MASSACHUSETTS – We are Monday, November 22. Here’s what you need to know this afternoon:
- The Worcester branch of the NAACP is responding to Friday’s not guilty verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, urging residents upset by the outcome to focus on local change.
- A Massachusetts family sponsors 21 Afghan refugees seeking humanitarian parole, but fears a backlog of approvals threatens their safety.
- Massachusetts travelers should prepare for busier roads and airports on Thanksgiving than last year, as vacation travel nears pre-pandemic levels.
Scroll down for more on these and other stories that Patch covered in Massachusetts today.
One of Massachusetts’ most powerful politicians is on the move, but not too far away.
United States Representative Katherine Clark confirmed Monday afternoon that she was leaving her longtime home in Melrose, saying her family “will downsize” and move to Revere. Clark’s house in Melrose hit the real estate market late last week. The listing price for 64 Prospect Street: $ 2.1 million.
âMelrose has been a wonderful home for over 20 years,â Clark said in a statement Monday afternoon. âThis is where my husband and I raised our children and where I began my service as an elected official. With my children in college and their own careers, we decided to downsize and move. to Revere. Although Melrose will always be a very special place to us, I am delighted to call another amazing town in the Fifth District home. “
Clark, 58, is well positioned to eventually succeed Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
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The other stories on the Monday cover
Afghan refugees try to flee to MA: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have struggled to keep up with rising numbers of applicants for an under-utilized program known as humanitarian parole, but are vowing to bolster their staff to address the growing backlog. Afghan families in the United States and the immigrant groups supporting them say slow approvals threaten the safety of loved ones, who face an uncertain future under the hardline Islamic government due to their ties to the ‘West. “We are worried about their lives,” said Safi, a Massachusetts resident whose family is sponsoring 21 parents seeking humanitarian parole. “Sometimes I think there will be a day when I wake up and get a call saying they are gone.”
More reaction from Rittenhouse in MA: The Worcester branch of the NAACP is responding to Friday’s not guilty verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, urging residents upset by the outcome to focus on local change. In a statement released Sunday evening, Worcester NAACP President Fred Taylor urged residents to rally to the group’s local initiatives: as a task force to oversee Worcester’s ARPA funds; a civilian supervisory board for the police; and body cameras for the police. On Friday, a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of five counts, including two of first degree murder.
A man who fled the United States was sentenced to death in 2014: A man from Lowell was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the murder of a man from Lynn in 2014, the Essex district attorney’s office said on Monday. Hector Diaz Emiliano, aka Nelson J. Rodriguez Figueroa, of Lowell, shot Omar Ortiz Lopez, 35, from Lynn, on November 29, 2014, according to the jury. The shooting took place outside an apartment complex in Lynn. The accused fled the country and was arrested by US marshalls in January 2018 in Puerto Rico, according to the press release.
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By the numbers
$ 150,000: The amount of MBTA exceeds a robbed Worcester man by buying them with false identities. Kokou Kuakmensah, 31, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison and three years on probation.
Thanksgiving 2021 Travel Guide
Massachusetts travelers should prepare for busier roads and airports on Thanksgiving than last year, as vacation travel nears pre-pandemic levels. If you end up traveling this week, we’ve got you covered. We will update this story throughout the holiday weekend with the latest New England travel conditions.