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

Markey, Kennedy mostly in step at first Senate primary debate

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...

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

The political power of Boston’s Latinx community

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...

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

Coronavirus poses minimal threat in Boston despite local case

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...

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

Work and Family Mobility Act approved by Transportation Committee

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...

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

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

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...

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.

Anti-vaxxers protest bills for required immunization

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...

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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...

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

Who is the Boston Public School system leaving behind?

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...

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

Hundreds in Boston protest US involvement in Middle East

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...

Costumers wait outside the NETA cannabis dispensary in Brookline.

Residents express concerns over Maverick Square cannabis dispensary

Sarah Olender, news staff January 30, 2020

“There’s more demand than supply right now,” said Jim Smith, attorney and former Massachusetts state representative, to a small group of East Boston residents. “There are 33 stores open at this...

Ridesharing has become one of the main sources of transportation in the city — as well as the main reason for traffic.

Boston residents won’t stop Ubering everywhere

Julia Preszler, news correspondent January 29, 2020

Julianne Subia peered out of her window onto the street where she lives in Back Bay, and counted the rideshare drivers that she could see pulled over alongside the curb. “Two, three, four,” she counted....

The homeless population in Massachusetts increased by 14 percent, or over 2,000 people, in 2018.

Boston’s initiatives help homeless population bear another frigid winter

Sarah Olender, news staff December 3, 2019

It’s no secret that all cities face challenges when it comes to homeless populations. Boston is no stranger to the issue. The homeless population in Massachusetts increased by 14 percent, or over 2,000...

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