President Barack Obama was just one of several elected officials who praised the work of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino as he announced this past Thursday that he would not seek re-election after 20 years as the chief executive of Massachusetts’ capitol city.   

National Weather Service

BOSTON (AP) — A massive storm packing hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions is sweeping through the Northeast, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to 650,000 customers.

More than 28 inches of snow had fallen in parts of central Connecticut by early Saturday, and areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched 2 feet or more.

The National Weather Service says up to 3 feet is expected in Boston, threatening the city's 2003 record of 27.6 inches.

National Weather Service

BOSTON (AP) — Schools across New England have closed and thousands of flights have been scratched as the Northeast hunkers down for a storm poised to dump up to 2 feet of snow.

The snow is expected to start Friday morning, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts could reach 75 mph. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October.

Massachusetts Casino Panel to Take over Racing Commission

Jun 21, 2012

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is holding its first meeting after taking control of the state racing commission.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The new five-member gambling panel is charged with licensing and overseeing up to three casinos and a slots parlor in Massachusetts.

Under the casino law approved by lawmakers and signed by Governor Deval Patrick, the panel is charged with overseeing virtually all gambling in the state, except for the lottery.

That includes taking over the responsibilities of the state racing commission.

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley will celebrate Memorial Day by offering thanksgiving for the Boston priests who serve as military chaplains.

Right now, 12 priests from the Boston Archdiocese are serving as military chaplains, and 300 of Boston's priests have worked in the military since World War II.

The archdiocese's Catholic Appeal team has produced a video tribute to the chaplains to spread awareness about their work.