This year July gave us an abundance of sunshine along with southwesterly breezes. There were only two overcast days. Our temperatures reflected this and were well above average for the month. We had two heat waves (three days in a row of 90 degrees or above). There were 11 days in the 90s. T…

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BOSTON — State education officials are reviewing school districts' initial reopening plans and expect to issue guidance on athletics and extracurricular activities next week, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday.

PEABODY — Superintendent Josh Vadala told the School Committee Tuesday night that following the guidance of public health experts, the district could not safety return students to the schools while providing 6-foot spacing for physical distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

SALEM — City-run Haunted Happenings events are effectively canceled this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, but officials are still hoping visitors will come to Salem this fall to support businesses.


SALEM — Salem's Ruane Judicial Center could end up handling nearly all of the county's criminal and civil jury trials until the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control, if state court officials adopt a proposal released Tuesday. 

PEABODY — They were once considered at risk of dropping out of high school. But on Sunday, 21 students in the Simon Youth Peabody Learning Academy received their diplomas. 

PEABODY — The call came in to Peabody police from a dumbfounded driver about 1:55 Sunday afternoon about a white car virtually bouncing off multiple other vehicles as he sped up Route 1 north.

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SALEM — Official, city-run events tied to Halloween are effectively on hold this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate around the country.


BEVERLY — The last time Karen Nascembeni saw her husband, Steven Richard, they were both sick and delirious from COVID-19, as he was taken from their car at Winchester Hospital.

BOSTON — As the coronavirus hammers the economy, Beacon Hill leaders are trying to keep the state government afloat with a series of interim budgets pending a possible federal bailout.

SALEM — When Salem State University reopens this month, there will be widespread testing of faculty and students for COVID-19, routine symptom check-ins, overhauls to dorm life and a plan to adapt when the need arrives.

BOSTON — Proposals to improve the safety of the state's aging natural gas system have languished since the coronavirus sidelined most everything else on Beacon Hill, but lawmakers remain hopeful of taking them up before the end of the two-year session.

NAHANT — The first debate of the 6th District Congressional Democratic primary took place Sunday night as two candidates took aim at the incumbent U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton in a virtual Nahant Town Hall with Sept. 1 fast approaching

BOSTON — Kids in low-income school districts will get a free breakfast served to them in their classrooms under a plan awaiting Gov. Charlie Baker's approval.

GROVELAND — A Groveland man who may have made nearly $400,000 stealing and then selling pricey "smart" lightbulbs, Nest thermostats and power tool batteries has been arrested on federal charges. 


SALEM — Standing near the corner of Lafayette Street and Loring Avenue Friday afternoon, Salem State University psychology professor Joanna Gonsalves asked the silhouette of a colleague about funding cuts and how to navigate them.


MARBLEHEAD — Rhod Sharp, the former presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live's "Up All Night," which was broadcast for many years from his home on Franklin Street, saw his broadcast career cut short in March due to the coronavirus.

Legislation that would grant additional paid sick leave to employees during the COVID-19 outbreak is moving on Beacon Hill after securing the approval of a key panel.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is routinely distorting Democratic rival Joe Biden's policy on fracking as he tries to transform it into a full-scale “disaster” for election battlegrounds.

[Story Developing] State officials are closely monitoring a recent uptick in the rate of positive COVID-19 test rates, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday as he again cautioned against social gatherings where people do not wear masks.

BEVERLY - Some School Committee members said Thursday night that they would have trouble voting for a plan to send students and teachers back to school this fall.


BEVERLY — While small businesses are suffering or closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, a bookstore in downtown Beverly is writing a different story.

BOSTON — A North Shore man charged with sexually exploiting teenage boys in Laos while teaching and running a charity there is set to be released as early as Friday, after a judge agreed to a plan for house arrest. 

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