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Man Arrested, Charged In Roxbury Armed Robbery That Critically Wounded Clerk
Source:  CBS Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:38

BOSTON (CBS) —  Police have arrested and charged a 25-year-old Lynn man in connection with a Roxbury shooting that critically wounded a store clerk. Stephon Samuel faces multiple charges including armed robbery and armed assault with intent to murder, the Boston Police Department announced Friday.

Stephon Samuel (Photo credit: Brockton police)

On July 14, 21-year-old Tanjim Siam was working at the M & R convenience store when a man came in with a gun and demanded cash and cigarettes. Officers said Siam handed everything over, but the robber shot him in the head.

Since then, Siam has been on life support at Boston Medical Center. His family arrived from Bangladesh this week to see him for the first time since the shooting.

Tanjim Siam (Image credit Facebook)

A spokesperson for the family said Siam’s prognosis is not good.

“The family sat down with the doctors (Tuesday), so within a couple of days, his family has to make tough decisions. That’s all so far, we know, and they are very, very, emotionally very stressed,� said family spokesperson Humayun Morshed.

The Boston Convenience Store Owners Association created a GoFundMe page to help Siam and his family. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Gross have condemned the shooting as “cowardly.”

Samuel was arrested Friday following an investigation by Boston police, Brockton police and the FBI. He’s currently at the Plymouth County House of Corrections on unrelated charges.



“Surreal:” Patriots player Cam Newton shares thoughts since joining team
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:37

New Patriots star Cam Newton is feeling amazing since joining the team this year and is ready to prove himself to his teammates.

Speaking to the media for the first time as a Patriot, Newton said he is keeping his focus on proving his worth to the team and is not dwelling on what happened with his former team the Carolina Panthers.

“Nobody really knows how excited I am just to be a part of this organization,” Newton said during the live-streamed press conference on Friday.

7News spoke to Newton when he arrived into Logan International Airport a month ago. Newton didn’t say much then but is now opening up on how much he is looking forward to a fresh start with a new franchise.

“I’m pinching myself each an everyday. And it’s so surreal, coming down to 1 Patriot Place each and every day and seeing the whole ambiance,” he said.

Newton told reporters that he was surprised that the Patriots were interested in him and said coach Bill Belichick has set the tone very early.

He knows he will need to work for the spot of starting quarterback after dealing with foot and shoulder injuries over the past two years.

“It doesn’t matter how much a person is paid, doesn’t matter how much a person is experienced, doesn’t matter how much a person knows or doesn’t know,” Newton said. “At the end of the day you’re one game away.”

Seashore reverses parking plan at Head of the Meadow Beach in North Truro
Source:  News - Wicked Local Provincetown
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:32

Lot will no longer be open to vehicles

New Rhode Island travel rules clarified
Source:  News South Of Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:32

With a new travel order targeting Rhode Island now in effect, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday clarified some of the exceptions to the rule.

Video: Cloudy overnight, passing showers Saturday
Source:  News South Of Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:31

Skies will be mostly cloudy overnight and showers possible on Saturday

UMass epidemiologist says state should consider return to Phase 2 of reopening if uptick in positive cases persists
Source:  News -
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:26

WORCESTER — The chief epidemiologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center said consideration should be given to a return to the more restrictive Phase 2 of the state’s reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, if the slight uptick in positive coronavirus cases continues for another two weeks.“If you’re trying to control a brush fire,” Dr. Richard T. Ellison III said this week, “you don’t want it to extend into acres and acres of land [...]

10-year-old invents T-shirt mask to keep his classmates and himself safe
Source:  News South Of Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:26

10-year-old Matthew Valerio invented a T-shirt/mask combo to help keep his classmates and himself safe.

How ‘Euphoria’ comments on Generation Z and society today
Source:  The Huntington News
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:22

Last Tuesday, July 28, HBO’s “Euphoria,� was nominated for six Emmy Awards, exciting its fanbase attracted to the eloquence and haunting charm of its social commentary. 

The title itself is ironic because the work teasingly dangles a sense of euphoria before the audience. The series’ brilliantly lit visuals illuminate the perversity of events instead of conveying joyfulness. For proof, one may look to the clarity and softness of a scene in which, against faint moonlight, Rue Bennett (played by Zendaya) nurses the self-harm wounds of her best friend Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer). 

Such intentionally clashing aesthetics complement the show’s soundtrack, a din of contradictory notes of both youthful curiosity and dismal introspection.

Unlike most shows, “Euphoria� has seven main characters, none of whom appear to have a protagonistic role. This intertwined group suffers from a plethora of social issues in order to dismantle popular, idealistic visions about growing up in the U.S. 

Six of the main characters attend East Highland High School, located near Los Angeles, and the seventh, Christopher McKay (played by Algee Smith), attends a nearby college to play football. 

Each character comes from a place of brokenness and seeks empowerment through an escapist journey. These searches ultimately end in vulnerability and disempowerment, which imply that preexisting support infrastructures and cultural dogmas fall short in aiding American youth.

National politics are also sometimes evoked throughout the story. Rue, after all, was born on Sept. 11, 2001 and witnesses the attacks on the World Trade Center from behind a TV monitor in her hospital delivery room, demonstrating that Generation Z was born into a world of multifaceted, deeply rooted chaos. Thus, Rue doubts and distrusts the world and lives by ideas gleaned from her own and her friends’ experiences, including the objectification of women.

Set in 2019, the series also shows how U.S. political governance has set poor behavioral examples for children, as several national incumbents throughout that year were nakedly unethical, failing to focus on cooperation. 

American individualism and shame directed towards sexual pleasure constitute further examples of negative social pressures, yet perpetuation of such attitudes is ascribed both to Generation Z and to parent generations. 

Evidence of both in “Euphoria” lies most obviously with Kat Hernandez (played by Barbie Ferreria), an unpopular “smut” fanfiction writer who struggles with self-perceived ugliness and obesity. She initially reaps robust rewards from camgirling, a type of virtual sex work, but in the absence of guidance is eventually pressured to perform uncomfortable acts by a wealthy client. She also begins doing sex work for older men at 16 as a child, indicating that her endeavor is fairly exploitative even when Kat seems to be in charge of her sexual capital. 

While the outside world and societal standards have taken a toll on characters’ lives, some blame is still placed on each individual. Rue, for one, screams at and physically threatens her prying, concerned mother, ultimately damaging their relationship, and McKay coerces Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) into sex as self-compensation for a fraternity sexual assault disguised as hazing. 

The connections between the seven main characters are not only apparent through their bonds, as all of the character storylines bear underlying parallels. Whether through friend groups or observation from afar, each of the main characters possesses some degree of insight into the lives of the other six. 

There are clear examples of indirect connections through discrete social circles and the spread of rumors regarding partner abuse, sex and more. 

In fact, Rue appears to know the internal and external life of each of the main characters while maintaining a close relationship only with Jules. Her character ultimately exemplifies young people’s tendency to remain divided along the lines of different, arbitrary groups, even when in close physical and social proximity to each other. 

All of this suggests that the show is a catalyst for debate on societal issues and the complex lives of Generation Z. Audience members are not urged to side with one character over another, since they are all interconnected and deeply flawed. There is, in the end, no protagonist. 

Unity and empathy could solve the sharp divides that plague East Highland. Thus, the objective of “Euphoria”, in the end, is the illumination of the suffering of modern youth and how unification and understanding can become the ultimate antidote to myriad social issues. 

The post How ‘Euphoria’ comments on Generation Z and society today appeared first on The Huntington News.

UMass to lay off 95 percent of its Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors
Source:  The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:19

The University of Massachusetts is laying off roughly 450 Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors — 95 percent of the staff — and will leave many without benefits and compensation the parties agreed to in a collective bargaining contract, according to multiple members of the RA/PM Union, which represents the student workers.

The decision comes in tandem with the school’s scale-back of its fall reopening plans. In a Thursday evening email, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced that only those in “essential face-to-face classes� would be able to live on campus, in addition to some others who rely on campus housing.

On Thursday afternoon, in anticipation of Subbaswamy’s upcoming announcement, an employee in UMass’ Labor Relations Office informed a union representative that the school would need to “withdraw its offer of employment� to most of the 500 student RAs and PMs.

In a meeting Friday afternoon between members of the union and Labor Relations representatives, the students were told that only 21 RAs and two PMs would keep their jobs for the coming semester in order to manage the limited number of students that would now live on campus.

UMass does not intend to pay the RAs or PMs it dismisses, said James Cordero, one of the union’s co-chairs. He said this is in violation of a contract the parties agreed to Wednesday, which entitles the workers to full compensation and benefits in the event that they’re laid off.

But the school holds that the RAs and PMs were not officially hired, said Patrick Burke, a union representative. Instead, UMass claims that members of the union were given “appointment offers� — not formal positions.

This isn’t the case, Cordero said. “We were literally placed in the ‘hired bin’ in their online employment system,� known as eRezLife.

In the Friday afternoon meeting, UMass Labor Relations representatives informed the union that only students who are dependent on campus housing and dining, including international students and those with on-campus classes, will be permitted to live on campus.

A portion of those students — the 21 RAs and two PMs — will keep their jobs. Those who aren’t given employment will still receive the cost reduction for dorms normally given to the staff and will be given priority to be rehired if more positions open up, the school representatives said.

Laid-off students who are dependent on campus housing, including those with difficult home-life circumstances, can apply to the Residential Life Student Services Office to be given a dorm, the Labor Relations representatives said. No timeline was given for how long that process would take.

The school’s decision comes just days before RAs and PMs were expected to move into their dorms and begin job training for the fall semester. Some were scheduled to fly into the country next week.

Now, many of those students face tremendous uncertainty, not only about whether they have a paying job for the semester, but also about whether they’ll have a dorm on campus when they arrive.

“Many people (myself included) were depending on the housing for the semester,� Erin Crowell, a senior communication major, who was set to be an RA this year, said via text. “Students who were already out in Amherst for the summer, intending on moving in next week, now have only days to find new housing plans.�

The school’s decision to only consider 23 of the students as officially “hired� is adversely affecting the many people who depended on this job as a significant source of income.

“A lot of us quit our jobs specifically to return to campus,� one union member said during the meeting with the school. As another put it, “Everyone’s an RA for one reason or another.�

It is not yet clear which, if any, other UMass employees will be affected by Thursday’s decision. Other staff, from maintenance and custodial workers to dining hall employees, will likely see decreased workload from a lower on-campus population.

“Pretty much every worker on campus will be affected by this,� Cordero said.

“This reversal is probably in the interest of public health,� he added, referring to UMass’ decision to cut back on the number of students living on campus. “We were against reopening, but it’s not an ‘either/or.’ It’s not either UMass takes care of its workers, or it stops the COVID outbreak.�

Crowell offered a similar sentiment. “I think the school made a good decision but didn’t consider the impacts it had on students fully, especially student workers.�

Will Katcher can be reached at and followed on Twitter at @will_katcher.

Health officials announce 320 new coronavirus cases and 18 deaths, bringing confirmed death toll to 8,488
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:14

BOSTON (WHDH) – The Department of Public Health reported 320 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Friday.

A total of 111,853 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts and 18 new deaths elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 8,488 statewide.

On July 15, the Trump administration ordered hospitals to send their data to the White House instead of first being sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1,794 are from Barnstable County, 667 are from Berkshire County, 9,295 are from Bristol County, 66 from Dukes County, 17,699 from Essex County, 410 from Franklin County, 7,556 from Hampden County, 1,162 from Hampshire County, 26,254 from Middlesex County, 10,554 from Norfolk County, 36 from Nantucket County, 9,212 from Plymouth County, 21,717 from Suffolk County, 13,555 from Worcester County and 314 are unknown, according to the DPH.

Monday, June 1 was the first day that the government began reporting probable and confirmed cases under recommendation from the CDC. Probable cases are defined as individuals who have not been tested by the standard viral (molecular) test.

They have either had a positive antibody test and either had COVID symptoms or were likely to be exposed to a positive case or did not have an antibody test but had COVID symptoms and were known to be exposed to a positive case.

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Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. Reported worldwide illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, typically between people who are in close contact with one another and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The average age of coronavirus patient is 51-years-old and the average age of death is 82.

On June 30, the state reported zero new coronavirus deaths for the first time in months.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest coronavirus quarantine update shows that about 99,021 individuals have completed their quarantine while about 3,912 remain.

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