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In Chinatown, more than 7,000 voters must share a single polling place.

Arcane voting maps leave some Boston voters waiting in long lines while others zip through

Even as Boston’s population has swelled and shifted, the city hasn’t overhauled its voting precincts in decades.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey's budget proposal represents a year-over-year increase of $152 million, or 4.2 percent.

Acting Mayor Janey resubmits proposed budget for Boston

The resubmission includes direct investments of $1 million in green jobs, $1 million in job training in the hardest-hit industries, and $1 million in job training for artists, among other priorities.

People gathered near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, known as Mass. and Cass., in Boston.

‘We have failed everyone down here’: For Boston’s mayoral rivals, ‘Mass. and Cass’ becomes a campaign issue

The battle against the opioid epidemic at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston has emerged as a central issue in the mayoral race, with multiple major candidates releasing plans that would dedicate more resources to the area.

Governor Charlie Baker.

Baker signs bill extending pandemic-era policies, including to-go cocktails, expanded outdoor dining

The law will allow restaurants to sell to-go cocktails until next May and keep in place a series of other pandemic-era rules that had expired, or were slated to, with the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

People held signs at an April vigil in Hopkinton for Mikayla Miller.

Ayanna Pressley, other elected officials of color push for independent investigation into death of Mikayla Miller

“The greater Boston community is still grieving the tragic loss of this young life and questions remain unanswered about the full circumstances that led to her death,” the officials wrote.

In Boston's North End, outdoor dining is everywhere on Hanover Street, including at Bricco. Barriers and fences are prominent as the road is narrowed due to the tables.

Lawmakers strike deal to restore pandemic-era policies, including eviction protections, to-go cocktails

State lawmakers came to a compromise Tuesday night and shipped Governor Charlie Baker legislation to restore the lapsed authorization for remote public meetings, to-go cocktail sales, and town meeting flexibilities. Baker was not expected to sign the bill until Wednesday, at the earliest.

Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano.

Unknown to most, Mariano voted last week from Florida

While a speaker voting in support of bills without appearing on the House floor may not be unusual, what few lawmakers knew at the time was that Ronald Mariano cast those votes from Florida, where the 74-year-old Quincy Democrat had been hospitalized for an issue with his heart.

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Boston Latin School.

A lottery for exam schools in Boston? Mayoral hopefuls react to the idea

Candidates running for Boston mayor had mixed reactions to the idea of nixing the traditional exam process for the city’s trio of highly competitive exam schools.