Good morning, Boston.
The humidity begins to kick in today. Speaking of kicks, prepare for some soccer action as international "football" comes to Gillette Stadium.
Here's what you need to know:
Red Sox: After a day off, the Red Sox can continue to add to their AL East lead in the first of three games against the second-place Rays. Gametime is 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
- More coverage here
Soccer: Yes, we said soccer... An international friendly at Gillette Stadium matches world soccer powers Brazil and Portugal. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. It is not scheduled to be televised locally but Boston.com will have live coverage here.
Today: Mostly cloudy today but much more humid. Highs will be in upper 70s, low 80s.
Tonight... Temps will cool to around 70 but it'll remain humid.
Tuesday: It'll feel like summer tomorrow. It'll be sunny, in the lower '90s, and humid.
Construction will continue Tuesday and all week at Rt-28 Northbound at Delaware Street between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The Longfellow Bridge project continues to divert Cambridge-bound traffic to Massachusetts Ave or Charles River Dam Road.
Utility work on Route 1A Northbound at North Shore Road and on Route 2A Westbound at Marriott Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch for construction on RT-128 Northbound at US-20 to Cambridge Turnpike until Sept. 13 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Check out our current traffic report.
What’s in the news?
- Votes set to fill 3 Mass. House seats: Special elections are being held to fill three vacancies in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
In the 12th Suffolk district in Boston, Democrat Dan Cullinane, independent Lincoln Larmond and unenrolled candidate Edmond Romulus are vying on Tuesday for the seat formerly held by Linda Dorcena Forry, who won a special election to the state Senate in May.
In the 16th Worcester district, Republican Carol Claros and Democrat Daniel Donahue square off in Tuesday's election to replace John Fresolo, who resigned in May following a House ethics committee investigation.
And in the 6th Bristol district, Democrat Carole Fiola and Republican David Steinhof face off Tuesday for the seat formerly held by David Sullivan, who left the House earlier this year to become head of the Fall River Housing Authority.
- Milford selectman, Foxwoods sign casino agreement: Connecticut-based Foxwoods and selectmen of the town of Milford have signed a host community agreement for a proposed resort casino development.
The agreement signed Monday night was approved by the select board last week. It calls for Foxwoods to pay Milford $32 million up front, with payments of $31 million a year after. The town's voters also will have to approve the proposal before it can go to state gambling regulators.
Foxwoods is in competition with casino proposals in Everett and East Boston for the license that will be awarded for eastern Massachusetts.
Foxwoods is proposing a 980,000-square-foot development with 500 hotel rooms on a 187-acre plot at the intersection of Interstate 495 and Route 16. Foxwoods says the $1 billion development would provide about 3,500 permanent jobs and about 3,000 construction jobs.
- Mass. panel to vote on tribal casino compact: After being stalled on Beacon Hill for months, a casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe may finally be inching forward.
A legislative committee on Tuesday is expected to vote on whether to send the compact to the full House and Senate for approval.
Patrick signed the revised compact with the tribe in March after an earlier agreement was rejected by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The new deal calls for the state to receive between 15 and 21 percent of gambling revenues if the Mashpee succeed in building a casino in Taunton.
Also Tuesday, voters in West Springfield will decide whether to back a resort casino proposed by Hard Rock.
And in Plainville, a referendum is scheduled on a proposed slots parlor at the Plainville harness race track.
Events for today:
- "Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead," the title of the recent release by the Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Duo, doesn't sound like an optimistic view of the world, but maybe they're just realists. One thing for sure, guitarist Hunter and drummer Amendola are good musicians with a long and fruitful artistic collaboration. They'll play and improvise at Club Passim.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding follows up his first novel, "Tinkers," with "Enon," the story of a particularly tragic year-in-the-life of Charlie Crosby, grandson of "Tinkers" protagonist George Crosby. Harding reads from the new book tonight at the Coop.
- Joining the East Broadway Foodie Crawl is a bit like going around the world in twelve plus restaurants. Taste cuisine from Ethiopia, El Salvador, Haiti, and other countries from 6-8 p.m., then go indulge in dessert and after parties with live music (rain date Sept. 11).
Check out these live events on Boston.com today.