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Ty Allen, 20, of Boston, holds up a sign at a peaceful protest against the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson. PHOTO BY OLIVIA NADEL/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston residents, U.S. officials react to Ferguson grand jury decision

Following the Monday evening release of the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds of people took to the streets of Boston to peacefully protest. Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was fatally shot on Aug. 9 after a brief altercation with Wilson in […]

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Increases on federal loan interest rates take effect Tuesday

Effective Tuesday, college students taking out loans for the 2014-2015 school year will see an interest rate increase for federal Stafford loans, PLUS loans and some graduate loans. The interest on an undergraduate Stafford loan will be raised from 3.66 percent to 4.66 percent. The graduate loans affected will now have 6.21 percent interest rates, up from last year’s 5.41 […]

Defense team for alleged marathon bomber requests venue change for trial

The defense team representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man accused of placing two bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon with his brother Tamerlan, requested a change of venue Wednesday for Tsarnaev’s trial, scheduled to begin in November. The attorneys cited a defense expert’s survey that indicated almost 60 percent of Boston’s population believes Tsarnaev is “definitely guilty” […]

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BU under Title IX investigation for handling of sexual abuse complaint

BU under Title IX investigation for handling of sexual abuse complaint

Boston University is one of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for allegedly mishandling sexual violence and harassment complaints on campus, the Department of Education announced Thursday. The list, released publicly for the first time, includes schools that the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating for allegedly violating Title IX legislation, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender […]

Mass. healthcare site sees low sign-ups due to glitches

After U.S. President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the federal healthcare website is running smoothly, people turned to the Massachusetts healthcare site, which has seen stalling sign-up rates following a series of glitches and error messages. Jason Lefferts, director of communications at Massachusetts Health Connector, the Commonwealth’s healthcare website, said they chose to create their own healthcare website rather than use the […]

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ACA extension period rejected by Mass. officials

Mass. Insurance Commissioner Joseph Murphy and Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick rejected U.S. Pres. Barack Obama’s request Monday for an extension period on expiring healthcare plans after one month of U.S. citizens attempting to enroll in the federal plan. “To change course at this time, and delay certain market reforms, could cause confusion and significant market disruption,” Murphy said in a Monday letter to […]

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Mass. GDP recovers faster than national rate, report suggests

As the United States recovers from the Great Recession of 2008, the Commonwealth’s gross domestic product has seen more progress compared to the nation as a whole, according to two reports released on Thursday. The national GDP, which is the value of finished goods and services within a territory’s borders, increased by 2.8 percent for the third quarter, according to a […]

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Mass. LGBT groups push for House to approve non-discrimination act

Mass. LGBT groups push for House to approve non-discrimination act

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in the Commonwealth rejoiced as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill banning discrimination due to sexual orientation in the workplace, was passed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday by a 64-32 vote. Sylvain Bruni, a member of the board of directors for Boston Pride, an organization that plans gay rights celebrations throughout the year in the […]

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50th anniv. of Community Mental Health Act brings federal officials to Hub

50th anniv. of Community Mental Health Act brings federal officials to Hub

Distinguished guests, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, gathered to speak at a mental health forum on the 50th anniversary of a landmark mental health act. Biden said to a crowd of about 400 people at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum that humanity is on the cusp of remarkable changes in the treatment and understanding of mental […]

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Gov’t. shutdown could delay court cases in Boston

After the government shutdown on Oct. 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit  is expected to run out of funding by Monday, forcing all court employees to either be furloughed or to work without pay once funds dissolve in Boston. Susan Goldberg, a spokeswoman for the Federal Court of Appeals, said the court must stay open regardless […]

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