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The Embrace

MLK “The Embrace” monument unveiled on the Boston Common

By Mariyam Quaisar and Kevin Guinan
January 13, 2023

“The Embrace” memorial was revealed to the public on the Boston Common to commemorate the love and solidarity between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, the Friday before...

An attendee of the Peace in Process event tests out a virtual reality adaptation of sand play therapy.

Peace in Process helps gun violence survivors heal

By Chloe Els, Staff Writer
December 15, 2022

With gun violence an ever-looming presence in America, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College is attempting to transform the healing process for survivors through its Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence...

Map of Green Line Extension

Green Line Extension’s long-awaited Medford Branch opens

By Maeve Lawler , Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 12, 2022

The Medford Branch, part of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension, opened to passengers on Monday at 4:52 a.m. Hundreds of Boston commuters, many being Tufts University students, waited at College Avenue Station...

MBTA CharlieCard

Cybersecurity expert finds CharlieCards hackable by Android phones

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 12, 2022

CharlieCards, used to pay for MBTA subway and bus rides, can be hacked using an Android phone, according to a Boston-based cybersecurity expert Bobby Rauch.  The MBTA says that, for now, all it can...

MBTA Subway Map

FTA requests new corrective action plans from MBTA

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 12, 2022

The Federal Transit Administration asked the MBTA on Tuesday to revise 12 of its 20 proposed plans to increase the safety and functioning of the T.  The proposals followed safety management inspections...

Emerson students, St. Anthony’s Shine partner to amplify underrepresented voices

Emerson students, St. Anthony’s Shine partner to amplify underrepresented voices

By Ashlyn Wang, Staff Writer and Photographer
December 7, 2022

Ava Straccia stopped in front of a poster station in the Boston Common, listening to a woman detail her experience of homelessness and mental health struggles. This story was among 22 other anonymous submissions...

Prince William addressing City Hall.

Little Building embraces Earthshot awards with projection series

By Chloe Els, Staff Writer
December 7, 2022

Boston hosted the Earthshot Prize Awards on Friday, celebrating the innovators fighting climate change on an international scale. In anticipation of the ceremony, Emerson projected a series of images...

Flowers, candles, and signs honoring Ürümqi fire victims surround a sign that reads Free Xinjiang Free China.

Protestors mourn Ürümqi fire victims in Chinatown

By Hannah Nguyen, Editor At Large
December 7, 2022

Disclaimer: names were omitted to protect the identity of sources. Hundreds gathered near the Tiananmen Memorial in Boston’s Chinatown last Friday for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the...

A person kneels while lighting a candle for the candlelight vigil.

Boston stands with Ürümqi, hundreds gather for candlelight vigil honoring fire victims

By Arthur Mansavage
December 7, 2022

Last Friday, hundreds of people gathered at the Boston Chinatown gate to honor the victims of the Ürümqi apartment fire, which left 10 dead after a delayed emergency response. At the event, there was...

Protestors gathered at Stratton Student Center.

College students protest human rights violations in Iran

By Ryan Forgosh, Staff Writer, News
December 6, 2022

Trigger warning: links included in this article contain graphic imagery. Beheshteh Ghaderi and her husband John traveled an hour to Boston to show their support for those suffering under the regime...

A protester holds up a sign that reads “Striking is a human right” surround by other protesters and signs.

Photo Story: Rail workers protest outside JFK Presidential Library

By Arthur Mansavage
December 5, 2022

On Friday, as President Biden met with Prince William, hundreds of rail workers protested outside the JFK Presidential Library. Just hours prior, Biden signed legislation preventing a rail worker strike...

Boston Common tree lighting illuminates holiday spirit

Boston Common tree lighting illuminates holiday spirit

By Ryan Forgosh, Staff Writer, News
December 5, 2022

Just before 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Mayor Michelle Wu, Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston, and WCVB hosts flipped the switch to light the Nova Scotian Christmas tree and illuminate the Boston Common, ringing...

The Copley Square lighting.

Copley Square welcomes holiday season with annual tree lighting

By Ryan Forgosh, Staff Writer, News
November 30, 2022

Now that Thanksgiving is over, tree lightings spring up across Boston, including Copley Square’s Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 28.  The square was filled with holiday spirit as families excitedly...

Jurassic Bill: Official Massachusetts dinosaur named

Jurassic Bill: Official Massachusetts dinosaur named

By Adam Spector
November 30, 2022

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill making the Podokesaurus holyokensis the state’s official dinosaur in a ceremony at the Museum of Science in October. State Representative Jack Lewis...

Mayor Michelle Wu cut the ribbon to officially reopen City Hall Plaza after three years of renovations.

City Hall Plaza reopens after over three years of renovations

By Ryan Forgosh, Staff Writer, News
November 19, 2022

Three years, one pandemic, and $95 million later, renovations at City Hall Plaza have concluded, and it has finally reopened to the public on Nov. 18. Since July 2020, City Hall Plaza has been closed...

Green Line Train

MBTA Green Line Extension Medford branch to open Dec. 12

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 17, 2022

Since construction began in 2018, the Medford branch of the Green Line will open on Dec. 12, announced MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak at Thursday’s board meeting.  The branch, which services College...

Publishing workers pledge to continue their strike until their demands of higher pay and codifying diversity are met.

HarperCollins strike reminds students of the power of unions

By Olivia LeDuc, Assistant News Editor
November 16, 2022

Unionized employees from HarperCollins, one of the largest book publishers in the country, began an indefinite strike on Nov. 10 due to frustrations over low wages and lack of diversity within the company.  “It’s...

A young Native child sits in between two foster parents. Illustration by Rachel Choi.

Members of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defend Indian Child Welfare Act

By Chloe Els, Staff Writer
November 16, 2022

After spending the last four years rising through the federal court system, Haaland v. Brackeen reached the Supreme Court on Nov. 9, challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act which...

Route 89 Bus Interior

Bus Network Redesign hosts public meeting, discusses changes to proposal

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 16, 2022

The MBTA hosted a virtual public meeting on Monday to discuss revisions to the Bus Network Redesign project after receiving over 20,000 comments on the initial proposal released in May. The project aims...

Photos: Maura Healey makes history as next Massachusetts governor

Photos: Maura Healey makes history as next Massachusetts governor

By Ashlyn Wang, Staff Writer and Photographer
November 13, 2022

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