Boston Headlines: August 19, 2019
Hundreds Attend Rally in Boston in Support of Gun Control Laws.
Yesterday's rally in Boston was organized by gun-control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. People gathered at City Hall Plaza to call on Congress to pass restrictions on gun access, following two mass shootings earlier this month. Mayor Marty Walsh and Senator Ed Markey addressed the crowd. [CBS Boston]
Second Confirmed Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Infection in Massachusetts.
The virus known as "EEE" is spread through mosquitoes. The Department of Public Health has issued warnings for 19 communities in Massachusetts where mosquito specimens have tested positive for EEE. Two people have tested positive for EEE - one in Plymouth County, the other in Worcester County. [WCVB]
Logan Airport Renovations Will Have 'Major Impact' Over Next 5 Years.
Massport is warning of the potential impact on traffic as a result of planned improvements starting this fall. Projects include an expansion of Terminal E, updates to Terminal C, and thousands of new parking spaces, with a total cost around $2 billion. [Boston.com]
Barstool Founder Dave Portnoy Under Investigation By National Labor Relations Board for Anti-Union Tweets.
Charges were filed against sports media company Barstool's found Dave Portnoy for tweeting that he would fire employees seeking advice on starting a labor union. Portnoy has not backed down from his statement, responding to the NLRB charges with sarcasm and GIFs. [Boston.com]
Representative Joe Kennedy Considers Run Against Senator Ed Markey.
The New York Times reported that last month, Representative Joe Kennedy (D-MA) commissioned a survey to see how well he'd do as a challenger to Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) in the primary election. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has endorsed Markey for reelection. [The Hill]
Chelsea's "Nip Ban" Seems to Be Working.
The town of Chelsea has banned the sale of nips, the tiny 50-ml bottles of hard liquor. Some residents say the town is seeing much less litter, while liquor store owners say that the problem has just moved elsewhere, and that it's hurting business. [Commonwealth]
Millbury Police Responded to Reports of Kids Playing Basketball at Night.
In feel-good news of the day, someone called the cops on some teenagers playing basketball in the dark. So the Millbury Police showed up and lit up the court with their cruiser high beams, and even made a few shots. [CBS Boston]
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