Elizabeth Warren Proposes Universal Free College and Student Loan Debt Forgiveness
Senator Warren, 2020 presidential candidate, announced her plan to fund free college tuition at 2-year and 4-year public colleges. The program would also forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt for households earning less than $100,000. [Medium]
Rep. Ayanna Pressley Will Speak on Race Today in Brookline
Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman Ayanna Pressley will be in Brookline this evening for a conversation about race and racism. After her address, there will be a panel of community members representing different faiths and ethnicities who will talk about the impact of racism, islamophobia, and anti-semitism in the community. [Patch]
Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu: Our Next Mayor?
A piece in The Atlantic profiles rising star Michelle Wu, a Harvard Law School graduate who has quickly made a name for herself as an effective advocate for Boston residents. Recently Wu protested the most recent fare hike by the MBTA, saying it should be on the government, not the riders, to fund necessary improvements to the T. [TheAtlantic]
Also in Michelle Wu News: Proposal to Charge Resident Parking Fee
Currently residential parking permits are free in Boston, but Wu wants to start charging $25 in an effort to make more curb space. Parking permits would continue to be free for seniors and low-income residents. [WCVB]
Nancy Pelosi Is Against Impeachment: “He’s just not worth it”
In light of the Mueller Report revelations that Trump attempted to influence the investigation into his campaign, Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats are calling for impeachment proceedings. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that there are other ways to hold President Trump accountable that would be less divisive to the country. [Newsweek]
How Did Boston Neighborhoods and Nearby Cities Get Their Names?
Check out this infographic by etmologynerd.com showing the history behind the names of Boston-area locations. [EtymologyNerd]
Arrested Teen Suffers Serious Injuries After Jumping Off 4th Floor Balcony
A teen who had been arrested for domestic assault jumped off of the 4th floor balcony in the atrium of the Boston Courthouse. He was taken to Mass General and is in serious condition, but stable, reports WHDH.
Hundreds of Pedestrians Are Hit By Cars in Boston Each Year
According to a progress report by Vision Zero, a group that aims to reduce traffic deaths and injuries, there were 680 pedestrians and 425 cyclists who were hit by cars in 2018. [Patch]