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We’re all waking up to the stunning news that Donald Trump defied the polls and was elected president. Hillary Clinton called him to concede at 2:30 a.m., but won’t give a concession speech until later this morning. Here’s more news and information as you rev up for the day.
What’s it like outside? Cloudy. There may be some showers in southeastern Mass. and on the Cape later this afternoon. High 50s.
I don’t mean to depress you, but Logan Airport is holding its annual snow readiness drill today.
T alert: There will be minor delays and slowdowns on the Red Line Braintree branch southbound between JFK/UMass and North Quincy today and the next couple of days.
While you were sleeping: US and world financial markets plunged on the news of Trump’s election — Dow futures fell an astounding 900+ points — but losses eventually eased a bit. Protests erupted across California on college campuses and city centers, and talk of California secession — #Calexit, perhaps with Washington and Oregon — picked up steam.
Clinton supporters are alternately angry and scared; their emotions were captured in an off-the-cuff soliloquy by CNN commenter and Democratic strategist Van Jones that is getting a lot of attention online; he said Trump’s victory “was a ‘white-lash’ against a changing country.”
If you’d like to voice your reaction to the election, favorable or not, send it to me. I’ll print some — with your names and towns — in Fast Forward this week.
Hey, sport: If their defense shows up, the Celtics should be able to handle the 1-5 Wizards in DC tonight (7 p.m., CSNHD and 98.5 FM). The Bruins are off; last night they lost to Montreal on a last-minute goal by Paul Byron.
Mass. referendum results: Here are the results of the statewide ballot questions:
Question 1: Approve another slots parlor — NO
Question 2: Expand charter schools — NO
Question 3: Reduce farm animal confinement — YES
Question 4: Legalize marijuana — YES
(California also approved recreational marijuana use, which gives a huge boost to that industry.)
Even though the country voted for change yesterday, Massachusetts did not: The GOP picked up just one seat in the state Legislature, increasing their representation in the House to 35 reps out of 160.
Governor Charlie Baker gets an update at noon on how electronic tolling on the Mass. Pike is going. By all accounts, things seem to be going pretty smoothly; ditto the transponder-reading gantries on the Tobin Bridge and the airport tunnels. If you have traveled any of those roads since the change, please let me know what your experience has been.
Have you gotten a flu shot yet? Maybe you’re not in one of the high-risk groups, but honestly, after you read the list, you’d have to be a 35-year-old sterile hermit who’s never been sick not to qualify. To publicize the need for people to get the vaccination, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is getting his shot at 11 a.m. at a clinic at City Hall that’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Let’s hope he doesn’t cry.
Assuming he survives his flu shot, the mayor will hold a Facebook Live chat about homelessness in Boston, particularly among veterans. Joining him will be housing chief Sheila Dillon and Andrew McCawley, president of the New England Center and Home for Veterans. Join in at 1:30 p.m. on the City of Boston Facebook page.
AG Maura Healey’s top deputy, Christopher Barry-Smith, is back before the Governor’s Council at 11 a.m. to continue the hearing on his nomination to the Superior Court. Even though Barry-Smith apparently had little to do with Healey’s decision to toughen the ban on copycat assault rifles, the fact that he simply works in her office is enough to turn gun owners against him.
Finally, Google searches for the words “moving to Canada” surged last night, and the Canadian immigration website crashed from an enormous influx of traffic. For those of you feeling desperate, here’s a public service graphic of the best one-way airfares from Boston to Montreal:
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