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New Travel Restrictions Take Effect For Anyone Entering Massachusetts From Rhode Island
Source:  CBS Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 12:00

BOSTON (CBS) — Rhode Island is now off the list of “lower-risk” states that are exempt from the Massachusetts travel order. Starting Friday, August 7, people coming into Massachusetts from Rhode Island have to follow the new rules.

Anyone entering Massachusetts from Rhode Island and other states outside the northeast will need to fill out a travel form, and quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours.

Violators face fines of up to $500 per day.

The decision was made based on Rhode Island’s rising positive test rate, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said earlier in the week.

All other New England states, New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii are still exempt from the travel order.


The pandemic has turned Cape Cod real estate on its head
Source:  Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:59

Cape Cod’s residential real estate market is seeing record numbers of pending home sales, as workers who don’t have to schlep into a downtown office stay on the Cape, according to a luxury residential broker.

A 'Dirty Dancing' sequel with Jennifer Grey has been confirmed
Source:  News South Of Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:55

The new film will be a lot like the much-loved original.


Living in Amherst next semester is the only option, some off-campus students say
Source:  The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:50

In the University of Massachusetts’ revised reopening plan released Thursday, off-campus students were “strongly� discouraged from returning to Amherst for the upcoming semester if they have remote classwork. But some students say there’s no other option.

Several months before fall semester plans were announced, students began searching for off-campus housing and signing leases for the following school year. With many students already moved in and classes beginning in nearly two weeks, they say it’s impossible to opt out of their leases.

Moving out of town “is literally not even a consideration,� said Zoe Kaplan, a junior communication major, who has been living in town since early June. “Beside the fact that I’m already here, I cannot get out of this lease.�

“Signing a lease comes with spending money,� said Jaleen Cornejo, a junior communication and journalism double major. “[Leaving is] definitely not an option for me.�

After learning about the original reopening plan in June, sophomore Jack McGrath and his roommates paid and signed their lease.

“Changing the plan two weeks before class starts has created financial hardships on all off-campus students,� said McGrath, a finance major. “To top it off, the University is urging us to not come back to the Amherst area. It’s unfortunate this decision was made after families were locked in.�

“I get what UMass did, it will save lives,� said Conner McGarry, a junior legal studies major, who moved to town a month ago. “But if I had known earlier, I would have put additional serious thought into signing a lease.�

Some students are worried about exposing their family members to the virus if they went home. Kaplan, who is living with four of her friends, said protecting her family is another reason she wouldn’t leave town.

“If anything, I feel like it’s smarter for me to be here social distancing with my friends rather than further the potential of exposing my parents,� Kaplan said.

In an email to the campus community Thursday night, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy emphasized the importance of limiting the number of students living off campus, calling for students who are considering returning to campus to refrain “in the interest of public health.� Students living off campus also won’t have access to campus facilities, he said.

Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman also expressed concern about students returning to the town in a letter to the University in early July. Students “will have to produce their own college experiences� without usual college programming available, he said.

A potential coronavirus spread is also a concern among students living in town.

“Parties will be happening, and students will be hanging out with their friends off campus. There is no question that it’ll spread like wildfire,� Cornejo said. “You can isolate, but you can’t stop your roommates from going out and doing whatever they want to.�

“While I know I am personally going to continue to social distance, I have noticed other people partying and I know that will just continue to increase as more people move in,� Kaplan said. “However, I do think it would be much less of a spread than if all these people were living in tiny stuffed dorms.�

Students also said that being in Amherst for the fall semester will be beneficial for learning. The University sent the majority of the campus community home in March, and students believe living off campus with friends will create a better learning environment than staying at home.

“It’s not even about being in Amherst,� McGarry said. “I wanted to be in a better learning environment, interacting with my peers, not my parents. Living off campus will allow me to grow more.�

“I also can’t see myself being able to focus on schoolwork with the distractions of being at home,� Cornejo said.

Matt Berg is the Managing Editor and can be reached at mpberg@umass.edu. Follow him on Twitter @mattberg33.


Winfrey demanding justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards
Source:  News - Milford Daily News
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:50

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid.Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged, according to social justice organization Until Freedom. That's one [...]

Winfrey demanding justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards
Source:  News - The Taunton Daily Gazette, Taunton, MA
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:50

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid.Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged, according to social justice organization Until Freedom. That's one [...]

Winfrey demanding justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards
Source:  News - southcoasttoday.com
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:50

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid.Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged, according to social justice organization Until Freedom. That's one [...]

Winfrey demanding justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards
Source:  News - telegram.com
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:50

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid.Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged, according to social justice organization Until Freedom. That's one [...]

Winfrey demanding justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards
Source:  News - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:50

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid.Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged, according to social justice organization Until Freedom. That's one [...]

Watch Live: Gov. Charlie Baker gives coronavirus response update
Source:  Boston Herald
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:48

Click below to watch Gov. Charlie Baker and his coronavirus team give an update on the Massachusetts coronavirus response:


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