It's tough to predict just how citizens will trend when it comes to deciding the casino question in Massachusetts - and three others on the ballot this November: a revised bottle bill, a measure governing the gas tax, and one governing employee sick time. The Curiosity Desk's Edgar B. Herwick III takes a look at how this direct Democracy thing works.
After years of fierce debate, the battle over whether to build casinos in Massachusetts is finally being taken to the people.
Today, we go back to 1927, and the final moments for two Boston suspected criminals-turned-cause célèbre whose lives were immortalized by Woody Guthrie and whose story shaped the public policy of one of the Bay State's most renowned politicians.
In the past few months, library-friends-group book sales, nonprofit internet libraries — even Amazon.com — have been flush with books that were, until recently, sitting on local Boston Public Library shelves. But why?
Real Estate agents Jodi and Jean Winchester are walking me through a stately yellow stucco colonial revival mansion on a tranquil street in Lexington. There’s a perfectly manicured acre of land surrounding the estate. Heck, there’s even a carriage house.
And it belonged to Charles Ponzi, of the infamous Ponzi scheme.
Ernest Hemingway was born near Chicago and died in Idaho. He immortalized 1920s Paris and introduced the world to the running of the bulls in Pamplona. He hunted big game in Africa, caught marlin off the Florida Keys, and spent decades living, writing -- and drinking -- in Cuba.
So, why is the world's largest collection of his personal writings is located at the JFK library in Boston?
By the time Neil W. Rabens actually received the patent for Twister in July of 1969, his invention had already been sold twice, and it was well on it's way to becoming an American pop-culture icon.
Rabens was a young commercial artist in the mid 1960s, when he was hired along with Chuck Foley to develop toys and games for a midwest design firm. One day Rabens came up with an innovative idea: What if we made a game where people were the pieces?
Fourth of July weekend ended in tragedy in Milford when Nentor Dahn, 18, of Providence, RI died after jumping into the Fletcher Quarry. Fletcher is just one of many quarries in the area, and that got me wondering just how dangerous they are — and whether what happened in Milford is an all too common occurrence.
If you’re gearing up to travel this Fourth of July weekend, you’ve probably noticed that gas is pricey. Boston area gas prices are currently averaging $3.78 a gallon, more than 20 cents higher than this time last year.
In fact, gas prices across the country are at their highest for a Fourth of July weekend since 2008.
Charles Goodyear's obsession began one auspicious day in New York.
He’d always been a tinkerer and a new “miracle” substance, rubber, had caught his fancy. He’d developed an improved valve for a rubber life preserver he’s seen in a New York shop. When he proudly showed the shop owner his invention, the man let Goodyear in on a secret. This new miracle substance was about to go bust.
The curse of King Tutankhamun's tomb, the disappearing Hope Diamond, Donald Trump's gravity-defying combover -- all of these are mysteries that have confounded and captivated audiences for centuries. Add this one to the list: Boston Public Radio host Jim Braude's inability to properly pronounce his co-host Margery Eagan's name.
Three area Catholic churches lost their respective appeals to the Vatican's highest court to remain open this week - appearing to end a 10 year fight by parishioners.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston, Saint James the Great Church in Wellesley, and Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini in Scituate were just three of more than 40 churches ordered by Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley to be deconsecrated and sold, as part of a diocese-wide reconfiguration in 2004.
In April of 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play in the major leagues in the modern era. Five years earlier, though, another Robinson quietly broke a different color barrier and his story is much less well known.
No state in America has a higher percentage of jobs in life science fields than Massachusetts, according to a report released Wednesday by Northeastern University. But there's a dark undercurrent looming for the Bay State in those bullish numbers.
The life sciences industry is on the leading of edge of "tax inversion mergers", wherein large life sciences companies aren't just consolidating, they are also moving their headquarters overseas.
Last week, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh asked the City Council to allow him to waive the residency requirements 75 to 100 of his top officials.
City officials, like most city employees, are required by law to live in the city. But the pushback was swift from councilors like Tito Jackson and Michelle Wu and citizens groups like Save Our City, and this week, Walsh quickly backed away from the fight, and pulled his request from consideration.
If someone asked you to think of a poem about baseball, chances are that the first one—maybe the only one—to spring to mind would be "Casey At The Bat." The send-up about a hulking slugger for the "Mudville Nine" who fails to rally his team in the bottom of the ninth inning first appeared in a California newspaper this week back in 1888. But the story behind the poem is undeniably a Massachusetts one. And more than a century later, one local town is still fighting for recognition as "the real Mudville."
Chances are that the shoes you are wearing on your feet right now were made somewhere outside the United States. But that wasn't always the case. Today we travel to the late 19th century, for the story of the African-American immigrant who transformed Lynn, Massachusetts into the shoe capital of the world.
Each Friday, Edgar B. Herwick III takes us back in time for a look at the week in Massachusetts history. This week, we go back to 1958 for the largely forgotten tale about the day the music died in Boston.
"It was like Happy Days when I was in high school."
The invasion happens each year. They descend on the waters off Martha's Vineyard. They come from places like Boston and New York: tourists! But the onslaught came early in 1974, and it wasn’t the usual seasonal crowd. This time they came by the hundreds… from Hollywood.
It had been some time since NASA had a project that captured the public's imagination like the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in April 1990.
"You didn’t have to be at NASA to be excited about Hubble," said former NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman, who now teaches at MIT. "People were really looking forward to this great new telescope that was going to be able to see farther away than any other telescopes and reveal the secrets of the universe," he said.
They came from all over: Sudbury and Framingham, Billerica and Chelmsford. Farmers, shopkeepers, even ministers. Some had muskets. Some had knives. Some carried no weapons at all.
This time the British had gone too far. Seven hundred redcoats were advancing on the town of Concord, determined to destroy a cache of colonial military supplies. The colonies’ disparate town militia — the Minutemen — were resolved to turn them back. The American Revolution had begun.
In March of 1971, there was no Twitter. There was no 24-hour sports radio in Boston. No ESPN. It was in the newspaper, 43 years ago this week, that area football fans learned that the Boston Patriots were no more. They were now the New England Patriots.
“The Patriots were gonna be called the Bay State Patriots," said Pat Sullivan, former general manager of the Patriots, laughing. "That concept lasted about two weeks.”
Usually, when athletes meet the president, it’s a celebratory affair. You’ve won the World Series or the Super Bowl or a gold medal. But that wasn’t that case in 1980, when President James Carter gathered more than 100 Olympic athletes at the White House for an announcement. The Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan a few months prior, and the United States had been threatening to boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow. On March 21, a decision was made.
"I can't say at this moment that other nations will not go to the Summer Olympics in Moscow," Carter said at the time. "Ours will not go."