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Boston goes closed-caption required; USA Today suspends bestseller list  


Restaurants, bars, banks, gyms, and other public venues in Boston with televisions are now required to turn on the closed-captioning function to increase access for people with disabilities.

“Improving communications access in public spaces across Boston is critical to Boston truly being for everyone,” said Mayor Michelle Wu, who signed a City Council-passed ordinance late last week. “This ordinance removes barriers for people with disabilities, and I am grateful to the Disabilities Commission, Disability Advisory Board and the entire Boston City Council for their leadership and advocacy.”

In 2020, then-board member Wesley Ireland raised the issue of requiring that live transcripts of a program’s audio content be shown scrolling across the bottom of the screen.

“I am excited to see Boston joining the ranks of other big cities like Seattle and San Francisco to require captioning on public facing televisions,” said Ireland, board chair. “It is an equity issue I have faced in the past and it is finally addressed.”

USA Today suspends bestseller list

USA Today’s weekly chart of top-selling books is on indefinite hiatus after the newspaper’s parent company Gannett laid off the editor in charge of compiling it.

Gannett laid off hundreds of staffers earlier this month, including Mary Cadden. A newspaper spokesperson said further updates would be shared in 2023.

Like ones from The New York Times and, USA Today’s list is closely followed in the publishing industry. The newspaper drew upon a wide range of outlets to compile the 150 bestselling books from a given week.


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