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A sign at the Heaven Cafe in Provincetown requests customers wear masks until seated.

Provincetown COVID-19 cases climb to 882

The tally of COVID-19 cases in Provincetown linked to a cluster that emerged in recent weeks had climbed to 882 as of Wednesday, an increase of 49 from the prior day, Town Manager Alex Morse said Thursday via Facebook.

Governor Charlie Baker said he is "deeply disappointed" that the Legislature is once again delaying a state charitable tax deduction.

Charlie Baker ‘deeply disappointed’ as Legislature moves to further delay charitable tax deduction

“I am deeply disappointed that the Legislature would deny . . . these front-line organizations a crucial opportunity to generate the resources they need to help families keep food on the table, address substance use and behavioral health challenges, support survivors of domestic violence, and more," the governor said.

The five major candidates running for Boston mayor laid out their plans Wednesday for tackling homelessness and helping some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Boston mayoral candidates address homelessness at virtual forum

The five major candidates running for Boston mayor laid out their plans Wednesday for tackling homelessness, saying they would create more housing, provide better mental health services, and give additional funding to social services agencies that are helping some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Doug George and Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George in 2016.

Essaibi George is running for Boston mayor. Her husband, a housing developer, has had a lot of problems with City Hall

Annissa Essaibi George's involvement in a zoning issue appears to violate the state’s conflict of interest law. It also underscores the fraught entanglements between a leading mayoral candidate and her developer husband, with whom the city has long battled over his real estate practices.

The Massachusetts State House, where delays sometimes last decades.

‘We can’t delay this forever’: Nonprofits balk as Legislature again stalls charitable tax deduction

Massachusetts House lawmakers voted on Wednesday to stall the implementation of a state charitable tax deduction, overriding a gubernatorial veto and once again delaying a tax break voters overwhelmingly approved more than 20 years ago. Critics say the deduction would most help wealthy households and that the money would be better spent by state lawmakers.

Mayoral candidate John Barros's proposal focuses on the creation of a “Safe and Healthy Communities Agency,” tasked with responding to some emergency calls.

Boston mayoral candidate John Barros pitches plan for a non-police crisis response agency

Barros's new public safety plan focuses on the creation of a “Safe and Healthy Communities Agency,” tasked with responding to emergency calls relating to mental health, public health, and behavioral issues in schools.

Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley.

Memo orders vaccination and test requirement for Boston City Council staff

Boston City Council President Pro Tempore Matt O’Malley is requiring all in-person council staff to show proof of vaccination or a weekly COVID-19 test starting Aug. 30.

The golden dome of the Massachusetts State House.

Advocates, Baker admin. officials press for stimulus spending on housing, job training

The state's labor secretary urged lawmakers to act swiftly, dedicating money to training programs for unemployed and underemployed residents. “The earlier and quicker we start, the better the Commonwealth will be,” she said, pointing to the anticipated expiration of federal unemployment benefits in September.