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At-risk teens produce anti-violence PSAs with Emerson College help

An Jiang and Siyang Qi

With guidance and support of Emerson College students, four young participants of the Bird Street Community Center tell personal stories about violence in their lives by producing a series of video Public Service Announcements (PSAs).

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Boston attorney opens up pizza eatery in act of justice

Terri Ogan and Melanie Platten

Boston attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan opened up The Just Crust Pizzeria in Harvard Square in hopes to become a model of how businesses can grow while valuing their customers.  Liss-Riordan sued the bankrupt Upper Crust Pizzeria after its owners allegedly exploited their workers.

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Kitchen Hood

Green restaurants continue to grow in Boston

Jonathan Satriale

It used to be a bad thing when food made you turn green. But these days several restaurants and food vendors in Boston are trying to do just that- turn you, or at least themselves, “green,” environmentally speaking that is. 

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Local Brazilian community responds to protests at home with solidarity rally

Melanie Platten

Local members of the Brazilian community Sunday showed support for protesters in Brazil, who rallied against corruption and misuse of government funds.   Social media played an important role for advocacy groups in garnering support for the cause.  

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Boston

Dinosaur Lot

Finding electric car chargers in Boston just got easier

Jonathan Satriale

You may not have noticed it, but if you look around at some common Boston parking areas you may see electric charging stations readily available. 

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College Bound Dorchester

Award-winning program guides Dorchester’s youth to college

Engelbertus Wendratama

College Bound Dorchester’s College Connections program recently received a Community Partnership Award from Mutual of America for its achievement in guiding the neighborhood's youth on a path to college.

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Plant-A-Tree Workshop

Southie plants trees to beautify neighborhood

Anastasia Yefremova

On the request of South Boston residents, Southie Trees has launched a pilot program to help people plant trees in their back yards. With the third smallest tree canopy in Boston, Southie can use every tree its residents can plant.

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Starbucks calories

Starbucks calorie posting may have a down side

Katie Vatalaro

Starbucks today started posting calories of their offerings and customers as well as staff members wonder what impact this will have on sales. 

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Spin craze heats up in Boston

Terri Ogan and Melanie Platten

Boutique-style spin studios are popping up all over Boston.  Professionals say residents are opting for an "a la carte" fitness regimen as opposed to a standard gym membership.

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BBQ Festival at Government Center

BBQ Festival comes to Government Center

Jonathan Satriale

If you like sampling barbecue from across the country and around the world, then you are in luck this weekend. The Phantom Gourmet is hosting its seventh annual BBQ Beach Party at Government Center. Pitmasters from Texas, Arkansas, Memphis, Virginia, Chicago, Marlboro and Australia are showcasing their finest BBQ dishes and are competing in a BBQ rib competition.

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Café Emmanuel

Boston programs support gay seniors

Anastasia Yefremova

Fear of discrimination keeps many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors from seeking out help as they age. Programs like the LGBT Aging Project's Café Emmanuel work with the existing network of social services to change this. (Photo courtesy of Bob Linscott)

 

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Bike advocates lead South Boston community ride to improve safety

Terri Ogan and Melanie Platten

Boston Bikes Executive Director, Nicole Freedman led South Boston residents on a bike tour providing community members with the opportunity to identify dangerous streets and intersections and make recommendations for improvements.

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farmers

Surprises at the farmers market

Lonny Irving and Katrin Petersen

Farmers markets are opening all over Massachusetts and that means buying local products just got easier. People often go to their local farmers markets to help support local business and meet the people that grow their food. But in the hunt for fresh local produce, shoppers may be surprised by what else they might find at farmers markets here in Boston.

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Region

El Planeta

The state's ethnic news media get involved in community life

Kristin Tate 

The US Senate election, which featured a Latino candidate, has prompted a discussion about the role of ethnic news media. 

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beach

Area beaches to visit during heat wave

Katrin Petersen and Lonny Irving 

Beaches are beginning to welcome the summer crowd. Local residents are heading out to their favorite spots and tourists are coming in from all over to experience the New England coast. JSONS reporters decided to visit some of these beaches and put together a list of pros and cons. 

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Brookline Shopper Susan Davis

Brookline prepares for plastic bag ban

Jonathan Satriale

Brookline shoppers will have to do without single-use plastic bags in most stores come December. That's when a plastic bag ban takes effect and shoppers and business owners have mixed feelings about the ban.

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Boston Graduates

Massachusetts loses half of its graduates each year

Kristin Tate

A new report has found a clear gap between recent Bay State graduates and employers. State officials are working on new programs and initiatives to retain the state's college graduates. 

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The Cape Flyer

After five decades, Boston-Cape Cod train whistles again

An Jiang and Siyang Qi

After five decades of inactivity the Cape Flyer train service connects again Boston and Hyannis every weekend this summer. So far, the service has proven to be a hit.    

 

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Medical Marijuana Lollipop

Medical marijuana legalization raises concerns about keeping children safe

Kristin Tate 

Last November, Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana. Now that dispensaries are about to be implemented, a state-wide discussion has started about how to best keep our children safe and marijuana-free.

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Lifestyle

One of the couches Eva "surfed" on in Iceland

Bostonian couch surfs through Europe

Abby Peel

A Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences senior just returned from a six-week journey around Europe. But her accommodations were unique--peoples' couches....

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Customers

Boston business builds off one sweet joke

Ryan Thomas

You won't find any baked goods at Boston's Johnny Cupcakes. But the theme, and the humor behind it, have given the store a loyal following.

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Pic. by Shazia Yousuf

First Muslim women art exhibition held in Boston

Shazia Yousuf

To break the stereotypes concerning Muslim artists, the American Islamic Congress (AIC) inaugurated Boston's first-ever Muslim art exhibition on Feb.15. The exhibition showcases the paintings of four Boston-based Immigrant Muslim women artists.

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running

Runners use technology to train for races

Terri Ogan and Melanie Platten

As summer heats up and road race season arrives, runners have been using a variety of cell phone applications as well as websites and devices to help them train.

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Bette Jo Green and Jo Ann Whitehead

Same-sex marriage in 2013

Anastasia Yefremova

It's 2013 and, in the decade since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, more Americans have come to support the issue than ever before, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently heard cases challenging California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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Gardner

Gardner Museum awaits the return of stolen artwork

Jared Bennett and Cassidy Swanson

Museum employees, patrons and visiting students at the Isabella Gardner Museum expressed renewed hope Friday that $500 million of art stolen more than two decades ago might soon be returned. The FBI says it knows who took the paintings and has posted a $5 million reward for information leading to their return.

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Anti-gay bullying in Boston's schools

Anastasia Yefremova

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students are still at a higher risk of getting bullied at school than most youth. What are Boston's schools doing to address the issue, and is Massachusetts still at the forefront of legislation protecting the LGBT community?

 

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Part-time musicians learn how to balance work and play

Ryan Thomas

Musicians who attended last Wednesday's rock workshop learned how to make moonlighting as a musician a realistic endeavor.

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