Boston could have generated a year's worth of money for its affordable housing fund from the sale of units in just two luxury buildings if the Legislature allowed the city to add a tax on expensive real estate sales, according to a report.

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MIDDLETON — As one of the more than 700 local businesses that received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, The Goddard School of Middleton had plenty of company.


The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday — as the shots are poised to begin key final testing.

SALEM — A decades-long land dispute over property next to Ferris Salvage on Franklin Street could soon end, but only with support from at least eight members of the City Council.

WELLFLEET — Despite a multi-day search for Matthew Silveira, the 32-year-old Beverly man who has been missing for more than a week, authorities appear to be no closer to finding him than they were Sunday when his car was found on Black Pond Road.

BOSTON — State health officials want to make emergency rules requiring masks or face coverings permanent as they brace for a possible second wave of coronavirus infections.


SALEM — Essex County Clerk of Courts Tom Driscoll has taken to calling his office "The Bubble."

SALEM — A Salem man who helped found the Latino Leadership Coalition has been nominated to become a Housing Court judge. 

NEW YORK (AP) — Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a move the Trump administration says will speed up reporting but one that concerns some public health…


NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Body-camera footage made public Wednesday from two Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest captured a panicked and fearful Floyd pleading with the officers in the minutes before his death, saying “I'm not a bad guy!" as they tried to wrestle him into …

BOSTON — The number of high school students planning to attend college has remained largely unchanged by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to MassINC polling data, but technology and language barriers appear to be the two main reasons a student might delay or alter their intentions to enter college.

BOSTON — With federal and state moratoriums on evictions set to expire soon, lawmakers are gearing up to extend housing protections. But the move faces opposition from landlords who say it will decimate the rental market.

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SWAMPSCOTT — Participants in a nearly-three-hour Zoom forum hosted by Swampscott select board member Don Hause repeatedly took him to task, for overheard comments attributed to him by a former bartender at a restaurant last month, his responses afterward, and for a letter he wrote supporting…

BEVERLY — The City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night supporting the effort to declare racism an "on-going public health issue" in the city of Beverly.


PEABODY — National divisions over policing and police brutality, social and racial justice, and the pandemic were on display at the head of the Big Y Plaza at 687 Lowell St. Tuesday afternoon in side-by-side rallies.

WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S. virus cases spiking and the death toll mounting, the White House is working to undercut its most trusted coronavirus expert, playing down the danger as President Donald Trump pushes to get the economy moving before he faces voters in November.

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate early Tuesday passed a police accountability bill that would place limits on the “qualified immunity” shielding officers from civil prosecution, put checks on the use of chokeholds and tear gas and require law enforcement officers to be licensed if it b…

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes was “not a significant factor” in some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home…


BOSTON (AP) — Public school teachers across Massachusetts are asking for a phased in approach to the reopening of schools this fall, similar to the state's multi-phased economic restart.

BOSTON — Green groups are praising the Baker administration's move to cancel restrictions on reusable grocery bags, clearing the way for local bans on plastic shopping bags to resume, despite concerns for the safety of grocery store workers.


DANVERS — Essex Tech Superintendent Heidi Riccio has signed a four-year contract extension after receiving an "exemplary" rating from the school committee.


SWAMPSCOTT — Select Board Member Don Hause will hold a Zoom forum on Tuesday at 6 p.m. to address the controversy that erupted when a former bartender accused Hause of being critical of the Black Lives Matter movement during a conversation the worker overheard at a restaurant. 

BOSTON — A group of law enforcement organizations, including the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, demanded the immediate suspension on Monday afternoon of the Senate's debate over a sweeping police reform bill that unions and community leaders say was developed without input from Black and…

BOSTON — A group of Massachusetts voters and voting rights organizations sued Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday, arguing he is violating the COVID-era elections reform law by hesitating to send out applications for mail-in ballots without first receiving funding to cover the costs.


BOSTON (AP) — More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students' safety and forces schools to reconsider fall plans they have spent months preparing.


SALEM — Officials are recasting their tourism marketing strategy for the region amid the pandemic, instead urging North Shore residents to explore close to home. 


SALEM — The city's walking tour industry is getting back on the ground, but it's trying to address a COVID-related restriction that some consider to be unreasonable.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — With the United States grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state's largest single-day increase in positive cases.

PEABODY —  State police arrested a Peabody man early Saturday morning, following the hit-and-run death of a 40-year-old man less than two hours earlier in Chelsea.


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — With little more than a month before millions of U.S. schoolchildren go back to class, much is still up in the air — and not just because of the surging number of coronavirus cases nationwide.

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