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In March, the Environmental Protection Agency will issue a stormwater general permit aimed at lowering the level of pollutants in the bodies of water within the commonwealth. PHOTO BY PAIGE TWOMBLY/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

EPA issues permit to clean up Massachusetts lakes and rivers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will issue a stormwater general permit applicable to all cities and towns in Massachusetts in March to control pollutants entering bodies of water within the commonwealth, according to EPA spokesperson Dave Deegan.   This permit will require each Massachusetts community to develop a plan to control the amount of pollutants that enter the town’s storm […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced a partnership Monday with Cambridge technology firm, Green River, in an effort to combat homelessness. ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Martin Walsh partners with Green River to combat homelessness

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Friday a partnership to develop a program that will tackle Boston’s chronic homelessness situation head-on, according to a Friday press release. According to the release, the City of Boston is partnering with Green River, a Cambridge software company, to create the program, Coordinated Access System. CAS will allow shelters, housing companies and emergency facilities to […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced a contest Friday that allows designers to pitch their proposals to improve public city spaces. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City design competition rethinks public spaces

The City of Boston has launched a second Public Space Invitational design competition to revitalize space and engage members of the creative community, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced at a Friday press conference. The first competition took place in 2014 and resulted in nine winning projects built throughout Boston, according to a Friday press release. Among the projects were a […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday that the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region was allocated $17.7 million by the Urban Security Initiative grant program. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Department of Homeland Security allocates $17.7 million to Boston area

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday that $17.7 million in security funds allocated by the Department of Homeland Security will go to the Metro Boston Homeland Security Planning Region, according to a Wednesday press release. The region benefiting from these funds includes towns and cities such as Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. The release detailed the intended use […]

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After a Coast Guard request was made in October 2015, the City of Boston announced Feb. 16 they have plans to demolish the historic Northern Avenue Bridge due to safety concerns. PHOTO BY JACQUI BUSICK/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City of Boston plans to tear down Northern Avenue Bridge

The City of Boston announced plans to take down Northern Avenue Bridge due to the structure’s deterioration and a concern that it could collapse into the water, according to a United States Army Corps of Engineers public notice. The city is asking for the community’s input until March 1, according to the public notice. Following months of planning, the city […]

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The Citywide Analytics Team made their first annual Year-In-Review public Thursday, proving that data from case studies leads to positive change in government operations. PHOTO BY RACHEL MCLEAN/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Citywide Analytics Team releases Year-In-Review

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday that Boston’s Citywide Analytics Team has released its first Year-In-Review of 2015 and has begun a search for a chief data officer to serve as the face of the team. According to a Thursday press release, the Year-In-Review of 2015 is meant to highlight how data and technology-based programs affected the City of Boston […]

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The Boston U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it will now include a Civil Rights Unit in response to concern about hate crime and discrimination in law enforcement. PHOTO BY KRISHNA SHAMRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz creates new Civil Rights Unit

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, of the District of Massachusetts, announced Tuesday a new Civil Rights Unit aimed toward enforcing civil rights laws and changing the manner in which Massachusetts handles the equal protection of each individual. The new unit, which will function within the Civil Division, plans to work with many local communities, advocacy groups and other federal and state […]

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It was announced Wednesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was appointed a new defense team for the remainder of his appeal process. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev defense team steps down

A new defense team for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was requested in a motion filed Wednesday by Miriam Conrad, the former lead defense attorney for the case. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 on six capital counts for his crimes following a two-month trial, according to the motion. A notice of appeal was then filed […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker joined 17 fellow governors Tuesday to announce his involvement in the “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future” program. PHOTO BY BETSEY GOLDWASSER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Gov. Charlie Baker commits to clean energy initiative

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, along with several governors from across the United States, committed Tuesday to a clean energy initiative, according to a Tuesday press release. As part of the initiative, entitled the “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future,” governors from 17 states in the United States have agreed to implement new clean energy standards in their states, the […]

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