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From House Speaker Robert DeLeo, one last legal payment » Boston Globe For House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the long ordeal seems to be over. Records surfaced this month showing that he made another — and apparently final — $100,000 payment from his political co…

AG: Backpage ruling helps combat Boston sex trafficking » Boston Herald A recent Supreme Court ruling may aid Boston law firm Ropes & Gray's efforts to shut down a resource for online sex trafficking, which dominates the sex trade, said Attorney General Maura Healey. …

African Americans worry Trump has awoken a resentment that won't go away » Washington Post JACKSON, Miss. — The man who might be president came to this city last week and Priscilla Sterling could barely stomach that he was still in the race, much less in her home town. When she saw t…

Hillary Clinton regrets her Iraq vote. But opting for intervention was a pattern. » Washington Post It was hours before Sen. Hillary Clinton would vote in 2002 on whether to give President George W. Bush the authority to go to war with Iraq. She had been advised by her husband and many close associa…

Charlie Baker's housing jiujitsu » Boston Globe A TRUTH OBSERVED by Will Rogers in the 1930s about land – that “they aren't making any more of it” – has long bedeviled advocates who want to boost the supply of housing in o…

Peyser gets raucous reception at UMass » Commonwealth Magazine EDUCATION SECRETARY JAMES PEYSER received a raucous reception at the University of Massachusetts Boston on Thursday, where his entreaties to spur growth outside campuses and cut dead wood within state…

Gov. Charlie Baker stacking DCR with GOP loyalists » Boston Herald The state agency caught using taxpayer funds to host a party at the home of a prominent Republican leader has turned into a patronage haven for Gov. Charlie Baker, who has loaded it with nearly a doze…

"One of the advantages of legalization is it will force us to come to terms with things already happening in Massachusetts today, like people driving under the influence of marijuana and kids using it,"

Congressman Seth Moulton

Speaking on the marijuana legalization referendum

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Business

Teamster's plea deal raises flag for federal judge » Boston Herald Confining a Teamster to house arrest after he pleaded guilty yesterday to pressuring producers of the “Top Chef” TV show to hire union workers had a federal judge questioning the sentencin…

Cambridge wonders 'What's the plan?' for Volpe site » Boston Globe The race is on for one of the most prized development sites in Greater Boston, if not the country.…

Red Hat sets up shop in Fort Point, near future GE base » Boston Globe When the banner displaying a crimson fedora briefly appeared outside 300 A St. in April, the rumors spread faster than free software: Red Hat was coming to Fort Point.…

Legal pot brownies: delicious or pernicious? » Boston Globe he plant's imposing metal gate is unmarked. There are bars on the windows. But walk inside, and you'll find a gleaming, nearly antiseptic factory, where bakers and candy-makers are mixing up treats ri…

A little bit less unequal » Commonwealth Magazine We have become accustomed to the drumbeat of bad news about income equality and the sluggish economic recovery since the Great Recession. Stories have documented the seemingly endless ways in which, t…

With GE's arrival, KPMG has a $100 million client next door » Boston Business Journal Enter GE, a company that netted KPMG a whopping $97.6 million in audit, tax and related fees last year — more than double the state's next highest-grossing audit job (Ernst & Young's examinatio…

Massachusetts unemployment rate at a 15-year low » WWLP 22 News Many more Massachusetts residents are finding work. The state added a total of 5,900 jobs in August, bringing the state's unemployment rate down to 3.9% from 4.1% in July.…

'Sad day' for the fishing industry following marine monument designation » South Coast Today Backers of the Northeast U.S. fishing industry reacted with anger, chagrin and legal arguments Thursday to President Barack Obama's declaration of a marine national monument south of Cape Cod, saying …

Mass. Income Growth Lagged The Nation's In 2015 » WBUR Households in Massachusetts saw their incomes rise in 2015, but at only about half the level of gains nationally. Median household income grew just 2 percent in Massachusetts from 2014 to 2015 (from …

Athenahealth's Jonathan Bush favors marijuana legalization » Boston Globe Marijuana legalization proponents in Massachusetts can count Jonathan Bush, the CEO of Watertown-based health care company Athenahealth and a cousin of former President George W. Bush, in their corner…

Report: Devens contributes $2.5 billion to regional economy » Nashoba Publishing With more jobs and new businesses, Devens poured almost $2.5 billion into the economy over the past year. A study released today by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute found 4,977 emplo…

UMass Amherst to break ground on $62M Business Innovation Hub » The Republican University of Massachusetts and state officials will host a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday on a $62 million Business Innovation Hub building to be added to the existing buildings of the Isenberg Sch…

Developer to be announced Friday for Worcester bio-manufacturing facility » Worcester Telegram Lt. Gov. Karyn E. Polito is expected to name a developer Friday for a future bio-manufacturing site off Belmont Street, a project that the city's business and biotechnology community has been promotin…

Education

Grand gesture by Latinos » Lynn Daily News Item Latino community members reached out on Thursday to support efforts to put surplus books into the hands of local schoolchildren.…

CHAMPIONING CHARTER SCHOOLS » Eagle Tribune Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker joined a dads' breakfast at Community Day Charter Public School Prospect on Thursday morning to discuss the importance of charter schools.…

Baker urges 'yes' vote on charter ballot question » Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker has consistently fought for an increase in the charter school cap, which limits the number of charters that can operate in Massachusetts. He has proposed legislation that would ex…

Westport residents suggest school regionalization with Dartmouth » The Herald News

Environment

National monument in waters off Cape Cod causes rift » Boston Globe The establishment of the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean drew mixed reactions Thursday, with environmental groups hailing the new protections that some New England fishermen denou…

Drought continues to spread across Mass., unabated » Boston Globe Over half of Massachusetts is in the midst of an extreme drought, with the area in danger of major crop losses and water restrictions more than doubling since last week, the US Drought Monitor said Th…

Gov. Charlie Baker To Sign Order To Help Curb Climate Change » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order designed to limit the state's contribution to global climate change. In a statement, Baker's office said the order he plans to sign on Friday…

Study: By 2050, Mass. Winters Could Have As Few As 20 Days With Temps Below Freezing » WBUR Winter is coming to Massachusetts — but future winters in the state could bring significantly less frigid weather along with them. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Massach…

Amid drought, no tickets just warnings issued in Worcester » Worcester Telegram Roughly half of Worcester County and the city - and more than half of the state - is now in extreme drought, according to the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, the city has so far issued no fines,…

NOAA addresses impact of man-made noise on marine animals » Cape Cod Times A new effort by federal officials to focus on how underwater, man-made sounds affect marine animals like the North Atlantic right whales and humpbacks that visit Cape Cod Bay has earned local praise.…

Environmentalists urge state leaders to be more aggressive with pollution » WWLP 22 News It was a sunny afternoon, as environmentalists released a new report on the State House steps urging Northeast states to be more aggressive in their efforts to reduce pollution over the next several y…

Federal

Kerry eyes private employment after nearly 40 years in public service » Boston Globe Secretary of State John Kerry, soon to begin winding down four decades in public service, says he will continue fighting to protect the environment when he's out of office, though he'd also like to ex…

A Distinguished New Neighbor: Cross Takes Over Consul's Role, Residence in Beacon Hill » Beacon Hill Times Harriet Cross, a career diplomat with extensive experience in international relations, is the new British Consul General of Boston and New England.…

Elizabeth Warren turns the tables on FBI over investigation notes » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren is turning the tables on the FBI.…

Health Care

State health council OKs plan for new Nantucket hospital » Cape Cod Times Nantucket Cottage Hospital officials have received approval from the state to construct a new hospital on 57 Prospect St.…

Housing

City housing starts ahead of Walsh goal » Dorchester Reoprter Boston is well on its way to exceeding Mayor Martin Walsh's stated goal for the creation of new housing units set back in 2014, according to the city's Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), wh…

Gov Baker, Sec Ash Bring Good News to Chelsea: Public-Private Housing Partnership Announced for Central Avenue and Willow St Development » Chelsea Record While Jay Ash was city manager and leading the community to national All-America City award recognition, he initiated an idea for a new housing partnership to modernize the Innes Apartments on the cor…

Human Services

Worcester-based Centro says state auditor acknowledges 'nothing illegal done' » Worcester Mag A Worcester agency that came under scrutiny after a state audit of MassHealth continues to maintain it has committed no wrong, more than a week after it was revealed it had received more than $300,000…

Insurance

Bay State brokers top $7.23B in Mass. premium-dollar volume for 2015 » Boston Business Journal The Boston Business Journal's list of the 25 largest insurance brokers in Massachusetts totaled more than $7.23 billion in premiums written in the Bay State in 2015 while employing 2,586 workers.…

Judiciary

Why It's Hard To Test Whether People Are Driving While Stoned » WBUR In November, five states will vote on whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Four more states vote on legalizing medical marijuana, which is already legal in 25 states. As more states are…

Labor

Mass. unemployment rate at lowest point since 2001 » Boston Globe With the state's economic engine firing on nearly all cylinders, the jobless rate fell last month to its lowest level in 15 years.…

Teamsters head pleads guilty in Top Chef case » Boston Globe The former head of a local Teamsters union reluctantly pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal attempted extortion charge for using strong-arm tactics against a TV production crew in a case with ties to …

Report shows enterprise efforts yielding more jobs at Devens » Lowell Sun Jobs and wages at Devens, a former military base now run by the state as an enterprise zone in north central Massachusetts, have continued their steady climb since 2012 showing a 55 percent increase i…

Legislative

From House Speaker Robert DeLeo, one last legal payment » Boston Globe For House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the long ordeal seems to be over. Records surfaced this month showing that he made another — and apparently final — $100,000 payment from his political co…

Ross and Timilty accepted no state expense money » The Sun Chronicle

Local Government

City Council preps for marijuana legalization if it happens » Boston Globe Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has not decided how she will vote on the November referendum on legalized recreational marijuana, but Wednesday, she pressed city officials to begin thinking abou…

Stow selectmen consider rental policy for old Town Hall » Wicked Local Stow Stow selectmen discussed the need for a new policy for renting the old Town Hall at the Sept. 13 board meeting.…

Westfield issues mandatory ban on outdoor water use » The Republican Continuing drought conditions and contamination found in three of eight city wells has prompted the Board of Water Commissioners to issue an immediate and mandatory ban on outdoor water use.…

Northampton raises legal tobacco age to 21 and limits the sale of flavored products » The Republican The Board of Health on Thursday unanimously adopted three related measures to limit and regulate tobacco sales in the city.…

Worcester's urban renewal plan moves forward after receiving state approval » The Republican The city of Worcester has received approval from the state's Department of Housing & Community Development to follow through with an ambitious downtown urban renewal plan.…

Next West Springfield mayor might serve 4-year term » WWLP 22 News The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill on Thursday that was certified by the Senate Secretary, to have the West Springfield's mayoral term extended.…

Opinion

Saving our ship: a global response to refugees and migrants » Boston Globe PERHAPS NO ISSUE on the global agenda is more susceptible to manipulation by grandstanding demagogues than that of refugees and migrants. “Us'' versus “them'' is a timeless if irresponsibl…

Sane Republicans should abandon Trump » Boston Globe AT THIS time a year ago, many Republican politicians were so sure Donald J. Trump's candidacy for the Republican nomination would fizzle on its own that they chose not to take the political risk of op…

Rep. Day Op-Ed: 'Changing Our Approach to Substance Abuse' » Framingham Patch When I was growing up, my recollection is that many teenagers experimented with alcohol and marijuana. …

Why WikiLeaks is on the anti-Clinton warpath » Boston Globe I truly don't want to know the details of Julian Assange's broken premolar and exposed dental pulp, and I doubt most American voters do either. …

Gun makers take the wrong stand in suit against Mass. AG » Boston Globe CONSUMERS WANT to be informed and protected when products malfunction, such as with Samsung's recent smartphone recall.…

Editorial: Skills gap: It's time to do something big, something now » Boston Business Journal Ask any executive of a growing business his or her greatest concern over the next five years, and the response will be “talent” — specifically, the inability to meet a company's fut…

ViewPoint: Best of fiscal times, worst of fiscal times » Boston Business Journal Since 2005, the state budget has grown 60-plus percent (from $24 billion to $39 billion), more than three times faster than median household.…

Corporate, nonprofit collaboration is win-win » Boston Business Journal We kicked off our collaboration three years ago with a volunteer project at The Trustees' Weir River Farm in Hingham.…

Backdoor Government Decryption Hurts My Business and Yours » Harvard Business Review The debate over encryption—and decryption—has heated up as U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein have introduced a bipartisan bill that would require all tech companies to decr…

Controversy again engulfs Roxbury Community College » Boston Globe Meetings of community college boards of trustees rarely attract much of a crowd, but that wasn't the case at Roxbury Community College Tuesday night.…

Benton: Two strong candidates emerge in sheriff's race » The Salem News Despite the poor turnout in last week's primary, Essex County Democrats and Republicans have served up an outstanding choice of candidates from which voters can choose their next sheriff.…

The US attorney goes way overboard » Boston Globe

Other

Kerry's post-White House plans: The environment » Boston Globe Secretary of State John Kerry, soon to begin winding down four decades in public service, says he will continue fighting to protect the environment when he's out of office, though he'd also like to ex…

The election that forgot the voters » Boston Globe The 2016 presidential race began with candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire taking questions from voters on a wide range of issues, such as foreign policy, college affordability, and immigration.…

Trump is rising in the polls. How? » Boston Globe Donald Trump is climbing in the polls, winnowing his once-gaping deficit to a bare two or three points and leaping ahead in key states like Ohio and Florida.…

Trump team sees release of taxes as distraction » Boston Globe Donald Trump and his campaign have given a variety of reasons for refusing to release the candidate's tax returns.…

Sanders: Trump 'has made bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign' » Boston Globe Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders ripped GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying he has “made bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign.”…

Revenue falls at Plainridge Park Casino, but gamblers gain » Boston Globe Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino tumbled by more than 5 percent in August, as managers of the state's first casino continued to sacrifice short-term profits in hopes of building a loyal clie…

Politics

Suffolk sheriff eyes run to lead Dem Party; Wong out » Sentinel & Enterprise Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, a close political ally of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren who would represent a face of color in the contest to lead the state Democratic Party into the next election…

Biagetti officially GOP nominee for State Rep race » Wicked Local Mendon Sandra Biagetti was nominated this week by an executive Republican Party committee as the party's candidate for the 10th Worcester District state representative election.…

Saugus' Migliore Wins Chance to Face Wong: Former Moulton Staffer Hopes to Debate Incumbent Prior to Nov. 8 » Lynn Journal Saugus native and political newcomer Jennifer Migliore easily beat challenger Saritin Rizzuto in the Democratic Primary for State Representative in the 9th Essex District last week.…

McGonagle, Kennedy Win Elections in Everett » Everett Independent Like most of the primary elections around the state last week, Everett's races were notable for what they lacked, voters.…

Democrats can't find replacement to run against Whipps Lee » The Recorder State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee said running unopposed for re-election won't stop her from campaigning, but she can now focus less on competition and more on continuing to work for her constituents.…

Sanders' constituents give him an 87 percent approval rating » Boston Globe New England has some of the most popular US senators in the country — at least according to their home-state constituents.…

Trump Returns To New Hampshire, Where It's Now A Tight Race » WBUR Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, is slandering his supporters. Trump campaigned in Laconia, New Hampshire, Thursday night.…

State Sen. Eric Lesser launches re-election campaign, pledges to advocate for Western Mass. » The Republican State Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) launched his re-election campaign to a crowded room at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant Thursday evening, as he prepares for a general election contest against Lu…

In the race for party chief, whither the Berniecrats? » Boston Globe The winds of change seemed to be blowing through earlier this year the occasionally musty orchard that is the Massachusetts Democratic Party.…

In Plymouth County, the strange case of the candidate from Whitman » Boston Globe The last vestiges of some of Massachusetts' most colorful and bizarre politics are found in county governments — and Plymouth County does not fail to meet those standards.…

Congressman Seth Moulton: I Smoked Pot At Harvard, And It Should Be Legal (And Regulated) » WGBH A referendum on the ballot this November which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana just won support from a powerful figure in state politics—Congressman Seth Moulton. …

Trump supporters make presence known in Melrose » Wicked Local Melrose Melrose hasn't been a Republican town in decades, but the GOP's presidential nominee was well represented at last Sunday's Victorian Fair.…

Bush Cousin and Bobby Orr Give Big in Mass. Legalization Fight » Leafly Massachusetts' Question 4—which would legalize the adult use of cannabis—is likely to be one of the closest marijuana initiatives this November. Current polls have support at 50 percent,…

Suffolk sheriff eyes run for Dem Party chairman; Wong out » Sentinel & Enterprise

Public Health

Illegally Obtained Drugs Are To Blame For A Majority Of Mass. Overdose Deaths In 2013 And 2014 » WBUR On Thursday the governor's office released a new analysis of the state's opioid epidemic, focusing on overdose deaths from 2013 to 2014. Among its findings: -- Opioid-related deaths have increased b…

Governers tackle fentanyl overdoses » Boston Herald New England governors are joining forces to crack down on drug traffickers responsible for the deadly rise of fentanyl, a potent and quick-killing synthetic opioid claiming lives at an alarming rate.…

Most overdose deaths in Mass. caused by illegal drugs » Boston Globe Drugs obtained illegally were the main killers of the 2,212 people who died of overdoses in 2013 and 2014 in Massachusetts, according to a report from state health officials issued Thursday.…

Public Safety

Four more cases dropped due to questions with Braintree evidence » The Patriot Ledger Prosecutors have dropped four more cases because of evidence missing or otherwise compromised from the Braintree police evidence room.…

State Government

AG's office to hold free Open Meeting Law training » Milford Daily News In an effort to better inform the public and government officials about the Open Meeting Law and it's requirements, Attorney General Maura Healey will hold a free training on the law.…

Transportation

Baker praises bridge project » Newburyport News With the massive Whittier Memorial Bridge reconstruction project as a backdrop, Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday praised local leaders and the engineering skill of those who are building it. …

Shutdown process costly for the T » Commonwealth Magazine IT BEGAN WITH A TWEET, sent in the early morning hours. James Jay, a TransitMatters advocate and transit enthusiast, tweeted: “One E-Line train is the reason the entire MBTA system sits idle for…

Bourne forum scheduled to discuss commuter rail » Cape Cod Times State and local officials will host a public forum next week to discuss the possibilities of bringing commuter rail to Buzzards Bay and the South Coast.…

Milton residents take case for airplane noise relief to Massport board » Wicked Local Milton Dozens of residents and officials attended Thursday's meeting of the Massachusetts Port Authority board of directors seeking their support for measures to reduce aircraft noise and pollution in Milton…

What they're saying about South Coast Rail » Taunton Gazette Through the end of this month, citizens, elected leaders and the general public can respond to state transportation leaders' request for their input on the South Coast Rail project, which includes the…

How EZ will it be? Pignatelli: Berkshire County MassPike users should get same toll discounts as Boston » Berkshire Eagle Frequent Massachusetts Turnpike users from the Berkshires should get the same toll discounts as their Boston-area counterparts.…

Easton, Stoughton residents don't want South Coast Rail » Enterprise News Don't bring it to our town - that is the overwhelming messages residents gave to state officials on the South Coast Rail project Thursday night.…

Massport OKs $45M for Logan Terminal B improvements » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Port Authority voted on Thursday to approve a partial project budget of $45 million dollars for improvements to Terminal B at Logan International Airport.…

MBTA plans to ramp up capital spending » State House News Service The MBTA is preparing to more than double its spending on capital projects over the next five years, aiming to spend $6.5 billion to chip away at its state of good repair backlog and expand the transi…

Utilities

Humber to host US legislators » ReNews US politicians from north eastern states will visit key offshore wind businesses in the Humber region on 21 and 22 September. …

Protect Sudbury looks to enlist state officials in fight against power lines » Wicked Local Hudson A group organized to fight Eversource's plans for an 8.9-mile power line is trying to enlist the help of U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark.…

Taymore, pipeline activist, hailed as woman of 'great integrity and passion' » The Salem News West Peabody anti-pipeline activist Bob Croce, his wife Maureen, and other local Democrats were devastated to learn of the death of Maxine Taymore, 70, on Tuesday.…

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