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Jack Hirsch is an Assistant News Editor at The Tufts Daily. He is a junior studying economics and international relations. Jack can be reached at [email protected]


Green Line Extension Medford branch testing to begin this summer, Medford/Tufts station to open in December

According to the “Notice of Project Change” document, the Green Line Extension is also expected to have a significant positive effect on the communities it is about to serve. It explained that the Green Line Extension would reduce vehicle trips and air pollution, provide service in areas that historically have been without reliable public transit and support over 50,000 trips per day.


City Councilor Katjana Ballantyne joins Somerville mayoral race

The office is currently held by Joseph Curtatone, the city's longest-serving mayor, who announced earlier this month that he is not running for reelection after nearly 20 years. Katjana Ballantyne has previously served as board president of the Somerville Community Corporation and was elected twice as City Council president. 


Medford Mayor Lungo-Koehn proposes investments totaling $107.6 million over 6 years

The money will be invested into 123 different projects. The projects include investments in roadway quality, parks and recreational spaces, vehicles and equipment for staff, water and sewer infrastructure and capital projects. Of the $107.6 million, investments will be made from specific funds. The General Fund has $79.5 million and the Enterprise Fund $9.2 million, and more than $18.7 million will come from grants and other non-tax levy sources, according to the plan.


Medford faces plummeting revenue due to pandemic, calls on federal, state governments for aid

In a financial report delivered by Medford Finance Director Aleesha Nunley-Benjamin on Feb. 16, a troubling financial situation for the city of Medford was presented to the Medford City Council. Revenues plummeted due to the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Sink, losing business due to COVID-19 restrictions, has plans to draw back customers

In another effort to make up for lost business, The Sink plans to start selling merchandise by early March. According to Gabra, there has been demand for apparel in the past, but it was only available to The Sink employees. Soon it will be available for customers to purchase as well. 


Medford Public Schools launches pooled COVID-19 testing program

“Pooled testing will provide Medford and Somerville with a reliable way to quickly and accurately detect early infection in students, teachers, and staff while costing only about one-third as much as individual testing," Sedore wrote in an email to the Daily.


Tufts’ long term assets see return of 3.7%, endowment grows in 2020 fiscal year

Tufts' Total Return Pool, where a majority of the university's long-term assets are invested, saw a return of 3.7% for the fiscal year 2020. The endowment grew from $1.91 billion at the end of FY 2019 to $1.94 billion at the end of FY 2020, according to Tufts’ Annual Financial Report.


Tufts to launch new graduate initiative designed to connect data science, policy

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding the program through a grant amounting to almost $3 million; it was awarded under the NSF's research traineeship program. Led by Shafiqul Islam, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, the project will include nine faculty members and over 140 graduate students from across disciplines and schools at Tufts.


CIRCLE partners with Snapchat to promote youth voter engagement

Snapchat is attempting to reach these younger voters, who make up a large segment of their user base, to emphasize to them the power of their vote. They will use CIRCLE’s research on young voters to accomplish this goal. 


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