Steph Solis
16 hours ago - News

Boston teens challenge vaping trends

Illustration of a "Z" made in the smoke from a vape.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Young people played a huge role in passing a 2019 state law banning flavored vaping products and menthol cigarettes. Now teen advocates behind the scenes are tackling youth vaping through a racial equity lens.

Why it matters: Vaping has driven an increase in underage smoking over the past decade, which health experts and advocates attribute to online marketing and flavored vapes.

Mike Deehan
Mar 21, 2023 - Real Estate

Spill of the Hill: What's next for Wu's rent control plan

Mayor Wu when the City Council passed her rent control plan. Photo: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Spill of the Hill is Axios Boston's new column dedicated to the power players behind the politics at the State House and City Hall.

Mayor Wu's attempt to let Boston set an inflation-based rent control system already appeared in critical condition when it got to Beacon Hill last week.

  • Less than a week later, it's more likely the plan was dead on arrival, State House leaders tell Axios.
Steph Solis
Mar 20, 2023 - News

Apple Maps gives Boston landmarks the 3D treatment

A composite image showing the Callahan Tunnel entrance on Apple Maps, the old version  on the left and a new, 3D version on the right.

The Central Artery Tunnel, before and after Apple Maps' redesign. Photo courtesy of Apple

Apple Maps, once known for its borderline unusable navigation, got a major facelift in Boston.

Driving the news: The California-based technology giant rolled out a "city experience" redesign last week that shows custom-designed 3D versions of Fenway Park, Quincy Market and South Station. (You can even spot Fenway's famed red seat in the app.)

Eviction filings spike in Boston

Reproduced from Eviction Lab; Chart: Axios Visuals

Eviction filings in Boston have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, according to data from the Eviction Lab.

State of play: The Princeton University project recorded a weekly eviction filing rate for Boston of 111, based on the average of data over a four-week period ending March 4.

Steph Solis
Mar 17, 2023 - News

Lawmakers aim to crack down on vaping black market

A close up of a man vaping in protest. The man, New Yorker Mark Sullivan, vaped in a 2019 demonstration against then-Gov. Charlie Baker's vaping ban.

Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Image

Legislators and tobacco inspectors are pushing to tighten the state's already rigorous tobacco and nicotine laws to curb vaping and crack down on a black market that's flourished since Massachusetts' historic flavor ban took effect.

Why it matters: While teen vaping has declined since Massachusetts passed a first-in-the-nation ban of menthol cigarettes and flavored e-cigarettes in 2019, state tobacco inspectors have found an influx in cross-state smuggling of those products.

Mike Deehan
Mar 16, 2023 - News

Pet Pick: Lafayette, a cat who loves plastic bags

Le chat Lafayette. Photo: MSPCA

It turns out the MSPCA has a secret weapon: Everyone give it up for America's favorite fighting Frenchman — er, domestic short-haired kitty — Lafayette!

Details: He's an outgoing 7-year-old with a fondness for ping pong balls and sitting around on the couch.

  • And he needs to be the only pet around along with a selection of litter boxes for proper training.

Warning: Keep this kitty away from plastic bags, as they seem to be his favorite snack.

Mike Deehan
Mar 14, 2023 - News

Nasty storm blows into the Boston region

Photo: Matt Stone/MediaNews Group via Getty Images

A mid-March storm is hitting the region with rain that may shift to snow this afternoon, leaving around 6 inches of snow by tomorrow morning.

Threat level: Last night's rain may get heavy and wet throughout today.

Steph Solis
Mar 13, 2023 - News

Report: Troopers left day jobs for overtime pay

Then-Massachusetts State Police Col. Chris Mason stands at a podium giving an update in 2020 on disciplinary measures against former Troop E members.

Then-Massachusetts State Police Col. Chris Mason gave an update in 2020 on disciplinary measures against former Troop E members. He has since left the force. Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A new report has flagged practices that allow state troopers to rack up overtime while leaving their day jobs.

  • Several troopers in 2019 left their regular shifts to take optional overtime shifts, claiming personal or vacation time for the hours not worked at their regular posts, per the report.

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