Walsh vows housing crackdown in Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Wednesday that the city will levy $300 daily fines on scofflaw landlords, increase the number of inspections, and demand that colleges in Boston disclose the addresses of under
Institute announces new environmental initiative
MIT announced Thursday a new initiative on the environment meant to “promote transformative, cross-disciplinary research,” according to a press release.
Senior House to receive RLAD by fall despite residents’ opposition
By this fall, every dorm on campus will have a Residential Life Area Director (RLAD). Since the program began two years ago, each dorm has successively received one except for Senior House, home to some of the most vocal opponents.
Election commission votes to allow bitcoin donations
WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission voted Thursday to allow political committees to accept bitcoin donations and outlined the ways that the virtual currency can be used by federally regulated campaigns.
Snapchat settles charge with FTC that it deceived users
The disappearing act of messages on Snapchat, the mobile messaging service, has not been as foolproof as the company promised.
Obama policy bans employee use of leaked material
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but technically still-secret information: citing news reports based on unauthorized disclosures.
Both sides in the South Sudan civil war have committed crimes against humanity including arbitrary killings, mass rapes and other sexual violence, systematic pillaging and attacks on churches, hospitals and international aid facilities, the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan said Thursday in its most detailed report on the conflict.
Kellogg agrees to change labeling on Kashi line
The Kellogg Co., maker of some of the country’s most familiar breakfast cereals, said Thursday that it had agreed to drop the terms “all natural” and “nothing artificial” from some products in its Kashi line as part of a settlement agreement ending a class-action lawsuit.
Oklahoma on Thursday delayed the execution of Charles F. Warner by six months, to allow time for a review of lethal injection procedures that was started after a bungled execution last week left a prisoner writhing in pain before he died of heart failure.
Tensions rise between China and Vietnam over disputed waters
BEIJING — China demanded that Vietnam withdraw ships from disputed waters around a Chinese drilling rig Thursday — the latest volley in a standoff that has quickly escalated into one of the most serious in years in the contested South China Sea.
Showers precede spring warm-up
The last weekend of spring semester will get off to a rainy start. A frontal system will pass through the area today and tomorrow, bringing the possibility of rain showers, and even the occasional thunderstorm. Today, in advance of the system, onshore winds will combine with cloud cover to keep temperatures in check. However, a warm front will pass through the area overnight, leading to considerably warmer temperatures during the day on Saturday.
MIT baseball team clinches bid for the 2014 NCAA Tournament
After winning the first game of the 2014 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Baseball Championship series against Wheaton, 6-4, MIT came back to sweep the doubleheader against the Lyons with a wild-ending 12-6, 10-inning victory to win the best-of-three series and claim its first-ever NEMWAC title. The Engineers will now get the conference automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, which will begin with regional action on May 14-18.
Men’s lacrosse earns awards
The MIT men’s lacrosse team received four post-season awards as announced by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Tuesday. Harris A. Stolzenberg ’17 was tabbed for Rookie of the Year accolades and earned a spot on the All-Conference second team as head coach Walter Alessi was voted the league’s Coach of the Year. In addition, the Engineers saw Joel T. Santisteban ’14 and Paul R. Orrson ’16 receive first-team plaudits.