Local Headlines: September 26, 2019
Fourth Death From EEE Confirmed; 11 Total Cases in MA.
Yesterday, health officials confirmed that a fourth person has died after contracting EEE, the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. EEE is fatal in approximately one-third of human cases. The state's Department of Public Health advises people to continue wearing bug spray while outdoors, particularly in the evenings. [Boston.com]
Over 24,000 Drug Convictions Overturned.
A former state drug lab chemist, Sonja Farak, pleaded guilty in 2014 to working while high and stealing drugs from the lab. Now, any evidence processed by the lab during her time there, from 2009 to 2013, is being thrown out, resulting in the dismissal of over 24,000 drug cases. [CBS Boston]
MA Businesses Are Pissed About the State Ban on Vaping.
WBUR spoke to business owners who expect to suffer financially as a result of the state's unexpected and sudden ban on all vape products for four months while an investigation is conducted on the health impacts of vaping. The CDC has reported seven deaths and hundreds of lung illnesses that have been linked to e-cigarette use. [WBUR]
After Cyclist Death, Speed Limits Proposed for Minuteman Bikeway.
Last March, a 71-year-old man from Arlington died as a result of injuries sustained in a bike crash on the Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington. Now the city's Bicycle Advisory Committee wants to post speed limit signs of "15 mph" to promote safe cycling on the path. [Wicked Local Bedford]
Fire at Mansfield Gas Station Sends 1 to Hospital.
Yesterday the Mansfield Fire Department worked to put out a fire at a gas station in Mansfield. One employee was badly burned and airlifted the hospital with life-threatening injuries. [CBS Boston]
Boston Is One of the Best Places to Live Car-Free.
This analysis by CityLab ranks Boston number 5 in a look at all the large metro areas and considered how many people don't have a car and rely on public transit, biking, or walking to get to work. [CityLab]
Disciplinary Action for Over Two Dozen Medford Police Officers.
Following an investigation into violations of detail work policies, over two dozen police officers and supervisors at the Medford Police Department have been disciplined, including some suspensions without pay. Some officers billed the city for detail work hours that they did not serve. [CBS Boston]