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Charter debate focuses on funding, equity issues » Boston Globe A leading charter school supporter on Tuesday accused the state's local officials of failing to adequately educate all students, at a tense and fast-moving debate on a ballot question that would allow…

Health care pricing panel starts work with split views » Boston Globe The variation in prices paid to hospitals for providing similar care is either one of the biggest problems plaguing the Massachusetts health care industry or is no problem at all. It depends on whom y…

Decoding the Suburban Women's Vote so You Don't Have to » Roll Call It's fall, people, and you know what that means, right? Kids are back in school, Congress is back in session, and since it's an election year, the political industrial complex of America has just reme…

Advocates stake out positions on charter ballot question » Politico BOSTON — Supporters and opponents met for the first time on Tuesday to debate a ballot question that would seek to raise the state's cap on charter schools on an annual basis. …

Clinton campaign slams Trump's 'Mad Men'-era maternity leave plan » Washington Post Top policy aides to Hillary Clinton's campaign dismissed Donald Trump's paid maternity leave proposal as "completely unserious" and out of touch with the needs of modern families.…

Field Grows For Job To Beat Charlie Baker, Protect Elizabeth Warren » WGBH Democratic Party chairman Tom McGee isn't running for another term, giving Democrats a crucial opportunity to reshape their party leadership leading into the 2018 race against Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities » Commonwealth Magazine STATE FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS and local aid could take a hit if voters approve a marijuana legalization ballot question in November, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday as she implored local officials to j…

"The field isn't set yet, and I think we should give time so that the field can get set before locking in on any particular position. I have to say that I am very partial to Steve. I've worked closely with him. I think he's very, very good,"

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News By Category
Business

Has the American economy hit a turning point? » Boston Globe Middle-class Americans finally got a raise in 2015. And it was a big one.…

Former South Weymouth base lands its first big commercial tenant » Boston Globe The company that now controls the former South Weymouth air base knew it needed to make a bold offer to win a marquee tenant, so it promised something unusual: The first major commercial tenant to sig…

Accused of stealing thousands, captain says Boston Harbor pilots drank on the job » Boston Globe Steering tankers, container ships, and other massive vessels in and out of Boston Harbor is like walking a tightrope: Stray outside the narrow channels dredged into the seabed and you could run agroun…

This Angie's List Rival Is the 1st Startup to Launch from Liberty Mutual's Incubator » BostInno Back in July, BostInno first reported that Liberty Mutual executives appeared to to have raised $14.4 million for a new Boston startup called All Set, and there were few details at the time, with a Li…

Education

Mass. charter school expansion debate turns feisty » The Herald News In a feisty hour-long debate Tuesday over whether Massachusetts should expand access to charter schools, questions of funding and student-body makeup dominated a back-and-forth over a ballot question …

Former Mass. first lady next Presidential Forum on Diversity speaker » Union College Attorney Diane Patrick, an advocate for access to education and healthcare, will speak Monday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.…

For former ITT Tech students, resources to get back on track » Metro.us The sudden shuttering of ITT Technical Institutes around the country earlier this month left thousands of students educationally stranded, but some are getting back on track thanks to state and local …

Worcester school officials to address overcrowded classrooms » Worcester Telegram With claims of some classes having 30 or more students packed into a room, the district is working to alleviate classroom staffing issues in the early goings of the new school year.…

Out-of-state bigwigs back charters » Boston Herald Four out-of-state billionaires — including the Wal-Mart heirs and Michael Bloomberg — and two New York lobbying groups have pumped in most of the $11.5 million raised this year for ballo…

Business leaders' big donations back drive for more charter schools » Boston Globe Boston's business leaders are breaking out their checkbooks for a ballot question that could allow dozens of additional charter schools to open in the state.…

What Connecticut's Schools Reveal About National Education Inequality » WBUR A Connecticut judge calls unequal education unconstitutional, and raises national questions about the American way of schooling.…

Opponents say lifting charter school cap would hurt teachers, students » MassLive Adiel Sequera said participating in theatre was one of his favorite things at Claremont Academy before he graduated in the spring.…

Environment

Plastic bag ban in Boston could carry statewide » Boston Herald Officials, lobbyists for ?retailers and environmental activists say a plastic bag ban in Boston, which city councilors are mulling, could be the tipping point for a ban across the state.…

Federal

Rep's high-profile ISIS plan triggers whispers about future » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has laid out a four-point plan to counter the Islamic State in Iraq that he said addresses a major flaw in the Obama administration's strategy — a move stoking …

Rep. Michael Capuano Says Republicans Have Learned Not To Shut Down The Government » WGBH Here we are again: three years after a disputes over the budget and the Affordable Care Act shut down the federal government for sixteen days in 2013, lawmakers are again facing a ticking countdown cl…

Health Care

Hospital pricing deliberations begin » Commonwealth Magazine THE 22 MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL COMMISSION set up to address unwarranted price variation among the state's health care providers held their first meeting on Tuesday, with one of the cochairs jokingly sa…

Health care pricing commission kicks off six months of work » Berkshire Eagle Attempting to incorporate 23 different perspectives in a process featuring about 27 hours of public work, members of a special commission on Tuesday set out to seek solutions to an issue that has vexe…

Special panel to study price variations between Massachusetts hospitals » WWLP 22 Health care is expensive, and services can be priced even higher depending on the hospital. A 23 member panel will spend the next six months studying why some health providers charge more than others …

As A Push To Limit Insurance Payouts Begins, Partners Pushes Back » WGBH Even in the best of circumstances, the new Special Commission on Provider Price Variation would face a dauntingly difficult task.…

Housing

Beacon developer pressured from two sides » Lynn Daily News Item A group of union and community organizers is calling on developers of a waterfront apartment project to use union labor and add affordable units to the $80 million project.…

Hood to pour housing on ex-dairy Boston site » Boston Herald An arm of Lynnfield-based dairy company HP Hood hopes to bring a new rental housing complex to its former Charlestown headquarters site.…

Worcester nixes sanctioned homeless camp » Commonwealth Magazine Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. on Monday ruled out any type of sanctioned camp for homeless people in the city, saying the issue “does not lend itself to one-size-fits-all solutions.…

Insurance

Census pegs Mass. uninsured rate in 2015 at 2.8 percent » MassLive Massachusetts policy leaders have largely moved on from the debate over health insurance access to focus on harnessing the growing and high costs of care, but an analysis of new Census data shows the …

Judiciary

Hundreds of drug cases at risk in Braintree scandal » Boston Globe It began this spring when the Braintree police chief ordered an audit of the department's evidence room. …

Court hears challenge to New Hampshire 'ballot selfie' law » The Associated Press (AP) Voters who post photos of their completed election ballots on social media are "taking the world into the voting booth with them," a lawyer for the state of New Hampshire complained to a federal appea…

Criminal cases dropped due to police department's evidence room scandal » WCVB 5 Investigates reports defendants are off the hook due to an evidence room scandal at the Braintree Police Department.…

Labor

State grants creating local jobs at two local companies » Lowell Sun Dozens of jobs are coming to the area thanks to workforce training grants from the state.…

Legislative

State Sen. Eric Lesser secures $20K in funding for improvements to Ludlow Veterans Memorial » The Republican

Local Government

Housing Board violates Open Meeting Law » Tewksbury Town Crier It appears that not everyone hates the proposed 40B project in the Forest Ridge/Stoneham area.…

Easthampton grants liquor licenses to Luthier's Co-op, Off The Map Tattoo, The Library, and Mill 180 Park » MassLive The Licensing Board on Monday approved four local business for full liquor licenses, while telling another applicant to amend his plans and come back next month.…

Worcester ordered to build roughly $10 million pedestrian skybridge » The Republican Thirteen years after promising to build an elevated pedestrian walkway downtown, court officials have demanded the city construct the walkway connecting the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel to the Major Taylor…

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz proposes $1 per hour parking meter fee » The Republican The mayor on Tuesday officially recommended an ordinance change that would increase the charge to $1 per hour for parking meters along Main Street downtown.…

Sites food trucks can operate broadened in Lowell » Lowell Sun The city will keep in place a ban against food trucks and carts downtown, but will allow mobile food vendors outside LeLacheur Park, the Tsongas Center and Lowell Memorial Auditorium.…

Waiting on Trump, Brockton council delays sanctuary city vote » The Enterprise Brockton is waiting to see if Donald Trump is elected before making a decision on the Trust Act, a proposed ordinance meant to reassure undocumented immigrants that they can call city police for help,…

Quincy's pot dispensary awaits final approval from state » Patriot Ledger The medical marijuana dispensary planned for West Quincy is almost ready to open, but first it needs final approval from the state.…

Marijuana businesses supported in Leominster » Worcester Telegram Marijuana may soon be both growing in the city and available for purchase as medicine.…

Falmouth officials surprised by $150K from state bond bill » Cape Cod Times An extra $150,000 from the state would be a cause for celebration at most town halls, but in Falmouth, the funding sparked a bit of a municipal mystery.…

Council votes 9-0 to oppose Evergreen housing project » Newburyport News

Opinion

What if Clinton collapsed after winning? » Boston Globe 'CONCEALING ONE'S true medical condition from the voting public,” the historian Robert Dallek wrote in a 2002 essay, “is a time-honored tradition of the American presidency.” …

Clinton needs a Dutch uncle (or aunt) » Boston Globe UM, HILLARY, Whiskey Tango Hotel?…

US, Chatham should compromise on Monomoy » Boston Globe SOME 2,500 miles separate Cape Cod's Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge from the Oregon bird sanctuary that briefly became famous in January after antigovernment zealots occupied it to protest what they…

Cashman: Only a dope would vote yes on Question 4 » Boston Herald Before you consider voting in favor of legalizing marijuana, take a stroll through the Boston Common or any city playground. …

Editorial: Few profiles in courage » Boston Herald Lawmakers who voted to give Gov. Charlie Baker the authority to more easily outsource MBTA services are now griping that the governor is doing just that.…

EDITORIAL: Baker's mental illness announcement good first step, but obstacles ahead » The Daily Free Press The Boston Globe's Spotlight team struck gold once again this summer, breaking a three-part series that outlined the deep-rooted flaws in the Commonwealth's mental health systems.…

Huge charter donation inappropriate (Editorial) » The Republican Whether or not the chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education should resign after making a $100,000 donation to support charter school expansion, there is no question th…

Nuclear power: What a mess that we helped create » Cape Cod Times Nuclear power was once touted as a miracle of the future which would provide virtually free electricity.…

EDITORIAL: Is Massachusetts bluer than ever? » Sentinel & Enterprise Political newcomer Natalie Higgins' 38-vote victory over veteran City Councilor Richard Marchand in the Democratic primary for state representative on Thursday is notable on two fronts. …

Other

In Maine, Clinton, Trump are in a tight race » Boston Globe Of all the states once seen as clearly in Hillary Clinton's column, a new survey identifies the one perhaps most likely to tip to Donald Trump — and that state is Maine.…

Additional slots parlor license to be on the ballot in November » WWLP 22 Massachusetts voters will decide whether more gambling should be allowed in the Commonwealth in November.…

As Clinton rests, her surrogates press hard in Penn. » Boston Globe President Obama traveled to Philadelphia Tuesday and tore into Donald Trump as unfit to succeed him in the White House, the president's first solo campaign event on behalf of Hillary Clinton and part …

Former Romney fundraiser joins Johnson-Weld campaign » Politico A former member of Mitt Romney's presidential finance team has signed on to Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's presidential campaign, Johnson's campaign confirmed Tuesday.…

Politics

Senate president leaning toward Kerrigan as new party chair » Lowell Sun With the field still shaping up to replace Democratic State Committee Chairman Sen. Tom McGee, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Tuesday he is "very partial" to one candidate.…

Migliore challenges Wong to series of debates » Lynn Daily News Item With a Democratic primary victory under her belt, Jennifer Migliore has her sights set on debating her opponent, state Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus).…

Fraser won't take Andrews' place in North Quabbin race » The Recorder The woman who has twice sought the Democratic nomination to the North Quabbin seat in the Legislature won't challenge the Republican incumbent despite primary election winner Denise Andrews' unexpecte…

WBUR Poll: Clinton Is Trouncing Trump In Mass. » WBUR Massachusetts is a very safe state for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker remains quite popular with voters.…

Poll: Warren, Markey score in middle among counterparts » State House News Service The Bay State's U.S. senators got reserved support from local voters this summer in a poll released Tuesday morning that ranked Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey in the middle of the pack when …

Rosenberg "very partial" to Kerrigan in Dem party chair contest » State House News Service With the field still shaping up to replace Democratic State Committee Chairman Sen. Tom McGee, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Tuesday he is "very partial" to one candidate.…

Democrats bypass second-place finisher Cook, pick Gannon to oppose O'Connor » Wicked Local Scituate Former state Rep. Paul Gannon, who now lives in Hingham after representing South Boston in the early 1990s, will run against incumbent Republican Sen. Patrick O'Connor this November after the state De…

Public Health

Baystate receives funding for addiction “recovery coaches” » WWLP 22 State funding will go towards combating the opiate crisis here in western Massachusetts. …

New $120,000 state grant funds emergency room 'coaches' to aid substance abuse addicts with recovery » MassLive State Sen. Eric Lesser, joined by representatives of Baystate Medical Center and other health organizations gathered Tuesday to praise a new $120,000 state grant that will pay for two "Recovery Coache…

State Funds To Pay For Addiction Recovery Coaches In The ER » WAMC Hospital emergency rooms are on the front lines in saving lives during the opioid crisis. …

City Hotline Now Connects Bostonians With Addiction Recovery Services » WBUR People looking for help with addiction can now access city services in Boston by using the 311 system.…

Baker Administration Calls For Focus On Treatment, Not Punishment, At Bridgewater Hospital » WBUR On Beacon Hill Tuesday afternoon, key members of the Baker administration briefed legislators on a new plan to shift the approach on treatment of men at Bridgewater State Hospital. The facility treats…

State plans dramatic shift in how Bridgewater State Hospital is run » Enterprise News The Baker administration laid out plans to transform the medium-security prison by relocating convicted inmates and corrections officers and by enhancing medical and mental health staff and increasing…

Public Safety

107 Body Cameras For Boston's Police Department » WGBH 107 body cameras are now rolling in Boston, on 100 Boston police officers who were randomly assigned the devices. This came after a judge overruled union objections and said the trial program could go…

Police chief hailed as a pioneer in opiate fight now on leave » Boston Globe Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, who was recently honored at the White House for his efforts to combat opiate addiction, was placed on paid leave Tuesday amid an internal investigation.…

Gloucester Police Chief Placed On Leave Amid Internal Investigation » WBUR A Massachusetts police chief who was honored at the White House for his work battling the opioid addiction crisis has been placed on paid leave pending the completion of an internal city investigation…

Mass. police chief honored by the White House places on leave » Sentinel & Enterprise

Gloucester police chief placed on leave pending investigation » WCVB Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello said he has no concerns for his professional or personal life after being placed on administrative leave. Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said Campane…

State Finance

Polito: School, local aid could take hit if pot question OK'd » State House News Service State funding for schools and local aid could take a hit if voters approve a marijuana-legalization ballot question in November, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday as she implored local officials to j…

Baker: Next month will be key to 2017 fiscal plans » State House News Service With tax revenues $36 million behind projections two months into the fiscal year, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said his administration will know better next month if mid-year budget cuts are necessary…

State Government

Protesters ordered to stay away from Statehouse » Cape Cod Times A judge has ordered three opponents of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station who conducted a sit-in at Gov. Charlie Baker's office last Friday to stay away from the Statehouse.…

Mass. Sen. Stan Rosenberg criticizes Gov. Charlie Baker appointee's $100,000 donation to charter school campaign » The Republican Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Tuesday criticized Gov. Charlie Baker's education board chairman for a $100,000 donation to a charter school campaign.…

Taxation

Schools Drive 8 Percent Tax Rate Hike in Williamstown » iBerkshires WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown residents can expect a tax rate increase of about 8 percent in fiscal 2017 thanks largely to the expansion and renovation of the junior-senior high school tha…

Transportation

Locals blast Highland Ave suggestions » The Salem News "Are you serious?" That was just one of several reactions quietly aired by the public as planners unveiled a proposal to move traffic that hits Highland Avenue today instead onto Trader's Way and Firs…

Boston launches program to explore self-driving vehicles » Boston Business Journal Officials in the city of Boston said Wednesday that they launched a new program that would explore the use of self-driving cars within New England's largest city.…

Boston inks deal to test self-driving vehicles on city streets » Boston Herald Self-driving cars could be on the streets of Boston in a matter of months now that the city has inked a deal with the World Economic Forum to test autonomous vehicles and develop policies for the grou…

Taunton officials speak out against Middleboro rail option at MassDOT hearing » Taunton Gazette Representatives of the state's Department of Transportation got an earful Monday night from local officials opposed to Boston commuter rail service that doesn't include a stopover at Taunton's old Arl…

Pacheco Law Reprieve Backers Rail Against MBTA Privatization » State House News Service Democratic lawmakers who voted last year to give Gov. Charlie Baker and the MBTA more flexibility in privatizing parts of the T are now railing against the cash-strapped agency as it considers outsour…

Boston: Gov. Announces Red Line Improvement Project » 95.9 WATD Governor Charlie Baker announced a project beginning this weekend to improve the Red Line for this winter and for years to come.…

Utilities

Berkshire County among nation's sites to get new Verizon high-speed wireless » Berkshire Eagle While broadband coverage remains spotty in some areas of the Berkshires, the Pittsfield metro area was recently selected as one of 461 similar areas across the United States to receive Verizon's new c…

Pilgrim almost back online after eight days » Cape Cod Times Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was slowly powering up Tuesday and reached 9 percent of its full capacity when yet another mechanical malfunction forced operators to shut the reactor back down, marking …

New poll finds Americans favor slightly higher utility bills to fight global warming » Lowell Sun Most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming -- but only a tiny bit, according to a new poll. Still, environmental policy experts hail that as a hopeful sign. Se…

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Recipe of the Week

PORCHETTA

Epicurious: Prepared by Michael Segal

Makes 12-15 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 5-6-pound piece fresh pork belly, skin on
  • 1 (trimmed) 2-3-pound boneless, center-cut pork loin
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 orange, seeded, thinly sliced

Directions

    1. Put belly skin side down; arrange loin in center. Roll belly around loin so the short ends of the belly meet. If any of the belly or loin overhangs, trim meat. Unroll; set loin aside.
    2. Toast fennel seeds and red pepper flakes in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Tip spices into a bowl; let cool. Finely grind spices in a spice mill and transfer to a small bowl, along with the sage, rosemary, and garlic; set fennel mixture aside.
    3. Assemble porchetta according to steps 1-5.
    4. Refrigerate roast, uncovered, for 1-2 days to allow skin to air-dry; pat occasionally with paper towels.
    5. Let porchetta sit at room temperature for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 500°F. Season porchetta with salt. Roast on rack in baking sheet, turning once, for 40 minutes. Reduce heat to 300°F and continue roasting, rotating the pan and turning porchetta occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meat registers 145°F, 1 1/2-2 hours more. If skin is not yet deep brown and crisp, increase heat to 500°F and roast for 10 minutes more. Let rest for 30 minutes. Using a serrated knife, slice into 1/2" rounds.
  1. To assemble:
    1. 1. Set belly skin side down. Using a knife, score the belly flesh in a checkerboard pattern 1/3" deep so roast will cook evenly.
    2. 2. Flip belly skin side up. Using a paring knife, poke dozens of 1/8"-deep holes through skin all over belly. Don't be gentle! Keep poking.
    3. 3. Using the jagged edge of a meat mallet, pound skin all over for 3 minutes to tenderize, which will help make skin crispy when roasted.
    4. 4. Turn belly and generously salt both it and loin; rub both with fennel mixture. Arrange loin down middle of belly. Top with orange slices.
    5. 5. Roll belly around loin; tie crosswise with kitchen twine at 1/2" intervals. Trim twine. Transfer roast to a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet.


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