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Must-Reads

State moves to ease access to medical marijuana » Boston Globe State regulators moved Wednesday toward making it significantly easier for patients to gain access to medical marijuana, proposing an overhaul of a program hobbled by missteps when it dawned three yea…

New Hampshire's Union Leader endorses Johnson over Trump » Boston.com When Donald Trump returns to campaign in New Hampshire on Thursday, he will be greeted by a familiar, if unwelcome, sight — a blistering attack on the front page of the Union Leader. …

Duff Pushes Salary Cut Pledge to Fellow MassDems Chair Candidates » Franck Talk Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff is asking her fellow candidates for Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair to a pledge to reduce the job's six-figure salary by as much as 50%. The money saved would be …

Before 2018, Progressives Hope To Push Legislature And Baker On Taxes, Justice Reform And More » WGBH With only two years before Gov. Charlie Baker is up for re-election, Democrats on Beacon Hill are trying to sort out how they may want to challenge the popular moderate Republican, and left-wing activ…

Analysis: Why Early Poll Numbers Are No Guarantee For Warren, Baker Reelections » WBUR Though the 2016 election is dominating the national news, here in Massachusetts there are no major statewide races on the ballot. …

Ivanka Trump on Her Father's New Child Care and Maternity Leave Policy » Cosmopolitan On Tuesday night, Donald Trump released a child care and maternity leave plan that offers new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave, tax deductions for stay-at-home parents, and dependent care sav…

America's Mr. Diplomacy » New York Times Since becoming secretary of state more than three years ago, John Kerry has been a man on a mission — multiple missions, in fact — relentlessly traveling the globe in search of diplomati…

“The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument will preserve an unspoiled underwater ecosystem and help protect deepwater corals and endangered marine animals,”

Secretary of State John Kerry

Speaking on President Obama's designation of a national monument in the oceans off Cape Cod

News By Category
Business

A biotech brew for the scientifically thirsty » Boston Globe In a Somerville driveway, surrounded by gleaming stainless-steel tanks and flasks of golden-orange yeast, a group of highly educated bio-hackers confronts one of the most vexing questions in engineeri…

The Boch name spreads » Boston Globe Ernie Boch Jr. was a teenager when he attended his first rock concert at the Wang Theatre — known then as the Music Hall.…

Massachusetts medical marijuana shops could soon be able to post product prices online » MassLive Massachusetts health regulators are considering changes to the state's medical marijuana program.…

Boston charity may cut ties to Clinton Foundation after election » Boston Globe The Boston arm of the Clinton charitable empire will shed most of its direct ties to the Clinton family and attempt to operate as an independent nonprofit if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential elec…

Alcohol Industry Bankrolls Fight Against Legal Pot in Battle of the Buzz » The Intercept THE FIGHT AGAINST legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share.…

Boston To Test Self-Driving Cars On The City's Streets » WBUR Get ready, Boston. Self-driving cars are coming to the city's streets. The city has partnered with the World Economic Forum to launch a yearlong program to test out autonomous vehicles, Mayor Marty W…

Baker-Polito Administration launches drought emergency loan fund » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle On Sept. 7, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund, which has the capacity to provide up to $1 million in micro-loans to family farms and…

Mass. unemployment rate at lowest point since 2001 » Boston Globe The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in August, its lowest point in 15 years, the state announced on Thursday. …

Crimes

Boston police want to send prostitution customers to 'John school' » Boston Herald The city is stepping up efforts to shame prostitution customers — including the prospect of sending them off to "john school” to teach about the horror of ?human trafficking.…

Education

Valley Opportunity Council opens rebuilt Chicopee early education center » MassLive It took less than two weeks for 60 children to fill the Valley Opportunity Council's newly rebuilt early childcare center after it opened in late August.…

Framingham spends $200,000 more on substitute teachers » The Metro West Daily News More Framingham teachers called out of work last year after a transition to an automated absentee system, prompting a more than $200,000 increase in substitute teachers across the district.…

Somerville Wins $10 Million for a 'Super School' » Boston Magazine A nonprofit with dreams of an experimental high school in Somerville is about to get a huge boost: $10 million cash.…

Boston Mayor Walsh Talks Body Cams, Charter Schools » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh talks about the contentious battle to get police officers to wear body cameras, his opposition to the ballot initiative to lift the charter schools cap in Massachusetts, and t…

Environment

Obama's Cape Cod plan rankles commercial anglers » Boston Globe President Obama will designate a section of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod on Thursday as a national monument, banning commercial fishing in the area by 2023 in an effort to protect the region's ecos…

Extreme drought warning in Massachusetts follows 5 abnormally dry months » The Daily Free Press The United States Drought Monitor recently announced a “code red” signifying an extreme drought in Greater Boston, an area encompassing over 3.2 million people, and the Baker-Polito admini…

Obama to protect ocean waters south of Cape Cod » South Coast Today President Barack Obama will declare the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean today, barring uses including commercial fishing in nearly 5,000 square miles of waters southeast of Cape C…

Banning plastics is a mixed bag » Commonwealth Magazine The Boston City Council is considering a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags, those ubiquitous film-thin carriers used in grocery and convenience stores. If the council passes it, it could trigger…

Obama To Designate First Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean » WBUR During the Our Ocean conference later this morning in Washington, D.C., President Obama will establish the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.…

How The Drought Is Affecting Boston Trees » WBUR Driving around, you may have noticed some of the leaves on trees are turning brown already and drying out prematurely as the fall season just gets underway. This may be due, in part, to the ongoing dr…

President Designates National Monument at Georges Bank » Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Baker says marine monument designation hurts fishermen » The Patriot Ledger

Federal

This Congresswoman Has Plans to Stop Online Harassment » Mother Jones

Health Care

State expecting approval of MassHealth waive before Obama departs » State House News Service It appears Gov. Charlie Baker's relatively new administration and the more seasoned administration of President Barack Obama are nearing a multi-year agreement with lasting implications and impacts fo…

MassHealth waiver eyed before Obama leaves » Lowell Sun

Housing

Somerville Receives State Grant for Public Housing Redevelopment » Somerville Patch Somerville received $300,000 in state funding Wednesday to advance the development of mixed-income housing complexes in the city.…

Judiciary

Drug Cases Tossed After Concerns Found At Braintree Police Evidence Room » WBUR Hundreds of drug convictions could be in jeopardy after an internal audit by the Braintree Police Department found drugs, guns and money missing from the evidence room.…

Labor

Massachusetts jobless rate hits low not seen since 2001 » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts' total unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in August from the previous month's 4.1 percent — a new low that hasn't been seen since 2001 — according to the state.…

Jobs report shows lowest Mass. unemployment rate since 2001 » Metro.us

Legislative

Lowell rep working with state to void maintenance contract at Janas Rink » Lowell Sun State Rep. David Nangle said he is working with Gov. Charlie Baker's administration and the secretary of energy and environmental affairs to void the contract of the firm that operates the Janas Rink …

Before 2018, Progressives Hope To Push Legislature And Baker On Taxes, Justice Reform And More » WGBH With only two years before Gov. Charlie Baker is up for re-election, Democrats on Beacon Hill are trying to sort out how they may want to challenge the popular moderate Republican, and left-wing activ…

Local Government

Energy grants awarded to 9 Franklin County towns » The Recorder A $12,500 Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grant from the state Department of Energy Resources will help Gill study the feasibility of replacing its heating system at Town Hall with a supe…

Lexington selectmen choose preservation option for Capt. Parker Statue » Wicked Local Lexington The Capt. John Parker statue and the Minuteman Monument on the Lexington Battle Green will receive a cleaning and polishing after Patriots' Day 2017.…

Amherst school committee members sought help from state education commissioner, citing 'crisis' in community » The Republican Several members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee sought help in August from the state's top education official, citing a "crisis in our community," according to a letter released to The…

Board has more than two dozen applications for just five unrestricted liquor licenses » Universal Hub The Boston Licensing Board today held 14 hearings on requests from restaurants that want one of the five all-alcohol licenses that state legislature graced on the city that became available this month…

Mayor charges taxpayers more than $300,000 for school building project » Boston Globe Upset with Mayor James J. Fiorentini for charging taxpayers more than $300,000 in permitting fees for the Hunking School project, the Haverhill City Council is exploring whether such fees should be wa…

Opinion

It's fair to question Uber safety after driver arrests » Boston Globe UBER WON the battle of the background check in Massachusetts the same way it wins it everywhere else — by threatening to take its business elsewhere if fingerprinting is required for its driver…

A rising economic tide lifts most households » Boston Globe NEW CENSUS data showing that median household income rose at a record rate last year caught most everyone by surprise, including economists.…

For those tired of online censors, an (alt-right) alternative » Boston Globe Like his political hero Donald Trump, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Torba doesn't like being told to shut up — especially not by Internet censors. …

The inside-baseball explanation of Donald Trump » Boston Globe IN A YEAR with no end of explanations for the rise of Donald Trump, one of the best comes from a book about baseball, published 15 years ago.…

Being called racist isn't the worst thing; practicing racism is » Boston Globe DURING AN APPEARANCE this week on “CBS This Morning,” former secretary of state Colin Powell was asked by cohost Charlie Rose if he was dismayed by the racism that has marred the 2016 elec…

Jill Stein In 2002: Passionate, Independent, And 'Yelling On The Mountaintop' » WGBH To the extent that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is known at all, it's mainly for her ambiguous semi-embrace of the anti-vaccine movement, her Harambe tweet (and her subsequent critici…

Newton Bowdan: Doctor's reasoning on Question 4 hardly scientific » Gazette Net In reading a letter from a medical doctor about why he would vote to legalize marijuana, I note that he emphasizes legalistic and emotional reasons for his beliefs rather than medical ones. He doesn't…

Congressman's probe intended to protect scientists from government intimidation » Boston Globe IN THE Sept. 12 editorial “Bullying on behalf of Big Oil,” The Boston Globe mischaracterized my concern with the climate change investigations launched by the Massachusetts and New York at…

Your View: Liberal arts degrees prepare practical students » South Coast Today For the past few weeks, first-year college students have been flocking to campuses around the country. At UMass Dartmouth, more than 1,200 freshmen arrived on campus ready to learn and explore the wor…

Editorial: Distractions and distortions on charter question » Milford Daily News

Other

Massachusetts Online Gaming Study Commission Created » Poker News Daily Last week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted unanimously (four to nil) to create a panel to study online gaming and daily fantasy sports.…

No surprise: Wynn isn't happy about a Revere slots parlor » Boston Globe Wynn Resorts declared its opposition Wednesday to an international developer's campaign to open a slots parlor in Revere, saying it would run counter to the 2011 casino law that called for a single sl…

Politics

Eric Lesser to host campaign kickoff Thursday at Nathan Bill's in Springfield » MassLive State Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) will formally kick off his re-election campaign Thursday night at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant in Springfield, flanked by Mayor Domenic Sarno, anti-addiction …

Poll results indicate most voters support charter cap, marijuana legalization » New Boston Post Results of a new poll released this week may shed light on the direction voters will go regarding a series of November ballot questions, and the results do not bode well for charter school proponents …

Pro-marijuana legalization group leads funding thanks to PAC » The Daily Free Press One pro-marijuana legalization group has raised over $2.4 million in 2016 alone, while the largest opposing campaign has raised less than $400,000, according to state financial reports filed Friday.…

Barbara L'Italien raises $64K in race for state senate » Andover Townsman Democratic state Sen. Barbara L'Italien of Andover is far out-raising and out-spending her opponent, Susan Laplante, a Republican from Lawrence, according to campaign finance reports posted online lat…

No Replacement Democratic Candidate In 2nd Franklin District » NEPR The Massachusetts Democratic Party will not put forward a replacement candidate in the Second Franklin District state representative race.…

UMass-Boston debate series opens with Charter school question » Dorchester Reoprter 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 …

Running circles around free speech » Lynn Daily News Item Hillary Clinton supporter James Walsh ran into trouble last week as he prepared to hold a “No Trump No” sign at the Nahant Rotary.…

Newton to Host Chefs for Hillary Event » Wilmington Patch Chefs for Hillary, a group of recognized professional chefs, restauranteurs and foodies advocating for the Democratic nominee, is coming to Newton for an event this month.…

Want Deval Patrick to campaign for you? Bring some good food. » Boston.com With the exception of a podcast here or there, Deval Patrick has stayed pretty quiet during the 2016 presidential campaign. …

Too many Trump signs? Haverhill man won't back down » Boston Globe A Haverhill resident faces a fine for having too many signs supporting Donald Trump for president in his yard.…

Uncontested state primary draws few Harvard voters » The Harvard Press The news of last week's state primary in Harvard was not so much who won as it was how few voters took part. Of 4,039 registered Harvard voters, only 213 (5.3 percent) went to the polls on Thursday, S…

State ballot board to decide challenge to Plymouth County commissioner's residency » State House News Service The state's Ballot Law Commission plans to resolve a disputed Plymouth County race by Friday.…

No statewide races led to low primary turnout » Politico Turnout was as low as expected for the Thursday primary, according to official data released by Secretary of State Bill Galvin's office.…

Kerrigan locking down votes, rivals ready to battle for Dem party chair » State House News Service The Democratic Party's last nominee for lieutenant governor Stephen Kerrigan has moved aggressively in the past few days to project the image of a front-runner to replace Sen. Thomas McGee as chair of…

Kerrigan lists backers for Dem post » Commonwealth Magazine The Democratic Party's last nominee for lieutenant governor, Stephen Kerrigan, has moved aggressively in the past few days to project the image of a front-runner to replace Sen. Thomas McGee as chair …

Candidates Get Back to Campaigning With NAACP Forum » iBerkshires It's been less than a week since the primary and the campaigns for the general election have begun.…

NAACP hosts first major post-primary candidate forum to discuss schools, opioid crisis, local economy » Berkshire Eagle The hunt for November got underway Wednesday night as the four Berkshire state legislative hopefuls gathered for a candidates forum — three in person and one electronically.…

Vineyard candidate drops out of state rep. race » Cape Cod Times Jacob Ferry, an independent candidate from West Tisbury, has dropped out of the race for state representative for the Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket District, leaving two candidates to face off in No…

One Political Scientist On Judging The Validity Of Polls » WBUR Don't trust the polls. Trust the average. That's the general advice from most pollsters or politicos when reading presidential predictions. But even so, not all polls are created equal. Results diff…

Charlestown Voters Support the Three Winners in Primary » Charlestown Bridge

Public Health

State Health Agency Offers Overhaul Of Medical Marijuana Regulations » WBUR

Public Safety

Diversity of experience on parole board questioned as member seeks reappointment » State House News Service Prisoners' rights advocates pushed back Wednesday against the current makeup of the state's Parole Board, speaking against the reappointment of a member who has served on the board for five years but …

Officials: Gloucester PD sergeant placed on leave along with chief » Boston Herald A day after Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced she'd placed nationally hailed police Chief Leonard ?Campanello on leave, city officials confirmed another cop has been on leave since last week.…

Braintree audit shows $407,998 and 60 guns missing from evidence room » The Patriot Ledger An audit of the Braintree Police Department's evidence room found thousands of items - including drugs, cash and guns - missing or unaccounted for, and sloppy record-keeping.…

Commisioner Evans Pushes For Boston Cops To Wear Name Tags, As Other Forces Do » WGBH Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans is pushing for police officers to wear name tags as part of their uniforms.…

AG's office on the case after Braintree PD evidence audit yields troubling results » Boston Herald The state attorney general is now investigating the Braintree police evidence room after county prosecutors dismissed six cases this week and said hundreds more are under review.…

Audit confirms drugs, weapons and cash missing from Braintree Police Department; mayor calls report 'deeply troubling' » The Republican

State Finance

All eyes on September's revenues as state tax rolls still $36 million behind projections » Berkshire Eagle 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

Baker Administration Suggests Cuts to School Funding, Local Aid if Pot's Legalized » Boston Magazine Speaking to municipal officials Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito suggested that state government would cut funding for schools and local aid if voters legalize recreational marijuana this fall.…

Ash and two others finalists for top Cambridge job » State House News Service Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash is among the three finalists for Cambridge's city manager job, going up against an internal candidate and a top official from an artsy mountain city …

Jay Ash makes it to the final round in search for Cambridge city manager » Boston Globe Jay Ash, a key aide to Governor Charlie Baker, is one step closer to possibly becoming Cambridge's next city manager.…

Taxation

5 Investigates looks at state's spending of your tax dollars » WCVB 5 Investigates is digging into state spending to see where your tax dollars are going using a new system unveiled today that could save the state millions of dollars.…

Massachusetts revenue collections are coming up short » WWLP 22 High employment and a good economy have left many wondering why the state is behind in revenue collections this summer.…

Boston property tax hike makes sense » Commonwealth Magazine The tension between these two concepts has been at the center of public policy debates at all levels of government throughout American history. Putting aside the recurring but almost always specious c…

Transportation

Transportation secretary says no timetable for Boston helipad » Boston Herald Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said there is no timetable for when a helipad will be coming to Boston after the state whiffed on a September deadline and there is no set loca…

Stephanie Pollack high on finding test for stoned drivers » Boston Herald Finding a reliable test for people driving under the influence of marijuana will be high on state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack's to-do list if a ballot ?question passes in November legal…

MBTA's bus driving & maintenance can be considered for privatization » Bay State Banner Members of the union representing the majority of the MBTA's employees rallied on Monday in protest of a new decision that could expand the agency's privatization. The decision puts bus driving and ma…

Why It's Taking So Long To Fix The Longfellow Bridge » WBUR Charles Sullivan says the Longfellow Bridge was already in bad shape when he got his job as director of the Cambridge Historical Commission in 1974.…

Utilities

Communities scramble to find emergency water sources » Boston Globe Water levels in parts of drought-stricken Massachusetts have fallen steadily, prompting a growing number of communities to request emergency supplies — at added cost — from other sources…

At Five-Town Cable meeting, residents rail against paying for 'something we don't need and don't want' » Berkshire Eagle A public hearing on new cable technology got heated on Tuesday as members of the area served by the Five-Town Cable Advisory Committee demanded answers about Charter Spectrum's plans to introduce encr…

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