Category: Metro

Boston bomber’s lawyer: ‘It was him’

March 5th, 2015 in 2015, Boston bomber trial, Karen Pita Loor, Metro, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Karen Pita Loor, School of Law

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev helped carry out the Boston Marathon bombing on at the Boylston Street finish line on April 15, 2013, his attorney told a packed courtroom Wednesday in the opening day of the 21-year old’s trial…

Expert quote:

“Instead of thinking about guilt or innocence, they may have decided that’s not a worthy endeavor and they’re just going to focus their efforts on mitigating factors for the death penalty.”

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We asked two local academics why you care so much about the Patriots

February 4th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Metro, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

Adam Naylor, School of Education

Patriots Nation should be grateful for Deflate-gate and all the haters,…

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“We certainly are, but they’re ours. We invest in them and they give us emotional pleasure. It’s a slight escape from our daily lives.”

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End of an era: Deval Patrick is done with his governorship

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, College of Communication, College of General Studies, Fred Bayles, Metro, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

Fred Bayles, College of Communication
Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

As Gov. Deval Patrick leaves office to make way for Governor-elect Charlie Baker, the legacy of the state’s first black governor has been opened up to debate…

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“One could say he was a fairly good steward during a time of national economic crisis. But I don’t think they’re going to be building lots of statues of him.”


“The judiciary may be his long standing legacy. Historically when you thought of Massachusetts judges, you thought of old Brahmin stock whose family can be traced back to the Mayflower. Now, the judiciary reflects Massachusetts as it is, which is incredibly diverse. He has set himself up for national office if he chooses to do so.”

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Boston doctor heads to Africa to treat Ebola patients

August 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, Metro, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine

A Boston doctor will reportedly venture into Africa’s Ebola outbreak later this month to directly care for patients suffering from the deadly disease…

Expert quote:

“I have a healthy amount of fear and respect but that fear is tempered by my knowledge about this pathogen and by my background and training.”

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How to get that vitamin D in the winter

January 28th, 2014 in 2014, Metro, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

Michael Holick, School of Medicine

You know vitamin D is important for your health, and you’ve likely read that hardly anyone gets enough of it…

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“Ninety to 95 per cent of the vitamin D in your body comes from sensible sun exposure.”

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Are you getting enough vitamin D?

January 20th, 2014 in 2014, Metro, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

Michael Holick, School of Medicine

The list of illnesses you might help prevent by getting enough vitamin D seems to grow every day…

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“People tend to think that if a little is good, a lot is better, so some have raised concerns about the risk of toxicity. But vitamin D toxicity is one of the rarest medical conditions; you would need to take thousands of IUs every day for months for your body to take in enough to be harmful.”

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Boston smoking ban: What it means for public health, enforcement and the 2014 Freedom Rally

January 14th, 2014 in 2014, Metro, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Two weeks ago the city made it illegal for anyone to smoke tobacco, marijuana and vaporized substances in its 251 parks, squares, cemeteries and beaches, but questions linger as to how the city plans on keeping people from publicly puffing, and whether the ban is even warranted…

Expert quote:

“Undeniably non smokers have the right to not have to be exposed to significant health hazards that they don’t have control over. However, I think that banning smoking in these wide-open places doesn’t make a lot of sense. It really goes beyond the health justification… I’m not aware of any data that shows that fleeting exposure to smoke in a park represents a significant health hazard, or poses a public health problem.”

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Is ‘Elf On The Shelf’ bad for kids?

December 24th, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Metro, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

For most parents, “Elf On The Shelf,” serves as an extension of Santa, entertaining kids and a way to get them to behave until Christmas…

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“Kids up to four, five, six and seven live in what we call fantasy magic life years. If the myths are good and talk about sharing and helping your neighbor, then that’s really nice!”

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What is the anti-inflammation diet, and why should you try it?

December 19th, 2013 in 2013, Joan Salge Blake, Metro, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Why try the anti-inflammation diet?…

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“We’re not sure exactly why, but we do know that being in an inflammatory state is unhealthy. Eating foods that reduce the inflammatory response in the body and get your weight under control help keep blood pressure and blood glucose in check, cutting your risk of disease.”

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Mayor’s race: High turnout not expected despite ‘important’ vote

November 4th, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, Metro, Newsmakers, Politics, Tom Whalen 0 comments

Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Voters in Boston will elect a new leader of the Hub for the first time in 20 years, but don’t expect a record-breaking turnout at the polls on Tuesday, political experts and election officials said…

Expert quote:

“In the past, the World Series ended a lot earlier. Now, we’re talking just a few days between the end of the World Series and parade and the mayor’s race. I think a lot of people are just tired out and can’t distinguish between the two candidates.”

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