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Public Housing Residents Ought To Be Able To Have Deadbolts and Guns Like Everybody Else, Ben Carson Says

Public housing residents should be able to have deadbolts on their doors and guns in their apartments even though local housing officials disagree, said Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Carson made the comments in the wake of two high-profile homicides in multi-story public housing apartment buildings in New Hampshire, according to......

Climate Change Killing Lobsters, Activists Say

Lobstermen working off the coast of Cape Cod found dead lobsters in their traps earlier this fall, leading some observers to conclude that warmer weather is causing higher water temperatures which is leading to less oxygen in the water. Marine animals sense low oxygen levels in the water and move to places where there is......

Cape Climate Change Teacher Named Science Educator of the Year

A teacher certified by the United Nations to teach about climate change has been named science educator of the year in Barnstable County by the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers. Richard Gifford, who goes by Rick, teaches in the Provincetown public schools. His students say he makes learning about climate change fun. During a class......

Mainstream Newspaper Reader Triggered By Conservative Column

An apparently faithful reader of the Providence Journal was upset by the appearance of an anti-impeachment column during the vacation of the newspaper’s editorial pages editor. The column by Jay Ambrose of Tribune News Service, which was published in the Providence Journal on Sunday, November 3, addresses the attempt by Democrats to impeach President Donald......

No More Fines for Overdue Library Books for Youths in Boston

Youth library card holders will no longer have to pay fines to Boston public libraries for overdue books starting Friday, November 1, the mayor’s office has announced. “Youth card holders will not face monetary penalties for returning books late, although they will still be required to return any overdue books in order to check out......

Wanted:  Youth Poet Laureate for Boston

Boston’s mayor is looking for a Youth Poet Laureate for the state’s largest city. The position, which has never existed before, would “be an advocate for poetry, language, and the arts,” according to a written statement released this week by Mayor Marty Walsh’s press office. “The poet will create a unique artistic legacy through public......

Whack Businesses for Transportation Improvements, Not Gas Tax and Tolls and Uber, Says Left-of-Center Massachusetts Group

Some of the same interest groups that successfully pushed for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and other concessions to organized labor in Massachusetts are now looking to increase taxes on businesses in the state to pay for transportation improvements. Raise Up Massachusetts, which supports a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow taxing people......

Climate-Change Activists Wants Judge To Tell State Environmental Agency and State Legislature What To Do

Environmental activists in Rhode Island are suing to try to get the state’s courts to force the state’s environmental agency to take actions against climate change that the activists think the state should take. A state superior court judge in Providence wasn’t immediately impressed by the legal case, wondering if the courts have jurisdiction. “I......

State-Funded Wind Turbines Training Facility Opens at Massachusetts Maritime Academy

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne has launched a training facility on its campus for building offshore wind turbines with about $1.73 million in grants from the state and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The training platform at the end of a pier on the Cape Cod Canal includes rails and ladders descending into the......

Providence ABC Affiliate Fires Ad Salesman for Taking Honorary Trump Chairmanship

The ABC television affiliate in Providence has fired a former Rhode Island state legislator who sold advertising for the station because she is joining President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign in the state as an unpaid volunteer.     Doreen Costa, a Republican who served as a Rhode Island state representative from 2011 to 2017, joined......

Brockton Candidate for Mayor Cancels Fund Raiser Over Supporter’s Online Posting for English-Only

A candidate for mayor of Brockton who voted against a sanctuary-city resolution earlier this year cancelled a fund raiser after a supporter organizing the event host posted a message online saying “America speak English or go back home” over an image of the candidate’s campaign sign. Robert Sullivan, 47, president of the Brockton City Council,......