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Janey is the first black woman to be elected mayor of Boston.

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Janey is the first black woman to be elected mayor of Boston.
Janey is the first black woman to be elected mayor of Boston.

Janey is the first black woman to be elected mayor of Boston.

 

Kim Janey, the city’s first female and first person of color, was sworn in as the city’s new mayor on Monday.

Marty Walsh resigned on Monday evening to take over as labor secretary for Vice President Joe Biden. Janey, the Black president of the Boston City Council, has stepped into the position of acting mayor and will be sworn in on Wednesday.

Walsh, the latest in a long line of mostly Irish-American Boston mayors spanning more than a century — with one notable exception — said he was pleased with the move.

Walsh said earlier in the evening, “History will be made tonight.” “We are a city that is highly diverse, with people from all walks of life, nationalities, and skin tones. It’s a positive thing for our city, in my opinion. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our city.”

Following Walsh’s confirmation by the United States Senate, Janey took to Twitter to wish him well.

“Congratulations, Secretary Walsh, on your confirmation. She tweeted, “You are a proud son of Dorchester who will bring our city with you.” “Your enthusiasm will greatly help America’s working people.”

Janey, a fellow Democrat, said, “Now, we look forward to a new day — a new chapter — in Boston’s history.”

Walsh said he’s had daily meetings and talks with Janey for the past two months. According to him, the two have also conducted lengthy planning sessions.

“The council president and I, as well as our teams, have worked tirelessly to ensure a seamless transition,” he said.

Janey’s rise has been lightning fast by every political stopwatch. She was sworn in as a city councilor for the first time three years ago.

Despite the fact that Janey, 55, is only serving as temporary mayor, she is widely regarded as ushering of a new era in Boston politics.

Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, and Annissa Essaibi George, all current city councilors, are among those running for the position. Jon Santiago, a state representative, and John Barros, a Cape Verdean, are also running. Under Walsh, Barros was in charge of economic growth.

Janey has a long history of activism in Boston, having grown up in Roxbury, the city’s Black heartland.

While attending Boston University, his grandfather, Daniel Benjamin Janey, was a member of Twelfth Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worshipped. In 1964, her father was one of only eight Black students to graduate from Boston Latin School, the city’s prestigious high school.

Janey was introduced to the city’s political culture when visiting her great grandmother’s home in the city’s South End district, where she witnessed a neighbor — Black community leader and former state Rep. Mel King — run for mayor in 1983, but lose to Ray Flynn, an Irish-American city councilor.

Janey would remember the rocks and racial slurs she said were thrown at her as an 11-year-old girl riding the bus to the overwhelmingly white neighborhood of Charlestown during the second period of Boston’s turbulent school desegregation age. Later, she would enroll in a program that would encourage her to attend school outside of the city.

Janey started her advocacy work with Massachusetts Advocates for Children, where she pushed for legislative reforms aimed at ensuring fairness and excellence for Boston public school students.

She became the first woman to represent her district, which encompasses much of Roxbury, parts of the South End, Dorchester, and Fenway areas of the city, in a 13-candidate election in 2017.

Although she hasn’t said if she’ll run for mayor in the fall, an acting mayor has previously used the role as a stepping stone to winning the seat outright.

When former Mayor Raymond Flynn resigned to become President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to the Vatican, then-city council president Thomas Menino took over as acting mayor in July 1993, won the mayoral election later that year, and went on to serve in the role for the longest time in the city’s history.

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Bo Byram is back. Nathan MacKinnon is returning. The Avalanche’s NHL-leading scoring clip is bound to surge.

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Bo Byram’s return sparks Avalanche in victory over Nashville Predators

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said if rookie Bo Byram had shot quicker a couple of times on Saturday night, the dynamic young defenseman would have had three goals against Nashville.

Following Colorado’s 6-2 victory, Bednar also could have said if star center Nathan MacKinnon was in the lineup, the Avs could have reached seven goals for the fourth time in eight games.

Bottom line: Colorado proved in November that it is loaded offensively, and has the ability to become more dangerous when MacKinnon rejoins Byram in the lineup on Wednesday at Toronto. The Avs are 7-1 in MacKinnon’s latest absence and 5-1 without both MacKinnon and Byram this month.

They have averaged 5.4 goals in the past eight games to lead the NHL in scoring at 4.00. And their .750 winning percentage in November (7-2-1) is a club record.

What happens when MacKinnon follows Byram in rejoining the lineup in the next game on Wednesday at Toronto? Perhaps MacKinnon will realize he doesn’t have to be the superstar for this team to score more goals than it allows, and that diminished pressure will add to the team’s chemistry.

“He’s one of the best players in the world,” Mikko Rantanen, who had three goals and four points against the Preds, said of MacKinnon. “Getting one of the best players back to the team is only going to help us.”

Byram is certainly an important side piece, and he adds to what already is the NHL’s most multi-faceted blue-line corps.

Byram, who settled for the game-winning goal and four shots in logging 22:00 after missing six games with another concussion, was the second coming of Cale Makar against the Preds. That’s a big statement as Makar, the 2021 Norris Trophy finalist who is on an offensive tear, had seven goals and 12 points in his career-high six-game points streak.

Bednar had high praise for Byram for how quickly the 20-year-old returned to his dominant nature while coming off at least his third concussion of 2021.

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The Miami Dolphins showed their midseason momentum is real and displayed what can become of the young Alabama connection of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receiver Jaylen Waddle.

In a key game to determine if the Dolphins could legitimately swing their sudden surge into a reinsertion in the AFC playoff conversation, they responded. Clicking on all cylinders in a 33-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami won its fourth consecutive game.

The Dolphins, after starting 1-7, now find themselves at 5-7 with home games against the lowly New York Giants (4-7) and Jets (3-8) on the horizon and a path to getting back to .500 looking more and more realistic, especially after demoralizing the Panthers (5-7).

Tagovailoa completed just under 90 percent of his passes, going 27 of 31 for 230 yards and a touchdown. More than half of that passing yardage went to Waddle, the rookie wideout who finished with nine receptions for 137 yards and the touchdown. It all came against a Carolina pass defense that entered Sunday ranked No. 1 in the NFL.

The Dolphins defense held the Panthers to pedestrian numbers. Starting quarterback Cam Newton was 5 of 21 for 92 yards, two interceptions and a rushing touchdown. Star running back Christian McCaffrey was held to 35 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Miami finished outgaining the Carolina, 315-198. The Dolphins held the Panthers to 4 of 12 on third downs, forced three turnovers on defense and even scored on special teams.

A pair of second-quarter touchdowns gave the Dolphins a 21-7 lead. First, Waddle caught a 9-yard touchdown from Tagovailoa that followed an interception and return into the red zone by cornerback Xavien Howard.

Later in the half, Waddle’s 57-yard catch and run over the middle from Tagovailoa eventually set up running back Myles Gaskin to score on a direct snap for a 3-yard touchdown. It was one of two Gaskin rushing scores out of the Wildcat, adding on from 3 yards out again in the third quarter.

Before halftime, The Dolphins were in position to add to the two-touchdown lead, but it backfired when center Austin Reiter skipped a shotgun snap past Tagovailoa that Panthers linebacker Frankie Luvu recovered and ran the other way to the Miami 23-yard line. Receiver Isaiah Ford made a touchdown-saving tackle, but it left a second on the clock for a Zane Gonzalez 41-yard field goal. Miami led, 21-10, at halftime.

The Dolphins struck first on special teams when linebacker Duke Riley blocked a first-quarter punt deep in Panthers’ territory that cornerback Justin Coleman recovered for a touchdown. Riley also had a big third-down hit on Panthers receiver DJ Moore that forced the punt.

Carolina answered with a Newton 1-yard rushing touchdown that was set up by a long pass for 64 yards from Newton to Moore, who got open over the top on what appeared to be a miscommunication between Howard and fellow cornerback Byron Jones, both on the same side with no safety help.

Miami’s secondary recovered from there, intercepting Newton twice in the first half. Rookie safety Jevon Holland had the first one while Howard had the later one that set up the Waddle touchdown.

The Dolphins got to the Panthers’ 24-yard line on their opening possession, but former American Heritage High and FSU standout Brian Burns swooped past right tackle Jesse Davis for a strip-sack of Tagovailoa. Davis recovered the fumble, which was followed by a Michael Palardy punt to the Carolina 5-yard line before the Miami special teams score.

Aside from the Howard and Holland interceptions, cornerback Nik Needham had a diving interception late against Panthers backup quarterback PJ Walker. Jaelan Phillips had three sacks, and Emmanuel Ogbah and Christian Wilkins added one apiece.

Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders made a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, but he also missed an extra point off the upright.

Sunday’s game was only the seventh meeting all time between the Dolphins and Panthers. Carolina, a 1996 expansion franchise in the NFC, is Miami’s least-faced opponent in the NFL.

The Dolphins host the Giants next Sunday before their bye week.

This story will be updated.

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