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You all really brought it with the Halloween costumes. A few favorites: Mayor Michelle Wu’s son — for creativity. Celtics forward Grant Williams —for committing to the bit. The countless flaming Orange Line costumes. Plus all the decorations in Back Bay and Beacon Hill.
Some Massachusetts residents will find a few hundred extra dollars in their bank account today. Others may soon see well over a thousand. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is beginning to send out rebates to roughly 3 million taxpayers today, after the state triggered an old law capping how much annual revenue it can bring in earlier this year. The automatic payments are going out between now and Dec. 15 to those who have filed 2021 tax returns on a rolling — and apparently random-ordered — basis. So, while we can’t tell you when exactly it will arrive, here are a few things we do know:
Hey you, get that mattress off the curb! A new statewide ban on throwing away mattresses and textiles — including clothing, shoes and an array of cloth — takes effect today in Massachusetts. WBUR’s Barbara Moran reports that the state is changing the rules since the vast majority of these items can be reused or recycled.
Investigators have made a “major break” in the “Lady of the Dune” mystery, identifying the woman whose mutilated body was found nearly half a century ago on a Provincetown beach as Tennessee native Ruth Marie Terry. Up until now, Terry was the the oldest unidentified murder victim in Massachusetts. She was 37 when she was killed.
PSA: The deadline to request a mail-in ballot for next week’s election is 5 p.m. today. And if you’ve been dawdling up until now, you have until next Tuesday’s election to put your ballot in the mail or return to a dropbox, election office or early voting location.
P.S.— We’re launching a new daily podcast on news and culture in Greater Boston! It’s called The Common, it’s hosted by Darryl C. Murphy and it’s not just another podcast. It will focus exclusively on all things happening in the Boston area, tapping into not only WBUR reporters but also local leaders and changemakers. Subscribe here. Episodes drop each morning at 6 a.m. — starting Monday!
Nik DeCosta-Klipa Twitter Newsletter Editor
Nik DeCosta-Klipa is the newsletter editor for WBUR.
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