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JFK school, named for slaveholder, now honors Black activist

Jan. 22, 2021 1:53 PM EST

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — An elementary school that was once attended by John F. Kennedy is being renamed to honor a Black activist and suffragist after research revealed its previous namesake enslaved people. The public school district in Brookline announced Friday that it will hold an online ceremony next...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 22, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Connecticut is barely holding its own in the battle against COVID-19; we could be winning Hartford Courant Jan. 17 In assessing Connecticut’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the contrast between...

Massachusetts unemployment rate climbs to 7.4% in December

Jan. 22, 2021 11:51 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' unemployment rate increased to 7.4% in December as the state lost 600 jobs, state officials announced Friday. The December rate was up 0.7% over the previous month, according to the state's Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was also 0.7% more than the national unemployment rate of...

Nearly 2,000 vaccine doses spoiled at Boston hospital

Jan. 22, 2021 10:55 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 2,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were spoiled at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Boston after a contractor accidentally unplugged a freezer, hospital officials announced Thursday. Staff at the Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center discovered on Tuesday that a freezer had failed, compromising...

Boston Globe may review past stories, citing racial equity

Jan. 22, 2021 9:57 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A new racial justice initiative at The Boston Globe will allow subjects of past news articles to apply to have the coverage updated or anonymized, the newspaper announced Friday. The Fresh Start initiative is meant to address the lasting impact that online news stories about...

Man shot in Dorchester dies of injuries

Jan. 22, 2021 8:56 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man who was shot in Boston earlier this month has died of his injuries, police said. The man was taken to a hospital Jan. 6 after being found by officers responding to a report of a shooting on Morton Street in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, Boston police said. He died of the injuries...

4-year-old boy dies after crash on Cape Cod

Jan. 22, 2021 8:28 AM EST

NORTH FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A 4-year-old boy has died of injuries he suffered in a Thursday car crash on Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Times reports that Okémos Brown, of Mashpee, was in a car that collided with a flatbed truck around 9 a.m. Thursday on Route 151 in North Falmouth. Okémos was flown to...

Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) scores against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Boston. The Bruins won 5-4 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Bruins rally past Flyers for 5-4 shootout win in home opener

Jan. 21, 2021 11:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Jake DeBrusk scored the lone goal in a shootout and the Boston Bruins won their home opener with a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. In a wild game, the Flyers (3-1-1) led 2-0 and 3-2 but the Bruins (2-1-1) scored four times in the third period on goals by rookie...

Minor carries Merrimack past Fairleigh Dickinson 62-51

Jan. 21, 2021 10:00 PM EST

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Mykel Derring scored a career-high 19 points and Jordan Minor tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds to lift Merrimack to a 62-51 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday night. Mikey Watkins added 10 points for Merrimack (2-3, 2-3 Northeast Conference). .Ziggy Reid had seven...

First responders, health care workers and law enforcement personnel line up outside of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine to combat the coronavirus. Gillette Stadium opened last week as the first mass vaccination site in Massachusetts. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Massachusetts to ease some pandemic business restrictions

Jan. 21, 2021 6:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will begin to ease some of its pandemic restrictions on businesses as spikes in the number of hospitalizations and new cases of COVID-19 have begun to slow, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday. Beginning Monday at 5 a.m., the state’s early closure order for businesses and...