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A mural created by French artist “JR” began the dismantling process on Thursday. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Popular mural on John Hancock Tower to come down

A popular mural that has become a fixture in Boston’s skyline will soon be removed, officials said. The grayscale mural depicting a man with his hands in his pockets is currently displayed on the glass of the John Hancock Tower in Back Bay. “Last day of the piece in Boston,” the mural’s artist, JR, wrote on his website Wednesday. “They […]

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Monday that it will look into fining Amtrak for future delays after the company’s signal system caused 40 commuter train delays and cancellations on Sunday. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MassDOT to fine Amtrak for disrupted service

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that it would implement a system of fines for Amtrak when service on shared rails is disrupted, therefore impacting residents’ commutes, according to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokesperson Jason Johnson. In the past several months, Amtrak has disrupted commuter rail service when workers “tripped computer systems that then disrupted service, thus inconveniencing T riders,” […]

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In response to a fatal car accident in February that killed 35-year-old Caitlin Clavette, of Winchester, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will be conducting extensive highway safety testing to avoid future incidents. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MassDOT to improve roadway inspections across Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced plans Friday to improve its roadway inspection process after a woman was killed by a loose manhole cover in February, according to a statement released Friday from Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin. Tinlin said in the statement that MassDOT plans to improve the commonwealth’s infrastructure to improve safety for its citizens. “The Massachusetts Department of […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined a bipartisan committee to prevent the legalization of recreational marijuana. GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHMIELINSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh oppose legalization of marijuana

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined a bipartisan committee Thursday opposing the commercial legalization of marijuana in the commonwealth, according to a Thursday press release. Though marijuana is decriminalized and legalized for medical purposes in Massachusetts, new legislation proposes full legalization for the sale and purchase of marijuana and other cannabis products, according to the release. […]

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Traffic safety will be a highlighted component of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s proposed 2017 Fiscal Year budget, according to his presentation to the Boston City Council on Thursday. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Fiscal Year 2017 budget to emphasize traffic safety

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday that traffic safety in Boston will play a large role in the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017, according to a Thursday press release. The release stated that $3.1 million will be geared toward traffic improvements this year, and $9.3 million will be spent over the next three years. This money will go to […]

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Boston residents were inspired by the perseverance of the participants of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston Marathon unifies residents and spectators

Residents from across Massachusetts and beyond gathered in the City of Boston Monday to watch as approximately 30,000 runners participated in the 2016 Boston Marathon. For many residents of the Boston area, the marathon has become a tradition they anticipate each year. Julie Mastromonaco, 42, of Brookline, said she and her friends look forward to participating in the annual celebration, […]

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Heightened security measures along the Boston Marathon route Monday aimed to protect both runners and spectators. PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Heightened security continues throughout 120th Boston Marathon

For the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, Boston city officials and local agencies continued the practices of heightened security that have been in place since the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. In a Wednesday press conference, Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans expressed his hope for this level of security to become unnecessary in the future. “After what happened in […]

by Olivia Quintana· · 0 comments · City, News
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday a partnership with Verizon Wireless to enhance the city’s infrastructure through an advanced fiber-optic network. PHOTO BY ERIN BILLINGS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Verizon partnership to bring new platform to Boston

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday a partnership with Verizon Wireless, a move aimed at replacing the city’s copper-based infrastructure with a fiber-optic network platform, according to a same-day press release. With an investment flow of $300 million from Verizon over the next six years, the network platform’s construction will commence this year in Dorchester, West Roxbury and Roxbury’s Dudley […]

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After protesting in front of President Brown's office, Darius Cephas, 25, leads protestors in a chant as they march through Kenmore Square toward the Massachusetts State House. PHOTO BY LEXI PLINE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

#WageAction leads rally to increase minimum wage

Approximately 400 Boston-area residents gathered Thursday afternoon at the Massachusetts State House to rally to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The rally, organized by nonprofit group #WageAction, urged legislators to provide better working conditions and union rights in addition to the wage hike. This was one of many April 14 rallies that took place across the United […]

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Court records released Friday stated that Apple refused to assist the FBI in breaking into the iPhone of an alleged Boston drug gang member. PHOTO BY OLIVIA FALCIGNO/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Apple refuses court order to unlock iPhone, assist FBI

Court documents unsealed Friday revealed a federal court order to Apple Inc. to assist the FBI in unlocking the phone of alleged gang member Desmond Crawford. In a letter from Apple’s lawyer Marc Zwillinger, the company refused to comply with the actions ordered by the U.S. District Court. An affidavit of FBI Special Agent Matthew Knight described phone calls between […]

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