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City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George enters Boston’s mayor race

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George enters Boston’s mayor race

By, Boston.com Staff..It’s going to be a great day. Thank you Mama and Dja Dja, Ma & Dad. Thank you, Boston.— Annissa Essaibi-George (@AnnissaForBos)Watch Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George’s full remarks:Posted by on Thursday, January 28, 2021Posted by on Thursday, January 28, 2021Enable breaking news notifications straight to your internet browser.Be civil. Be kind.Get the latest breaking news sent directly to your phone. Download our free app.CloseWake up withGet Today’s Headlines every morning and breaking news as it unfolds, right to your inbox.Connect with Facebook- or -Thanks for...

January 28, 2021
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Almost 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses spoiled at the Jamaica Plain VA hospital

Almost 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses spoiled at the Jamaica Plain VA hospital

By, Boston.com StaffAlmost 2,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have spoiled at the Jamaica Plain Veterans Affairs Medical Center.VA Boston Pharmacy staff on Tuesday found the freezer holding the doses had failed, leaving 1,900 shots compromised, according to a statement from a VA Boston Healthcare System spokesman.The freezer was “in a secure location and had an alarm system installed,” the statement says.“The plug was found loose after a contractor accidentally removed it while cleaning,” officials said. “An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident and why...

January 22, 2021
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Panic buttons in Ayanna Pressley’s office had been ‘torn out’ before the Capitol riot, chief of staff says

Panic buttons in Ayanna Pressley’s office had been ‘torn out’ before the Capitol riot, chief of staff says

By, Boston.com StaffAs rioters began to storm the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., last week, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s staff barricaded the doors to their office — and made a startling discovery.“Every panic button in my office had been torn out — the whole unit,” Sarah Groh, Pressley’s chief of staff, to The Boston Globe.The buttons had been used before, and Groh said she had not switched offices since then. Exactly why they were not there when supporters of President Donald Trump sieged the halls of Congress was unclear to the staff, she said.Pressley, her husband, and Groh...

January 13, 2021
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‘I want to hit this kid’: Newly unearthed body cam footage shines light on Boston police during racial justice protests

‘I want to hit this kid’: Newly unearthed body cam footage shines light on Boston police during racial justice protests

By, Boston.com StaffNewly unearthed body camera footage captured by Boston police during the demonstrations protesting racial injustice and police brutality in May shows officers using force against nonviolent protesters, pepper-spraying crowds, and, in one instance, speaking about hitting protesters with a car.The clips are at the center of , a national online news and commentary website that focuses on how the legal system, policies, and politics affect the country’s most vulnerable populations.The footage was an exclusive for the outlet, which says it was given the videos by Carl...

December 18, 2020
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Boston Herald staffers distance themselves from paper’s Trump endorsement

Boston Herald staffers distance themselves from paper’s Trump endorsement

By, Boston.com StaffFollowing  several of the newspaper’s staffers vocally distanced themselves from the editorial group’s stamp of approval.Staffers took to Twitter to clarify their positions, some offering a crash course in the mechanics of newspaper endorsements, which are not penned by reporters.“It’s really important to note the Boston Herald staff, as a unit, is not endorsing Trump. The ‘editorial group’ did,” Jason Mastrodonato, a sports columnist at the Herald. “This was a decision made by a handful of people. I don’t want to speak for others, but it was a decision that was...

October 28, 2020
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The USPS explains why mailboxes were rounded up in Brighton

The USPS explains why mailboxes were rounded up in Brighton

By, Boston.com StaffAfter a photo of mail collection boxes on a flatbed truck in  quickly garnered Friday, the U.S. Postal Service clarified the practice is regular procedure for replacing worn-down boxes.USPS spokesman Steve Doherty told Boston.com boxes that are rusted, in need of paint, or tagged with graffiti are brought into the service’s shop for repair, and new ones are installed to replace them.“These trucks are on the street daily,” Doherty said in an e-mailed statement Friday evening. “They’re part of our field maintenance fleet.”But the picture circulating on social media fanned...

August 15, 2020
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At a N.H. school meeting, a parent asks, should 2 potential COVID student deaths dictate plans for an entire district?

At a N.H. school meeting, a parent asks, should 2 potential COVID student deaths dictate plans for an entire district?

By, Boston.com StaffQuestions over mask wearing, band classes, and other concerns from parents about how COVID-19 could hamper yet another school year filled the air during a School Board meeting Monday in Wolfeboro, .But the back and forth between officials of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District and the inquisitive public came to a brief halt after a series of questions from a local mother of two.“We have zero percent to a 0.3 percent death rate,” said Jessica Williams, among the parents who spoke during the evening’s public comment session. “And I know it’s not nice to talk...

August 6, 2020
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‘You should be speaking English’: N.H. radio host kicked off the air after tirade against Spanish-speaking workers

‘You should be speaking English’: N.H. radio host kicked off the air after tirade against Spanish-speaking workers

By, Boston.com StaffA conservative New Hampshire talk radio personality was kicked off the air Sunday amid backlash spurred by in which she is heard repeatedly yelling at and questioning landscapers in Nashua for not speaking English.Dianna Ploss, who appeared on her own show on WSMN 1590 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, “is no longer associated or affiliated in any way with WSMN or Bartis-Russell Broadcasting, LLC,” the radio station said in a .Ploss was not a station employee but, rather, paid and brokered for her own air time, which all hosts with shows on the station do, according to...

July 13, 2020
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Massachusetts is among only 4 states on track to containing coronavirus, one model shows

Massachusetts is among only 4 states on track to containing coronavirus, one model shows

By, Boston.com StaffMassachusetts is among only a handful of states that is on its way to containing COVID-19, according to one model.The tool, created by , a collection of epidemiologists, health and public policy experts, and technologists, shows the commonwealth is one of four states “on track” to stopping the spread of the coronavirus.The other states are nearby, too: Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, which encompassed some of the hardest hit areas when the pandemic emerged in the United States in March.As of Sunday, Massachusetts had logged 108,667 total probable and confirmed...

June 29, 2020
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New Hampshire State Police issue statement on ‘fist bump’ photo with Trump supporter

New Hampshire State Police issue statement on ‘fist bump’ photo with Trump supporter

By, Boston.com StaffPolice in New Hampshire have explained the story behind a photograph taken during a protest in Concord Saturday depicting a state trooper giving a “fist bump” to a man holding a President Donald Trump campaign flag.“That photograph has been portrayed by some individuals as a gesture of support for a particular viewpoint,” New Hampshire State Police Col. Nathan Noyes and Concord Police Chief Bradley Osgood said in a joint Monday. “This is factually incorrect.”A NH state trooper fist-bumps an armed Trump-supporting anti-protestor behind the back of a black Concord City...

June 9, 2020
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