New England news in brief


Harvard, MIT join in to repeal endowment tax

Nearly 50 college and university presidents are urging federal lawmakers to repeal the endowment tax that the Republican-controlled Congress passed last year. Presidents from schools including Harvard University, Amherst College, MIT, and Wellesley College repeated their calls for a reconsideration of the 1.4 percent tax on their investment returns. “This tax will not address the cost of college or student indebtedness, as some have tried to suggest,” according to the letter signed by 49 higher education leaders. “Instead, it will constrain the resources available to the very institutions that lead the nation in reducing, if not eliminating, the costs for low- and middle-income students, and will impede the efforts of other institutions striving to grow their endowments for this very purpose.”


Juveniles arrested in convenience store hit

Soon after putting out a call for tips, Boston police Wednesday said two juveniles ages 14 and 16 were arrested for allegedly robbing at gunpoint a Charlestown convenience store. The youths, who weren’t named because of their ages, were charged with the robbery of Convenience 365 Market & Deli on Medford Street that occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police had released surveillance photos of the suspects, one of whom appeared to be brandishing a firearm while wearing a hood, sunglasses, and an article of clothing wrapped around the lower half of his face. The other was wearing a red hoodie with the hood pulled over a Red Sox hat but made no apparent effort to hide his face. It was unclear Wednesday when the suspects will be appear in Juvenile Court.


Near 200 girls sign up for Cub Scouts in Mass.


Since the Boy Scouts of America began allowing girls to join Cub Scouts programs earlier this year, almost 200 Massachusetts girls have registered to take part in scouting, according to the annual report on scouting in Massachusetts. There are 178 girls between the ages of 6 and 10 who have registered to join a Cub Scouts pack, the report said — a tiny fraction of the 38,212 members of a Massachusetts Boy Scouts organization in 2017. Scouts — including a handful of girl Cub Scouts — attended Monday’s State Senate session to present the Legislature with the annual report on Boy Scouts’ activities in 2017.