The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Samaritans Inc., will launch the "You Are Not Alone" campaign Friday on public transit in an effort to provide greater awareness of the Samaritans’ help line to those feeling alone or depressed. PHOTO COURTESY JASON B. JOHNSON

MBTA, Samaritans Inc. launch “You Are Not Alone” campaign

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Samaritans Inc. of Boston launched the “You Are Not Alone” campaign Friday to spread awareness of suicide prevention through a statewide helpline in the public transportation systems. The first stage of the program was the implementation of temporary signage in core MBTA stations around the greater Boston area, including North Station, Back Bay, South […]

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In their first meeting of 2016 Thursday, The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved $732.5 million dollars to be allocated to new projects. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston Redevelopment Authority approves six development projects

The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved six development projects in its first board meeting of the year on Jan. 14. The projects contribute a combined investment of $732.5 million to Boston’s economy, according to a Friday press release. Nicholas Martin, the BRA spokesperson, wrote in an email that construction plans range from residential to office buildings, and these projects are aimed […]

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CityScore, a website launched by Mayor Martin Walsh Friday, provides a window into how the city is performing by using public data to evaluate how well the city is meeting goals. ILLUSTRATION BY MAE DAVIS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Walsh launches CityScore initiative

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Friday the launch of CityScore, an initiative that will allow city officials to quickly track and improve the City of Boston’s performance in everyday life. CityScore, the first of its kind, is a data-based system that collects various metrics from city departments each day and scores them based upon Boston’s performance goal or the city’s […]

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Mayor Martin Walsh speaks about keeping Boston safe by "lifting people up," rather than "locking people up," during the State of the City Address in Symphony Hall Tuesday evening. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Walsh delivers State of the City address

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh delivered his second State of the City Address Tuesday to a full audience at Boston Symphony Hall. This address marked the halfway point in his first term as mayor. Walsh spoke after brief musical and vocal performances from Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Hawthorne Quartet, the English High School marching band, the Boston Arts Academy Spiritual Ensemble, readings […]

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U.S. District Judge George O’Toole denied Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s bid for a new trial this past Friday. ILLUSTRATION BY REBECCA NESS/DFP FILE PHOTO

Judge rejects Tsarnaev’s request for a new trial

U.S. District Judge George O’Toole denied a motion for a new trial for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday afternoon, while ordering Tsarnaev to pay more than $101 million in restitution to the victims of the bombing. Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University, explained the importance of requesting a new trial and essential role it plays in the appeal […]

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Charles Planck, Assistant General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of continuing late night public transportation services at a public meeting held Tuesday night. PHOTO BY ERIN BILLINGS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA hosts public meetings to discuss late-night service

Following an announcement that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority may discontinue late-night service, a public meeting was held Tuesday to discuss the decision with the public. Approximately 30 members of the Boston community attended to share their thoughts with Charles Planck, assistant general manager of the MBTA. Planck began the meeting by introducing the reasons behind the talks of abandoning […]

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General Electric announced Wednesday that they will be moving their corporate headquarters to Boston beginning this summer. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

General Electric headquarters relocates to Boston

After more than three years of consideration, General Electric is relocating its headquarters to Boston, according to a Wednesday press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. The move will begin in the summer of 2016 and will be completed by 2018, when the company will anchor its headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District. Employees will be assisted in […]

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The Council on State Governments released a review Tuesday that revealed several people were released from prison into Mass. without supervision of a probation or parole officer. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

Forty percent released from Massachusetts’ prisons without supervision during parole or probation

Following a Jan. 12 review of Massachusetts’ criminal justice system, The Council of State Governments confirmed that two in five people released from the Commonwealth’s prisons are freed without the supervision of a parole or probation officer. The review was run by a Steering Committee comprised of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, House […]

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Annissa Essaibi George celebrates her win in the Boston City Council election. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City Councilors Campbell and Essaibi George inaugurated into office

Following a competitive City Council race in Nov. 2015, Mayor Martin Walsh inaugurated Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George into Boston City Council office outside Faneuil Hall Monday. Campbell and Essaibi George were sworn in alongside nine district councilors, as well as returning At-Large councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu, the newly elected Council President. Campbell, the District 4 City […]

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The Northeastern University Police Department's policy to equip officers with semi-automatic rifles will launch mid-December. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

City Councilors Zakim and Jackson respond to Northeastern’s use of semi-automatic rifles

In response to a recent decision to equip Northeastern University police officers with semi-automatic rifles, City Councilors Josh Zakim and Tito Jackson wrote a letter Thursday to the president of the university criticizing the Northeastern Police Department. The letter called for open communication between the Northeastern Police Department and its surrounding community, which includes Roxbury and Mission Hill. The letter […]

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