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By adamg - 6/22/21 - 4:09 pm

WBZ Newsradio reports a year after the feds approved money for unemployment for people who normally wouldn't qualify - gig workers and freelancers - the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development is now trying to claw some of that money back, demanding up to $30,000 in repayments from some people.

Some freelancers said they resorted to self-medicating to deal with the stress of unexpectedly owing thousands, or had even become suicidal.

By adamg - 6/19/21 - 3:36 pm

The First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. at the Monnument, will ring its bells 600 times at noon on Sunday now that the US has passed 600,000 deaths from the virus.

By adamg - 6/17/21 - 11:41 am

Jon Masters reports the Commonwealth has enabled a system that is supposed to alert people with Android or Apple phones if they come within infecting distance of people who have reported being infected with Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 10:19 pm

The annual Donna Summer Disco Party, in honor of Boston's own, returns this month after being canceled last summer. The free party starts at 6 p.m. on June 24 in Copley Square.

No roller rink this time, but, yes, a disco ball - along with glow sticks and lots of lights. Also, hand sanitizer (attendees are encouraged to wear a mask, although one isn't required).

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 1:27 pm

WBZ reports.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 11:19 am
Possibly win a cash injection for your Covid-19 shot

Massachusetts adults who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will get a shot at one of five $1-million prizes, while kids between 12 and 17 could get $300,000 injected into their 529 college funds, under a program unveiled today to try to convince people who don't think the threat of death or long hauling is quite enough of a reason to get vaccinated. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 9:36 am
Covid-19 levels in the sewage from the southern half of the MWRA system

Covid-19 levels in the sewage from the southern half of the MWRA system. Source.

Today's the day the State of Emergency is officially over, although you might still have to wear a mask in certain places, like hospitals. So go out and celebrate. But maybe first pause for a moment in memory of the more than 17,000 Massachusetts residents who died.

By adamg - 6/12/21 - 4:54 pm
JP Licks in Jamaica Plain

Hard to miss the JP Licks on Centre Street, thanks to the giant cow's head.

The owner of the onetime firehouse at 661 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain this week sued her ex-husband, who runs the J.P. Licks ice-cream chain based there, for some $113,000 in back rent from last year. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/21 - 11:49 am

A student at New England Law says the school's policy that his attendance this fall is conditional on his showing proof of Covid-19 vaccination violates the "unconditional" scholarship he says he was awarded, so he's suing. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/21 - 10:50 am
USS Constitution moves into Boston Harbor

Adam Castiglioni watched the USS Constitution leave its Charlestown dock for a harbor tour and 21-gun salute to honor people who cared for us and kept us safe during the pandemic.

By adamg - 6/10/21 - 6:16 pm

The BPDA board agreed today to let developers of a proposed residential and hotel building on Tremont Street in Chinatown eliminate space for the long awaited BPL Chinatown branch because of funding complications caused by Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/21 - 12:54 pm

WBUR reports on the re-opening of the Jamaica Plain music bar after a year of pandemic.

By adamg - 5/30/21 - 10:06 pm

J the roving UHub photographer happened to be in Kenmore Square just after the Red Sox called today's game due to rain.

By adamg - 5/30/21 - 11:10 am
Teen showing senior how to use one of the alarms

Teen showing seniors how to use one of the alarms. Photo by BPD.

Boston Police report that teens and officers distributed several hundred small alarm devices to senior citizens in Chinatown yesterday because of a growing wave of attacks on Asian-American senior citizens. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/21 - 10:00 pm
Crowd outside the Broadway in South Boston

Eileen Murphy reported from East Broadway in South Boston early this evening on the First Day of No Masks: "Just another Saturday night at The Broadway."

By adamg - 5/29/21 - 11:45 am

Gary Park wants to celebrate the end of Covid-19 requirements today, but can't. The owner of Gary's Liquors on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury writes he will not be uncorking anything tonight: Read more.

By adamg - 5/28/21 - 9:53 pm
Sale on masks

Look at the discount on face masks at Robert Orthman's local Star Market.

By adamg - 5/27/21 - 12:12 pm
Fake licenses used in the plot

Some of Adepoju's fake IDs, from federal affidavit.

Federal officials charge two Nigerian natives living in New York City used fake IDs to suck out money from the Massachusetts unemployment system and a federal disaster loan program - some of which they then tried to launder through transactions with an elderly man they met through Facebook, who had bought their story they were actually a young fitness instructor from Texas. Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/21 - 10:20 am

After missing a couple of years due to coronavirus. So far, the headliners include Rage Against the Machine and the Foo Fighters.

By adamg - 5/18/21 - 2:37 pm

NBC Boston reports the Massachusetts Restaurant Association has started lobbying to let restaurants keep offering take-out drinks even after the Covid-19 regulation that let them do so expires on June 15. The association does not note, but others might, that the earth continued to revolve about its axis and dogs and cats did not start sleeping together when the state eased its normal prohibition against the practice last spring.

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