Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is initiating a program to test self-driving cars on Boston streets. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Boston to begin self-driving car program

Boston will begin exploring the use of autonomous vehicles over the next several years as part of Go Boston 2030, a transportation planning initiative to enhance mobility, according to a Wednesday press release. The City of Boston is partnering with the World Economic Forum, the “International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation,” according to its website, and it will be working this […]

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Person shot outside Allston nightclub

A person was shot in the head outside a Linden Street nightclub in Allston late Sunday night, officials said. The suspect is still at large, Boston Police said. The suspect is a black man wearing a black hoodie and green pants, according to BPD Superintendent Bernie O’Rourke. The victim is a black man in his 20s, Robert Ciccolo, a BPD captain, said at […]

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Emerson College is deciding whether to reopen the historic Colonial Theater after reviewing proposals for renovations. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Emerson Colonial Theatre reopens one year after closing

  Emerson Colonial Theatre, owned by Emerson College, is considering partnerships with various art organizations to reopen the theater after a year-long operations hiatus, according to Emerson spokesperson Carole McFall. “The College understands the historic and cultural value of the Colonial in Boston and beyond and its significance for our campus community, the theater-producing community, and the public,” McFall wrote […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has announced a new hotline service for people struggling with substance abuse and drug addiction. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Mayor’s Office begins 311 for Recovery Services hotline

A new hotline service aimed to help Boston residents battling substance abuse and addiction was launched Tuesday by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, according to a press release. The service, called 311 for Recovery Services, will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it will provide callers with access to addiction treatment, recovery programs for friends and family […]

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Pro-marijuana legalization group leads funding thanks to PAC

One pro-marijuana legalization group has raised over $2.4 million in 2016 alone, while the largest opposing campaign has raised less than $400,000, according to state financial reports filed Friday. The pro-legalization group, YES on 4, began in the summer of 2015, and by that fall had a ballot initiative with 105,000 signatures. The group’s main purpose is “to establish a […]

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Extreme drought warning in Massachusetts follows 5 abnormally dry months

The United States Drought Monitor recently announced a “code red” signifying an extreme drought in Greater Boston, an area encompassing over 3.2 million people, and the Baker-Polito administration is now encouraging Massachusetts residents to be aware of their water use. Despite Hurricane Hermine moving up the East Coast last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor has recorded abnormal drought conditions for […]

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UberPOOL is now offering a $2 flat rate for passengers driving within designated campus areas. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY LEXI PLINE/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Uber launches uberPOOL $2 flat rate on college campuses

College students around Greater Boston, as of this month, can travel inside designated college areas for a flat rate of $2 using Uber’s ride-hailing option uberPOOL, according to a Friday press release. Students are eligible for the uberPOOL flat rate by sharing the ride with another passenger going in the same direction. Areas covered by the program are Kendall, Harvard […]

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The Boston Police Department will implement a pilot program that requires 100 officers to wear body cameras beginning Monday. PHOTO BY AMANDA LUCIDI/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

100 officers begin body camera pilot program following judge ruling

One hundred Boston Police Department officers and seven command staff members on Monday began participating in a six-month body camera pilot program, according to a Monday press release. The program was put in effect after a judge in the Suffolk Superior Court on Friday declined the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association’s request to make the body camera voluntary. BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross said in […]

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Environmental officials have warned residents to be cautious of their contact with the Charles River after an outbreak of a potentially harmful bacteria was discovered in some parts. PHOTO BY ERIN BILLINGS/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Scientists find bacteria in Charles River, warn against contact with water

Cyanobacteria, a photosynthetic bacteria that can release toxins while in bloom, has been found along the lower Charles River by the Charles River Watershed Association, according to CRWA Aquatic Scientist Elisabeth Cianciola. The unusually warm weather and drought in Massachusetts could be part of the reason why the cyanobacteria have been blooming in such high concentrations along the Charles, Les […]

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A rendering shows plans for enhancements such as an ice skating rink and a holiday market in City Hall Plaza for the winter season. PHOTO COURTESY BOSTON GARDEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

City Hall Plaza to become winter wonderland this holiday season

An outdoor ice skating path — the first of its kind in New England — and a holiday shopping market will be open at the Boston City Hall Plaza from after Thanksgiving until early 2017, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday. The winter attractions aim to activate City Hall Plaza and create “a vibrant public space and welcoming for all,” […]

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