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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

Recreational cannabis dispensary opens in Brookline

New England Treatment Access opened its doors Saturday at 9 a.m. as the first dispensary to offer non-medical cannabis in the greater Boston area. The dispensary, about a 10-minute walk from the Green E Line Riverway stop, is located in

First recreational cannabis shop to open in greater Boston area

New England Treatment Access Brookline location will open on March 23 as the first dispensary to offer non-medicinal cannabis in the greater Boston area. Director of Compliance for NETA Amanda Rositano said the company received their final license for recreational retail

Menino remembered as friend of Emerson

Thomas Michael Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, left behind a legacy that has helped make Emerson the campus students recognize today. His death on Oct. 30, which came after a year of battling cancer, gave members of the Emerson community, past

Emerson on lockdown after explosion during Boston Marathon

Two consecutive bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today at 2:50 p.m., injuring several Emerson students, and, according to the Boston Globe, killing two and injuring at least 107. While several Emerson students were running

Dems debate immigration

Hours before the Democratic presidential debate began at Dartmouth University last night, students gathered on the campus common in droves. Campaigns signs for the candidates were plastered on lawns, buildings, children, bicycles and fences. Before the 9 p.m. debate began,

Bringing down the war on marijuana

A new bill before the Massachusetts House would decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Though the bill is a far cry from full legalization and still recommends a fine for those caught with the drug, it is

Students stunned by Brighton attack

A man wielding a stun gun assaulted a 22-year-old Brighton woman in her apartment on Oct. 26, after following her from the Washington Square T stop in Brookline, according to Boston Police Department Spokesman Michael McCarthy. The incident has caused

Mayoral candidates address student issues

During a forum held Oct. 12 at Boston University, the two mayoral candidates for the city of Boston fielded questions from students and addressed issues concerning college life within the city, including the extension of bar hours and Massachusetts Bay

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