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Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Judy Huth, makes a statement on Bill Cosby’s deposition Saturday at the Omni Parker House. PHOTO BY MINA CORPUZ/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Legal action against Bill Cosby proceeds in Massachusetts

With countless women making allegations of sexual assault against him dating back to the 1970s, actor and comedian Bill Cosby is facing three lawsuits related to some of these claims. On Saturday, attorney Gloria Allred, representing Judy Huth in a case against Cosby out of Los Angeles, said the actor appeared in Boston Friday for deposition to make statements that […]

By Mina Corpuz· · 1 comment · City, News
The MBTA announced the addition of Green Line countdown signs at Copley, Arlington, Boylston, Park Street, Haymarket, and North Stations this week. PHOTO BY SUSIE TERASAKI/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

More countdown clocks come to MBTA Green Line

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority began to activate additional arrival countdown clocks at Green Line stations throughout Boston this week. The signs at Copley and Arlington were unveiled Tuesday, the Inbound signs for Boylston and Park Street on Wednesday and the North Station, Haymarket, and Science Park Station signs on Thursday. “These signs provide important information that significantly enhances our customers’ […]

By Alyssa Meyers· · 0 comments · City, News
The City of Boston announced Wednesday that it's seeking vendors for an online database to match people experiencing homelessness with housing vacancies. GRAPHIC BY KATELYN PILLEY/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City to create system to match homeless individuals, housing vacancies

In a continued effort to address homelessness, the City of Boston will seek a vendor to create a system that provides available housing services to individuals, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday. The Coordinated-Access system will connect housing providers with homeless individuals, a press release stated. The effort comes as a part of the City of Boston’s Action Plan to […]

By Julia Metjian· · 0 comments · City, News
The Massachusetts State Legislature held a hearing Tuesday to discuss a bill that would make gender identity a protected class. PHOTO BY ESTHER RO/DFP FILE PHOTO

Strong testimony for Mass. transgender hearing bills

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III testified before a Massachusetts State Legislature committee at a Tuesday hearing  in support of two bills that would make gender identity a protected class in the Commonwealth. The hearing, held by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary at the State House, went over the bills, which would also serve to […]

By Maddie Domenichella· · 2 comments · City, News
The Harvard Business School has filed plans for two new buildings on its Allston campus: one that will involve demolishing Burden Hall and building on the side of the structure, and the other on a parking lot near Western Avenue. PHOTO BY RACHEL MCLEAN/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Harvard University continues expansion into Allston

Despite its main campus’ location across the Charles River in Cambridge, Harvard University is seeking to expand its Allston-based Harvard Business School, adding to the sports fields and academic buildings already there. Harvard submitted detailed plans to the Boston Redevelopment Authority Friday for the phased construction of two new buildings. It is an estimated 105,100 square feet of new construction, according […]

By Alejandra Jimenez· · 0 comments · City, News
Boston City Council members Sal LaMattina and Michael Flaherty speak to one another during the City Council meeting Wednesday afternoon. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Zoning to accommodate marijuana dispensaries considered

Entertaining the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana, the Boston City Council met Tuesday to discuss amending the text of the Boston Zoning Code to accommodate marijuana dispensaries. The council’s proposed amendment would limit the placement of any medical or recreational marijuana dispensary to no closer than 2,500 feet from any other dispensary, according to a document provided at the hearing. […]

By Kyler Sumter· · 0 comments · City, News
The Jane Doe Inc. Domestic Violence Homicide Report found Suffolk County was ranked third in the state for domestic violence homicides from 2003 to 2012. GRAPHIC BY KATELYN PILLEY/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Suffolk County third for domestic violence homicides

Suffolk County had the third highest rate of domestic violence homicides in Massachusetts between 2003 and 2012, according to a report released by Friday by Jane Doe Inc. From Jan. 1, 2003 to Dec. 31, 2012, there were a total of 334 deaths in Massachusetts as a result of domestic homicide, according to the report. Suffolk County had 39 homicide […]

By Julia Metjian· · 0 comments · City, News
The City of Boston released building energy metrics that can be found online for the first time Tuesday due to its energy reporting and disclosure program. PHOTO COURTESY PIXABAY

Building energy use metrics now available to public

The first year of energy metrics for large buildings are now publicly available as part of a citywide plan to make Boston more environmentally friendly. The metrics, released Thursday, are accessible through a new Greenovate Boston website created by the city, according to a Thursday press release. Austin Blackmon, chief of environment, energy and open space for Boston, said the […]

By Carolyn Hoffman· · 0 comments · City, News
Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are supporting a bill to increase the smoking age to 21 nationwide. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BETSEY GOLDWASSER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mass. senators support raise of national smoking age to 21

Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey announced their support Wednesday for a proposal that would raise the national legal tobacco smoking age by three years, to 21. The Tobacco to 21 Act already has the support from 10 senators who believe it will save lives and benefit the health of Americans, according to a Wednesday press release from Markey’s […]

By Lauren Fogelstrom· · 0 comments · City, News
Boston City Council members met Tuesday inside City Hall to discuss issues such as overcrowded student housing. SCREENSHOT COURTESY BOSTON CITY COUNCIL

City Council, Inspectional Services explore changes to student housing ordinance

In an effort to make student housing safer, Boston City Council met Thursday to consider revising the “No More Than Four” zoning amendment that prohibits more than four undergraduate students from living in one apartment. This amendment helps create healthier and safer housing conditions for college students in the city, but it cannot be enforced, said Inspectional Services Department Commissioner […]

By Alex Li· · 0 comments · City, News