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Musicians take performances online to survive coronavirus shutdown

Musicians take performances online to survive coronavirus shutdown

Eileen O’Grady, Editor

March 24, 2020

Boston-based fiddle player Louise Bichan watched two months worth of income vanish in a day.  In early March, at the recommendation of health officials, event organizers began cancelling concerts due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. By March 12, Bichan realized she had to cancel two tours and...

Mission Hill co-op making DIY more affordable for over 40 years

Mission Hill co-op making DIY more affordable for over 40 years

Abigail Hembree, Reporter

March 20, 2020

Tucked away on Terrace Street in Mission Hill, Boston Building Resources has been helping residents renovate their homes for over 40 years, providing discounted materials and trusted advice.   Part consumer co-op and part nonprofit, BBR provides people of all incomes and from many neighborhoods wi...

Chinese communities send surgical masks to Wuhan to support fight against coronavirus

Chinese communities send surgical masks to Wuhan to support fight against coronavirus

Hiu Yan Ping, Reporter

February 28, 2020

The continued spread of coronavirus is boosting the price of surgical masks across Asia. Here in Massachusetts, Chinese communities are organizing donations of surgical masks to send to China to help contain the disease. Xue Xiao, a student from Umass Amherst who is working to help the crisis, has g...

More than 17,000 requests for needle pick-ups since 2015: Boston neighborhoods most affected by the opioid crisis

More than 17,000 requests for needle pick-ups since 2015: Boston neighborhoods most affected by the opioid crisis

February 26, 2020

311 data from the City of Boston shows the number of requests for needle pick-ups has steadily increased over the past five years, now totaling over 17,000. The needles are but a quantifier of a bigger problem, a numerable proxy for a larger issue: the nation’s opioid crisis....

Boston Fire Department’s vague free speech policies spark debate after firings

Boston Fire Department’s vague free speech policies spark debate after firings

George Barker

February 18, 2020

Off duty and on Facebook, Octavius Rowe, a 17-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department, made a handful of posts in 2017 that included sentiments the Boston Civil Service Commission determined were bigoted and derogatory, especially against the LGBTQ community. After an investigation into his social ...

As gig economy booms, accountability is harder to pinpoint

As gig economy booms, accountability is harder to pinpoint

Taraneh Tabib-Azar, Reporter

February 17, 2020

Raheem McCoy was a gifted basketball player in the process of finishing his bachelor’s degree in business management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. When he was struck and killed by an Uber driver in 2018, the tragedy of his death brought forth questions of safety and accountability. ...

Sunrise Movement high school students fight for greener future

Sunrise Movement high school students fight for greener future

Pirzan Turel and Ben Farber

February 10, 2020

On Sept. 20, 2019 thousands of young people took to the streets of Boston as part of the youth-led climate strike. Among them was 16-year-old Randolph resident Faridah Azeez, who founded the Blue Hills Hub branch of the Sunrise MovementAzeez works hard to juggle academics and extracurricular activit...

VR technology used to improve access to mental health treatment

VR technology used to improve access to mental health treatment

Ruth Hunger, Staff Writer

February 7, 2020

From Freud’s psychoanalysis to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), views on how best to treat mental health have changed and continue to develop as technology advances. Traditional mental health treatments usually happen in person, often in a therapist’s office, limiting the extent to which pa...

Nation’s first “Trauma Spa” seeks support in Boston

Nation’s first “Trauma Spa” seeks support in Boston

Matt Levin

February 3, 2020

The nation’s first ever Trauma Spa is seeking to open in Boston in the spring of 2020, but first its founders need to raise $700,000.  This first-of-its-kind spa will offer relaxing health and beauty treatments designed to relieve the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and will cater specifically to African...

High cost of medical marijuana can make opioids the more affordable option

High cost of medical marijuana can make opioids the more affordable option

January 31, 2020

By Nia Beckett and Ali Dusinberre Rachel Butze and her 15-year-old son are both medical cannabis patients who say they have found a world of difference in treating their bipolar disorder through the drug — but they struggle to afford it.  Medical cannabis has been legal in Massachusetts since 2012, ...

Boston Public Library program lets patrons take wifi home and promotes digital equity

Boston Public Library program lets patrons take wifi home and promotes digital equity

January 29, 2020

By Avery Bleichfeld and Paige Stern For those without affordable access to high-speed internet, institutions like the Boston Public Library can provide the WiFi connection that they need. With 250 wireless access points throughout all their branches, BPL provides a space for internet users to acces...

Community is key for college students with non-visible disabilities facing discrimination on campus

Community is key for college students with non-visible disabilities facing discrimination on campus

Katarina Torres Radisic

January 21, 2020

After another long night of studying, Jace Shneyderman finally made it back to their dorm building on Boston University’s campus. Like most nights, Shneyderman wasn’t wearing a leg brace despite experiencing intense pain. As the second-year biology major entered the elevator and pressed the button for the sec...

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