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Howie Carr: Turn off Joe Biden’s microphone more, please

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Howie Carr: Turn off Joe Biden’s microphone more, please

“Bleep Joe Biden! Bleep Joe Biden! Bleep Joe Biden!”

It’s become a national rallying cry, like “Remember the Alamo” or “Remember the Maine!” (As if Dementia Joe can remember the Alamo or the USS Maine … or anything else.)

“Bleep Joe Biden! Bleep Joe Biden!”

It began two weekends ago at college football games in the South. Now it’s spread. Baseball fans in New York were chanting it last weekend during the Mets-Yankee subway series. Then Monday it spread to New Yorkers walking across the Brooklyn Bridge — a crowd that seemed to include very few white supremacists, incidentally.

Then Dementia Joe visited Idaho and California, and guess what he heard.

“Bleep Joe Biden! Bleep Joe Biden!”

You know, some might describe this moment of decline and fall and national humiliation as an apocalyptic time.

Or, as Joe put it Monday in the formerly Golden State, “apopolyctic.”

All dialogue guaranteed verbatim:

“The time of the year when you can’t go outside when the air will be filled with smoke and the sky will turn an apopolyctic shade of orange.”

First it was a whiter shade of pale, as Procol Harum used to sing. Now it’s an apopolyctic shade of orange.

Dementia Joe just keeps careening downhill. His caregivers at the White House have started turning off his microphone when he ad-libs a question. Biden got trolled over the weekend by a group of smirking 10-year-olds in Pennsylvania wearing Trump MAGA gear.

An Australian TV anchor has started offering cash prizes to any viewers who can tell her what Dementia Joe is talking about. She cited this example from last weekend:

“But it’s it’s the kind of thing or you know stuff that’s coming out of Florida stuff that’s coming out of you know Robert E. Lee had been in Afghanistan we’d have won anyway I’m I’m telling you too much….”

May we quote you on that, Mr. President?

Actually I don’t think that was even Biden’s most incomprehensible Grandpa Simpson moment over the past few days. I’d nominate this one:

“What’s gonna happen is things aren’t gonna go back to what they were it’s not like you can build back to what it was before it’s not gonna get any better than it is today it only can get worse not better it’s not like we’re not gonna have more problems but we can do this in my view….”

On Monday, Biden flew west. First he stopped in Idaho, where he told a big fat lie about applying for a job at a lumber company. Then he flew to California to campaign for, as he described him, “Gavin Newsom, the best governors in the country.”

With the recall election only hours away, Dementia Joe said he was darned glad to be in California, because his vice president, Cacklin’ Kamala Harris, is “always taking, uh, talking about y’all.”

Again trying to pivot from his cabal’s multiple catastrophes, Biden decided to change the subject from Afghanistan, inflation and the southern border to the apopolyctic topic of climate change, or as he called it recently, crimate clange.

Hurricanes are out of control. You may recall Hurricane Ida two weeks ago. In Idaho, Biden mentioned Hurricane “Aidan.” Then, a few hours later in California, he brought up yet a third hurricane – “Ada.”

And then there are the wildfires. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Caldor fire that’s been raging out of control. Joe added a new conflagration to the list — “the Calldoor Fire.”

As Dementia Joe lectured us, “We can’t ignore the reality that these wirefires wildfires are being supercharged by climate change.”

Mr. President, we didn’t quite catch what exactly is being supercharged. Can you repeat it for us?

“Y’all see what’s happening. Wirefliers burning two million acres in California this year alone.”

Wirefliers … wirefires … wildfires …  As long as you just keep scaring the bleep out of the low-info Democrat voters on the dole, that’s all that matters. As H.L. Mencken once observed:

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

Some more of Dementia Joe’s Greatest Hits, midweek edition:

“The bipartisan infrastructure bill that’s been passed and is bipartisan.”

“We know that decades of forest management incisions have created hazardous conditions across the western forests.”

“The center located is a locational hub for our federal firefighting resources in the region …”

“The bipartisan bill includes more than $8 billion is increased resilience in wildfires.”

“I immediately rejoined the Climate Paris the the Paris Climate Accord.”

“If you have any doubt about how important it is to just have Gavin who respects women’s rights to just take a look at what’s happening in states like Texas.”

“And add uh and to that counting resolution package include the continuing resolution packages 14 billion dollars….”

“What do you want to do with Biden? I want to box him. I should be so lucky.”

“Seeing the disaster of these destructions caused….”

“I’m sorry to go on so long thank you and I turn it back to you man I guess that’s who I’m turning it back to I don’t know anyway whoever is going to do the talking …”

“When the next fire doesn’t spread as wisely uh widely.”

Finally, in California, Dementia Joe wrapped up, and as he doddered unsteadily away, a song began playing. Correction: one song — “Stop in the Name of Love” — and then, a second, random series of beats, over Diana Ross. The noise was very disconcerting, but not nearly as disconcerting as Dementia Joe’s ongoing reckless destruction of America.

And looking on the bright side, the wildly discordant noise drowned out any random chants, the kind that are now sweeping the nation.

“Bleep Joe Biden! Bleep Joe Biden! Bleep Joe Biden!”

Listen to Howie 3-7 p.m. weekdays on WRKO-AM 680.

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Dear Abby: Hubby’s been in the driver’s seat for 30 years

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Dear Abby: Social skills are ‘rusty’ after pandemic lockdown

Dear Abby: My husband and I have been married more than 30 years. We have a problem I cannot seem to get past: We didn’t have a church wedding because he threatened not to marry me if I demanded one. I went along with him because of my low self-esteem, and I’m still sad and angry about it. He also refuses to take vacations with me because he “traveled too much” during his career. What can I do?

— Pouting in the South

Dear Pouting: I can’t do anything about the church wedding you were denied, but I do have a suggestion. Quit pouting over what you can’t change and assume some control over your life. Accept that because you had low self-esteem, you were willing to marry someone this self-centered and controlling. Because you have a desire to travel and, I assume, can afford to, ask some of your women friends to join you. If you do, I’ll bet you will have a great time sending photos back to your homebody hubby.

Dear Abby: I have been divorced from my ex for 36 years. Our son is now 44. My ex and I haven’t spoken since the divorce because it was ugly. Now that we are older, for the benefit of our son, I would like for my ex and I to be civil to each other. I’m tired of hating and I don’t want him to hate me. I wonder if it would make my son happy if his father and I were on better terms, so I have been thinking of writing to my ex and asking if we could talk sometime. What do you think?

— White Flag in the West

Dear White Flag: I see no harm in writing the letter to your ex. However, do not expect a miracle. Because the divorce was “ugly,” do not expect him to react positively after more than three decades of icy silence. As to your son, whatever the situation has been for most of his life, he is accustomed to it.

Dear Abby: My granddaughter, “Suzie,” is getting married in a month in a fairly large wedding. She is my only grandchild. Suzie’s father is not in the picture. Because of the pandemic, my husband and I must decline the invitation. We are in our mid-70s and both of us have some health issues. The wedding party will mostly be young people. My daughter and granddaughter are very upset that we are not coming. What is your opinion?

— On the Side of Caution

Dear Caution: Given the fact that you and your husband have health issues, you are making a mature and appropriate decision. Soften the blow by agreeing to attend via Zoom or one of the other video-chat platforms. This may not fulfill your daughter and granddaughter’s fantasy, but it’s better than nothing. If Suzie loves you — and I am sure she does — she would never get over the guilt if one or both of her grandparents became infected and possibly died of COVID because she pressured them into attending.


Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com.

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Revolution clinch 19th win with a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC

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The Revolution set a club record for points in a season (62) with Saturday night’s 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution improved to 19-4-5 and 11-1-2 at Gillette while getting three points closer to securing the first Supporters Shield in club history. The Revolution played their third game in 11 days and wrap up the stretch at CF Montreal on Wednesday night.

“We are just finding ways to win and I know these guys are riding that high,” said Revs’ keeper Matt Turner. “We have a lot of areas we can clean up and do better and be the best team we can be.

“You don’t win 19 games by accident. We are a battle-tested team and we are a team that has made some good runs in tough places.”

The Revs went up 1-0 in the ninth minute. Tommy McNamara led Gustavo Bou on a run down the left flank while Adam Buksa gained favorable position on Orlando defender Robin Jansson in the penalty area. Bou made a long cross that Buksa kicked by keeper Pedro Gallese for his 12th goal of the season.

“Gustavo is buying into being a team player,” said Arena. “He did a wonderful job creating the first goal.”

Orlando tied the game 1-1 in the 18th minute when striker Daryl Dike muscled center back Henry Kessler off the ball and beat Turner to the far post.

The Revs regained the lead in the 35th minute. Tajon Buchanan made a hard run down the right flank and fed Buksa in the danger area. Orlando Rodrigo defender Rodrigo Schlegal got tangled up with Buksa and put it in his own goal.

Turner preserved the lead when he stoned Nani on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute. Bou was denied his 13th when he hit the crossbar with a missile in the 85th minute.

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Giancarlo Stanton punishes Red Sox with crushing grand slam to lift Yankees to tie in Wild Card race

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Giancarlo Stanton punishes Red Sox with crushing grand slam to lift Yankees to tie in Wild Card race

If Nathan Eovaldi’s performance in Friday’s series opener was uncharacteristic, Saturday’s follow-up played out more like the potential American League Wild Card game that could take place between the Red Sox and Yankees in October.

But for the Red Sox, the result was even more gutting.

Darwinzon Hernandez looked, but he didn’t need to, and Alex Cora could only look on from the dugout with wonder. The Red Sox’ bullpen had played with fire for three innings against the Yankees, and it finally caught up to them. Giancarlo Stanton finally punished them with a mammoth go-ahead, two-out grand slam in the eighth inning sent deep into the Boston night and still might even be rolling along with traffic down the Mass. Pike.

Yankees 5, Red Sox 3, and now deadlocked atop the AL Wild Card standings with seven games left. In a season full of them, this crushing loss had to rank near the top.

“We have to show up (Sunday),” Cora said. “We know where we’re at, and be ready to play.”

A win was within the Red Sox’ grasp as they led 2-1 into the eighth behind a dominant effort from Nick Pivetta. But the bullpen — which has been lights out for the better part of the last month — played with danger one too many times.

They had escaped the sixth, when Hansel Robles threw a wild pitch that scored the Yankees’ first run, and they had gotten away from the seventh with the lead after Tanner Houck, in the biggest spot of his rookie season, issued two four-pitch walks to open the frame. But they weren’t as fortunate in the eighth.

Houck struck out the first two batters of the inning, but didn’t record another out. He lost two full counts with Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge and walked both. And with left-handed hitting Anthony Rizzo coming up, Cora turned to the lefty Hernandez despite Rizzo’s good numbers against lefties (.326 entering Saturday). Josh Taylor was unavailable because he’s getting an MRI on his back, and Cora thought Hernandez, who entered Saturday with nine consecutive scoreless outings, was the right man for the job, even with Stanton waiting on deck.

“It’s not that you’re thinking something negative is going to happen with the lefty, but we do believe he can get the righty out in that spot, too,” Cora said. “So we went with him.”

But it backfired. Hernandez plunked Rizzo with a 3-1 pitch to load the bases, which necessitated a mound visit from Cora. It didn’t seem to do much. Hernandez’s first pitch to Stanton was a 94 mph fastball right down the middle, which the Yankees hitter has made a living of demolishing. He made no mistake, cranking it 452 feet out of Fenway Park. It looked much farther than that.

“Electric,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Stanton’s slam, which created an expected stunned reaction from the mix of Red Sox and Yankees fans among the sellout Fenway crowd.

The crushing blast can be blamed on Cora’s decision to go to Hernandez, but it also never gets there if Houck finished off Gardner or Judge.

Despite starting the seventh with back-to-back four-pitch walks, Houck rebounded and thought his stuff was sharp, particularly his slider. He felt that he had a strong at-bat against Gardner, who he got ahead with a 1-2 count before throwing three straight balls. Against Judge, he had two strikes on him but narrowly missed on a 2-2 slider before walking him on a 3-2 fastball, which ended his night.

“The third and fourth walk, (they) just put together some good ABs,” Houck said. “(They) held off on some good pitches and just got to kind of tip your cap. It’s really unfortunate in that circumstance. I would have loved to have got that 2-2 call (to Judge) but that’s how the game is, you’re going to miss off just a little bit here and there and not get the calls. … It’s just part of the game. I felt good out there,”

The Red Sox, once dominant against the Yankees this season, need a win Sunday night to avoid being swept and losing the top spot in the Wild Card standings heading into the final week, after receiving two painful doses of reality the last two nights.

“We’ll be fine,” said Kevin Plawecki, whose X-rays came back negative on his foot after being hit by a pitch. “It’s what it’s all about. Nobody said it would be easy. It hasn’t been easy for us all year. We have grinded. We’ll be ready to get back to it (Sunday) and play the best baseball we can and whatever happens, happens. There’s no reason to put extra pressure on ourselves.”

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Boston District 7 recount finalizes ballots for November election

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The recount is over, but the result is the same.

Perennial candidate Roy Owens Sr. actually had slightly extended the lead in his preliminary-election success over community organizer Angie Camacho in Boston’s District 7 by the time city elections workers wrapped up the recount on Saturday, with Owens’ advantage rising from 28 to 37 votes.

Camacho, conceding, insisted that she wasn’t dissuaded.

“Oh my God, I feel so great,” she said Saturday afternoon, noting the 30 people who came out to support her campaign during the process. “Everyone came for the same purpose: to make sure that democracy works. I’m going to take that every day.”

The not-yet-certified election results released by the Boston Election Department showed that Owens received 1,300 votes to Camacho’s 1,263. The recount was to determine to see who’d get the second slot in the general-election race Nov. 2. First place finisher Tania Anderson cruised through ahead of them with the first ticket, receiving 2,038 votes.

Camacho requested the recount shortly after the Sept. 14 primary when she came within 28 votes of second-place finisher Owens, who’s run many times for multiple offices in Boston. He already has a website up for his next race: a 2022 Congressional run. He didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The district race, which includes parts of Roxbury, the South End and Fenway, attracted eight candidates after Acting Mayor Kim Janey opted to seek a full term as mayor rather than run again for the district she’s represented since 2018. The first place finisher, Anderson, is executive director of Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, an organization that supports a local business district.

Camacho added that she was disappointed with the turnout for the election.

Because the conversation in Boston was so heavily focused on the mayoral race, she said, 974 ballots were blank for the District 7 seat. “When people are not informed enough to be confident enough to vote down-ballot, that’s something we need to talk about,” she added.

A total of 8,600 District 7 residents cast their ballots, and only about 25% of voters citywide voted in the primary.

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Battenfeld: Kim Janey now in the ultimate dead-end job

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Battenfeld: Kim Janey now in the ultimate dead-end job

Think you’ve got a dead-end job?

Just imagine how Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey must feel.

Janey is wrapping up one of the shortest terms ever for a Boston mayor. She’ll soon be a footnote in history next to former Acting Gov. Jane Swift.

Janey’s not even a lame duck — she’s actually worse than a lame duck because she doesn’t even have a term to wrap up. She’s gone after Nov. 16. And after that, until the year wraps up, she’ll be a lame duck councilor. She’s a double lame duck.

While many people have a job they don’t like, Janey actually desperately wanted to keep hers — but unfortunately she came in fourth in the preliminary election, leaving her out of the final.

Your job may be unfulfilling and not very lucrative, but not Janey’s. She has a pretty great, well-paying gig, as long as you don’t mind taking the credit or blame for everything that happens under your watch.

Here’s what Janey will lose in a matter of weeks:

Her $200,000 a year salary. And come January she’ll lose her $100,000-a-year city councilor salary.

Her police chauffeur and her big police SUV. It’s back to driving herself around town, in a car without blue lights and a siren. What a comedown.

The palatial, fifth floor mayor’s office, which has a nice view of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.

A private bathroom in the mayor’s office, complete with a shower.

The private elevator, which can take Janey outside behind City Hall in case she wants to make a quick getaway from nosy reporters.

The title of mayor, which Janey relished — refusing to be called what she really is, the acting mayor.

The title of councilor and her other fifth floor office. Pretty soon no one will call her mayor or even acting mayor — or councilor for that matter. She’s just a private citizen like the rest of us.

All those highly paid aides and appointees, like the out-of-town coronavirus czar, who served under Janey. They are on thin ice, because the new mayor is likely to bring in her own team. Time to update those LinkedIn profiles.

That $20,000 a month contract with her political consultant, Doug Rubin. He was well worth the money, don’t you think? Janey should ask for a refund and see whether the attorney general’s consumer protection division can help her.

The ability to command attention at a moment’s notice. Her press conferences will be sparsely attended, to say the least. And her supporters are still waiting for her to show up to her election night party.

No more fawning pieces in the local media. Time to cancel that Globe subscription. And no more of those softball “Mondays with the Mayor” interviews on public radio.

Those special Mayor Kim Janey pencils she handed out to school children. Maybe the kids can scratch out “Mayor.” Throw them in the pile with all the “Office of the Mayor” stationary.

No more being asked about her favorite Dunkin order or her favorite movies, though she could land a part in “The Departed.”

And those well-worn Converse sneakers? They’re already out of style, so maybe it’s time to turn them in and replace them with slippers, which she can wear around the house.

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Lawrence air game the difference in 37-26 win at Andover

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ANDOVER – Lawrence went to Andover High seeking a statement victory. They came away with that and even more on a picture-perfect afternoon.

The Lancers threw four TD passes, including three in the first half, as they upset Merrimack Valley Conference opponent and seventh-ranked Andover, 37-26.

“I’ve been outcoached by (Coach EJ) Perry a number of times,” Lawrence coach Rhandy Audate said. “I’m not saying I outcoached him here, but I’m telling you that the heart of these kids came through. This has everything to do with the kids and the coaching staff. … Today, going through the air really did help.”

Sophomore Jayden Abreu got things going with his first pass, a 76-yard catch and score to senior Joenel Figueroa to put Lawrence up 7-0.

Abreu wasn’t done as he completed his next three passes a couple drives later with a 16-yard strike to Figueroa again along the sideline to put the Lancers in front for good, 14-12. The Lancers’ defense forced a three-and-out and with 28 seconds left Abreu needed just two pass plays to find a streaking junior Andy Medina to go up 21-12 at the half.

“The first couple games all we did was rush, rush, rush, rush, rush,” said Audate. “All we were concerned about is playing our game. We like matchups and wherever we like the matchup every week whether it be throwing it or rushing it. That’s what we are going to do.”

Abreu ended up going 8-for-8 for 171 yards in the first half and completed his first 11 passes to go 11-of-12 for 202 yards.

The pass play that put this game away came on a trick play to open the fourth quarter as Abreu followed a fake handoff with a real handoff to Figueroa. The senior then threw it towards the end zone as a draped Estarling Morales completed the catch while on his back. A two-point pass from Abreu to junior Janiel Herrera made it a two-possession contest at 29-20 early in the final frame.

The ground game took over from there as junior Jadiel Gomez ran it four times in the fourth for 76 yards, including two 30-yard runs to eat up some clock and a 10-yard touchdown run to put this game away, 37-20.

“They put their trust in me today,” Gomez said about the Lancers’ coaching staff. “They put all their trust in me. … I showed them why they could trust me. We are 3-0 now and it is just going to keep getting better for us.”

Andover (2-1) was led by junior Lincoln Beal, who scored three touchdowns, including his second rushing score to cut the deficit to 21-20 with 9:23 left in the third. He added a 54-yard catch-and-run from junior Scotty Brown in the final minutes to make it a closer 37-26. The lone lead for the Golden Warriors came just three plays after Beal’s first score as Brown forced a fumble that junior William Sheehan took to the house from 29 yards out.

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Lawrence Academy beats Belmont Hill on 2-point conversion in double OT

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BELMONT — Rotating two quarterbacks for a whole game can be tricky, as sometimes a hot hand can cool off on the sidelines.

But for Lawrence Academy in Saturday’s Independent School League opener at Belmont Hill, the Spartans found success with the system, and it paid off big time in a 22-21 double-overtime win.

Sophomore Ryan Puglisi took a bootleg around the right side for the game-winning two-point conversion after fellow quarterback Luke Reynolds played the first overtime. It was a classic finish in the first game for both teams since 2019.

“Finally we’ve got some depth here at Lawrence Academy, and you saw a lot of kids play today,” Lawrence coach Jason Swepson said. “The quarterback position in our system is no different. So both are going to play all year long.”

Belmont Hill had rallied from a 14-7 deficit to tie it with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter after quarterback Chris Milmoe hit AJ Muse for a 45-yard touchdown.

That sent the game into overtime, but it was far from over. The ISL uses college overtime rules, and each team started from the other’s 25-yard line. But neither Lawrence nor Belmont Hill could move the ball in the first extra frame, as each team missed a field goal.

In the second overtime, Belmont Hill scored first as Milmoe — who completed 19 of 30 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns — hit Sean Egan for a 17-yard score. Matthew Martines booted the PAT, and Belmont Hill had the 21-14 lead, and seemingly all the momentum.

But as it had all game, Lawrence leaned on senior running back Fenix Figueroa in the second OT. He ran three times, the first for 17 yards, the second for 4 more, and the last for a 4-yard touchdown. For the game, the 5-foot-11, 250-pounder rumbled for 132 yards on 22 carries.

Instead of going for the tie, Swepson went for the win. Puglisi went under center, then faked a handoff to Figueroa. The quarterback rolled to his right and, instead of dumping it off to a receiver, outraced a Belmont Hill defender to the pylon for the game-winning two-point conversion.

“Win the game,” Puglisi said of his mindset in that overtime. “It was that simple. We hadn’t been out here in two years. To come out here and win this as a team was a blessing and one I’ll never forget. Now all I’m looking forward to is next week.”

“It’s been way too long,” Reynolds said of the long layoff. “But it was super fun to come out here with the team.”

The offenses took a while to get going. Belmont Hill scored first on a 55-yard strike from Milmoe to Charlie Walsh in the first quarter. Lawrence answered when Puglisi found Evan Thompson on a 7-yard touchdown in the same place Puglisi later ran in the two-pointer.

Reynolds put Lawrence ahead in the third quarter when he made a tough, 10-yard touchdown run to give his team the 14-7 lead. Belmont fought back, but it was not enough to hold down the visitors late.

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Tent fire draws emergency response in Boston’s Methadone Mile

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One of the tents that’s sprung up on Methadone Mile caught fire early Saturday morning, drawing emergency responders to the troubled area.

A Boston Fire spokesman said the department responded to reports of a tent fire on Atkinson Street around 4 a.m. When they showed up, there was in fact a tent ablaze, but there was no one in the tent — or around it.

Boston Fire said the incident remains under investigation, and no other structures were ablaze. Boston EMS said no one was treated at the scene or transported to a hospital.

Boston Police said they too responded to the incident, which was first called in as being near the corner of Atkinson and Southampton streets — close to the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard intersection that gives the “Mass and Cass” area its name — but ended up being more toward Atkinson and South Bay Avenue, the area tucked back toward the Nashua Street Jail and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

The Mass and Cass area, also called the city’s Methadone Mile, has increasingly become a dangerous open-air drug market, with more and more people living on the streets over the past few years, and crime following. This summer was particularly bad, and locals and advocates have said they’ve seen the number of permanent residents in tents skyrocket from a dozen to more than a hundred starting in August.

Advocates have worried that the “tent city” that’s sprung up is boosting crime in the area, where open-air drug use is regularly visible and there have been multiple slayings this year.

The deteriorating conditions in the area — and the often–controversial city responses — have made plans for the Mile a major issue throughout the ongoing mayoral campaign. About a month ago, the city was planning something of a cleanup effort, which they then didn’t do as the ACLU threatened legal action.

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Schools without mask policy more likely to have coronavirus outbreaks, CDC studies find

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Schools without mask policy more likely to have coronavirus outbreaks, CDC studies find

Schools without a mask requirement could be 3.5 times more likely to have coronavirus outbreaks compared with schools that require masks, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies.

“These studies found that school districts without a universal masking policy in place were more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks. Nationwide, counties without masking requirements saw the number of pediatric COVID-19 cases increase nearly twice as quickly during this same period,” read a CDC press release.

The CDC on Friday released three new studies demonstrating the importance of masks in schools with one report from Arizona showing that schools in two of the state’s most populous counties were 3.5 times more likely to have virus outbreaks if they didn’t have a mask requirement at the start of the school year.

In that study, out of 191 school-associated coronavirus outbreaks that occurred, 113 were in schools that had no mask requirement and 62 were in schools that implemented masking a couple weeks after the school year began. Only 16 schools with an early mask policy had outbreaks.

Another study looked at COVID-19 cases in kids during the two weeks following the start of school.

The average change in case rates, about 16 cases per 100,000 people per day, was lower in counties with school mask mandates compared to schools without one, which was around 34 cases per 100,000 people per day, according to the data.

The third CDC report released Friday examined school closures caused by coronavirus.

There have been about 1,800 school closures nationwide so far this year, but 96% of public schools have been able to stay open for full in-person learning, which authors said highlights the importance of using several COVID prevention strategies.

The number of school closures was highest in the south. The CDC is currently recommending masking in schools among other measures such as vaccination, handwashing and proper ventilation.

In Massachusetts, all public school students and teachers are required to mask up inside until at least Oct. 1 when the policy could be extended, changed or discontinued.

The school year in the Bay State kicked off about two weeks ago, and nearly 4,000 positive cases have been reported among staff and students so far.

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CU Buffs fall to Arizona State in Pac-12 opener

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Colorado found some offense in the desert, but not nearly enough to snap its losing streak.

Arizona State pulled away in the second half to hand the Buffaloes a 35-13 defeat at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday night.

The Buffs (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) have lost three in a row and dropped their conference opener for the first time since 2017. ASU (3-1, 1-0) rebounded from its first loss, led by quarterback Jayden Daniels, who accounted for 311 yards in total offense and two rushing touchdowns.

Shut out a week ago for the first time in five years, CU’s struggling offense finally found some success, at least relative to the past two weeks.

Alex Fontenot ran for 65 yards and a touchdown and the Buffs gained 183 rushing yards overall. That helped them avoid a third straight game with less than 10 points – something no CU team has done since 1963 – but there wasn’t enough firepower to threaten the Sun Devils in the second half.

Freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis completed just 7-of-17 passes for 67 yards, his third consecutive game with less than 100 yards.

CU’s offense got off to a slow start, while ASU jumped to a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run from Daniels.

ASU added an 11-yard touchdown run from Rachaad White for a 14-0 lead 9:28 to go in the second quarter.

Despite the 14-0 deficit, there were some signs of life by the CU offense in the second quarter.

Down 7-0, the Buffs drove to the ASU 28-yard line early in the second, but Cole Becker’s 46-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

Then, down 14-0, the Buffs had their best drive in a while, going 58 yards in 10 plays to set up Becker for another field goal attempt. After a 0-for-3 start to his career, Becker hit this one, from 51 yards, to put the Buffs on the board with 13 seconds to play in the half.

Becker’s field goal snapped a scoreless streak of 137 minutes, 11 seconds for the Buffs, dating back to the first quarter of the Sept. 11 matchup against Texas A&M.

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