MASSACHUSETTS – We are on Friday September 24th. Here’s what you need to know this afternoon:
- Saturday’s Powerball draw is around $ 523 million, with a cash option estimated at $ 379 million.
- Several Brookline business owners have filed a lawsuit against the city, challenging the age-based tobacco ban that goes into effect on September 27.
- A man attempted to storm the cockpit during a JetBlue flight from Boston to Puerto Rico on Wednesday evening.
Scroll down for more on these and other stories that Patch covered in Massachusetts today.
A Middleboro man was arrested Wednesday evening after police said he assaulted a Keolis Commuter Rail driver when asked to put on a face mask.
Transit police officers responded to the Braintree MBTA commuter train station at around 5:20 p.m. after receiving a report that a passenger assaulted a driver when asked to put on a mask.
The driver told officers he asked Daniel Libby, 40, of Middleboro to put on a mask on the train, a mandate that has not changed his policy for more than a year, even though the governor Baker andconcerning the face
The other stories on the front page of Friday
Stores are suing Brookline over tobacco ban: Several Brookline business owners have filed a lawsuit against the city, challenging the age-based tobacco ban that goes into effect on September 27. The plaintiffs, including Brookline Sunoco, One Stop Market and Commonwealth Mobil, claim the new amendment to section 14, which prohibits the sale of tobacco and vape to anyone born after January 1, 2000, is preempted by the law of the ‘State. The ban is the first of its kind in the United States
A man rushes into the cockpit of the Boston JetBlue flight: A man attempted to storm the cockpit during a JetBlue flight from Boston to Puerto Rico on Wednesday evening. Khalil El Dahr was arrested after an FBI affidavit obtained by Patch says he interfered with flight crew members and passengers. The FBI affidavit states that El Dahr was on board JetBlue flight 261 from Logan International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico when he became agitated after attempting to make an unsuccessful phone call during the last time of flight.
The dismissal of the department head interviewed at Medford: An external investigator found no wrongdoing on the part of the city administration in connection with the allegations of the Director of Veterans Services, Michael Durham, that he was not properly compensated, that the veterans were doing discriminated against and retaliated against for bringing these issues to light. The findings come amid public outcry over Durham’s removal from his role. Durham was escorted from town hall by police last Friday after being placed on paid administrative leave pending a psychological assessment. “The mayor is using a vicious stereotype that veterans are unbalanced and violent to sully the reputation of a good man,” Durham’s wife Briana told city council at its Tuesday meeting.
The 2021 Boston Marathon will take place on October 11. Read the latest information on Patch’s 2021 Boston Marathon hub.
In case you missed it
Good news, bad news in the latest COVID-19 counts: Coronavirus measurements continued to paint a mixed picture in Massachusetts over the past week, with the rate of positive tests declining but the death rate increasing. At the city level, the majority of communities have reported a drop in positive test rates, according to city-by-city data released Thursday. Sixteen communities in Massachusetts have not reported any positive tests in the past two weeks, down four from the last report.
By the Numbers: $ 51.3 million
That’s the amount a Milford man is asking for in a lawsuit against Amazon. Joseph Graziano claims he sustained “serious” injuries in an accident with an Amazon pickup truck and claims the heavy workload on the employees caused the collision.