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Recommendations released to strengthen gun laws in Massachusetts

In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Dec. 14, 2012, the Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence, commissioned by State Rep. Robert DeLeo and led by Northeastern professor Jack McDevitt, released a report Monday, urging state legislators to tighten Massachusetts gun laws. The report consists of 44 recommended regulations, including federal background checks, mandatory […]

Restaurant Week changed to appeal to more customers

Boston’s upcoming Restaurant Week is being revamped with new, lower-priced options, as well as renamed Dine Out Boston, due to a gradual decline in both restaurant and customer participants over the past few years. From March 16 to 21 and March 23 to 28, Dine Out Boston will involve 188 restaurants. Unlike previous years where there was a […]

2 companies in Boston receive licenses for medical cannabis dispensaries

After Massachusetts voters approved the Nov. 2012 ballot question to legalize medical cannabis, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Friday the names of 20 companies that will receive the first medical cannabis dispensary licenses. Of Massachusetts’s 14 counties, 10 will have dispensaries. Two companies received licenses to open in Boston: Green Heart Holistic Health and Pharmaceuticals […]

Homelessness numbers jump 4 percent in 2013

With a record-breaking number of homeless children in Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission reported Friday that homelessness increased by 3.8 percent in 2013. Boston’s 34th Annual Homeless Census results, which were gathered on Dec. 16 by city officials, community leaders and more than 350 volunteers, found 7,255 homeless people in Boston, 233 more than 2012. Of the […]

Scientists find alternative to stem cells

Scientists have discovered a process that enables mature cells to revert back to being stem cells, possibly resulting in many future saved lives, according to a report published in the weekly science journal Nature on Thursday.  A team of scientists led by Charles Vacanti, chairman of the department of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Brigham […]