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MCAS testing to continue, but some changes possible

Nov. 25, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts education officials are considering ways to change the way the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test is administered this winter in response to the coronavirus pandemic. State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday...

FILE— In this July 23, 2020, file photo, a worker from Boston University's maintenance department carries a bottle of sanitizer, due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus outbreak, while making her cleaning rounds at a campus building in Boston. The university is urging students to stay on campus for Thanksgiving or, if they go home, stay away for the rest of the semester, joining a growing number of U.S. universities working to curb the spread of the coronavirus around the holidays. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Boston mayor doesn't rule out economic shutdown

Nov. 17, 2020 5:23 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Mayor Marty Walsh didn't rule out shutting down Boston restaurants and other businesses again if the number of coronavirus cases reported in the city continues to rise. The city’s positivity rate for the week ending Nov. 12 was 9.6%, up significantly from summer averages of 1.8% to...

Priscilla Flint-Banks holds a photograph of her 87-year-old mother, Ruby Mae Kinney, who died during April of COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Once a coronavirus hot spot, Massachusetts was seen as a model for infection control this summer as coronavirus cases and deaths dwindled. Now, experts are warning the state could be headed for a bleak winter as its cases climb once again and confirmed deaths surpass 10,000. Massachusetts hit 10,015 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 nearly nine months after the state’s initial case was detected. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

State to reopen field hospital; Boston offers business help

Nov. 13, 2020 5:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is planning to open a field hospital in Worcester to prepare for a possible overflow of COVID-19 patients as the disease continues to surge again in the state. The facility will be located at the DCU Center in Worcester and will include 240 beds. It should be ready to take in...

Mayor proposes police accountability office, other reforms

Nov. 12, 2020 4:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's mayor said Thursday he'll file a proposal with the City Council to create a new independent police oversight agency. The proposed office, called the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency, would have subpoena power to investigate police misconduct and also support two new...

Methuen City Hall closed after 4 test positive for COVID-19

Nov. 9, 2020 5:41 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — City officials in Methuen temporarily closed city hall on Monday following at least four confirmed coronavirus cases in different city departments over the past week. Officials said all close contacts of those who tested positive have been contacted and the Methuen Board of Health Agent has...

Holyoke Soldiers' Home board gets 3 new members

Nov. 4, 2020 5:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The seven-member board that governs the veterans' home in Massachusetts that had one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks at a long-term care facility in the country has three new members, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, and Lt. Col. Mark Bigda were named to the...

Boston mayor unveils plan to address rise in COVID cases

Oct. 29, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday unveiled a plan to tackle the city's rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases by urging more people to get tested. The “Get The Test Boston” pledge is designed to encourage residents to get a COVID-19 test, and enlists the help of several...

This surveillance image provided by the Boston Police Department shows a man approaching a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library, early Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in downtown Boston. Massachusetts election officials say a fire was set at the ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what appears to have been a “deliberate attack.

FBI investigating fire set in Boston ballot drop box

Oct. 25, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

A fire was set Sunday in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what Massachusetts election officials said appears to have been a “deliberate attack,” now under investigation by the FBI. The fire that was set around 4 a.m. in a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library...

Schools leader quits after appearing to mock Asian names

Oct. 22, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The chairperson of the Boston school board resigned Thursday after appearing to mock Asian names during a virtual meeting. Michael Loconto made the comments during a long meeting Wednesday night to discuss a proposal to drop admissions tests for the city’s elite exam schools for one...

A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...