Inside Boston - January 24th, 2019

Inside Boston (Jan 24th, 2019)

Victor Pena / Rachael Rollins vs. ICE / 'Most Educated State'

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 Friday will be mostly sunny with a high/low of 40/20 degrees Fahrenheit. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high/low of 33/27 degrees Fahrenheit.

1. Victor Pena, the man accused of kidnapping Olivia Ambrose, appeared in court on Wednesday. Ambrose went missing last weekend, and was allegedly held against her will in Pena's Charlestown apartment before escaping. When Pena was in court, he sobbed, and a court clinician said he had been complaining of symptoms of psychosis. The 38-year-old will now undergo a 20-day mental evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital, and he will be held without bail until his next court appearance on Feb. 11 - BOSTON.COM

2. A new bill could potentially update the state's 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act. If it passes, the legislation filed jointly by Sen. Marc Pacheco and Rep. Ruth Balser would set new emissions level requirements: 50 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2030, 75 percent below by 2040, and net zero emissions by 2050. - BOSTON.COM

3. A new analysis conducted by WalletHub has found that Massachusetts is the most educated state in the U.S. The researchers looked at educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races to draw their conclusions. Massachusetts had the highest percentage of bachelor's degree holders, highest percentage of graduate or professional degree holders and was behind only California in terms of highest average university quality. - CBS

4. A ski resort is apologizing after telling employees that a looming snowstorm is "no excuse" to miss work. Originally, the letter said "if thousands of skiers can make it to Jiminy (Peak), so can you." It went on to say that there would be no accommodations for employees considering staying overnight. Jiminy Peak officials are now saying that the letter “does not represent the tone or concern” that it has for employees and guests, and said the respective manager had been "overzealous" in his language. - BOSTON.COM

5. Rachael Rollins, the district attorney for Suffolk County, is criticizing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the recent arrest of an undocumented immigrant. The individual had showed up to a Boston courthouse earlier in January for an arraignment on cocaine trafficking charges. “I absolutely find this incredibly troubling, irrespective of what this person was charged with,” Rollins said. “This is a high priority for me. I’m personally looking into this incident. I will personally be getting the answers.” - GLOBE

Around New England

Every Thursday, we'll be taking a look at other stories making headlines around New England to give you a more comprehensive view of what's going on in the region. 

  • A Saugus dispatcher helped save the life of a newborn via phone this week. Ryan Bancroft received a 911 call from a panicked man early Monday, saying his wife was giving birth inside of their car. Bancroft stayed on the phone with the man, who eventually discovered that his newborn was unresponsive with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. The dispatcher instructed the man on how to unwrap the cord and perform CPR, which eventually revived the newborn.
  • The firm Huff and Gooden Architects of New York City has decided to take on the extensive renovation of a historic property in Great Barrington. The site, which was once home to the Clinton AME Zion Church, dates back to 1887 and has strong roots in African-American history. Local residents recently banded together to save the building and have raised $600,000 to restore the property.
  • Police are searching for the suspect in a deadly shooting in Pittsfield, Mass. A man (whose name has not been released) was found dead with at least one gunshot wound on Edward Avenue early Sunday morning. Investigators do not believe there is any immediate threat to the public, but encourage anyone with information to contact the local police department's detective bureau. 

6. A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder in a fatal shootout in Jamaica Plain. The shooting took place last Friday outside of a barbershop. Carl Reynolds, 28, died shortly after being shot by Victor Rodriguez, who is now in police custody.

7. The Boston Foundation and Boston University have announced that they will be jointly dedicating $750K to memorialize Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The news came in light of the holiday on Monday; the money will go toward plans for a memorial to the Kings on Boston Common and prolonging their legacy at BU, as well as throughout the city.

8. Starbucks is expanding its delivery service to more cities across the U.S. in the coming weeks, including Boston. It executed a test run last fall in Miami. 

9. Atlanta Falcons president and CEO Rick McKay says that food and drink prices will not skyrocket because of the Super Bowl. Fans will be able to buy a pretzel ($2), hot dog ($2), waffle fries ($3), and water ($2), all for under $10 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of Super Bowl LIII.

10. The New England Patriots will reportedly wear their white road jerseys in Super Bowl LIII. The team is reportedly 3-2 in the Super Bowl when wearing white. This year's big game is taking place in Atlanta on February 3.

Inside Boston is written by Krystle Vermes, a Boston-based freelance writer, editor and podcaster. 

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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