The Huntington News

Local cannabis dispensary reaps benefits of economic empowerment opportunities

Evans and Hart will open the first recreational marijuana shop and economic empowerment client in Massachusetts.

Sarah Olender, news staff

February 27, 2020

After years of preparation behind the scenes, Pure Oasis, a local cannabis dispensary, is set to open between the end of February and early March. It will not only be the first recreational cannabis dispensary in Boston, but the first cannabis dispensary in Massachusetts to benefit from its economic empowerment pr...

Boston plans to renovate City Hall Plaza, increase accessibility

Pedestrians pass through City Hall's expansive brick plaza on a cloudy day.

Sophia Berkofsky, news correspondent

February 27, 2020

The city of Boston plans to renovate City Hall Plaza in the Government Center area of the city. These renovations, announced in June, are the first phase of a larger, 30-year master plan, resulting from Rethink City Hall: Boston City Hall & Plaza Master Plan, a study by Boston-based design firm Utile and Ree...

Bernie supporters rally, march from State House

Ryan Costa speaks to other marchers from the State House steps.

Ariana Bennett, news correspondent

February 27, 2020

Last Saturday afternoon, Bernie Sanders supporters gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House for a march organized by Socialist Alternative, an organization committed to Sanders’ campaign and the creation of a new working peoples’ party.Members of Socialist Alternative and Huskies for B...

Markey, Kennedy mostly in step at first Senate primary debate

Markey and Kennedy sit with other politicians at the opening of Northeastern's Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex in 2017.

Julia Preszler, news staff

February 21, 2020

There was little disagreement between Sen. Ed Markey and challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III during Massachusetts’ first 2020 U.S. Senate primary debate, held Tuesday night at WGBH Studios in Brighton.  In the hour-long debate, moderated by Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, t...

The political power of Boston’s Latinx community

Hispanic and Latinx communities around the Greater Boston Area are increasing their stake in civic participation.

Jayden Khatib, news staff

February 19, 2020

As the population of eligible Latinx voters in Massachusetts continues to grow and change, Latinx-led civic organizations continue to try to increase civic participation. This year for the first time in history, Hispanic and Latinx Americans will make up the largest segment of citizens eligible to vot...

Coronavirus poses minimal threat in Boston despite local case

The illness caused by the novel coronavirus was named Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19, in February.

Christie Ya-Chi Lee, news correspondent

February 19, 2020

On Feb. 1, state health officials confirmed Massachusetts’ first case of coronavirus, or, COVID-19, making it the eighth to appear in the United States — the number of cases has since increased to 15. The infected person was identified as a male student in his 20s at University of Massachusetts Boston, w...

Work and Family Mobility Act approved by Transportation Committee

Hunger strikers line the floor of the State House with signs protesting the 15-year wait to legalize driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Nicholas Stolte, news correspondent

February 13, 2020

The Massachusetts Transportation Committee favorably reported the Work and Family Mobility Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses, to the state Senate after a vote Feb. 5. The bill was voted on during a hunger strike organized in support of it by immigrant rights organization Movimiento Cosecha. The strike sta...

One Year of Aging Strong: Boston’s Initiative to Empower the Elderly

Smiler Haynes, a model for the Age Strong campaign, works as a fashion designer in Boston.

Julie Dobkin, news correspondent

February 13, 2020

More than 11 percent of Boston’s population is made up of people over the age of 65. Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Age Strong Commission, launched last January, could affect roughly half a million Bostonians.  According to the commission’s official web page, Age Strong provides “meaningful program...

Anti-vaxxers protest bills for required immunization

The major catalyst for the anti-vax movement was an article by the British Medical Journal from the late 1990s that was later proven false and retracted.

Kelly Chan and Avery Bleichfeld

February 13, 2020

A crowd of anti-vaxxers stood beneath a banner reading “Medical Freedom is the New Civil Rights Movement” on the State House steps this past Monday, clutching signs and megaphones in protest of three proposed bills that would standardize vaccinations for all children.  Bills S2359, H3999 and H4096 all aim to enfo...

Boston shapes new narrative with King Boston memorial, advocacy


Petrina Danardatu, news staff

February 12, 2020

In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. rallied supporters in Boston Common and called on Bostonians to live by their highest ideals, expressing hope that his legacy would serve as a call to action in the pursuit of justice.  Today, the nonprofit organization King Boston hopes to anchor a memorial in the s...

Who is the Boston Public School system leaving behind?

The Boston Latin School is one of the city's three exam schools.

Jayden Khatib, news staff

February 5, 2020

Boston routinely appears on top 10 lists of the most educated cities in the United States, but the city’s high-school and college graduation rates disguise serious disparities in the city’s public school system.  In the 2017-2018 school year, Boston Public Schools’ high-school graduation rate rose to 75 percent, an all-time high. However...

Hundreds in Boston protest US involvement in Middle East

Bostonians gathered near the Common Jan 25. to condemn U.S. involvement in Iran and Iraq.

Nicholas Stolte, news correspondent

January 30, 2020

Over 400 people rallied in Boston Common Saturday as part of an event to denounce U.S. actions in Iran and Iraq, including an airstrike which killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and sanctions against Iran.  Soleimani was "plotting sinister attacks on diplomats and American military personnel," President Donald J. Trump said in a speech following the Jan. 3 airstrike, al...