There's No Clear Way to Eliminate Shark Attacks.
In summer 2o19, a number of ideas were tested to see if they could deter sharks from approaching popular beaches. Now, the results of a study by Woods Hole Group say that none of the options tested would be particularly effective, and recommends focusing on onshore precautions including more lifeguards, better emergency response awareness, and improved communications at popular beach destinations. [WBUR]
Massachusetts Reports 10 Possible New Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness.
The state is sending the CDC information on 10 more cases of lung injuries that may have been caused by e-cigarette use. So far, 29 cases from Massachusetts, including one death, have been reported to the CDC for further investigation. [WBUR]
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins Supports Safe Injections Sites.
This week, Rollins wrote a letter to the state legislature, which is currently weighing two bills that could open up the opportunity for safe injection sites in Massachusetts. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has said that he will prosecute anyone operating such sites for violation of federal law. [Boston.com]
Bicyclists Ask Police to Write Tickets for Drivers At Fault.
Lowell resident Dennis Estrella was hit by a car during his commute to Burlington in September. He suffered a concussion, a broken nose, and broken orbital bones, while the driver who hit him received no citation at all. The Massachusetts Bike Coalition says that traffic enforcement for such violations is variable around the state. [Lowell Sun]
President of Encore Boston Harbor to Resign.
Robert DeSalvio has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as President of Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett. He will be replaced by Brian Gullbrants, who had been in charge of food and beverage operations at Encore. [NBC Boston]
Congestion Pricing of Highway Tolls Could Be the Answer.
Lawmakers are calling for Governor Charlie Baker and his administration to implement a policy that would increase the toll rate during peak hours, in an effort to ease traffic during rush hour. [WBUR]
The Most Photographed Street in Boston?
Could very likely be Acorn Street in Beacon Hill. On any given day, locals complain that tourists are crowding the sidewalks on the cobblestone street, angling for the perfect photo to share on Instagram. [Boston Globe]