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“Kevin O’Donnell is calling all the shots. He’s the real mayor.” — The Blue Suit

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By Josh Resnek

“You know you’re going to kill me with these interviews,” the mayor’s Blue Suit said to me recently.

“From the day he picked me up at the cleaners, the mayor has been outraged about me talking with you. He’s tossed me around. He’s thrown me on the floor. At one point, he grabbed a big pair of scissors and he screamed at me,” the Blue Suit said.

‘What did he scream?” I asked.

“I’m going to cut you to shreds you bum,” he threatened.

“He held the scissors tightly against my pant leg.”

“I’m going to cut off your leg unless you keep your big mouth shut,” he answered the Blue Suit told me. “I was petrified.”

“Then he tossed the scissors to the floor, called me a wrinkled piece of second grade cloth and design, and scrunched me into a ball before tossing me inside the car he was driving. Boy, what a bad experience that was. You have no idea,” the Blue Suit said to me.

“You know how jealous and greedy the mayor is,” the Blue Suit said to me.

“Everyone who knows him knows that about him,” I answered. “You don’t know how nasty and underhanded he can be. I do. I know all his secrets,” the Blue Suit said.

“That’s not the first time he’s threatened to cut someone up, you know,” the Blue Suit said.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“He did it to an employee at his donut shop. He put a knife to her throat. I know. I was there. The Revere police came. They wrote up a five page report…and then it just seemed to disappear,” the Blue Suit said to me.

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What do we want after COVID-19?

By Walt Pavlo
For the Leader Herald

I knew a guy who worked tirelessly at his business, a specialty steel fabrication plant for large chemical plants throughout the United States. He was up early in the morning and stayed until his last employee was done. He worked weekends, worked holidays and missed vacations. His business, for a while, was successful, until it was not. The large plants that were his primary clients started sourcing to India, China and South Korea. The one day, the bank called his note and the company went bankrupt. The man lost his life’s savings. That man was my Dad.

There was no bailout package for his small company and many like it that were put out of business through pressures that were not of their own making. Large corporations have for years outsourced much of their manufacturing to cheaper labor in other countries. Labor unions were often criticized for wages that were too high, leaving the United States unable to compete. Corporate America justified and embraced supply chains that spanned the world but allowed them to maximize profits. Now, those same companies want a bailout. That hardly seems fair.

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First responders are vigilant

Everett’s first responders, its police officers and firefighters and its Cataldo Ambulance service EMT’s are the first line of defense for residents and businesspeople terrorized about the coronavirus epidemic.

Very few of us can imagine the pressure felt by first responders who are more likely catch the virus than any of us.

Each time they answer the call, the chance for infection from the virus stalks them like a Grim Reaper.

They don’t have themselves only to think about. They have their wives and their children, their parents and brothers and sisters.

The virus is sinister in its ability to take someone very healthy and strong and in a matter of a few days, reduce them to a state of horrific illness, on to ventilators when they can’t breath, and finally to the funeral home shortly after that.

Many point out that the death rate isn’t so high.

The experts say you have a two in ten chance of dying which means you have a 80% chance of recovering.

These are good odds, unless you are a first responder.

The president has said 100,000 deaths from the virus would be a good figure.

It is not a good figure if you are one of those who die.

The president did not mean 100,000 deaths is good.

He meant it is far better than 1 million deaths or any number less than that.

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Costco cutting down hours; Setting up new protocols

Mobs packing Everett locations

By Josh Resnek

Costco will be closing at 6:30 pm everyday for the duration of this crisis in order to keep a handle on what company officials have called “panic buying” and “hoarding.”

This includes the Everett Costco warehouse which has been besieged by shoppers since the beginning of the emergency.

Management has instituted strict cleaning and sanitary operating procedures and standards in order to avert the spread of the virus by shoppers.

Employees have ben wearied by the panic shopping and the superhuman effort it takes to restock the 150,000 square foot shopping behemoth.

New Store Hours: Warehouse store hours will be cut on Monday, March 30 by 2 hours. That means that most stores will close at 6.30 p.m. instead of 8.30 p.m. It appears that the weekend hours will remain the same since they are top shopping times. As a result, the hours remain unchanged: on Saturday, from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Senior Shopping: Senior hours at most warehouses have been instituted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. These exclusive hours are excellent shopping times for senior citizens who are most at risk during this scary period, since it allows people who are more vulnerable to the virus to shop in greater safety and comfort.

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Coronavirus numbers going upward

77 hit by pandemic taking hold locally

By Josh Resnek

One week ago, 17 Everett residents had contracted the Coronavirus but no one had yet succumbed to the virus.

What a difference a week makes when an epidemic is hitting home.

Three residents of the city have died since last week.

The Tuesday count stood at 77 in Everett infected, with reports that the Cambridge Alliance Hospital (formerly the Whidden) has been deluged with new admissions.

Some of the patients arriving at the hospital were unconscious, according to hospital officials.

As many as 20 patients are presently in the ICU ward receiving intensive care.

The overflow in Everett is being sent to Boston. No visitors are presently allowed at the local hospital here. Ten out 20 in the ICU are younger people between the ages of 22-58.

The three whom passed at the hospital included a 41 year old male.

In neighboring Revere, 166 have been infected by the virus, the vast majority of them at the Jack Sutter House on Revere Beach which houses elderly.

Five have died there in the last week, dozens are infected.

Chelsea has 157 reported cases presently, with two deaths.

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