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Voting By Mail — Why Don't We Have It?

Massachusetts has relatively permissive absentee voting provisions and some cities and towns have early voting, but five states currently conduct elections entirely by mail (Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah).

In 2018, the Massachusetts legislature enacted automatic voter registration. Is there a reason we can't have voting by mail as well?

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The Chinese Government has a lot to answer for, but Chinese people in America are fighting the disease

They busted whistleblowers, like the late Dr. Li Wenliang, who were trying to warn them about this new virus. Though they exonerated him, There are some reports of journalists and doctors "disappearing" even as late as April, because things aren't as cleared up in Wuhan as they say.

But how hard is it to distinguish between the government and the people? This woman was already taking a big risk working at a hospital as is. He didn't just shout at her (no problem) but followed her (potential threat). Many hospital workers and health researchers are Asian. We need them!

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Awesome motercycle parade

Since quarantining on Mass Ave right by Berklee, I have been working from home in front of a window that looks out at Mass Ave. Most days I hear a distance noise and get up to look and see the group of motorcyclists out for a ride. They are socially distancing, popping wheeleies, and lifting the cities (and my own) vibration.
Good stuff and thank you!!

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Constipation.

I've been watching TV. WHY all the guys seem to be constantly constipated? Especially on CBS.

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Where's the flag?

I've been curious as to why the Everett Square flag isn't up on a regular basis. I miss seeing it from my home.

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PTC - wtf??

Massive problems on the Newburyport/Rockport CR this morning, compounded by an utter lack of communications - either electronic or human - from Keolis. Read more.

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Route 21 - the inconsistent route

I removed this from one of the posts regarding the Halloween storm for two reasons; I didn't want to hijack the original thread, and I wanted to flesh out things more.

Route 21 is a good route for those who use the Orange and Red lines and don't want to loop through downtown. On the off-peak and the weekends, Route 21 does run consistently (albeit infrequently; on Saturdays it's every 40 minutes and Sundays it"s every hour). Read more.

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On this day...

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West Side Story in 70mm film!--Was anybody else there?

Hi, everybody!

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Well, folks:

The great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical, West Side Story, will be playing at the Somerville Theatre, in Davis Square, as part of the Somerville Theatre's annual 70mm film Festival, on Friday, May 18th, at 8:00 p. m., and on Saturday, May 19th, at 1:30 p. m.

Since the 70mm festival at the Somerville Theatre will be from May 17th-May 22nd, 2019, there'll also be other prominent classic films in 70mm film as well, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Dark Crystal, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, to mention a few.

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This headline writes itself!

'Ridiculous Shenanigans' was the reason given for the 15 minute delay on the 4:30 Salem train out of North Station....the reason? The engineer got on the wrong train, leaving us without a driver to take us north. The on-line comments were pretty funny, and the ticket taker apologized profusely (although he admitted he's in for a stern talking to about his 'ridiculousness' comments

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Indiana native woman has massive crush on some Dorchester dudes

Erin Osmon writes some, uh, interesting things about how women were portrayed in New Kids on The Block Lyrics, for The Muse (Jezebel):

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From South Shore to South Africa: Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs joins Africa Express

Who knew that Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs was from Sharon, Massachusetts (SPOILER ALERT: I did)? And who knew that Zinner traveled to South Africa (!!!), joined a band called Africa Express (!!!!), and has left the South Shore in his dust. Talk about a glow up.

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John Connolly's new gig

SchoolFacts Boston, the new group Connolly is helming on a Barr Foundation grant, is purportedly meant to help parents "navigate" the complicated BPS school selection process. What (rather, who) is the Barr Foundation, and what is this really about? The Barr Foundation is Amos Hostetter, Cablevision mogul, mega-philanthropist and corporate shaper of public services. His money has elevated his acolytes, protégés and flacks to public "service" (and I use that term loosely) and has given him enormous power over the public realm, à la Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, who use their money to become policy kings. Talk about a seat at the table! Amos Hostetter IS the table in Boston. Read more.

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'There lacks a certain sweetness in my life': Dunkin Donuts made sneakers & I'm weeping real, IRL tears of happiness about it.

Melissa Buja of NBC10 Boston reports on my actual friggin dream come true, like, WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FRIG, THEY MADE DUNX-THEMED KICKS, YO THEY DID THAT

Two Massachusetts companies are once again teaming up ahead of the 2019 Boston Marathon in hopes of "keeping Bostonians running." Canton-based Dunkin' [Donuts] and Waltham-based Saucony have released their limited-edition Saucony x Dunkin’ [Donuts] Kinvara 10.

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This "Look Closer"-themed West Roxbury library poetry contest looks pretty dope.

Hey. Come here. I wanna tell you a story. At the Holy Name/Catholic Memorial dances I attended in my youth I never "grinded" with any boys. After one of the HN/CM dances I did find $211 on the ground when I went to buy some gum at White Hen Pantry. Westie continues its tradition of giving with this all-ages poetry contest courtesy of Friends of the West Roxbury Branch Library.

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'Mature Poets Steal': 'Evening of Inspired Leaders' is a MassPoetry fundraiser happening on Monday, youse all.

As the old saying goes: You can take the girl out of Boston...but you can't take the Boston out of the girl who is taking a trip outside Boston. Not too long ago I received an email from MassPoetry about its Evening of Inspired Leaders fundraiser event (LMAO @ MASSPOETRY ASKING ME FOR MONEY YEAH AIGHT) happening this Monday, March 25 at 7pm at the Huntington Theatre Company.

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Will someone please buy Robert De Niro a drink in Boston? He could probably use one. Thanks.

Grace Hightower's soon-to-be-ex husband Robert De Niro is kinda going through some sh*t. His "Goodfellas" co-star Ray Liotta got a guest voice spot on "SpongeBob SquarePants" and he didn't. Some deranged former male stripper sent him some very crazy fan mail. Someone buy De Niro a drink...and you can do just that with this Broadway World promotion commemorating A Bronx Tale: The Musical coming to Boston:

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