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Overcoming Addiction: How One Woman Found Sobriety in Cooking

Overcoming Addiction: How One Woman Found Sobriety in Cooking

Sue wore a gray sweater and her hair was pulled back in a Red Sox cap. In her Boston accent she said it was the same outfit she wore a year and a half ago when she was released from prison. In her bag she saved some blue flowers that she brought home from her

Safe Access Law Follows Buffer Zone Repeal

BOSTON, Mass.—On 26 June 2014, the Supreme Court’s decition in McCullen v. Coakley struck down Massachusetts’ 2007 buffer zone law as unconstitutional, angering millions of abortion advocates. In response, Governor Deval Patrick signed a new bill, “An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities,”to take the place of the

Candidate Speaks Out on Homelessness and Poverty

BOSTON, Mass.— Mike Lake grew up in Melrose, the son of a single mother who relied on government aid and community support. According to lake, that upbringing made him a believer in the power of public services. Now, as a candidate for lieutenant governor, he supports progressive policies like increasing the minimum wage, single-payer healthcare,

Bill Languishes in State House while Homeless Youth Wait

BOSTON, Mass.—For many Massachusetts teenagers, the basics of a stable life­­­­­­­­­­­­­ – a bed, three meals a day, regular access to health services – are a given, and often easy to take for granted. However, for the more than 6,000 high school students who are homeless and on their own in one the nation’s most

Waste Not, Want Not: Food Recovery Grows Out of Massachusetts’ Waste Ban

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that America generated 36 million tons of food waste and 96 percent of that food went directly to landfills or incinerators. In the same year, the EPA also reported that 14.9 percent of homes in the US did not know where their next meal would come from. Instead

Gentrification in Chinatown Raises Demand for Affordable Housing

CHINATOWN, Mass.—“It has long been gentrified,” A Chinatown resident exclaimed with a heavy sigh as he walked toward his apartment in Tai Tung Village, one of the early housing projects for low-income Chinatown residents. Tai Tung Village is a gray, medium-sized high-rise surrounded by other rundown-looking apartments. A family of four only needs to pay

MBTA Cleaners Fight Staff Cuts

BOSTON, Mass.—On Saturday June 22, MBTA station cleaners and their supporters marched through downtown Boston and rallied in the Boston Common to protest upcoming staff cuts that would eliminate 30 percent of the cleaning workforce on September 1. The rally attracted 1,000 people, according to police reports, and was the latest event in cleaners’ campaign