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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Staying at an Iconic Royally-Approved Hotel in New York



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Staying at an Iconic Royally-Approved Hotel in New York
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose a royally-approved hotel for their stay in New York.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now in New York on their first big trip since moving to the U.S. last year, and they chose the perfect royally-approved hotel for their stay. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have checked into the iconic Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, which was a longtime favorite of the late Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan arrived in New York on Wednesday, per Page Six, and reportedly chose to dine at the Carlyle on their first night in the city, at the hotel’s famed Bemelmans Bar, where friends then came to meet them for drinks.

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Princess Diana was a frequent visitor to the Upper East Side hotel.

The 35-story Rosewood hotel, which is located at 35 East 76th Street, first opened its doors in 1930, and has welcomed guests including John F. Kennedy, George Clooney, Naomi Campbell and Gigi Hadid. It was a favorite of Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who was a frequent visitor and reportedly often stayed in the hotel’s plush (and aptly named) two-bedroom Royal Suite. The 1,800-square-foot suite, designed by Alexandra Champalimaud is situated on the 22nd floor, and costs around $8,000 a night.

Princess Di’s sons have followed in her footsteps, as Prince William and Kate Middleton checked into the Carlyle during their 2014 visit to New York, and stayed in the Royal Suite. Apparently, that specific suite is currently under renovation, so the Sussexes are staying in different accommodations in the hotel.

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The hotel is composed of 189 rooms, including 90 suites.

Even thought Prince Harry and Meghan aren’t in the Royal Suite, all 189 rooms (including 90 suites) at the Carlyle are ultra-luxurious and fit for royalty. It’s not surprising the Sussexes chose to stay at the Carlyle, as not only is the hotel royally-adored, but it’s known (and greatly appreciated for) its discretion, which is surely one of the reasons it’s so beloved by royalty and A-listers alike.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan aren’t the only famous faces who’ve been spending time at the Carlyle over the past few weeks, as celebrities including Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner all chose to get ready for the Met Gala at the iconic hotel.

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Rihanna has prepped for the Met Gala at the Carlyle Hotel on multiple occasions.

Prince Harry and Meghan are in New York to attend the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park, on this Saturday, September 25, and they’ve had a busy itinerary. They kicked off their trip with a visit to the One World Observatory yesterday, and then viewed the 9/11 Museum’s Memorial Hall. Later, they met with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Prince Harry and Meghan’s trip is a return to work for the couple, as they spent most of this summer on parental leave, after the birth of their daughter, Lili, in June. The Sussexes understandably opted to leave Archie and Lili at home in Montecito; the short trip would be a bit more difficult with two young children, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Harry toted around an adorable tribute to his son, though, as he was photographed holding a portfolio briefcase embossed with the phrase, “Archie’s Papa.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Staying at an Iconic Royally-Approved Hotel in New York


Field hockey notebook: Walpole carries on without star senior



Field hockey notebook: Walpole carries on without star senior

If you’re a Walpole Porker, aspiring for the state championship isn’t so much an idea as it is a tradition.

The 12 state titles in their trophy case are well-documented, and star seniors Natalie Griffin, Caroline Whelan and Jess Tosone are well-aware of the fact the program hasn’t won one since 2016, too. The mere conversation of falling in the Div. 1 South final in 2018 and 2019 makes Griffin sigh; knowing how close they’ve gotten. They want one badly.

Losing a season to COVID didn’t help matters. But then Griffin – a two-time All-Scholastic center-back – tore her ACL last spring with close friends Whelan and Tosone on the lacrosse field alongside her, effectively ruling her out for their senior season.

That wasn’t just a setback. It was a gut punch.

“That moment with stick with me forever,” Whelan said.

Never did Tosone think the trio’s annual conversations about how to replace certain key players would be about Griffin. But she also never thought that without the most important part of their defense, Walpole wouldn’t allow a single goal until Wednesday’s win over Central Catholic.

The Porkers are 9-0 with eight shutouts, checking in at No. 2 in the MIAA’s latest Div. 1 power rankings. They haven’t missed a beat.

“I don’t think any of us expected us to be where we are right now without Natalie,” Tosone said. “I was really nervous at first. She’s obviously one of the strongest players on the team so I didn’t know what to expect with her gone. … We knew we would still be a strong group, but I don’t think we thought we’d be undefeated.”

With Whelan at forward, Tosone at center-midfielder and Griffin at center-back, Walpole was incredibly strong by having its three best players leading each phase. When Griffin went down, Walpole coach Jen Quinn didn’t know what to do for that defensive unit.

At first, the thought was move Whelan back there, but the attack needed her. Next in line was junior Lindsey Jacobs, and the transition from the right-side back to center has been seamless. Brigid Welch, Katie Colleran, Meghan Riley and Brianna Fruci have thrived in front of goalie Maddy Clark, too, and Walpole’s leadership can’t say enough about the job they’ve done.

Simply put, everybody’s stepped up.

“Some of my young’uns, in the beginning of the year, I wasn’t so certain how they’d grow and develop,” said Quinn. “They’re stepping right up and holding their own.”

“We found a strong defensive group – Lindsey Jacobs being one of them. Took the center-back position and I think she surprised a lot of people,” Tosone added. “You really need a strong and vocal person in the center-back position and she’s been doing well.”

Griffin watches Tosone, Whelan and Jacobs thrive from the sideline, far from ambivalent about her new role. Every practice and game has seen her – who teammates jokingly call ‘Coach Nat’ – cheering and advising. Quinn even sees a lot of the younger players asking her for input when they’re too nervous to ask the coaches.

Coaching or playing, Griffin just wants a title.

“That would be unbelievable,” she said. “It would honestly mean the same, if I was playing or not. I don’t know, watching all of them – how much better they’ve gotten. I literally feel like a coach. It would just solidify the last few years. It would be so cool.”

So far, Walpole has a great chance, which Whelan and Tosone feel better about each day. Whelan says team chemistry, even outside of the core trio, is a crucial component. Wins over Natick, Needham, Cohasset and Central Catholic have strengthened the cause, and a huge game against undefeated Franklin Monday night will be a great test as well.

“I still think we’re being so successful and doing so well,” Whelan said. “We really do have a shot, even if our best player is out.”

Optimism surrounds new power rankings

We’re now two weeks into the new MIAA power rankings system. From what they’ve seen, coaches have been mostly pleased with the results.

The first rankings showed some discrepancies with incorrect records and some tilted positions from the true value of some teams, but many coaches understand what has been communicated all along – rankings will be more accurate as the season progresses, and there will be kinks to adjust along the way.

Rockport coach and field hockey committee chairperson Mary Ryan backed what she finds to be an early success and loves the excitement that playoff-seeding rankings adds.

“With anything new there will be kinks that need to be worked out. But I think overall they were great,” she said. “I think coaches and players are excited.  As one who used to try to figure out the seeding of my division by combing through newspapers and the MIAA website for scores, this is definitely 100-times better.  The momentum and excitement of being able to see where you are week to week will add to a school community getting behind their teams.”

One of those kinks will be corner penalty rules. If a game is out of reach and a penalty corner is called as time expires, the corner won’t be played. With new MOV rules, that goal now matters.

“We need to change and allow the corner,” Ryan said.

After the second release, Wellesley – whose record was incorrect in the first rankings – jumped up to No. 8 with the correction.

Teams within ultra-competitive leagues like the Middlesex League, Cape and Islands League and Cape Ann League took a bit of a surprising tumble. So did Cohasset, which sits at No. 12 despite a strong record while playing top-tier teams. As a large handful of coaches have communicated, though, we just don’t know how it will look until the final result.

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The Boston Marathon is finally back after 30 months: ‘There’s an excitement in the air… It’s a thrill to be back’



The Boston Marathon is finally back after 30 months: ‘There’s an excitement in the air… It’s a thrill to be back’

The Boston Marathon is finally back in-person for the first time in more than 900 days, as thousands of amped-up runners brought a palpable energy to the city ahead of Monday’s race.

The Back Bay was buzzing in excitement on Sunday, with blue and yellow jackets dotting Newbury and Boylston streets as marathoners enjoyed brunch outside.

The marathon finish line was flooded with that same blue and yellow marathon color, as family and friends took photos of their loved ones at the line they’ll joyfully cross on Monday.

“It’s great to get everyone back together and do it in-person,” said Mark Coalmer, 51, of Cypress, Texas. “There’s an excitement in the air.”

The 2020 in-person Boston Marathon was canceled at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Boston Athletic Association organized a virtual run last fall.

Then this year’s in-person race was postponed from the traditional April date to October. It has been 30 months since the last in-person Boston Marathon. This year is the first time the Boston Marathon is taking place in the fall.

“It’s a thrill to be back,” Coalmer said. “I’m really excited to take part in this extra special year.”

Regina Goolsby, 50, was supposed to run Boston in 2020. She ended up participating in the virtual run.

The Floridian called Monday’s race a “long time coming.”

“I’m just so happy to be here,” said Goolsby, of Loxahatchee, Florida. “I’m so excited they finally got it together, and I really think this is going to be my year.”

A group of runners from Mexico crowded around the finish line as they snapped photos. Maria Centeno, 45, of Mexico, said she was “blessed to be here.”

“Everyone has been very welcoming, a very supportive environment,” said Centeno, of San Diego de Alejandría. “I’m very excited.”

The Boston Athletic Association is requiring participants to either be fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 ahead of the race. There also won’t be the usual Athletes’ Village at Hopkinton, and the race will have a rolling start.

“We all need to accept the fact that some changes need to occur because of the world’s situation,” Coalmer said.

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Paul McCartney: John Lennon responsible for breakup of the The Beatles



Paul McCartney: John Lennon responsible for breakup of the The Beatles

LONDON — Paul McCartney has revisited the breakup of The Beatles, flatly disputing the suggestion that he was responsible for the group’s demise.

Speaking on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life” that is scheduled to air on Oct. 23, McCartney said it was John Lennon who wanted to disband The Beatles.

“I didn’t instigate the split,” McCartney said. “That was our Johnny.”

The band’s fans have long debated who was responsible for the breakup, with many blaming McCartney. But McCartney said Lennon’s desire to “break loose” was the main driver behind the split.

Confusion about the breakup was allowed to fester because their manager asked the band members to keep quiet until he concluded a number of business deals, McCartney said.

The interview comes ahead Peter Jackson’s six-hour documentary chronicling the final months of the band. “The Beatles: Get Back,” set for release in November on Disney+, is certain to revisit the breakup of the legendary band. McCartney’s comments were first reported by The Observer.

When asked by interviewer John Wilson about the decision to strike out on his own, McCartney retorted: “Stop right there. I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said, ‘I am leaving The Beatles.’ Is that instigating the split, or not?”

McCartney expressed sadness over the breakup, saying the group was still making “pretty good stuff.”

“This was my band, this was my job, this was my life. So I wanted it to continue,” McCartney said.

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Guregian: Patriots save face, but troubles persist



Guregian: Patriots save face, but troubles persist

This was headed for a sure disaster. The Patriots were on their way to oblivion for the 2021 season given how things were going in Houston.

For much of the game, the defense was an embarrassment. And offensively, they had another fumble, erasing a touchdown, and a drop possibly costing a second touchdown.

So no, it wasn’t good. This was about as bad as it gets for a Bill Belichick-coached team five games into the season.

But something happened on the way to walking out of Houston with their collective tails between their legs and having little hope the rest of the way.

The Patriots saved face, big time, against the Texans. They escaped Houston with a 25-22 victory, with Nick Folk kicking the game-winning 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds left on the clock.

Let’s just say 2-3 looks a heck of a lot better than 1-4, especially with rookie quarterback Mac Jones getting better all the time and notching his first come-from-behind win.

All he did was calmly move the Patriots 84 yards over 15 plays to set up the game winner.

Although, there’s certainly an asterisk with this win, because the troubling issues persist, and shouldn’t be overlooked.

The Patriots are still making a ton of mistakes, be it fumbles, penalties, drops, etc. There are still communication breakdowns — they almost didn’t have enough guys out for a field goal attempt — five games into the season.

The secondary was terrible, minus Jalen Mills, and the outlook remains no brighter without a knight in shining armor named Stephon Gilmore coming to the rescue down the road. Meanwhile, the coaching — on defense in particular — remains suspect.

So what’s good?

The Patriots showed a ton of fight in the second half, and Jones continued to be a bright light for the offense, bringing the Patriots back, rallying the team from a 13-point deficit.

“I don’t know if we outplayed the other team but we definitely out-competed (the Texans),” said Jones. “That’s all we can ask ourselves to do. … Sometimes you just have to find a way to win.

“It feels better to not play as well and win, but learn at the same time, then play OK, then end up losing. So the win feels good.”

It was like the Patriots let out a huge sigh of relief when it was over, because they knew they dodged a major bullet when it came to the outlook for the rest of the season.

Linebacker Jamie Collins, signed this week for his third-stint with the team, chalked up the defensive struggles to simply getting off to a slow start before finally figuring out how to stop the Texans.

“It’s always hard to win on the road, but we pulled it out,” said Collins. “It’s always the fight from within that keeps you going. We did that, we kept fighting and came out victorious.”

Regardless, the Pats kept shooting themselves in the foot, but Jones (23-for-30, 231 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) remained steady, and so did the offense.

Down four starting offensive linemen, the line was the unsung hero in this game. Jones was only sacked once, and generally had enough time. The line was also helpful in jump-starting the running game in the second half.

Another positive was seeing the Jones-Hunter Henry connection really come around, with the tight end catching six passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Many of those came on third down.

Jones and Henry hooked up on a third-and-6 from the 13 to finally tie the game in the fourth quarter. It was a combination of a perfect throw to the left corner of the end zone, and the tight end getting just enough daylight from defenders to pull in the pass.

Granted, the Texans had a huge hand in the turnaround, with a botched trick play turning into a blocked punt — caused by a bull rush from Lawrence Guy — that completely changed momentum. Their kicker also cost them several points with missed PATs, and head coach David Culley also made some curious calls during the game.

But even taking into account the Texans being the Texans, the Patriots still deserve some credit for hanging in, and rising up at key points in the game in the second half. Belichick said it wasn’t perfect, but the fact the team battled was a good sign.

So does that mean we’re supposed to feel good about the Patriots?

Basically, it’s one of those glass half-full, glass half-empty scenarios.

Squeaking by a really bad team shouldn’t create a ton of confidence about the 2021 Patriots. This should have been a much easier game. But Davis Mills, a rookie quarterback, feasted on the Pats defense, whether it had a slow start or not.

Forget that Belichick has owned rookie quarterbacks. Forget that the Bills held the Texans offense to just 109 total yards, with Mills throwing four picks in the 40-0 loss. And, forget the Patriots held Tom Brady without a touchdown pass last week.

None of that had any bearing on this game. Mills picked them apart in the first half, finishing the game 21 of 29 for 312 yards with three touchdowns.

The Patriots were able to stop the bleeding, finally getting effective pressure on the rookie in the second half. They went at him in the first half with all out blitzing (Cover-Zero), but didn’t really pester him until the second half, which ultimately derailed the Texans offense. After Houston seemed to score on every possession in the first half, the Pats held the Texans to just seven points in the second half.

“We’re juiced up and it felt good to get that win,” said Matthew Judon, who notched two sacks.

Yes, the Patriots felt good about the win. But it’s hard to share too much enthusiasm based on how it went down.

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Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan



Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD — The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country’s new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said Sunday.

The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops at the end of August.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. on the weekend meeting.

The Taliban said the talks held in Doha, Qatar, “went well,” with Washington freeing up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan after agreeing not to link such assistance to formal recognition of the Taliban.

The United States made it clear that the talks were in no way a preamble to recognition of the Taliban, who swept into power Aug. 15 after the U.S.-allied government collapsed.

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen also said that the movement’s interim foreign minister assured the U.S. during the talks that the Taliban are committed to seeing that Afghan soil is not used by extremists to launch attacks against other countries.

On Saturday, however, the Taliban ruled out cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

IS, an enemy of the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for a number of recent attacks, including Friday’s suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims. Washington considers IS its greatest terrorist threat emanating from Afghanistan.

“We are able to tackle Daesh independently,” Shaheen said when asked whether the Taliban would work with the U.S. to contain the Islamic State affiliate. He used an Arabic acronym for IS.

Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who tracks militant groups, agreed the Taliban do not need Washington’s help to hunt down and destroy Afghanistan’s IS affiliate, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, or ISKP.

The Taliban “fought 20 years to eject the U.S., and the last thing it needs is the return of the U.S. It also doesn’t need U.S. help,” said Roggio, who also produces the foundation’s Long War Journal. “The Taliban has to conduct the difficult and time-consuming task of rooting out ISKP cells and its limited infrastructure. It has all the knowledge and tools it needs to do it.”

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Boston Marathon weather looks like it will be nearly ideal for runners, a dry upcoming week for Massachusetts



When to expect prime fall foliage in Massachusetts

The first Boston Marathon to ever be run in the fall looks like it will have nearly ideal weather for runners, a major improvement from some of the recent April marathons from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

Temps should be in the 60s on Monday, with mostly cloudy conditions along the 26.2 mile course.

Rain had been in the forecast, but it’s now expected to stay dry throughout the race — a major sigh of relief for runners after they dealt with nasty conditions in 2018.

Participants in the marathon may have to battle a bit of a headwind, however. That wind in their face could be about 10 mph, with some higher gusts possible.

Dry and quiet weather is expected for much of the upcoming week with above normal temperatures in Massachusetts.

“We’re heading into a relatively warm period,” Bill Simpson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office, said.

“High pressure builds in, and we should have a dry upcoming week,” he added.

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Shawsheen wrestling coach Mark Donovan passes away from cancer at 55



Shawsheen wrestling coach Mark Donovan passes away from cancer at 55

The news was expected, but it didn’t make it any easier on the wrestling community.

Shawsheen wrestling coach Mark Donovan passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 55 after a valiant battle with cancer of the bile duct. He leaves behind his wife Patti and two sons, Matt and Sean.

“We knew it was coming, but this is still a sad day,” said Burlington wrestling coach Paul Shvartsman. “He was the perfect wrestling coach, he really cared about his kids. He is a legend in every sense of the word.”

Hired as the school’s wrestling coach at the age of 19, Donovan put together a Hall of Fame career. His teams won nearly 600 matches, and he coached a slew of state and New England champions, one being Alex Najjar.

“He was more than a wrestling coach to me, he was a second dad,” said Najjar, who went on to wrestle at Boston University. “I had a lot of people around me for the technical aspects of wrestling, but coach Donovan was always the guy I went to when I needed to get my mind right. I wasn’t always the greatest student but he was there to point me in the right direction and I know he did that for a lot of people.”

Shawsheen assistant wrestling coach Brian Tildsley spent many hours with Donovan and looked up to him.

“The one word that comes to mind is mentor,” Tildsley said. “He was a great coach and a great family man. He’s just an amazing person who really loved Shawsheen.”

That was never more in evidence than on March 25. In the midst of his fight against cancer, the school named the gymnasium in honor of Donovan. Shawsheen athletic director and football coach Al Costabile spoke of Donovan in glowing terms.

“The world just lost a great, great person,” Costabile said. “Dunny gave it a hell of a fight. I coached with him for 24 years and I can truly say he’s one of the greatest people I’ve ever been around. I honestly don’t know of a person who has done so much for so many than Dunny.”

While Donovan and his teams were dominant in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, he wasn’t afraid to schedule the legendary power programs in the Merrimack Valley Conference.

Bruce Rich spent four decades at Chelmsford, winning 648 matches. He always enjoyed the annual matchup with Shawsheen because of his friendship with Donovan.

“Mark was a great friend of mine and a class act who will be missed,” Rich said. “He was a fantastic role model for athletes, just a great, great individual.”

Former Central Catholic coach Dennis King was always impressed with Donovan’s interactions with wrestlers behind the scenes.

“He was so good at teaching wrestling to the younger kids, he did a great job of breaking things down,” King said. “He’s just a really good guy and I am going to miss him.”

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Small businesses navigate ever-changing COVID-19 reality



Small businesses navigate ever-changing COVID-19 reality

NEW YORK — For a brief moment this summer, it seemed like small businesses might be getting a break from the relentless onslaught of the pandemic.

But then came a surge in cases due to the delta variant, a push for vaccine mandates and a reluctant return to more COVID-19 precautions. Now, small-business owners are left trying to strike a balance between staying safe and getting back to being fully open.

“Just weeks ago, small-business owners hoped that a return to normalcy would help jump start our recovery,” said Jessica Johnson-Cope, chair of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices National Leadership Council and owner of a small business herself, Johnson Security Bureau in New York.

The challenge of navigating ever-changing coronavirus rules could intensify as winter approaches and outdoor alternatives become limited.

New York City ordered a vaccine mandate for customers in August. For Dan Rowe, CEO of Fransmart, which runs the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, the mandate has been a financial burden, and a headache. Brooklyn Dumpling Shop first opened in May and has six staffers. It’s pandemic-friendly format is contactless and automated.

“It was engineered to be a restaurant with less employees,” Rowe said. Glass separates the kitchen and staff from customers, who order food from an app. When the kitchen is finished making the food, it’s placed an automat-style window, so workers don’t come into contact with customers.

“We’ve engineered this great low labor restaurant, and the government is making us go backward,” he said.

Rowe had to hire another staffer to check vaccine cards at the door, increasing his overhead. His complaint is that retail stores and groceries with prepared foods like Whole Foods don’t face the same restrictions.

“It’s not fair what’s going on and it’s not practical,” he said.

Jessica Benhaim, owner of Lumos Yoga & Barre, an independent fitness studio in Philadelphia, gradually increased size limits of classes from late spring into the summer, but capped them at 12, short of pre-pandemic levels of 18 students for yoga and 14 for barre.

Even though the city has lifted capacity restrictions, she’s keeping it capped in case restrictions come back. She lifted mask requirements for vaccinated students on June 15 but reinstated them when Philadelphia implemented a mask mandate in mid-August. Vaccinated students can remove their masks when they reach their mats.

“The constant adjustments over the last 18 months have been draining,” Benhaim said. “More than anything, it’s been stressful balancing making adjustments with trying to keep a sense of normalcy for my staff and clients.”

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Ticker: Homelessness organization gets $2.5M grant; Developer pays $10M for Becker College properties



Ticker: Leicester to buy Becker College campus; Netflix buys Wonka author Dahl’s catalog

A Boston nonprofit that provides services for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth has received a $2.5 million grant, the largest in the organization’s more than 50-year history.

The five-year grant to Bridge Over Troubled Waters from the Liberty Mutual Foundation will help the nonprofit address some pre-existing infrastructure needs; expand housing that allows young people an opportunity to live independently as they build the financial resources to find an apartment; and boost outreach.

“We are so grateful to Liberty Mutual for its investment in our comprehensive approach to helping vulnerable young people experiencing homelessness,” CEO Elisabeth Jackson said in a statement.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters said homelessness among people between the ages of 14 and 24 is growing, and many of them are physically and sexually abused.

Developer pays $10M for Becker College properties

A developer who paid $10 million for 27 properties in Worcester once owned by now-closed Becker College said he plans to return some buildings to single-family homes, affordable market-rate apartments and student housing.

Russ Haims of Hampton Properties LLC closed on the sale Friday, The Telegram & Gazette reported. The purchase includes 24 buildings and three parking lots.

He said he wants to protect the neighborhood, known as Elm Park.

“It’s still such an attractive neighborhood, it doesn’t have to be rebuilt — it has to be repositioned,” Haims said.

The city previously bought some Becker College properties. Leicester has agreed to pay $20 million for Becker’s campus in that town.

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Facebook willing to open algorithms to regulators, global VP says



‘We’re sorry’ says Facebook after ‘epic’ worldwide outage

Facebook’s chief spokesman said the company is willing to subject itself to greater oversight to ensure its algorithms are performing as intended and aren’t harming users.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs, defended the company’s business practices against accusations from a whistleblower that it had put profits ahead of users’ well-being.

The algorithms “should be held to account, if necessary by regulation so that people can match what our systems say they’re supposed to do from what actually happens,” Clegg said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” one of three U.S. news-show appearances on Sunday.

Clegg also said the Facebook is open to changing a 1996 provision of U.S. law that insulates companies from liability for what users post. Facebook is open to limiting those protections, “contingent on them applying the systems and their policies as they’re supposed to,” he said.

Last week, Frances Haugen, a former product manager for Facebook, told a panel of the Senate Commerce Committee that the company’s pursuit of profits stoked division and harmed the mental health of young users. Her testimony came on the heels of a series of stories by the Wall Street Journal, based on internal Facebook research that Haugen had shared. Haugen had also sent information to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The testimony gave momentum to recent efforts by lawmakers to pass legislation to more heavily regulate the social-media giant. Lawmakers are considering bills that would, among other things, limit protections for such companies against being sued and increase user-privacy protections.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the whistleblower’s allegations showed the need to strengthen antitrust enforcement. The Minnesota Democrat blamed congressional inaction on lobbying by the tech industry.

“Every corner you go around, there are tech lobbyists, there are money that they are throwing around the town that has made it so that lawmakers are listening to them instead of listening to the facts,” Klobuchar said on “State of the Union.”

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