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    Pro- and anti-abortion rights activists faced off Saturday across a narrow divider at a “Men’s March for Life” rally outside the state capitol building. “The Men’s March,” the name of both the event and the national organization calling on men to oppose abortion and march for the cause, rallied a few hundred people Saturday. The march through Boston, scheduled to go from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., landed on the steps of the state house around 2 p.m., with a line-up of speakers ready. As the first speaker took the mic, a trombone began blasting off a melody after melody, from songs from “The Imperial March” to “Montero,” interspersed with just noise. “Drown ’em out,” shouted one brightly dressed woman into a swelling crowd of counter protestors separated from most of the marchers by a police-erected buffer zone of about 10 feet. Around 2:30 p.m., a large crowd of people chanting “antifascista” circled in from the Boston Common, which more than doubled the pro-abortion rights crowd. The rally called for a dress code of suits and formal religious attire, starkly...
    Massachusetts residents are set to receive a little extra money this year thanks to an excess amount of taxes the state collected this fiscal year. The Massachusetts tax revenue collections have exceeded its annual tax revenue cap of $38,871,154,627 set by state law this fiscal year and have collected $2.941 billion more than allowed. As such, the $2.941 billion will be returned to taxpayers in the coming months via a refund, according to the state. To be eligible for this refund, people must have filed a 2021 state tax return on or before the due date for their return or extension, which will be Monday for most people. Both resident and nonresident filers are eligible for this refund. STIMULUS UPDATE: ILLINOIS DEADLINE TO CLAIM $700 TAX REBATE PAYMENTS JUST THREE DAYS AWAY Once their 2021 state tax return is filed on time, filers will receive their refund automatically either through a mailed check or a direct deposit, with distributions expected to begin in November. Chapter 62F requires the Department of Revenue to "submit a report...
    A LUCKY woman hit it big with a $100,000 jackpot after getting a free ticket - here’s how she landed the winning draw without paying for it. Maria Cherisme of Randolph, Massachusetts became the third person to win the grand prize on a free Mass Lottery promotional ticket since last October, said lotto officials. 2Maria Cherisme won a $100,000 jackpot after receiving a free lottery ticketCredit: Massachusetts Lottery “Rake in the Winnings” is a promotion that began on October 3 and will continue until October 30 that gives customers the chance to win a free $1 ticket for a Mass Lottery game. In order to receive the ticket, customers much purchase $5 or more of any draw or monitor game on a single ticket.  Cherisme received the lucky ticket after making a purchase at Lucky Spot Convenience Store in Randolph. The five numbers on her ticket matched the ones chosen on the Mass Cash drawing on October 7. READ MORE LOTTOFEELING LUCKY? Winning Set For Life numbers for Thursday October 13 £10k a month jackpotPICK UP I won a...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Commonwealth Employee Relations Board CERB) has upheld a decision dismissing prohibited practice charge over COVID-19 vaccine requirements filed by the State Police of Massachusetts. In September, the Massachusetts State Police union asked a judge to put a hold on Governor Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troopers. READ MORE: "They're Just Making It Harder On Us." Fallout From Canadian Trucker Protest Trickling Down to MassachusettsThe union, which represents 1,800 members, argued that the state needed to bargain with workers before implementing the mandate, which states that 44,000 executive department employees must show proof of vaccination by October 17 or risk losing their jobs. A judge denied the union’s request. The union also filed a prohibited practice charge, which an investigator of the Department of Labor Relations dismissed, saying that exigent circumstances allowed the state to implement the policy by October 17 and continue to bargain with the union after that date. READ MORE: Salem Health Officials Receive Anti-Semitic Messages In Response To COVID DecisionsThe CERB upheld the investigator’s decision in a ruling issued on Thursday. “There...
    A store selling “Let’s Go, Brandon” merchandise has opened in deep blue North Attleborough, Massachusetts, selling anti-Biden items including hats, shirts, and signs. The phrase became famous after NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast told her audience that a crowd of NASCAR fans at the Talladega Superspeedway were chanting “Let’s go, Brandon,” when they were actually chanting “F*ck Joe Biden.” Stavast absurdly claimed that the crowd was attempting to cheer on race winner Brandon Brown. The reporter’s claims met with instant ridicule. I’m pretty sure they’re not chanting “Let’s go Brandon” as the NBC reporter is telling us. What do you hear? #fjb pic.twitter.com/Ai6QU9uEZf — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 3, 2021 The phrase Stavast unintentionally coined has since become a mainstay at sporting events, concerts, and other venues across the country, often ringing out alongside the original “F*ck Joe Biden” chant. The phrase also popped up at another race event in October. When asked to help kick off a race at the NAPA Super DIRT Week Pro Stock 50 event at Oswego Speedway, a teen took the mic and said,...
    (CNN)Elijah Lewis, a 5-year-old found dead in a Massachusetts state park after being missing for more than a month, died by homicide, officials said Monday. An autopsy found the boy's cause of death "was determined to be violence and neglect, including facial and scalp injuries, acute fentanyl intoxication, malnourishment and pressure ulcers," the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said in a news release.Elijah's remains were found by state police on October 23 in Ames Nowell State Park in Abington, about 20 miles southeast of Boston. His body was discovered in what investigators referred to as a grave, the attorney general's office said at the time.Elijah's disappearance was brought to the attention of authorities by New Hampshire's Division for Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) on October 14. He wasn't reported missing prior to this time, officials said.Body found in state park confirmed to be that of New Hampshire boy who went missing over a month agoPolice in Merrimack, New Hampshire, began investigating and were joined by New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Department of Justice, according to the attorney...
    BOSTON (CBS) – There were 3,963 coronavirus cases among students and staff in Massachusetts schools in the last two weeks, according to the latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Districts, collaboratives and special education schools reported 3,381 cases among students and 582 among staff between October 21 and November 3. Due to power outages across the state from last week’s Nor’easter, cases numbers from October 21-27 were released Thursday along with numbers from October 28-November 3. The state estimates there are about 920,000 students in classrooms in Massachusetts public schools and 140,000 staff working in-person this school year. For the district breakdown on coronavirus cases, visit the DESE website.
    BOSTON (CBS) — Welp, we stretched it out as long as we could. Our 2021 growing season is about to come to an end. As we sit here on November 2, many of the suburbs north and west of Boston have had at least a touch of light frost this season but we have yet to have a true, widespread killing freeze. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?This should come as no surprise in a year where we seem to be setting high-temperature records at a dizzying pace. After a record warm summer and now on pace for a record warm year, this fall has delivered more of the same. Boston didn’t dip below 50 degrees until October 18th this year, 5 days later than the prior record in 2018. We also tied a record for the longest stretch of days with a min of 50 or higher, 141 days (From May 29 to October 18). As of this writing, Boston still hasn’t dropped below 40 degrees, which places 4th latest on record (November 7th,...
    A nor’easter battered eastern Massachusetts, leaving over 490,000 businesses and homes without power by midmorning on October 27. The storm wreaked havoc throughout Massachusetts’ hardest-hit areas, including Boston’s south shore, Cape Cod, and Cape Anne, CBS Boston reported. By noontime, the number of customers without electricity was 494,381. Several communities remain entirely without power, according to the outlet. As of 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, 478,437 customers were still without power, according to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Bad news: 487,462 customers are without power Good news: that number decreased for the first time this morning. its a sign of things to come #mawx #WCVB @MassEMA pic.twitter.com/VJF04uqCtT — Matt Reed (@MattReedNews) October 27, 2021 A man named Harry Green from Brockton, Massachusetts, captured footage of a transformer catching fire and exploding, according to CBS Boston. INCREDIBLE and scary videoWASHINGTON AVE AND PINE STREET, BROCKTONHarry Green:I heard a boom ran over to the neighbors and banged on there door cause trees were on fire then house across the street caught on fire pic.twitter.com/7BzCnkWJKr — Terry Eliasen (@TerryWBZ) October 27, 2021 Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon of WCVB reported winds...
    Former New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung was charged with assault and battery on a family or household member in Massachusetts, according to The Athletic. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM QUINCY MA - October 26: Former New England Patriot Patrick Chung leaves Quincy District Court after his arraignment on domestic violence charges involving the mother of one of his children on October 26, 2021 in Quincy, Massachusetts. ((Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)) Chung appeared in court with his fiancée and parents in attendance. The three-time Super Bowl champion allegedly pushed a woman to the ground, slapped her in the face and broke her phone on Monday outside of her home. Chung was arraigned in Quincy on Tuesday. Chung was also charged with vandalizing property. The woman who accused Chung of assault asked the judge for a restraining order against him, and Quincy District Court Judge Neil Hourihan approved the request, the Patriot Ledger reported. QUINCY MA - October 26: Former New England Patriot Patrick Chung during his arraignment at Quincy District Court for...
    BOSTON (CBS) – There were 2,154 coronavirus cases among students and staff in Massachusetts schools in the last week, according to the latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. That’s down 84 from last week’s report on October 14. Districts, collaboratives and special education schools reported 1,804 cases among students and 350 among staff between October 14 and October 20. The state estimates there are about 920,000 students in classrooms in Massachusetts public schools and 140,000 staff working in-person this school year. For the district breakdown on coronavirus cases, visit the DESE website.
    BOSTON (CBS) – There were 2,238 coronavirus cases among students and staff in Massachusetts schools in the last week, according to the latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. That’s down 10 from last week’s report on October 7. READ MORE: Coast Guard Locates Wrecakge Of Ship Missing For 58 YearsDistricts, collaboratives and special education schools reported 1,901 cases among students and 337 among staff between October 7 and October 13. READ MORE: When Will Moderna's COVID Vaccine Booster Shot Be Available? Here's What Happens NextThe state estimates there are about 920,000 students in classrooms in Massachusetts public schools and 140,000 staff working in-person this school year. MORE NEWS: Massachusetts Reports 1,560 New COVID Cases, 14 Additional DeathsFor the district breakdown on coronavirus cases, visit the DESE website.
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts is extending the school mask requirement through at least November 1, the state’s education commissioner announced Monday afternoon. All Massachusetts public schools students and staff have been required to wear masks inside school buildings since the start of the school year earlier this month. READ MORE: Bob Dylan Coming To Boston For One Show In November Under the original mandate, on Friday, October 1, schools that have 80 percent or more of their students and staff fully vaccinated were going to be allowed to drop the mandate for vaccinated people only. That has been changed. READ MORE: Dozens Of Massachusetts State Police Troopers Resigning Over COVID Vaccine Mandate, Union Says The state now says middle and high schools with 80 percent of their students and staff vaccinated will have the option to lift the mandate “by submitting an attestation form to the department on October 15.” Once a school completes the verification process, vaccinated students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks. The rate will be calculated on a school-by-school basis, not at...
     A Massachusetts police union said on Friday that dozen of state troopers have resigned over a COVID vaccine mandate for state workers.  The mandate requires state workers to get the vaccine shot by October 17 or may face termination from their jobs.  A lawsuit was filed by The State Police Association of Massachusetts - a union that represents 1,800 officers - in an attempt to delay the mandate enforced by Republican Governor Charlie Baker. That suit was thrown out Thursday.  'Many of these troopers are going to be returning to their previous municipal police departments within the state that allow for regular testing and masks,' SPAM president Michael Cherven said. 'To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork.' A lawsuit was filed by the State Police Association of Massachusetts in an attempt to delay the vaccine mandate being enforced in the state, but was thrown out  Governor Charlie Baker enforced the mandate requiring state workers to get vaccinated by October 17 or face disciplinary action Cherven added: 'Throughout COVID, we have been on the front lines protecting...
    The Massachusetts state Senate is requiring senators and their staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by October, The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday. State Senate President Karen Spilka (D) reportedly said in a letter to colleagues that staffers could face termination if they decline to get vaccinated.  Spilka also said that lawmakers are creating a compliance policy that will limit medical and religious exemptions and enforcement mechanisms as well, according to the Globe.  The new mandate, which applies to all 40 state senators and more than 200 staffers, follows one Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) sent out last week requiring 44,000 state employees to be vaccinated.  “Vaccines have proven to be the best tool we have to reduce transmission and are our best hope to emerge from this pandemic,” Spilka wrote in her letter. The Massachusetts state House is expected to issue a similar mandate, The Associated Press reported. This comes as the U.S. is currently dealing with another wave of coronavirus infections,with the highly contagious delta variant hitting the unvaccinated hard.  Multiple Massachusetts officials including Attorney General Maura Healey (D), Auditor Suzanne Bump (D) and Treasurer...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is looking to mandate masks for everyone in K-12 public schools through Oct. 1 as the Delta variant causes a rise in COVID cases. Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley is asking the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to give him the power to institute the mask mandate “to provide time for more students and educators to get vaccinated.” Once the proposed mandate ends on Oct. 1, vaccinated students and staff at middle and high schools would no longer have to wear masks if at least 80% of students and staff in the building are vaccinated. Any unvaccinated people in schools would still need to mask up. READ MORE: Be Prepared: What To Do Before A Hurricane Strikes “While Massachusetts leads the nation in vaccination rates, we are seeing a recent rise in COVID-19 cases because we still need more people to get vaccinated,” Baker said in a statement. “This step will increase vaccinations among our students and school staff and ensure that we have a safe school reopening.” Students unable to wear...
    BOSTON (CBS) – On Friday morning, dozens of housing advocates and concerned residents gathered at the State House calling on lawmakers to pass the COVID-19 Housing Equity bill in hopes it could keep a roof over the heads of thousands. More than 103,000 residents are behind on rent in the state, and more than 28,000 homeowners are behind on their mortgages, according to grassroots organization Homes For All Massachusetts. During the height of the pandemic, those residents were protected by the federal COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums, but that protection is expiring Saturday. Rallygoers outside the State House, calling for the passing of the COVID-19 Housing Equity Bill. (WBZ-TV) “We still have COVID. Some people may not make it still, and yet to show how responsible we are, we’re telling them there’s no help?” Jamaica Plains resident Ronel Remy said. Homes for All Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute are now calling on the state for immediate passage of the COVID-19 Housing Equity Bill. “We’re not out of the woods yet. There’s been over 19,000 evictions, new cases filed...
    WASHINGTON (CBS) — The Supreme Court will hear Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence appeal this fall. The high court shared its October schedule on Tuesday, and Tsarnaev’s hearing is set for Oct. 13. A federal appeals court threw out Tsarnaev’s death sentence last year, citing potential jury bias. The Trump administration challenged that and the Supreme Court agreed to take up the case. READ MORE: Potentially Unsafe: Report Shows Fecal Contamination At Massachusetts Beaches President Joe Biden has called for an end to capital punishment, but in this case, his administration is arguing for it. A decision from the court isn’t expected until 2022. READ MORE: Recognize Them? Woman In Colorado Hopes To Share Proposal Pictures With Boston Couple Earlier this year, Tsarnaev filed a lawsuit over his treatment at the supermax prison in Colorado where he has been held since 2015. Tsarnaev was convicted on 30 charges, including conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction. Killed in the 2013 bombings were Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China; Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford;...
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) — Spirit Airlines is coming to the Granite State. The airlines company announced on Wednesday its plans to add non-stop flights from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to four Florida destination spots — Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, and Tampa. READ MORE: Bidens Gift To Putin: Aviator Sunglasses Made In Randolph, Massachusetts Daily flights from MHT to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will begin October 7. Flights to Fort Myers from Manchester will be available four times a week, and will begin November 17. Flights to Tampa will begin on November 18, and will be available three times a week. READ MORE: Massachusetts Has Issued Over 40,000 Warnings For Distracted Driving Since Hands-Free Law Took Effect Last Year “The residents of New Hampshire have been patiently waiting for a new airline, and we’re excited to announce that Spirit Airlines is coming to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport,” said New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. “Now’s our time to take advantage of these new routes and low fares and keep New Hampshire dollars in New Hampshire.” MORE NEWS: 60 Adorable And Friendly Kittens In...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Marvin Veiga, who was added to the Massachusetts Most Wanted list last month in connection with a Brockton shooting, was shot and killed by police in Tennessee on Saturday. Veiga was wanted for murder and gun charges after an October 2020 shooting on Belmont Ave. in Brockton. He was added to the Massachusetts Most Wanted list on March 18. READ MORE: Massachusetts Will Retain All Nine Of Its U.S. House Seats Marvin Veiga. (Image Credit; Massachusetts State Police) Takari Elliot was also indicted on murder and gun charges in the October killing of Manuel Duarte. Elliot pleaded not guilty and remains held without bail. READ MORE: Real And Immediate Risk: Lynn Seeks To Shut Down Tax Business That Does Not Allow Masks Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said that early Saturday, Veiga advanced on a Metro Nashville, Tenn. officer while brandishing a large butcher knife in each of his hands. The officer fired their weapon, fatally wounding Veiga. MORE NEWS: MLK Memorial Effort In Boston Gets $1M From Bank of America Metro Nashville Police released body camera...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Registration begins Tuesday morning for the 2021 virtual Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association is opening up the virtual race to the first 70,000 people who register, starting at 10 a.m. in the Athletes’ Village. You must be 18 or older to enter. The B.A.A. says it’s open to runners “of all levels and abilities.” READ MORE: Car Hits COVID Vaccination Site In Roxbury, But Appointments Still On The virtual race will be held October 8-10, just before the in-person race on Monday, October 11, if road races are allowed in Massachusetts then. READ MORE: We Dont Know What’s Causing It: Northeast, Michigan Contributing To Rising US COVID Cases The in-person race field will be reduced to just 20,000 runners this year, after last year’s marathon was canceled because of the pandemic. Virtual participants must complete the 26.2 miles “in one, continuous attempt” to get their medal, but there won’t be any time restriction. MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Todays Developments Last year, more than 16,000 runners finished the virtual race.
    The body of a pregnant Massachusetts woman last seen in October was found in Florida, authorities announced this week.  Florida law enforcement officials found the body of Jalajhia Finklea, 18, of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, around noon Wednesday in a field off Interstate 95 in Fellsmere. A positive identification is still pending, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office in Massachusetts said. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, which is believed to be a homicide.  Finklea was last seen Oct. 20 getting into a vehicle driven by Luis Zaragoza in New Bedford. He rented the car from Logan International Airport in Boston, authorities said.  3,500-POUND GREAT WHITE SHARK PINGS TRACKER OFF NORTH CAROLINA Jalajhia Finklea (Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe) The district attorney's office said Finklea last used her cell phone to call Zaragoza. Cell phones belonging to her and Zaragoza were both turned off minutes after she entered the vehicle, authorities said.  Investigators found Finklea's phone on Route 140 in New Bedford, 5 miles from where she got into the car with Zaragoza. "As a result of those efforts, police determined...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – The body of a missing 18-year-old from Massachusetts is believed to have been found in Fellsmere, just north of Vero Beach. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Jalajhia Finklea was found dead in a field Wednesday afternoon. However, the body has not yet been positively identified as Finklea. An autopsy will be conducted to do that as well as determine the cause of death. The 18-year-old was pregnant when she went missing in October. Investigators said Finklea was last seen on October 20th getting into 37-year-old Luis Zaragoza’s car. Zaragoza was shot and killed last week in a showdown with police in Okaloosa County while U.S. Marshals were trying to take him into custody. (©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company, contributed to this report.)
    BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts’ unemployment rate fell again in October, according to federal statistics. It’s now down to 7.4%; a drop from the September rate of 9.8%. That’s .5 percentage points above the national unemployment rate of 6.9%. Hawaii’s unemployment rate was the highest at 14.3%, while Vermont had one of the lowest at 3.2%. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire is down to 4.2%. Back in June, Massachusetts unemployment peaked at 17.7%, the highest in the country. It’s estimated that Massachusetts added about 11,400 jobs in October. The trade, transportation and utilities industries saw the largest job increases. But the coronavirus pandemic has still had a massive impact on the workforce, with the state losing about 340,200 jobs since last October. Overall, about 3.34 million Massachusetts residents are estimated to be employed, while 268,500 are unemployed. The new unemployment figures come as Massachusetts faces a surge of coronavirus cases and enacted new restrictions on businesses, including a curfew. Learn more about applying for unemployment benefits in Massachusetts here.
    BOSTON (AP) — If you had snow in October on your 2020 bingo card, you're a lucky winner. Several inches fell across much of the northeastern U.S. on Friday, accumulating on lawns, fouling roads and inspiring social media posts with a mock “snowpocalypse” theme. “Bike commuting in a snow storm in October seems on brand for 2020,” Dr. Sarah Wakeman, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, tweeted with a photo of a bicycle coated in snow. The National Weather Service said Boston set an October snowfall record with 3.5 inches (8.89 centimeters), breaking the previous record of 1.1 inches (2.79 centimeters) set on Halloween in 2005. Utilities reported about 4,000 households without power in a corner of Essex County north of Boston. Power was restored to nearly half by midafternoon, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, weather, media
    BOSTON (AP) — If you had snow in October on your 2020 bingo card, you’re a lucky winner. Several inches fell across much of the northeastern U.S. on Friday, accumulating on lawns, fouling roads and inspiring social media posts with a mock “snowpocalypse” theme. “Bike commuting in a snow storm in October seems on brand for 2020,” Dr. Sarah Wakeman, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, tweeted with a photo of a bicycle coated in snow. The National Weather Service said Boston set an October snowfall record with 3.5 inches (8.89 centimeters), breaking the previous record of 1.1 inches (2.79 centimeters) set on Halloween in 2005. Utilities reported about 4,000 households without power in a corner of Essex County north of Boston. Power was restored to nearly half by midafternoon, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.AP NEWSTop Stories Video Contact Us Cookie SettingsDownload AP NEWSConnect with the definitive source for global and local newsMore from APap.org AP Insights AP Definitive Source AP Images Spotlight AP Explore AP BooksFollow AP The Associated PressAbout Contact Customer Support Careers Terms &...
    BOSTON (CBS) – It’s that time of the year – no, not Halloween. It’s the first chance of the season for snow for Massachusetts on Friday. Heavy rain Thursday will switch over to wet snowflakes on Friday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta arrive in New England. Zeta is the 27th named storm of the season, and is expected to make a landfall in storm-battered Louisiana on Wednesday. By Thursday evening, showers and downpours start in New England. The heaviest of the rain will be overnight into Friday morning. As the low-pressure center tracks to the south of New England, it will interact with some cold air from Canada. By daybreak on Friday, that heavy rain will flip over to some wet snow, especially in higher elevations north and west of Boston. (WBZ-TV graphic) The rain/snow line will slowly move closer to the coast, so there is a chance for Boston to get some light conversation flurries towards the mid-afternoon. (WBZ-TV graphic) There are some competing forces that the falling snow will have to overcome to accumulate on the...
    The city of Salem, Mass., typically a popular tourist destination around Halloween, announced on Wednesday that it will be tripling fines typically implemented over the holiday in order to limit the number of people visiting amid the coronavirus pandemic.  In a press release on Wednesday, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll outlined that fines usually given in the period of October 30th through November 1st for noise violations, resident parking violations, public intoxication and other disturbances will be tripled this year to discourage travel to the site of the historic Salem Witch Trials.  “While we have seen around half the visitors to Salem this October than we’ve had in previous years, we still have had large numbers of people here throughout the month,” Driscoll said in the press release.  “Ordinarily, there is no better place to celebrate Halloween than Salem,” she continued. “Our first priority from the outset of this pandemic has been keeping residents, employees, and visitors healthy and safe. To help ensure we can meet that goal, we are taking action to limit the number of people who will be...
    A Massachusetts zoo is welcoming the rare birth of a baby boy gorilla - and the birth of a pygmy hippo, and tapir twins. This October the Franklin Park Zoo/Zoo New England in Franklin has announced four new baby animals all born there. The gorilla is the most recent addition. He was born on Oct. 14. His mother, a 39-year-old gorilla named Kiki, delivered the baby via C-section, due to complications in the days before the baby was born. Baby gorilla born Oct. 4New England ZooThe baby gorilla weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces at birth - a typical newborn gorilla weigh 3-5 pounds, the zoo said In addition to zoo veterinarians, colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine assisted with the birth. HIPPO About a week before the gorilla baby was born, the Franklin Zoo welcomed a baby pygmy hippopotamus. On Oct. 3, his mother, Cleopatra, gave birth to the 13-pound boy calf at the zoo - the first pygmy hippo ever born at Zoo New England. Baby hippo born in OctoberNew England ZooThe...
    A woman wearing a Bernie Sanders sticker on her shirt is charged with assaulting a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran who was demonstrating his support for the re-election of President Donald Trump. The woman told reporters after her release that the veteran assaulted her. Police in Douglas, Massachusetts, arrested 34-year-old Kiara R. Dudley after a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran filed charges stating that she assaulted him and pushed him to the ground while he and his wife stood on a street corner carrying Trump flags and signs, according to a Facebook post from police officials. Date: October 18, 2020 Re: Assault and Battery on Elderly Person Causing Injury On Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at… Posted by Douglas PD on Sunday, October 18, 2020 Police officials said Dudley approached them about 30 minutes into the demonstration. The man reported Dudley began to berate them with insults and demanded that they leave the public space. The veteran and his wife tried to leave but then Dudley allegedly bumped him with her body. At some point, the veteran reportedly dropped a Veterans for Trump sign...
    A man has reportedly been arrested for breaking into Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's home while his wife and daughter were inside.  Lane Forman, 59, from Danvers allegedly pulled into the driveway and opened an unlocked exterior door leading into the property's kitchen. He then proceeded to leave behind a letter containing documents and photos at the residence. Lane Forman, 59, (pictured) from Danvers allegedly pulled into the driveway and opened an unlocked exterior door leading into the property's kitchen The alleged incident took place on on Wednesday, October 7, at around 3.30pm.  Forman was stopped and questioned by troopers, and reportedly responded to them by saying: 'Don't [expletive] with me, Charlie told me to drop this off.'  He was arrested on October 8 and charged with breaking and entering, according to report in CBS Boston.  Forman was already known to police, who say he has a violent criminal history.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Woman at the centre of double stabbing recounts chilling... Incredible moment brave five-year-old lunges for the gun of... Share...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The latest data on coronavirus in Massachusetts schools shows 163 people – 106 students and 57 staff – tested positive between October 1 and October 7. The weekly report released every Thursday shows the number of positive cases for students who are in hybrid or in-person models. It does not include students in remote-only programs. The data is only the number of positive coronavirus cases reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by school districts collaboratives, and approved special education schools. Last week, the first week of data to be announced, had 61 student cases and 35 staff cases. For the district breakdown, visit the DESE website.
    BOSTON (CBS) – The deadline to get a Real ID was supposed to be Thursday, October 1, but the coronavirus pandemic has pushed that back a full year. The delay was announced back in March. Starting October 1, 2021, travelers will not be able to use their Massachusetts ID to fly or get into a federal building. Instead, a passport or Real ID will be required. The card is part of tighter federal security standards. To get the Real ID driver’s license people need to prove their U.S. citizenship and state residency to the RMV but that process is on hold right now in Massachusetts. Read: Massachusetts Real ID Requirements If you’re a first-time license holder or converting your out-of-state license you can still opt for a Real ID.
    It's been a long time coming, but exit numbers on Massachusetts' highways are set to change in October. Announced a year ago, the plan to get Massachusetts’ highways in-line with the federal exit numbering strategy - a “milepost-based system” - will soon be visible to motorists, WCVB reports. Massachusetts Department of Transportation has created an interactive map - newmassexits.com - showing the new highway exit numbers. Almost all Massachusetts highways, interstates, freeways that have exit numbers will be impacted. There are a few spots in Lowell that will remain the same.  Drivers in Central and Western Massachusetts will be most affected by the exit number changes on - the Mass Turnpike, - I-91, - I-93, - I-95, - I-395, - I-290, - Route 146, - and I-84. The changes are major - some exits will have new numerals nowhere near the old ones while others will be close to the old digits. The switch will cost about $2.8 million and 90 percent of the project is being paid through the federal Highway...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Change is coming soon to Massachusetts highway exit numbers. MassDOT Sec. Stephanie Pollack said construction is set to start next month on the project to renumber exits in the state based on mileage. The coronavirus pandemic has slightly delayed the project, which is part of a federal mandate the state has to meet or risk losing funds. New Hampshire and Delaware are the only other states who have yet to implement the change. Construction will begin the week of Oct. 18 on Route 140 between New Bedford and Taunton. The project will continue through at least next summer. “Old” exit numbers will stay up alongside the new mileage-based signs for about two years. A look at the new exit sign (Image credit: MassDOT) Route 3, Route 24, Route 128, Route 140, Route 3, Route 6 and interstates I-93, I-95, I-195 and I-295 will all be getting new exit numbers, MassDOT said. The agency has said there are several benefits to the change, including making it easier for drivers to calculate the distance to their destination and better...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Four people in Massachusetts are running out of time to claim their big lottery winnings. The Massachusetts Lottery said four unclaimed $100,000 Mass Cash prizes are set to expire in the upcoming weeks. Two tickets with the winning numbers 05-06-11-23-26 were sold at Dedham Convenience Store on Cedar Street in Dedham on April 14, 2019. Another $100,000 winner was sold June 5, 2019, at Big Y on Memorial Drive in West Springfield. The numbers were 08-21-30-32-34. Both of those tickets must be claimed by September 30. Another prize was sold on October 16, 2019, at Shell on Main Street in Wakefield with the winning numbers 02-15-18-32-33. That $100,000 winner must be claimed by October 16. Any of the prizes that expire without being claimed become part of the net profit that Massachusetts Lottery returns to the state for distribution to all 351 cities and towns.
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a vote by mail bill into law, Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced Monday. This is the first time in Massachusetts history that all eligible residents will have the opportunity to vote early and by mail in both the state primary and general election. A bill has just been signed into law that will allow all Mass. voters to vote by mail without an excuse in any 2020 election. A summary of recent election law changes in response to COVID-19 may be found on our website: https://t.co/N279ywoOkx — Mass. Elections (@VotingInMass) July 6, 2020 Galvin said his office “is moving forward immediately to implement a new law that will allow all registered voters in Massachusetts to vote by mail this fall, with no excuse necessary.’ Early voting for the state primary will happen between August 22 – August 28. In-person early voting for the November general election will be held from October 17 to October 30. Download the NEW CBS Boston App for iOS or Android The bill expands voting options...
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