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Federal gov’t. shutdown leaves Boston agencies closed, employees furloughed

Federal gov’t. shutdown leaves Boston agencies closed, employees furloughed

Closing for the first time in 17 years, the federal government shut down on Tuesday, leaving federally funded agencies in Boston closed and government employees furloughed indefinitely. Kent Portney, professor of political science at Tufts University, said the government shutdown was brought about by the failure of Congress to pass a budget that is due Oct. 1 of each year. A […]

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Obamacare to take effect in Massachusetts amid government shutdown

The Affordable Care Act is scheduled to launch into effect Tuesday with the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace, a state-administered online exchange where individuals and small business can purchase private insurance plans, despite the government shutdown looming on the same day. Alec Loftus, communications director at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, said Massachusetts is uniquely positioned with […]

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Despite offer from Russia, BU prof. says Syrian weapon disposal unlikely

Despite offer from Russia, BU prof. says Syrian weapon disposal unlikely

While U.S. President Barack Obama said he has postponed military action in Syria to allow Congress to consider Russia’s proposal of confiscating and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons, Boston University experts say a weapons forfeit is unlikely. Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night and said while he supports a singular military strike in Syria, he has decided to allow Capitol Hill […]

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U.S. Senate passes immigration reform based on DREAM Act

In a 68-32 victory, the U.S Senate issued a sweeping decision Thursday in favor of an immigration reform bill that may put undocumented immigrant students at schools such as Boston University on a quicker and easier path to citizenship. Although there was a strong showing from both liberals and conservatives in favor of this bill, many are concerned about how […]

Marathon bomber formally charged with 30-count indictment

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged by state and federal prosecutors on Thursday with a 30-count indictment that included using weapons of mass destruction, car-jacking, illegal use of a firearm during a violent crime and killing four people. “What we allege is that they [Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev] took these acts as a measure of protest […]

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SCOTUS decision a win for same-sex marriage

SCOTUS decision a win for same-sex marriage

In a major victory for gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court  issued a decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, opening the path for gay married couples to receive federal benefits they were denied under the act. The 5-to-4 ruling deemed the law unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment, according to the decision. […]

Democrat Ed Markey defeats Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate seat

Democrat Ed Markey defeats Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate seat

Democrat Ed Markey edged out Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez on Tuesday to win the special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s former U.S. Senate seat for Massachusetts. Markey gathered 642,988 votes and 54.8 percent of the vote to defeat Gomez, who received 525,080 votes and 44.8 percent of the vote. Richard Heos, candidate for the Twelve Visions Party, […]

Sluggish voter turnout in Mass., Boston for Senate special election

Even though Democratic candidate Ed Markey and Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez campaigned until the end of the day, few voters went to polls to cast ballots in the Tuesday special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. Voters had to deal with high temperatures on Tuesday in order to cast their ballot, said Mass. Secretary […]

IRS extends tax date by three months

In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, Tuesday the Internal Revenue Service announced a three-month tax filing and payment extension to taxpayers in Boston and others affected by the explosions. “In the wake of the tragedy, there are a lot of things that people need to be worried about that come before filing your tax returns, so we thought giving […]

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Mass. Dept. of Health drafts details on medicinal marijuana use, availability

Mass. Dept. of Health drafts details on medicinal marijuana use, availability

Amid fierce debate over the distribution of medical marijuana, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released the first round of medical regulations Friday and opened up a public comment period to allow community input on how the drug will be used medicinally. Patients who are qualified for the drug would be allowed a 60-day supply of up to 10 ounces […]

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