BOSTON  -- Responding to a Columbia University disease model suggesting tens of thousands of lives could have been saved if social distancing had been implemented a week or two earlier, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that data show that "government matters" and ripped the Trump administrati…

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House and Senate have agreed to changes in the state’s unemployment insurance program to help residents and employers hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BOSTON — When Gov. Charlie Baker in early April recommended people wear masks or face coverings to prevent spread of the coronavirus, Salem went a step further to require them in grocery stores and other public places.

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We here at FishOn, like all good pandemic doobies, are trying to do our part with a campaign of buying all meals, groceries and beverages locally. We're using the Ed Muskie template from the 1972 New Hampshire primary. Anybody got a flatbed truck we can borrow?

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BEVERLY — Victoria "Vicki" Mori of Beverly was hoping to raise $2,020 for her sixth year walking in the North Shore Cancer Walk in honor of her mother, Carol, who receives regular treatments at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center, which benefits from the proceeds of the event.

With prom on hold and graduation rescheduled for August, five Gloucester High School seniors representing the school's Student Council are working together to salvage their senior year.  

ESSEX — In news taken from the logs of Essex's police and fire departments:

As of Sunday, there were more than 92,675 coronavirus cases reported in Massachusetts after the state added more than 1,000 new cases. There were 68 new deaths reported, bringing the state's death toll to 6,372.

A group in Salem that's supporting restaurant workers laid off due to COVID-19 was nearly given a heart attack at the hands of Facebook late last week — but the issue has now been resolved.

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has won approval to participate in a pilot program designed to let households that receive food assistance benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program purchase groceries online with Electronic Benefit Transfer cards.

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann’s police and fire departments:

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ESSEX — BB Botanics is in talks with town officials and anticipates reaching a host community agreement soon, a consultant for the recreational marijuana startup told about 30 residents who attended a community outreach meeting Thursday night. 

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Communication during any crisis is imperative, but even more so during the ever-changing novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Memorial Day weekend is arriving with low gas prices, nice weather and a stern warning from state leaders to stay home and stay off the roads and the MBTA.

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Each of their stories was different, but common strains repeat: Of humility and generosity; of finding joy in the unpretentious; of a sharp mind disappearing into fog or a hale body betrayed by age.

State labor officials announced Friday that Massachusetts shed 623,000 jobs in April, the first full month during which non-essential businesses were ordered to close their physical locations to employees and customers and most residents were urged to stay at home whenever possible.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

New state guidance allows for high schools to hold in-person, outdoor graduation ceremonies starting July 19, with certain safety precautions in place and as long as public health data around COVID-19 allows the state to continue along its reopening plan.

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After two months of being closed to the general public to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Cape Ann's beaches will once again see footprints in their sands. 

MANCHESTER — Residents will get to enjoy Manchester's beaches once again as the second phase of the town's reopening plan kicks off on Memorial Day. 

BEVERLY — As more people rely on financial assistance and food assistance programs in the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis, organizations like Beverly Bootstraps are busier than ever.

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BOSTON —  Sandwich's Rep. Randy Hunt wasn't surprised that his party on Tuesday lost a state Senate seat in Plymouth and Barnstable counties that had been in Republican control since 2015. In fact, he predicted it.

BOSTON (AP) — Federal justice officials have been pressing states including Massachusetts to reopen houses of worship as the country battles the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday.

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“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to serve prison time as part of a deal to plead guilty to cheating the college admissions process, according to court papers filed Thursday.

While seniors at Gloucester High School will not be able to walk across a stage in caps and gowns this June because of the coronavirus pandemic, they will not go uncelebrated. 

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BOSTON — The economic toll of the coronavirus in Massachusetts has caused a surge in requests for food stamps and other public assistance programs.

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IPSWICH — Terese Cefaioli considers herself a "regular" at Crane Beach, as you might suspect when looking at her Crane Beach hooded sweatshirt. 

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann’s police and fire departments:

BOSTON — Newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts dipped below 900 Tuesday, bringing the total number of people who have tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus to nearly 88,000.