After the tragic death of a cyclist last fall, the town of Wellesley is trying to figure out how to make it safer for cars and bikes to share the streets. But as fervent as Wellesley’s desire for solutions is – making changes that really work may not be easy.
After an often listless warm-up, the main event in the race for John Kerry’s old Senate seat is finally underway. Earlier today, newly minted nominees Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey traded sharp jabs – and made it clear that in this election, mutual respect will be in short supply.
If the Boston marathon bombings and their aftermath were traumatic for the Boston area, they were especially tough for Watertown, where accused terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was finally apprehended last Friday after a search that paralyzed the town. Now Watertown residents are trying to put last week behind them and finding that it’s not so easy to do.
Boston’s already-crowded mayoral field got yet another candidate today when at-large city councilor Felix Arroyo jumped into the race. Will Boston's Latino community rally around the city's first Latino to run for mayor?
Felix G. Arroyo* jumped into the Boston mayor’s race today, becoming the eighth candidate in a wide-open field and raising anew the question of whether Boston is ready to elect a candidate of color as mayor.
The town of Falmouth has been on the leading edge of renewable energy. It boasts three massive wind turbines - one owned by a private developer, two others by the town itself. But some neighbors say the machines make their lives miserable – and now Falmouth is on the verge of tearing them down.
At a speech in downtown Boston today, Congressman Steve Lynch tried to push economic issues to the forefront of the race for John Kerry's former US Senate Seat — saying that, if elected, he'll be the only member of the Senate with a firsthand understanding of the struggles of the working class.
Very interesting development in the race for the Massachusetts Senate Seat formerly held by John Kerry: Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the statewide anti-abortion group, is urging pro-life Democrats to change their registration to "unenrolled" so they can vote for Michael Sullivan in the Republican primary on April 30.
In a wide-ranging interview with WGBH’s Emily Rooney Thursday, Boston Mayor Tom Menino stopped short of saying he’ll run for re-election this fall, but offered perhaps his strongest signals yet that he plans to seek a sixth term.
Michael Sullivan has a problem with the abortion issue. He’s pro-life, seems to think Roe v. Wade was a bad Supreme Court decision, and would consider backing a Supreme Court nominee who agrees. But while that stance will help him in the Republican primary, it could hurt in the general election. And so, when the subject of abortion comes up, Sullivan gets a bit slippery.
Tuesday night at Stonehill College, the Republicans who hope to replace John Kerry in the U.S. Senate squared off in public for the first time in a forum sponsored by WGBH, WCVB-TV, and Wicked Local. It was, for the most part, a low-conflict event. Ex-Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, and State Rep. Dan Winslow agreed on a host of issues — from Sen. Rand Paul’s drone filibuster (righteous!) to Social Security (Democratic Rep. Steve Lynch’s plan to raise the cap on payments is a bad idea) to gun control (bans don’t work) to Supreme Court nominations (no litmus tests for potential nominees, including support for Roe v. Wade).
It may seem like a pie-in-the-sky goal -- but a local group says Boston is the perfect city to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The signals are mixed about whether Mayor Thomas Menino is on board -- and that’s putting it kindly. Still, the suggestion got us thinking about what a Boston Olympics might mean – for better or for worse.
It was the office memo heard ‘round the round the world. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said that for that company to succeed – her employees need to stop working from home. Twenty years ago that would have been no big deal, but nowadays Mayer’s edict is being treated as a scandalous blast from the past.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wished City Councilor and newly declared mayoral candidate John Connolly luck at the first press availability since Connolly declared he would run against the longtime mayor.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino may or may not seek re-election. But if he does, he’ll have a youthful challenger who might be able to make him sweat a bit. At-large city councilor John Connolly kicked off his mayoral campaign today – and made schools his central argument for why Menino needs to go.
Could Cardinal Sean O'Malley be the next Pope? His name has been debated after a Vatican correspondent wrote a blog praising the Cardinal for - among other things - his handling of the sex-abuse scandal.
WGBH News' Adam Reilly covered yesterday's hearing for James "Whitey" Bulger. Outside the courthouse, Sandra Patient of Manchester, N.H., talked to reporters about Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, who prosecutors say Bulger killed.
Accused mob boss and serial killer James "Whitey" Bulger hopes to make an alleged grant of immunity from the federal government the focus of his upcoming trial. Today in federal court, Judge Richard Stearns heard dueling arguments on how Bulger's claims of immunity should play out — and asked the defense and prosecution to revisit the issue in two weeks.
At least for now, it lacks the epic drama of last year's Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren slugfest. But the race to fill John Kerry's US Senate seat still features plenty of fascinating subplots. Can Dan Winslow make the transition from State House gadfly to credible Senate candidate while winning over a skeptical GOP establishment? What will die-hard Howie Carr listeners think of Gabriel Gomez announcing his candidacy in Spanish? Is the ongoing Michael Sullivan buzz legit? And on the Democratic side, can longtime Congressman Steve Lynch really convince voters that longtime Congressman Ed Markey is more of a creature of Washington than he is?
It could happen here. That’s the gist of a new report from the Boston Harbor Association, which says Boston dodged a bullet during Superstorm Sandy, and might not be as lucky next time. The BHA warns that another mega-storm could send flood waters up to City Hall – and that as climate change intensifies, the risks will, too.
In a wide-ranging interview on WGBH’s Greater Boston, Gov. Deval Patrick defended his call for massive new investments in transportation and education — telling host Emily Rooney that the state needs to have an “adult conversation” about taxes and spending.
News broke today that Boston-based State Street Corp. is poised to lay off 630 people — including 260 right here in Massachusetts. The cuts come despite the fact that State Street seems to be doing quite well financially, with both its fourth-quarter revenues and earnings per share up compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
There are still a few kinks to work out, but medical marijuana is now a reality in Massachusetts. That’s good news for chronically ill patients who think marijuana will bring them relief — and for a bevy of cannabis-conscious entrepreneurs who can’t wait to cash in.
Jon Napoli lives and works in Dudley Square. He said that neighborhood needs an economic jolt, and that the state’s new medical marijuana law could be the answer.
The big new transportation plan outlined by Governor Deval Patrick and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey today contains plenty of things to get excited about. From brand-new subway cars to self-serve RMV kiosks to a new Springfield-to-Boston train line — and that's just a partial list — the Patrick Administration's proposals contain something for seemingly anyone who routinely needs to get from Point A to Point B in Massachusetts. And that's most of us.
Shortly after her office's prosecution of former state treasurer Tim Cahill ended in a mistrial, attorney general Martha Coakley strode briskly to the podium in her office downtown and said — in effect — that she'd do it all again.