1. Kim Janey marked her historic elevation as the first woman and first Black person to serve as mayor of Boston with a ceremonial swearing-in event Wednesday. Janey replaces Marty Walsh, who resigned to become President Joe Biden’s labor secretary. (PRESS HERALD)
2. The U.S. tops 30 million covid-19 cases with more than 545,000 related deaths. The Maine CDC reported no new deaths and 199 new cases on Wednesday keeping Maine’s death toll at 731 with 78 Mainers currently hospitalized. Over 228,000 Mainers have received their final COVID-19 vaccine dose, which represents nearly 17% of the population. (WMTW)
3. Maine will get a significant boost of COVID-19 vaccine doses next week including 8,100 Johnson and Johnson shots. (NEWS CENTER)
4. Gov. Mills announced some updates to the state’s pandemic rules. Effective immediately, buffets and self-service food stations are permitted and bar areas can remain open after the kitchen closes. Overnight camps will also be allowed but are encouraged to implement covid guidelines. (WMTW)
5. Scarborough native Greg Finley accomplished his dream of making a movie in his home state. “Downeast” the movie filmed in Portland in early 2020 will premiere online Saturday at 1:30 p.m. as part of New Jersey’s Garden State Film Festival. Tickets are available for the virtual screening through Brown Paper Tickets online. (PRESS HERALD)
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