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‘Squad’: Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib band together at orientation » Boston Globe A quartet of progressive women recently elected to Congress has arrived in Washington, D.C., this week — and based on their social media feeds, they’ve become fast friends. …

Maine US House candidate seeks injunction to stop ranked-choice voting » Boston Globe US Representative Bruce Poliquin, a Maine Republican, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday morning hoping to stop what is on track to be the first congressional election in US history decided by ranked-cho…

Top Pence aide resurfaces as leading candidate to replace Kelly » Politico Magazine Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers has reemerged as a leading candidate to succeed White House chief of staff John Kelly, according to several White House officials and others clo…

Julián Castro huddles with donors to prepare 2020 bid » Politico Magazine Castro and his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro, brought together about 20 of their loyal donors and bundlers in San Antonio to begin to sketch out a national bid, according to one person present and…

FORMER COLLEAGUES REMEMBER SEN. FRED BERRY, 68 » State House News Service Former state Sen. Fred Berry, a Peabody Democrat who spent 30 years on Beacon Hill has died after a "brief illness," according to a former aide. He was 68. …

STALLED HOUSING BILL "PRIMED FOR PASSAGE," MMA CHIEF SAYS » State House News Service Local officials offered Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito "an absolute yes" when she asked Tuesday if there were any opportunities she and Gov. Charlie Baker should seize in the final weeks of 2018 to advance sta…

Donald Trump and Jim Acosta, a Love Story » Politico Magazine Had Acosta’s behavior truly offended them, Sanders and Trump could have permanently stifled the pesky reporter by treating him like a ghost, averting their gazes and picking other reporters during q…

The Trailer: How protesters will shape the Democrats' next election » The Washington Post A vision of the Democratic Party's future unfolded Tuesday morning in the offices of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. While new members of Congress were heading to orientation, 150 protesters dem…

It’s way too soon to wonder who will run for Massachusetts governor in 2022. Or is it? » Boston Globe In interviews with 22 of them (22 on ’22!), Attorney General Maura T. Healey, a Democrat who just won a second term, is beloved by the grass roots, and has cut something of a national profile, is ru…

Nurse staffing study left union in the dark » Commonwealth Magazine The Massachusetts Nurses Association, which brought the question to the ballot, says it was “blindsided” by the report, which the union was never told was in the works. Meanwhile, the Massachusett…

“What needs to be said in a very straightforward way is that the Democratic party is straight-up racist. The structural racism that we’re talking about dismantling is in the party. And this is one of the reasons why it’s frustrating to be standing up on a stage at a Democratic party behind speeches behind made about Republicans dividing the country.”

State representative-elect Nika Elugardo

Speaking about ways to change the Democratic party in an interview on WGBH.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Whitaker abandoned taxpayer-funded project in Iowa in 2016 » The Associated Press (AP) While in private business, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker walked away from a taxpayer-subsidized apartment-rehabilitation project in Iowa after years of cost overruns, delays and other probl…

‘Squad’: Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib band together at orientation » Boston Globe A quartet of progressive women recently elected to Congress has arrived in Washington, D.C., this week — and based on their social media feeds, they’ve become fast friends.…

Business

We may have ‘lost’ Amazon HQ2 but we still won in other ways » Boston Globe Maybe we didn’t really lose the HQ2 sweepstakes after all. Sure, we’re not getting the tens of thousands of jobs that Amazon promised to one city — actually, make that two…

Lord & Taylor to Pay $100K, Hire Consultant to Settle Racial Profiling Allegations » NECN Following allegations of racial profiling, Lord & Taylor has agreed to pay $100,000 to fund programs promoting racial equality and to hire an expert consultant.…

Was Boston just not big enough for Amazon? » Boston Globe After 14 months, dozens of site visits, and seemingly endless analysis from all quarters, Amazon on Tuesday confirmed that it will split its second headquarters between two places that many had predic…

Airbnb sues to invalidate Boston's home-sharing rules » Boston Business Journal San Francisco-based Airbnb Inc. is suing the city of Boston over regulations the City Council passed this summer to control the short-term rental market that Airbnb pioneered.…

What's next for Suffolk Downs without Amazon? » Fox 25 News While Boston was on the short list, the e-commerce giant did not choose the site of former Suffolk Downs race track for its new home. So what happens now?…

Five things Amazon’s HQ2 snub says about Boston » Boston Globe After more than a year of scouring the country for the perfect place to put its second headquarters, Amazon announced Tuesday that it will split the operations between New York City and Washington, D.…

Lord & Taylor settles racial profiling probe, plans to train staff » Boston Globe Upscale clothing retailer Lord & Taylor has agreed to pay $100,000, train its staff, and improve its loss prevention policies in a racial profiling settlement agreement reached this month with Attorne…

Amazon's HQ2 decision met with relief, resolve in Boston » Boston Business Journal Amazon employs thousands of workers across the state, and its presence is growing further — even without the gargantuan second headquarters.…

In Competition For Amazon, Boston Misses The Big One. Again » WBUR Amazon's decision to snub Boston has reopened some old wounds. Massachusetts has a long history of missed opportunities to attract large technology companies.…

Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs » Commonwealth Magazine Company claims new rules violate constitutional rights …

Crimes

Hate crimes were up 9 percent in Massachusetts in 2017 » Boston Globe Hate crimes rose 9 percent in Massachusetts last year from 2016 and 17 percent nationwide, rising for the third straight year across the country, the FBI reported Tuesday.…

Education

Where Did the Money Go? Sudden Closing of Swampscott College Leaves Many Questions » New Boston Post The closing of Marian Court College in Swampscott in June 2015 came six weeks after a gala attended by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his wife Lauren raised $200,000 for scholarships — mon…

Haddad to talk female leadership in education » The Herald News Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad plan to host a briefing Wednesday delving into women’s leadership in Massachusetts education. According to the event’s …

MassBay Community College suspends admission to nursing associate degree program » The Republican MassBay Community College has suspended admissions for its Associate Degree in Nursing program, citing cost concerns.…

Environment

To scare crows in North Adams, National Grid is bringing in a propane cannon that shoots sound » The Republican A flock of crows that has been creating issues for a North Adams National Grid substation will hopefully be deterred with the use of a propane cannon that emits sound, the energy company said.…

Federal

Western Mass communities honor men & women who have served our country » Western Mass News On Sunday, all across western Mass, community members gathered to celebrate our greatest, the brave men and women that have fought for our country.…

Gaming

Gaming commission debates cost-benefit of Suffolk Downs racing » State House News Service Horse racing overseers approved Suffolk Downs to run four days of live Thoroughbred horse races next year, but regulators said the trade-off of supplying purse money for the track in exchange for wide…

Health Care

Hospital leaders apologize, acknowledge mistakes cost Laura Levis her life » Boston Globe The leaders of Somerville Hospital’s parent organization met face-to-face Tuesday with the husband of a woman who died after collapsing outside their locked emergency room door in 2016, admitting to…

‘Blatant disregard’ for safety at Brockton VA nursing home, US finds » Boston Globe Officials at the Brockton Veterans Affairs Medical Center nursing home, rated among the worst VA facilities in the country, knew this spring they were under scrutiny and that federal investigators wer…

Housing

Roxbury residents say they’re being driven out » Boston Herald Roxbury residents priced out by soaring rents are demanding relief — including a building moratorium — with some fighting back tears at a packed City Council hearing last night as they argued gent…

Lawmakers discuss ways to improve housing crisis in Massachusetts » News 22 WWLP.com The Massachusetts housing program is on track to open more than 15,000 new housing units this year in areas of the state that need it most. Governor Charlie Baker last May, sign a law designed to prod…

Restrictions on off-campus housing eyed in Lowell » Lowell Sun Landlords, tenants, neighborhood activists and officials packed the City Council Chambers Tuesday evening as they debated the future of off-campus housing and rental properties across the city.…

Human Services

Governor approves pension for Chesna's widow » Wicked Local Weymouth The widow of Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna will receive a sergeant’s pension, under legislation approved by lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker, Nov. 2.…

Judiciary

Governor forwards special warrant to secure return of Pittsfield arson suspect » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker has petitioned the state of Vermont to release a Pittsfield man from custody and allow his return to Massachusetts, where he stands accused of setting four fires Sept. 22. …

Labor

Daily Hampshire Gazette's President Says Union Will 'Erode' The Paper » New England Public Radio Employees at the Daily Hampshire Gazette got a letter Tuesday from the president of the company that owns the paper, saying he opposes the union they're trying to form.…

Report: Teachers' dues don't stay local » Gloucester Daily Times Teachers unions in Massachusetts send the vast majority of members’ dues to state and national offices, instead of keeping the money for local chapters, according to a watchdog group.…

Legislative

Former state senator Frederick Berry, tireless advocate for the disabled, dies at 68 » Boston Globe Former state Senator Frederick E. Berry, a vocal advocate for the disabled who served in the Legislature for three decades including a stint as Senate majority leader, died Tuesday. He was 68.…

Kane reviews legislative accomplishments » Wicked Local Shrewsbury Following the completion of formal sessions for the year, state Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, reviewed a few of the House of Representatives’ major legislative accomplishments.…

Local Government

House Votes Needham Selectmen Become Gender-Neutral Select Board » Milton Patch A bill that would change the name of the town's board of selectmen to the gender-neutral title, "select board" passed Tuesday in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.…

City commission votes to give Citgo sign landmark status » Boston Business Journal In a unanimous vote Tuesday evening, the Boston Landmark Commission approved the sign’s new status. Following a 45-day veto period for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City Council, the sign wil…

Mass. Allows City To Alter Property Tax Credit Program Rules » Law 360 Massachusetts has allowed the city of Newton to amend income qualifications for a tax credit program for property tax or rent paid by residents 65 or older, under recently enacted legislation.…

A new place to play at Day: Westford rep helps procure $50K for accessible playground » Wicked Local Weymouth On Nov 1, Massachusetts State Rep. James Arciero, D-Westford, selectmen, School Committee members, and Day School staff joined the grateful third- through fifth-grade students to dedicate their new, f…

Marijuana

Somerville moves on equity for marijuana businesses » Boston Globe We’ve written at length in TWIW about the struggles of smaller Massachusetts marijuana businesses to get through the local approval process, and the resulting lack of diversity and equity in the ind…

Opinion

The UK should vote again on Brexit » Boston Globe The United Kingdom is in a divided muddle over Brexit, even as the draft of a tentative deal has been reached at long last.…

Renée Graham: For Trump, some votes are more equal than others » Boston Globe President Trump treats democracy the way the rest of us handle a rat in the kitchen — as a vile presence to be chased away or eliminated entirely.…

EDITORIAL: Another try for affordable housing » Newburyport News We were encouraged to hear Gov. Charlie Baker plans to focus again on the state’s housing shortage, now that the election is behind him and he can see a clear path for four more years.…

No Amazon headquarters, so what? » Boston Globe Congratulations, Jeff Bezos, you picked Arlington, Va. and Long Island City, N.Y., as your vaunted new Amazon headquarters. What — the views of the oil tanks from Suffolk Downs were too exciting for…

Bristol County sheriff’s ways cry out for oversight » Boston Globe Thank you for David Scharfenberg’s op-ed “To reform criminal justice, take on the sheriffs” (Opinion, Nov. 8). Bristol County for Correctional Justice, an ad hoc citizens committee of which I am…

'Loserville' wing holds back Bay State's GOP » Sentinel & Enterprise Is the Massachusetts Republican Party hopeless? Judging from the results of the Nov. 6 general election, the Republican Party is mostly irrelevant to Massachusetts mainstream voters and is in desperat…

Howie Carr: Hey Amazon, thanks for nothing » Boston Herald Thanks for nothing, Amazon, and I really mean that. Thank you for not picking Boston for your second “headquarters.”…

Politics

As Easthampton Transforms, Carey Is on the Rise » Western Mass Politics and Insight Dan Carey will be the odd man out among Hampshire County’s legislative elections for several reasons. Not the least of which is he was the only candidate in the region to have a general election.…

'Straight-up racist;' Massachusetts Democrats raise concerns with party leadership » The Republican Massachusetts Democrats, who won race after race in Tuesday's elections, appear to have a some racial tensions within their party.…

Public Health

Juuling in school: E-cigarette use prevalent among local youth » Gazette Net Over the last decade, middle and high school students have been smoking cigarettes less — rates have dropped significantly since 2011. The bad news is that a new vice is on the rise with young peopl…

Feds slap new restrictions on JUUL sales in effort to curb teen use » Fox 25 News The popular e-cigarette brand Juul has put into place new restrictions after much backlash from the FDA and state officials, who are accusing the company of selling and marketing to minors.…

Public Safety

New Bedford, Fall River police holding 'Guns for Groceries' events » South Coast Today Inspired by the late Rev. Dr. Robert P. Lawrence, the community activist and clergyman for 60 years, the New Bedford and Fall River police departments will be holding Guns for Groceries programs on Sa…

Transportation

Without Amazon HQ2, what happens to the Red Line-Blue Line connection? » Boston Globe Amazon isn’t building a new headquarters campus in East Boston. So is there any hope left for connecting the Red and Blue lines — an idea that was revived as part of Boston’s bid to land the big…

State offers incentives to local governments to fix infrastructure » News 22 WWLP.com Lawmakers are giving local legislators an incentive to fix up their cities and towns. Through the Chapter 90 program, Massachusetts cities and towns could be 100 percent reimbursed for work on their r…

With Election Over, Transportation Advocates Eye 2019 Battles » Governing Supporters of additional funding for transportation have plenty of reasons to smile after last week’s elections, but that doesn’t mean they can stop worrying. …

Utilities

Does Comcast owe you money? Cable provider to pay $700K in refunds in response to allegations of deceptive advertising » The Republican If you've ever signed a sweet-sounding cable contract with Comcast only to find yourself surprised to be paying more in the long-run, the company may owe you money. …

Governors cite benefits of single national power grid » Newburyport News A bipartisan group of 18 governors, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, proposes that the federal government take a serious look at stitching together the three main U.S. power grids, comparin…

Gas hookup moratorium putting chill on housing, real estate » Sentinel & Enterprise The state's twin natural gas crises are now taking a toll on housing and economic development in Massachusetts.…

Massachusetts attorney general releases guidelines for those affected by Columbia Gas explosions » Legal Newsline As a result of the Columbia Gas explosions, which took place in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley in September, state Attorney General Maura Healey has released guidelines on the rights and obligations …

Lawmakers to hold oversight hearings on gas explosions » The Salem News The Senate plans to move forward in December, without the House, and hold hearings into the gas explosions and the safety of natural gas infrastructure in Massachusetts.…

More than 20,000 Comcast customers in Massachusetts to get refunds, canceled debts » WCVB More than 20,000 Comcast customers in Massachusetts may be getting a check as the company agrees to settle allegations of deceptive advertising.…

Ashfield signs $1.1 million contract to build fiber optic network » The Republican After a decade of work by volunteers, high-speed internet could be available to residents of this Franklin County town by the end of 2019.…

Officials slam Columbia Gas' efforts » Boston Herald Merrimack Valley officials say Columbia Gas’ efforts to restore heat and power to the area after a gas explosion knocked out service to thousands in September are inadequate.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Michelle Obama reportedly met with Deval Patrick’s wife about his potential 2020 run » Boston.com

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fine Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup pureed marinara sauce
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 ounces grated grana parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces whole onion, pureed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 ounces Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16-20 Ciliegine mozzarella, cherry size
  • 4 ounces Cipollini onions, chopped
  • 4 ounces roasted red or yellow peppers, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Soak the breadcrumbs in the marinara puree for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the ground chuck, ground veal, eggs, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, parsley, oregano, black pepper, salt, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Mix ingredients together by hand until all ingredients are blended well.
  4. Apply a bit of olive oil to your hand and start rolling the meatball mixture into 4 ounce balls.
  5. After all the meatballs have been rolled, make an indentation with your thumb about halfway in to individually stuff each meatball.
  6. Place one mozzarella ball into the indentation followed by a pinch of the onions and then a pinch of the roasted peppers. Push the stuffing halfway in and close the meatball by pinching the meat together and rolling until smooth. Repeat for the remaining meatballs.
  7. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet (sprayed with cooking spray) and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with your favorite tomato sauce and grilled crusty bread.


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