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Friday's Headlines: April 19, 2019

Friday's Headlines: April 19, 2019

Top Ten Cities for Single Parents Include Worcester and Springfield, MA
Springfield, MA is a very supportive city for single parents, ranking at #1 nationally based on income level, affordable cost of living and childcare, assistance from the state, time spent at work or commuting, and workplace benefits for parents like paid parental leave or time off for children’s school events. [Magnify Money]


On 4/20, Toke Responsibly, Says the Cannabis Control Commission
Massachusetts’ marijuana regulator reminds people to use responsibly as they celebrate the unofficial cannabis holiday on Saturday 4/20. The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association echoed this sentiment, with a statement by Executive Director Mark Leahy saying, “While regulated marijuana consumption is now legal, impaired driving is not.” Lyft is offering $4.20 off of rides on Saturday. [CCC]


Events at Massachusetts Dispensaries in Celebration of 4/20
Berkshire Roots in Pittsfield will have live music and a farmer’s market. Cultivate in Leicester will have a DJ and barbecue food trucks. New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Brookline and Northampton will feature local food vendors offering free samples. Some dispensaries are also offering discounts to medical patients. [Boston Globe]


Joe Biden Praises Stop and Shop Workers on Strike: “You built America”
At a rally in Dorchester yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a gathering of Stop & Shop union workers who have been on strike for a week in protest of pay and benefits cuts by the regional grocery store chain. Biden, who grew up in a working class family, said, “People are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity and fairness.” [Patch]


The Iron Throne From Game of Thrones Is Coming to Boston
This weekend (just on Friday 4/19 and Saturday 4/20), you can sit your peasant butt in the famously uncomfortable iron throne from the HBO series Game of Thrones. Oddly, it will be installed at Primark in Boston to celebrate the launch of the clothing retailer’s new line inspired by the series. Anyway, cool photo opp. [WHDH]


Rich People in Massachusetts Don’t Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes
State Rep. Mike Connolly has proposed Tax Code Amendment 1357 to raise taxes on long-term capital gains from around 5 percent to nearly 9 percent. Revenues from increasing capital gains taxes would equal about $1 billion annually. [WBUR]


Boston Medical Receives $89 Million Federal Grant to Research Opioid Epidemic
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (part of the National Institutes of Health) has awarded Boston Medical Center $89 million to study the national opioid crisis. Boston Medical Center will implement a variety of programs in 16 areas of Massachusetts, with a goal of decreasing deaths from opioid overdose by 40%. [BMC]