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Mass. domestic workers secure rights, benefits from state

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill into law Wednesday guaranteeing members of the domestic workforce rights and benefits previously unenforced by the state government, putting weight behind domestic employees’ four-year push to secure better working conditions. Termed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, the law requires private households in the Commonwealth to provide benefits […]

Two BU professors receive $1 million grants for hands-on research

Two Boston University professors were awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professorships Monday, garnering HHMI’s five-year, $1 million grants for the first time in BU’s history. Professorship recipient David Marchant heads BU’s Antarctic Research Group, which focuses not only on research in the field but education and outreach as well. Marchant, a professor of earth & […]

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, […]

Jury selection begins for friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect

The lawyers defending Azamat Tazhayakov, who is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy in the investigation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, began selecting a jury for Tazhayakov’s trial alongside federal prosecutors Monday. Tazhayakov, who is the first of Tsarnaev’s four friends to be put on trial for obstruction charges, allegedly removed Tsarnaev’s […]

Mayor Walsh appoints new, tech-savvy CIO

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday that Jascha Franklin-Hodge, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumnus with 15 years of information technology experience, will serve as the City’s new Chief Information Officer. Franklin-Hodge will be responsible for overseeing the Department of Innovation and Technology to bolster online service delivery, equip city employees with digital tools and […]