Little has come easy since the gambling law passed in late 2011. Casino regulators are embroiled in litigation, and casino developers have been kicked out of more communities than have accepted them. But this week a milestone for supporters finally arrives: the state gambling commission will award its first license, for a slot parlor by Friday. The final evaluation unfolds throughout this week.
As Red Sox sputter to an end, fans take it in stride
Thanks to three recent World Series victories, even diehard fans seemed to shrug off this season’s struggles.
Rural region of Ireland turns out for ‘second inauguration’ during Boston mayor’s visit
The Connemara region has long been defined by the people who have left — immigrants like Marty Walsh’s parents.
CompuGroup blocks Maine medical practice from accessing patient data
The battle, which pitted a tiny medical office against a German corporation, may have broader implications.
Malnourishment among elders undetected in ER
Many seniors who go to the emergency room may be suffering from poor nutrition. Now researchers are wondering what to do about it.
Child poverty continues to climb in Mass.
The issue is partly caused by costly day care and housing and the proliferation of low-wage jobs, specialists said.
Sick leave measure divides workers, businesses
In November, Mass. voters will weigh in on a plan to let workers earn sick time.
‘Avatar’ mice help develop new cancer treatments
The new type of lab mouse is implanted with a patients’ actual cancer so scientists can develop a custom treatment plan.
At climate change march in New York, a clarion call for action
NEW YORK — Under leaden skies, throngs of demonstrators extending as far as the eye could see moved through Midtown Manhattan on Sunday, chanting their demands for action on climate change.
With drums and tubas, banners and floats, the People’s Climate March represented a broad coalition of ages, races, geographic locales and interests, with union members, religious leaders, scientists, politicians and students joining the procession.
Suicide prevention in primary care
In recent years, a variety of measures have been taken to help primary care doctors prevent suicide.
Ahmadzai is named president of Afghanistan as power-sharing deal signed
Afghanistan’s election commission on Sunday pronounced Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the winner of the country’s presidential election, but it withheld an announcement of the total votes won, despite an exhaustive and costly audit process overseen by the United Nations and financed by the US government.
The suppression of the vote totals was apparently the final step necessary for the two presidential candidates to sign a US-brokered agreement.
Fitchburg bank will pay $3.5m in TelexFree case
A community bank in Fitchburg allegedly allowed TelexFree to open accounts without vetting its business.
Scientists report global rise in greenhouse gas emissions
NEW YORK — Global emissions of greenhouse gases jumped 2.3 percent in 2013 to record levels, scientists reported Sunday, in the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming.
The emissions growth last year was a bit slower than the average growth rate of 2.5 percent that prevailed during the past decade, and much of the dip was caused by an economic slowdown in China.
Heirs to an Oil Fortune Join the Divestment Drive
The family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil is planning to announce Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is joining the fossil fuel divestment movement that began a couple years ago on college campuses.
Flood of Syrian refugees to Turkey hits 100,000
KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey — About 100,000 Syrians, mostly Kurds, have flooded into Turkey since Thursday, escaping an Islamic State offensive that has pushed the conflict nearly within eyeshot of the Turkish border.
On Sunday, heavy clashes broke out between the Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters only miles from the Syrian border town of Kobani, where members of the Al Qaeda breakaway group were bombarding villagers.
Why do half of us still skip the yearly flu vaccine?
Fewer than half of Americans received a flu shot last year. Doctors may be at least partly to blame.
Rebuilding Africa’s health infrastructure after Ebola
Also: climate change solution must include nuclear energy.
US ramping up major renewal in nuclear arms
A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars.
Scotland vote is a big win for democracy
The fight between competing ideals — and the passion of an electorate that turned out in droves — caught the world’s attention.