Local Headlines: October 8, 2019
First Vaping-Related Death in Massachusetts Confirmed.
A Massachusetts woman in her 60s from Hampshire County has reportedly died from lung injuries brought on by vaping. Governor Baker has issued a 4-month ban on all sales of vaping products while health officials investigate the root cause of vaping-related illnesses as a public health risk. [CBS Boston]
Mayor Walsh Wants More Service on the Fairmount Line.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board that more trips are needed on the Fairmount commuter rail line which goes through areas of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. He proposed that 8 weekday trips be added to the existing schedule by spring 2020. [WBUR]
City Councilor Michelle Wu Wants to Get Rid of the Boston Planning & Development Agency.
She says it's a matter of public accountability. Wu would instead create a city planning agency to update Boston's zoning code and improve transparency with the community. [Boston Globe]
Locals Are Sentimental About the Closing of Doyle's Pub in JP.
Doyle's Café, a pub that has operated for 137 years, is closing this month. The owner says he can no longer afford to operate it anymore and so has decided to sell. The old building is in need of expensive upgrades for accessibility and efficiency. [NPR]
GE to Freeze Pension Plans for Over 20,000 Employees.
The conglomerate says this decision to freeze pensions for retired employees with salaried benefits is a necessary step toward reducing its debt. The freeze will begin in January 2021. [NBC]
Abington Family of Five Found Dead From Gunshot Wounds.
A mother, father, and their three children were found dead from gunshot wounds Monday morning in their condominium apartment in Abington when a relative came by to pick up one of the children for school. It appears to have been a murder-suicide. The DA has identified the deceased as Joseph Zaccardi (43), Deirdre Zaccardi (40), and their three children, Alexis (11), Nathaniel (9), and Kathryn (9). [WCVB]
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