Employers commit to sex trafficking initiative
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Attorney General Maura Healey have persuaded nearly two dozen Massachusetts companies to adopt a new zero-tolerance policy against buying sex, officials said Tuesday. The policy is part of an initiative called Employers Against Sex Trafficking. Research has shown that users often purchase sex during work hours on company computers. Twenty-three companies are on board after a meeting with Walsh and Healey, the officials said in a joint statement. “It is our hope that other employers will join us in implementing zero tolerance policies for the purchase of sex in the workplace and create a safer Boston for all,” the statement said.
Town strips name of slave owner from school
The Edward Devotion School will no longer honor the memory of a local 18th century benefactor and slave owner after Town Meeting members voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to rename the school. The School Committee will have until next spring’s annual Town Meeting to propose a new name for the public school once attended by John F. Kennedy. Until then, the elementary school on Harvard Street will be called the Coolidge Corner School, named for its neighborhood. The article was approved by a vote of 171 in favor, to 19 opposed, with 14 abstentions, following an emotional debate in the auditorium at Brookline High. The school, which this year had 801 students enrolled in grades kindergarten to eight, is scheduled to reopen in September following a $120 million renovation.
PawSox stadium plan involves no tax dollars
Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said he has a framework for a new Pawtucket PawSox stadium that will not risk any taxpayer money. Mattiello said Tuesday after a caucus with his Democratic colleagues that the state’s contribution would come from tax revenue the park generates itself. The PawSox are the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The speaker said the state would create an account that could receive the money generated by sales, income, and property taxes at the site. Mattiello estimated it would raise a couple million dollars a year. The Senate in January approved a deal for the state to devote $23 million of the $83 million needed for the project. Mattiello had pronounced that deal dead. ‘‘If we can keep the PawSox with zero risk to the taxpayer,’’ he said, ‘‘I think that’s a successful outcome.’’ (AP)
Firefighter gets trapped dog, plus sloppy kisses
A firefighter came to the rescue of a dog trapped on a roof. Wells police said the dog exited through a window and became stranded on the home’s roof over the weekend. Worried onlookers called about the pooch and one person even waited near the home until first responders arrived, police said. Wells Fire Department Captain Jeff Nawfel climbed a ladder to reach the dog. Nawfel was able to coax the canine back into the home after a couple wet kisses. No word if the troublesome pet is out of the dog house yet. (AP)