Here are the places and apps interested in sports betting in bulk. – WBUR News | Team Cansler

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After pardoning two turkeys (although they did nothing wrong!), President Joe Biden returns to Nantucket today with First Lady Jill Biden to continue her Thanksgiving tradition on the island. We’re going to quickly run through today’s news so you too can start your vacation as soon as possible – especially if you’re traveling today.

We knew that probably “When” of sports betting in Massachusetts. Now we know the probable “who”. The State Gambling Commission announced on Monday that it had received 15 applications (and the $200.00 application fee) from prospective sports bettors as of Monday’s deadline yesterday. It’s time to get acquainted with these names (because at least you’ll probably see them in a lot of ads):

  • As expected, the applications include offers to open in-person sportsbooks in late January from Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino. The state has also received sports betting applications from Raynham Park and Suffolk Downs (via a slightly different licensing process), but those two won’t be ready to open for in-person betting by the state’s January target.
  • According to the Gambling Commission, the state’s three casinos are also planning to partner with online sports betting platforms. That’s in addition to the six contenders hoping to offer “standalone” betting apps in Massachusetts: Bally Bet, Betr, Betway, DraftKings, FanDuel and Pointsbet. (The state may offer up to seven mobile-only sportsbook licenses.)
  • What’s Next: While regulators are hoping for in-person sportsbooks to be operational by the end of January (before the Super Bowl), the timeline for mobile betting to roll out is in early March.

The officers are still looking for answers about what prompted an SUV driver to ram into an Apple store in Hingham on Monday, killing a man and injuring at least 16 others. Police say they are questioning the driver – but have not charged her or released her name or age.

  • The sole victim has been identified as Kevin Bradley, a 65-year-old New Jersey resident who helped build the store, according to Apple. dr South Shore Health’s Christopher Burns told reporters that there were also “multiple patients with life-threatening and limb-threatening injuries.”

The city of Boston is using federal COVID-19 relief funds to offer free classes and job training to local residents who want to earn an early childhood education degree. WBUR’s Carrie Jung reports that this is the city’s latest attempt to address childcare shortages.

  • The Details: The $7 million is enough to fund scholarships for up to 800 people to attend classes and training at Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Boston, Urban College and Neighborhood Villages, an early education advocacy group. There is also a job guarantee after graduation and scholarships for internships.
  • The catch: In order to receive the benefits, you have to work as an early educator in Boston for at least two to three years.
  • The Big Picture: As we reported in our The Cost of Childcare series earlier this year, the COVID pandemic has prompted many childcare workers to leave their low-paying jobs, exacerbating a years-old labor shortage in the industry. Boston officials said Monday that about 50 early childhood education classrooms in the city are empty because of understaffing.

This time last year Many of Massachusetts’s largest colleges and universities required students and staff to take COVID boosters as soon as they were eligible when the first Omicron surge began. And after the new bivalent booster to combat Omicron was approved, Tufts University and Harvard University also made it a requirement for next semester’s enrollment. But as WBUR’s Vanessa Ochavillo reports, no other major schools have followed suit.

  • While most local colleges readily encourage students to get the new booster shots and hold clinics, only 7% of vaccinated adults ages 16 to 29 have received the second booster shot, according to state data.

PS— Speaking of COVID, this could be the holiday season that feels most normal since the pandemic began. But as hospitals feel the strain of a “triple epidemic” of COVID, RSV and flu, WBUR’s Gabrielle Emanuel reached out to four local disease experts to ask them how they’re approaching Thanksgiving. You can sign up for our weekly health newsletter to get her advice in your inbox this afternoon.

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