Happening Today

Janey remarks, Walsh in Boston, consumer protection hearing, and more

10:30 a.m. | Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey offers remarks at an event marking the official launch of the WOW (Working on Womanhood) Program at BPS.

11 a.m. | House and Senate meet in informal sessions.

1 p.m. | Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure holds virtual public hearing on 26 bills covering retail consumer protections, housing fairness and tuition.


2 p.m. | Paid Leave for All, a campaign supporting national paid family and medical leave policies, holds a press conference in Boston as part of its national bus tour with stops in 14 cities. Speakers are U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Boston City Council President Matt O’Malley, City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George, Andrea Campbell, and Bethany Fauteux of Paid Leave for All’s Voices of Workers Advisory Group.

Today’s Stories

New mask recommendations land in Massachusetts

There’s new mask recommendations in place in Massachusetts as COVID cases are ticking up and after federal guidance landed last week. State House News Service’s Colin A. Young reports that the Baker administration is advising masks for vaccinated people living with people at high-risk for the virus, individuals with or living with others who have weakened immune systems, or who are at risk themselves due to age or health conditions.

More from Young: “The shift in state suggestions comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise once again, this time propelled by the more contagious Delta variant, and on the heels of a new federal recommendation that even vaccinated people mask up in areas of significant coronavirus transmission.”

MassLive’s Michelle Williams reports that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is encouraging — but not requiring — unvaccinated students in K-12 wear masks while inside school buildings.

State House News Service

Diving into the Provincetown COVID outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak in Provincetown made national headlines last week after it was reported that the cluster played a role in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to release new indoor masking guidelines. New York Time’s Ellen Barry and Beth Treffeisen traveled down to P-town to dive into what happened and how the ourbreak provides “a sobering case study for the country.”

New York Times

Wu walking alone on rent control

All alone on policy island. That’s where City Councilor Michelle Wu finds herself with the idea of rent control, reports Boston Globe’s Milton J. Valencia and Jasper Goodman. The Boston mayoral candidate has taken the gamble to differentiate herself on a controversial topic from the others in the race where major policy differences are sometimes hard to find.

Boston Globe

Soft landing: Rollins’ severance agreement from Massport raises eyebrows

Suffolk County District and U.S. Attorney-in-waiting Rachael Rollins received an unusual severance agreement that paid her $175,000 and covered the cost of a management program at Harvard Business School when she left her job as general counsel at MassPort, Colman Herman of CommonWealth reports. MassPort says the golden parachute included a nine-month period where Rollins remained available to consult with agency leadership, but the agreement makes no mention of that part of the deal.


Too much too soon? Obama plans 60th birthday bash on island amid case surge

He’s not president anymore, so do optics even matter? Former President Barack Obama plans to host a massive, star-studded party with nearly 500 guests for his 60th birthday this coming weekend at his $12 million Martha’s Vineyard mansion — leading some to wonder if the bash is out of line given the state’s recent COVID case surge, Sarah Mucha of Axios reports.


Federal eviction moratorium lifted over the weekend

Don’t wait for the government to come and help you. That’s what one state senator told Boston Herald’s Erin Tiernan as the federal eviction moratorium lifted over the weekend. With state lawmakers now on August recess, chances are slim that new legislation will advance to the finish line. But one legislative committee is slated to hold a hearing Tuesday on over 50 bills related to tenancy and eviction.

There are a number of emergency programs in place, Gov. Charlie Baker assured residents last week, pointed to hundred of millions in rental assistance programs like Emerging Housing Payment Assistance, Residential Assistance for Families in Transition, and Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance.

Boston Herald

Ready for another round: hospital and nurses gear up for talks

Striking nurses and the owner of St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester are scheduled to hold another round of talks with a federal mediator this week, reports Telegram & Gazette’s Marco Cartolano. The groups plan to meet on Monday and Tuesday and last held negotiations at the end of July. The strike is almost five months long and hits 148 days today.

Telegram & Gazette

Roxbury Roundhouse plan looking uncertain

A plan to house individuals experiencing homelessness in a hotel on Massachusetts Ave. near Mass and Cass is facing scrutiny and the potential to fall through after a difficult closed-door meeting, reports Boston Herald’s Sean Philip Cotter. The main proponent is questioning whether or not the plan will succeed, telling Cotter: “Is the plan dead as of today? I don’t know.”

More from Cotter: “Porter’s Victory Programs has been in the process of using state grant money to lease out what’s known as the ‘Roxbury Roundhouse,’ a shuttered Best Western hotel at 891 Massachusetts Ave. That’s right in the heart of the rough ‘Mass and Cass’ or ‘Methadone Mile’ area, a worsening haven for violence and open-air drug dealing and use.”

Boston Herald

Pay up: Lawmaker wants to boost pay for legislative aides

They gotta eat, too. State Sen. Diana DiZoglio wants her fellow lawmakers to give a pay raise to Beacon Hill staffers by boosting starting salaries from $44,000 to $55,000 and building in more regular increases going forward, Christian Wade of the Gloucester Times reports. Staffers got a 6 percent raise this year, but DiZoglio says a recent survey shows many unable to make ends meet at current pay rates.

Gloucester Daily Times

Campbell and Janey’s mayoral money

Follow the money. That’s an important piece of advice for pretty much anything. And Boston Business Journal’s Greg Ryan did just that with the Boston mayoral race. Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell and Acting Mayor Kim Janey are drawing the most financial support from top business and nonprofit executives. In the first half of the year, Campbell took in $58,000 from CEOs and presidents while Janey hauled in $50,000.

Boston Business Journal

‘Boarding’ escalated over pandemic, creating issues for young residents

Long waits, hours of driving, and the fear of not being able to get help during their worst moments. That’s what what a shortage of psychiatric beds leads young people in Berkshire County to experience when they are ultimately held in emergency rooms while they wait for room to open up, reports Berkshire Eagle’s Francesca Paris.

More from Paris: “Holding patients in the emergency department during a psychiatric crisis, a practice called ‘boarding,’ has been an issue for urban and rural hospitals alike since long before the pandemic, but it escalated when the public health emergency caused the number of available psychiatric beds to plummet.”

Berkshire Eagle

Rain and muddy fields making local farming difficult

The crazy amount of rain the state saw during July didn’t only ruin a lot of outdoor plans, it also created quite a big headache for local farmers. One common occurrence, reports Lowell Sun’s Jacob Vitali: farming equipment getting stuck in the mud. Yields have also shown some inconsistencies and working tomato crop is hard when the plants are wet.   

Lowell Sun

Fired sale: Somerset Trump swag store calls it quits

The New England for Trump store in Somerset, which its owner says was the one of the busiest of the more than 20 outlets he operated, shuttered its doors at the end of business Sunday, Charles Winokoor of the Herald-News reports. Workers at the shop say interest in Trump merch has dwindled and that the store seemed to have attracted more of a ‘fringe’ audience of conspiracy theorists in recent months.

Fall River Herald News

Blocked by Brookline? Boston Marathon pressed to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Do more. Some members of the Brookline Select Board are threatening to block permits for the Boston Athletic Association to run the Boston Marathon on Oct. 11 unless the organization finds ways to better recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which Brookline and some other communities will mark on the same day. Jeremy Fox of the Globe has the details.

Boston Globe

Green Line operator placed on leave after collision

After two MBTA Green Line trains crashed on Friday, one of the four operators has been placed on paid administrative leave, reports Associated Press’ Boston Bureau. The decision was made Saturday based on an ongoing investigation. The incident left over 20 people injured.

Associated Press

Making Massachusetts’ next millionaire

Looking for millions? Make sure you signed up for the state’s VaxMillions lottery. The second drawing is scheduled for Monday with winners to be announced on Thursday, reports MassLive’s Benjamin Kail. Last week, Weymouth’s Darrell Washington walked home with the first $1 million prize while Chelsea’s Daniela Maldonado secured a $300,000 scholarship.


Pandemic opportunities for some city workers

Here’s at least one silver lining to the pandemic: a group of city workers in Worcester recount how they were hired or promoted during the worst of the pandemic as residents relied on public employees to keep government and essential services running, reports Telegram & Gazette’s Steven H. Foskett Jr.

More from Foskett Jr.: “For them, the world turning upside down presented opportunities, and temporary work — doing everything from greeting people and taking their temperature to helping to run vaccine clinics — gave them a foot in the door to show that they had much more to give.”

Telegram & Gazette

Today’s Headlines


Northeastern joins other universities and requires professors and staff to get Covid-19 shots – Universal Hub

Boston, Cambridge restaurants tell patrons to mask up or vax up in lieu of mandates – Boston Herald


Sheriff warns of DNA scam after folks pay fee, show up at jail gate for testing – Telegram & Gazette

Fla. judge orders video destroyed in Robert Kraft solicitation case – Boston Globe

State Land Court judge to rule on appeal in Lee/Lenox pot shop dust-up – Berkshire Eagle

‘I’m not totally optimistic:’ COVID-weary in Berkshires express fear, anger – Berkshire Eagle


Congress should get Trump’s tax returns, Biden Justice Department says – Washington Post

Why Biden Is Succeeding Where Trump Failed – Bloomberg

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