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Alexander Thompson is an assistant news edtior at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior studying international relations and can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @AlMThompson.


BREAKING: Tufts student tests positive for COVID-19

A Tufts student has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first university affiliate with a presumptive positive case, according to an email sent by Executive Vice President Mike Howard to the Tufts community on Thursday evening. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) informed the university Thursday of the presumptive positive after the student was […]


Tufts student being tested for COVID-19, 3 positives in Somerville, Medford

The university tested a student for COVID-19 on the advice of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Executive Vice President Mike Howard announced in a community-wide email yesterday afternoon. The test results were unknown at press time, but Howard reaffirmed that the university will make an announcement if a community member tests positive. The […]


Somerville, Tufts deadlocked over tax payment

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said that negotiations with Tufts over a new payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement have reached an impasse despite some points of progress in the year-long talks. At a community meeting held last Thursday evening in the Tufts Administration Building, the mayor and the other members of the city’s PILOT […]


Local governments, hospitals accelerate preparations for coronavirus

Local health departments and hospitals around Tufts have shifted into high gear to prepare for the growing spread of COVID-19 in the United States., as the number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts has grown in past weeks.  The Somerville and Medford Boards of Public Health have been planning for the novel coronavirus and how it […]


Medford residents drop effort to halt Cummings Center construction

Two Medford residents withdrew their appeal for an enforcement action against the Tufts’ Joyce Cummings Center last week just hours before a Wednesday session of the Medford Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) that would have resolved the matter. Laurel Ruma and Mike Korcynski, two Burget Street residents, had pursued an administrative appeal of the Medford […]


Monaco hosts local leaders for symposium on community partnerships

More than 100 community leaders, students and administrators gathered to discuss the relationship between the university and local organizations at the 18th annual Presidential Symposium on Community Partnerships hosted by University President Anthony Monaco at 51 Winthrop St. on Wednesday morning. Monaco used the symposium to showcase the successes of the university’s projects in its […]


New policy think tank established at Tisch College

The Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) launched on Feb. 13, housed within the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Barnum Hall. As the name implies, the new center will focus its work on state-level policymaking in the commonwealth. Evan Horowitz, the center’s inaugural executive director, says the cSPA will provide independent analysis […]


New ordinance curtails use of plastic straws, stirrers in Somerville businesses

A city ordinance prohibiting the sale of plastic straws and stirrers at Somerville businesses went into effect on Feb. 9. The ordinance, passed by the Somerville City Council last May, aims to reduce waste and pollution caused by single-use plastics. Under the ordinance, businesses in the city can no longer distribute or sell single-use plastic […]


In deep-blue Somerville, it’s a race between Sanders, Warren

Some 20 people were crammed into Colin Peterson’s modest second-story apartment in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Somerville around 9:30 a.m. last Saturday morning. The crowd turned out on a bright but chilly weekend morning to carpool up to New Hampshire to canvas for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign three days before voters began […]


Body cameras complicate Somerville’s contract negotiations with police

Collective bargaining negotiations between Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s administration and one of Somerville’s police unions remain deadlocked on the issue of body cameras, which the mayor supports and the union opposes. Curtatone says that body-worn cameras for police are his “top priority” in the talks with the Somerville Police Employees Association (SPEA), which represents rank-and-file […]


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