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Boston extends public housing rent moratorium amid pandemic

Jul. 10, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Housing Authority is extending its moratorium on nonessential evictions through the end of the year to give thousands of lower income residents relief during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Marty Walsh said Friday. The Democrat said the moratorium, which was originally put in place...

A passer-by wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, while walking past an American flag displayed in a window, in Boston. The U.S. stock market has been churning over the last month, with big daily moves up and down keeping it roughly in place. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts receives 59K fraudulent unemployment claims

Jul. 7, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has received almost 59,000 known fraudulent unemployment claims since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through June 20 and recovered $158 million in fraudulent claims, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Tuesday. The fraudulent claims, part of a...

3, inlcuding 15-year-old boy, killed in Boston in 1 day

Jul. 3, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in Boston on Thursday night, the city's third homicide of the day, police said. The teen was one of three people shot in the city's Roxbury neighborhood at about 10 p.m., police said. A man was also shot and killed at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday in the...

A surprise display of fireworks sponsored by Macy's explode over the Hudson Yards area of Manhattan as seen from a pier in Hoboken, N.J., late Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Coronavirus concerns are changing the way the holiday is celebrated. In New York, the Macy's annual summer spectacle was replaced by a series of smaller, surprise shows. They’ve been ringing out all week, leading into the televised finale Saturday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

From big cities to backyards, July 4 not usual blowout bash

Jul. 2, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea sounds almost un-American. The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to come together, daylong celebrations with patriotic parades in the morning and fireworks finales to cap it off. This year, people are being urged to stay home. If they want a show, watch it on TV....

A statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at Abraham Lincoln's feet rests on a pedestal, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Boston. The statue in Boston is a copy of the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman's Memorial, that was erected in Lincoln Park, in Washington, D.C., in 1876. Three years later, the copy was installed in Boston. Calls are mounting for the removal of both statues. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston to remove statue of slave kneeling before Lincoln

Jun. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's arts commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at Abraham Lincoln’s feet. The commission had fielded escalating complaints about the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s...

Boston councilors targeted by vandals after budget vote

Jun. 30, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Several Boston city councilors who voted in favor of the mayor's $3.6 billion budget that largely maintained police department funding have been targeted by vandals who plastered fliers resembling report cards on their homes. Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George told WFXT-TV the posters were...

This June 25, 2020, photo shows the view of the baseball field at Fenway Park from the Bleacher Bar in Boston. Located inside the outfield structure at Fenway, it might be one of the few places where fans can watch live MLB baseball this year. Like the Knothole Gangs of the sport's early days, fans hoping to catch a glimpse of a ballgame in person this season will be pressing their faces up against hotel windows, peering through metal grates or clambering up to rooftops when baseball returns this month in otherwise empty stadiums. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New knotholes: Good MLB views, if fans know where to look

Jun. 28, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Tucked under the center field seats at Fenway Park, down some stairs from Lansdowne Street in an area previously used as the visiting team’s batting cage, is a sports bar that is preparing to reopen from the coronavirus shutdown. Largely windowless and decorated with sepia photographs...

Boston task force aims to crack down on illegal fireworks

Jun. 27, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has created a new task force aimed at cracking down on illegal fireworks amid an explosion of complaints. Walsh said the task force will include the mayor’s chief of civic engagement, the four at-large city councilors, the Boston Arson Squad, the Boston Police...

Boston mayor creating 'inclusion Cabinet' to fight injustice

Jun. 25, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday he’s creating an equity inclusion Cabinet charged with helping the city fight racial injustice. The Cabinet will help dismantle what Walsh described as barriers to equity that many residents of the city face. The decision to create the leadership...

Massachusetts police officer demoted for critical tweet

Jun. 25, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer who used the department's official Twitter account to criticize Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for permitting racial justice demonstrations during the coronavirus pandemic has been demoted, the department announced. Former Salem Capt. Kate Stephens was demoted...