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Boston pharmacies will now have to provide sharps disposal, under law passed by city council

Christopher Gavin, Boston.com Staff October 23, 2020 | 4:49 PM Taking aim at the used hypodermic needles that have increasingly littered Boston’s streets, parks, school yards, and sidewalks, city councilors passed a law this week to mandate large pharmacies that sell the syringes to provide kiosks so unwanted sharps can be safely disposed. The ordinance, passed unanimously after receiving a favorable recommendation from the Committee on Government Operations, was years in the making for Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George, who says the new program will ultimately create over 100 collection sites across Boston. Officials hope the […]Read full article >
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Testing urged for visitors to 5 N.H. restaurants in 3 cities

HOLLY RAMER, AP October 23, 2020 | 5:20 PM CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Anyone who went to five restaurants in Portsmouth, Concord and Peterborough on certain days this month should get tested for the coronavirus, state health officials said Friday. The Department of Health and Human Services said at least four people who have tested positive visited Daniel Street Tavern in Portsmouth while potentially infectious, and anyone who was in the bar area on Oct. 9, 14 or 15 should get tested. At least one person has tested positive who visited the Goat Bar and Grill in Portsmouth on Oct. 15. In Concord, at least five people who have tested positive […]Read full article >
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These 77 communities are at the highest risk for coronavirus this week

A total of 77 Massachusetts communities now have the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission, 14 more than last week, according to new data released on Thursday. And now the state is also delineating communities with an asterisk that have a higher education institution, long-term care facility, or correctional facility that has had more than 10 confirmed cases within the last two weeks, and if those case counts make up more than 30 percent of the total cases for the city or town where it’s located for the same time period. As a result, towns in the red zone like Middleton and North Andover are now marked with an asterisk for their […]Read full article >
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Animal Rescue League offers temporary housing for pets after end of state’s eviction moratorium

Arianna MacNeill, Boston.com Staff October 23, 2020 | 4:37 PM For those facing eviction due to the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, their pets now have a place to go. The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering to take in pets temporarily while their owners figure out their living arrangements considering the expiration of the state’s eviction moratorium on Oct. 17, according to a press release. Pets will be kept for a 120-day maximum within the organization’s foster system. Prior to temporary placement, the animal will be examined by a vet and undergo a behavioral evaluation, the release said.  […]Read full article >
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Iowa never locked down. Its economy is struggling anyway.

As far as the law is concerned, there is no reason that Amedeo Rossi can’t reopen his martini bar in downtown Des Moines, or resume shows at his concert venue two doors down. Yet Rossi’s businesses remain dark, and one has closed for good. There are no restrictions keeping Denver Foote from carrying on with her work at the salon where she styles hair. But Foote is picking up only two shifts a week, and is often sent home early because there are so few customers. No lockdown stood in the way of the city’s Oktoberfest, but the celebration was canceled. “We could have done it, absolutely,” said Mindy Toyne, whose […]Read full article >