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Acting Mayor Kim Janey.

Janey says no plans for NYC-type restrictions, invoking slavery, birtherism

On the same day that New York City announced new rules requiring proof of vaccination at indoor restaurants and gyms, Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s administration said Boston has no plans to follow suit.

Mayoral candidate John Barros spoke with with Bethann Codrington, of Finding Hope in God. Barros collaborated with her organization and MetroWest Pharmacy of Framingham on Tuesday to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Massachusetts Avenue near Melnea Cass Boulevard. She wrote the book “Redemption: From the Crack House to God’s House.”

‘Make Miracle Mile known’: Groups disperse COVID, public health info to Mass. and Cass through pop-up vaccination clinic

“Free COVID shots for everybody!” was the call at a pop-up vaccination clinic Tuesday at Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury.

Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett to headline Andrea Campbell fund-raiser on Martha’s Vineyard

The campaign expects the event, which is being held at the home of Chilmark residents and philanthropists Edward Miller and Monina von Opel, to raise about $50,000. Valerie Jarrett currently serves as the president of the nonprofit Obama Foundation and is expected to speak at the fund-raiser.

THE RACE FOR MAYOR
Annissa Essaibi George.

Annissa Essaibi George releases her first TV ad of the Boston mayor’s race

“Together, we will build a better Boston,” the city councilor says in the biography-focused spot.

Uber is part of a coalition pushing a Massachusetts ballot question.

With ballot question, tech companies could put the future of the gig economy in voters’ hands

A coalition of tech giants is set to file a 2022 ballot question that would allow them to continue classifying Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash drivers and deliverers as independent contractors, not employees, while granting the workers some new benefits.

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey.

As Janey considers vaccine and testing mandate, Boston does not track vaccination status for all city employees

“The City of Boston does not currently track vaccination rates among all employees,” said Caitlin McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the Boston Public Health Commission, in a Monday statement. “We are exploring the public health, legal, and labor considerations for a vaccine or testing requirement for the City’s workforce with urgency.”

CANDIDATE PROFILE
Mayoral candidate John Barros greeted guests while attending Boston While Black’s family reunion on The Lawn on D on July 24 in South Boston.

Teenage community activism helped shape Boston mayoral candidate John Barros into a ‘bridge-builder’

Barros's rise from student leader, community activist, youth minister, and nonprofit executive to government official and now two-time mayoral candidate offers a window into how he has led previously and where he plans to take the city should he win.

SuperPACs emerge in Boston’s mayoral race, with little objection so far

At least four superPACs have declared they are backing specific candidates: Councilors Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George, and Acting Mayor Kim Janey. A fifth is thought to be supporting Councilor Michelle Wu, but a representative of the group has declined to confirm that.