Annissa Essaibi George celebrates her win in the Boston City Council election. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Two challengers elected to Boston City Council, most incumbents keep spots

Voters elected challengers Annissa Essaibi George and Andrea Campbell to the Boston City Council Tuesday night, winning spots as at-large and district councilors respectively. Essaibi George came in fourth place among the current At-Large councilors with 17.86 percent of the vote, taking the position of Stephen Murphy, who has been part of the Council since 1997. In the At-Large race, Ayanna Pressley […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday that 100 Resilient Cities will partner with the Transatlantic Policy Lab to assess the inequalities in income and opportunity in the city of Boston. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Transatlantic Policy Lab to focus on inequality, opportunity

As part of a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday that the Transatlantic Policy Lab will come to the city to create a social equity lab focusing on reducing income inequality and increasing opportunity. Walsh emphasized the importance of opportunities and described how new practices will be implemented to make Boston […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday that the city of Boston has allowed nearly 1,200 more dorm beds in 2015, setting a 15 year housing completion record. PHOTO BY MARY SCHLICHTE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston sets record for housing completion, cites universities

The City of Boston set a record for new housing unit completions this year, mostly due to construction projects from universities in the area. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh spoke about the importance of meeting goals to provide safe and affordable housing for all residents. “In order to strengthen our City and our workforce, we must meet the goals of our […]

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City Council members voted 9-4 to increase their own salaries on Wednesday. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DFP FILE PHOTO

City Council votes 9-4 for salary raise

Less than a week before municipal elections, Boston City Council voted 9-4 Wednesday in favor of giving its members a salary increase of $12,000. The pay hike, proposed Aug. 31 by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, will raise councilor salaries 14 percent from $87,500 to $99,500. Walsh’s pay will also be capped at $199,000 instead of $175,000. Left untouched by City […]

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The Office of the Child Advocate released a report detailing the involvement of state agencies and community providers during Bella Bond's life. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

OCA report on Bella Bond outlines improvements for handing cases

The Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate released its final report Wednesday on the Department of Children and Families’ handling of the case of 2-year-old Bella Bond, stating that the DCF failed to perform several crucial jobs adequately. Identifying how the DCF should have approached the case, the OCA said tragedies like Bella’s death can be avoided in the future, according […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, seated next to IBM Executive Sandy Carter, announced the launch of Boston's StartHub at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury Tuesday afternoon. PHOTO BY MADELINE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston launches StartHub to focus on technology, innovation

Focusing on innovation and technology, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday the launch of StartHub, an online platform designed to expedite the further development of the city’s booming industry. StartHub will facilitate development by acting as a network through which investors and entrepreneurs can find partners to collaborate, pool resources and ask for advice, according to a Tuesday press release. […]

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Massachusetts Inspector General Glenn Cunha has criticized the 2013 deal between the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Red Sox in a letter to the BRA Monday. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DFP FILE PHOTO

Inspector General criticizes Red Sox, BRA deal

Massachusetts Inspector General Glenn Cunha criticized a 2013 deal by Boston Redevelopment Authority that granted the Boston Red Sox ownership of Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street, in a letter dated Monday. The deal allows the Red Sox to use Yawkey Way to sell concessions on game days and grants use of air space over Lansdowne Street to build more seating on the Green Monster […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s “Boston Creates” arts and culture program is in the process of creating a cultural plan, headed by Chief of Arts and Culture Julie Burros. PHOTO BY JACQUI BUSICK/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston moves forward with cultural plan

Following conversations about how to bolster the arts community, Boston is moving forward to create a cultural plan for the City. Boston Creates, part of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s Office of Arts and Culture, is in the process of gathering information in order to better understand how to implement and improve the arts community. The planning and preparation process for Boston Creates began […]

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A bill in support of physician-assisted suicide is being debated in the Massachusetts State House. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DFP FILE PHOTO

State legislators consider physician-assisted suicide

As part of an ongoing national conversation about the ethics of allowing terminally ill patients to die on their own terms, state legislators considered a bill about physician-assisted suicide at a Tuesday hearing at the Massachusetts State House. The bill, which resembles similar legislation passed in Oregon and California, would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs if a patient meets certain requirements, allowing […]

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Massachusetts state leaders have developed a plan to increase the amount of locally produced food and envision a “robust food system in Massachusetts.” PHOTO COURTESY OLIVIA NADEL

Plan seeks to improve locally grown food system in Massachusetts

Several Massachusetts organizations have co-authored a draft plan that aims to bolster the state’s locally grown food system, providing more jobs and more easily accessible and nutritious food for Massachusetts residents. The draft of the Massachusetts Food System Plan, released Friday, identified four general goals that were established by the Massachusetts Food Policy Council in 2013, which are to increase […]

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