Today is Tuesday, June 30.
No deaths were reported in the state's daily coronavirus update, the first time in months there were no fatalities related to COVID-19. The death toll stood at 8,054 for the second straight day.
The Department of Public Health's daily report said the fatality total declined due to "data cleaning." It said it had removed duplicate deaths, which are often caused by typing errors.
There were 114 newly confirmed and probable cases of the virus, bringing the total to 108,882.
A Familiar Warning
Cape Cod's beaches and towns may be quieter because of the coronavirus pandemic, but officials are reminding visitors ahead of the Fourth of July holiday that the famous Massachusetts destination remains a popular getaway for other summertime travelers: great white sharks.
Cape Cod National Seashore Chief Ranger Leslie Reynolds warned at a news conference that the powerful predators are coming close enough to shore to be a concern for swimmers.
Officials in Orleans also have documented at least two shark attacks on seals in recent days, the Cape Cod Times.
Students Push For School Police Changes
A group of local students met recently with top city officials —including Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Superintendent Robert Tremblay, and former chief Steve Trask — to ask for major changes to the school resource officer program at Framingham High School.
The meeting was born out of a Framingham Families for Racial Equity in Education (FFREE) petition seeking the removal of school resource officers. The petition garnered over 540 signatures after being released in early June.
Joy Kunda was one of the students who met with school and city officials. Kunda, an incoming FHS senior and member of the FHS Black Student Union (BSU) and the Student Immigration Movement (SIM), said that his classmates recently realized they all shared a fear of the SROs. The nationwide protests surrounding the death of George Floyd drew them to action.
Fair Game? Topsfield Not Calling It Yet
The coronavirus is now taking aim at some of the major fall festivals, but the Topsfield Fair is still on as scheduled for its 202d consecutive year.
The Topsfield Fair announcement comes a day after the Big E in West Springfield was canceled for 2020. That fair had been scheduled to run from late September through the first weekend of October. The King's Richard Faire in Carver has also been canceled.
A resident found the city's Pride flag cut down over the weekend.
Massachusetts State Police are continuing their investigation into the crash that killed an off-duty Salem police officer.
Several Foxborough town employees argued it's not safe for them to empty trash barrels in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
With no perfect solution in these imperfect times, some City Councilors appeared to be genuinely struggling with the decision.
Chief Jack Buckley said both police unions have been on board since 2017, but budget constraints mean the department has to get "creative."
Police said the girls, ages 12, 14 and 15, were wanted in connection with several robberies and attempted robberies in Boston and Brookline.