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State primed to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products

Olivia Strauss / Beacon Staff

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.

Four Boston police cars at Langrange and Tremont St. at approximately 6 p.m. Sam Doran / Beacon Correspondent

By Stephanie Purifoy

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 spoke to supporters at the event about the shifted view of nationalism in America. Photo by Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

By Tomas Gonzalez, Visual Managing Editor

October 31, 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

Graphic by Kyle Bray / Beacon Staff

By Jacob Seitz, Senior Marlboro Reporter

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

Sen. Cory Booker campaigned at a Fenway bar on Monday. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

By Tomas Gonzalez, Visual Managing Editor

October 24, 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 Frances Hui leads dozens through Boston in a pro-Hong Kong march on Saturday. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

By Diana Bravo, Assistant News 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 Control Commision Chairman Steve Hoffman speaks to the media after the CCC voted to approve delivery regulations. Montse Landeros / Beacon Correspondent

By Diana Bravo, Assistant News 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

Boston Climate Strike attendees march down Tremont Street towards the State House on Friday. Sam Hwang / Beacon Correspondent

By Andrew Brinker, News 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

Reporters crowd Rep. Joseph Kennedy after he announced his bid for U.S. Senate. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy

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...

MBTA announces five-year plan to increase capacity of Green Line stations

Chief of the Green Line Transformation project Angel Pena lays out construction plan. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

By Faith Bugenhagen

September 11, 2019

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority outlined a five-year plan to renovate the Green Line during their community meeting on Tuesday. Part of the Green Line Transformation plan is the expansion of the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. According to the MBTA website, the construction is slated...

‘Never Again March’ calls on Amazon to cut corporate ties with ICE

Protesters began in downtown Boston and marched across the Longfellow bridge to arrive at Boston's Amazon Headquarters in Cambridge. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

By Tomas Gonzalez, Visual Managing Editor

September 6, 2019

Hundreds of activists marched through the streets of Boston Thursday, demanding an end to Amazon’s corporate ties to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chanting “Never Again Means Now” and “No Business With ICE,” the protesters marched across the Longfellow Bridge and ended in the A...

MBTA shutdowns to affect ridership on weekends

The MBTA construction is part of an $8 billion, five-year plan to modernize the trains. Jakob Menendez/Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy

September 4, 2019

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority scheduled widespread closures of sections of the T on weekends, starting in mid-September and finishing in December. The Green, Orange, and Red lines all face shutdowns, according to a press release from the MBTA in August. It will provide shuttle buse...