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St. Dunstan’s stays online for the time being
Source:  News - Dover-Sherborn Press
Friday, 10 July 2020 22:21

Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover.While the state has given houses of worship the green light to resume in-person services, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover will not be holding services at the church for the time being. Per the Diocese of Massachusetts, Episcopal churches are to remain online until such a time that the safety and health of all can be ensured.“We obviously miss seeing [...]

Public forum to focus on Newburyport Police Department's use of force policy
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Friday, 10 July 2020 04:05

NEWBURYPORT – City councilors, along with the Newburyport Human Rights Commission and local police, are expected to host a public forum later this summer on the Police Department's use of force policy.

What you need to know about COVID-19: Back-to-school plans in question as new case numbers surge
Source:  News South Of Boston
Friday, 10 July 2020 04:05

Another record-setting day amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases has forced states to revisit contingency plans to safely reopen U.S. schools.


Former Newburyport-based accountant charged with larceny, embezzlement
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Friday, 10 July 2020 04:04

NEWBURYPORT – The Essex district attorney charged a former Newburyport accountant with larceny and embezzlement after she shuttered her bookkeeping business, left clients with unpaid taxes, and moved to Maine.

YWCA fitness center, pool reopen in Newburyport
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Friday, 10 July 2020 04:03

NEWBURYPORT – After months of conducting classes outside or via videoconference during the pandemic, the doors to YWCA Greater Newburyport’s fitness center opened Tuesday. But visitors to the Market Street facility will notice several alterations and requirements.

Selectman seat up for grabs in Merrimac
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Friday, 10 July 2020 04:02

MERRIMAC – Residents will have a chance to vote for a selectman when they go into the voting booth – or mail in their ballot – in the November general election.

Mass. Senate deliberations on policing reform bill stall
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Friday, 10 July 2020 03:59

A far-reaching proposal to enhance oversight of police officers and ban the use of certain types of force hit a bump on Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the reform bill, delaying action on an issue that has become a priority for Democratic leaders and Gov. Charlie Baker.

The proposed bill would create an independent oversight and investigatory body to hold police accountable, and create a system to certify law enforcement officers at all levels of government, with clear guidelines on the use of force by police. Law enforcement officers would also be newly required to intervene if they witness police misconduct, and submit to racism training.

Senators were unable to make much progress on the 73-page bill, which was pieced together in recent weeks following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the ensuing outrage over police violence and racism. Sen. Ryan Fattman, a Sutton Republican, complained that the bill (S 2800), unveiled on Monday, had not been the subject of a public hearing and senators had not been given sufficient time to review the legislation or the proposed amendments.

Meeting mostly in private huddles for more than six hours, senators barely touched the 145 amendments calling for changes to the bill. Senate Democrats will try to pass the bill again on Friday, but the delay is noteable in part because branch leaders hope to agree on a bill by July 31, and the House has not yet unveiled its bill.

“We’re going to take another crack at the bill and hopefully there’s a lot more consensus and we can get it done,” said Fattman, who made the motion to delay action and suggested the bill is too expansive. “This is really important for a lot of people. Important things take time. This was sort of rushed and done hastily.”

He later added, “People from all walks of life want to see this get done, including myself.”

Fattman said the late-afternoon recess helped avoid a late-night session, which he advised against because he said it would not be transparent. He noted the overnight break will ensure the debate resumes Friday morning.

Defending the work of police, Fattman said it was “unfair to say” that Massachusetts law enforcement officers don’t rise to a level of excellence and said “the egregious sins of other law enforcement in other parts of our country should not be their burden to bear.”

Sen. Michael Rodrigues, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said he was disappointed by the delay, and said the bill was put together over months by a “bipartisan working group” and following meetings with people and interest groups with a stake in the bill’s outcome.

“This body debates complicated, controversial matters all the time,” he said, noting the omnibus bill is made up of individual bills that have had public hearings. “That’s what we are elected to do.”

Rodrigues also seemed to hold out the possibility of weekend sessions if the Republicans further delay action on the bill, noting he was looking ahead to deliberations on Friday “or the next day or the next day.”

The bill was developed after weeks of public demonstrations and national cries for political leaders to confront systemic racism after the killing of Floyd and other people of color by police.

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Jamaica Plain Democrat, said Thursday that she felt a mix of grief for the families of those killed by police violence and pride in the legislation she had helped write.

As the only Senate member of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, Chang-Diaz read off a list of victims of police and racial violence, and credited the “righteous anger” of protesters who marched in the streets in defiance of a public health pandemic to confront systemic racism.

Th protests helped create the momentum needed to ensure that police reform bills weren’t shuffled aside for further study as they have been for years, she said, noting years of advocacy for reforms by Rep. Russell Holmes and former Rep. Byron Rushing, both of Boston.

Instead, she said the Senate was taking up a bill that rejects “the culture of violent force and impunity that has persisted unchecked in too many areas of law enforcement.” The bill emphasizes deescalation tactics and care for those served by police, a shift toward treating people with dignity rather than aggression, she said.

The bill would also impose a temporary ban on facial recognition technology, codify the prohibition on racial profiling in law enforcement, eliminate a requirement that police officers be present in schools, and expand access to expungement for young adult offenses.

Ahead of Thursday’s debate, Rep. Carlos Gonzalez of Springfield wrote to the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and Gov. Baker asking them not to lose sight of the core principles they all agreed to during weeks of talks following Floyd’s death.

Gonzalez, who chairs the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, acknowledged the pressure to use the policing reform bill as a vehicle to jump-start many long-stalled reforms, but cautioned against doing so.

With three weeks until the end of the formal legislative sessions, Democrats face pressure to get a bill to Gov. Baker’s desk soon. Baker has filed his own bill to create a system for licensing police that would allow an independent commission to investigate and decertify an officer who violates the state’s codes of conduct.

The governor’s bill was referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo has also signaled his intention to put a bill on the floor of the House for a vote, but after agreeing with members of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus on a framework for the bill, the legislation has not yet surfaced.

Senate Majority Leader Cindy Creem, who has worked on bills reforming the CORI system and criminal sentencing, called the policing bill a “significant step” with the potential to create positive cultural change.

Creem, however, said that even if the bill becomes law the Senate must continue to work on environmental justice, health care, housing and education to address the inequities she said are embedded in society.

Earlier in the week, Lawrence Calderone, of the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association, and John Nelson, from the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, also criticized Senate leaders for pushing forward with a broad array of policy proposals that haven’t had a public hearing.

The two men co-chair the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group, which was formed to speak on behalf of police unions and other state law enforcement organizations on legislation and policy.

“Unfortunately, rather than focusing on thoughtfully and substantively improving police standards and training, the Senate hastily introduced unvetted legislation without a public hearing or open testimony,” Calderone and Nelson said in a statement. “(The bill) seems more focused on making a political statement than on making sound, well reasoned and forward-thinking public policy.”


Newburyport City Council committee backs racial equality resolution
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Friday, 10 July 2020 03:58

NEWBURYPORT — The City Council’s Committee on Public Safety voted unanimously Wednesday night to recommend that the full council adopt a resolution to reaffirm its support for racial equality.

Back-to-school plans in flux for US that set record for new cases in one day
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Friday, 10 July 2020 03:57

(CNN) — Another record-setting day amid a resurgence of Covid-19 cases has forced states to revisit contingency plans to safely reopen US schools.

With the US school system in an upheaval since the pandemic began, several governors are beginning to take sides in the debate between national leaders pushing for children to attend classes in person and local officials hesitant to congregate students before it is safe.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out guidelines for reopening schools and will soon release more tools to help administrations and parents make decisions, but it is ultimately up to the school districts to decide what is the safest course of action for them, director Robert Redfield told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday night.

“We all want to protect the safety of the children that are in schools,” Redfield said. “There’s really a public health crisis we are paying by not having these schools open and I think we really need to get that balance.”

Thursday brought 60,646 new cases a record number in a single day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The new high comes as many states set records in infection rates and hospitalizations and 33 states saw an increase in new cases reported compared to last week.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told reporters the numbers will determine if the state has to go back a phase in its reopening plan, in which case students may not return to the classroom as they currently plan to.

Arkansas has pushed the first day of school back from August 13 to 24 to give districts time to adjust to a blended learning plan, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters Thursday.

In Florida, where there are particularly high instances of new cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Ron DeSantis weighed the increase of cases against the education gap that can come from students learning at home. If Home Depot and Walmart can be open, so can schools, he said.

And though the American Academy of Pediatrics ultimately wants students to be back in school, Florida’s statewide mandate to reopen schools goes against their recommendations, President Dr. Sally Goza said in an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition Wednesday.

“We know that it has to be safe, and we know that we have to try to decrease that transmission as much as we can,” Goza said.

Staggering numbers show the pandemic is not over for the US

Although states have relaxed restrictions and more people have gathered in public spaces, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert has been warning Americans throughout the week that the nation is still “knee deep” in the first wave.

“We’ve never really gotten out of it,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with SiriusXM Doctor Radio airing on Friday.

North Carolina set a record Thursday for the highest number of hospitalizations and posted the second highest number of cases for the state, Gov. Roy Cooper said.

“We’re continuing to watch with concern as COVID cases and hospitalizations increase,” he said. “And though North Carolina isn’t a surging hotspot like some other states, we could be if we don’t stay strong in our fight.”

Texas and California set their own grim record with the highest number of coronavirus deaths in a day since the pandemic began. And Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott does not anticipate next week will bring any relief for the state.

“I think the numbers are going to look worse as we go into next week, and we need to make sure that there’s going to be plenty of hospital beds available in the Houston area,” Abbott said in an interview with KRIV-TV.

Experts say the US can stay open, but it has to be strategic

While it’s impossible to maintain stringent coronavirus restrictions and return to a sense of normalcy, there is a middle ground, Fauci said.

“Rather than think in terms of reverting back down to a complete shutdown, I would think we need to get the states pausing in their opening process. Looking at what did not work well and try to mitigate that,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease told The Hill’s Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons.

The all or nothing approach to socialization, and in Florida’s case reopening too fast, contributed to the return of the virus, Fauci said on Podcast-19, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly podcast on Covid-19.

“There are some governors and mayors that did it perfectly correctly,” he said. “But what happened is that many of the citizenry, said, ‘You know, well, I’m either going to be locked down or I’m going to let it all rip.'”

Fauci has stressed the risk in congregating, and he recommended Thursday that the nation reevaluate recommendations on when to reopen bars and indoor restaurants, saying they pose one of the “real problems.”

Even with the restrictions currently in place, only half of Nevada’s bars were found to be in compliance, said Gov. Steve Sisolak. As of 11:59 p.m. local time on Friday, bars in certain counties will be returning to similar restrictions laid out in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.

Precautions become mandates in ‘a fight for our lives’

Also in the fight against rising numbers, local leaders are moving from encouraging precautions like masks to mandating them.

At least 36 states plus DC and Puerto Rico have some type of mask requirement order in place, and some cities require their use even when their states don’t.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves made masks mandatory Thursday for the 13 counties seeing the greatest spikes in of coronavirus cases. Businesses will not be required to shut down, but social distancing will also be required in those counties.

“Mississippi is in a fight for our lives,” he said.

And for those fearing that taking precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus would have a negative impact on local economies, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis told reporters Thursday that wearing a mask saves both lives and businesses from shutting down.

“If you are waiting to wear a mask until the Governor tells you to,” Polis said, “I hope you’ve heard that I’m telling you, and I’ve made it clear. Wear a d*** mask.”


Nothing about the coronavirus is simple. Except the small actions you can take to prevent its spread
Source:  News South Of Boston
Friday, 10 July 2020 03:39

There are easy things that everyone can — and should — be doing as their part to reel in their pandemic.


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