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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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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed into law a bill that he believes will strengthen sustainable energy efforts in the commonwealth. PHOTO BY JACQUI BUSICK/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Gov. Baker signs legislation to improve solar power

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito passed comprehensive solar legislation into law Monday in collaboration with elected officials from around the commonwealth, according to a Monday press release. The bill, a joint effort between Baker’s administration and the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, aims to move toward a cleaner environment in a cost-effective way. “The bill, […]

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The Boston City Council Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery held a public hearing Tuesday to discuss the impact of homelessness on children and families. PHOTO BY OLIVIA FALCIGNO/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City Council committee hosts public hearing on homelessness

The Boston City Council Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery met Tuesday in a public hearing to discuss the effects of homelessness on youth and families, according to public documents. The committee ordered the hearing, hosted at St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester, in response to the rising number of homeless students enrolled in the Boston […]

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The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it has decided to rescind its honor for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. The decision came as a result of Baker’s plan to speak at a GOP conference in Las Vegas. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

LGBT group rescinds honorary invitation from Gov. Charlie Baker

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce rescinded Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s invitation to a gala where he would have been recognized for his leadership, organization officials said. The group withdrew Baker’s invitation to the Best-of-the-Best awards dinner on Thursday. The dinner will take place April 26 to recognize those who promote diversity and inclusion, according to a statement […]

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A billboard urging people to visit FactCheckArmenia.com, a website that reportedly denies the Armenian genocide, was removed Thursday from its North End location. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

North End billboard denying Armenian genocide is removed

A billboard implying that the Armenian genocide was a hoax was removed Thursday from Boston’s North End, according to the billboard company. Michael Demirchian, president of the Armenian Student Association at Northeastern University, wrote in an email that the billboard was sponsored by Turkic Platform. The nonprofit group was “established to bring all the Turks and Turkish movements living and […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Friday that Boston will host nine early voting sites for the November 2016 presidential election. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Early voting sites to come to Boston for 2016 election

In an effort to provide flexibility for voters, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Friday nine early voting sites for the November 2016 presidential election as a part of the Early Voting Initiative, according to a Friday press release. “A vibrant democracy is one where every resident has the opportunity to have their voice heard,” Walsh said in the release. “I […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday that the Boston Water and Sewer Commission's Lead Replacement Incentive Program will be expanded in an effort to encourage Boston residents and business owners to replace lead pipes. PHOTO BY OLIVIA FALCIGNO/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Martin Walsh expands initiative to replace lead pipes

In an effort to decrease the number of lead service lines in the city, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday the expansion of the Lead Replacement Incentive Program to include commercial property owners among those eligible to receive incentives, according to a Thursday press release. Walsh said in the release that the replacement program, operated by the Boston Water and […]

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Boston city councilors voted Wednesday to double their term length from four to eight years. The vote also resulted in a law that will limit candidates to only run for one municipal election at a time. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City councilors vote to extend term limits

The Boston City Council voted Wednesday to increase its term limits from two to four years, according to a same-day report from the Committee on Government Operations and Special Committee on Charter Reform. The councilors voted to increase their term limits in order to reduce the amount of money the city spends on biannual citywide council elections, according to the report. “Having […]

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At the third New England Regional Gun Violence Meeting Wednesday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, along with Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans, announced that heightened measures will be taken to fight gun violence. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Walsh partners with Arms With Ethics to curb gun violence

In an effort to curb gun violence and the flow of illegal firearms into New England, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced a partnership with Arms With Ethics Wednesday at the New England Regional Gun Violence Summit, according to a Wednesday press release. The press release stated that the program, made possible by a $25,000 […]

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In honor of April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police departments across the commonwealth will begin an increased effort to ticket distracted drivers. PHOTO BY NICKI GITTER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

State police to crack down on distracted driving

The Massachusetts Highway Safety Division received a grant of $622,000 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to increase police efforts to crack down on distracted driving beginning Friday, according to bureau director Jeff Larason. Larason discussed the prevalence of distracted driving and the reasons behind this new effort. “There seems to be a notion with drivers that it is […]

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