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The popular newsletter service theSkimm launched its new app, Skimm Ahead, which provides users with a unique feed of current events. ILLUSTRATION BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Skimm Ahead emphasizes accessibility, immediacy for mobile media

Need to know when the next primary is? What about when Beyoncé tickets go on sale? Skimm Ahead, an iPhone app that’s an extension of the free, daily newsletter provided by theSkimm, launched this week, allowing its subscribers to be kept in the loop about events ranging from current news to concerts. “With theSkimm, we wanted to make it easier to […]

By Morgan O'Hanlon· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
According to the Boston Athletic Association, the Boston Marathon has a sizable economic impact, bringing in $188.8 million to the city. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Economic impact of Boston Marathon on city, businesses, runners

Every year on the third Monday of April, visitors from around the world flock to Boston to cheer on runners in what is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious marathons in the world — the Boston Marathon. Whether it is the Boston Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police or a plethora of volunteers, the marathon is fueled by people. […]

By Olivia Deng· · 1 comment · Features, InBusiness
In partnership with the MFA, patients in the pediatrics department at Massachusetts General Hospital celebrated One Boston Day with arts and crafts. PHOTO BY ELLEN CLOUSE/DFP FILE PHOTO

Artful Healing program paints better world on One Boston Day

The second annual One Boston Day, which commemorated the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, saw acts of kindness displayed all throughout the city that became “Boston Strong.” At Massachusetts General Hospital, what seemed like a simple day of arts and crafts for patients in the pediatrics department was part of a movement initiated by the Museum of Fine […]

By Corina Pintado· · 0 comments · Features, Impact
Ramón Torres Santa, a first-year graduate student in Boston University’s College of Communication, screened his 2015 short film, “Panorama,” at the Rincón International Film Festival in Puerto Rico on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY RAMON TORRES

INTERVIEW: COM grad student uses Puerto Rican background as film inspiration

For seven days each April, movie enthusiasts gather in Puerto Rico to watch comedies, documentaries and short films at the Rincón International Film Festival. Ramón Torres Santa, a filmmaker, first-year graduate student in Boston University’s College of Communication and native Puerto Rican, showed his 2015 short film “Panorama” Friday at the festival. “It’s a story about two guys talking at […]

By Michaela Johnston· · 1 comment · Features, Impact
Artist Mark Kostabi poses with his painting at his solo exhibition opening in the Martin Lawrence Gallery Friday night. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mark Kostabi uses “art as a dialogue” through pieces at Boston gallery

Mark Kostabi, a leading artist known for his faceless figures, geometric abstractions and loud primary colors, hosted an opening reception Friday at Martin Lawrence Galleries on Newbury Street. As one of the longest-running artists at the gallery, Kostabi is a part of an elite group alongside Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, and he designed the album covers for Guns N’ […]

By Savannah Wu· · 0 comments · Features, Impact
Environmental Health Perspectives published a study Thursday that found the closer women live to vegetation, the longer life the individual is predicted to have. PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Living near greenery may increase lifespan, study finds

Our parents always told us that we should go play outside. Now, science proves them right. Scientists have found that exposure to green, natural environments may actually lead to a longer lifespan for women. The study, published Thursday in Environmental Health Perspectives, examined more than 108,630 women living across the United States to see if there was a correlation between […]

By Elise Takahama· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
BostonTweet founder Tom O’Keefe ran the Boston Marathon for the second time Monday to support and give back to his community. PHOTO COURTESY TOM O'KEEFE

INTERVIEW: Business promoter Tom O’Keefe runs BostonTweet, Boston Marathon

For 26.2 miles, the founder of Flutter, BostonTweet and #DownloadBoston directed his energy elsewhere. Boston businessman Tom O’Keefe ran for the second time in the Boston Marathon. His dedication and drive to support his community flourished as he launched businesses that promoted local Boston businesses. He continued to give back to his community by taking part in the 2016 marathon. […]

By Jessie Levinson· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
The rap career of deceased musician J Dilla continued Friday with the unveiling of his previously unreleased album, “The Diary." PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

REVIEW: J Dilla’s posthumous release keeps hip-hop beat alive, kickin’

What will our legacy be? What will we leave behind? The revered and deceased musician J Dilla or Jay Dee, born James Yancey, continues to build on his legacy even after his death in 2006. The revived PayJay records blew the dust off of J Dilla’s previously unreleased solo album and delivered “The Diary” on Friday. The Detroit-based rapper and […]

By Clara Hudson· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Nick Neville stars as Johnny in BU On Broadway’s production of the musical “American Idiot.” PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: BU On Broadway’s “American Idiot” delivers sound and fury

Since its release, Green Day’s iconic ninth album “American Idiot” was begging to be made into a musical. A rock opera about a disillusioned teenager in the Iraq War-era is perfect stage material. Boston University’s musical theater group, BU On Broadway, only further proved that with their performance of “American Idiot,” which opened Thursday. Sarah Gibson, a sophomore in the […]

By Felipe Belfort Marques· · 2 comments · Features, Muse
“Criminal,” in theaters Friday, stars Kevin Costner as a deranged criminal implanted with the memories of an assassinated CIA agent, played by Ryan Reynolds. PHOTO COURTESY JACK ENGLISH

REVIEW: “Criminal” disappoints despite famed cast

Director Ariel Vromen’s “Criminal” begins in what English teachers call “in medias res” and what moviegoers might call confusing. Kevin Costner sports an aggressive buzz cut on a beach while talking about his feelings. Less than a minute later, the title of the film bleeds across the screen and the following scene begins with a flashback of Ryan Reynolds. The […]

By Emma Parkinson· · 0 comments · Features, Muse