With flu season here, one of the easiest ways to stay healthy is also the simplest: Get a flu shot. But for many, the inconvenience (and pain, let’s be honest) of getting a shot dissuades them from ever receiving one.That’s where the Tuscaloosa County Health Department is stepping in and taking the stress out of shots with a drive-thru.The worse months for the flu across America are November through March. Last year January was the worst month for Alabama.The Tuscaloosa County Health Department is hosting drive-thru flu shot clinics throughout flu season. Director of Emergency Preparedness Tommy Dockery said the convenience of getting a shot without getting out of the car makes it more appealing.“The public really enjoys being able to come by and not having to get out of your car,” said Dockery. “It’s very convenient, you can come by before work or school and get your vaccine.”Vaccines are free for people who have Medicaid, Medicare or Blue Cross Blue Shield. You must present a valid insurance card to receive the free shot. If you don’t have insurance or have insurance not listed, shots are $10.To find out more about the next drive-thru clinic you can call 205-562-6900. The health department also offers walk-in flu shots, as do most pharmacies and doctor’s offices around West Alabama.The health department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
ATHENS — Mauricio Carrasco scored in extra time as Olympiakos lost 2-1 to Asteras in the Greek league March 26, a week after a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United that knocked it out of the Champions League.Asteras went ahead in the 22nd minute when Pablo De Blasis punished a defensive error, before 18-year-old substitute Nikos Vergos headed in a first-touch equalizer on the hour.De Blasis set up the winner, running through defenders to reach the ball for the tap in.Olympiakos has already secured the title and has 80 points from 31 matches. Second-place Atromitos slipped to a 2-0 loss to OFI, staying on 62 points and now tied with Panathinaikos which beat Kalloni 3-0.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jurrell Casey wanted to apologize to his teammates for not controlling himself, and the Titans defensive tackle wasn’t sharing what was said between him and Jets quarterback Geno Smith.Titans linebacker Wesley Woodard blamed himself for a personal foul keeping alive the Jets’ drive for the go-ahead touchdown. And tight end Delanie Walker thought he was going to score on the final play following three laterals.Instead, the Titans lost 16-11 to the Jets on Dec. 14 in the first NFL game decided by that score, though Tennessee followed a familiar script this season with more critical penalties and a blown lead in yet another loss where only its draft status safe at the end.“When Delanie has the ball in his hands, I always get excited,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I wish he would have pitched it back inside to one of those guys.”The Titans (2-12) lost their eighth straight and 11th in 12 games in the worst skid since 1994 when these were the Houston Oilers. Titans President Tommy Smith refused to talk to a reporter in the locker room after the game.The game was marked by a brawl sparked by Casey hitting Smith in the face in the third quarter during a replay review. Casey wasn’t ejected, but he needed receiver Nate Washington to pull down both sleeves and his jersey after throwing a couple other punches at Jets right tackle Breno Giacomini.“I just have to control my emotions in that situation,” Casey said. “You know words don’t hurt you. He didn’t put his hands on me, and I shouldn’t have put my hands on him.”Whisenhunt said he thought a couple of Jets (3-11) came off the bench in the melee. Jets coach Rex Ryan thought his quarterback took a punch in the face. “But apparently, he didn’t get hit,” Ryan said.Casey stayed in the game after receiving only a personal foul, which eased the Jets losing an 81-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Eric Decker. Smith finished off the drive with a 9-yard TD pass to John Conner giving the Jets their first lead of the game.The Titans already had lost quarterback Jake Locker to a dislocated left shoulder. Locker, starting with Zach Mettenberger already out with his own sprained shoulder, left the game late in the first half after being hit by Jets end Quinton Coples who also helped knock Locker out of the game the last time these teams met in September 2013.He returned to the sideline, but Whisenhunt said Locker would have been able to only hand off it needed.Tennessee has a short turnaround — the Titans visit Jacksonville on Dec. 18 night — and Locker said he has no idea if he will be available. “It’s a little painful,” Locker said of his shoulder. “I get a chance to go in tomorrow and get a better idea about where it’s at.”Woodyard’s penalty came after the Jets had thrown incomplete on third-and-15. A 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct kept alive the Jets’ drive, and Chris Ivory capped it with a 1-yard TD run with 3:09 left. The 2-point conversion failed, but the 16-11 lead was enough.The Titans got to the Jets 22 with 2 minutes left before turning it over on downs with a sack by Coples and three incompletions.They got it back with 21 seconds and were near midfield for the final play. Whitehurst, playing with Jake Locker out with an injured left shoulder, threw to Dexter McCluster, who lateraled to Nate Washington. The receiver threw back to Whitehurst, who lateraled to Walker — who was tackled by Dawan Landry to seal the Jets’ win.“A lot of times when you run that play, you don’t even get within striking distance,” Whitehurst said. “We had a chance with a lateral play to make something happen, and we got pretty close.”Ryan Succop kicked three field goals for Tennessee, the last a 51-yarder with 2:02 left in the third quarter for an 11-10 lead.(TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — Five former winners have committed to run this year’s Boston Marathon.Principal sponsor John Hancock Financial announced that 2013 men’s winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2012 winner Wesley Korir of Kenya will join a field that includes defending champion Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win since 1983.On the women’s side, 2012 winner Sharon Cherop and 2011 winner Caroline Kilel, both of Kenya, lead the elite field.The men’s field also includes last year’s second- and third-place finishers, Wilson Chebet and Frankline Chepkwony.The women’s field is the fastest in Boston Marathon history, with 10 participants holding personal best times under 2:23, and includes Americans Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila Linden and Amy Hastings.The 119th running of the Boston Marathon is April 20.
Olympiacos Piraeus welcomed back a couple of familiar faces and went on to hold off visiting Fenerbahce Istanbul 71-62 on Thursday night at Peace and Friendship Stadium. The win improved Olympiacos to 10-5 and a share of the second place at the halfway point of the regular season, while Fenerbahce dropped to 9-6. Former Olympiacos players who helped the team to back-to-back EuroLeague titles in 2012 and 2013, Kostas Sloukas and Pero Antic, were honored at center court before the game. Olympiacos pulled away early behind Khem Birch, before a series of three-pointers had the hosts up 40-21 at halftime. Olympiacos built a 23-point lead in the third quarter, but Fenerbahce rallied behind Luigi Datome and Bobby Dixon, however the Reds held on. Birch finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds, 7 of which were on offense. Matt Lojeski netted 14 points, Ioannis Papapetrou had 12 and Erick Green nailed 3 of 4 shots from downtown and finished with 11 points. Jan Vesely amassed double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors, but did not get much help until the final quarter when Datome and Dixon stepped up. Datome scored 10 points, Sloukas had 10 points and 6 assists, and Dixon finished with 9 points in defeat.Olympiacos started strong defensively and did not allow Fenerbahce to score in the opening three minutes. Sloukas from downtown and Antic inside gave Fenerbahce a 4-5 edge, but Birch was everywhere for Olympiacos. He grabbed 3 offensive rebounds and scored 8 points. With help from a Kostas Papanikolaou three-pointer, the hosts opened an 18-9 advantage after 10 minutes. Lojeski and Green hit three-pointers from each corner to extend the margin to 26-13 in the second stanza. Aside from one free throw each from Sloukas and Ekpe Udoh, it was Vesely as the only player who managed to score for Fenerbahce in the final 15 minutes of the first half. Vesely tallied 14 points in the first two quarters, but the hosts kept pulling away. Green hit 2 more threes, Papapetrou added one, and Vangelis Mantzaris banked in another one, extending the margin to 40-19 entering the final minute. Olympiacos led 40-21 at halftime, and the hosts continued where they left off after the break. Papapetrou and Mantzaris made triples, and Birch fought on the offensive glass, opening a 48-25 margin. Fenerbahce got it started offensively with a triple from Datome. Udoh and Sloukas scored inside, and Antic hit from the outside, but Olympiacos did not allow the lead to slip away. The Reds were up 58-40 after three quarters and in complete control. Dixon cut the margin early in the fourth. Lojeski hit a corner three to make it 63-49, but Datome answered from downtown, and Dixon’s three closed the gap to to 65-61. Dixon had a shot to cut it to 1 point, but missed an open three, before Spanoulis banked in a tough runner with 63 seconds left and Olympiacos held on.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shares
For women struggling with debilitating depression following childbirth, help may soon be on the way. The first drug created specifically for postpartum depression was developed through research done right here in North Carolina.Perinatal mood disorder affects nearly 1 in 8 women, potentially harming the maternal-infant bond, and later infant development. Severe cases have led to suicide.Women with moderate to severe symptoms are commonly prescribed antidepressants that can take four to six weeks to begin working. Samantha Meltzer-Brody is a lead researcher and director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program. She says the new medication called brexanolone is different.”The really exciting thing that we’ve observed with this new drug is the very, very fast onset of action,” she says. “So, women start having response within 24 hours. And that treatment response was maintained through the 30 day follow up period in the clinical trials.”Although the onset of action is greatly reduced with brexanolone, the treatment is more involved than taking conventional antidepressants. The new drug is applied intravenously over a period of 60 hours, and it also requires some medical supervision. Meltzer-Brody cautions that so many women suffer from postpartum depression that they are not adequately screened or treated. “We really want to encourage any woman who is suffering to reach out to their doctor, not feel any shame or stigma around what is one of the most common medical complications, and make sure she is able to get appropriate treatment which will lead to the best outcomes for the patient, her baby and family,” she says. On Friday, Meltzer-Brody will speak about her findings at an FDA advisory committee meeting. The new treatment could be approved for patients before Christmas, and made available by mid-2019.
This article originally appeared onÂ The Well, Jopwell’s editorial hub.Â It began in May, when North Carolina A&T State University computer science students Paul Hammond and Lusenii Kromah connected about their upcoming internships at Silicon Valley technology companies.Lusenii, a class of 2016 graduate, was headed to Adobe as a web development intern. Paul, also a web developer and graduating senior, had landed an internship at Apple. As newly minted HBCU graduates, they were excited to move out to the Bay Area to get started. Both black, they were also already tired of hearing about the lack of racial diversity at tech companies (being a “unicornâ€ gets old fast).Their conversations sparked a question, “Is there a group or a quick way for black tech interns to connect in Silicon Valley?â€When they couldn’t find the network they were envisioning, they created a chat on the mobile messaging app GroupMe—a community for black interns working at Silicon Valley technology companies to be able to share professional and academic resources and meet up in person. They whipped up a logo on Photoshop and named the group “Black Valley”. Within a couple of days, they’d virtually united 30 people.Once they arrived in San Francisco, they looped in Morehouse College class of 2017 physics major Dakari Franklin—Paul’s roommate and a fellow Apple HBCU Scholar. From there, friends of friends were conversing in the group and inviting other interns they knew or met on the job to join, too.By the end of the summer, the Black Valley GroupMe had ballooned to more than 540 black interns from Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Uber, and a host of other leading tech companies and startups.“It’s amazing to see such diversity, charisma, and intelligence in one group that the world systematically tries to discredit,â€ says Jazmin, who interned at IBM. “It was magical.â€Read moreÂ at The Well…Jopwell helps America’s leading companies connect with and recruit Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American professionals and students at scale. SignÂ up to find your dream job. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/3-friends-brought-together-500-silicon-valley-interns/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/3-friends-brought-together-500-silicon-valley-interns/
be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/trump-ban-fallout-rise-deportation-scams/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/trump-ban-fallout-rise-deportation-scams/ In addition to growing fear in immigrant communities about family members wrenched from their loved ones and children separated from parents, there’s another unfortunate outcome: the rise in deportation scams.From impersonating Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, to using technology to send fraudulent phone calls, emails, and texts; scammers are taking advantage of terrified undocumented immigrants.“These scam artists are taking advantage of the current political environment,” says Adam Levin, chairman and founder of CyberScout. A cybersecurity expert, Levin is also the author of Swiped.“The Attorney General [in Queens, New York] Schneiderman talked about the incident where someone was approached on Roosevelt Avenue and told, ‘Pay us.’ When he refused, they said, ‘You are going to be arrested.’ Someone else in Queens was told, ‘Give us $250, or you will be arrested,’â€ Levin says. Queens, New York is home to many communities of immigrants from all over the world.Email and text messaging are also favorite tools of immigration scammers. “They send emails out,â€ explains Levin. “[Scammers] will claim on email–let’s say–something about a new development in immigration policy, or send an inside scoop on where ICE officials [will] hit next.â€ These emails often instruct the recipient to make some sort of payment to get the advertised information.“These immigrants are doubly victimized,â€ Levin says. They are still at real risk of being deported, due to President Trump’s immigration crackdown, and “someone stole their money on top of it,â€ he says.How do scammers find vulnerable people to target? In a variety of ways, according to Levin. “It’s the same way undercover people operate,â€ he says. “They talk to people and hear things. They can buy lists–there is all sorts of info out there [and] on the dark web.â€ He says these scammers are homed in on areas of cities where immigration populations are known to live.These particular types of scams have increased so dramatically, that the New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a public notice on his website, issuing an urgent fraud alert.The other problem is that, in the aftermath of being scammed, undocumented immigrants often have little or no recourse to file charges or recoup swindled money. That is because they are often underbanked, using check cashing places and wire transfers that do not offer the fraud protection of traditional banking institutions or credit card companies.While undocumented immigrants are particularly vulnerable to fraud, anyone can become a victim. Levin offers some advice from his bookÂ Swiped,Â “Whether it’s someone posing as an ICE or IRS agent, no one from those agencies will call you up, send an email, or knock on your door, and ask you for money–ever,” he advises.He also suggests using two-factor authentication when logging on to financial websites, shredding documents with important information; using known websites; and setting up monitoring and fraud protection offered by more and more banks, credit card companies, and other institutions.“Nobody has a greater interest in your self-protection than you do. The ultimate guardian of the consumer and citizen is the consumer and citizen,â€ says Levin. Character Counts for Former NFL Running Back Ev…Boy Scout Lessons That Any Entrepreneur Can Learn FromThis Is Why Some Real Estate Investors Focus On…
Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Chael Sonnen’s last eight fights have all been against world champions — either past, present or future — and on Saturday he takes on arguably the most decorated one of all: “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko.Though Emelianenko is long removed from the legendary 28-fight unbeaten streak that to this day has him at the top of many pundits’ all-time pound-for-pound lists, he’s seen a fair amount of success in his past few fights dating back to November 2011. The 42-year-old has won six of his last seven (which were split by a three-year retirement from the sport) and he is coming off of a 48-second TKO of Frank Mir, which put him into the final four of a tournament to crown a new Bellator heavyweight champion.Sonnen out-wrestled Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the quarterfinals to keep himself in the running to claim his first title in a major promotion. The winner of the Bellator 208 main event will go on to face Ryan Bader in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix finals.Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson may be the bigger name in the co-headliner, but he has a tough task against the surging Saad Awad. Winner of his last four, Awad is a Bellator original who could pick up his biggest win since knocking out Will Brooks back in 2013 if he can upset Henderson.Also on the main card, former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko takes on countryman Anatoly Tokov, Cheick Kongo and Timothy Johnson clash in a heavyweight bout, and featherweight Henry Corrales goes for his fourth straight win against the debuting Andy Main.What: Bellator 208Where: Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.When: Saturday, Oct. 13. The preliminary card begins at 6:30 p.m. ET and will stream live on MMA Fighting, and the five-fight main card will air on Paramount Network and stream on DAZN starting at 9 p.m. ET.Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael SonnenThe worst-case scenario for Fedor Emelianko fans is that they see a repeat of what Chael Sonnen did in the opening round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix to Quinton Jackson. Sonnen was able to use his trademark wrestling to trip “Rampage” to the mat and snuff out any chances of him landing a knockout blow. It’s the same Sonnen strategy we’ve seen for years and it works.Given that Emelianenko has never been one of the heavyweight division’s larger fighters, it’s easy to imagine Sonnen grinding out a win over him and that could certainly happen if Emelianenko isn’t prepared for Sonnen’s pressure.But the good news for Emelianenko fans is that as much as he’s fallen off since his prime, the fighters who have given him problems are usually hard hitters like Dan Henderson and Fabio Maldonado, or larger grapplers like Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. Sonnen doesn’t fit into either of those categories and that spells trouble for “The American Gangster”.Certainly, there’s an outside chance Sonnen catches Emelianenko with something on the feet, and he’s been doing his best to tout his boxing skills in the lead-up to this fight. His best hope will still be to grind this one out and it’s hard to imagine him doing that against Emelianenko, who has made a career out of foiling wrestlers.Let’s say this ends in an Emelianenko TKO victory and the “Pride Never Die” crowd getting to pop bottles at least one more time.Pick: EmelianenkoBenson Henderson vs. Saad AwadThere’s a lot on the line for both Benson Henderson and Saad Awad in this one.Henderson has had some hard luck in the Bellator cage, being thrown into an ill-fated welterweight title fight in his debut and then picking up his first win when Patricio Freire suffered a leg injury. Back-to-back split decision losses followed, before Henderson snagged a submission victory over Roger Huerta in an entertaining, but sloppy bout.He remains an outstanding defensive fighter and one of the best at scrambling at 155 pounds. Those attributes will have to be on point against the aggressive Awad, an excellent striker from both in close and at distance. If Henderson lets Awad find a rhythm, there’s a legitimate chance that Awad gets a KO.Henderson specializes in frustrating opponents and he’s going to make Awad work to find that finish, chipping away with leg kicks and digging in on takedown attempts whether they’re initially successful or not. His well-deserved reputation as a grinder is going to give Awad nightmares.Dangerous as Awad is, I expect to see Henderson defuse him and pick up another win on the scorecards.Pick: HendersonAlexander Shlemenko vs. Anatoly TokovThis could be a coming out party for Anatoly Tokov.Already 2-0 inside the Bellator cage, the 28-year-old can make a serious statement if he defeats fellow Russian Alexander Shlemenko. “Storm” is heading in the opposite direction of his younger opponent, currently riding a two-fight losing streak, though he’s typically performed well with his back against the wall.In this fight, Shlemenko is probably going to have to be used to having his back against the wall and the mat as he deals with the dynamite wrestling of Tokov. In 29 pro bouts, Tokov has proven to be an absolute bulldog, capable of scoring takedowns with well-timed shots and also slamming opponents who get sloppy in the clinch. Shlemenko has a serviceable submission game, but the grappling looks to favor Tokov here.The striking edge goes to Shlemenko, who will confuse Tokov with his effectiveness from both orthodox and southpaw stances, and his creative striking. That said, we might not see much of his trademark spinning techniques in this one given the threat of Tokov’s takedowns. Tokov has power in his right hand, but his standup is mechanical compared to Shlemenko’s free-flowing style.Wrestling should win the day here and Tokov will be the one who earns a unanimous decision.Pick: TokovCheick Kongo vs. Timothy JohnsonThere’s no way of sugarcoating this: Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson could get ugly. And not in a good way.Based on sheer size, seeing these two heavyweights in the cage has a certain appeal, but once the bell rings, it will be a surprise if either man makes any attempt to push the pace early on. Johnson may initiate with his boxing, but Kongo has always been a strong counter-striker and he’ll likely exhibit extreme patience rather than engage in any prolonged exchanges.The clinch will be a major factor here. Johnson is used to having a size advantage that allows him to press his opponents against the cage; on the other hand, Kongo has always been comfortable working in the clinch for long stretches (occasionally to the detriment of the viewing audience) and he’ll make Johnson pay with sharp knees in close. However, should Johnson manage a takedown, top control could be enough for him to maintain an advantage.It’s a difficult call to make between two smart, durable heavyweights, but Kongo often seems to find a way to eke out close fights. If Johnson doesn’t finish, it will cost him when the judges make their decision.Pick: KongoHenry Corrales vs. Andy MainThis is a solid test for Henry Corrales, who has turned his career around since joining The MMA Lab in Phoenix. In Andy Main, he faces an opponent with nothing to lose and everything to gain.Main is an excellent grappler and someone who does great work off of his back. He makes opponents pay for sloppy takedowns by blocking them, then transitioning into top or back control before his opponents recover. His weapons of choice in the past have been armbars and triangle chokes.That’s not to say that Corrales shouldn’t mix in some wrestling. He effectively used takedowns to pick up a unanimous nod over former World Series of Fighting Champion Georgi Karakhanyan in his last outing. It’s just that every second he spends on the mat with Main is an opportunity for Main to catch him with something.Corrales will be the more aggressive striker in this matchup, though he’ll have to watch out for the length of Main, who can score points with his jab and low kicks. Look for Corrales to throw combinations when he gets in close, pouring on the pressure, and then backing off if Main tries to pull guard and force a grappling exchange.Corrales is peaking at the right time and while Main has an excellent chin, “OK” could have enough power to hand him his first knockout loss.Pick: Corrales Good Night Tee Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? 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8/25/2017, 9:38 a.m. By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* 000 For Sale/Rent Five Open Houses in Winthrop to See This Weekend A few charming homes hit the market there this week. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Print Photo via Cottage Hill Real Estate1. A Roomy Dutch Gambrel17 Pleasant Street, WinthropPrice: $539,000Size: 2,467 square feetBedrooms: 5Baths: 1.5Open house: Sunday, August 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty2. A Beautiful Home Near Winthrop Beach49 Moore Street, WinthropPrice: $425,000Size: 1,716 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1Open houses: Saturday, August 26, 12-1 p.m., Sunday, August 27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Photo via RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate3. A Renovated Unit in Point Shirley16 Billows Street #2, WinthropPrice: $325,900Size: 928 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Open house: Sunday, August 27, 12-2 p.m.Photo via Young Realty Group4. A Place Within Smelling Distance to the Ocean145 Locust Street, WinthropPrice: $389,000Size: 1,156 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1.5Open house: Sunday, August 27, 12-1 p.m.Photo via Century 21 Abigail Adams5. A Tiny Home Circa 190084 Undine Avenue, WinthropPrice: $339,000Size: 878 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Open house: Sunday, August 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.
By Alyssa Vaughn· Somerville City Hall photo by felibrilu on Flickr/Creative CommonsNowadays, you can do a lot with your face. Facebook recognizes it when you upload photos, Snapchat disguises it with puppy ears, beards, and makeup, and your iPhone unlocks when it sees you (unless you’ve had a really rough night). In China, your face can pay for your cup of coffee; in New York City, your face may soon be able to gain you entry to your apartment. And here in Massachusetts, scans of faces are in use at the RMV, at certain JetBlue boarding gates at Logan Airport, and at the State Police Department.Condensing your door key, wallet, iPhone passcode, boarding passes, and driver’s license into one convenient location on top of your neck is, admittedly, pretty useful. But the expansion of facial recognition technology has some worried—as our faces become the keys to more and more of our personal data, will privacy protections and regulations be able to keep up?On this front, Somerville is leading the charge. The City Council unanimously voted Thursday to ban the use of facial recognition technology in police investigations and municipal surveillance programs, sending the bill to Mayor Joseph Curtatone, who signed the order Friday afternoon. Somerville is the second city to opt for a total ban of government use of the technology, following San Francisco.The bill was sponsored by Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen, who has argued that facial recognition is “the functional equivalent of every citizen wearing a barcode on their chest.”There are currently no federal regulations on commercial or governmental use of facial recognition technology. Critics worry that if the technology continues to go unregulated, it will increase tracking and surveillance, infringing on privacy rights. As the government builds up its cache of personal data, they say, it becomes more difficult to protect it all, bad actors are increasingly interested in acquiring it, and the fallout from a hack becomes increasingly serious. And this isn’t just speculation: Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection—which collects travelers’ facial data—admitted that hackers had stolen an undisclosed number of traveler ID photos and license plate images from a subcontractor.Critics also point out that in addition to security systems’ inability to protect the troves of data that facial recognition could create, the technology itself is still struggling to identify women and people of color. In an MIT study from last year, facial recognition algorithms correctly identified 99 percent of white men and misidentified one out of every three dark-skinned women. Last summer, the ACLU tested Amazon’s facial recognition technology and found that it incorrectly matched 28 members of Congress (including Mass. Senator Ed Markey) with mugshots of criminals. The mistakes disproportionately involved congresspeople of color.“An identification—whether accurate or not—could cost people their freedom or even their lives,” the ACLU asserts in the study’s findings.Will Massachusetts follow Somerville’s lead in regulating facial recognition? It’s unclear. While the state legislature is currently considering bills similar to Somerville’s, there are also voices calling for a less rigid approach to regulation of the technology. The president of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, Scott Hovsepian, told the Boston Globe that a ban could get in the way of public safety.“I just don’t want to see it dismissed it outright, because the potential to be an incredibly useful tool is there,” Hovsepian said to the Globe. But to the ACLU—who backed the Somerville bill—there’s no time to waste.“We must ensure face surveillance technology doesn’t get out ahead of our basic rights,” Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, said in a statement. “We can’t afford to sit by idly while the technology further outpaces our civil liberties protections and harms privacy, racial and gender justice, and freedom of speech…It’s time to press pause on face surveillance in Massachusetts.” 6/28/2019, 1:25 p.m. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Crime In Landmark Vote, Somerville City Council Blocks Law Enforcement from Using Facial Recognition Somerville is officially the second city in the nation to opt for a total ban. 101 Print