Here is the Radio Boston rundown for July 19. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- It rained today. Again. And it's starting to take a toll. In Worcester, the city has already seen its wettest July on record. And across the Massachusetts coast, the Division of Marine Fisheries has banned shellfishing, due to a red tide, partially caused by the heavy precipitation. We take stock of how unprecedented all this rain really is with WBUR meteorologist David Epstein. Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus checks in to talk about how the city has been impacted by the record rainfall. And we hear from Peter Seminara, the Gloucester Shellfish Warden, on the cause and impact of the red tide and subsequent shellfishing ban.
- Provincetown today is advising people to wear masks indoors — that includes people who are vaccinated. This, after more than 130 people have tested positive for COVID since July 4. Town officials held an emergency meeting about the growing cluster of cases with the state's Department of Public Health. This is happening on the heels of what was supposed to be a comeback summer for the Cape. We discuss with Rob Anderson, owner of the Canteen in Provincetown.
- A federal district judge in Texas ruled against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a move that the Biden administration says it will appeal. In the meantime, DACA cannot accept new applicants. Here in Boston, a federal judge has called the withholding of texts by the city of Boston in the exam school case "potentially fraud on the court." The judge reversed his own ruling as a result of that withholding. We discuss both cases with Nancy Gertner, retired federal judge, senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, and WBUR Legal Analyst.
This program aired on July 19, 2021.