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Massachusetts removes Rhode Island from list of states exempt from quarantine order

Massachusetts removes Rhode Island from list of states exempt from quarantine order

By, Boston.com StaffSorry, Rhode Islanders.Beginning on Friday, visitors from the nation’s smallest state no longer have an exemption from requiring out-of-state travelers to Massachusetts to quarantine for 14 days or show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the change Tuesday evening — just two days after the requirement took effect — as Rhode Island .Gov. Charlie Baker hinted at the change, which will also apply to Bay Staters returning from vacation in Rhode Island, during a press conference earlier Tuesday afternoon, adding...

August 4, 2020
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Ayanna Pressley pushes for coronavirus bill to address the ‘impending eviction tsunami’

Ayanna Pressley pushes for coronavirus bill to address the ‘impending eviction tsunami’

By, Boston.com StaffRep. Ayanna Pressley says the most frequent call she got from constituents as a Boston city councilor was about eviction cases.Researcher say that, across the United States, about 3.7 million evictions were filed each year — or roughly seven every minute — affecting Black renters. In Massachusetts, Black renters were 2.4 times more likely than white renters to face an eviction case.“This was already a crisis,” in a recent interview.The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation far worse, shaking the economic security of millions of Americans. Under the current conditions,...

August 4, 2020
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Why Harvard’s Ashish Jha is worried about coronavirus levels in Massachusetts

Why Harvard’s Ashish Jha is worried about coronavirus levels in Massachusetts

By, Boston.com StaffDr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, says Northeast states like Massachusetts did “what the country needed to have done” in response to the coronavirus: shut down, stay shut down until they had crushed the so-called curve of infections, and then reopen slowly and methodically.As a result, the once-hard-hit region became , especially as other parts of the country grappled with unparalleled numbers of infections this summer. Jha says the outbreaks in those worse-hit states — Arizona, Florida, Texas — have begun showing signs of stabilizing....

August 4, 2020
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Joe Kennedy came out in support of legalizing marijuana before Ed Markey. So why is Markey hammering him for it?

Joe Kennedy came out in support of legalizing marijuana before Ed Markey. So why is Markey hammering him for it?

By, Boston.com StaffRep. Joe Kennedy III his support for legalizing marijuana at the federal level more than 600 days ago.And with dozens of recreational pot shops now open in Massachusetts, the debate over legalization has mostly receded from the forefront of state politics. But in his Democratic primary bid to unseat Sen. Ed Markey, the 39-year-old congressman says he still gets pressed about his .“It comes up,” Kennedy said in an interview this week.According to the Newton Democrat, he hears less about it on the campaign trail than he does on Twitter, where a brief keyword search will a...

July 30, 2020
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Ed Markey ‘ain’t no Bernie.’ But left-wing groups are rallying behind him all the same.

Ed Markey ‘ain’t no Bernie.’ But left-wing groups are rallying behind him all the same.

By, Boston.com StaffWhen Sen. Ed Markey in 2020, there was no .Despite serving in Congress for more than four-and-a-half decades, the Malden Democrat was referred to somewhat derisively as the “” from Massachusetts. that roughly a third of Bay State voters didn’t even have an opinion of the longtime lawmaker. Speculation ran amok that Markey would face a primary challenger. Far less than being a progressive cult hero, his seat was considered a target by some on the left.Then Rep. Joe Kennedy III actually entered the primary race. And with less than 40 days until the Sept. 1 primary, a lot...

July 26, 2020
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Why a Harvard doctor has worries as Massachusetts enters Phase 3

Why a Harvard doctor has worries as Massachusetts enters Phase 3

By, Boston.com StaffDr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, says there’s “Jha praised the “data-driven” approach of Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration, which he credits for significantly reducing the number of coronavirus cases in what was initially one of the states hit hardest by the outbreak.But as Massachusetts enters Phase 3 of Baker’s reopening plan, Jha does have some worries.allows for the reopening of gyms, theaters, and museums, — in addition to indoor dining, which resumed during Phase 2 — where people are likely to congregate inside, and thus more...

July 6, 2020
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The Supreme Court is weakening Elizabeth Warren’s brainchild agency. Here’s how she responded.

The Supreme Court is weakening Elizabeth Warren’s brainchild agency. Here’s how she responded.

By, Boston.com StaffDespite a Supreme Court decision that stripped the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of some of its independence, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says her brainchild agency is “here to stay.”The Massachusetts senator took to Twitter to respond Monday to that the CFPB’s director could be fired by the president without cause. Previously, the director, who is appointed by the president for a five-year term, could only be removed for “inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office,” so that the independent federal agency would be shielded from political pressure.In a 5-4...

June 29, 2020
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Marty Walsh supports calls to remove — or change — Boston statue of Abraham Lincoln standing over a slave

Marty Walsh supports calls to remove — or change — Boston statue of Abraham Lincoln standing over a slave

By, Boston.com StaffAides say that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh supports the emergent calls to remove a downtown statue of former President Abraham Lincoln standing over a kneeling slave — but he’s also interested in a more creative solution.As monuments honoring oppressive historic figures — from to — face renewed scrutiny amid the racial justice movement in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, more than 5,000 people have signed this week calling for the removal of the 141-year-old Emancipation memorial in Park Square, just a few hundred yards from Boston Common.While Lincoln is...

June 13, 2020
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Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to remove Confederate names from military bases is moving forward. But it’s in for a fight.

Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to remove Confederate names from military bases is moving forward. But it’s in for a fight.

By, Boston.com StaffIn a rare bipartisan move in opposition to President Donald Trump, a Senate committee is advancing Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal requiring military bases and other government assets honoring the Confederacy to be renamed.However, the effort still has some obstacles, including the president.During Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee adopted the Massachusetts Democrat’s proposed amendment to the upcoming defense budget through a voice vote (in which the specific votes of each senator are not recorded due to broad agreement).As The...

June 11, 2020
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Massachusetts restaurants can now sell wine and beer to-go during the coronavirus outbreak

Massachusetts restaurants can now sell wine and beer to-go during the coronavirus outbreak

By, Boston.com StaffDue to restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Massachusetts restaurants will only be able to offer takeout or delivery for at least another month, if not longer.However, beginning this weekend, residents may be able to tack on a bottle of wine or beer on their order.Gov. Charlie Baker signed a municipal relief bill Friday afternoon that, among other things, allows restaurants and bars that are licensed to sell alcohol to offer wine and beer for takeout and delivery for as long as the COVID-19 state of emergency remains in effect.Local breweries during the...

April 3, 2020
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