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At Boston Latin School, a new admissions policy has resulted in an increase of Black and Latino students among the incoming seventh grade class — more than there have been in at least a generation.
Branch closures hit some customers hard: small businesses that deal in cash, city dwellers reliant on public transit, and older customers. Of the 230 branches closed since the start of COVID, one quarter of those were in low- and moderate-income areas, according to federal data and WBUR reporting.
When Gov. Ron DeSantis flew four dozen migrants to Martha's Vineyard last week, he was probably thinking of how it would play in his home state of Florida. But the controversial move has also put immigration front and center in Massachusetts politics.
The group of Venezuelans unexpectedly forced to stay on Martha's Vineyard departed Friday, bidding an emotional farewell to the islanders who offered them immediate support in a fast-moving political saga.
Immigration rights advocates and lawmakers are questioning whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis violated any laws when he unexpectedly flew nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard this week.
Nearly 50 Venezuelans were flown to Martha's Vineyard from Texas under what they said was a false pretense, but they expressed gratitude Thursday for the way islanders gathered to support them.
Many of these families are showing up in emergency rooms around the Boston area in need of medical care and shelter. These new arrivals are distinct from the largely Venezuelan migrants who arrived on Martha's Vineyard Wednesday via plane, to the surprise of local officials.
The people who operate water treatment plants in Massachusetts say this summer has been brutal. It's made many of them wonder whether cities and towns need to fundamentally rethink how they provide water across the state.
Hospitals typically employ heart, lung, kidney and other specialists. But there are few hospitals where patients can see anyone who specializes in addiction medicine — even as overdose deaths reach record highs. That's changing, slowly.
A decade ago, Massachusetts began a novel experiment in health care cost control. The results have been mixed. Health care spending has grown less rapidly — yet consumers and businesses are still grappling with higher prices each year.
Donald Trump is throwing his weight behind Geoff Diehl. Maura Healey is preparing for November. And Chris Doughty is appealing to "the exhausted middle." Here's how the gubernatorial candidates are closing out the Massachusetts primary.
A coalition of groups called Olmsted Now is distributing grants to projects that change the way people perceive who's welcome in parks. The effort is in honor of the 200th birthday of Frederick Olmsted, who designed Boston's 7-mile-long Emerald Necklace and thought high quality parks should be open and available to all.
Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy to look back on her first year in the role and set us up for future years.