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Hello and welcome to Friday.

Today's weather: Mid-40s with some rain possible in the afternoon.

πŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to Axios Boston member Meryl Johnson!

Today's newsletter is 887 words β€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Getting to the Krafts' planned Everett soccer stadium

Rendering by the Kraft Group

As lawmakers consider allowing the New England Revolution to build a new soccer stadium in Everett, across the Mystic River from Charlestown, one key issue is vexing officials: how to get 25,000 fans in and out of a congested area.

Why it matters: To get to a stadium along the Mystic via the MBTA, soccer fans and concert-goers would have to cross the Alford Street bridge that connects Everett to Sullivan Square in Charlestown.

What's new: Many of the concerns aired by City of Boston officials at a State House hearing this week were about transportation and the stadium's impact on neighboring Charlestown.

  • The Kraft Group, owners of the Revolution, want to build the stadium with no more than 75 parking spots and plan to rely heavily on the MBTA to get fans to the 43-acre site.
  • Extending the Silver Line and Commuter Rail to serve the stadium is also being considered.

What they're saying: "If there's going to be a new stadium there, then there really does need to be some thinking done," Boston Mayor Michelle Wu's planning director Arthur Jemison said after he testified before the legislative panel.

  • Jemison said he's confident that all parties can sit down and come up with a solution for moving soccer crowds, but that Boston City Hall and the Kraft Group have not yet had substantive conversations.

The intrigue: Those conversations, if they come, could be awkward if Joshua Kraft, son of Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft, is considering a run for Wu's seat next year.

What's next: The Legislature needs to rewrite state zoning law to accommodate the stadium. In that bill, lawmakers could include mandates about transit improvements, revenue sharing for Everett, Boston and Somerville or other compromises to smooth out the project.

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2. 😑 Marathon medal draws runners' ire

The 2024 Boston Marathon medal - brought to you by Bank of America. Photo: Boston Athletic Association.

Boston Marathon runners have a bone to pick with the race's new sponsor Bank of America for putting their logo on finishers' medals.

What's happening: Runner Cathy Connor, who's conquered the Hopkinton-to-Copley Square course nine times, told the New York Times the medal is a symbol of accomplishment, not a corporate ad.

  • This is the first year the medal will feature a sponsor logo on the medal.

What they're saying: "Why mess up a good thing? This isn't a turkey trot," Connor said.

Some runners have called the medal "nauseating" on social media and say it's a sign the race prioritizes money over tradition.

3. BTMU: Buffer zone for Karen Read trial

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The world's first living recipient of a pig kidney was discharged from Mass General two weeks after his operation. (CNN)

  • Doctors say Rick Slayman is doing well and will continue to recuperate a home.

A judge ordered a buffer zone be put in place around the courthouse where Karen Read will be tried for manslaughter later this year. (Herald)

Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren lambasted Steward Health Care CEO Ralph de la Torre at a hearing in Boston about regulating the role private capital investors play in the health care market. (SHNS)

4. β˜€οΈ Mapped: Solar and wind energy hotspots

Data: Climate Central; Note: Includes both utility-scale and small-scale solar generation; Chart: Axios Visuals

Sunny states like California, Texas and Florida are leading the country in solar power generation, while windy ones like Texas, Iowa and Oklahoma are the leaders in wind energy, per a new analysis.

  • Massachusetts lags behind leading states, generating 5,700 gigawatt-hours (GWh) from solar and just 197 GWh from wind power.

Why it matters: Solar and wind power are producing a comparatively small but growing share of America's overall energy supply β€” yet they make up a bigger slice of the energy pie in some states compared to others.

The big picture: Solar installations generated nearly 240,000 GWh of electricity across the U.S. in 2023, per the analysis from Climate Central, a climate research nonprofit.

  • That's up 8X compared to 2014, the group says.
  • Wind generation hit about 425,000 GWh last year β€” double that of a decade ago.

Context: "Together, these two renewable energy sources generated enough electricity in 2023 to power the equivalent of more than 61 million average American homes," per Climate Central.

Between the lines: A big part of the wind and solar boom is being driven by private equity investment, per Axios Pro: Climate Deals' Alan Neuhauser.

What's next: Energy from wind and solar installations is expected to outpace coal-fired electricity this year, as Axios Generate's Ben Geman has reported.

5. πŸ“… Weekender

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Friday

Join Lamplighter Broadway as workers tap a cask-conditioned beer and learn about the process, 6pm-9pm. Cask pours available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday

The Boston Public Library's book sale is back in Copley Square, 10am-4pm.

There's a parkour workshop for women and nonbinary folks in Somerville, followed by food and a film screening, 10am-7pm.

  • All abilities and fitness levels welcome, ages 14 and up.
  • Price: $75 for full day; $40 for the afternoon workshop and screening.

Sunday

The Greek Independence Day parade returns to Boston, 1pm-4pm.

  • The parade starts at Boylston and Exeter streets and runs through Boylston and Charles streets.
  • Stop by Boston Common after for food, music and Greek dances.

The Painted Burro hosts a "guac off" at its Somerville location, 3pm-5pm.

  • Whoever brings the best guacamole recipe wins a $400 gift card to the restaurant and a chance to be featured on its menu.

Price: $10. Submit your recipe here.

Deehan got a mouthful of hail the other day.

Steph is out this week.

This newsletter was edited by Jeff Weiner and copy edited by James Farrell.