The Short List
Looking back at news of the week, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed a long-awaited policing reform bill. The compromise legislation would, for the first time, create an independent, civilian-led commission to standardize the certification, training and decertification of police officers.
Earlier this week, the sheriff of Hampden County announced that 10% of inmates in the department's Ludlow, Massachusetts, jail had tested positive for COVID-19. But the sheriffs of the other three counties in western Massachusetts said they see no need to test all their inmates.
arts and culture
The Springfield Museums has curated a regional portrait exhibit to coincide with the arrival of a prestigious Smithsonian show of American portraiture.
Updated at 9:24 a.m. ET U.S. employers sharply scaled back their hiring last month as the coronavirus pandemic put new pressure on restaurants, retailers and other businesses. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added just 245,000 jobs in November, down from a revised 610,000 in October. Loading... The job growth figure was well below expectations. Economists at Wells Fargo had expected the United States to add just 425,000 jobs in November, while other forecasts pointed to just...
It will take months — maybe even years — to figure out why the polls were so wrong leading up to Election Day. But the autopsy is already well underway. “The polls were a stinking pile of hot garbage, tweeted Sean Trende, the senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics (RCP), expressing a view with which few pollsters would take issue. It is distressing, said Steve Koczela, president of The MassINC Polling Group, who has done dozens of political polls over the years, including many for...