Labor Day draws union supporters to Boston Common

Labor Day draws union supporters to Boston Common

  An energetic crowd pulsing with drums and chants gathered at the Boston Common Monday to celebrate progress for labor rights. The rally, hosted by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and Local 615 of the 32BJ Service Employees International Union, began at the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common with speeches from union leaders and activists. Roxana […]

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Obama visits Boston, pushes paid leave at Labor Day breakfast

Obama visits Boston, pushes paid leave at Labor Day breakfast

U.S. President Barack Obama urged support for paid leave for workers Monday at the Greater Boston Labor Council’s Labor Day breakfast. “We’ve got millions of people who can’t care for a loved one with a serious illness without losing a paycheck or risking their job,” Obama said in his speech. “I’m calling on Congress to take a cue from the rest […]

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Following the death of cyclist Anita Kurmann, 38, on Aug. 7, 2015, there will be increased safety measures implemented at the intersection of Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mass. Ave., Beacon Street intersection to improve biker safety

  In the wake of the fatal bike crash that killed Boston University research fellow Anita Kurmann, 38, changes to the intersection where the woman was struck are underway to make the area safer for bike riders. Kurmann was killed Aug. 7 at the intersection of Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue — an area notoriously treacherous for cyclists. Although already […]

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Several changes are coming to the MBTA, including extending the green line to Somerville and developing a winter resiliency plan. PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAWK/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA rolling out management, service changes after harsh winter

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is rolling out changes to operations and management implemented during the summer while looking to improve service for Boston-area commuters. During the summer, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker created the Fiscal and Management Control Board to oversee the T’s daily operations and released a winter resiliency plan to ensure the MBTA as a whole runs better […]

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In a report from Massachusetts General Hospital, a survey found that many physicians overestimate their ability to assess the risk of Ebola. PHOTO COURTESY CDC GLOBAL

Many physicians overestimate ability to assess risk of Ebola, study finds

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that the physicians least likely to encounter the infectious Ebola virus tend to be overly cautious even with low-risk patients. The report titled “Ebola Risk and Preparedness: A National Survey of Internists” highlights the need for better communication and education, according to an Aug. 27 press release. Authors also explored the unintended impacts […]

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Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley plans to file a petition with the Massachusetts legislature to grant Boston control of its own liquor licensing. PHOTO BY OLIVIA NADEL/DFP FILE PHOTO

Boston City councilor seeks petition for Boston to control own liquor permitting

Following recent changes to Boston’s liquor licensing process, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is continuing to push for change. In 2013, Pressley succeeded in returning control of liquor licensing to the city from the Commonwealth. The following year, 75 new liquor licenses were allocated to Boston businesses, said Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu. “The city’s number of liquor licenses is […]

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker met with Massachusetts’ medical school deans to address opioids Wednesday. PHOTO BY MINA CORPUZ/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Massachusetts Medical Society, medical school deans work together against opioids

  Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker met with leadership from the Massachusetts Medical Society and deans from the four Greater Boston-area medical schools Wednesday to talk about opportunities to collaborate and address opioid medication misuse. “We had a series of discussions about the practice of managing pain and addiction in the community,” Baker said at a Wednesday press conference. “I view […]

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UMass Amherst is leading the way in the partnership with the United States Department of Defense and Massachusetts’ universities in the creation of flexible hybrid electronics. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Mass. universities assist Department of Defense in flexible hybrid electronics development

Several Boston-area universities will assist the U.S. Department of Defense in developing flexible hybrid electronics, such as wearable healthcare technology, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced in a Friday press release. The Obama administration will award money to a group of 162 companies, universities and non-profits to establish the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics. The institute is part […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s Office of Public Safety and Boston Police met with communities affected by the multiple shootings in Boston and surrounding cities through neighborhood walks in late August. PHOTO COURTESTY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Community, city differ on efforts to address neighborhood violence

Nichole Bell, 40, of Dorchester, has noticed that there are more and more families having experiences she can relate to. “My brother was killed,” Bell said. “I do the peace walk every year, and every year it is more and more families affected by the violence. It’s all different kinds of things. Like I said it’s getting worse and worse.” […]

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James "Whitey" Bulger's mugshot at Alcatraz in 1959. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

James “Whitey” Bulger attorneys claim violation of constitutional rights in appeal

  Attorneys for James “Whitey” Bulger argued Monday before a panel of judges at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse to overturn multiple federal racketeering convictions, claiming that the government violated Bulger’s constitutional rights. U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper prevented Bulger from testifying about the legal immunity he claims deceased federal prosecutor Jeremiah O’Sullivan gave him. Defense attorney […]

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