A Red Line train carrying about 50 passengers drove for nine minutes and traveled more than five miles without a conductor before MBTA officials cut power to the third rail, stopping it near North Quincy Station Thursday morning. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Red Line train departs station without operator

Following an inbound Red Line train’s departure from Braintree Station without an operator, officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority held a press conference Thursday afternoon to brief the public on circumstances surrounding the incident. At approximately 6:08 Thursday morning,  the Red Line train left the station without an operator and failed to stop […]

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A Boston University graduate student fell sick Sunday after eating at Chipotle. PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL SAECHANG/FLICKR

BU graduate student falls ill after eating at Chipotle

Following an outbreak of norovirus symptoms among Boston College students, a graduate student at Boston University became ill Sunday after eating at a Chipotle restaurant located in Cleveland Circle in Brighton. Sara Safranek, a graduate student in the School of Education at BU, said she ate chicken tacos and tortilla chips at Chipotle on Friday and felt symptoms Sunday morning. “I started […]

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A Suffolk Superior Court dismissed a suit Thursday from the City of Boston fighting the construction of Wynn Casino in Everett. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Next steps in Wynn casino construction await

An attempt by the City of Boston to block construction by Wynn Resorts in a nearby city has reached a standstill as officials consider the next step of legal action. Superior Court Justice Janet Sanders dismissed Boston’s suit to halt construction on the casino in Everett. The initial complaint, filed Sept. 28, outlined a number of concerns including environmental effects, the scale of […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was elected Nov. 14, 2014, and inaugurated on Jan. 15. PHOTO BY MIKE DESOCIO/DFP FILE PHOTO

Baker focuses on initiatives in first year in office

After a close gubernatorial race and his first year in office, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has focused on addressing widespread problems in his state. Solutions to opioid addiction, transportation reform and government spending were among the issues Baker pursued since he took office in January. With a 74 percent approval rating, Baker’s leadership resonates across the state, said Massachusetts GOP spokesman Terry MacCormack. […]

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The University of Massachusetts Boston announced Wednesday they will grant $315,000 to help 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing victims. PHOTO BY KENSHIN OKUBO/DFP FILE PHOTO

UMass Boston organization to provide rehab services to Marathon victims

Looking to provide vocational rehabilitation services to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston will make use of a $315,000 grant from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. Among the services planned is the Employment Options Program, a free service that will assist victims with career guidance and provide […]

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Hillary Clinton released a list Monday, titled “Massachusetts Leadership Council,” that revealed 190 political endorsements within the commonwealth. PHOTO BY MIKE DESOCIO/DFP FILE PHOTO

Nearly 200 Massachusetts officials endorse Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has gained support from 190 Massachusetts elected officials and community, labor and grassroots leaders, according to a list released Monday. This list, called the “Massachusetts Leadership Council,” includes U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and others, according to a Monday press release. Markey expressed excitement to be on the […]

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The Mass Pike Allston Reconstruction Meeting held at Jackson/Mann K-8 School Tuesday night discussed the state’s plans to reform the I-90 turnpike, which may affect the community of Allston. PHOTO BY JAKE FRIEDLAND/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Allston residents speak about impact of reconstruction

Living with the impact of reconstruction on Allston, residents gathered at a public meeting Tuesday at the Jackson/Mann K-8 School to gain input from the community and officials. The meeting, hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s I-90 Allston Interchange Improvement Project, saw experts and attendees speak about construction on the Massachusetts Turnpike and other redevelopment within the city. The […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday that the city of Boston has received an award from the United Nations Conference on Climate Change for its efforts in combatting climate change through the Greenovate Boston initiative. PHOTO COURTESY OLIVIA NADEL/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston recognized globally for environmental efforts

Following its continued effort to be more environmentally sustainable and raise its climate change awareness, the City of Boston received international honors at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris Thursday. The award for “Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement” was presented to the city by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and secures the city’s position at the […]

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Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu speaks Monday during a city council public hearing regarding bringing alcoholic beverages into restaurants, also known as BYOB. PHOTO BY CAROLYN HOFFMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston City Councilors push for bring-your-own-alcohol policy

Boston City Councilors at-Large Michelle Wu and Stephen Murphy held a hearing Monday at Boston City Hall to discuss an ordinance regulating the practice of patrons bringing their own alcoholic beverages onto venues’ premises. The ordinance would amend Chapter 17 of the City of Boston Code and create a regulated “Bring Your Own Bottle” system in which Boston restaurant owners […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation Wednesday that will create Massachusetts’ Workforce Investment Board. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DFP FILE PHOTO

Development board to improve economic growth, strengthen workforce

In an effort to promote economic growth and a strong workforce system, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker  signed legislation Wednesday to establish the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board. This legislation will improve the Massachusetts regional economy by focusing on job placement of employees in businesses with a need for skilled workers, which Baker said will have a tremendous impact on the state. […]

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