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Back the Blue Rolling Rally in Western Massachusetts Draws Crowds

A rolling rally in support of police drew dozens of people to two towns in western Massachusetts. Supporters held signs and flags during the Back the Blue event began in the town of Hampden (population abut 5,100) and ended in Wilbraham (population about 15,000), both east of Springfield. Organizer Richard Howell told WWLP-TV Channel 22......

Ayanna Pressley Doesn’t Want Schools To Open To Start The School Year

Should schools in Massachusetts have in-person instruction? U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Dorchester) says no. Pressley, who has a daughter in middle school, does not think it is safe for schools to open up yet — although she didn’t say when she thinks it will be safe. “Schools throughout the Commonwealth — particularly in communities hardest......

Maine Senator Susan Collins Trails Democratic Challenger In Latest Poll

Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins is not ahead in the latest U.S. Senate poll from the state. Rather, she trails Democratic nominee Sara Gideon 47 percent to 43 percent, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. The poll found that about 10 percent of voters are still undecided in the race. Gideon has former President Barack......

Geoff Diehl, Beth Lindstrom, John Kingston Endorse Kevin O’Connor In U.S. Senate Race

Which of the Republicans who ran for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts in 2018 are backing Dover attorney Kevin O’Connor in this year’s primary? All of them. Early on Thursday, August 6, former state representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman), the Republican nominee in 2018, posted a Vimeo link to his Facebook page of a minute-long video where......

UConn Cancels Football Season

At the University of Connecticut, there will not be a football season this upcoming fall. The Huskies, a Division 1 team coming off a 2-10 season, made the announcement in a statement posted to the school’s web site on Wednesday, August 5. “After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football......

Ice Cream Shop Owner Has A Message For Online Mask-Busybodies

An ice cream shop owner is offering a free ice cream cone to boys who were photographed outside the shop and then Facebooked for not wearing masks and not maintaining enough social distancing to satisfy a socially concerned citizen. “Please stop with the mask drama,” wrote Arielle Wolfe, owner of Stillwells Riverwalk Ice Cream, of......

Rapper Kanye West Files Paperwork To Appear On Vermont Presidential Election Ballot

Yes, rapper Kanye West is apparently serious about running for president. The rapper filed paperwork in Vermont to appear on the November 2020 ballot, as Seven Days reports. The deadline for independent candidates to file in Vermont was Monday, August 3 at 5 p.m. while the deadline for minor party candidates is 5 p.m. Thursday,......

Jake Auchincloss Apologizes For Decade-Old Facebook Post Mentioning Burning The Quran

Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss wrote a Facebook post a decade ago where he mentioned burning the Quran, and he recently apologized for it. Auchincloss, one of the frontrunners in the Democratic primary in the race to represent the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District, was recently criticized for the old post. In 2010, he shared a......

Prison Officials Put Inmates In Solitary Confinement Because of Their Race, Sexuality, Disability, and Immigration Status, Ed Markey Says

U.S. Senator Ed Markey said prison officials in the United States tend to put prisoners in solitary confinement who are black, Latino, homosexual, disabled, or illegal immigrants because of those characteristics. Markey made the comment during an online forum Tuesday, August 4 organized by people who were formerly incarcerated. Markey drew a question about solitary......

Ed Markey Says No Life Without Parole, Legalize Prostitution, Give Prisoners the Right To Vote

U.S. Senator Ed Markey is calling for ending life without parole prison sentences. Markey took a question during an online forum Tuesday night from a woman who lost her daughter to violence while she was herself in prison. The woman said she doesn’t believe in life without parole, even though she lost her daughter to......

Joe Kennedy III Displays Bruins Pennant During Online Appearance

U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III displayed a Boston Bruins pennant on the wall behind him during an online forum Tuesday night. Kennedy is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Ed Markey in the September 1 Democratic primary. He appeared Tuesday, August 4 in a Zoom forum that featured questions from formerly incarcerated people about......