Massachusetts State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/476PAAGCGW/feeder Massachusetts State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 29 Aug 2020 14:29:47 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Student-led Black Lives Matter rally held at Western New England University https://www.news10.com/news/mass-news/student-led-black-lives-matter-rally-held-at-western-new-england-university/ Massachusetts News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:cfaaa85f-f91c-8462-781c-44c7a074dadd Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:32:33 +0000 Hundreds of Western New England University students gathered outside the university's commons Thursday to march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. <p>SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (<a href="https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/student-led-black-lives-matter-rally-held-at-wneu/">WWLP</a>) — Hundreds of Western New England University students gathered outside the university&#8217;s commons Thursday to march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.</p> <p>The event was held for the institution only, meaning it was not open to the public, because of pandemic restrictions. Black Lives Matter apparel or all-black apparel was encouraged as were face masks. Signs were held in the air and even the university&#8217;s &#8220;spirit rock&#8221; supported the BLM emblem.</p> <p>&#8220;We know that this an important issue that&#8217;s facing our communities around,&#8221; said Barbara Moffat, VP for Media and Communications at WNEU. &#8220;We want people to be informed and for people to talk together and one another.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s a movement, not a moment,&#8221; added student Jeanne Uwera. &#8220;Just because it&#8217;s not trending anymore and we all aren&#8217;t in quarantine anymore, doesn&#8217;t mean Black lives don&#8217;t still matter.&#8221;</p> <p>The rally ended around 7 p.m., but supporters say they hope their message continues to spread.</p> <h4>LATEST STORIES</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/technology/steps-you-can-take-to-maintain-your-septic-system/">Steps you can take to maintain your septic system</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/mass-news/student-led-black-lives-matter-rally-held-at-western-new-england-university/">Student-led Black Lives Matter rally held at Western New England University</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/ny-news/social-workers-speak-out-against-buffalo-mayors-plan-to-pair-them-with-police-officers/">Social workers speak out against Buffalo mayor&#8217;s plan to pair them with police officers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/ny-news/will-kodak-get-its-765-million-loan-back-local-experts-weigh-in/">Will Kodak get its $765 million loan back? 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In conjunction with the &quot;Farmers to Family&quot; USDA program and the Boston Area Gleaners, The Chabad has distributed 5,000-7,000 pounds of fresh produce to the general community, with no eligibility requirements. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="665" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-03.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-03.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-03.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-03.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-03.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-03.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">WORCESTER, MA - SEPTEMBER 17: Rabbi Mendel Fogelman blows the Shofar for Rosh Hashanah August 17, 2020 in WORCESTER, Massachusetts, as people drive up for groceries at Central Mass Chabad, 22 Newton Ave. In conjunction with the &quot;Farmers to Family&quot; USDA program and the Boston Area Gleaners, The Chabad has distributed 5,000-7,000 pounds of fresh produce to the general community, with no eligibility requirements. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="668" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-04.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-04.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-04.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-04.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-04.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-04.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">WORCESTER, MA - SEPTEMBER 17: Rabbi Leivik Fogelman loads groceries for people at Central Mass Chabad, 22 Newton Ave. August 17, 2020 in WORCESTER, Massachusetts. In conjunction with the &quot;Farmers to Family&quot; USDA program and the Boston Area Gleaners, The Chabad has distributed 5,000-7,000 pounds of fresh produce to the general community, with no eligibility requirements. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><div class="slideshow-ad" id="ad-in-slideshow"></div></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="615" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-08.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-08.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-08.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-08.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-08.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-08.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">WORCESTER, MA - SEPTEMBER 17: Rabbi Leivik Fogelman loads groceries for people at Central Mass Chabad, 22 Newton Ave. August 17, 2020 in WORCESTER, Massachusetts. In conjunction with the &quot;Farmers to Family&quot; USDA program and the Boston Area Gleaners, The Chabad has distributed 5000-7,000 pounds of fresh produce to the general community, with no eligibility requirements. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="759" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-07.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-07.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-07.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-07.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-07.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-07.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">WORCESTER, MA - SEPTEMBER 17: Rabbi Leivik Fogelman (L) waits to load groceries for people at Central Mass Chabad at 22 Newton Ave. while his father Rabbi Medel Fogelman blows the Shofar for Rosh Hashanah August 17, 2020 in WORCESTER, Massachusetts. In conjunction with the &quot;Farmers to Family&quot; USDA program and the Boston Area Gleaners, The Chabad has distributed 5,000-7,000 pounds of fresh produce to the general community, with no eligibility requirements. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="669" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-02.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-02.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-02.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-02.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-02.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-02.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">WORCESTER, MA - SEPTEMBER 17: Rabbis Mendel (L) and Leivik Fogelman load groceries for people at Central Mass Chabad at 22 Newton Ave. August 17, 2020 in WORCESTER, Massachusetts. In conjunction with the &quot;Farmers to Family&quot; USDA program and the Boston Area Gleaners, The Chabad has distributed 5,000-7,000 pounds of fresh produce to the general community, with no eligibility requirements. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="7"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="739" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-06.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-06.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-06.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-06.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-06.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/foodcc-06.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">WORCESTER, MA - SEPTEMBER 17: Rabbi Mendel Fogelman takes a break from loading groceries for people at Central Mass Chabad, 22 Newton Ave. August 17, 2020 in WORCESTER, Massachusetts. In conjunction with the &quot;Farmers to Family&quot; USDA program and the Boston Area Gleaners, The Chabad has distributed 5000-7,000 pounds of fresh produce to the general community, with no eligibility requirements. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li></ul><div class="caption"><button class="caption-expand">Show Caption</button><div class="slideshow-credit"></div><div class="slide-count"><span class="current"></span> of <span class="total"></span></div><p class="slideshow-caption"></p><a href="#" class="icon-enlarge"><span>Expand</span></a></div></div> Parents sent child to school knowing he had coronavirus https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/parents-sent-kid-school-knowing-he-had-coronavirus-b472778.html The Independent - Massachusetts urn:uuid:dea954cf-7b44-9be0-0d0e-c30e6bd6ee98 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:53:32 +0000 &lt;p&gt;&lsquo;I knew that we were going to end up having some cases, but I didn&rsquo;t expect they would be on the first day,&rsquo; says principal Bill Runey&lt;/p&gt; Parents sent kid to school knowing he had coronavirus https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/parents-sent-kid-school-knowing-he-had-coronavirus-b472778.html The Independent - Massachusetts urn:uuid:2a3caf77-4adb-4783-03a8-5ad247be7c5e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:53:34 +0000 &lt;p&gt;&lsquo;I knew that we were going to end up having some cases, but I didn&rsquo;t expect they would be on the first day,&rsquo; says principal Bill Runey&lt;/p&gt; 17 Massachusetts communities are at high risk for coronavirus. Officials hope it’s ‘going to wake everybody up’ https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/17-massachusetts-communities-are-at-high-risk-for-coronavirus-officials-hope-its-going-to-wake-everybody-up/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:a04cf11d-379c-04ab-7fa2-93359fe52956 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:13:55 +0000 An increasing number of cities and towns are finding themselves on the state's high-risk list for the coronavirus — a dire-seeming designation that leaders of several newer entrants hope will serve as a wake-up call for their residents. <p>An increasing number of cities and towns are finding themselves on the state&#8217;s high-risk list for the coronavirus — a disheartening designation that leaders of several newer entrants hope will serve as a wake-up call for their residents.</p> <p>“It&#8217;s going to wake everybody up,” Dr. Michael Hirsh, medical director of the Worcester Department of Public Health, said in a press conference Thursday. ”I hope people take it seriously, because they have it in their power individually to help the entire community fight this off.”</p> <p>Worcester is among the <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/17-massachusetts-cities-and-towns-labeled-high-risk-for-coronavirus/">17 communities now considered to be at high risk for coronavirus infections.</a> Under state Department of Public Health guidelines, that means they reported an average daily incidence rate of at least eight cases per 100,000 residents over the two week period ending Saturday. In Worcester&#8217;s case, it was 9.5.</p> <p>The number of cities and towns classified &#8220;red&#8221; for having the highest risk has more than doubled in the past two weeks, climbing from eight two weeks ago, to 13 last week, to 17 now.</p> <p>“I don’t think you can draw a conclusion that this is getting worse based on that data,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a press conference Thursday.</p> <p>It takes three weeks&#8217; worth of data to denote a trend, &#8220;which is why we’re talking about certain communities as being persistently high risk and others that sort of pop in and pop out,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Monson, New Bedford, Revere and Winthrop all remained in the red this week.</p> <p>Saugus, which had an average daily incidence rate of nine cases per 100,000 people, returned to the list this week, joining Nantucket, Plainville, Tyngsboro, Worcester and Wrentham.</p> <p>“Obviously being labeled as high risk is concerning,” Saugus Town Manager Scott Crabtree said. “But it also acts as awareness to remind people of the due diligence that’s necessary to protect each other.”</p> <p>In Wrentham, which had an average rate of 9.5 cases, officials linked the town’s 15 infections over the past two weeks to a cluster tied to a single nursing home.</p> <p>Baker said it’s “critically important” for clusters that emerge from congregate care facilities or gatherings — such as cases from two recent parties in Dedham that <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/10/dedham-officials-link-high-risk-coronavirus-status-to-recent-parties-delay-in-person-school/">catapulted the town to the red</a> — “to be recognized, understood and dealt with on a timely basis, which is part of the reason we continue to update this data every week.”</p> <p>A city’s high-risk status can bring with it as much fear as it can necessary help from the state through bolstered testing, enforcement and awareness efforts. Officials from Worcester and Nantucket, which averaged 18.9 cases per 100,000 people, said Thursday they already had meetings lined up with the state for additional resources.</p> <p>“It is an opportunity for all of us to redouble our efforts,” City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. said. “This is a reminder that this virus will come back quickly if we do let our guard down.”</p> Northeastern University students kicked out can roll over tuition https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/northeastern-university-students-kicked-out-can-roll-over-some-tuition/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:7d5a40b2-55c6-c5b0-eca0-a1b9b3051f5f Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:01:48 +0000 The 11 first-year Northeastern University students booted for breaking coronavirus rules by gathering inside a hotel dorm room can roll over $27,760 of their tuition, the college said. <p>The 11 first-year Northeastern University students booted for breaking coronavirus rules by gathering inside a hotel dorm room can roll over $27,760 of their tuition, the college said.</p> <p>The partial reprieve comes as the school tweeted a college appeals board decided to give the freshmen a break.</p> <p>&#8220;While the students remain dismissed &#8230; they will continue to have access to academic advising, mental health, and other support services,&#8221; NU said. &#8220;Nevertheless, the university retains discretion to modify the sanction and, in the case of all 11 students, the tuition portion of their fall semester &#8212; $27,760 &#8212; will be credited toward the spring semester.&#8221;</p> <p>A semester at Northeastern runs about $36,500.</p> <p>The Student Conduct Appeals Board &#8212; comprised of two administrators and one student &#8212; &#8220;unanimously upheld&#8221; the original penalty, but eased up on the hit to the college bill, the school added in a tweet Thursday evening.</p> <p>New York lawyer Brett Joshpe, representing two of the students and their families, said the initial discipline was &#8220;absurd&#8221; and he&#8217;s now &#8220;evaluating our options, including litigation.&#8221; He added keeping $9,000 in room and board that wasn&#8217;t used is wrong.</p> <p>&#8220;They were out to just humiliate the kids and their families,&#8221; he told the Herald, adding the rules were &#8220;unclear&#8221; from the start.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">A statement from Northeastern University: <a href="https://t.co/jge3LQpXyX">pic.twitter.com/jge3LQpXyX</a></p> <p>&mdash; Northeastern U. (@Northeastern) <a href="https://twitter.com/Northeastern/status/1306719069698174984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The students were given 24 hours to pack up and leave after they were notified earlier this month they would not be allowed to continue with the fall semester.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/04/northeastern-dismisses-11-students-who-violated-social-distancing-rules/" title="Northeastern dismisses 11 students who violated social distancing rules"> <span class="dfm-title"> Northeastern dismisses 11 students who violated social distancing rules </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>The 11 students were <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/04/northeastern-dismisses-11-students-who-violated-social-distancing-rules/">were found together in a room at the Westin Hotel</a> — a pricey violation of the school’s pandemic-related public health rules. The 11 freshmen were among the 818 students staying in two-person rooms at the Westin.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Official daily update: systematic coronavirus testing results 9/15.</p> <p>Tests Completed: 5,580<br />Negative Tests: 5,580<br />Positive Tests: 0</p> <p>Check back each day for updated results. <a href="https://t.co/3arkBgI2HC">https://t.co/3arkBgI2HC</a></p> <p>&mdash; Northeastern U. (@Northeastern) <a href="https://twitter.com/Northeastern/status/1306633261326782466?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <figure id="attachment_2105228" class="wp-caption aligncenter size-article_inline_half"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" sizes="739px" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" width="2375" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">BOSTON, MA : September 4, 2020: The Westin Hotel in Copley Square Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</figcaption></figure> Northeastern University students kicked out can roll over some tuition https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/northeastern-university-students-kicked-out-can-roll-over-some-tuition/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:8381f6ea-7c65-f444-77c8-ac4267388a88 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:23:27 +0000 The 11 first-year Northeastern University students booted for breaking coronavirus rules by gathering inside a hotel dorm room can roll over $27,760 of their tuition, the college said. <p>The 11 first-year Northeastern University students booted for breaking coronavirus rules by gathering inside a hotel dorm room can roll over $27,760 of their tuition, the college said.</p> <p>The partial reprieve comes as the school tweeted an appeals board decided to give the freshmen a break.</p> <p>&#8220;While the students remain dismissed &#8230; they will continue to have access to academic advising, mental health, and other support services,&#8221; NU said. &#8220;Nevertheless, the university retains discretion to modify the sanction and, in the case of all 11 students, the tuition portion of their fall semester &#8212; $27,760 &#8212; will be credited toward the spring semester.&#8221;</p> <p>A semester at Northeastern runs about $36,500.</p> <p>The Student Conduct Appeals Board &#8212; comprised of two administrators and one student &#8212; &#8220;unanimously upheld&#8221; the original penalty, but eased up on the hit to the college bill, the school added in a tweet Thursday evening.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">A statement from Northeastern University: <a href="https://t.co/jge3LQpXyX">pic.twitter.com/jge3LQpXyX</a></p> <p>&mdash; Northeastern U. (@Northeastern) <a href="https://twitter.com/Northeastern/status/1306719069698174984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The students were given 24 hours to pack up and leave after they were notified earlier this month they would not be allowed to continue with the fall semester.</p> <p>The 11 students were <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/04/northeastern-dismisses-11-students-who-violated-social-distancing-rules/">were found together in a room at the Westin Hotel</a> — a pricey violation of the school’s pandemic-related public health rules.</p> <p>The 11 freshmen were among the 818 students staying in two-person rooms at the Westin under a special program for incoming students.</p> <p>Northeastern is one of several area colleges bringing students back for the fall semester that worked with the city to lease out hotels or empty buildings for additional bed space to help thin out on-campus dorms.</p> <p>A New York lawyer has reportedly been hired by two of the students kicked out. He could not be reached for a comment before deadline.</p> <p>As for the virus, NU reports all is clear.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Official daily update: systematic coronavirus testing results 9/15.</p> <p>Tests Completed: 5,580<br />Negative Tests: 5,580<br />Positive Tests: 0</p> <p>Check back each day for updated results. <a href="https://t.co/3arkBgI2HC">https://t.co/3arkBgI2HC</a></p> <p>&mdash; Northeastern U. (@Northeastern) <a href="https://twitter.com/Northeastern/status/1306633261326782466?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <figure id="attachment_2105228" class="wp-caption aligncenter size-article_inline_half"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" sizes="739px" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" width="2375" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Westinnc3.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">BOSTON, MA : September 4, 2020: The Westin Hotel in Copley Square Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</figcaption></figure> Coronavirus could mutate prompting changes to a vaccine like the flu, experts say https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/coronavirus-could-mutate-prompting-changes-to-a-vaccine-like-the-flu-experts-say/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:05b44340-ada1-e8ad-757c-440b447d5dbe Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:33:24 +0000 COVID-19 could mutate and prompt a need for changes in the vaccine, such as what happens yearly with influenza, experts say, but the rate of change is likely to be much less than the flu. <p>COVID-19 could mutate and prompt a need for changes to a vaccine, such as what happens yearly with influenza, experts say, but the rate of change is likely to be much less than the flu.</p> <p>&#8220;If a vaccine makes an antibody and the virus mutates, then the vaccine could lose potency over time,&#8221; said Jared Silverman, of the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute during a Thursday MilliporeSigma webcast hosted in part with MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.</p> <p>But, if a coronavirus vaccine triggers a broad range of antibody responses, that process is less likely, according to Silverman.</p> <p>David Onions, an independent biotechnology safety consultant, said, &#8220;It&#8217;s possible this might turn out like the flu, that we are occasionally changing the vaccines.&#8221;</p> <p>He said the rate of change in the flu virus is much greater than that of COVID-19 though.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s going to be more stable than say a flu virus, but perhaps not as stable as, say measles virus, which we know has been incredibly stable,&#8221; Onions said during the Thursday panel.</p> <p>Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates using different technologies are currently being developed and tested, and it isn&#8217;t known yet which will be the most effective.</p> <p>Onions said that is an advantage, as the varying technologies allow for rapid scaling and there could be synergy between two candidates.</p> <p>&#8220;It is not yet known how many immunizations will be needed and the length of time the immunity might last,&#8221; Onions said.</p> <p>He added, &#8220;There is intensive surveillance for variant viruses and, using the new vaccine technologies, it will be relatively straightforward to incorporate the variant genetic sequences into a vaccine.&#8221;</p> <p>Audrey Chang of the Life Science business of Merck said unlike other viruses, COVID-19 has impacted everyone, which has brought on a lot of change.</p> <p>“It&#8217;s totally changed the way that we think, the way that we talk about being vulnerable to these type of biological and scientific agents,&#8221; Chang said.</p> <p>She said one of the challenges of the pandemic is promoting trust and knowledge with the public to highlight what is science-driven and what is &#8220;hype.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I do know that&#8217;s going to become part of our DNA as we move forward,&#8221; Chang said.</p> Caroline Colarusso accuses Katherine Clark of debate ‘dodging,’ being Nancy Pelosi puppet https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/caroline-colarusso-accuses-katherine-clark-of-debate-dodging-being-nancy-pelosi-puppet/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:0471d5bd-1707-0082-40dc-448c00573480 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:17:58 +0000 Republican Congressional candidate Caroline Colarusso attacked US Rep. Katherine Clark for being a puppet for Nancy Pelosi and said the two-term congresswoman is too busy moving up the ranks in Washington to represent her district at home. <p>Republican congressional candidate Caroline Colarusso attacked U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark for being a puppet for Nancy Pelosi and said the two-term congresswoman is too busy moving up the ranks in Washington to represent her district at home.</p> <p>&#8220;She has Massachusetts in the rear-view mirror and she&#8217;s driving away. She has plans to climb the political ladder and that&#8217;s not good for the people of the Fifth District,&#8221; Colarusso said.</p> <p>Speaking in front of the Melrose Public Library on Thursday, Colorusso accused Clark of debate &#8220;dodging.&#8221;</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/question-1-ballot-fight-picks-up-speed-on-tv/" title="Question 1 ballot fight picks up speed on TV"> <span class="dfm-title"> Question 1 ballot fight picks up speed on TV </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/marty-walsh-not-going-to-speculate-about-joe-biden-cabinet-talk/" title="Marty Walsh &#8216;not going to speculate&#8217; about Joe Biden Cabinet talk"> <span class="dfm-title"> Marty Walsh &#8216;not going to speculate&#8217; about Joe Biden Cabinet talk </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/are-you-in-or-out-marty-walsh-boston-needs-an-answer/" title="Are you in or out, Marty Walsh? Boston needs an answer"> <span class="dfm-title"> Are you in or out, Marty Walsh? Boston needs an answer </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/ed-markey-back-to-washington-and-his-arrogant-attitude/" title="Ed Markey back to Washington and his arrogant attitude"> <span class="dfm-title"> Battenfeld: Ed Markey back to Washington and his arrogant attitude </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/kevin-oconnor-takes-aim-at-ed-markeys-pride-suggesting-hes-afraid-of-more-debates/" title="Kevin O&#8217;Connor accuses Ed Markey of being &#8216;afraid&#8217; of more debates"> <span class="dfm-title"> Kevin O&#8217;Connor accuses Ed Markey of being &#8216;afraid&#8217; of more debates </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Clark agreed to face her Republican challenger in a live-streamed interview with The Boston Globe last Friday, but Colarusso said her campaign has sent multiple letters and &#8220;heard crickets&#8221; on when and where a debate will take place.</p> <p>&#8220;How can a sitting Congresswoman refuse to debate in the current political climate that we&#8217;re in when our nation is burning, when police departments are being defunded and there are so many important issues?&#8221; Colarusso said.</p> <p>A spokesman for the Clark campaign said the congresswoman is working with organizations to set up a forum for the candidates. As of Thursday, no date has been decided.</p> <p>Clark this week <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/katherine-clark-announces-bid-for-house-assistant-speaker/">announced a bid for the for assistant speaker position</a> under Speaker of the House Pelosi, a powerful position that would make her the second-highest-ranking woman in the party’s leadership and the sixth-highest-ranking Democrat in Congress.</p> <p>Colarusso, a two-term Stoneham selectwoman and former postmaster, described herself as a &#8220;law and order constitutionalist.&#8221; A lifelong Republican, she plans to vote for President Trump in the upcoming election, but said she would never do another politician&#8217;s bidding.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m not running and asking people to vote for me because I support Donald Trump, I&#8217;m running and asking people to vote for me because I&#8217;ll do what&#8217;s best for the people in my district. If I disagree with something, I&#8217;ll vote against it. Katherine Clark votes exactly the way Nancy Pelosi tells her to,&#8221; Colarusso told the Herald after her Thursday campaign event.</p> <p>Colarusso highlighted &#8220;stark differences&#8221; in the two candidates positions on policing and how they would go about reforming the postal service. She accused Clark of &#8220;hiding&#8221; from constituents.</p> <p>It&#8217;s a familiar refrain from GOP candidates on the campaign trail in an election year where tensions over race and policing have reached a boiling point.</p> <p>&#8220;There haven&#8217;t been enough debates at all,&#8221; state Republican Party Vice Chairman Tom Mountain said. &#8220;Democratic opponents are running away. They don&#8217;t want to debate us because they&#8217;re afraid.</p> Haunting images emerge from Massachusetts Task Force 1 wildfire aid efforts in Oregon https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/haunting-images-emerge-from-massachusetts-task-force-1-wildfire-aid-efforts-in-oregon/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:a598ebdc-99ba-23bc-06ea-eddfcf281ac6 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:10:10 +0000 More than two dozen members of the Massachusetts Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team are on the ground in Oregon working through the wreckage wrought by deadly wildfires that have charred roughly one million acres. <p>More than two dozen members of the Massachusetts Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team are on the ground in Oregon, working through the wreckage wrought by deadly wildfires that have charred roughly one million acres.</p> <p>Photos provided by the task force show some of the 25 team members wearing masks and walking through rubble under a thick, yellow-orange haze as they work to conduct structure assessments and search for missing people. Among the wreckage were felled trees and a burned-out car.</p> <p>&#8220;Massachusetts Task Force Members are working with the people of Oregon in their long and short term recovery efforts,&#8221; spokesman Thomas Gatzunis said. &#8220;Their activities will help the communities recover more quickly from these devastating fires.&#8221;</p> <p>Task force members <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/massachusetts-task-force-1-providing-aid-in-wildfire-ravaged-oregon-as-haze-lingers-over-new-england/">flew out to Portland, Ore.</a>, on Tuesday and got to work Wednesday in the wildfire-ravaged canyons.</p> <p>Twelve people remained missing as of Wednesday and eight people had died as a result of the fires that have destroyed more than 1,600 homes and displaced thousands, Oregon authorities said.</p> <p>There were 28 active fires in Oregon alone Thursday as blazes continued to rage across the western United States. More than 17,400 firefighters were battling nearly 30 infernos in California, which has seen more than 3.4 million acres torched by flames so far this year, state agencies said. More than 30 people have died across California, Oregon and Washington in the latest batch of fires, authorities said.</p> <p>Haze from the blazes continues to sit over New England, transported through the upper atmosphere by the jet stream across the U.S. and into Europe.</p> Vitamin D may have saved lives during the 1918 pandemic in Boston https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/vitamin-d-may-have-saved-lives-during-the-1918-pandemic-in-boston/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:a772bcc4-3834-171a-a80d-e00c55e188a9 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:57:41 +0000 Spanish flu patients treated outside at Camp Brooks open air hospital in Boston during the 1918 pandemic fared better than those not exposed to direct sunlight, meaning vitamin D could have saved lives during the outbreak. <p>Spanish flu patients treated outside at Camp Brooks open-air hospital in Boston during the 1918 pandemic fared better than those not exposed to direct sunlight, meaning vitamin D could have saved lives during the historic outbreak.</p> <p>“The efficacy of open air treatment has been absolutely proven, and one has only to try it to discover its value,&#8221; wrote Surgeon General of the Massachusetts State Guard, William A. Brooks, in a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1362338/?page=1">1918 edition</a> of the American Journal of Public Health.</p> <p>&#8220;Very little medicine was given after the value of plenty of air and sunshine had been demonstrated,&#8221; he wrote.</p> <p>The patients at Camp Brooks recovered in direct sunlight when available, and doctors noticed severely ill patients improved more than those kept indoors, citing the combination of fresh air and sunlight.</p> <p>Brooks <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1362338/">reported</a> that in one general hospital with 76 cases, 20 patients died within three days and 17 nurses fell ill.</p> <p>But according to one estimate, the regimen adopted at Camp Brooks reduced the fatality of hospital cases from 40% to about 13%, according to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4504358/#bib38">research</a> cited by the National Institutes of Health.</p> <p>Brooks wrote, &#8220;On pleasant days, every patient was taken out of the tents and put into the open &#8230; almost every patient without exception had a lower temperature at night than in the morning.&#8221;</p> <p>Laboratory experiments have shown that ultraviolet radiation inactivates influenza virus and other viral pathogens and that sunlight kills bacteria.</p> <p>Exposure to sun also increases vitamin D levels, which can boost the immune system to fight off infection and was recently shown to cut down the risk of getting COVID-19.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="2118446" data-relation-type="curated">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/vitamin-d-can-help-reduce-coronavirus-risk-by-54-boston-university-doctor/" title="Vitamin D can help reduce coronavirus risk by 54%: Boston University doctor"> <span class="dfm-title"> Vitamin D can help reduce coronavirus risk by 54%: Boston University doctor </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Vitamin D could have played a role in these 1918 flu patients, but the nutrient structure wasn&#8217;t even discovered until 1932.</p> <p>The 1918 pandemic killed 50 million people worldwide and 675,000 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, representing New York and Massachusetts, want to cancel student loan debt for federal borrowers. On Thursday, they <a href="https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/2020/9/17/the-president-doesnt-need-congress-to-cancel-student-loan-debt-democrats-will-push-for-action-in-2021">introduced a resolution</a> that calls on the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student loan debt in an effort to heal the pandemic economy.</p> <p>In their statement on the resolution, Schumer and Warren said, &#8220;In the middle of an economy that’s been badly hit by the pandemic, the student debt crisis acts like an anchor, preventing a swift recovery and restricting opportunity and prosperity for millions of American families.&#8221;</p> <p>The senate resolution outlines how the president can use executive authority to stimulate the economy through canceling these debts. The move would potentially aid a labor force that is vulnerable to layoffs and furloughs, lift stalling real estate markets, increase graduation rates, and make it easier to take out a loan for a car, a piece of property, or starting a small business.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-twitter aligncenter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump &amp; DeVos have blocked debt cancellation at every chance for public servants, defrauded students, &amp; disabled veterans. Here’s how I see it: if Trump won’t cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt now, Dems are ready to act in 2021. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CancelStudentDebt?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CancelStudentDebt</a> <a href="https://t.co/xHaKmwBw6C">https://t.co/xHaKmwBw6C</a></p>&mdash; Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1306626832305983488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <hr class="wp-block-separator has-text-color has-background has-vivid-cyan-blue-background-color has-vivid-cyan-blue-color is-style-dots"/> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news10.com%2Fnews%2Ftracking-coronavirus-cases-by-county%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CJRizzo%40news10.com%7C2454fbf059e242842c6108d7e0a85ffa%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637224886070259902&amp;sdata=PqIqguCF2WiL4Ltl92hFkfpt1JOHgiQBYUeVtBdFI8k%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">County-by-county Coronavirus Tracker</a><br><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/important-links-for-coronavirus-information-and-assistance/">COVID-19 Resources</a><br><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.news10.com/news/new-york-state-reopening-resources/" target="_blank">Reopening New York</a><br><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.news10.com/news/coronavirus/" target="_blank">More Coronavirus Coverage from News10</a></p> <hr class="wp-block-separator has-text-color has-background has-vivid-cyan-blue-background-color has-vivid-cyan-blue-color is-style-dots"/> <h4>LATEST STORIES</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/us-capitol-coverage/schumer-warren-call-for-canceling-student-loan-debts/">Schumer, Warren call for canceling student loan debts</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/montgomery-county/amsterdam-school-district-delays-date-students-will-resume-in-person-learning/">Amsterdam schools delay in-person learning date</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/albany-county/mccoy-pushes-for-federal-funding-for-unemployment-food-insecurity-and-local-government/">McCoy pushes for federal funding for unemployment, food insecurity, and local government</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/watch-for-rolling-left-lane-closures-on-the-northway/">Watch for rolling left lane closures on the Northway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/albany-county/albany-county-coronavirus-update-94/">Albany County coronavirus update</a></li> </ul> Vitamin D: Common ways to get it and how much you need https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/vitamin-d-common-ways-to-get-it-and-how-much-you-need/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:f1c65ce6-9ce0-1b6c-be92-235a5bc0e0d0 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:28:50 +0000 Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and alters the immune system to fight infections.  <p>New research led by a Boston University doctor shows having adequate vitamin D levels can reduce one&#8217;s chance of getting COVID-19 by 54%.</p> <p>Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and alters the immune system to fight infections. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.</p> <p>Ways you can get vitamin D include:</p> <ul> <li>15-30 minutes of sun exposure every day</li> <li>Fatty fish such as salmon or tuna</li> <li>Beef liver, cheese and egg yolks</li> <li>Mushrooms</li> <li>Fortified milk</li> <li>Cod liver oil</li> </ul> <p>Most foods only contain a small amount of vitamin D and cold winter months reduce sun exposure.</p> <p>As a result of the pandemic and stay-at-home orders that are reducing time spent outside, the <a href="https://www.endocrine.org/news-and-advocacy/news-room/2020/joint-guidance-on-vitamin-d">Endocrine Society</a> is reminding people of the importance of obtaining the daily recommended dosage of vitamin D.</p> <p>Many people are deficient of the nutrient and can take vitamins. Below are the recommended doses in micrograms:</p> <ul> <li>Birth to 12 months: 10 mcg</li> <li>Children 1-13 years: 15 mcg</li> <li>Teens 14-18 years: 15 mcg</li> <li>Adults 19-70 years: 15 mcg</li> <li>Adults 71 years and older: 20 mcg</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-Consumer/">Source: National Institutes of Health</a></p> Question 1 ballot fight picks up speed on TV https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/question-1-ballot-fight-picks-up-speed-on-tv/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:a8edb97f-424c-9eb9-33ff-7bb7d0f061fd Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:12:28 +0000 The "Right to Repair" ballot battle now includes former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis. <p>The &#8220;Right to Repair&#8221; ballot battle now includes former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.</p> <p>Davis, now a cyber security expert, is part of a sweeping new series of television ads being released ahead of the Nov. 3 election.</p> <p>&#8220;Question 1 clearly states that repair shops can access only your car’s mechanical data. It’s written &#8230; in the bill. There would be no access to any personal data,&#8221; Davis says in the TV spot.</p> <p>A &#8220;yes&#8221; vote on <a href="https://ballotpedia.org/Massachusetts_Question_1,_%22Right_to_Repair_Law%22_Vehicle_Data_Access_Requirement_Initiative_(2020)">Question 1</a> would force manufacturers &#8220;that sell vehicles with telematics systems in Massachusetts to equip them with a standardized open data platform beginning with model year 2022 that vehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access to retrieve mechanical data and run diagnostics through a mobile-based application.&#8221;</p> <p>Basically, your local mechanic would have access to your vehicle&#8217;s computer system.</p> <p>The Coalition for Safe and Secure Data, pushing for a &#8220;no&#8221; vote on Question 1, has been running a TV ad suggesting sexual predators could stalk victims if the ballot initiative is successful.</p> <p>&#8220;Vote no on 1, keep your data safe,” the ad states.</p> <p>Davis called that ad &#8220;a dishonest fear campaign&#8221; that&#8217;s just trying to &#8220;frighten people.&#8221;</p> Massachusetts coronavirus deaths increase by 15, cases rise by 419 https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/massachusetts-coronavirus-deaths-increase-by-15-cases-rise-by-419/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:c94ddb9a-97d1-6a6e-b356-6ef2c5e05ae9 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:42:38 +0000 Public health officials on Thursday reported 15 new coronavirus deaths and 419 new cases as the state&#8217;s average positive test rate hovered at the record low 0.8%. The 15 new coronavirus deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 9,260 confirmed and likely cases, the state Department of Public Health announced. The three-day average of [&#8230;] <p>Public health officials on Thursday reported 15 new coronavirus deaths and 419 new cases as the state&#8217;s average positive test rate hovered at the record low 0.8%.</p> <p>The 15 new coronavirus deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 9,260 confirmed and likely cases, the state Department of Public Health announced. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from 161 at the height of the pandemic in May to 11 now.</p> <p>The state has logged 126,128 cases of the highly contagious disease, an increase of 419 confirmed cases and 10 probable cases since Wednesday. Of the 126,128 total cases, at least 107,501 people have recovered.</p> <p>Another 27,644 people were tested for the highly contagious virus, bringing the total number of individuals tested to just over 2 million. More than 3.1 million tests have been administered statewide overall.</p> <p>The seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate remained at a low level of 0.8% on Thursday &#8212; the state&#8217;s record low.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/ticker-unemployment-claims-fall-to-860000-mortgage-rates-hang-at-historic-lows/" title="Ticker: Unemployment claims fall to 860,000; Mortgage rates hang at historic lows"> <span class="dfm-title"> Ticker: Unemployment claims fall to 860,000; Mortgage rates hang at historic lows </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/charlie-baker-urges-massachusetts-residents-to-get-flu-shots-as-potential-fall-coronavirus-surge-looms/" title="Charlie Baker urges Massachusetts residents to get flu shots as potential fall coronavirus surge looms"> <span class="dfm-title"> Charlie Baker urges Massachusetts residents to get flu shots as potential fall coronavirus surge looms </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/vitamin-d-can-help-reduce-coronavirus-risk-by-54-boston-university-doctor/" title="Vitamin D can help reduce coronavirus risk by 54%: Boston University doctor"> <span class="dfm-title"> Vitamin D can help reduce coronavirus risk by 54%: Boston University doctor </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/trump-covid-vaccine-plan-aims-to-begin-distribution-in-january-new-playbook-says/" title="Trump coronavirus vaccine plan aims to begin distribution in January, new playbook says"> <span class="dfm-title"> Trump coronavirus vaccine plan aims to begin distribution in January, new playbook says </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/most-boston-public-schools-athletics-postponed-until-2021-except-golf-and-cross-country/" title="Most Boston Public Schools athletics postponed until 2021, except golf and cross country"> <span class="dfm-title"> Most Boston Public Schools athletics postponed until 2021, except golf and cross country </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>The number of hospitals using surge capacity remained at two for the second day in a row, up from one earlier this week. The three-day average number of hospitalizations ticked up to 346, a 12% jump from Monday, but still far fewer from the high of 3,707 on May 1.</p> <p>The number of patients hospitalized rose to 377 from 352, with 64 patients in intensive care units and 26 intubated.</p> <p>Long-term care facilities reported another 13 deaths Thursday, for a total of 5,941. There are now 382 facilities that have reported at least one COVID-19 case, and 24,755 workers and residents have been sickened.</p> <p>There are now more than 29.9 million cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide, with 6.6 million in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The global death toll has topped 942,000, including more than 197,000 deaths in the U.S. More than 20.3 million people have recovered worldwide, including more than 2.5 million Americans.</p> Governor Baker, health officials visit CVS to focus on flu vaccines, COVID-19 testing https://www.news10.com/video/watch-live-governor-baker-health-officials-visit-cvs-to-focus-on-flu-vaccines-covid-19-testing/ Massachusetts News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:55f396b1-eb50-114d-9df4-9fab15805f08 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:32:08 +0000 Governor Charlie Baker and other health officials are scheduled to visit the CVS Pharmacy in Roslindale to highlight flu vaccination efforts and COVID-19 testing Thursday morning. <p>ROSLINDALE, Mass. (WWLP) &#8211; Governor Charlie Baker and health officials are scheduled to visit the CVS Pharmacy in Roslindale to highlight flu vaccination efforts and COVID-19 testing Thursday morning.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wwlp.com/news/health/coronavirus-local-impact/flu-shots-available-at-cvs-pharmacy-in-western-massachusetts/" class="promo-link__link" > Flu shots available at CVS Pharmacies in western Massachusetts </a> </aside> <p>Baker will join with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, and MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Fairchild at 11 a.m.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wwlp.com/health-2/flu-vaccine-required-for-all-massachusetts-school-students/" class="promo-link__link" > Flu vaccine required for all Massachusetts school students </a> </aside> <h2><a href="https://www.waze.com/en/livemap/directions/united-states/massachusetts/boston/cvs-pharmacy?place=ChIJIaUbqt5-44kRR0i6m8kqi3Y&amp;utm_campaign=waze_website&amp;utm_source=waze_website" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">MAP: CVS Pharmacy in Roslindale</a></h2> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <iframe src="https://embed.waze.com/iframe?zoom=16&amp;lat=42.275466&amp;lon=-71.139100&amp;ct=livemap" width="100%" height="450" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </div> Charlie Baker urges Massachusetts residents to get flu shots as potential fall coronavirus surge looms https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/charlie-baker-urges-massachusetts-residents-to-get-flu-shots-as-potential-fall-coronavirus-surge-looms/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:174596aa-bedd-1ceb-4d0c-3f6e137f0b3e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:54:38 +0000 Gov. Charlie Baker got his flu shot Thursday, and he wants you to get yours, too. The Baker administration is urging Massachusetts residents to get flu shots this fall in an effort to stave off potential dual surges of the coronavirus and influenza this fall that experts warn could place an even greater burden on [&#8230;] <p>Gov. Charlie Baker got his flu shot Thursday, and he wants you to get yours, too.</p> <p>The Baker administration is urging Massachusetts residents to get flu shots this fall in an effort to stave off potential dual surges of the coronavirus and influenza this fall that experts warn could place an even greater burden on the health care system.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s critical that we do everything we can to minimize the impact of the flu and other respiratory illness,&#8221; Baker said at a CVS in Roslindale after he and other top members of his administration received their flu shots. &#8220;This will keep people health and help maintain capacity in hospitals and other health care faciliteis in case there is another surge associated with COVID-19.&#8221;</p> <p>Baker implored people to get their flu vaccines not just for themselves but for the health care professionals who have done &#8220;heroic work&#8221; battling the pandemic.</p> <p>While acknowledging that some people are &#8220;troubled&#8221; by the state&#8217;s mandate that all students from pre-school to college to get a flu shot &#8212; an order that sparked protests &#8212; Baker said the requirement was put in place at the behest of the health care community.</p> <p>&#8220;Having the flu and COVID-19 surge in the commonwealth at exactly the same time would be an incredibly difficult situation for them to manage their way through and they urged us to step up our game,&#8221; on flu shots, Baker said.</p> <p>Massachusetts has an 81% vaccination rate among elementary school-aged students, but Baker said, &#8220;We can do better and we should.&#8221;</p> <p>The state is set to receive 1.156 million doses of flu vaccines this year, up from the 900,000 the Department of Public Health typically orders, Health and Human Services Sec. Marylou Sudders said.</p> <p>Along with administering flu vaccines, CVS is opening another 12 drive-through coronavirus testing locations in Massachusetts, including Roslindale, beginning Friday, bringing their total to 51 testing sites in the state.</p> Massachusettes to provide weekly COVID-19 data at colleges, universities https://www.news10.com/news/mass-news/massachusettes-to-provide-weekly-covid-19-data-at-colleges-universities/ Massachusetts News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:2dba56fd-d548-6acc-2f21-ec028fc8b720 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:16:12 +0000 As of Wednesday, college and university testing data will be added to the COVID-19 weekly public health report. <p>BOSTON (<a href="https://www.wwlp.com/news/health/coronavirus-local-impact/state-to-provide-weekly-report-of-covid-19-data-at-colleges-universities/">WWLP</a>) — As of Wednesday, college and university testing data will be added to the COVID-19 weekly public health report provided by the state of Massachusetts.</p> <p>The new data on the report will include the number of tests and positive cases, and the percent of new cases at the colleges and universities.</p> <p>Starting in mid-August, higher education institutions implemented regular testing programs with results posted on the <a href="https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-september-16-2020/download">COVID-19 Daily Dashboard</a>.</p> <p>Massachusetts provides access to COVID-19 testing with a network of over 250 sites across the state.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator has-text-color has-background has-vivid-cyan-blue-background-color has-vivid-cyan-blue-color is-style-dots"/> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news10.com%2Fnews%2Ftracking-coronavirus-cases-by-county%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CJRizzo%40news10.com%7C2454fbf059e242842c6108d7e0a85ffa%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637224886070259902&amp;sdata=PqIqguCF2WiL4Ltl92hFkfpt1JOHgiQBYUeVtBdFI8k%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">County-by-county Coronavirus Tracker</a><br><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/important-links-for-coronavirus-information-and-assistance/">COVID-19 Resources</a><br><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.news10.com/news/new-york-state-reopening-resources/" target="_blank">Reopening New York</a><br><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.news10.com/news/coronavirus/" target="_blank">More Coronavirus Coverage from News10</a></p> <hr class="wp-block-separator has-text-color has-background has-vivid-cyan-blue-background-color has-vivid-cyan-blue-color is-style-dots"/> <h4>LATEST STORIES</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/saving-for-college-strategies/">Saving for college strategies</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/outboard-motor-gift-lets-plattsburgh-upgrade-water-rescue-capabilities/">Outboard motor gift lets Plattsburgh upgrade water rescue capabilities</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/mass-news/massachusettes-to-provide-weekly-covid-19-data-at-colleges-universities/">Massachusettes to provide weekly COVID-19 data at colleges, universities</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/coronavirus/how-to-properly-wear-a-mask-to-protect-yourself-and-others/">How to properly wear a mask to protect yourself and others</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/ny-news/finalists-selected-for-2nd-round-of-global-food-and-agribusiness-competition/">Finalists selected for 2nd round of global food and agribusiness competition</a></li> </ul> Vitamin D can help reduce coronavirus risk by 54%: Boston University doctor https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/vitamin-d-can-help-reduce-coronavirus-risk-by-54-boston-university-doctor/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:bde96c67-135a-3dce-cefa-db01c1ad8731 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:41:22 +0000 Getting sufficient amounts of vitamin D, a nutrient the body makes in response to sun exposure, can reduce a person's risk of getting coronavirus by 54%, new research from a Boston University doctor shows.  <p>Stop waiting for a miracle drug: A Boston University doctor says a sufficient amount of vitamin D can cut the risk of catching coronavirus by 54%.</p> <p>“People have been looking for the magic drug or waiting for the vaccine and not looking for something this simple,&#8221; said Dr. Michael Holick, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine.</p> <p>Holick and his colleagues studied blood samples from more than 190,000 Americans from all 50 states and found that those who had deficient levels of vitamin D had 54% higher COVID positivity compared to those with adequate levels of vitamin D in the blood.</p> <p>The risk of getting coronavirus continued to decline as vitamin D levels increased, the study, published in the <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0239252">Public Library of Science One</a> peer-reviewed journal shows.</p> <p>&#8220;The higher your vitamin D status, lower was your risk,&#8221; Holick said.</p> <p>Many people are vitamin D-deficient because there are only small amounts in food, Holick said. Most vitamin D comes from sun exposure and many are deprived, especially during winter months.</p> <p>But the sunshine vitamin is easy to find and relatively cheap in drug stores, and taking vitamin D pills comes at no risk. &#8220;It&#8217;s perfectly safe,&#8221; Holick said.</p> <p>“It’s considered to be, by many, the nutrient of the decade,&#8221; Holick said.</p> <p>COVID-19 positivity is strongly associated with vitamin D levels in the blood, a relationship that stayed the same across different races, sexes and age ranges, the study states.</p> <p>Vitamin D suppresses excessive cytokine release that can present as a cytokine storm, a common cause of COVID-related morbidity and mortality.</p> <p>A deficiency in the nutrient alters the immune system, making one more likely to get upper respiratory infections, Holick said.</p> <p>Throughout the pandemic, people of color have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus, experiencing a higher risk of acquiring it and having serious complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control.</p> <p>Holick&#8217;s study examined the ZIP codes of people of color and found patients from predominantly Black and Hispanic ZIP codes had lower levels of vitamin D and were also more likely to have coronavirus than in patients from predominantly white, non-Hispanic ZIP codes.</p> <p>The average adult needs around 2,000 units of vitamin D a day, Holick said. He said he&#8217;s been taking 6,000 units a day for decades and is in great health.</p> <p>Several other studies on vitamin D have shown its benefits to the immune system.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/#:~:text=27%2D30%5D.-,Vitamin%20D%20and%20Immunologic%20Function,secretion%5B31%2D32%5D.">Research</a> published with the National Institutes of Health showed people with lower vitamin D levels were more likely to self-report a recent upper respiratory tract infection than those with sufficient levels.</p> <p>Another <a href="https://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.i6583">study</a> of more than 11,000 participants published in the British Medical Journal found vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of acute respiratory tract infection among all participants.</p> <p>“Vitamin D definitely improves your overall immunity to fight infections,&#8221; Holick said.</p> WATCH LIVE: Governor Baker, health officials visit CVS to focus on flu vaccines, COVID-19 testing https://www.news10.com/video/watch-live-governor-baker-health-officials-visit-cvs-to-focus-on-flu-vaccines-covid-19-testing/ Massachusetts News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:79397a66-16c8-a8f8-423f-4ae9267813df Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:24:18 +0000 Governor Charlie Baker and other health officials are scheduled to visit the CVS Pharmacy in Roslindale to highlight flu vaccination efforts and COVID-19 testing Thursday morning. <p>ROSLINDALE, Mass. (WWLP) &#8211; Governor Charlie Baker and health officials are scheduled to visit the CVS Pharmacy in Roslindale to highlight flu vaccination efforts and COVID-19 testing Thursday morning.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wwlp.com/news/health/coronavirus-local-impact/flu-shots-available-at-cvs-pharmacy-in-western-massachusetts/" class="promo-link__link" > Flu shots available at CVS Pharmacies in western Massachusetts </a> </aside> <p class="has-text-align-center"><strong><a href="https://www.wwlp.com/?p=573516" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">WATCH LIVE AT 11 A.M.</a></strong></p> <p>Baker will join with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, and MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Fairchild at 11 a.m.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wwlp.com/health-2/flu-vaccine-required-for-all-massachusetts-school-students/" class="promo-link__link" > Flu vaccine required for all Massachusetts school students </a> </aside> <h2><a href="https://www.waze.com/en/livemap/directions/united-states/massachusetts/boston/cvs-pharmacy?place=ChIJIaUbqt5-44kRR0i6m8kqi3Y&amp;utm_campaign=waze_website&amp;utm_source=waze_website" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">MAP: CVS Pharmacy in Roslindale</a></h2> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <iframe src="https://embed.waze.com/iframe?zoom=16&#038;lat=42.275466&#038;lon=-71.139100&#038;ct=livemap" width="100%" height="450" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> Sunset shrouded in a thin layer of haze from wildfires out west https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/sunset-shrouded-in-a-thin-layer-of-haze-from-wildfires-out-west/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:4171ba84-49a4-24ee-e984-1283eb522c10 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:45:37 +0000 Smoke from the unrelenting wildfires in the west have spread all the way to Massachusetts. You can see the haze mostly at sunset, as the evening light in shrouded in a thin layer of soot. <p>Smoke from the unrelenting wildfires in the west has spread all the way to Massachusetts. You can see the haze mostly at sunset, as the evening light is shrouded by the smog. Below are Herald staff and wire photos that capture this fierce disaster that now extends, in some way, from coast to coast. &#8211; <em>Joe Dwinell</em></p> <figure id="attachment_2117936" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img loading="lazy" class="lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" sizes="739px" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" width="690" height="1035" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i0.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">BOSTON MA. SEPTEMBER 16: A kayaker paddles through the reflection of the hazy sun on the Charles River on September 16, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</figcaption></figure> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="37"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="1536" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/hazenl01.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON MA. SEPTEMBER 16: A kayaker paddles through the reflection of the hazy sun on the Charles River on September 16, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc4.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc4.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc4.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc4.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc4.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc4.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA: September 12, 2020: The Boston skyline is covered in a light hazy caused by smoke from the wildfires on the West Coast making its way to the East, in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BostonSkylinenc1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA: September 12, 2020: The Boston skyline is covered in a light hazy caused by smoke from the wildfires on the West Coast making its way to the East, in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><div class="slideshow-ad" id="ad-in-slideshow"></div></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="1365" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tasknl03.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tasknl03.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tasknl03.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tasknl03.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tasknl03.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tasknl03.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Massachusetts Task Force 1 members heading to Oregon to aid wildfire search and rescue efforts</p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254538920492-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254538920492-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254538920492-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254538920492-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254538920492-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254538920492-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Jason Anderson, 42, takes pictures as the sun is visible through thick smoke generated by the Bobcat Fire in San Dimas, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Hazy clouds of smoke from dozens of wildfires darkened the sky to an eerie orange glow over much of the West Coast on Wednesday, keeping street lights illuminated during the day and putting residents on edge. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) </p></div></li><li data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Embers fly across a roadway as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="7"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="698" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253773029028.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253773029028.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253773029028.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253773029028.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253773029028.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253773029028.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">In this photo provided by Frederic Larson, the Golden Gate Bridge is seen at 11 a.m. PT, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco, amid a smoky, orange hue caused by the ongoing wildfires. (Frederic Larson via AP)</p></div></li><li data-index="8"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254052024290.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254052024290.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254052024290.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254052024290.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254052024290.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20254052024290.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Two spectators watch smoke generated by the Bobcat Fire in San Dimas, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Hazy clouds of smoke from dozens of wildfires darkened the sky to an eerie orange glow over much of the West Coast on Wednesday, keeping street lights illuminated during the day and putting residents on edge. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)</p></div></li><li data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="702" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416569508.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416569508.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416569508.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416569508.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416569508.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416569508.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Firefighters monitor the Bear Fire burning in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20253416794283.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Embers fly across a roadway as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)</p></div></li><li data-index="11"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251457076186.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251457076186.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251457076186.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251457076186.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251457076186.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251457076186.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Embers fly from a tree stump as the Creek Fire burns in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)</p></div></li><li data-index="12"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251010625035.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251010625035.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251010625035.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251010625035.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251010625035.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251010625035.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A firefighter runs with a hose in front of a structure while fighting the Creek Fire, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Shaver Lake, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="12"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="13"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251011177050.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251011177050.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251011177050.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251011177050.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251011177050.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251011177050.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Firefighters run along state Highway 168 while fighting the Creek Fire, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Shaver Lake, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)</p></div></li><li data-index="14"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251005967216.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251005967216.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251005967216.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251005967216.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251005967216.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20251005967216.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A business owner, who declined to give his name, walks next to kayaks he rents as smoke from the Creek Fire fills the sky, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Shaver Lake, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)</p></div></li><li data-index="15"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250849264924.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250849264924.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250849264924.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250849264924.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250849264924.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250849264924.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters work to douse brush fires in the Sepulveda Basin in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. In Southern California, crews scrambled to douse several fires that popped up. The largest was a blaze in the foothills of Yucaipa east of Los Angeles that prompted evacuation orders for eastern portions of the city of 54,000 along with several mountain communities. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="15"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="16"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250810132982.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250810132982.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250810132982.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250810132982.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250810132982.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250810132982.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A Los Angeles fire department helicopter makes a water drop over a brush fire at the Sepulveda Basin in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. In Southern California, crews scrambled to douse several fires that popped up. The largest was ablaze in the foothills of Yucaipa east of Los Angeles that prompted evacuation orders for eastern portions of the city of 54,000 along with several mountain communities. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)</p></div></li><li data-index="17"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603487550.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603487550.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603487550.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603487550.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603487550.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603487550.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)</p></div></li><li data-index="18"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603149858.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603149858.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603149858.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603149858.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603149858.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250603149858.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Members of hand crew walk in line during a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="18"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="19"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250602599370.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250602599370.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250602599370.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250602599370.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250602599370.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP20250602599370.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A plane drops retardant at a wildfire burns at a hillside in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP P Watch Live: Charlie Baker highlights flu vaccine push in Massachusetts https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/17/watch-live-charlie-baker-highlights-flu-vaccine-push-in-massachusetts/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:07995005-e456-1248-5717-f16b2f137148 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:23:23 +0000 &#160; <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe class='youtube-player' width='640' height='360' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/kUOGMYLhVYs?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p> Trump supporter builds tiny fence around his garden sign to protect it https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election/trump-supporter-fence-sign-pence-2020-b465663.html The Independent - Massachusetts urn:uuid:530af974-a9b2-e4ef-bb09-f7cff340230e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:38:47 +0000 &lt;p&gt;'Obviously, people didn't like it&rsquo;, said Massachusetts man after six sign thefts&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; Lowell, Easton schools go temporarily remote after air purifier delivery delays https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/lowell-easton-schools-go-temporarily-remote-after-air-purifier-delivery-delays/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:4c74d601-e970-89aa-9340-2707d9bb55af Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:11:56 +0000 A widespread shortage of air purifiers has forced Lowell and Easton schools to delay the start of in-person learning for the majority of their students as districts scramble to secure the highly sought-after ventilation systems to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. <p>A shortage of air purifiers forced Lowell and Easton schools to delay the start of in-person learning at the last minute this week as districts scramble to secure the highly sought-after filtration systems that are in short supply due to the coronavirus pandemic and the West Coast wildfires.</p> <p>“We exhausted all options — locally and nationally — for securing the air purifiers that we need,” Lowell Superintendent Joel Boyd wrote in a letter to families Tuesday. “Ultimately, we made a commitment to you to place student and staff safety as our top priority, and we are holding firmly to this commitment.”</p> <p>Lowell officials pulled the plug on in-person learning for all students in grades one through 12 who are not enrolled in special education programs after learning Tuesday they would only have 128 of the 1,000 air purifiers the district had ordered due to national supply chain issues.</p> <p>“We understand how frustrating and disappointing this is,” Latifah Phillips, chief equity and engagement officer for Lowell Public Schools, said Wednesday. “We are continuing to work on a solution.&#8221;</p> <p>Easton students in grades six through 12 are spending the first week of school fully remote after officials learned late Monday the delivery of air purifiers for their middle and high schools would be delayed.</p> <p>The search for air purifiers turned into a journey akin to “The Amazing Race” for the Silver Lake Regional School District, after the superintendent said a shipment was delayed due to the California wildfires.</p> <p>With just days to go until schools opened, the facilities department teamed up with Plymouth wholesaler Cohen-Friedberg Associates to secure the devices from a Virginia company and have them trucked more than 800 miles by a volunteer driver in less than 48 hours.</p> <p>“It was remarkable,” Cohen-Friedberg Senior Vice President Stephen Brown said. “I feel extremely proud to be able to be a part of the solution.”</p> <p>The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education didn’t require air purifiers for school reopenings. But districts still ordered them and several local teachers unions pushed for them amid mounting concerns over ventilation and air flow in aging buildings.</p> <p>“We cannot go back into the buildings until there is a guarantee that things like the indoor air quality meets COVID standards,” Massachusetts Teachers Association President Merrie Najimy said. “It&#8217;s absolutely the right thing to do for a school to delay opening if what’s at stake is the environmental health and safety.”</p> 17 Massachusetts cities and towns labeled high risk for coronavirus https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/17-massachusetts-cities-and-towns-labeled-high-risk-for-coronavirus/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:6c7a509f-d3a9-e273-ad78-035163a9f976 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:54:30 +0000 The number of cities and towns labeled high-risk for the coronavirus has more than doubled over the past two weeks, jumping up to 17 this week from 13 last week and eight the week prior, according to state data. <p>The number of cities and towns labeled high risk for the coronavirus has more than doubled over the past two weeks, jumping up to 17 this week from 13 last week and eight the week prior, according to state data.</p> <p>The 17 communities represent the highest number in the hot zone since the state Department of Public Health started reporting weekly data using a color-coded risk assessment system in August that shades high-risk communities in red.</p> <p>Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Monson, New Bedford, Revere and Winthrop remained on the high-risk list for another week in a row, according to data released Wednesday.</p> <p>Saugus returned to the list, joining Nantucket, Plainville, Tyngsboro, Worcester and Wrentham, while Chatham and Methuen dropped off. Communities in the red zone reported a daily average of eight or more COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the two-week period ending Saturday.</p> <p>Nantucket officials wrote in a statement Friday that there had been a &#8220;September surge&#8221; including community transmission of the virus.</p> <p>&#8220;We have regressed in our mission to quell the spread of COVID,&#8221; Select Board Chair Dawn Hill Holdgate wrote, advising residents of best practices for staying safe on the island.</p> <p>The number of moderate-risk communities — those with four to eight cases per 100,000 residents — was 36 this week. Roughly 80 cities and towns were listed as low-risk, with less than four cases.</p> <p>Public health officials reported 295 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 20 more deaths as the average positive test rate remained at the state&#8217;s record low of 0.8%.</p> <p>The 20 new deaths bring the state’s confirmed COVID-19 toll to 9,036. The total number of confirmed and probable fatalities stands at 9,245.</p> <p>The 295 new cases bring the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 123,720. Another 11 probable cases were reported Wednesday, for a combined confirmed and probable case total of 125,699.</p> <p>The state also reported cumulative testing among colleges and universities for the first time this week, saying there have been 499 cumulative cases confirmed at the 59 schools doing testing on campus. Of those, 168 were reported since last week.</p> <p>Overall, colleges and universities have conducted 518,904 tests for the novel virus and 532 have come back positive. Some 153,675 of those tests were conducted in the last week alone.</p> <p>There are now more than 29.6 million cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide, with 6.6 million in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The global death toll has topped 937,000, including more than 196,000 deaths in the U.S. More than 20 million people have recovered worldwide, including nearly 2.5 million Americans.</p> Boston can learn from construction’s reopening, Walsh says at Seaport topping-off https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/boston-can-learn-from-constructions-reopening-walsh-says-at-seaport-topping-off/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:80bf9376-29bb-8250-a94f-7a50a07817e6 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:24:25 +0000 The rest of the city can learn from construction's success in reopening, Mayor Martin Walsh said in a rare coronavirus-era public event outside of City Hall. <p>The rest of the city can learn from construction&#8217;s success in reopening, Mayor Martin Walsh said in a rare coronavirus-era public event outside of City Hall.</p> <p>A hard-hatted Walsh spoke to laborers outside 10 Fan Pier Blvd. in the Seaport on Wednesday morning at a topping-off ceremony for the 17-story building.</p> <p>&#8220;They put incredible safety protocols in place on these job sites,&#8221; Walsh, a former union laborer, told reporters. &#8220;As you can see, every construction worker&#8217;s wearing a mask. You know they have temperature checks, and they do all that here, so this is really an industry that we can learn from how to reopen — and reopen safely.&#8221;</p> <p>Walsh ordered construction shut down <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/03/25/walsh-bucks-baker-extends-boston-coronavirus-construction-shutdown-indefinitely/">for several weeks</a> at the height of the pandemic in Boston, but it&#8217;s been open without incident for months.</p> <p>The building, developed by MassMutual, is the latest addition to the swanky Seaport. Walsh and MassMutual CEO Roger Crandall attended the topping-off ceremony, which comes when the building has reached its maximum height.</p> <p>As is customary, workers in a crane hoisted a beam with an American flag and a small pine tree — and the Ironworkers Local 7 union banner draped below — and attached it to the top of the building, drawing applause from the assembled crowd. All of that will remain atop the building as construction moves forward.</p> <p>The facade of the wavy structure is currently being added, and Crandall touted that it will involve carved stainless steel.</p> <p>&#8220;Boston strong — people say it, but this is an example of seeing and working through this crisis figuring out how we can keep everybody safe, making up some time and seeing this beautiful building come together,&#8221; Crandall said.</p> <p>The 310,000-square-foot building will house about 1,000 MassMutual employees, the company said.</p> <p>The company has said its Boston location will serve as a hub for its digital and technology initiatives, and give it better access to the city&#8217;s resources.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/massachusetts-reports-295-new-coronavirus-cases-20-more-deaths-as-positive-test-rate-stays-low/" title="Massachusetts reports 295 new coronavirus cases, 20 more deaths as positive test rate stays low"> <span class="dfm-title"> Massachusetts reports 295 new coronavirus cases, 20 more deaths as positive test rate stays low </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/study-hints-antibody-drug-may-cut-covid-19-hospitalizations-2/" title="Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations"> <span class="dfm-title"> Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/outdoor-dining-bright-spot-in-gray-days/" title="Outdoor dining bright spot in gray days"> <span class="dfm-title"> Outdoor dining bright spot in gray days </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/if-service-cuts-in-t-future-fare-hikes-cant-be/" title="If service cuts in T&#8217;s future, fare hikes can&#8217;t be"> <span class="dfm-title"> If service cuts in T&#8217;s future, fare hikes can&#8217;t be </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/bob-woodward-shows-hes-one-of-the-presidents-men/" title="Bob Woodward shows he&#8217;s one of the president&#8217;s men"> <span class="dfm-title"> Ferriabough Bolling: Bob Woodward shows he&#8217;s one of the president&#8217;s men </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Walsh has held regular press conferences outside of city hall in the six months since the coronavirus pandemic began to shut down the city, but he&#8217;s only held a handful of public events outside of it.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s nice to come out to kind of get back to a little bit of interaction with people,&#8221; the mayor told reporters afterward.</p> <p>This comes a day after City Councilor Michelle Wu <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/michelle-wu-announces-run-for-boston-mayor/">announced a run</a> for mayor in 2021. Walsh has not yet said whether he will seek a third term as mayor.</p> <p>Asked if there&#8217;s anything he&#8217;d change about the way he and the city government responded to the pandemic, Walsh noted criticisms about the city shutting down too much and said, &#8220;I think that we acted in the best possible way we could with what was in front of us.&#8221;</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="12"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="663" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms008.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms008.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms008.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms008.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms008.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms008.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: Workers climb the ceremonial last beam of the new MassMutual headquarters during the Topping Off Ceremony at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms010.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms010.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms010.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms010.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms010.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms010.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signs the ceremonial last beam for the new MassMutual headquarters during the Topping Off Ceremony at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="641" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms007.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms007.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms007.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms007.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms007.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms007.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: The view from the top floor of the new MassMutual building during the Topping Off Ceremony on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><div class="slideshow-ad" id="ad-in-slideshow"></div></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="695" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms006.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms006.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms006.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms006.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms006.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms006.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks as Joe Fallon, CEO, The Fallon Company and Roger Crandall, Chairman, President &amp; CEO, MassMutual listen during the Topping Off Ceremony at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc7.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc7.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc7.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc7.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc7.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc7.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA: September 16, 2020: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urges Chinatown residents to fill out their 2020 Census information during a Chinese Progressive Association walkthrough in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="636" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms009.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms009.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms009.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms009.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms009.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms009.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: Architect David Manfredi signs the ceremonial last beam for the MassMutual building during the Topping Off Ceremony of a new headquarters at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="7"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="677" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms002.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms002.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms002.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms002.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms002.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms002.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: Roger Crandall, Chairman, President &amp; CEO, MassMutual signs a beam during the Topping Off Ceremony of a new headquarters at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="8"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="706" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms004.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms004.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms004.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms004.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms004.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms004.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signs the ceremonial last beam for the new MassMutual headquarters during the Topping Off Ceremony at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc8.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc8.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc8.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc8.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc8.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Censusnc8.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA: September 16, 2020: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urges Chinatown residents to fill out their 2020 Census information during a Chinese Progressive Association walkthrough in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms003.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms003.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms003.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms003.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms003.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms003.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: The ceremonial last beam is lifted into place on the new MassMutual headquarters during the Topping Off Ceremony at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="11"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms001.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms001.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms001.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms001.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms001.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms001.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: Roger Crandall, Chairman, President &amp; CEO, MassMutual speaks during the Topping Off Ceremony of a new headquarters at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li data-index="12"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="676" src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms005.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms005.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms005.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms005.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms005.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/massmutualms005.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">BOSTON, MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks as Joe Fallon, CEO, The Fallon Company and Roger Crandall, Chairman, President &amp; CEO, MassMutual listen during the Topping Off Ceremony at 10 Fan Pier Boulevard on September 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="12"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li></ul><div class="caption"><button class="caption-expand">Show Caption</button><div class="slideshow-credit"></div><div class="slide-count"><span class="current"></span> of <span class="total"></span></div><p class="slideshow-caption"></p><a href="#" class="icon-enlarge"><span>Expand</span></a></div></div> Feds push to pick up pace of Judge Shelley Joseph prosecution https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/feds-push-to-pick-up-pace-of-judge-shelley-joseph-prosecution/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:444b227f-ea7b-aa48-1117-6826bc7125f4 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 18:44:42 +0000 Federal prosecutors are accusing suspended local Judge Shelley Joseph of making a "meritless" attempt to freeze the case against her for allegedly allowing an illegal immigrant to slip past an ICE agent in her Newton courtroom in 2018. <p>Federal prosecutors are accusing suspended local Judge Shelley Joseph of making a &#8220;meritless&#8221; attempt to freeze the case against her for allegedly allowing an illegal immigrant to slip past an ICE agent in her Newton courtroom in 2018.</p> <p>Joseph, earning her $184,000-a-year salary while suspended from her post, claims she&#8217;s protected by &#8220;judicial immunity&#8221; and should not face jail time. She&#8217;s also claiming <a href="https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/interpretation/amendment-x/interps/129">protection under the 10th Amendment,</a> since this was a state case.</p> <p>&#8220;Joseph’s conduct did not constitute a judicial act, and, even if it did, judicial immunity does not apply in a criminal case,&#8221; prosecutors in U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling&#8217;s office state.</p> <p>Joseph, through her defense attorney Thomas Hoopes, is appealing to have a &#8220;stay&#8221; &#8212; or hold &#8212; placed on the landmark case all but delaying any prosecution. But Lelling argues the proceedings should not be held up.</p> <p>&#8220;The Supreme Court has found denials of only three types of motions in criminal cases to be immediately appealable: motions to reduce bail, motions to dismiss on double jeopardy grounds, and motions to dismiss under the Speech or Debate Clause,&#8221; Lelling states.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/01/big-win-for-ice-agents-operating-in-massachusetts-courts/" title="Big win for ICE agents operating in Massachusetts courts"> <span class="dfm-title"> Big win for ICE agents operating in Massachusetts courts </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/08/23/former-ira-bomber-deported-out-of-boston-arrested-in-ireland/" title="Former IRA bomber deported out of Boston arrested in Ireland"> <span class="dfm-title"> Former IRA bomber deported out of Boston arrested in Ireland </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>The &#8220;Speech or Debate Clause&#8221; is intended to protect members of Congress during debate, <a href="https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R45043.pdf">according to Constitutional law</a>.</p> <p>Prosecutors say Joseph conferred with the attorney of an illegal immigrant to form an escape plan from an ICE agent waiting in the courtroom, and former court officer Wesley MacGregor led the immigrant, referred to as “A.S.” in the case, “out of the courthouse’s backdoor.”</p> <p>MacGregor’s counsel <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/06/11/feds-lack-constitutional-authority-to-prosecute-judge-joseph-lawyers-argue-in-hearing/">has said her client should be dropped from prosecution</a> because of the lack of evidence that he was involved directly in forming the escape scheme.</p> <p>Both Joseph and MacGregor are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting and obstruction of a federal proceeding and aiding and abetting. 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They could be deployed for up to two weeks.</p> <p>Dozens of fires have burned millions of acres across California, Oregon and Washington, killing more than 30 people and displacing thousands. President Trump has issued an emergency disaster declaration for Oregon, where more than 1,100 homes and nearly 600 other structures have been destroyed.</p> <p>While the arresting red-orange glow that shrouded major cities like San Francisco for days has begun to lift, <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/smoke-from-wildfires-sweeping-east-all-the-way-to-massachusetts/">smoke from the blazes continues to drift east</a>, creating hazy conditions across New England, calling sports games into question and even reaching Europe.</p> <p>“The haze that we’re seeing now is primarily located in the upper atmosphere,” National Weather Service Norton meteorologist Kristie Smith said. “That’s why you’re seeing the red sun and the lack of sunset and the hazy conditions.”</p> <p>A cold front expected to push through Thursday or Friday could help clear the skies. But for now, Smith says the high-up haze being carried by the jet stream is more of an “interesting phenomenon” than a health risk.</p> <p>“It’s pretty uncommon for us to see this kind of smoke for this period of time,” she said. “People are very interested in it.”</p> <p><em>Associated Press contributed to this report.<br /> </em></p> Massachusetts reports 295 new coronavirus cases, 20 more deaths as positive test rate stays low https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/massachusetts-reports-295-new-coronavirus-cases-20-more-deaths-as-positive-test-rate-stays-low/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:50b77578-0853-3617-4b16-1e1a8d2bbc5d Wed, 16 Sep 2020 18:21:08 +0000 Public health officials reported 295 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 20 more deaths as the average positive test rate remained low. <p>Public health officials reported 295 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 20 more deaths as the average positive test rate remained low.</p> <p>The 20 new deaths bring the state&#8217;s confirmed COVID-19 toll to 9,036. The total number of confirmed and probable fatalities stands at 9,245, according to the state Department of Public Health. The three-day average number of deaths dropped to 10 from 13.</p> <p>The 295 new cases bring the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 123,720. Another 11 probable cases were reported Wednesday, for a combined confirmed and probable case total of 125,699.</p> <p>Another 16,632 people were tested for the highly contagious virus, bringing the total number of individuals tested to just under 2 million. More than 3 million tests have been administered statewide overall.</p> <p>The seven-day average positive test rate ticked back down to the state&#8217;s record low of 0.8% from 0.9%.</p> <p>The number of hospitals using surge capacity ticked up to two from one. The three-day average number of hospitalizations was 321, down from 3,707 on May 1.</p> <p>The number of patients hospitalized rose to 352 from 310, with 66 patients in intensive care units and 24 intubated, both up from the day prior.</p> <p>Long-term care facilities reported another 13 deaths Wednesday, for a total of 5,928. There are now 382 facilities that have reported at least one COVID-19 case, and 24,740 workers and residents have been sickened.</p> <p>There are now more than 29.6 million cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide, with 6.6 million in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The global death toll has topped 937,000, including more than 196,000 deaths in the U.S. More than 20 million people have recovered worldwide, including nearly 2.5 million Americans.</p> Holyoke man charged with possession of bombs, held on bail https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/holyoke-man-charged-with-possession-of-bombs/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:725fcf8e-42f6-5e6d-975b-35646ffb060c Wed, 16 Sep 2020 17:03:47 +0000 A Holyoke man is facing multiple explosives charges after police found pipe bombs and other devices inside his home, authorities said. <p>A 29-year-old man was held on $100,000 bail the day after a half dozen homes were evacuated when authorities found pipe bombs and materials to build explosives inside his Holyoke home, officials said.</p> <p>Gregory Bennett, 29, will stay behind bars pending a dangerousness hearing later this month. He is charged with four counts of possession of an explosive device.</p> <p>Holyoke police found multiple explosive devices &#8212; including the pipe bombs &#8212; during the execution of a search warrant at 19 Pleasant S.t. on Tuesday. The State Police Bomb Squad rendered the items safe for evaluation and submitted evidence to the State Police Crime Lab, said Jennifer Mieth, spokesperson for the state fire marshal&#8217;s office</p> <p>Police obtained a search warrant following a multi-agency investigation, evacuating six nearby homes.</p> <p>The investigation remains active, according to authorities.</p> Discovering Plymouth, Massachusetts, 400 years after the Mayflower landed https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/plymouth-massachusetts-mayflower-anniversary-400-years-pilgrims-cape-cod-travel-b453407.html The Independent - Massachusetts urn:uuid:8bc6ae8b-15d4-dc5f-c454-f66d6b7c65a0 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:50:46 +0000 &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Lynn Houghton &lt;/strong&gt;discovers the rich history of Plymouth, MA&lt;/p&gt; Pot shop a no-go in Quincy Market after landlord’s cease and desist https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/pot-shop-a-no-go-in-quincy-market-after-landlords-cease-and-desist/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:0d2666e9-1f59-ae03-b7bb-0f90d29ab44e Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:46:02 +0000 Plans for a pot shop in Quincy Market are on hold for now after the property management firm for the popular downtown tourist destination issued a cease and desist letter for the cannabis retailer, city officials confirmed. The city&#8217;s Office a Neighborhood Services canceled a community meeting for Redemption Cannabis after Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, which [&#8230;] <p>Plans for a pot shop in Quincy Market are on hold for now after the property management firm for the popular downtown tourist destination issued a cease and desist letter for the cannabis retailer, city officials confirmed.</p> <p>The city&#8217;s Office a Neighborhood Services canceled a community meeting for Redemption Cannabis after Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, which handles the leases for Faneiul Hall Marketplace, informed officials it intended to issue a cease and desist letter to the applicant regarding the proposed use, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin Walsh&#8217;s office said.</p> <p>There&#8217;s still hope for a cannabis retailer at the site, though. Officials said if the issues between Ashkanazy and Redemption Cannabis are resolved, the marijuana retailer can try again and move forward with the community process to seek the appropriate zoning relief and approval of the Boston Cannabis Board, which oversees all marijuana establishments in the city.</p> Holyoke man charged with possession of bombs https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/16/holyoke-man-charged-with-possession-of-bombs/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:167fd13c-9789-b2d9-f4e4-fdafe262b2a9 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:44:55 +0000 A Holyoke man is facing multiple explosives charges after police found pipe bombs and other devices inside his home, authorities said. <p>A Holyoke man is facing multiple explosives charges after police found pipe bombs and other devices inside his home, authorities said.</p> <p>Gregory Bennett, 29, was charged with four counts of possession of an explosive device. He will be arraigned Wednesday in Holyoke District Court.</p> <p>Holyoke police found multiple explosive devices &#8212; including the pipe bombs &#8212; during the execution of a search warrant at 19 Pleasant S.t. on Tuesday. Bomb-making related materials were also discovered. The State Police Bomb Squad rendered the items safe for evaluation and submitted evidence to the State Police Crime Lab.</p> <p><em>&#8212; Developing&#8230;</em></p> Austin Prep latest school forced to go all-remote after weekend party https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/austin-prep-latest-school-forced-to-go-all-remote-after-weekend-party/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:19fe105e-6b9c-5bc4-3fb8-27fa9afbd622 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:34:14 +0000 Austin Prep is the latest Massachusetts high school forced to go all-remote after a weekend off-campus party raised new fears about the potential spread of the coronavirus. <p>Austin Prep is the latest Massachusetts high school forced to go all-remote after a weekend off-campus party raised new fears about the potential spread of the coronavirus.</p> <p>The private Catholic school in Reading announced Tuesday night that about 40 &#8220;selfish&#8221; students attended an unsanctioned party forcing the school to now go &#8220;full remote teaching and learning for the next 14 days.&#8221;</p> <p>Austin Prep joins Dover-Sherborn, Lincoln-Sudbury and Dedham high schools in pulling the plug on any in-class sessions due to partying.</p> <p>&#8220;Unfortunately, like other secondary schools in Massachusetts which encountered similar activity this past weekend, we too are now impacted by poor decisions that students are making during a public health crisis,&#8221; James Hickey, head of school at Austin Prep, said in a statement.</p> <p>&#8220;The individuals who made these irresponsible decisions, regrettably have halted the progress we have been making as a community to return to campus and resume in-person instruction that students and staff have overwhelmingly embraced,&#8221; Hickey added.</p> <p>Hickey said he will investigate the party and reinforce with students that violating the school&#8217;s rules goes against Austin Prep&#8217;s &#8220;core values.&#8221;</p> <p>It also pushes back tryouts for fall sports and forces parents to scramble to make alternative &#8220;child care arrangements for younger students,&#8221; the school said.</p> <p>In the other high school parties, some of the students from Lincoln-Sudbury and Dover-Sherborn ran into the woods once police arrived to break up the gathering.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/tiny-molecule-found-effective-in-preventing-and-treating-covid-in-animal-models/" title="Tiny molecule found effective in preventing and treating COVID in animal models"> <span class="dfm-title"> Tiny molecule found effective in preventing and treating COVID in animal models </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/in-the-race-for-a-covid-vaccine-data-matters-more-than-time-harvard-professor-says/" title="In the race for a COVID vaccine, data matters more than time, Harvard professor says"> <span class="dfm-title"> In the race for a COVID vaccine, data matters more than time, Harvard professor says </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/massachusetts-jewish-community-gears-up-for-virtual-high-holidays-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/" title="Massachusetts Jewish community gears up for virtual High Holidays amid coronavirus pandemic"> <span class="dfm-title"> Massachusetts Jewish community gears up for virtual High Holidays amid coronavirus pandemic </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/cheap-parking-at-fenway-only-during-a-pandemic/" title="Cheap parking at Fenway? Only during a pandemic"> <span class="dfm-title"> Cheap parking at Fenway? Only during a pandemic </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/massachusetts-coronavirus-deaths-increase-by-6-cases-rise-286-positive-test-rate-remains-low/" title="Massachusetts coronavirus deaths increase by 6, cases rise 286, positive test rate remains low"> <span class="dfm-title"> Massachusetts coronavirus deaths increase by 6, cases rise 286, positive test rate remains low </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Lincoln-Sudbury has been forced to switch to remote-only learning following the weekend party, Principal Bella Wong, who also serves as superintendent, said in a letter.</p> <p>Dover-Sherborn is also all-remote after a bash that attracted up to 150 kids from numerous communities, according to Superintendent Andrew Keough.</p> <p>&#8220;We know these types of events are very high risk and similar events in our area have resulted in serious spread of infections and yet we cannot put ourselves together enough to put a stop to it here?” Keough wrote in a letter to the school community.</p> <p>In Dedham, police tweeted a &#8220;gathering&#8221; was held over the weekend. School leaders have now delayed the start of in-person classes beyond Sept. 21 planned start date.</p> Charlie Baker takes aim at slow vetting of police reform bills on Beacon Hill https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/charlie-baker-takes-aim-at-slow-vetting-of-police-reform-bills-on-beacon-hill/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:cb8c0ad6-bb35-ffa0-d484-3eab72529b5a Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:00:09 +0000 Six weeks after lawmakers promised to deliver a landmark police reform package to Gov. Charlie Baker&#8217;s desk, the Republican governor took aim at the Legislature&#8217;s slow progress in reconciling competing bills urging them, &#8220;the sooner the better.&#8221; Facing questions from reporters on Tuesday about new revelations in the long-running state police overtime abuse scandal, Baker [&#8230;] <p>Six weeks after lawmakers promised to deliver a landmark police reform package to Gov. Charlie Baker&#8217;s desk, the Republican governor took aim at the Legislature&#8217;s slow progress in reconciling competing bills urging them, &#8220;the sooner the better.&#8221;</p> <p>Facing questions from reporters on Tuesday about new revelations in the long-running state police overtime abuse scandal, Baker called on lawmakers to pass a bill he said he filed &#8220;a very long time ago&#8221; in January that would give authorities greater deference in disciplining officers who are charged with crimes or misconduct.</p> <p>It would make it easier to suspend troopers without pay and would entitle the state or municipalities to triple the amount of damages from police who falsify time sheets.</p> <p>&#8220;I really want to see that bill, those changes in state law, find their way to my desk before the end of this session, and as far as I&#8217;m concerned, the sooner the better,&#8221; Baker said.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/emergency-crews-on-scene-after-reports-of-elevator-accident-in-allston/" title="One person dies, one injured following elevator accident in Allston, officials say"> <span class="dfm-title"> One person dies, one injured following elevator accident in Allston, officials say </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/man-dies-after-lowell-shooting/" title="Man dies after Lowell shooting"> <span class="dfm-title"> Man dies after Lowell shooting </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/10/at-least-59-workers-in-massachusetts-have-died-from-coronavirus-after-exposure-at-work-report/" title="At least 59 workers in Massachusetts have died from coronavirus after exposure at work: Report"> <span class="dfm-title"> At least 59 workers in Massachusetts have died from coronavirus after exposure at work: Report </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/02/suffolk-da-questions-credibility-of-officers-charged-in-boston-police-overtime-scandal-vows-to-review-cases/" title="Suffolk DA questions credibility of officers charged in Boston police overtime scandal, vows to review cases"> <span class="dfm-title"> Suffolk DA questions credibility of officers charged in Boston police overtime scandal, vows to review cases </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/02/protest-inspired-cop-suing-bill-languishes-in-legislature/" title="Protest-inspired cop-suing bill languishes in Legislature"> <span class="dfm-title"> Lucas: Protest-inspired cop-suing bill languishes in Legislature </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>The House and Senate versions of the police reform bill both include similar provisions, with the Senate version mirroring the governor&#8217;s bill almost exactly. The bills have been in conference committee since July 27.</p> <p>Baker pressed lawmakers to approve State Police reforms aside from the broader bills where negotiators are at odd on a range of issues from qualified immunity to no-knock warrants to banning the use of chokeholds.</p> <p>&#8220;If they wanted to report it out separately, that&#8217;d be great, because that&#8217;s the best way to deal with this,&#8221; Baker said.</p> <p>Process prohibits lawmakers from publicly discussing the conversations that are held behind closed doors in executive session and legislators would reveal little about where debate stands on Tuesday.</p> <p>Chief of Staff for Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, referred the Herald to an earlier statement indicating the Legislature could not comment on conference committee hearings.</p> <p>Baker was in Fitchburg on Tuesday to refocus attention on another piece of stalled legislation: A climate resiliency bill that would allocate $1 billion funded through an excise tax paid on real estate transfers over the next decade to cities and towns to upgrade infrastructure.</p> <p>&#8220;We continue to believe that this is a critical part of not just our environmental future, but our economic future here in Massachusetts,&#8221; Baker said.</p> <p>Baker said it is &#8220;crystal clear&#8221; that states need to to step up and help cities and towns pay for the investments they need to create more resilient communities.</p> <p>&#8220;I hope at some point between now and the end of the session, this legislation becomes law,&#8221; Baker said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Boston University French lecturer killed in Allston elevator accident https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/police-identify-woman-killed-in-allston-elevator-accident/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:5153e695-6c29-9312-51e2-a3cee942a529 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:39:54 +0000 A woman killed in an elevator accident at an Allston apartment building has been identified as 38-year-old Carrie O'Connor, authorities confirmed. <p>A woman killed in a tragic elevator accident at her Allston apartment building on Monday has been identified as 38-year-old Boston University French lecturer Carrie O&#8217;Connor, authorities said.</p> <figure id="attachment_2116834" class="wp-caption alignleft"><img loading="lazy" class="lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BHR-L-Oconnor-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" sizes="190px" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BHR-L-Oconnor-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BHR-L-Oconnor-01.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" width="190" height="253" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BHR-L-Oconnor-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BHR-L-Oconnor-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BHR-L-Oconnor-01.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Carrie O’Connor</figcaption></figure> <p>The cause of O’Connor’s death was traumatic asphyxia and the manner was determined to be accidental, police said Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>O’Connor was a French lecturer at Boston University, a school spokesman confirmed. She joined the college&#8217;s Romance Studies Department just last year, after having taught at a handful of colleges including Bentley University, MIT, Northeastern and Tufts University, <a href="https://www.bu.edu/rs/profile/carrie-oconnor/">according to her school profile</a>.</p> <p>“I am enthusiastic about opportunities to connect students in Romance Studies to French on a personal and practical level. We have such a talented and diverse group of students at BU and I’m excited to join a team of faculty who cares so much about them,&#8221; <a href="https://www.bu.edu/rs/2019/05/13/oconnor-to-join-romance-studies/">O&#8217;Connor wrote in a statement</a> when she joined BU in March 2019.</p> <p>O&#8217;Connor was found in the <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/emergency-crews-on-scene-after-reports-of-elevator-accident-in-allston/">first-floor elevator of the building at 1140 Commonwealth Ave. just after 5 p.m. on Monday</a>, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/emergency-crews-on-scene-after-reports-of-elevator-accident-in-allston/" title="One person dies, one injured following elevator accident in Allston, officials say"> <span class="dfm-title"> One person dies, one injured following elevator accident in Allston, officials say </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>A second person was taken to the hospital for treatment, a Boston Public Health Commission spokeswoman said Monday. No update on their condition was immediately available on Tuesday.</p> <p>Boston police are reviewing surveillance video from the five-story apartment building to learn more about what happened. The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration is and The Office of Public Safety and Inspections, which is responsible for elevator inspections, are also investigating what happened.</p> <p>Her mother, Christal O’Connor, remembered her daughter as a perpetual student in an <a href="http://www.bu.edu/articles/2020/cas-french-lecturer-carrie-oconnor-dies-in-allston-elevator-accident/">obituary published by BU Today</a>.</p> <p>“Once she learned to read when she was just a little one we used to have to bribe her to stop her reading and get outside,&#8221; Christal O&#8217;Connor told the school.</p> <p>When her daughter began studying French in middle school, Christal O&#8217;Connor said it sparked a lifelong passion for language and travel, telling the school, her mantra was “luggage should never be dusty.”</p> <p>O’Connor&#8217;s colleagues remembered her as an experienced and eager educator on Tuesday.</p> <p>&#8220;She was an intrinsic part of the French section and the department at large,” Odile Cazenave, a CAS professor of French and chair of romance studies.</p> <p>Arts &amp; Sciences Dean Stan Sclaroff remembered her &#8220;spirit of resourcefulness, collegiality, and inclusiveness.&#8221;</p> <p>“We are fortunate that Carrie found a home here. She will be sorely missed,&#8221; he wrote in an email, according to BU Today.</p> <figure id="attachment_2116645" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img loading="lazy" class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1140Commnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" sizes="370px" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1140Commnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1140Commnc3.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" width="763" height="509" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1140Commnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1140Commnc3.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1140Commnc3.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">BOSTON, MA: September 15, 2020: 1140 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)</figcaption></figure> Michelle Wu hits Hub’s coronavirus response as mayoral challenge begins https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/michelle-wu-hits-boston-coronavirus-response-as-mayoral-challenge-begins/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:f7581034-47d9-b2d3-cb7a-266e24d393d3 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:34:12 +0000 Michelle Wu's first day as an official mayoral candidate saw her take the fight to what's seen as one of incumbent Mayor Martin Walsh's strengths: his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. <p>Michelle Wu&#8217;s first day as an official mayoral candidate saw her take the fight to what&#8217;s seen by many as one of incumbent Mayor Martin Walsh&#8217;s strengths: his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>&#8220;We have missed out on the opportunity to plan for recovery, and align those efforts with what needed to happen in the long term to address the issues that did not just become a crisis during the pandemic, but were already in crisis level well before COVID-19,&#8221; said Wu, the 35-year-old at-large city councilor from Roslindale.</p> <p>In her first press avail as a candidate, Wu specifically focused on the city&#8217;s muddled handling of the return to school, and said the coronavirus response left out communities and businesses of people of color, who have been disproportionately hammered by the coronavirus.</p> <p>Walsh, speaking at his own press conference in front of City Hall on Tuesday, again demurred when asked if he&#8217;s running for a third four-year term in 2021.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m focused on the job in front of me – the pandemic, you know, the economy,&#8221; the mayor said.</p> <p>Walsh, fending off a few different questions about Wu&#8217;s leap into the race, added, &#8220;I&#8217;m not going to get into a political debate today.&#8221;</p> <p>The mayor is seen as handling the pandemic well, according to polling from an unrelated campaign. Walsh was speaking at one of his periodic news conferences generally focused on the coronavirus response, and on Tuesday talked about testing numbers and <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/boston-extends-coronavirus-outdoor-dining-rules/">expanding restaurant rules</a> in a city that&#8217;s only had a handful of deaths among residents in recent weeks.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/michelle-wu-announces-run-for-boston-mayor/" title="Michelle Wu announces run for Boston mayor"> <span class="dfm-title"> Michelle Wu announces run for Boston mayor </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/boston-city-councilors-join-fight-to-save-more-than-100-trees-from-cutdown-in-roxbury/" title="Boston City Councilors join fight to save more than 100 trees from being cut down in Roxbury"> <span class="dfm-title"> Boston City Councilors join fight to save more than 100 trees from being cut down in Roxbury </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/11/after-a-strange-week-in-boston-politics-theres-still-no-one-officially-running-for-mayor/" title="After a strange week in Boston politics, there&#8217;s still no one officially running for mayor"> <span class="dfm-title"> After a strange week in Boston politics, there&#8217;s still no one officially running for mayor </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/09/running-boston-cant-be-overshadowed-by-campaigns/" title="Running Boston can&#8217;t be overshadowed by campaigns"> <span class="dfm-title"> Running Boston can&#8217;t be overshadowed by campaigns </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/08/is-boston-ready-to-toss-out-marty-walsh-dont-bet-on-it/" title="Battenfeld: Is Boston ready to toss out Marty Walsh? 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The video she released focused on the idea that the city needs a change in leadership and an increased focus on racial, transit and environmental issues.</p> Michelle Wu hits Boston coronavirus response as mayoral challenge begins https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/michelle-wu-hits-boston-coronavirus-response-as-mayoral-challenge-begins/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:0a2255c1-c6cb-c075-ac1f-91ef5a9618d7 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:24:38 +0000 Michelle Wu's first day as an official mayoral candidate saw her take the fight to what's seen as one of incumbent Mayor Martin Walsh's strengths: his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. <p>Michelle Wu&#8217;s first day as an official mayoral candidate saw her take the fight to what&#8217;s seen by many as one of incumbent Mayor Martin Walsh&#8217;s strengths: his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>&#8220;We have missed out on the opportunity to plan for recovery, and align those efforts with what needed to happen in the long term to address the issues that did not just become a crisis during the pandemic, but were already in crisis level well before COVID-19,&#8221; said Wu, the 35-year-old at-large city councilor from Roslindale.</p> <p>In her first press avail as a candidate, Wu specifically focused on the city&#8217;s muddled handling of the return to school, and said the coronavirus response left out communities and businesses of people of color, who have been disproportionately hammered by the coronavirus.</p> <p>Walsh, speaking at his own press conference in front of City Hall on Tuesday, again demurred when asked if he&#8217;s running for a third four-year term in 2021.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m focused on the job in front of me – the pandemic, you know, the economy,&#8221; the mayor said.</p> <p>Walsh, fending off a few different questions about Wu&#8217;s leap into the race, added, &#8220;I&#8217;m not going to get into a political debate today.&#8221;</p> <p>The mayor is seen as handling the pandemic well, according to polling from an unrelated campaign. 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Don&#8217;t bet on it"> <span class="dfm-title"> Battenfeld: Is Boston ready to toss out Marty Walsh? Don&#8217;t bet on it </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Wu&#8217;s first day on the mayoral trail involved shouted to media over the hiss and squeal of buses in Nubian Square before departing for two events, including a house party, in Allston-Brighton.</p> <p>Asked if such events are wise amid the pandemic, Wu insisted that staff is &#8220;armed with more sanitizing wipes than we thought possible&#8221; and has a strict set of protocols in place around numbers of attendees.</p> <p>&#8220;But where possible, we are trying to bring people together in small groups to have that face-to-face interaction,&#8221; Wu said.</p> <p>Wu jumped into the race earlier Tuesday, making her <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/michelle-wu-announces-run-for-boston-mayor/">long-rumored announcement</a>. The video she released focused on the idea that the city needs a change in leadership and an increased focus on racial, transit and environmental issues.</p> $11.1M in climate change funding to Massachusetts https://www.news10.com/video/watch-live-governor-baker-visits-st-bernards-catholic-school-to-provide-covid-19-update/ Massachusetts News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:20ea4b08-daf1-f85b-d995-2adfc98d8f6c Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:09:51 +0000 FITCHBURG, Mass. (Mass.gov) – Continuing its historic investment in climate change resiliency, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $11.1 million in grants to cities and towns through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. This announcement brings total state investment in climate change resilience through the MVP program to over $44 million since 2017. The popular grant and designation [&#8230;] <p>FITCHBURG, Mass. (Mass.gov) – Continuing its historic investment in climate change resiliency, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $11.1 million in grants to cities and towns through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program.</p> <p>This announcement brings total state investment in climate change resilience through the MVP program to over $44 million since 2017. The popular grant and designation program provides communities with funding and technical support to identify climate hazards, develop strategies to improve resilience, and implement priority actions to adapt to climate change. The grants were announced by Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in Fitchburg as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s celebration of Climate Week in the Commonwealth.</p> <p>“Projects like those receiving awards today are not only critical for the resilience of our communities, but also create local jobs, contribute to the economy, and avoid future costs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As we celebrate Climate Week, I am proud of the $44 million we’ve invested since 2017 through MVP, and we look forward to continuing the strong partnerships we’ve built with cities and towns to prepare for climate change impacts throughout the Commonwealth.”</p> <p>“The continued success of the MVP program shows how important building resiliency in Massachusetts communities is to our municipal partners and residents,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are thrilled to reach 89 percent participation in this voluntary program and are excited to continue to invest in efforts to build climate resilience in the Commonwealth.”</p> <p>With this announcement, 89% of Massachusetts cities and towns, or 312 municipalities, are now enrolled in the MVP program, which pairs local leadership and knowledge with a significant investment of resources and funding from the Commonwealth to address ongoing climate change impacts like sea level rise, inland flooding, storms, and extreme temperatures. The program was created was created in 2017 as part of Governor Baker’s&nbsp;<a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mass.gov%2Feea%2Fpr-2016%2Fgovernor-signs-climate-change-strategy-executive-order.html&amp;data=02%7C01%7CAshley.Shook%40wwlp.com%7C3c020e0a3e154aaeaa5f08d859a9764b%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637357931652175672&amp;sdata=e3DbKPMsqIJNHdV4I%2FsEe02%2Ff5%2B0wTUZl2VU%2B6bc0ew%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Executive Order 569</a>.</p> <p>The $11.1 million announced today will go towards MVP Planning Grants and Action Grants. Planning Grants support communities in working with a state-certified technical assistance provider to lead a community-wide planning workshop to&nbsp;identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps.&nbsp; Results of the workshops and planning efforts inform existing local plans, grant applications, and policies.</p> <p>Communities are then eligible for competitive MVP Action Grant funding to implement priority on-the-ground projects.&nbsp;Projects are focused on proactive strategies to address climate change impacts and may include retrofitting and adapting infrastructure, actions to invest in and protect environmental justice communities and improve public health, detailed vulnerability assessments or design and engineering studies, stormwater upgrades, dam retrofits and removals, culvert upgrades, drought mitigation, energy resilience, mosquito control initiatives, and that focus on implementing nature-based solutions such as wetland restoration and floodplain protection.</p> <p>“In this fourth round of MVP Action Grants, we are seeing the continuation of many projects we helped fund in the planning stage that are now ready for on-the-ground implementation,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “We are pleased to see the hard work of our municipal partners pay off in this way and are also excited for the many new communities that are just starting to take action to build resilience to climate change through the MVP planning process.”</p> <p>The following communities will receive funding to complete the MVP planning process in 2020-2021:</p> <figure class="wp-block-table"><table><tbody><tr><td></td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td><strong>Applicant</strong></td><td><strong>MVP Program Region</strong></td><td><strong>Grant Award</strong></td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Ashburnham&nbsp;</td><td>Central&nbsp;</td><td>$22,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Ashby&nbsp;</td><td>Central&nbsp;</td><td>$27,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Berkley&nbsp;</td><td>Southeast&nbsp;</td><td>$15,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Carlisle&nbsp;</td><td>Northeast&nbsp;</td><td>$27,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Cheshire&nbsp;</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$32,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Chester&nbsp;</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$26,500&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Foxborough&nbsp;</td><td>Greater Boston&nbsp;</td><td>$17,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Granville&nbsp;</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$27,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Hampden</td><td>Greater Connecticut River Valley&nbsp;</td><td>$40,000</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Hardwick&nbsp;&nbsp;</td><td>Greater Connecticut River Valley&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Heath</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$27,000</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Holbrook&nbsp;</td><td>Greater Boston&nbsp;</td><td>$32,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Hopedale&nbsp;</td><td>Central&nbsp;</td><td>$15,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Leyden</td><td>Greater Connecticut River Valley&nbsp;</td><td>$27,000</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Mount Washington&nbsp;</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>New Braintree&nbsp;</td><td>Greater Connecticut River Valley&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Otis&nbsp;</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Petersham&nbsp;</td><td>Greater Connecticut River Valley&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Richmond&nbsp;</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Stockbridge&nbsp;</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$38,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Upton&nbsp;</td><td>Central&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>West Brookfield</td><td>Greater Connecticut River Valley&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Westhampton&nbsp;</td><td>Berkshires &amp; Hilltowns&nbsp;</td><td>$20,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Whitman&nbsp;</td><td>Greater Boston&nbsp;</td><td>$29,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Wilbraham</td><td>Greater Connecticut River Valley&nbsp;</td><td>$32,000</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>Wilmington&nbsp;</td><td>Northeast&nbsp;</td><td>$31,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td><strong>Total (26)</strong>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td><strong>$644,500</strong>&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table></figure> <p>The following communities were awarded Action Grants:</p> <figure class="wp-block-table"><table><tbody><tr><td><strong>Applicant</strong></td><td><strong>Project Title</strong></td><td><strong>Grant Award</strong></td></tr><tr><td>Agawam&nbsp;</td><td>Agawam Stormwater Master Plan&nbsp;</td><td>$216,750&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Arlington &amp; Resilient Mystic Collaborative&nbsp;</td><td>Wicked Hot Mystic&nbsp;</td><td>$186,200&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Athol &amp; North Quabbin Community Coalition&nbsp;</td><td>Lord Pond Plaza Improvement Project&nbsp;</td><td>$117,760&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Auburn&nbsp;</td><td>Leesville Pond Water Quality Protection and Community-Wide Resiliency Improvements&nbsp;</td><td>$209,895&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Belchertown&nbsp;</td><td>Enhancing Water Supply Reliability: Resilient Water Storage and Water Conservation – Design &amp; Implementation&nbsp;</td><td>$698,356&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Blandford&nbsp;</td><td>Resilient Community-Driven Master Plan + Resilient Regulatory Work&nbsp;</td><td>$102,824&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Bolton, Harvard, &amp; Devens&nbsp;</td><td>Apple Country Ecological Climate Resiliency and Carbon Planning Assessment&nbsp;</td><td>$250,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Boston&nbsp;</td><td>City of Boston Heat Resilience Planning Study&nbsp;</td><td>$280,070&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Braintree&nbsp;</td><td>Monatiquot River Restoration – Construction&nbsp;</td><td>$750,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Cambridge &amp; Metro Mayors&nbsp;</td><td>Building Resilience to Climate Driven Heat in Metro Boston&nbsp;</td><td>$268,820&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Chelsea&nbsp;</td><td>Urban Heat Island Mitigation Project&nbsp;</td><td>$262,996&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>East Longmeadow&nbsp;</td><td>Comprehensive Master Plan&nbsp;</td><td>$84,833&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Easthampton&nbsp;</td><td>Green Infrastructure Planning and Resiliency Design for Cherry Street&nbsp;</td><td>$175,957&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Fall River, Dighton, Somerset, &amp; Swansea&nbsp;</td><td>Regional Emergency Water System Interconnectivity Analysis&nbsp;</td><td>$100,650&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Fitchburg&nbsp;</td><td>John Fitch Highway – A Resilient Road Corridor&nbsp;</td><td>$271,787&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Granby&nbsp;</td><td>Resilient Regulatory Work and Refocusing on Climate Resilience Pathway in Master Plan&nbsp;</td><td>$34,272&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Great Barrington&nbsp;</td><td>Climate Action, Resilience, and Equity Great Barrington (CARE GB)&nbsp;</td><td>$70,400&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Haverhill&nbsp;</td><td>Little River Dam Removal Feasibility Study&nbsp;</td><td>$129,693&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Holyoke&nbsp;</td><td>Holyoke Urban Forest Equity Plan&nbsp;</td><td>$135,032&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Lakeville, Middleborough, Freetown, Rochester, Taunton, &amp; New Bedford&nbsp;</td><td>Assawompset Ponds Complex Watershed Management and Climate Action Plan&nbsp;</td><td>$93,236&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Lawrence&nbsp;</td><td>Flood Study and DPW Yard Adaptation Plan&nbsp;</td><td>$213,418&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Leominster&nbsp;</td><td>Monoosnoc Brook Bank Stabilization Project&nbsp;</td><td>$200,661&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Lexington &amp; Resilient Mystic Collaborative&nbsp;</td><td>Upper Mystic River Watershed Regional Stormwater Wetlands&nbsp;&nbsp;</td><td>$670,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Littleton&nbsp;</td><td>Watershed Protection for Climate Resiliency- Brown&#8217;s Woods Acquisition&nbsp;</td><td>$763,050&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Lowell&nbsp;</td><td>Claypit Brook Climate Resilience Stormwater Management Capital Improvement Plan&nbsp;</td><td>$138,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Lynn&nbsp;</td><td>Strawberry Brook Green Infrastructure Implementation&nbsp;</td><td>$199,090&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Malden&nbsp;</td><td>Malden River Works&nbsp;</td><td>$150,015&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Medford&nbsp;</td><td>Conceptualization and Community Building for Equitable, Community-Driven Resilience Hubs in Medford&nbsp;</td><td>$202,485&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Milford&nbsp;</td><td>Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Milford Town Park&nbsp;</td><td>$419,123&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Millbury&nbsp;</td><td>Armory Village Green Infrastructure Project &#8211; Phase II&nbsp;</td><td>$125,600&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Natick &amp; Charles River Watershed&nbsp;</td><td>Building Resilience Across the Charles River Watershed&nbsp;</td><td>$264,171&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Newburyport&nbsp;</td><td>Resilient Critical Infrastructure: Adapting a Wastewater Treatment Facility, Underground Electric Lines, and Public Rail Trail to Future Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge&nbsp;</td><td>$1,000,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Plympton&nbsp;</td><td>Building a Municipal Resilience Portfolio: Assessment of Critical Land in the Winnetuxet River Corridor&nbsp;</td><td>$41,929&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Provincetown&nbsp;</td><td>Permit Level Design of the Ryder Street Outfall Relocation and Drainage Improvements&nbsp;</td><td>$70,465&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Revere&nbsp;</td><td>Coastal Resilience Feasibility Study for the Point of Pines and Riverside Area&nbsp;</td><td>$210,689&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Salisbury&nbsp;</td><td>Resilient Rings Island: Preventing a Neighborhood from Being Stranded by Flooding&nbsp;</td><td>$250,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>South Hadley&nbsp;</td><td>Climate Resilient South Hadley&nbsp;</td><td>$105,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Springfield&nbsp;</td><td>People-Focused Resilient Redesign and Retrofits for Community/Civic Infrastructure and Critical Facilities&nbsp;&nbsp;</td><td>$210,422&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Stow &amp; Hudson&nbsp;</td><td>Assessing the Health of Lake Boon – A Key to Climate Resiliency in Stow &amp; Hudson, MA – and Beyond&nbsp;</td><td>$154,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Williamstown &amp; Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership&nbsp;</td><td>Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership Forest Stewardship, Resilience, and Climate Adaptation&nbsp;</td><td>$164,575&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Windsor&nbsp;</td><td>River Road Site 1 Culvert&nbsp;</td><td>$460,000&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Total (41)</strong>&nbsp;</td><td></td><td><strong>$10,452,224</strong>&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table></figure> <p>MVP supports implementation of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan,released in September 2018, which provided a national model of integrating hazard mitigation priorities with forward-looking climate change data and solutions. The plan is implemented within state government by the Resilient MA Action Team, an inter-agency team led by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and staffed by designated Climate Change Coordinators from each Executive Office. The Resilient MA Action Team provides guidance and decision-making for Plan implementation, further refines priority actions, and ensures actions are integrated into agency practice and policy. The RMAT is also developing climate resilience standards and guidelines for state agencies and a project climate risk screening tool for the annual capital planning process and state-funded infrastructure grant programs to ensure that investments are climate-smart. These tools are anticipated to be launched on&nbsp;<a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fresilientma.org%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CAshley.Shook%40wwlp.com%7C3c020e0a3e154aaeaa5f08d859a9764b%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637357931652175672&amp;sdata=xzIpDDZ7p4ojhXAC6XdSl56o3XGxwZYwzEb9MZbxVWE%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">ResilientMA.org</a>&nbsp;in early 2021.</p> <p>&#8220;I am proud to be able to partner with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary Theoharides to promote the MVP program in the Worcester Middlesex District,&#8221;&nbsp;<strong>said State Senator Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg).</strong>&nbsp;“The grants issued under this program by the Baker-Polito Administration will tremendously assist cities and towns in planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program is vital to helping cities and towns address climate change at the local level,&#8221;&nbsp;<strong>said State Representative Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster).</strong>&nbsp;&#8220;I am excited that Leominster secured funding for the Monoosnoc Brook Bank Stabilization Project through the MVP Program this year.&#8221;</p> <p>This year’s Climate Week marks four years since Governor Baker&nbsp;<a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mass.gov%2Fnews%2Fgovernor-baker-signs-climate-change-strategy-executive-order&amp;data=02%7C01%7CAshley.Shook%40wwlp.com%7C3c020e0a3e154aaeaa5f08d859a9764b%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637357931652185620&amp;sdata=0%2FAKqFYrLtILLkOjYAqauBIgdvdNWilAAJ4%2F7wsB0ow%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">signed Executive Order 569</a>&nbsp;which lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth. More recently, the Administration has committed to investing $1 billion in climate resiliency by 2022 and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.The Commonwealth is working to determine how best to achieve this emissions limit through its 2050 Roadmap, a nation-leading quantitative and qualitative planning effort that will chart multiple technical and policy pathways by which the Commonwealth can equitably and cost-effectively achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and will conclude with the publication of a long-range 2050 Roadmap report. Additionally, the Administration is working with municipalities throughout the Commonwealth to prepare for the impacts of climate change through the nation-leading Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, which has now enrolled 89 percent of cities and towns.</p> <p>Recently, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency announced a new federal funding opportunity through FEMA that is designed to reduce, minimize or eliminate the increasing and varied natural hazards that result from our changing climate. The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program will fund construction projects might include floodplain restorations, stormwater drainage and culvert upgrades, structural retrofits and floodproofing for community lifelines, and much more.&nbsp; Projects funded under the program are expected to include the incorporation of nature-based approaches​ to mitigating hazards whenever possible. More information on the BRIC program can be found by visiting&nbsp;<a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mass.gov%2Fservice-details%2Fpdm-fma-bric-grants&amp;data=02%7C01%7CAshley.Shook%40wwlp.com%7C3c020e0a3e154aaeaa5f08d859a9764b%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637357931652185620&amp;sdata=oYq4lZwyDOwAzJiFUAnnzbXq6qBheFJsNb%2FPSpk%2BVKw%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">MEMA’s website</a>.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wwlp.com/weather/weather-news/the-climate-change-connection-to-californias-wildfires/" class="promo-link__link" > The climate change connection to California’s wildfires </a> </aside> <h2><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.waze.com/en/livemap/directions/united-states/massachusetts/fitchburg/st.-bernards-high-school?latlng=42.57484660000001%2C-71.7760562&amp;utm_campaign=waze_website&amp;utm_source=waze_website" target="_blank">MAP: Bernardian Bowl</a></h2> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <iframe src="https://embed.waze.com/iframe?zoom=16&amp;lat=42.574847&amp;lon=-71.776056&amp;ct=livemap" width="100%" height="450" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </div> Reaction mixed to pot shop proposed in Roxbury’s Nubian Square https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/reaction-mixed-to-pot-shop-proposed-in-roxburys-nubian-square/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:ceb38c5a-a238-4ebb-6a77-0b6979df85b3 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:19:21 +0000 Many people in Roxbury on Tuesday said they would welcome a proposed recreational marijuana dispensary in Nubian Square, even though the head of a neighborhood group said a "drug den" would not help to revitalize the community. <p>Many people in Roxbury on Tuesday said they would welcome a proposed recreational marijuana dispensary in Nubian Square, even as the head of a neighborhood group said a &#8220;drug den&#8221; would not help to revitalize the community.</p> <p>Rooted in Roxbury, a Black-owned business, wants to open its store in the predominantly Black neighborhood, where several store fronts stand empty.</p> <p>&#8220;Before cannabis was legalized in Massachusetts, it was here, and it was unsafe because you didn&#8217;t know what it was laced with when you were buying it on the street,&#8221; Brian Keith, one of the company&#8217;s four owners, said. &#8220;We&#8217;re offering a safe alternative.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re also trying to build generational wealth by creating a business that&#8217;s 100% people of color owned and 100% people of color invested,&#8221; Keith added. &#8220;If it&#8217;s not us, it&#8217;s going to be someone else, possibly someone from another state, who&#8217;s not going to invest in the community.&#8221;</p> <p>But Sadiki Kambon, chairman of the Nubian Square Coalition, said the group is strongly opposed to a &#8220;drug den&#8221; opening in the square.</p> <p>&#8220;We have many families and students in the immediate area, along with visitors and shoppers, and do not want the visual of individuals standing in line to purchase &#8230; marijuana in order to get high,&#8221; Kambon said.</p> <p>After a virtual community meeting Tuesday night on the subject, the proposed dispensary will need approval from the Boston Cannabis Board before it can apply for a license from the state Cannabis Control Commission.</p> <p>Leroy Anderson, who lives in the South End on the edge of Roxbury, said he supports the proposed business</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m for Black entrepreneurship,&#8221; said Anderson, 57. &#8220;Allow a person to be a small business owner in the community. That way the dollars stay in the community.&#8221;</p> <p>But Alvert Owens, 78, of Roxbury, hopes the dispensary won&#8217;t open because he believes that for users, marijuana becomes a gateway to other drugs, drugs that are more addictive and dangerous.</p> <p>Voters &#8220;should never have made it legal because people start out with marijuana and then go on to some other drug,&#8221; Owens said. &#8220;There&#8217;s enough of that around here.&#8221;</p> <p>Last month, the Cannabis Board approved a recreational cannabis retail license for Massachusetts Citizens for Social Equity LLC on Dudley Street in Roxbury. The board also granted the same kind of license for Verdant Medical, Inc. on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan. Verdant is headed by former City Councilor Tito Jackson.</p> Boston extends coronavirus outdoor dining, aiding struggling restaurants https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/boston-extends-coronavirus-outdoor-dining-rules/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:ad9683b3-2826-0c25-6c45-240989b7440c Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:08:46 +0000 Turn up the heat lamps: Boston restaurants will be able to keep serving outdoor diners through December, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday, extending a "lifeline" to eateries still struggling for revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic. <p>Turn up the heat lamps: Boston restaurants will be able to keep serving outdoor diners through December, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday, extending a &#8220;lifeline&#8221; to eateries still struggling for revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>&#8220;My heart goes out to many of the owners of the restaurants and the staff there. In many ways you are the heart and soul of our local economy,&#8221; Walsh said in a press conference outside City Hall. &#8220;We&#8217;re going to continue to listen to you and provide whatever support and flexibility we can to help you recover.&#8221;</p> <p>Restaurants will be able to continue using sidewalks and parking spots for outdoor seating through Dec. 1, rather than the city&#8217;s initial cutoff date of Oct. 31. The city has permitted more than 550 restaurants under the temporary outdoor dining program Walsh called a &#8220;lifeline for many restaurants at a time when indoor seating remains limited for health reasons.&#8221;</p> <p>The city will also waive application fees for permits for outdoor propane heaters to help restaurants to keep serving patrons without the need for parkas.</p> <p>Doug Bacon, president of Red Paint Hospitality Group, said he plans to apply this week for permits to heat his extended patios at The Kenmore in Kenmore Square and at The Avenue and Hopewell Bar and Kitchen in Allston.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m very happy that we&#8217;ll be able to use them,&#8221; Bacon said. &#8220;But, of course, we live in New England, so you know what that means &#8212; (Walsh) can say we can use them to March, but the reality is nobody&#8217;s going.&#8221;</p> <p>The mayor sounded an optimistic note about the weather even as he acknowledged the restaurant industry will be looking for Mother Nature&#8217;s mercy come winter.</p> <p>&#8220;Obviously outdoor dining is weather dependent here in New England, and at some point snow plows might get in the way,&#8221; Walsh said. &#8220;But I&#8217;ve gotten some reassurances from some meteorologists around the commonwealth that we&#8217;re going to have a mild fall and hopefully a mild winter.&#8221;</p> <p>Restaurant owners say they&#8217;re grateful for the support from Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker, who said cities and towns at lower risk for COVID-19 could <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/10/restaurant-restrictions-could-relax-in-massachusetts-cities-and-towns-at-lower-risk-of-coronavirus-charlie-baker-says/">soon see restrictions limiting business relax</a>. Nearly <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/05/nearly-one-in-five-massachusetts-restaurants-have-permanently-closed/">one in five Massachusetts restaurants have gone out of businesses</a> as restrictions cut their capacity and sales.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s critically important as these operators really are literally day to day,&#8221; said Bob Luz, president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, adding that his organization is working on group buying discounts for heaters, propane and tents.</p> <p>&#8220;We do expect that many people are going to try to take advantage of it,&#8221; Luz said. &#8220;It&#8217;s a good thing.&#8221;</p> <p>Frank Pellino, owner of Pellino&#8217;s and Casarecce Ristorante in the North End, believes &#8220;it&#8217;s going to be difficult to get people to come sit outside&#8221; in the cold.</p> <p>But &#8220;we&#8217;re grateful for anything the city and the governor will do,&#8221; Pellino said. &#8220;We&#8217;re hoping the city will give us these extensions next year and on a yearly basis.&#8221;</p> Massachusetts Jewish community gears up for virtual High Holidays amid coronavirus pandemic https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/massachusetts-jewish-community-gears-up-for-virtual-high-holidays-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:0eea86b1-d419-cbf0-a99c-d81f320ec664 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:06:41 +0000 Jewish congregants across Greater Boston are gearing up for unprecedented holidays this month amid the coronavirus pandemic -- highlighted by Zoom services and socially distant shofar blowings, instead of packed temples with chanting choirs. <p>Jewish congregants across Greater Boston are gearing up for unprecedented holidays this month amid the coronavirus pandemic &#8212; highlighted by Zoom services and socially distant shofar blowings, instead of packed temples with chanting choirs.</p> <p>As the virus forces synagogues to remain closed for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, area rabbis and temple leaders will be keeping their congregations connected from afar.</p> <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s no question that most people would prefer to be in person for the holidays, but the upside is that people can join from anywhere around the world,&#8221; said Rabbi Howard Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington.</p> <p>This weekend is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, kicking off the holiest time of the year.</p> <p>Erika Sheinhait, a member of Temple Beth Am in Framingham, has walked to temple every year.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s always nice to have that short walk, but we won&#8217;t be doing that this year,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>Instead, Sheinhait will be walking to her living room and watching a Zoom service, which the congregation has been doing for months.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s been a good trial run for what works and what doesn&#8217;t,&#8221; she said. &#8220;We can&#8217;t be together in person, but there are still ways to be together virtually.&#8221;</p> <p>Rabbis in their sermons are expected to feature lessons and takeaways from the coronavirus crisis, including the community&#8217;s resilience.</p> <p>&#8220;We need to be counting our blessings to recognize how fortunate we are to be able to look forward, even as we acknowledge how much has been lost,&#8221; Jaffe said, noting that his temple&#8217;s congregation has lost members to the virus.</p> <p>His wife&#8217;s parents are Holocaust survivors, saying: &#8220;We&#8217;ve lived through much darker times, but we don&#8217;t want to minimize the challenges we&#8217;re facing now.&#8221;</p> <p>In addition to virtual services this year, another High Holiday tradition that will look different is the customary blowing of the shofar &#8212; a ram&#8217;s horn &#8212; to ring in the Jewish New Year. Jaffe&#8217;s temple has recorded the shofar blowing, which will be played during the online service.</p> <p>While ceremonies won&#8217;t be in-person, the virtual services have &#8220;opened up unprecedented opportunities to connect with the community,&#8221; said Marc Baker, CEO and president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.</p> <p>&#8220;We won&#8217;t let this pandemic stand in the way of connecting with one another and finding a meaning in our tradition,&#8221; Baker said.</p> <p>When the pandemic hit here in March, not every synagogue had the financial or technological capacity to hold services online. To help close the gap, Combined Jewish Philanthropies stepped in to provide grants between $1,000 and $2,500 to local synagogues for technology improvements.</p> <p>CJP has distributed $170,000 &#8212; raised from $100,000 due to overwhelming demand &#8212; to the 75 synagogues that have applied for grants.</p> Massachusetts Black Lives Matter mural vandalized within one day https://www.news10.com/news/mass-news/massachusetts-black-lives-matter-mural-vandalized-one-day-after-its-completion/ Massachusetts News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:a597c50b-da98-e914-83a2-9eb35db2f8f5 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:10:58 +0000 A Black Lives Matter street mural in Springfield has been defaced the day after it was completed. <p>SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (<a href="https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/black-lives-matter-mural-in-springfield-vandalized-by-burnout/">WWLP</a>) &#8212; A Black Lives Matter street mural in Springfield has been defaced the day after it was completed.</p> <p>According to the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, the vandalism appears to be from the burnout of a car and was found early Tuesday morning. </p> <div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow aligncenter" data-effect="slide"><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_container swiper-container"><ul class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_swiper-wrapper swiper-wrapper"><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-571250" data-id="571250" src="https://www.wwlp.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2020/09/mural-defaced-2.jpg?w=900"/></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-571251" data-id="571251" src="https://www.wwlp.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2020/09/mural-defaced.jpg?w=900"/></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-571267" data-id="571267" src="https://www.wwlp.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2020/09/defaced-mural-3.jpg?w=900"/></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-571268" data-id="571268" src="https://www.wwlp.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2020/09/defaced-mural-2.jpg?w=900"/></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-571270" data-id="571270" src="https://www.wwlp.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2020/09/defaced-mural.jpg?w=900"/></figure></li></ul><a class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-prev swiper-button-prev swiper-button-white" role="button"></a><a class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-next swiper-button-next swiper-button-white" role="button"></a><a aria-label="Pause Slideshow" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-pause" role="button"></a><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_pagination swiper-pagination swiper-pagination-white"></div></div></div> <p>Citing &#8220;zero tolerance&#8221; for such vandalism, Sarno said the police will review the video footage from surveillance cameras and will find out who is responsible. He released the following statement:</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>&#8220;Upon hearing about the vandalism on the Black Lives Matter mural this morning, I immediately instructed Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and our city team to review the video footage from our&nbsp;surveillance cameras on Court Street to investigate this act of intolerance.&nbsp;We will find out who did this and the individual(s) will be held responsible.&nbsp;In addition, I have instructed our dedicated city crews to repair the vandalism on the mural and our city street.”&nbsp;</p><p>Our community came together peacefully over the weekend in a show of unity, mutual respect, and understanding. Unfortunately, there are still some in our community that looks to divide us – my goal will always be to unite us.&nbsp;There will be zero tolerance with regards to the desecration of any monument in our city.”&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/black-lives-matter-mural-completed-in-springfield/" class="promo-link__link" > Springfield paints Black Lives Matter mural near City Hall </a> </aside> <p>The city finished painting the mural Monday morning. It covers both lanes of a street near City Hall. It was a multi-day project that was organized by City Councilor Tracye Whitfield. </p> <p>&#8220;It was meant to raise awareness that the <a href="https://www.news10.com/tag/black-lives-matter/">Black Lives Matter</a> fight is very significant,&#8221; She said. &#8220;It symbolically stands up to the powers that be that deny black people their humanity.&#8221;</p> <h4>LATEST STORIES</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/connecticut-sets-100-fine-for-anyone-not-wearing-a-mask/">Connecticut sets $100 fine for anyone not wearing a mask</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/mass-news/massachusetts-black-lives-matter-mural-vandalized-one-day-after-its-completion/">Massachusetts Black Lives Matter mural vandalized within one day</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/health/five-sickened-by-potentially-deadly-bacteria-in-long-island-sound/">Five sickened by potentially deadly bacteria in Long Island Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/anti-maskers-in-indonesia-forced-to-dig-graves-for-covid-19-victims/">Anti-maskers in Indonesia forced to dig graves for COVID-19 victims</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/albany-county/activists-to-rally-at-city-hall-in-support-of-housing-policy-updates/">Activists to rally at City Hall, supporting housing policy updates</a></li> </ul> Police identify woman killed in Allston elevator accident https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/police-identify-woman-killed-in-allston-elevator-accident/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:2b4511aa-c352-c4e8-6168-85876db03bbf Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:52:10 +0000 A woman killed in an elevator accident at an Allston apartment building has been identified as 38-year-old Carrie O'Connor, authorities confirmed. <p>A woman killed in an elevator accident at an Allston apartment building on Monday has been identified as 38-year-old Carrie O&#8217;Connor, authorities confirmed.</p> <p>The cause of O’Connor’s death was traumatic asphyxia and the manner was determined to be accidental, police said Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>O’Connor was a French lecturer at Boston University, a school spokesman confirmed. She joined the college&#8217;s Romance Studies Department just last year, after having taught at a handful of colleges including Bentley University, MIT, Northeastern and Tufts University, <a href="https://www.bu.edu/rs/profile/carrie-oconnor/">according to her school profile</a>.</p> <p>“I am enthusiastic about opportunities to connect students in Romance Studies to French on a personal and practical level. We have such a talented and diverse group of students at BU and I’m excited to join a team of faculty who cares so much about them,&#8221; <a href="https://www.bu.edu/rs/2019/05/13/oconnor-to-join-romance-studies/">O&#8217;Connor wrote in a statement</a> when she joined BU in March 2019.</p> <p>was found in the first-floor elevator of the building at 1140 Commonwealth Ave. just after 5 p.m. on Monday, police said. 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(WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker visited St. Bernard’s Catholic School – <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://stbernardshighschool.org/" target="_blank">Bernardian Bowl</a> in Fitchburg Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>Governor Baker joined with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides, Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale and other local leaders to make an announcement relative to the Municipal Vulnerability and Preparedness (MVP) Program.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.mass.gov/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness-mvp-program" class="promo-link__link" > u003cstrongu003eMunicipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) programu003c/strongu003e </a> </aside> <p>The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action grant funding and other opportunities.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wwlp.com/weather/weather-news/the-climate-change-connection-to-californias-wildfires/" class="promo-link__link" > The climate change connection to California’s wildfires </a> </aside> <p>Officials provided an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at around 12:00 p.m.</p> <h2><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.waze.com/en/livemap/directions/united-states/massachusetts/fitchburg/st.-bernards-high-school?latlng=42.57484660000001%2C-71.7760562&amp;utm_campaign=waze_website&amp;utm_source=waze_website" target="_blank">MAP: Bernardian Bowl</a></h2> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <iframe src="https://embed.waze.com/iframe?zoom=16&amp;lat=42.574847&amp;lon=-71.776056&amp;ct=livemap" width="100%" height="450" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </div> Massachusetts coronavirus deaths increase by 6, cases rise 286, positive test rate remains low https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/massachusetts-coronavirus-deaths-increase-by-6-cases-rise-286-positive-test-rate-remains-low/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:051fbc2d-f8d9-c822-de8a-d153be5d8f4e Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:16:33 +0000 Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported six new coronavirus deaths and 286 new cases as the average positive test rate stayed at a low level of 0.9%. <p>Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported six new coronavirus deaths and 286 new cases as the average positive test rate stayed at a low level of 0.9%.</p> <p>The six new coronavirus deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 9,225, the state Department of Public Health announced. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from 161 at the start of May to 11 now.</p> <p>The state has logged 125,393 cases of the highly contagious disease, an increase of 286 confirmed cases and 27 probable cases since Monday. Of the 125,393 total cases, at least 107,501 people have recovered.</p> <p>The seven-day weighted average of the state&#8217;s positive test rate remained at a low level of 0.9% on Tuesday.</p> <p>Coronavirus hospitalizations on Tuesday went up by eight patients, bringing the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization total to 310.</p> <p>There are 52 patients in the ICU, and 23 patients are currently intubated.</p> <p>The highest peak of Massachusetts’ coronavirus hospitalizations was 3,965 on April 21. The three-day average of the number of coronavirus hospitalizations has gone from 3,707 on May 1 to 308 now.</p> <p>An additional 11,796 tests have brought the state’s total to more than 3 million tests.</p> <p>The state reported 24,732 residents and health care workers at long-term care facilities have now contracted the virus, with 382 facilities reporting at least one case of COVID-19.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/boston-extends-coronavirus-outdoor-dining-rules/" title="Boston extends coronavirus outdoor dining rules"> <span class="dfm-title"> Boston extends coronavirus outdoor dining rules </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/boston-college-coronavirus-cases-drop-after-recent-campus-outbreak-sparked-concern/" title="Boston College coronavirus cases drop after recent campus outbreak sparked concern"> <span class="dfm-title"> Boston College coronavirus cases drop after recent campus outbreak sparked concern </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/massachusetts-coronavirus-deaths-rise-9-cases-up-235-positive-test-rate-stays-at-0-8/" title="Massachusetts coronavirus deaths rise 9, cases up 235, positive test rate stays at 0.8%"> <span class="dfm-title"> Massachusetts coronavirus deaths rise 9, cases up 235, positive test rate stays at 0.8% </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/boston-marathon-virtual-race-week-black-hawk-flyover-set-for-final-day/" title="Boston Marathon virtual race week: Black Hawk flyover set for final day"> <span class="dfm-title"> Boston Marathon virtual race week: Black Hawk flyover set for final day </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/would-president-hillary-clinton-be-blamed-for-coronavirus-deaths/" title="Would President Hillary Clinton be blamed for coronavirus deaths?"> <span class="dfm-title"> Would President Hillary Clinton be blamed for coronavirus deaths? </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Of the state’s 9,225 total coronavirus deaths, 5,915 are connected to long-term care facilities.</p> <p>The U.S. has recorded more than 6.5 million coronavirus cases — the most cases in the world. More than 195,000 Americans have died, and more than 2.4 million have recovered.</p> Massachusetts courts to close for SJC Chief Justice Gants’ day of remembrance https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/massachusetts-courts-to-close-for-sjc-chief-justice-gants-day-of-remembrance/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:990947b6-f1df-706e-d562-7df4da93a8c3 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:15:24 +0000 Massachusetts courthouses will be closed on Friday for a day of remembrance for Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, who died earlier this week. He was 65. &#8220;In order to honor the memory of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, the justices of the Supreme Judicial Court are calling for a day of remembrance on [&#8230;] <p>Massachusetts courthouses will be closed on Friday for a day of remembrance for Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, who died earlier this week. He was 65.</p> <p>&#8220;In order to honor the memory of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, the justices of the Supreme Judicial Court are calling for a day of remembrance on September 18, 2020,&#8221; associate justices of the SJC announced on Tuesday.</p> <p>&#8220;On that day (Friday), courthouses across the Commonwealth will be closed to enable the judiciary and those impacted by this tragedy to reflect on this incalculable loss to the people of the Commonwealth and to remember Chief Justice Gants&#8217; commitment to fairness, equality under the law, and justice for all,&#8221; the associate justices added.</p> <p>Bay State leaders and the legal community on Monday reacted with <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/massachusetts-sjc-chief-justice-gants-dies-remembered-as-a-giant-in-legal-community/">shock and sadness to Gants&#8217; passing</a>.</p> <p>He had recently suffered a heart attack and was admitted to the hospital, where surgeons inserted two stents, Gants himself said last week. 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Deval Patrick.</p> <p>Five years earlier, Gants was appointed as an associate justice on the court. Before joining the SJC, he served for more than 11 years as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court.</p> Katherine Clark announces bid for House assistant speaker https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/katherine-clark-announces-bid-for-house-assistant-speaker/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:a8aa9ff4-6028-fcf8-9552-026be68de7fa Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:34:23 +0000 U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark is looking to move up in the ranks of Democratic House leadership. <p>U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark is looking to move up in the ranks of Democratic House leadership.</p> <p>The 5th Congressional District representative on Tuesday announced her candidacy for assistant speaker, making her the third candidate to enter the race.</p> <p>Clark is currently the vice chairperson of the House Democratic Caucus, making her the second-highest-ranking woman in the party&#8217;s leadership and the sixth-highest-ranking Democrat in Congress. Winning the position of assistant speaker would bump her up two pegs in the leadership.</p> <p>In a letter to her colleagues, Clark cited her work recruiting, mentoring and supporting candidates whose victories in 2018 helped Democrats win a majority in the House, as well as her leadership within their caucus.</p> <p>“Effective leadership is not about individual ambition, but our collective good. It is about truly listening and understanding the needs of our Members and using my voice at the leadership table to amplify yours,” Clark <a href="https://katherineclark.house.gov/press-releases?ID=C372EB02-DFA4-4816-8FD8-7AC9A42E4D06">said in the letter</a>, according to a press release. “This is not the stuff of headlines, but it is the meticulous work that helps Members achieve their legislative goals and serve their constituents, and makes our Caucus stronger. Over the last four years, I have dedicated myself to this effort.”</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/08/16/nancy-pelosi-calls-for-house-to-return-amid-uproar-over-usps-mail-delays-ahead-of-election/" title="Nancy Pelosi calls for House to return amid uproar over USPS mail delays ahead of election"> <span class="dfm-title"> Nancy Pelosi calls for House to return amid uproar over USPS mail delays ahead of election </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Clark also cited the &#8220;unprecedented&#8221; challenges facing the country that &#8220;will require that we leverage the talent and expertise of our Members, unite behind our shared values, and deliver results for all communities,&#8221; adding, &#8220;I am eager to expand on our work together and to continue delivering results for you, your districts, and for the people.”</p> <p>Clark joins California U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas and Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline in the race to replace Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., who is running for U.S. Senate, a contest that of course hinges on whether Democrats retain the House in November.</p> <p>In her announcement, Clark rolled out several endorsements, including Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairperson U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisc., and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H.</p> <p>“I constantly see colleagues, including many new Members and ‘frontliners,’ come to Katherine for guidance and solutions,&#8221; Kuster said in a press release. &#8220;They trust her to have their best interests in mind.&#8221;</p> <p>Clark is a former state lawmaker who was first elected to Congress in 2013 in a special election to replace Edward Markey when he was elected to the Senate. She faces a re-election challenge from Republican Stoneham Selectwoman Caroline Colarusso in November.</p> Boston extends coronavirus outdoor dining rules https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/boston-extends-coronavirus-outdoor-dining-rules/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:40040250-84bb-ebfb-74ba-23992465785d Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:23:45 +0000 Restaurants will be able to keep their outdoor dining going for an extra month, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday. <p>Restaurants will be able to keep their outdoor dining going for an extra month, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday.</p> <p>The mayor announced that the coronavirus-era rules allowing more outdoor dining will now run through Dec. 1, rather than Oct. 31, as had been the plan.</p> <p>Restaurants in our neighborhoods represent our culture, community, and innovation,” Walsh said in a statement.</p> <p>“Restaurants have faced incredible challenges during this ongoing public health crisis, and the City of Boston is committed to helping them survive and succeed, including by giving restaurants more flexibility around outdoor dining.”</p> <p><em>&#8212; Developing</em></p> Boston College coronavirus cases drop after recent campus outbreak sparked concern https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/15/boston-college-coronavirus-cases-drop-after-recent-campus-outbreak-sparked-concern/ Massachusetts news, politics, crime, commentary | Boston Herald urn:uuid:8eb95257-8a80-d0e8-870b-1457032b8c72 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:19:40 +0000 After Boston College coronavirus cases were on the rise last week, testing data on Tuesday showed significantly fewer students testing positive so far this week. <p>After Boston College coronavirus cases were on the rise last week, testing data on Tuesday showed significantly fewer students testing positive so far this week.</p> <p>Five undergraduate students out of 811 have tested positive for the virus this week &#8212; a 0.6% positive test rate, which is less than the state&#8217;s average of 0.8%.</p> <p>Last week, 73 students out of 2,051 tested positive &#8212; a significantly higher 3.5% positive test rate. The outbreak last week <a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/13/boston-college-coronavirus-outbreak-newton-boston-officials-sounding-the-alarm/">sparked concern from Newton, Boston and state officials</a>, who have taken over contact tracing and urged BC to increase its testing.</p> <p>As of Tuesday, 80 BC students are in isolation &#8212; 37 in isolation housing and 43 at home. Thirty-five students have recovered from the virus.</p> <p>BC spokesman Jack Dunn on Tuesday said the college is &#8220;pleased that the numbers continue to trend downward since our spike last week, which was attributable to several off-campus gatherings where students did not wear masks and practice social distancing. We have strongly encouraged students to adhere to these crucial recommendations.&#8221;</p> <p>Over the weekend, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said she was &#8220;gravely concerned&#8221; about the coronavirus outbreak at BC.</p> <p>&#8220;Boston College must take swift, decisive and effective action now to contain the spread of this serious infectious disease,&#8221; Fuller said in a statement on Saturday. &#8220;The data on the spike in positive Boston College cases demonstrates viral transmission. They must act now to protect the health of their BC community and all our Newtonians.&#8221;</p> <p>Also, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has called BC&#8217;s outbreak a &#8220;serious matter,&#8221; and said the city has been working with BC, Newton and the state to make sure it’s &#8220;addressed in a swift and thorough way.&#8221;</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/massachusetts-coronavirus-deaths-rise-9-cases-up-235-positive-test-rate-stays-at-0-8/" title="Massachusetts coronavirus deaths rise 9, cases up 235, positive test rate stays at 0.8%"> <span class="dfm-title"> Massachusetts coronavirus deaths rise 9, cases up 235, positive test rate stays at 0.8% </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/boston-marathon-virtual-race-week-black-hawk-flyover-set-for-final-day/" title="Boston Marathon virtual race week: Black Hawk flyover set for final day"> <span class="dfm-title"> Boston Marathon virtual race week: Black Hawk flyover set for final day </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/14/would-president-hillary-clinton-be-blamed-for-coronavirus-deaths/" title="Would President Hillary Clinton be blamed for coronavirus deaths?"> <span class="dfm-title"> Would President Hillary Clinton be blamed for coronavirus deaths? </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/13/teacher-departures-leave-schools-across-the-u-s-scrambling/" title="Teacher departures leave schools across the U.S. scrambling"> <span class="dfm-title"> Teacher departures leave schools across the U.S. scrambling </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/09/13/boston-college-coronavirus-outbreak-newton-boston-officials-sounding-the-alarm/" title="Boston College coronavirus outbreak: Newton, Boston officials sounding the alarm"> <span class="dfm-title"> Boston College coronavirus outbreak: Newton, Boston officials sounding the alarm </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Department of Public Health staff have been in regular discussions with the communities of Newton, Boston, Brookline, the Contact Tracing Collaborative and BC.</p> <p>&#8220;We will continue these meetings to ensure plan alignment and implementation during this transition and to ensure strong communications remain in place,&#8221; Tory Mazzola, the state&#8217;s COVID-19 Command Center spokesman, said in a statement. &#8220;We all must remain vigilant &#8212; wearing masks, limiting gathering sizes and getting tested if we feel sick, all of which help us protect our families, friends and neighbors.&#8221;</p>