The virus’s tale
Track the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts to its roots and you find a story driven by heroics, ingenuity, error, pain, and a hard question: How could a state famous for health care excellence have suffered such a vast loss of human life?
Six firefighters injured battling 7-alarm blaze in South Boston
A 7-alarm fire broke out in multiple buildings in South Boston early Saturday morning, injuring 6 firefighters, Boston fire officials said.
Ten arrested, four officers injured during Boston protests in support of George Floyd, police say
Boston police said Saturday morning that 11 people face criminal charges and four Boston police officers were injured during a South End protest Friday that drew hundreds to demonstrate over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.
‘When one of us dies, we all die’: For many Black Bostonians, Minneapolis suddenly feels close to home
Black people in and around Boston found themselves in the familiar position of leaning on one another.
Mask-wearing has become routine, save a few scofflaws
As people emerge from their home confinement, some choose to wear masks, while others don’t, even when they know the rules.
Layoffs loom for Brookline school employees
District leaders said they hope to recall the staff and open at full capacity in the fall, but a $12.8 million town budget gap has forced the district to make hasty decisions on how to reduce expenses immediately.
In shake-up, Boston Public Schools eliminates 10 positions
The cuts at BPS's central office, part of a broader shift toward school-based professional training, come through a combination of layoffs and reassignments.
Restaurants could open as soon as June 8, if trends are still promising, officials say
Restaurants could open as soon as June 8, but only serving outside and only if the public health metrics continue to look good, state officials said.
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Martin Baron, former Globe editor, tells Harvard grads to seek truth
Baron, who was Globe editor from 2001 to 2012 before taking the Washington Post’s top newsroom job, addressed the Class of 2020 during an online commencement ceremony Thursday.
Boston Marathon canceled for first time in 124-year history
The 2020 Marathon — which had already been postponed from April to Sept. 14 due to coronavirus — will be held as a virtual event, the BAA said.
Cape Cod officials say they will be ready for visitors this summer
Cape Cod will be open for business this summer, albeit in a limited fashion as the state economy gradually reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Thursday.
With state revenues crumbling, Massachusetts took out a $1.75 billion credit line
With little public attention at the time, Massachusetts state officials opened a $1.75 billion line of credit to help plug budget gaps ripped open by the novel coronavirus, a grim fiscal reality that, one watchdog warned, could hang over the state for years.
When day-care centers reopen, here’s what they might look like
Emergency day-care programs, which have kept children healthy and engaged amid the coronavirus pandemic, could emerge as models when day-care centers are eventually allowed to reopen statewide.
Other countries’ reopenings may be no real guide for the United States
The United States has seen a larger outbreak of COVID-19 than any other country, and its reopening experience could be more fraught than others'.
Man, 43, identified as victim of fatal shooting in Franklin Field where 4 other men were wounded
A makeshift memorial was growing in the heart of a Dorchester housing development Thursday in the wake of a shooting that cost one man his life and left four other men with gunshot wounds.
Relatives, employees at Holyoke soldiers’ home skeptical of e-mails released by suspended superindentent
A lawyer for the home’s superintendent, Bennett Walsh, held a news conference to defend his handling of the outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 76 veterans.
Crowded beaches could be a forecast for summer
Beaches in Beverly and Salisbury were packed with people Wednesday as parts of the coast hit 80 degrees, and some beachgoers failed to follow social distancing guidelines, officials said.
Encore furloughs more than 10 percent of full-time workers, halts part-timers’ checks
The Everett casino had been paying all of its employees since closing on March 15 because of the coronavirus.
At funeral, Donna Morrissey remembered for her compassion, grace under pressure
Her funeral, held nine days after the state’s churches were allowed to reopen with restrictions, marked a rare public gathering during the pandemic.
For Jase, 3, it takes a village — and a parade fueled by love
Little Jase Russell is continuing the fight for his life this week at Boston Children’s Hospital.
As the Supreme Court weighs their fate, thousands of DACA recipients have become their families’ sole providers because of coronavirus
The stress of awaiting a ruling on whether they will lose their temporary protective status has been amplified for many immigrants brought to the country illegally as children now that their parents are ineligible for federal coronavirus relief because they are not legal residents.
A brand new COVID-era college in Vermont?
Seth Andrew has been on a strange kind of mission over the past couple of years: to purchase a bucolic yet dying New England college campus and repurpose it as a new sort of educational institution.
Even while celebrated as heroes, health care workers are exhausted and struggling with burnout
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health care workers are struggling with exhaustion from long hours and a crushing emotional toll, even as they're being celebrated as heroes.
Almost all Mass. nursing homes have tested most staff, residents
The baseline testing, which 350 out of 360 nursing homes in the state have now completed, is a good first step, the operators and experts said. But they worry about a second outbreak in the fall, and believe only routine, repeated — and expensive — testing can prevent another disaster.
MBTA will play ‘important role,’ but Baker urges work-from-home
The governor stressed the T will not be suited to handle normal pre-pandemic commuting levels.
For the first time, state divulges death toll by nursing home, and more than 80 have 20 or more COVID-19 deaths
Wednesday’s disclosure had multiple gaps, suggesting the number of deaths in senior care may be significantly higher than state health officials are reporting.
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Colleges prepare to reopen but aren’t entirely confident about having extensive testing in place
Massachusetts colleges and universities are recommending that higher education institutions be held harmless if they reopen and people get sick.
A liquor-license-for-cash program to help Boston restaurants? One city official says there are significant questions
A Boston city councilor’s idea to inject cash into struggling restaurants in exchange for liquor licenses was met with resistance from the head of the city’s licensing board on Wednesday, who said the proposal raises profound questions about legal liability and a potential administrative quagmire.
Remember nurses? They’re still on the front lines. And they still need protection
In Brighton as in facilities across Massachusetts and the country, nurses, doctors, and others are working with equipment that would have been garbage just four months ago.
AG to investigate COVID-19 response at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley
Attorney General Maura Healey says an investigation of the nursing home will determine if "legal action is warranted."
First bald eagle nest spotted on Cape Cod in more than a century, officials say
The first bald eagle nest has been spotted on Cape Cod in more than a century; a good sign for this once endangered species as its presence in Massachusetts continues to grow.
Questions mount over mask decontamination machine once hailed as a game-changer
The machine — which Partners HealthCare paid to bring to the Boston area in April — has been criticized by health care workers and government watchdogs, with one group saying it treats nurses “like guinea pigs in an experiment.”
Gilead study finds five days of remdesivir works against COVID-19 as well as 10
The study examined the dosing of the antiviral drug remdesivir, and found that hospitalized patients who received it for five days fared about as well as those who received it for 10 days.
For nursing home staffs, it’s grit, teamwork, and an us-against-the-world mindset
Some say they feel forgotten by the public even as they face constant risk and heartbreak, and make what they see as the most important contributions of their lives.
Watertown police sergeant who took on Boston Marathon bombers retires
Sergeant John MacLellan worked his last shift at the Watertown Police Department this week.
Local police say Minn. officer’s actions would have violated department rules
A retired Massachusetts State Police sergeant Wednesday harshly criticized the Minneapolis police officer videotaped with his knee pressed down on the neck of George Floyd, the most recent fatal encounter between a Black man and law enforcement in the nation.