Joe Perry tweets he's 'doing well' after health scare
Joe Perry, the guitar maestro for Aerosmith, said this afternoon he's "doing well" after a health scare this week.Perry was hospitalized over the weekend after collapsing at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. The Lawrence-raised guitarist was at the New York City arena to stage a surprise performance at Billy Joel’s concert before his medical scare.He tweeted today: "Doing well, thanks for all the love and support!"
Congressman in tight race sues over ranked-voting system
AUGUSTA, Maine — Fighting for political survival, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Maine's new voting system, used for the first time last week in U.S. House and Senate elections.The lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the vote tabulations and to declare ranked-choice voting to be unconstitutional, clearing the way for Poliquin to be declared the victor. The secretary of state declined a separate request to stop the election process without a court order.
Greens in Massachusetts claim official party status for 2020
BOSTON — The Green-Rainbow Party says it earned enough votes in the recent election to qualify as an official political party in Massachusetts in 2020.Under state law, if one or more candidates affiliated with a party receives at least 3 percent of the vote in a statewide race, that party is recognized and earns ballot status for the next state election.Unofficial returns from Nov. 6 show Green-Rainbow candidates Juan Sanchez and Jamie Guerin received 3.8 percent and 3.5 percent of the vote in their respective races for secretary of state and treasurer.
Former health agent charged with forging inspections
ROCKLAND — Police say a former health agent in Massachusetts forged inspection reports for nearly a dozen restaurants.The Enterprise reports that records show Janice McCarthy is facing 22 felony charges in connection with the false reports for Rockland restaurants.McCarthy was appointed as a health agent in 2001, and she oversaw the town health department until her resignation Oct. 25.Town officials say a health board clerk became suspicious of McCarthy after several citizens submitted public records requests over concerns about restaurant inspections.
Boston considering 20 mph limit
For the second time in two years, Boston could be looking at new, lower speed limits.Today, the City Council will discuss again lowering the speed limit for drivers, this time from 25 mph to 20 mph, in a hearing with city officials and pedestrian and traffic organizations. Speed limits were reduced in January 2017 to 25 mph citywide — unless otherwise posted — from the previous speed limit of 30 mph.
Airbnb sues Boston over short-term rental rules
BOSTON — Short-term rental business Airbnb is suing the city of Boston over regulations aimed at cracking down on investors who buy housing units to list on the platform.The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court says the ordinance violates state and federal law by forcing home-sharing platforms to share information about clients with the city and requiring the platforms to enforce the new rules. The new rules passed in June take effect Jan. 1.