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Easton honors Purple Heart medal recipients from Vietnam, Afghanistan wars
Source:  News - Easton Journal
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:13

EASTON – Former Army Specialist Tom Botelho was injured with serving in Vietnams in 1960 as a combat medic. Former US Marine Corps Corporal Brendan Thrasher was hurt in combat while serving in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2011.Botelho and Thrasher are two Easton residents who have been awarded the Purple Heart, a medal presented to service members wounded or killed as a direct result of enemy action. It is also presented to the family members of those killed in action. [...]

At Boxford Chinese School, learning Mandarin is challenging but fun
Source:  News - Tri-Town Transcript
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:13

Mandarin Chinese is without a doubt one of the toughest languages for English speakers to learn. Not only do its non-phonetic written characters bear little semblance to the Latin alphabet of western languages, but tonal pronunciation makes speaking the language its own unique challenge. When taking into consideration how even native speakers take at least five to eight years to read newspapers comfortably, learning Chinese seems to be an impossible obstacle to overcome for a non-native [...]

Lynn man arrested in connection with shooting of Roxbury store clerk
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:12

A Lynn man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Roxbury convenience store clerk who sustained life-threatening injuries during an armed robbery in July, officials announced Friday.

Stephon Samuel, 25, of Lynn, is charged with armed robbery by means of a firearm, armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and armed career criminal level 1, according to the Boston Police Department.

Officers responding to a report of a person shot in the area of 718 Shawmut Ave. on the night of July 14 found 25-year-old Tanjim Siam suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.

Siam was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he has been fighting for his life for the last three weeks.

Siam moved to Boston just four months ago. His family said he came to the U.S. in the hopes of getting an education.

The owner of the convenience store, Abdul Matin, said Siam did everything Samuel asked — handed over cigarettes and cash — but the suspect still took him to the back of the store, demanded he lay down, and shot him.

Samuel is currently in custody at the Plymouth County House of Corrections on unrelated charges.

It’s not clear when he will be called to court.

An investigation remains ongoing.


Hudson schools to return this fall under a hybrid model after narrow 4-3 School Committee vote
Source:  News - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:11

The committee was split on a hybrid return with some saying it's the best option and others concerned about the safety of sending students back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATE: State's free COVID-19 testing extended till Sept. 12; sites include Framingham, Marlborough
Source:  News - Milford Daily News
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:08

FRAMINGHAM – Pop-up COVID-19 testing sites at Keefe Regional Technical High School in Framingham and Marlborough Hospital have been extended through Saturday, Sept. 12.The drive-thru sites are part of the state’s “Stop the Spread” network, which provides free COVID-19 testing in 17 communities throughout the commonwealth. On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the program's extension. The initiative is meant to expand testing coverage to communities of [...]

UPDATE: State's free COVID-19 testing extended till Sept. 12; sites include Framingham, Marlborough
Source:  News - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:08

FRAMINGHAM – Pop-up COVID-19 testing sites at Keefe Regional Technical High School in Framingham and Marlborough Hospital have been extended through Saturday, Sept. 12.The drive-thru sites are part of the state’s “Stop the Spread” network, which provides free COVID-19 testing in 17 communities throughout the commonwealth. On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the program's extension. The initiative is meant to expand testing coverage to communities of [...]

UPDATE: State's free COVID-19 testing extended till Sept. 12; sites include Framingham, Marlborough
Source:  News - The Framingham Tab
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:08

FRAMINGHAM – Pop-up COVID-19 testing sites at Keefe Regional Technical High School in Framingham and Marlborough Hospital have been extended through Saturday, Sept. 12.The drive-thru sites are part of the state’s “Stop the Spread” network, which provides free COVID-19 testing in 17 communities throughout the commonwealth. On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the program's extension. The initiative is meant to expand testing coverage to communities of [...]

Massachusetts coronavirus deaths up 18, cases increase by 320 and test positive rate ticks down
Source:  Boston Herald
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:06

Massachusetts health officials on Friday reported 18 new coronavirus deaths and 320 new cases as the average positive test rate ticked down slightly and Gov. Charlie Baker clamped down on COVID restrictions in the state.

The seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate went down slightly from 2.1% on Thursday to 1.9% on Friday. The rate was at 1.7% on July 14.

The 18 new coronavirus deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 8,488, the state Department of Public Health announced. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from 161 at the start of May to 11 now.

The state has logged a total of 111,853 cases of the highly contagious disease, an increase of 320 cases since Thursday. Of the 111,853 total cases, at least 99,021 people have recovered.

Baker, noting a recent uptick in coronavirus certain communities announced Friday that step two of phase III of the state’s reopening plan will be put on hold indefinitely and outdoor gatherings are now cut back from 100 people to 50.

Coronavirus hospitalizations went down by 13 patients as of Friday, bringing the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization total to 390. Overall, the statewide three-day average of hospitalized patients has declined by 89% since May 5.

There are 69 patients in the ICU, and 30 patients are currently intubated.

The highest peak of Massachusetts’ coronavirus hospitalizations was 3,965 on April 21. The three-day average of the number of coronavirus hospitalizations has gone from 3,707 on May 1 to 396 now.

The state reported 24,467 residents and health care workers at long-term care facilities have now contracted the virus, with a steady 376 facilities reporting at least one case of COVID-19.

Of the state’s total coronavirus deaths, 5,551 are connected to long-term care facilities.

The pandemic continues to ravage the United States, with a total of 4.9 million cases and 160,000 deaths as of Friday.


Massachusetts Reports 320 New Coronavirus Cases, 18 Additional Deaths
Source:  CBS Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:06

BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 320 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 18 additional deaths in the state on Friday. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state is now 111,853 while the total number of deaths is 8,488.

There were 14,470 new tests reported in the last 24 hours. A total of 1,277,617 people in Massachusetts have now been tested for coronavirus.

As of Friday, there are 390 people currently hospitalized for a coronavirus-related illness, a decrease of 13 from Thursday. There are 69 patients currently in intensive care.

The average age of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts is 50. The average age of deaths in COVID-19 cases is 82.

There were also 97 new probable cases reported Friday for a total of 8,438 probable cases in the state.

Probable cases are people who were not given a standard test but tested positive for the antibody and had COVID-19 symptoms or have not been given any type of test but had COVID-19 symptoms and were exposed to a known positive case. Probable cases also include individuals whose death certificate says coronavirus even though they were not tested.


320 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 18 additional deaths reported in Mass.
Source:  News South Of Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 15:05

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released the latest COVID-19 case numbers for the state.


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