Local Headlines: September 2, 2019
Over 30 Arrested at Straight Pride Parade; 4 Police Officers Injured.
In Boston's Straight Pride Parade on Saturday, marchers carried signs supporting Trump's reelection in 2020. The event drew counter-protesters, resulting in some confrontations. No word on whether the 36 people arrested were part of the march, the counter-protest, or both. The officers' injuries are non-life-threatening. [MassLive]
Trump Administration Sending Back Children Who Are in the U.S. for Medical Treatment.
Foreign children in the Boston area for medical treatment recently received letters from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services advising them that they are no longer eligible for temporary permission to stay in the country under "deferred medical action." These children and their families have 33 days to leave the country. [MassLive]
Update: The Running List of Pot Shops in Massachusetts.
The list keeps growing. There are now 23 recreational marijuana stores in the state. Here is the full list, with store hours and details on parking and payment options. [Boston.com]
A Lookback on Boston's 'Operation Clean Sweep' Last Month.
A month ago, Boston police conducted sweeps of the area in the South End known as Methadone Mile for its homeless and drug-addicted populations. WCVB talks to local residents about whether there's been any improvement since the police raid. [WCVB]
New Background Check Requirements Result in Dismissal of Daycare Worker.
Tara Gregory threw a shoe at another girl when she was 16 years old, resulting in a juvenile delinquency charge for "assault with a dangerous weapon." Now age 49, with over two decades as a childcare worker, Gregory is suing the state through a class action lawsuit on behalf of all daycare workers who will be disqualified from their job for long-past infractions from their juvenile records. [MassLive]
Airbnb Settles Lawsuit with City of Boston.
The short-term rental company Airbnb has reached an agreement with Boston that will increase restrictions on Airbnb rentals to only owner-occupied units or buildings. Airbnb will also be required to share information on its units with the city, and hosts will have to register with the city as well. [Boston Globe]
Dudley Square Could Get a Name Change.
Mayor Marty Walsh is in support of adding a ballot question proposing a name change for Dudley Square, which was named for a man who participated in the slave trade. Nubian Square is the new name proposed. [Boston25News]
Online Survey Shows Kennedy with 17-Point Lead Over Markey.
A San Francisco company conducted an online poll of Massachusetts Democratic voters which showed Congressman Joe Kennedy leading U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) by 17 points, a year out from the 2020 U.S. Senate Primary election. [CommonWealth]