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Friday's Headlines: May 3, 2019

Friday's Headlines: May 3, 2019

Get Vaccinated Against Measles, Says Massachusetts Health Official
State Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel issued a statement this week urging Massachusetts residents to confirm that they are vaccinated for measles, citing record measles outbreaks around the country this past year. Massachusetts has only had one confirmed case so far in 2019, but there have been over 700 cases nationwide. [Patch]


Manhunt Continues for Somerville Bank Robber Who Shot At Police
On Wednesday morning, a man allegedly robbed a Middlesex Bank at Davis Square in Somerville and fled on foot, firing at a responding police officer. The shots missed. FBI and police are still looking for the shooter and have offered a $10,000 reward for his capture. Authorities released video of the robbery (see tweet below). [Boston.com]


Boston Public School System Selects New Superintendent
Of the three finalists, Brenda Cassellius has been chosen as Boston’s new superintendent of schools after a 5-2 vote by the Boston School Committee. Cassellius was previously the state commissioner of education in Minnesota. [WBUR]


Jury Finds Insys Pharmaceutical Executives Guilty of Bribery
After 15 days of deliberation, the jury found all Insys Therapeutics executives, including founder John Kapoor, guilty of a racketeering conspiracy for bribing doctors to prescribe fentanyl-based opioids as painkillers. [NPR]


Boston Police Department Announces Adoption of Body Cameras
After a year-long pilot program that saw modest improvements in reducing civilian complaints, all Boston Police officers will soon be wearing body cams. Advocates say that the cameras can help to protect both police officers and the public. Worcester is also starting its own body cam pilot program with 20 volunteer officers this month. [Boston 25 News]


MBTA Trial of App to Help the Visually Impaired Ride the T
For visually impaired T riders, the MBTA is offering a free app called Aira on a six-month trial. Aira is a mobile app that accesses the phone’s camera and sends visuals to a remote operator who can provide real-time guidance to help the app user navigate public spaces. [Boston Globe]