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I Was RFK's Speechwriter. Now I'm Voting for Trump. Here's Why. » Politico I was a Democrat all my life. I came to Washington to serve President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. When the president was murdered and his brother struck off on his own, I joined …

It's the gun industry vs. Mass. AG Healey » Boston Globe

Clinton, Trump both come up cold on climate change » Boston Globe When 22nd-century historians look back on 2016, they'll marvel at how little attention the current presidential campaign paid to developments like these: …

Charlie Baker delayed action on revenge plot probe » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's office waited nearly three months before launching an investigation into charges of political retaliation and harassment by GOP loyalists at his embattled environmental agency, a …

Analysis: Turbulence Rocking Baker's Admin. Crosses 413 Senate Race » Western Mass Politics and Insight A burgeoning controversy over Gov. Charlie Baker's administration spilled into the 413 Thursday morning amid revelations a state employee's job was in jeopardy due to her fiancé's campaign for stat…

Braintree Police chief retires amid evidence room scandal » Boston Globe Braintree Police Chief Russell Jenkins, whose department is under investigation for an evidence room scandal that could compromise hundreds of drug cases, will retire early next month at the urging of…

Study fuels debate over dollar impact of charters in public education » State House News Service As charter school expansion proponents pointed Wednesday to the findings of a report published by a New York-based conservative think tank as evidence that charters actually benefit traditional public…

“For far too long the gun industry has taken it upon itself to interpret the state’s assault weapons ban to allow these unlawful sales, so it’s no surprise that the gun lobby has challenged our enforcement. We look forward to defending in court our efforts to ensure that residents get the full protection of the law.”

Mass Attorney General Press Secretary Jillian Fennimore

Speaking about the firearms industry lawsuit against AG Maura Healey

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Business

State rejects Lewis Wharf plan » Boston Globe State officials this week dealt a blow to a controversial hotel proposed for Lewis Wharf, signaling that there are limits to how far they will let Boston's building boom surge up to, and beyond, the e…

Yahoo hack is one of the largest security breaches of the Internet age » Boston Globe Yahoo Inc. said Thursday that hackers backed by an unnamed foreign government had stolen personal information from more than 500 million of its users' accounts, one of the largest security breaches of…

Executive Profile: Call it a textbook comeback for Michael Hansen » Boston Business Journal Michael Hansen, who had experience with other textbook publishers, immediately shifted Cengage's focus to a digital one, with a product called MindTap that allows a professor to tailor a textbook to h…

Faneuil Hall merchants claim construction is costing them customers » Boston Business Journal McCormick & Schmick's allegedly saw its sales decline by 46 percent in one month while Faneuil Hall's operator builds a retail pavilion nearby.…

Exec-search revenue tops $133M for top firms' Mass. offices » Boston Business Journal This year's list features seven participants new from last year's list, including No. 1-ranked Heidrick & Struggles. Meanwhile, No. 2-ranked Korn Ferry had the highest average annual executive-search …

Houghton Mifflin CEO resigns as ex-WSJ publisher takes over » Boston Business Journal Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. said on Thursday that its CEO, Linda K. Zecher, has resigned from her position as president and CEO.…

Elizabeth Warren wants Wells Fargo firings investigated » CNN Two days after telling the bank's CEO, John Stumpf, that he was "gutless," Warren joined seven other senators in calling for a Department of Labor investigation into Wells Fargo's firing of more than …

Amazon to double Fall River workforce » South Coast Today Amazon opened its doors and has decided to double its workforce, officials said Thursday.…

State Economy Strained By First Generation Immigrants, But Breaks Even By Third » WBUR Two major issues in the current presidential election are immigration and the economy.…

TJX looks to expand MetroWest presence with conference center, parking garage » The Metro West Daily News The TJX Companies is looking to expand its MetroWest presence by building a conference center and parking garage on the northeast part of its Cochituate Road campus on the Framingham/Natick town line.…

Alleged Quincy con artist met with mayor about Beachcomber plan » Patriot Ledger Warrants were issued Wednesday for an alleged career con artist accused of bilking more than a dozen investors of nearly $1.7 million through multiple schemes in Quincy, including one involving the re…

Baker, others sued by taxi group over 'irrational' Uber law » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Non-fatal strangulation cases topic of DA's conference » Gazette Net Strangulation as part of domestic violence does not always end in murder. But former prosecutor Casey Gwinn said Thursday that homicide and those non-fatal acts are closely linked.…

Education

Harvard endowment posts 2 percent loss » Boston Globe The Harvard University endowment reported a 2 percent loss on its investments for fiscal 2016 and warned that returns may be lackluster for some time.…

Former Springfield College leader reaped $4.1m compensation package » Boston Globe Former Springfield College president Richard B. Flynn shepherded the small private school through 14 years of growth and prosperity, and for that the school wanted to thank him. So after Flynn retired…

UMass enrollent tops 74,000, up 27 percent in 10 years » Patriot Ledger Enrollment at the five University of Massachusetts campuses shot up 27 percent over the past decade and surpassed 74,000 for the first time this year.…

New Brockton charter school plan gets denied by the state » The Enterprise A newly proposed charter school aiming to serve elementary school students in Brockton did not make the cut to move onto the second stage of a state application process.…

Harvard Endowment Investment Declines 2 Percent » WBUR Harvard University reported that its endowment fund suffered a loss of 2 percent, or $1.9 billion, for fiscal 2016. It's the single largest annual decline since the financial crisis. The news comes af…

Mass. Growth In Edtech Is Changing Education -- And Adding Jobs, Study Says » WBUR On the fifth floor of the trendy Cambridge Innovation Center, about a dozen college admissions officers and high school counselors gather over coffee and sandwiches to learn about a new tool — …

Gov Baker,Excel Academy Cut Ribbon On New High School » East Boston Times Flanked by East Boston's elected officials and Excel Academy Charter High School students, staff and administrators, Governor Charles Baker cut the ribbon on Excel's brand new high school on Bremen St…

Environment

'Happy Trails' for Conway, Ashfield: State awards trail grants » The Recorder With a $67,688 Recreational Trails Program grant, the Conway Snowmobile Club will be able to buy equipment for snowmobile trail grooming throughout a 120-mile trail system that the club maintains and …

Lobstermen press pols to ease access to restricted areas » Wicked Local Marshfield Bay State lobstermen want federal fishing regulators to work with them to ease restrictions on lobstering in Massachusetts Bay and two areas east of the South Shore, proposing new safety measures that…

Cape Cod manatee netted off Falmouth » Cape Cod Times The International Fund for Animal Welfare this afternoon captured a manatee that has been hanging around Cape Cod since August.…

For the first time since May, drought didn't worsen » State House News Service For the first time since May, the scope of the drought that's dehydrated Massachusetts for months did not expand last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported.…

Health Care

No easy cure for health care costs » Commonwealth Magazine A big goal in health care reform is to figure out ways to deliver care as well or better than it's now provided at lower cost. It's something everyone can get behind, but it turns out to be much easie…

Housing

How To Close Boston's 'Stubbornly Large' Homeownership Gap? » WBUR Wealth and income disparities has been a major theme of the presidential campaign, and it's a growing issue here in Boston. This week, as part of a national conversation with NPR called "A Nation Enga…

Human Services

Outside the Box: A lifetime of children's advocacy leads Robert Gittens to new post » Boston Business Journal A former Boston School Committee chairman, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services under acting Gov. Jane Swift, attorne…

Judiciary

Fleeing While Black In Boston: The Implications Of A Recent SJC Ruling » WBUR On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court released a ruling that says there is good reason for a black male in Boston to flee from the police. In running away from a police officer, a black…

Labor

Five things you should know about laws regarding wages and safety of workers » Boston Globe An investigation published in the Globe last Sunday on exploitation of immigrant workers in the construction business generated more than 140 comments and e-mails from readers. …

Legislative

Flanagan named NEPBA Legislator of the Year » Leominster Champion State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) was named a Legislator of the Year on Wednesday, Sept. 7 by the New England Police Benevolent Association for her work on a wide range of criminal justice i…

Alcohol license bills flow amid campaign season » State House News Service With most lawmakers on hiatus from Beacon Hill, spending time in their districts or working on their reelection campaigns, a skeleton crew convened Thursday in the House and Senate where bills allocat…

Rep. Dooley honored by Animal Control Officer Association » Wicked Local Franklin The Animal Control Officer Association of Massachusetts announced that it is honoring state Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, for his work on behalf of the animal community.…

Local Government

Boston launches early voting website » The Daily Free Press The City of Boston and Mayor Martin Walsh launched its inaugural early voting website, “Vote Early Boston,” on Monday, which provides information about how residents can vote up to 10 days…

Walsh stands by Evans amid criticism over controversial comments » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is standing by police Commissioner William B. Evans after a series of outspoken comments by the city's top cop, but a minority police officers' organization said they'd like to s…

New Bedford City Council exhales on public pot ban » South Coast Today City councilors took a breath on a proposed public pot ban Thursday, voting to delay action until after the statewide legalization vote Nov. 8 and citing the significant local debate that arose after …

Aging Mayflower II awarded grant for much-needed repairs » The Sentinel & Enterprise Aging Mayflower II awarded grant for much-needed repairs…

Opinion

Shootout at the Wells Fargo corral » Boston Globe IT WASN'T just Elizabeth Warren, the bane of Wall Street, who was waxing wroth at Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf in Washington this week for letting the young guns in his employ take the bank's fabled st…

Britain's place in the global community after Brexit » Boston Globe THIS WEEK, Theresa May, Britain's new prime minister, reassured the international community of what our partners and allies have known all along: When it comes to global engagement, the United Kingdom…

Rev. Peter Kakos: Candidate's language inspires violence » Gazette Net 'You know what, I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard. I would have hit them — no, no — I was gonna hit them. I was all set. … I was gonna hit one guy in particular, a…

PETER LUCAS: Baker's already Weld on his way to re-election in 2018 » Lowell Sun By the time Massachusetts Democrats come up with a candidate for governor for 2018, there is not going to be any campaign money left to finance a decent campaign.…

Carr: Rewarding your driver a Massachusetts tradition » Boston Herald What was Gov. Charlie Baker supposed to do — not reward his campaign driver with a six-figure hack state job?…

Benton: Duff's not giving up » The Salem News Despite what some consider long odds for her candidacy, Gloucester's Eileen Duff isn't conceding the race for the chairmanship of the Democratic State Committee to former lieutenant governor candidate…

Editorial: Company culture starts at the top: for right or wrong » Boston Business Journal While we don't approve of political grandstanding at the expense of business, we are hard-pressed to defend a CEO who publicly blames his rank-and-file workers — the bank reportedly fired 5,300…

Letter to the Editor: MassDevelopment looks forward to leveraging resources future prosperity » Boston Business Journal Governing magazine recently ranked Massachusetts as the best state economy in the country. With the commonwealth's forward-thinking leadership, and the hard work happening in our 351 municipalities (a…

Other

Robert Kennedy Would Have Hated Donald Trump » Politico Writing as a former legislative assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and an enthusiastic supporter of Hillary Clinton for president, I was disappointed to see in Politico the screed written by my fo…

Walsh sending volunteers to rally N.H. voters » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh is firing up his political machine and unleashing volunteers to rally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and beyond.…

The presidential debate will make history. Here's how. » Boston Globe The first presidential debate of 2016 may also be the most anticipated in US history.…

Politics

Western Mass Young Republicans hosting presidential debate 'watch party' at Samuel's at Basketball Hall of Fame » The Republican The Western Mass Young Republicans organization is hosting a presidential debate watch party on Monday, Sept. 26, at Samuel's Sports Bar at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.…

Local Democrats to host presidential debate viewing party in Chicopee » The Republican Democrats from across Western Massachusetts will gather in Chicopee Monday to watch the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.…

As East Cambridge develops, its politics shift further left » Boston Globe Change is afoot in large swaths of Cambridge, as buildings rise in Kendall Square and homeowners see property values skyrocket.…

Internal poll puts Walsh favorability at 74 percent » Boston Globe While Charlie Baker's popularity is holding up, he slipped this week to third in the ranks of the nation's most popular governors. And, if Marty Walsh's internal survey is correct, Baker has even drop…

Underdog candidate in deeds race counting on social media, Keytar Bear » Politico Massachusetts Facing one of the best-known political figures in Boston, independent Suffolk County Register of Deeds candidate John Keith is doing what he can to get noticed.…

Despite being unseated, Baker upbeat about his popularity » State House News Service What does South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard -- who earlier this week dethroned Gov. Charlie Baker as America's most popular governor -- have that Baker doesn't? More Republicans, for one thing.…

Libertarian ticket appeals to discontented Republicans » Gloucester Times Kevin Martin is a lifelong Yankee Republican who believes in small government and fiscal conservatism. He has voted for the party's nominee in every presidential election since 2000, when George W. Bu…

Milford: Gov. Baker to attend Biagetti event » Wicked Local Medway Although nobody is calling it an official endorsement just yet, Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to attend a campaign event for 10th Worcester District nominee Sandra Biagetti next week.…

Senate candidate's fiancee alleges intimidation at state agency » Gazette Net Gov. Charlie Baker has called for an immediate investigation of allegations that the fiancee of a Democratic candidate for state Senate has faced politically motivated threats and harassment from coll…

Tompkins makes official his run for Democratic Party chair » State House News Service Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins will run to lead the state Democratic Party, he announced Thursday, making him the fourth candidate to announce plans to run for the party chairmanship.…

Dem party chair mulling "next steps" in retribution case » State House News Service The Massachusetts Democratic Party is talking with legal counsel "about what appropriate actions would be" in response to allegations that a staffer in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental…

Public Health

Grim maps show how discarded needles litter 'Methadone Mile' » Boston Globe No area of Boston is plagued by discarded drug needles like the so-called “Methadone Mile,” a stretch of blighted blocks along Massachusetts Avenue in the South End, Roxbury, and Dorcheste…

Grant pays for water testing in 4 schools » Lowell Sun The school district will soon test for lead and copper in drinking water.…

Massachusetts Launches First Statewide Medication Disposal Program with Walgreens » Waste 360

Events, forum mark fight against addiction » Eagle Tribune

Public Safety

Cops from across Massachusetts honored with State Trooper George Hanna Award for bravery » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday awarded medals of bravery to 22 police officers from six police departments, including Boston, Webster, Chelsea, Tewksbury, Bourne and the Massachusetts State Police.…

The next fight after body cameras for Evans: Name tags » Boston Globe Police Commissioner William B. Evans wants to require police officers to begin wearing name tags, following the practice of many major police departments across the country, but the leader of the city…

Boston Police Commissioner Wants Officers Wearing Name Tags » WBUR Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is calling for the department to require that officers wear name tags on their uniforms in addition to badges. But the leader of the city's largest police uni…

A Ride-Along With The Methuen Police Department » WBUR Charlotte, North Carolina, is the latest American city to deal with the fallout — in this case, the violent fallout — of a police shooting of an African-American man. There have been sco…

State Government

Charlie Baker may be too popular for his own good » Boston Globe If Tom Menino was the urban mechanic, then Charlie Baker has become our suburban mechanic.…

Gun Association, Mass. Retailers Sue AG Over Assault Weapons Crackdown » Framingham Patch Massachusetts gun sellers and the gun industry's largest trade association are taking Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to court over her controversial crackdown on what the AG calls a "loop…

Guns sellers aim lawsuit at Mass. AG Healey; claim new weapons regs unconstitutional » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's sales ban on "copycat" assault weapons is unconstitutional, claims a new lawsuit reported by The Boston Globe.…

Baker calls threat allegations 'unbelievably disturbing' » Boston Globe Republican Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday he finds “unbelievably disturbing” allegations by a state worker that she was threatened with retaliation after her fiancé, a Democrat, l…

Baker: Feds alleviated concerns about refugees » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday the federal government has alleviated some of his concerns about people resettling in Massachusetts from war-torn countries, reporting that an "overwhelming" number of …

Baker Says Retribution Allegations Of Member Of His Administration Are 'Unbelievably Disturbing' » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday labeled allegations that a member of his administration sought retaliation against a staffer whose fiance launched a bid to unseat a Republican state senator "unbelievab…

Baker met with UK diplomat, leaves Friday for Midwest weekend trip » The Salem News

Transportation

When 'train' becomes a dirty word » Boston Globe What's the difference between Massachusetts and New Hampshire? It can be boiled down to a single insult in this year's election.…

Route 128 Will Be Closed For Roadwork The First Week Of November » WBUR Take a deep breath, Greater Boston drivers. We have some news you may not like. For the first weekend of November, a section of Route 128, or I-95, in Needham will be closed for roadwork. MassDOT say…

Survey rates Massachusetts highway system among worst » Wicked Local Massachusetts continued to rank near the bottom of states in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness, but has the lowest rate of fatal crashes in the country, according to a new report.…

Middleboro residents express mixed reviews on rail route » South Coast Today Not so fast, some Middleboro-area residents and officials said Thursday, speaking at a public forum on a new option to bring commuter rail to SouthCoast.…

A split decision: With comment period closing, what comes next for South Coast Rail » Taunton Gazette

Utilities

Baker rolling out new solar incentives » Commonwealth Magazine THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is preparing to roll out the draft of a new solar incentive program on Friday that sets a ceiling on subsidies and is expected to reduce their overall cost.…

Mass. gas prices are unchanged » Nashoba Publishing The price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts remains unchanged. AAA Northeast said this week that self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $2.10 per gallon, the same as a week ago…

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