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Boston Today: Honk! Festival underway in Somerville

Posted by Ronald J Agrella, Boston.com Editor  October 11, 2013 05:29 AM

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Good morning, Boston.

Here's what you need to know this morning:

Sports:

Friday Night High School Sports: Join Boston.com producer Zuri Berry as he provides scores and other updates on football games across Greater Boston. Coverage begins at 5 p.m.

Weather:

Today: Mostly cloudy this morning...then becoming partly sunny. Patchy fog this morning. Highs in the upper 60s.

Tonight... Mostly cloudy. Lows around 50.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny in the morning...then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs around 60.

Get the latest forecast here


Traffic:

Check out our current traffic report.

What’s in the news?

- The federal shutdown is into its eleventh day although talks went late into the night in an effort to ending the congressional stalemate. For their part, all 8 members of Massachusetts' Democratic delegation to the House called for a House floor vote on a resolution to end the shutdown.

- A man severely burned in a lab explosion yesterday in North Andover has died. Authorities tell the Eagle-Tribune the 51-year-old was working alone in the Dow Chemical-owned at the time of the midday explosion. The cause of the blast remains under investigation.

- The state's Supreme Judicial Court has heard from both sides on whether warrants should be required for cellphone records that can help track a person's whereabouts. The arguments yesterday involved a 2011 cold-case murder arrest, with authorities getting cellphone records trying to link Shabazz Augustine to the 2004 killing of Julaine Jules.

- Low-income heat and rent subsidies stand to be among the effects soon should the federal shutdown linger several more weeks. State and local agencies say many of the nonprofits that administer heating assistance programs haven't even been taking applications because of the shutdown.

- Public worker pension fund liabilities in Massachusetts are continuing to mount in spite of the large sums being contributed by governments, according to a business-backed advocacy group. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says such funds currently have $83 billion in unfunded obligations.

Events for today:

- Nine Inch Nails returns to the stage after taking some time off. They play the TD Garden tonight. 8 p.m.


- Colin Hay, former front man, songwriter, and lead vocalist of Australian band Men at Work, performs at the Wilbur Theatre tonight at 8 p.m.


- HONK! Festival 2013 is underway in Somerville. The event runs through Sunday.

- See our picks of big events happening this Columbus Day weekend.


Check out these live events on Boston.com today

- Noon: Boston.com politics editor Jim O'Sullivan Globe political reporter Jim O’Sullivan discusses the Boston mayoral race, the federal government shutdown, the US debt ceiling, and more.
- 1 p.m.: Ty Burr talks movies
- 2:30 p.m.: Boston.com's Chad Finn talks sports
- 5 p.m.: Friday night high school football with Zuri Berry

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