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Weekend Recap: April 27-28, 2019

Weekend Recap: April 27-28, 2019

Boston Student Tests Positive for the Mumps
Boston Public Schools confirmed that a third grader at Otis Elementary School in East Boston has tested positive for the old-timey illness known as “the mumps,” which is transmitted through close contact. BPS sent a note to parents saying that they “do not believe” the student was in close proximity to any unvaccinated students. The CDC says “people who previously had one or two doses of MMR vaccine can get mumps too.” [Patch]  


U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling Faces Criticism for His Indictment of Judge Who Let Illegal Immigrant Escape ICE
Last week Lelling charged Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph and retired court officer Wesley MacGregor with obstruction of justice for allegedly allowing an illegal immigrant to evade an ICE officer. Some are arguing that Lelling’s actions are a federal overreach. Lelling insists that this is not a political move or a statement on immigration; merely an enforcement of the law. [Boston Globe]


Mayor Walsh Issues 1,000 New Section 8 Housing Vouchers
These vouchers will go toward housing assistance for the city’s chronically homeless individuals and families through the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. [Patch]


Pharmacies to Increase Minimum Age for Tobacco Purchase
Walgreens and Rite Aid have announced that starting on September 1 this year, no one under age 21 will be permitted to purchase tobacco products at any chain location nationwide. Massachusetts has already implemented a smoking age of 21, since the beginning of the year. [ABC News]


Massachusetts Is the 5th Best State for Beer Lovers
According to an analysis by Groupon, Massachusetts ranks number five in the country for beer lovers. The study (which, let’s acknowledge, was not exactly a randomized controlled trial of scientific rigor) measured beer quality, average cost, and drinker enthusiasm in each state. California was number one. [Groupon]  


Lots of Rain in Massachusetts, More on the Way
It’s been really rainy, with a new record set for total rainfall in a single day last week. More rain is expected over the next two weeks. [Weather.com]


Tree Limb Falls at Franklin Park Zoo, Injuring One
On Saturday afternoon, a woman was injured when winds knocked a large tree limb down onto a tent at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. She was able to stand and walk when Boston EMS arrived to provide first aid. [WHDH]


State Cannabis Control Commission Gives Preliminary Approval for Marijuana Home Delivery Services
Delivery businesses for recreational marijuana could be in operation later this year. Additional regulations still need to be developed and approved before the policy is effective. [WBUR]