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Racing will return Saturday to Suffolk Downs in East Boston after the racetrack closed in 2014. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Racing returns to Suffolk Downs as supporters push for gambling

After closing its doors in 2014 after a failed casino development, East Boston racetrack Suffolk Downs opened its doors Saturday to host the first of three race days amid supporters’ efforts to expand gambling. One of the 22 petitions certified by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey for the 2016 election ballot includes “An Act Relative to Expanded Gaming,” which would […]

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City ordinance bans smokeless tobacco from sporting events

City ordinance bans smokeless tobacco from sporting events

After Boston Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance Wednesday to ban its use, smokeless tobacco will no longer be a part of Boston’s longstanding sports culture. The ordinance, which will prohibit smokeless tobacco at all Boston sporting events, is a coordinated effort with the Boston City Council, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids organization and public health officials. “Our baseball parks […]

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Severo Olga places her vote Tuesday for city council at a polling place at 333 Massachusetts Ave. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City Council campaigning, elections starting up

Campaigning is underway for the 2015 Boston City Council race, as councilors seek reelection and District 4 and District 7 required preliminary votes Tuesday. Josh Zakim, city councilor of District 8, which includes Boston University’s campus, is running unopposed. He has been working over the summer to garner support. “We’re ready for the Nov. 3 election, and we’ve been knocking […]

by Julia Metjian· · 1 comment · City, News
On Friday, the second medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened in Brockton. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH SILBIGER/DFP FILE PHOTO

Boston-area patients still waiting on medical marijuana dispensaries to open in area

  The path to medical marijuana in Massachusetts has begun to unfurl, but Boston-area residents still await the opening of a dispensary in the city. Alternative Therapies Inc. in Salem and In Good Health, Inc. in Brockton are the only medical marijuana dispensaries open in the state. In Good Health opened its doors Friday. “The pace at which dispensaries open […]

by Olivia Quintana· · 1 comment · City, News
According to a recent Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center study, Massachusetts is ranked fourth in the country for solar energy installations. PHOTO COURTESY PIXABAY

Mass. ranks high for solar energy installation, capacity in nation, report finds

Massachusetts ranked fifth for solar energy installations in 2014 and has the sixth highest solar capacity in the nation, a Thursday report by the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center found. The report focused on the installation of solar energy infrastructure, showing that Massachusetts is one of 10 states experiencing the benefits of that energy. Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, […]

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22 questions closer to making 2016 election ballot

22 questions closer to making 2016 election ballot

After receiving certification from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, 22 petitions are one step closer to gaining spots on the November 2016 election ballot. Twenty of the petitions are proposed laws and two are constitutional amendments, according to a Sept. 2 press release. The petitions span 16 topics including recreational marijuana use, public funding for abortion, fair access to public […]

by Julia Metjian· · 1 comment · City, News
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 […]

by Samantha J. Gross· · 0 comments · City, News
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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