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Harvard enacts worker protections, makes classes pass/fail

Harvard University will continue paying staff and contract workers through May 28, officials said Friday, and will temporarily switch to pass/fail grading, which Boston University said Friday it would make optional for most students, as colleges adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

New app takes aim at backlog of untested rape kits

Rollout of the confidential, Web-based “Track-Kit” system began Jan. 6 and arrived in Boston late last month. It allows survivors access to their kit’s exact location and provides this information to law enforcement, medical staff, and prosecutors involved in the case.

Baker asks all travelers arriving in Mass. to self-quarantine as coronavirus cases jump by more than 800, with 10 new related deaths

Massachusetts effectively closed its doors to tourists and many travelers Friday, as Governor Charlie Baker urged anyone arriving from out-of-state to self-quarantine for two weeks — the latest attempt to curb the spread of a pandemic that has now killed nearly three dozen people here.

For online teachers (and students), school is a work in progress

What does remote education look like in Massachusetts? The picture varies by classroom, by age group, by school, and by community, as educators across the state try to resume teaching, or at least restore connections with their students, whose routines have been upended by coronavirus-related school closures.

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An Ipswich man died from injuries early Friday after he, along with his wife and son, were struck by a car while out riding bikes Thursday afternoon.

Orange Line train taken out of service after passenger reportedly licked it

The southbound train was taken out of service at the Tufts Medical Center station “out of an abundance of caution,” an MBTA spokesman said.

Two seniors die from COVID-19 amid outbreak at Charlwell House in Norwood

Two seniors died at Norwood Hospital Friday morning after a coronavirus outbreak sickened more than 10 residents of Charlwell House Health & Rehabilitation Center, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

UMass students to get refunds after coronavirus-driven closures

University of Massachusetts president Marty Meehan and the chancellors of the Amherst, Bosannounced Friday they will adjust room, board and parking fees in response to the coronavirus-driven closures of residence halls and the transition to online-only instruction.

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Lottery opens for affordable housing units in Newtonville

A lottery for affordable and middle-income housing is open for a mixed-use development now under construction in Newtonville.


Newton unveils COVID-19 Care Fund

The fund is intended to support Newton residents, those who work in Newton, families with children enrolled in the public schools, and families with children receiving child-care services in Newton

Teachers’ love for their kids on parade in Clinton

In a season when learning is decidedly on hold, what happened here on Tuesday morning was a life lesson that those who witnessed it will never forget.

Gloucester-based anti-hunger organization to expand

The Open Door is nearing a goal of raising $1.7 million to expand its Gloucester headquarters at 28 Emerson Ave.

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