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MBTA reduces next years forecasted fare revenue

Oct. 20, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has decreased next year’s fare revenue forecast by nearly a third, a sign of the extended economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The MBTA predicts that fare revenue will reach no more than 38% of pre-pandemic levels by June. That...

Families of veterans who died in outbreak speak to lawmakers

Oct. 20, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Family members of veterans who died during a coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home testified Tuesday before lawmakers investigating the outbreak that took the lives of nearly 80 veterans. Susan Kenney told the Special Joint Legislative Oversight Committee she couldn't get any...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters demonstrate as a Salt Lake City police vehicle burns, in Salt Lake City. Investigators studied video footage to find Jackson Stuart Tamowski Patton, 26, who is accused of tossing a combustible substance into the patrol car, feeding the flames that destroyed it, prosecutors said in court documents. The Department of Justice is using aggressive tactics against those it has charged in the civil unrest over racism. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

AP finds most arrested in protests aren't leftist radicals

Oct. 20, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals. But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tells a different story. Very few of those charged appear to be...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates smiles after he was presented with the annual NCAA Inspiration Award at his home in Beverly, Mass. Dozens of items of sports memorabilia collected by Peter Frates, whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge, are being auctioned to help people still fighting the disease. Proceeds from the online auction that started Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, will benefit the Pete Frates Family Foundation, which assists ALS patients and their families with the cost of home health care, his father, John Frates, told The Salem News. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Items collected by ice bucket challenge inspiration for sale

Oct. 20, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of items of sports memorabilia collected by Peter Frates, whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge, are being auctioned to help people still fighting the disease. Proceeds from the online auction that started Tuesday will benefit...

Man who says he was wrongfully convicted of murder freed

Oct. 19, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who spent 34 years behind bars for a killing he maintains he did not commit has been freed while the courts determine whether he should get a new trial. Thomas Rosa Jr., 59, was released last week, his attorneys at the New England Innocence Project and the Boston College...

Group calls for reparations for Boston's Black community

Oct. 17, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An organization that wants to rename Boston's Faneuil Hall is calling for economic reparations for the city's Black community. The New Democracy Coalition gathered Saturday at Faneuil Hall to call attention to the impact of structural racism. They also reiterated a demand to change the name...

Karen Russell waits in line for early voting to open at Fenway Park, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A Fenway first: Ballpark becomes voting venue amid pandemic

Oct. 17, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Bostonians who lined up at the nation’s oldest ballpark on Saturday were far more focused on the ballot box than the batter’s box. Hundreds of people cast their votes at Fenway Park, which city officials are using as an alternative to indoor venues during the pandemic. Voter Rob...

Massachusetts ban on pandemic evictions, foreclosures ending

Oct. 17, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s ban on evictions and foreclosures imposed during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic expires on Saturday, leaving many worrying about their housing security. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker this week unveiled a $171 million initiative he said will help tenants and...

Early voting to get underway at Fenway, other Mass. venues

Oct. 16, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Early voting gets underway this weekend in Massachusetts, where Bostonians will be able to cast ballots at Fenway Park and other venues. Voting starts Saturday and runs through Oct. 30. People registered to vote in Boston will be able to vote Saturday and Sunday at Fenway, one of at least...

Mayor urges visitors to avoid Salem this Halloween

Oct. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Anyone planning a trip to Salem this month to celebrate Halloween needs to cancel their plans, the mayor of the Massachusetts city famous for its 1692 witch trials said Friday. Even though the city has canceled a monthlong series of publicly sponsored events held each October that...