Local Headlines: September 16, 2019
Boston Teenagers Hold Rally to End Gun Violence.
On Saturday, dozens of Boston teens came together for an event by Youth R.I.S.E (Realize, Interpret, Stop, and Empower) to raise awareness and protest gun violence in the city. Mayor Marty Walsh stopped by to show his support. [CBS Boston]
David Ortiz Talks About His Near-Death and Recovery.
In an interview with The Boston Globe, former Red Sox player David Ortiz talks about the pain of being shot last June in the Dominican Republic, and his subsequent recovery through several surgeries. He discusses the ongoing investigation into the shooting. [Boston Globe]
An Argument in Favor of Legalizing Home-Delivery Services for Marijuana.
Britte McBride, a member of the Cannabis Control Commission, outlines her reasoning for supporting a proposal that would legalize home delivery services for cannabis products. [Commonwealth]
Mayor Walsh Defends the Integrity of His Administration.
After a third aide in his administration has been convicted of corruption during his tenure, Mayor Marty Walsh said that it doesn't reflect the integrity of the majority of public officials. In the case of John Lynch, a former official with the Boston Planning and Development Agency who has pleaded guilty for accepting bribes, Walsh pointed out that he had served through four city administrations. [WGBH]
It's Been a Year Since the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions.
A ceremony was held in Lawrence in which a square was dedicated to Leonel Rondon, the 18-year-old man who was killed last year during the gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley. A class action lawsuit has been settled; Columbia Gas will pay out over $143 million to residents who were put at risk and had to leave their homes due to the overpressurized gas line. [Patch]
Stroller Wars in Boston's South End.
Some residents are so fed up with strollers blocking valuable sidewalk space that they're resorting to vandalism or throwing the strollers into side gardens. Parents defend themselves by saying they lock their strollers outside because it's too hard to carry a stroller and a baby up several flights of stairs at the same time. [NBC Boston]
State Cannabis Control Commission Will Require Vape Companies to Report Ingredients.
Amidst concerns about the connection between vaping and lung disease, the Massachusetts CCC will begin requiring a list of chemicals and ingredients to be included on all vaporizer cartridges. [WBUR]