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The race to get into Boston’s exam schools

The race to get into Boston’s exam schools

Each spring, the Globe publishes “Faces of Excellence,” a feature highlighting the big dreams of that year’s valedictorians from Boston high schools. In a long-troubled school system, these faces, many of them black and brown, inspire hope for the future. But their experiences since high school graduation are sobering. We spent months tracking down more than 90 city valedictorians from 2005, 2006, and 2007, and to be sure, we found success stories, sometimes against great odds. But we also found stories of tragedy, hardship, and even homelessness. As a group, the Boston valedictorians fell short of the achievements of […]

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Could your cellphone’s electromagnetic field make you sick?

Could your cellphone’s electromagnetic field make you sick?

Many scientists say exposure to electromagnetic fields may pose a health hazard. They’re especially concerned about cellphones, because of their position close to the user’s head. A California health activist says the Massachusetts Department of Public Health may be withholding information about possible health risks posed by cellphones and other wireless technologies. Joel Moskowitz , director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California Berkeley, said the state agency is refusing to release fact sheets about the health effects of electromagnetic fields, or EMF, that it began drafting two years ago. “The higher-ups are […]

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Suspect in Shooting of Lawrence Girl Arrested in Boston

Suspect in Shooting of Lawrence Girl Arrested in Boston

Police Identify Lawrence Shooting Victim as 16-Year-Old Police say a 16-year-old girl was shot in Lawrence on Friday night. She remains in a Boston area hospital. (Published Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019) A suspect has been arrested and charged in the shooting of a teenage girl last week in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Lawrence Police said a 16-year-old girl was shot on High Street just after 9 p.m. Friday. Wednesday night, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office said 36-year-old Jose Rivera had been arrested in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Rivera was charged with three counts of armed assault to murder, assault and battery […]

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Boston’s first recreational pot shop could be coming soon

Boston’s first recreational pot shop could be coming soon

BOSTON (WHDH) – Boston’s first recreational marijuana shop could be coming soon. The city gave approval to Ascend Mass, LLC to build their pot shop on Friend Street. They are awaiting approval from the state. Mayor Marty Walsh says they will try to improve on the other recreational marijuana shops that opened in other parts of the state. “We’re learning from those shops opening up,” he said. “In a way, I’m glad we weren’t the first because we didn’t expect in one shop the traffic and the congestion, so it allows us the opportunity to think about how we’re […]

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Boston Public Schools Rethinks Kicking Out Older Students

Boston Public Schools Rethinks Kicking Out Older Students

BOSTON — The School Committee said it is considering allowing students that are 22 to finish their work, rather than booting them from the school system the day before their 22nd birthday, even when they were on track to graduate. “It’s important to build understanding of the complexity of the issue,” said Interim Superintendent Laura Perille during a School Committee Meeting Wednesday night. While the district’s age policy has been in place since 1999, implementation and compliance has been uneven. That’s what led the district to start enforcing the policy more consistently last school year, she said. Today, there […]

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Boston Studio camera donated to Historical Society

Boston Studio camera donated to Historical Society

The camera was used by The Boston Studio in David City. It was auctioned off to Dennis Houska of Kearney in 1978. After more than 40 users, the historical device is coming home. On Monday, a camera belonging to The Boston Studio was donated to the Butler County Historical Society at a special event held at the Hruska Memorial Public Library. The camera dates back to the early 1900s and weighs more than 100 pounds. The Boston Studio operated out of David City from 1898-1970. The camera was believed to have been used to take many of the studio’s […]

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Boston could get up to a foot of snow Sunday — or much less

Boston could get up to a foot of snow Sunday — or much less

Walkers and joggers took in the early morning along the Charles River in Boston earlier this week. So much for those low snow totals . Forecasters are predicting as much as a foot of snow in Boston over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of Massachusetts starting Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening as New England prepares for what could be the first big snowfall of the season. Boston is part of a band that stretches across Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut expecting 8 inches to 12 inches of […]

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Here’s what to know about the 2019 Women’s March in Boston and ‘sister marches’ across New England

Here’s what to know about the 2019 Women’s March in Boston and ‘sister marches’ across New England

The pink wave is coming, in the form of thousands of politically-active citizens participating in a Women’s March near you this weekend. For the third year in a row, left-wing activist groups and thousands of vocal supporters will congregate to spotlight the rights, achievements and ongoing struggles of women and marginalized groups in Boston and across the country. Hundreds of Women’s Marches are slated to take place on Saturday, and New England’s largest march will be held on Boston Common. Here is everything you need to know about the events taking place this weekend. Despite its title, organizers say […]

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Boston’s auto show opens today in the Seaport, covering A to … V

Boston’s auto show opens today in the Seaport, covering A to … V

Would you go to a bookstore that only sold cookbooks? Would you go to a clothing store that only sold socks? You might, but … why? Thankfully, if you go to the New England International Auto Show, you don’t have to see only one type of vehicle. Instead, the 2019 show at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center that starts today and ends Monday gives show-goers the chance to see cars, trucks, SUVs and everything in between from A (Acura) to V (Volvo). Manufacturers on display this year include Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, […]

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Boston demographics report shows population growth, diversification since 2010

Boston demographics report shows population growth, diversification since 2010

4kclips/Shutterstock Boston’s population has grown since 2010, and that population has in turn grown more diverse. At the same time— and perhaps unsurprisingly to everyone —the city has also become more expensive, with the gross monthly rent increasing to $1,541 in 2017 from $1,386 at the start of the decade. Those are three conclusions from a January 2019 demographics study from the Boston Planning and Development Agency Research Division. The report crunched data from 2010 to 2017. The below chart tells the story regarding the city’s population, which grew unevenly to 683,015 in 2017 from 621,383 in 2010. Nearly […]

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