UMass Amherst alerted students and parents today that due to "the worsening conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally," the school will only let students return who have no choice but to take classes in laboratories and studios or who need to be in face-to-face interactions with professors. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a woman's suit against the Archdiocese of Boston for the way she was fired as director of musical ministries at a Franklin church without even considering her claim that the new parish priest didn't like either her age or gender. Read more.
A federal judge today ordered Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Maxwell Taylor, held at the Norfolk County jail as they await extradition hearings on a request from Japan to have them shipped there to face trial on charges they helped smuggle Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn out of the country in a large black box so he could avoid his own trial for alleged financial crimes. Read more.
Herrell's, in the bucolic city of Northampton (started by Steve Herrell, yes, thatSteve, and his wife) reports several incidents in which people got so, so mad when they were told to put on a mask or to take their cone to go - one even threw the cone at the server when told they couldn't eat it inside.
A federal judge ruled today that Alvin "King Humble" Mojica of Worcester is too much of a flight risk to release on cocaine-distribution charges that could net him more than 10 years in prison and ordered him kept locked up pending his trial. Read more.
A former Green Beret turned international security consultant and his son face a hearing this afternoon on the government's request to hold them without bail until they can be sent to Japan, where they face charges for allegedly smuggling the ousted Nissan CEO out of the country by hiding him in a large black box. Read more.
Walmart thought it could re-open the store today or tomorrow after a deep cleaning, but Worcester said, yeah, right, not until you test all 400 workers, especially since most of the cases were diagnosed in the past week, WBZ reports.
Dr. Andrew Artenstein, chief physician executive at Baystate Health - which runs four hospitals in the Springfield area - describes the lengths he and his staff had to go to to secure some much needed respirator masks recently, in a a letter to the New England Journal of Medcine posted yesterday. Read more.
MassLive.com reports the Jew-hating alleged idiot tried to burn down a nursing home in East Longmeadow earlier this month by using a Christian religious pamphlet as a wick to light a five-gallon canister filled with gasoline, only the pamphlet stopped burning before the canister could catch on fire, which let investigators use DNA from the blood he somehow dripped on the pamphlet to connect him to the canister.
The CT Mirror reports the governors of six Northeast states, including New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut have agreed to work together on planning for the gradual re-opening of their economies as public-health concerns warrant; they added other states are welcome to join in.
The Milford Daily News reports the Milford Fire Department was about to receive a shipment of 30,000 protective gowns for firefighters and Milford Regional Medical Center, but that the federal government took them from the distributor just before they were shipped.
WBUR reports the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Worcester has stopped transferring patients to another facility because one of the remaining patients has now tested positive for Covid-19.
Gov. Baker had announced plans earlier this week to convert nursing homes with up to a total of 1,000 beds into Covid-19 facilities for patients who still need care, but not at hospital levels.
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy told students and parents that he's postponed graduation exercises originally set for May 8 and that while he wants to honor seniors at some point, he really has no idea when that might be possible: Read more.
UMass Amherst, which had earlier said it hoped to have students return to campus on April 6, today announced it's just having students move out for good this weekend. In an announcement to the campus and parents, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy writes: Read more.