Local Headlines: October 24, 2019
Red Sox Sign Taiwanese Prospect Chih-Jung Liu.
The 20-year-old right-hander Liu is "a switch-hitting shortstop with some power," who has been signed as a pitcher by the Red Sox. After recovering from injury, he returned to pitching with an impressive fastball measured at 98 mph. [Boston Globe]
Animal Advocates Want to Make It Illegal to Use Exotic Animals (Like Elephants) in Traveling Shows (Like State Fairs).
Animal rights activists gathered in front of the State House to show their support for proposed legislation that would ban the use of captive wild animals in traveling fairs. Last month, an elephant called Beulah died after collapsing at the Big E State Fair. [Boston Globe]
Outgoing Boston City Councilor Tim McCarthy Praises Candidate for Leading Against Women and Minority Candidates.
McCarthy has since attempted to clarify his intent, but he is still facing criticism for his comments in support of Maria Esdale Farrell after she won enough votes in the preliminary elections to advance to the November election. [Boston.com]
Gov. Baker Appeals Ruling That Would Require Changes to Vaping Ban.
Governor Charlie Baker is appealing a judge's ruling that the state must re-open nicotine vaping sales unless it set up a process by Monday to invite public testimony and review the full effect on small businesses. [WBUR]
Beginning in November, Medical Marijuana Users Will No Longer Pay Annual Registration Fees.
The state's Cannabis Control Commission has removed the $50 annual registration fee for medical marijuana users, starting this November. The commission heard from members of the public who said that the fee was a barrier for access to care. [Boston Globe]
Car Bursts Into Flames on Mass Pike Eastbound.
A redditor captured this image of a car in flames on I-90 East. No reported injuries but all traffic was forced into the left lane. [Reddit]
Harvard University Campus Group Upset By Newspaper's Request for Comment.
In an article about a campus protest against the policies of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Harvard Crimson student newspaper wrote that ICE had not responded to a request for comment. The very fact that the paper reached out to ICE for a statement was unacceptable to student members of the campus group Act on a Dream. The group has demanded an apology from the paper and wants the journalistic organization to agree to never contact ICE again. [NYT]