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Business · Plymouth
US to give away free lighthouses as GPS makes them unnecessary
Ten lighthouses that for generations have stood like sentinels along America’s shorelines protecting mariners from peril and guiding them to safety are being given away at no cost or sold at auction by the federal government.See the Story
76% Center coverage: 65 sources
Department of Justice · Vermont
Lawsuit alleges excessive force by police, false arrests, during George Floyd protest in Worcester
The lawsuit claims that Worcester police retaliated against bystanders who were using phones to record police shooting tear gas and so-called "less-than-lethal" rounds at crowds. The plaintiffs allege that police then lied in their reports to justify the arrests. The Department of Justice is investigating whether Worcester police have a pattern of using excessive force and discriminatory policing.See the Story
50% Center coverage: 4 sources
Somerville, Massachusetts · Somerville
Service disruptions coming to Red Line, and even the new GLX
The MBTA lifted 66 speed restrictions in April and May. The restrictions were put in place after parts of the track were found to be unsafe. There are still 204 restrictions in place system-wide, representing 20% of all tracks. The T cut service to Blue and Red Lines this spring to find extra time to make repairs.See the Story
Coverage: 2 sources
Latest News Stories
Got a question for Twitter's press team? The answer will be a poop emoji
Elon Musk tweeted that all press inquiries sent to Twitter would receive an automated reply of a rather undignified emoji of poop. Entrepreneur decided to test this theory by sending Twitter a message asking for confirmation if Musk was being serious or full of … well, you get it. Musk is also no fan of having a PR department.See the Story
60% Left coverage: 5 sources
Rifle stolen from trooper's cruiser
A Massachusetts State Police rifle was stolen out of a locked cruiser. The cruiser was parked in an apartment complex parking garage where the trooper lives. Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said officers take many steps to secure their weapons. State police hope surveillance video from the garage will help them track down a suspect.See the Story
54% Left coverage: 13 sources
Tom Hanks to give commencement speech at Harvard University
Harvard's 372nd commencement ceremony will take place May 25. Hanks, 66, is an Oscar-winning actor known for such films as Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and Castaway. Harvard referenced Hanks' works in a teaser for commencement released Tuesday.See the Story
50% Center coverage: 16 sources
CDC · Maine
Babesiosis, a tick-borne disease, is on the rise in Northeast, according to CDC report
Tickborne illnesses in the United States are up 25%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yale Scientist Goudarz Molaei said one of the factors that could be causing the increase in tickborne diseases could be shorter winters. Babesiosis is a tick-borne disease that is transmitted from the bites of black-legged ticks.See the Story
65% Center coverage: 46 sources
Ticketmaster gives partial refund, lower fees to Cure fans after Robert Smith’s crusade
The Cure frontman Robert Smith says Ticketmaster will lower fees. The company will offer a $5-10 refund per ticket for verified fan accounts. The Cure fans who already bought tickets for shows on the band's May-July tour will get refunds automatically. All future ticket purchases will incur lower fees, Smith says.See the Story
45% Center coverage: 22 sources
Gary Lineker · London
BBC crisis escalates as players, stars rally behind Lineker
The BBC scrambled to stem an escalating crisis Saturday over its suspension of former soccer star and program host Gary Lineker for comments criticizing the British government’s new asylum policy.See the Story
46% Left coverage: 41 sources
Americas · Boston
Bostonians remember deadly marathon bombing 10 years later
With a bagpiper playing “The Bells of Dunblane” and a few runners looking on, families of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the 10th anniversary of the tragedy early Saturday by slowly walking together to the memorial sites near the finish line and laying wreaths. See the Story
62% Center coverage: 140 sources