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A sign demanding fair fare, transparency, job safety and protection for drivers from Uber and Lyft. Photo taken during March 2019 protest against rideshare companies.

Boston-based grassroots union of rideshare drivers fights for adequate benefits and bargaining rights

A Boston-based grassroots union of rideshare drivers are fighting to pass a bill of rights in the State House that would extend collective bargaining rights, coverage of work-related expenses, paid sick leave and overtime -- equal to regular Massachusetts employees -- to rideshare drivers.
Maaisha Osman, Reporter May 3, 2021

During the summer of 2018, when Felipe V. Martinez used to drop Uber customers at the Boston Logan airport lot, he had warm encounters with a group of drivers who shared his frustration over Uber and Lyft’s...

Safe Homes Initiative website.

New initiative leverages consumer power to push for discounted insurance rates for homes without guns

Ha Ta, Editor-in-chief April 29, 2021

In most states in the U.S., a homeowner without a swimming pool or trampoline may pay less for home insurance because swimming pools or trampolines are considered an "attractive nuisance.” The same,...

Silent protestors in the crowd held signs that said

Policymakers, nonprofits leading the solutions for Boston’s affordable housing crisis

Delaney Murray, Reporter April 29, 2021

In a small basement apartment in Mattapan, Massachusetts, Symone Crawford and her husband raised three daughters while working full time. When Crawford set out to secure the stable home that her family...

The entrance to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, which has been used as a mass vaccination center since February 27. 

The mass vaccination center at Reggie Lewis is an accessibility success, but a lagging one

Claire Yates, Reporter April 28, 2021

In one way, the establishment of mass vaccination centers across Boston took Black organizers by surprise. The vaccine was ready much faster than most people expected. But in another, it felt like Deja-vu....

Nia Grace Black-owned business

[Video] Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen in Roxbury thrives in face of pandemic

Katie Mogg, Reporter April 27, 2021

Although black owned businesses are among the hardest hit by the pandemic, Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen, a Black-owned restaurant in Roxbury, remains teeming with life.  Darryl's is popular for...

Buildings in the North End neighborhood.

Councilor Julia Mejia addresses disparities in citywide commercial building vacancy rates

Molly Swanton, Reporter April 14, 2021

City councilor Julia Mejia led a public hearing to address Boston small business owners’ concerns over vacancies of commercial buildings in the area since the pandemic started. Mejia was joined by...

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates in Massachusetts

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Stay informed about phases of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Massachusetts. We will update this page as news breaks and provide resources when available.
Ha Ta and Molly Swanton April 14, 2021

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has begun across the country, see which groups of people are prioritized to get the shots, when can you get the vaccine, where to get it and weekly updates of the rollout...

Fundraiser started to support family of Dorchester grandmother fatally shot on front porch

Fundraiser started to support family of Dorchester grandmother fatally shot on front porch

Ha Ta, Editor-in-chief April 12, 2021

After the fatal shooting of Delois Brown, 73, who was sitting on her front porch Saturday evening on Olney St. when she was struck by a stray bullet, an online fundraiser was set up to support the family. The...

Boston Mayor Kim Janey at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.

Kim Janey enters mayoral race

Ha Ta, Editor-in-chief April 6, 2021

Previously District 7 city councilor and city council president, Kim Janey, who was sworn in as acting mayor in March, announced she is running to seek a full term as Boston mayor. “I am leading Boston...

The first Type 9 Green Line vehicles were introduced on December 21, 2018. Now the MBTA has plans to bring in Type 10. Photo via the MBTA website.

Pilot program to offer $60 public transit credit for workers in five main street districts

Ha Ta, Editor-in-chief March 30, 2021

Boston is offering up to $60 credit for MBTA and Bluebikes passes valid for two months for 1,000 employees who work in five main street districts, including Three Squares in Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill,...

Mayor Kim Janey is sworn in as the 55th Mayor of Boston during a ceremony at Boston City Hall.

Kim Janey makes history after being sworn in as Boston’s 55th mayor

Thomas Herron, Reporter March 24, 2021

Former City Council President Kim Janey was sworn in as Boston’s 55th mayor on March 24 at Boston City Hall, becoming the city’s first person of color and the first woman to hold the office in Boston’s...

Beginning in March, as the country went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, concentrations of the air pollutant NO2 decreased compared to previous years. The charts show the average monthly concentration of NO2 recorded in each city. The yellow markers indicate the months March, April and May; in 2020, these months were generally marked by the strictest lockdown measures. Data for concentrations comes from the EPA's Air Quality System.

The other public health crisis attacking our lungs

Avery Bleichfeld and Marta Hill March 23, 2021

For the past year, the world has been worrying about a virus working its way into our bodies and attacking our lungs. Yet, for much longer, certain air pollutants have been lurking in our streets and skies...

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