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Boston accents are the strongest in America, survey shows

Boston accents are the strongest in America, survey shows

BOSTON (WHDH) – “Pahk the cah in Havahd Yahd” has resonated with the rest of America after a recent survey named Boston as having the strong accent in the nation. Over one-third of Americans claim to have an accent, while almost everyone has an opinion on which ones are the strongest and the most attractive. YouGov, which conducted a survey with a sample size of 1,216 adults between July 12 and 13, found that 23 percent of Americans believe Boston is home to the strongest accent, followed by the Southern coast at 16 percent and New York at 13 […]

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MassDOT’s Comm. Ave. Bridge warning: ‘It’s coming. It’s bad.’

MassDOT’s Comm. Ave. Bridge warning: ‘It’s coming. It’s bad.’

BOSTON (AP) — It’s coming. It’s bad. That’s what the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has displayed on several electronic highway signs in the Boston area ahead of the next phase of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge replacement project. The project is expected to cause major disruptions starting Thursday along Commonwealth Avenue, the Massachusetts Turnpike and other areas around the project site. The blunt signs captured the attention of several drivers in the area, including one who sent a photo to The Boston Globe . MassDOT spokesman Patrick Marvin tells the newspaper the message appeared on 20 signs throughout Boston. He […]

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Despite Ongoing Losses, John Henry Insists That The Boston Globe Is Not For Sale

Despite Ongoing Losses, John Henry Insists That The Boston Globe Is Not For Sale

John Henry at Fenway Park in Boston, on May 11, 2013. Henry has owned The Boston Globe for nearly five years. John Henry isn’t selling. Nearly five years after the billionaire financier announced that he would buy The Boston Globe, there’s a low but persistent buzz within the city’s media and political circles that Henry is tired of losing money and looking to get out. But Henry, who is also the principal owner of the Red Sox, insists there’s nothing to it. “I don’t think of selling any local assets during my lifetime,” Henry said in an email interview. […]

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$3 Million, $1 Million Winning Lottery Tickets Sold in Boston

$3 Million, $1 Million Winning Lottery Tickets Sold in Boston

Jackpot! Mega Millions Winning Ticket Sold in San Jose Someone in San Jose became a multimillionaire Tuesday after buying a Mega Millions ticket with all six winning numbers, according to the California Lottery. Ian Cull reports. (Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018) Two Boston residents are waking up as millionaires after buying winning lottery tickets. A $3 million ticket was sold at Lanzilli’s Grocery in East Boston, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery. The ticket was deemed a winner because the first five digits drawn matched the game’s Megaplier option. In Brighton, a $1 million ticket was sold at Lee’s […]

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Uber and Lyft not helping Boston’s traffic congestion, new report suggests

Uber and Lyft not helping Boston’s traffic congestion, new report suggests

Ride-hail companies such as Uber and Lyft do not really reduce congestion or pollution in large, dense cities such as Boston, according to a new analysis from consultant Bruce Schaller. About 60% of ride-hail car users in “in large, dense cities would have taken public transportation, walked, biked or not made the trip,” Schaller writes in “ The New Automobility: Lyft, Uber and the Future of American Cities .” Basically, it works like this: Uber, Lyft, et al put 2.8 new vehicle miles on city streets for each mile of personal driving they take away. Such a 180 percent […]

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Should Boston schools get rid of busing? Some say the money would be better spent in classrooms, but the answer is not clear. Here’s why.

Should Boston schools get rid of busing? Some say the money would be better spent in classrooms, but the answer is not clear. Here’s why.

The Boston School Department spent $122.5 million on school transportation last school year. In a city where school buses criss-cross neighborhoods, taking some students to high-performing schools but too many others to lackluster ones, some city and school officials are now raising one of the most contentious questions since the days of court-ordered desegregation: Should Boston get rid of busing? City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George has been the most vocal, taking to social media last week, exclaiming, “Those dollars would be better spent in the classroom, directly supporting kids!” Boston School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto raised a similar point […]

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Massachusetts Candy Company Plant Abruptly Closes

Massachusetts Candy Company Plant Abruptly Closes

FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2009 file photo, Necco Wafers are displayed in Boston. The owner of a company that makes candies such as Necco wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant. The Boston Globe reported Round Hill Investments LLC announced Tuesday, July 24, 2018, it is selling Necco brands to another confection manufacturer and closing down its Revere plant. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) The Associated Press REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The owner of a company that makes candies such as Necco wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts […]

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Why Startups In Boston Are Feeling The Squeeze. (Partly, It’s The Real Estate)

Why Startups In Boston Are Feeling The Squeeze. (Partly, It’s The Real Estate)

Contruction is rampant all over Kendall Square. The 19-story, 453,768 square foot office tower, 145 Broadway will be the new home of Akamai Technologies (Jesse Costa/WBUR) Boston has a well-earned reputation as a hub for high-tech startups. It’s where Facebook launched and, more recently, where an MIT hackathon gave birth to a company called PillPack that Amazon purchased last month for almost $1 billion. The next generation of startups benefits from past successes but also bears some costs: high real estate prices and even higher expectations. Working To Afford A Space To Work For years, a lack of amenities […]

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Bird electric scooters in Boston? Company unveils dockless bikes without notifying city officials

Bird electric scooters in Boston? Company unveils dockless bikes without notifying city officials

A pedestrian walks past two Bird dockless scooters in Los Angeles. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) ( A new mode of transportation has made its way to the Boston area, but some city officials aren’t too pleased. The California-based electric scooter sharing company Bird landed in Cambridge and Somerville, where it rolled out its dockless scooters without notifying city officials. Now, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is warning companies that any electric scooters left on the city’s streets will be brought straight to the tow lot. “They can’t just show up here, there has to be some regulation […]

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