Baker has selected Maj. Richard McKeon, a 33-year veteran, as his replacement.

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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