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Charlie Baker, education experts want students in schools before second coronavirus surge strikes

State education officials are urging districts with low virus rates to get students back to class for in-person instruction now before a second surge of coronavirus afflicts the state.

“We know the possibility of a second spike exists, but while we are in a situation where a district has been green or gray for many weeks, we are asking districts to bring kids back to school in-person, or in a hybrid model,” education commissioner Jeffrey Riley said.

Only districts listed in red — or highest risk — on the Baker administration’s coronavirus risk map for three consecutive weeks should stick with remote-only learning, both Riley and Gov. Charlie Baker have said. There are currently 15 communities at the highest risk level.

“We think kids should be in school and think communities sh...

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Boston religious leader calls for justice locally, nationally

A Boston bishop “outraged” over the decision to not charge Kentucky police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death said he’s also very concerned about the local violence and cases that don’t get the same attention.

“We do want justice for Breonna Taylor and a whole lot of other folks who don’t have the public spotlight on their case,” said Bishop William Dickerson of Greater Love Tabernacle in Dorchester, ahead of an outside prayer service in Codman Square Thursday evening.

In the wake of police killings of several Black people across the U.S. this year, Dickerson advocated for police reform.

He also stressed that he’s worried about the violence in Boston. It has been a very violent summer in the city amid the pandemic.

“We don’t want these stabbings and shootings to go unn...

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10,000-unit Suffolk Downs, largest development in Boston history, approved

The largest private development project in Boston’s history now has the green light.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency’s board approved the redevelopment of the 161-acre Suffolk Downs racetrack site, giving the go-ahead after midnight today to a two-decade-long project that will add 10,000 apartments and condos to the area.

HYM Investment Group President Thomas O’Brien touted the millions in community contributions that his company will make and the environmental mitigations included as part of the 16 million-square-foot project.

“We want to create a site where everyone is welcome,” said O’Brien — a former head of the Boston Redevelopment Agency, the predecessor to the BPDA.

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who represents the area, spoke in favor of the proposal,...

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Red Sox crushed by Orioles to finish ugly year at Fenway Park

Orioles 10, Red Sox 1

Fenway Park won’t host another Red Sox game until 2021.

The takeaways:

1. The stakes

There’s a lot at stake for the Red Sox in the final weekend of the 2020 MLB season.

Thursday night, they finished their home portion of the 2020 schedule with an 11-20 record. It’s the second straight season they’ve had a losing record at Fenway Park.

They finished 5-5 against the Orioles (24-33), who were widely considered the worst team in baseball heading into the season. With one more loss, the Sox can secure last place in the American League East for the fourth time in nine seasons. They’ve also finished first four times and third once.

The Red Sox fell to 22-35 overall. Only the Rangers (19-37) and the Pirates (18-39) have worse records.

This weekend, the Sox w...

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Pac-12 votes to have seven-game football season beginning in November

The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors voted Thursday afternoon to attempt a fall football season, the conference announced.

Seven weeks after deciding to postpone until 2021, the conference plans to start games Nov. 6-7 and play a seven-game season that will culminate with the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 18.

The conference’s hope is that its deal with Quidel Corporation for daily antigen testing for the coronavirus will allow for it to complete an abridged season without built-in bye weeks to accommodate postponements due to the virus and crown a champion in time for College Football Playoff consideration.

The exact details of the schedule are still being formalized, according to a person with knowledge of the situation...

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At UN, China, Russia and US clash over pandemic responses

UNITED NATIONS — The United States butted heads with China and Russia at the United Nations on Thursday over responsibility for the pandemic that has interrupted the world, trading allegations about who mishandled and politicized the virus in one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at this year’s COVID-distanced U.N. General Assembly meeting.

The remarks at the U.N. Security Council’s ministerial meeting on the assembly’s sidelines came just after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres decried the lack of international cooperation in tackling the still “out-of-control” coronavirus.

The sharp exchanges, at the end of a virtual meeting on “Post COVID-19 Global Governance,” reflected the deep divisions among the three veto-wielding council members that have escal...

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Baker-Polito administration files bill to honor veterans lost to service-related illness

The Baker-Polito administration on Thursday filed legislation to create a Medal of Fidelity, which will be presented by the National Guard to the families of Massachusetts veterans who lost their lives to service-related illnesses and injuries.

“This legislation will provide an opportunity for the commonwealth to recognize the tragic toll that service-related illnesses and injuries can take on the brave men and women who serve in our nation’s armed forces,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “The Medal of Fidelity will honor their families and loved ones, as well as those veterans whose deaths were related to the invisible wounds of war and other conditions resulting from their combat service.”

A complement to the Medal of Liberty, which is presented to the families of Mas...

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Ticker: Gas company to provide $10M in grants to nonprofits; United launches COVID test pilot program

The charitable arm of the gas company blamed for a series of natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts two years ago said Thursday it will provide $10 million to support nonprofits in the three communities affected by the disaster.

The NiSource Charitable Foundation, supported by NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, said the money would be spread over five years.

The $10 million will be used to provide grants supporting basic needs including food, shelter and heating assistance; economic and job development; emergency assistance and disaster preparedness; STEM education; and environmental stewardship.

Grant applications in amounts up to $250,000 will be accepted until Dec. 4, and recipients will be notified in March.

United launches COVID-19 test pilot p...

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Charlie Baker blasts Donald Trump’s ‘appalling and outrageous’ refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power

Gov. Charlie Baker lambasted what he called President Trump’s “appalling and outrageous” refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the presidential election in November.

“A huge part of this nation’s glory to the extent it exists as a beacon to others is the peaceful transfer of power based on the vote of the people,” Baker said, speaking at the State House on Thursday.

In a meandering five-minute-long commentary that moved from mail-in voting to Abraham Lincoln’s reelection in the midst of the Civil War, the Republican governor excoriated Trump, saying “that peaceful transfer of power is what the people of this country rely on when they go out to vote.”

“How many times in an election have we heard the words, ‘the people have spoken?’” Baker said...

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Robert Kraft’s prostitution solicitation case in Florida is closed: Court docket

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is no longer facing charges for prostitution solicitation in Florida, according to the Palm Beach County court docket on Thursday.

The case is closed, reads the updated docket.

After a recent appeals court sided with Kraft and agreed that a lower court was right to throw out videos that allegedly showed Kraft paying for massage parlor sex acts, the prosecutors have decided to no longer prosecute the case.

The docket on Thursday read “nolle prosse” for soliciting another to commit prostitution.

“Although there was probable cause to make an arrest, the evidence cannot prove all legally required elements of the crime alleged and is insufficient to support a criminal prosecution,” Assistant State Attorney Judith Arco wrote on Thursday.

Pro...

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