Local Headlines: September 25, 2019
Vaping Products Temporarily Banned in Massachusetts.
Yesterday Governor Baker declared a public health emergency and issued a 4-month ban on all vaping products in the state, following reports of 9 deaths and hundreds of illnesses linked to the use of e-cigarettes. [Reuters]
How Many White Kids Get Into Harvard Due to Sports, Connections, or Money?
About 43%, according to this study. Of white students admitted from 2009 to 2014, researchers found that 43% were either athletes, legacies, or the children of donors and faculty. Of those, only about a quarter actually had the academic qualifications to merit admission. [Slate]
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Approves Home Delivery for Marijuana.
The newly approved regulations will require the cannabis delivery person to wear a body camera during delivery transactions, in an effort to ensure public safety. Law enforcement officials may request access to these recordings under certain circumstances. [WBUR]
State Judicial Committee Will Investigate Judge for Actions Regarding Straight Pride Parade Protesters.
Judge Richard Sinnott has faced public criticism for his initial refusal to accept DA Rachael Rollins' decision to decline to prosecute nonviolent offenders arrested during a protest of Boston's "Straight Pride" parade. He also ordered that defense lawyer Susan Church be held in contempt and had her taken into custody for reading court law to him. [Boston Globe]
Boston-Area Synagogue Defaced with Anti-Semitic Graffiti.
Police are investigating an act of vandalism at the Temple Sinai in Sharon. [JTA]
Burlington Police Investigate a Trove of Unopened Amazon Packages.
Numerous undelivered, unopened Amazon packages were found in a garbage bin in a cemetery in Burlington. Police officers are making the rounds to deliver the packages. Amazon issued a statement that the responsible delivery person will no longer make deliveries for them. [Boston.com]
Poutine Pops Up in Boston, Courtesy of Air Canada.
For 10 days, the airline Air Canada is setting up a pop-up poutine shop, or "Poutinerie," in Downtown Crossing from October 3-13. There will be 10 different varieties based on international destinations frequented by Air Canada. [Boston Magazine]