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Mass. Senate moves forward with plastic bag ban

Mass. Senate moves forward with plastic bag ban

By Anissa Gardizy

November 22, 2019

BEACON HILL — The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill that would ban the use of plastic bags across the state on Wednesday, taking precedence over more than 120 communities who have already passed ordinances on the issue. The bill would also require retail establishments to charge a fee of at least 10 c...

What to know ahead of tomorrow’s vote on a statewide plastic bag ban

What to know ahead of tomorrow’s vote on a statewide plastic bag ban

By Anissa Gardizy

November 19, 2019

The Massachusetts Senate is scheduled to debate a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags across the state tomorrow.  The ban would prohibit the distribution of plastic bags and place a fee of at least 10 cents on all recycled paper bags or reusable bags. The ban would not apply to certain produ...

Boston-area graduate students push for unionization rights

Boston-area graduate students push for unionization rights

By Anissa Gardizy

November 16, 2019

Boston-area graduate students spoke at City Hall Thursday to oppose a new federal rule that would prohibit them from unionizing.  Graduate students at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University are currently trying to unionize so they can address issues including...

State primed to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products

State primed to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products

By Maxwell Carter, State House Reporter

November 14, 2019

BEACON HILL—The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday banning the sale of all flavored tobacco and vaping products in the Commonwealth. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Danielle Gregoire in January, expands existing bans on flavored tobacco to encompass flavored vaping products and closes a loophole that exempted the sale of ...

Boston Police investigating report of unconscious person on Tamworth St.

Boston Police investigating report of unconscious person on Tamworth St.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

November 4, 2019

Boston Police are investigating an incident on Tamworth Street. after they received a report of an unconscious person at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, according to a BPD spokesperson. A Boston EMS spokesperson said they responded to Tamworth St. around 9:30 a.m. but could not say whether they transported anyone...

Pete Buttigieg talks medicare, young voter turnout at the Colonial Theater

Pete Buttigieg talks medicare, young voter turnout at the Colonial Theater

By Tomas Gonzalez, Deputy News Enterprise Edito

October 30, 2019

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg asked voters to picture a morning when President Donald Trump is no longer in the Oval Office at a private event Tuesday in the Emerson Colonial Theatre. “Picture, and I mean really picture, the first day when the sun comes up over the United States of America ...

FBI review details 10 percent rise in rape reports in Massachusetts

FBI review details 10 percent rise in rape reports in Massachusetts

By Jacob Seitz, Assistant News Express Editor

October 30, 2019

A new report details a 10 percent rise in reports of rape in Massachusetts from 2017 to 2018, according to a new statistic released by the FBI in Sept. 2018—continuing a three-year trend in which rape reports increased almost 57 percent since 2015.  Fifty-nine percent of the reports in Massachusetts come from the...

Booker talks gun control, student debt at Fenway campaign event

Booker talks gun control, student debt at Fenway campaign event

By Tomas Gonzalez, Deputy News Enterprise Edito

October 23, 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_wp_text]Sen. Cory Booker outlined his policies on restricting guns, prioritizing health care, and tackling student debt at an event on Monday. The presidential candidate held an event titled "Grassroots Happy Hour with Cory Booker in Boston" at Game On! a bar at Fenway Park. Abo...

Senior organizes pro-Hong Kong protest

Senior organizes pro-Hong Kong protest

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

October 13, 2019

Editor’s Note: Frances Hui serves as The Beacon’s assistant opinion editor for the fall 2019 semester. Senior Frances Hui walked through Downtown Crossing towards City Hall on Saturday leading a crowd of Hong Kong protesters singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Miserables.  ...

Cannabis delivery regulations passed

Cannabis delivery regulations passed

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

September 25, 2019

The Cannabis Control Commission voted to approve regulations allowing marijuana delivery and a pilot program for social consumption facilities in their Tuesday meeting. The commission voted 4-1 to finalize regulations permitting recreational marijuana delivery to customer’s homes and permitting a...

Youth-led strike pressures Mass. legislature to act on climate change

Youth-led strike pressures Mass. legislature to act on climate change

By Andrew Brinker, Deputy News Express Editor

September 21, 2019

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at City Hall Plaza and marched to the State House Friday to participate in the Boston Climate Strike, part of an international youth-led movement to demand legislative action to reverse the effects of climate change.  Boston’s demonstration was one of hundreds...

Rep. Joseph Kennedy kicks off bid for U.S. Senate

Rep. Joseph Kennedy kicks off bid for U.S. Senate

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

September 21, 2019

Democratic Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced his primary challenge to Senator Edward Markey on Saturday, surrounded by a small group of family, friends, and supporters in the East Boston Social Center. “I’m running for the United States Senate because our country is at a moment of truth,” t...