Local Headlines: October 7, 2019
Opponents of Affirmative Action Are Appealing Decision in Harvard Ruling.
After a federal judge ruled that Harvard University's admissions process, which is race-conscious, does not discriminate against Asian Americans, the group who filed the lawsuit is appealing. Students for Fair Admissions says they are ready to take their challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court if needed. [WBUR]
Request to End Vaping Ban Denied.
A judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order on a 4-month statewide ban of all vaping products. Shop owners had filed suit against the ban, arguing that there's not enough evidence about what exactly is causing vaping-related illness. They say the ban is already causing enormous economic hardship for their businesses and their families. [CBS Boston]
Meanwhile, Massachusetts Doctors Expect to See More Vaping-Related Illness.
Following national reports from the CDC on vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Massachusetts state health officials have forwarded information on 10 additional cases that meet the criteria for vaping-related illness as outlined by the CDC. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr. Alicia Casey, a pediatric pulmonologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. [MassLive]
Free Parking at Encore Boston Harbor.
The Everett casino has not caused the traffic that many predicted, though many are driving to the new destination. Now, Encore Boston Harbor has announced that it will offer free parking for guests, seven days a week. Previously parking was $42 for 24 hours. [CBS Boston]
Army Corps of Engineers Recommends Replacing Both Cape Bridges.
A report released last week by the Army Corps of Engineers recommends replacing both the Bourne and Sagamore bridges to Cape Cod. The bridges are 84 years old. Replacement was determined to be the more cost-effective route, as compared to repairing the existing structures. [Cape Cod Times]
13 Protesters Arrested at Massachusetts State House.
Upon refusing to leave the building, 13 protesters were arrested on trespassing charges last Thursday. They are part of a group called Movimiento Cosecha, which advocates for granting driver's licenses for all, regardless of immigration status. [WBUR]
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