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Massachusetts daily COVID-19 cases surge past 3,000

Massachusetts reported 3,224 new coronavirus cases over a 30-hour period Wednesday, up significantly from 2,225 new infections reported Monday. The state’s death total rose by 53. Wednesday was the first day since the virus’ peak in April that cases crossed

Police arrest suspect in Public Garden assault

Boston Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection to an alleged assault in the Public Garden last week. Francisco Romero, 38, was charged with aggravated rape, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping. Police arrested Romero around 5:00

Baker: Virus Trends “Show No Signs of Changing”

The second surge of COVID-19 in Massachusetts is showing no signs of slowing down, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday as he and hospital officials outlined steps they are planning to treat the growing number of people with the disease, including

Abnormally warm November draws students to Boston Common

A Boston November typically greets students with rapidly dropping temperatures and whipping wind, forcing them to dust off winter coats, gloves, and scarves. But this year, students are reaching for T-shirts and shorts when they venture outside.  Temperatures reached above

BPD investigates sexual assault in the Public Garden

Boston Police released two images of a suspect involved in a sexual assault that occurred early Sunday morning in the Public Garden.  The suspect, who has yet to be identified, allegedly encountered the victim in the area of Bromfield and

Biden calls for unity, healing in acceptance speech

President-elect Joe Biden delivered a speech to supporters in his home state of Delaware Saturday evening, officially claiming the presidency while attempting to unify a nation deeply divided after the 2020 presidential race.  Biden, who ran his campaign on the

A look back on Joe Biden’s 2003 Emerson Commencement speech

More than 17 years before Joe Biden became the President-elect, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Emerson and commended the college’s graduating seniors to “stand on principle and move to action” in his 2003 Commencement speech.  The then-senator of

After Biden’s presidential win, joy floods the streets

On Friday night, three days after the U.S. general election Tuesday, a winner between Former Vice President Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump was still not decided. The country again went to sleep anxious, as vote totals in Pennsylvania,

Dueling Beacon Street rallies fervently support Trump, Biden

Dueling crowds positioned themselves on either side of Beacon Street in front of the Massachusett State House Saturday afternoon following Democratic nominees Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ election to the White House.  A couple hundred supporters of President Donald Trump

Biden, Trump issue contrasting statements following race call

Statements from former vice president Joe Biden and President Donald J. Trump struck strikingly different tones, following the Associated Press and several other major other news organizations’ declaration of a Biden victory in the 2020 presidential election Saturday morning.   Biden

Guest emergency prompts W hotel lockdown

Boston Police and EMS responded to an emergency incident at the W Hotel involving a non-Emerson guest on the 14th floor Thursday night. A man could be seen smashing windows with what police described as a bat or a machete,

Emerson to resume in-person classes Friday

Emerson will resume all in-person courses Friday morning after holding only virtual classes starting on Election Day. President M. Lee Pelton first announced the shift to online classes Tuesday morning, as the college braced for potential civil unrest stemming from

In-person polls drew thousands of Boston voters Tuesday

Thousands of Massachusetts voters flocked to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for president in an election tempered by the coronavirus pandemic and its enduring effects.  In Boston, the scene at City Hall throughout the day was generally quiet,

As polls close, wary students anxious for results

Students at Emerson’s Boston campus were apprehensive and anxious Tuesday as the country awaits results from this year’s highly anticipated presidential election. “It’s been a long time coming,” first-year Ethan Schlesinger said in an interview in the Lion’s Den. “I’ve

As the election begins, the college gets-out-the-vote

In the lead up to Election Day, Emerson’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership established an outreach campaign this semester to encourage students to vote. Much of the “get-out-the-vote” campaign focused on creating voting plans, promoting electoral engagement, and ensuring

When Halloween looks a lot more like Christmas

Boston Common transformed into a pre-winter wonderland Friday morning as the first snowfall of the season made its way through the city. About one to three inches of fresh, powdery snow covered the ground, and the trees that were once

Boston Police investigating report of shots on Newbury St.

Two suspects are in custody after a report of shots fired on Newbury St. near Exeter St. Tuesday afternoon. Walter Coleman, 23, and Rashawn Bly, 24, were arrested Tuesday night in connection with the shooting. Coleman was charged with Unlawful

New COVID-19 Numbers Highest in State’s Youngest Age Group

Confirmed COVID-19 infections among Massachusetts residents younger than 20 are higher than they have been through the entire pandemic, prompting one leading expert to say the rising caseload is likely a reflection of increased testing and another to warn it

Indigenous Peoples’ Day protest calls for end of Columbus Day

Hundreds marched from Boston Common to the North End Saturday afternoon to call on the city of Boston to formally replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day and remove existing monuments of Christopher Columbus nationwide.  Protesters began at Park Street

Significant delays forecast for new Orange, Red Line fleets

The long-awaited transformation of commuting on the Red Line or the Orange Line will require an even longer wait. MBTA officials announced Monday that the all-new full fleets set to replace decades-old trains on both lines will arrive at least

Suspect arrested in hit-and-run near Public Garden

A man has been charged with stealing a pickup truck in downtown Boston Thursday before committing a hit and run near the Public Garden that left a pedestrian with “life threatening injuries,” police said Friday. Keith Andrade, 58, was arrested

Hit and run crash near Public Garden severely injures pedestrian

A black Chevy colorado pickup truck crashed into the Boston Public Garden and hit a pedestrian Thursday afternoon.  The pedestrian, identified as an adult woman, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, a BPD spokesperson told The Beacon. The

Man arrested following alleged assault in Public Garden Monday

Boston police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly attempting to rape a woman in the Boston Public Garden Monday morning. Police took Luan Maxwell, 30, into custody on Kneeland St. following a foot pursuit after officers identified him walking on

Protesters marched to Boston City Hall over Breonna Taylor case

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Boston Friday evening to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Louisville woman fatally shot by police in her home last March.  Vigils, rallies, and demonstrations across the city dedicated to Taylor began

Nearby restaurants ‘excited’ by return of college-aged patrons

Businesses neighboring the bustling Emerson campus usually overflow with students, tourists, and commuters in early September. But this year, several nearby restaurants and bars remain eerily empty inside—void of crowds that will likely not return until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Photos: A tale of two demonstrations on Beacon Hill

Two groups of protesters squared off Saturday in front of the State House. On one side, a local far-right political group hosted a “Restore Sanity” protest in support of police, and on the other, counter-protesters turned out for “All Out

Protesters square off in front of State House

Beacon Street became a no man’s land between two conflicting rallies on Saturday, separated by metal barriers and rows of police. On one side, a local far-right political group hosted a “Restore Sanity” protest in support of police, and on

Dueling protests to clash on Boston Common

The organizers of last summer’s Straight Pride Parade that erupted into violence, will hold a pro-police rally at the Massachusetts State House Saturday that will likely be met with considerable opposition from a clashing protest called “All Out Against White

Photos: Violence gives way to peace in Boston

Thousands converged on Boston Common Wednesday afternoon for a third day of protests following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for over eight minutes on

Protesters march through Boston for second night

A peaceful protest that attracted thousands of demonstrators to Boston’s Franklin Park split into multiple groups that spread around the city after dark Tuesday. Hundreds gathered outside the State House, while others surrounded Boston Police Headquarters in Roxbury.  Protestors at

City officials praise peaceful protests and denounce violence

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh thanked protesters who remained peaceful during Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest during a press conference Monday and condemned those who looted stores and clashed with police. Thousands gathered throughout Boston on Sunday and converged on

Photos: A night of unrest in Boston

Thousands converged on the State House in Boston Sunday evening for a peaceful protest over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis by a white police officer. The protest in Boston erupted into chaos, violence, and confusion,

Timeline shows how Boston became a war zone

Peaceful protests over the police killing of George Floyd erupted into chaos late Sunday night as people set fire to a police car and looted businesses. Below is a timeline of events from The Beacon’s live coverage of the protest.

Explorateur to be replaced with two Guy Fieri restaurants

Explorateur will close its doors Monday to be replaced by two new Guy Fieri restaurants, the cafe’s parent company said in a statement. The new restaurants, Guy Fieri’s Boston Kitchen + Bar and Chicken Guy!, will be open daily for

Incoming businesses plan to compete for student customers

The competition for college students’ taste buds is well on its way, as Garbanzo and El Jefe’s Taqueria are set to open this spring. In response to the new businesses’ openings, current restaurants are concerned over the impact they will

Senate to vote on expediting carbon neutrality

The Massachusetts Senate will vote on three bills Thursday that would set Massachusetts on a fast-track to carbon-neutrality by 2050 if passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. If passed, the legislation will commit the state to carbon

Boston401 conference to tackle diversity in leadership issues

Common Purpose, a U.K.-based not-for-profit organization, will bring a leadership program focused on developing cultural intelligence in future leaders to Boston this April. Boston401 will assemble young leaders to brainstorm solutions for the lack of diversity in leadership that they

Welcome back to the reality of living in Boston

Light snow blanketed downtown Boston Saturday as students and residents experienced a renewed winter wonderland following a weekend of spring-like temperatures. A forecast for the night detailed a total nighttime snow accumulation of three to five inches with clouds clearing

Mass. Senate moves forward with plastic bag ban

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

Boston-area graduate students push for unionization rights

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

State primed to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products

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

Booker talks gun control, student debt at Fenway campaign event

[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

Senior organizes pro-Hong Kong protest

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

Cannabis delivery regulations passed

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

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

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

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

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

MBTA shutdowns to affect ridership on weekends

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

Tensions flare during Boston’s Straight Pride Parade

Boston’s first Straight Pride Parade transformed the city’s downtown into scenes of contentious encounters and conflicting ideologies on Saturday.  The parade divided city streets between participants and protestors, separated by metal barricades and law enforcement. Marchers began to gather in Copley

Live Updates: Boston Straight Pride Parade

The Straight Pride Parade will pass the college’s Boylston and Tremont Street buildings today. The controversial march first gained media attention in June and aims to spread awareness of alleged issues impacting straight people.  President M. Lee Pelton denounced the

Boston Police release plan for parade day

The Boston Police Department alerted residents of road closures and other restrictions on Friday via a press release in anticipation of the Straight Pride Parade. The parade will go from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday beginning in Copley Square, going along

Straight Pride Parade Passing Emerson on Move-In Weekend

President Pelton released a statement on Wednesday, August 28. Read the most recent coverage here.  President M. Lee Pelton plans to release a statement in the following days ahead of the Boston Straight Pride Parade scheduled for Saturday, August 31

Gov. Baker signs conversion therapy ban into law for minors

Governor Charles Baker signed a bill banning conversion therapy for minors on April 8. This decision makes Massachusetts the 16th state in the nation to ban the practice. The Massachusetts State House of Representatives passed the legislation by an overwhelming

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