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Question 1 foes highlight out-of-state forces behind slots parlor support » Politico BOSTON — The main opponent of a ballot question that could open the door to the state issuing another slots parlor license sought to paint Question 1's supporters as out-of-staters pushing a me…

Questions About Committee Pushing to Expand Slots » Revere Journal The group pushing for a slot parlor in Revere is calling itself the “Revere Jobs and Education Committee.” As the vice-chair of the School Committee, it was strange for me to hear of a gro…

State watchdog raises concerns on Children's growth » Boston Globe A state health care watchdog agency on Tuesday warned that medical costs in Massachusetts are likely to rise if Boston Children's Hospital moves ahead with a controversial $1 billion expansion plan. …

House Speaker DeLeo visits Worcester to endorse Dan Donahue for re-election » The Republican WORCESTER -- House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Worcester's 16th District State Rep. Dan Donahue met in Palma's Bakery Tuesday to make the case that Donahue is the only logical choice for the upcoming sta…

The Clinton Campaign Has a Millennial Math Problem » Bloomberg Politics It is understandable if Hillary Clinton's team is traumatized by having to fight once again for New Hampshire. The first-in-the-nation primary state delivered her a crucial comeback victory against Ba…

Transgender law opponents say they've got signatures for repealer » State House News Service Activists working to derail the new state law aimed at preventing discrimination against transgender individuals in public accommodations say volunteers have already gathered enough signatures to plac…

Ash withdraws from Cambridge city manager contest » State House News Service

"I don't think either candidate said anything that would have moved anybody who wasn't already with them from one column to the other,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the presidential debate on Monday night.

News By Category
Business

New website to highlight Main St. vacancies » Boston Herald Accusing Beacon Hill of turning its back on small businesses, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts has launched a campaign to highlight store closures across the state.…

'The Blueway' could break stalemate over high-rises » Boston Globe The New England Aquarium may drop its challenge to Don Chiofaro's bid to redevelop the neighboring Boston Harbor Garage if the two sides can agree to create a park that would stretch from the Rose Fit…

Pay attention, Don Chiofaro: The Aquarium has come to the rescue » Boston Globe Finally, some vision on the downtown waterfront, but will it become the impossible dream?…

MIT awards focus on tech that helps low, middle-income workers » Boston Globe The innovation economy has technology firms vying to be the go-to app for sushi deliveries and dry-cleaning pickups.…

Introducing the new BRA: Walsh to re-name powerful Boston agency » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh continued his push to boost the credibility of the powerful agency that governs construction in Boston Tuesday by retiring the name of the Boston Redevelopment Authority and prom…

Mel King-led coalition blasts 'new BRA' effort » Dorchester Reporter A group of leaders led by civil rights champion and former mayoral candidate Mel King issued a tough rebuke of Mayor Marty Walsh and his administration's re-boot of the Boston Redevelopment Authority …

Ripping "food tax," animal protection question opponents form committee » State House News Service

Civil Rights

Gun rights activists file lawsuit against Attorney General Maura Healey's recent gun ban » The Daily Free Press The National Shooting Sports Foundation and four Massachusetts firearms retailers filed a lawsuit against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey at the U.S. District Court for issuing an “u…

Activists Say They Have Signatures Needed To Put Repeal Of Transgender Rights Law Before Voters » WBUR

Crimes

Mass. trooper indicted in beating of New Hampshire chase suspect » Sentinel & Enterprise A Massachusetts State Police trooper has been indicted in New Hampshire on charges that he beat a suspect in Nashua earlier this year. Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Flynn was indicted on charges of simp…

Education

UMass plans multi-campus, $2.5B overhaul » Boston Herald The University of Massachusetts plans to spend $2.5 billion on capital projects over the next five years to upgrade its aging five-campus infrastructure just as students are decrying tuition increases…

State mulling changes to high school tests » State House News Service Massachusetts education officials plan to decide over the next year or so whether to shift the 10th grade standardized test that serves as a graduation requirement into the 11th grade or potentially a…

Mass. reexamining role of student test scores in teacher evaluations » Boston Globe Massachusetts education officials, responding to widespread opposition from teacher unions and superintendents alike, are reexamining the role of student test scores in judging the performance of teac…

AG Healey Selects 34 High Schools Across the State to Receive Violence Prevention Training for Second Phase of Game Change Program » Sampan Attorney General Maura Healey today announced that 34 high schools from 10 counties across the state will receive an on-site, in-depth training on violence prevention in the next phase of Game Change,…

Across Massachusetts, sides dig in for charter school battle » State House News Service U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the most high-profile Democrat in the state, came out in opposition to the charter-school-expanding Question 2 on Monday, the same day Congressman Stephen Lynch, a South Bo…

What makes a Level 1 school? » Commonwealth Magazine IN THE STATE of Massachusetts, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education assigns all public schools a rating. Level 1 schools can boast they've received the state's highest rating. Level 5 …

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem » WBUR First, a story: Late one night, a man searches for something in a parking lot. On his hands and knees, he crawls around a bright circle of light created by a streetlamp overhead.…

New Bedford middle school scores 'worrisome' » South Coast Today In light of low and largely stagnant test scores at the New Bedford middle schools released Monday, the school administration is continuing to evaluate whether to give the schools more autonomy under …

Trustee Board approves $30 million operating budget » The Beacon

Environment

SIX MORE LAWMAKERS SIGN "CLEAN MONEY FOR CLIMATE PLEDGE" » State House News Service In the two and a half weeks since Primary Day, six more state lawmakers have agreed to reject campaign contributions from individuals associated with energy companies placed by activists on a list of …

Massachusetts named most energy efficient state » WWLP 22 News Massachusetts has been named the most energy efficient state for the sixth consecutive year.…

City Council's next target? Canada geese » Boston Globe Canada geese, the omnipresent herbivores that populate many of Boston's public spaces, have a new predator in New England: the Boston City Council.…

Congressman files bill on Chatham's behalf » Wicked Local Cape Cod Although Rep. William Keating (D-Bourne) has filed a bill in Congress that clarifies the boundary of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, the long battle continues.…

Federal

U.S. Government To Pay $492 Million To 17 American Indian Tribes » WBUR The U.S. government has agreed to pay a total of $492 million to 17 American Indian tribes for mismanaging natural resources and other tribal assets, according to an attorney who filed most of the sui…

Dems tie nuclear first-strike bill to concerns about Trump » The Hill Two Democrats are pushing a bill that would bar the president from launching a nuclear strike without prior approval from Congress, tying it to concerns about Donald Trump having control of nukes. …

Senator urges FTC to step up investigation into maker of addiction treatment » STAT News A US senator is urging the US Federal Trade Commission to accelerate its antitrust investigation into a drug maker that sells Suboxone, a medicine used to treat addiction to opioids and narcotics. …

Health Care

For-profit addiction treatment center opening in former Swift River Academy in Cummington » The Berkshire Eagle A Tennesee-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment company plans to open a 600-acre facility in the hilltowns just to the east of Berkshire County.…

Health panel raises concern on Children's expansion » Commonwealth Magazine PROPOSED EXPANSIONS at Boston Children's Hospital carry a likelihood of increased health care spending in Massachusetts and could potentially drive competing providers out of business, according to th…

Housing

Recent Changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act and Smart Growth Zoning » National Law Review Recently, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted and Gov. Baker signed into law several important changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Act, General Laws chapter 40A, and the Smart Growth Zoning and Hous…

Florida mortgage company pays Mass. $1.4 million for alleged abusive practices » Boston Globe

Judiciary

Governor's Council to hear from Superior Court nominee » State House News Service

Former judge, Brockton attorney nominated for district court posts » State House News Service

Legislative

Preserving a legacy: Lawmakers call for Brockton library to be named after Kennedy » The Enterprise Local lawmakers are calling for the Brockton Public Library's main branch to be named after former state senator Thomas Kennedy, who died last year at age 63 after serving the city on Beacon Hill for …

East Timor officials greeted by Fall River, Taunton leaders » Herald News The prime minister and the former president of Timor-Leste visited the State House on Monday, the first of two separate visits taking place on Beacon Hill this week involving foreign dignitaries. …

Local Government

Cambridge voters invited to cast ballots early » Wicked Local Cambridge All registered voters will be able to vote before Election Day for the first time ever in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on Oct. 24 and continue through Nov. 4.…

City planning agency BRA gives way to new name: BPDA » Dorchester Reporter You don't have the BRA to kick around any more. Starting today, if you are so inclined, you'll have to get used to a longer, slightly wonkier acronym as your city government nemesis: the BPDA, which s…

Just dandy, patriots! Billerica's the 'Yankee Doodle Town' » Lowell Sun It's something residents have known for a long, long time.…

The Boston Redevelopment Authority Is Getting A New Name » WBUR The Boston Redevelopment Authority is reinventing itself, debuting a new look and name that the agency's executive director says more accurately reflects its mission.…

Opinion

Battenfeld: Case could be the pits for Marty Walsh » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh and several high-ranking aides and former campaign advisers could be called as witnesses in a lawsuit against former Grand Prix of Boston CEO John Casey, dredging up potentially …

Donald Trump, the sore loser » Boston Globe OH WHAT an amusing and revealing spectacle a sore loser is.…

Greg White: Baker should ask school honcho to quit » Gazette Net Gov. Charlie Baker should ask for and accept Paul Sagan's resignation as chairman of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.…

Obama has shed his vanity. Just ask him » Boston Globe NOTHING OOZES hubris like Barack Obama putting on a humble act.…

Boston Latin needs more diversity » Boston Globe US ATTORNEY Carmen M. Ortiz announced the findings of a civil rights investigation into Boston Latin School on Monday, but they were shockingly unrevealing. …

Adriana Cohen: Mr. Trump, women's looks are not an issue » Boston Herald Women decide elections. They make up 53 percent of the electorate and it's no secret Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead in the polls over Donald Trump with female voters.…

Column: The time is now to adapt to the effects of climate change » Gloucester Times Four years ago this month, what meteorologists called “Frankenstorm Sandy” took 159 lives and cost the U.S. economy $68 billion. At its outer edges, Sandy was a thousand miles wide. …

Other

Mashpee tribe given voice in land trust suit » Cape Cod Times A federal judge has ruled that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has the right to participate in certain future court proceedings related to the lawsuit seeking to block its East Taunton casino project.…

Tightening contest could thrust New Hampshire into pivotal role » Boston Globe This proudly prickly swing state could emerge as Hillary Clinton's last bulwark against a Donald Trump victory in November.…

Hillary Clinton seeks to ride momentum after strong debate » Boston Globe Hillary Clinton on Tuesday tried to build on her successes in the first presidential face-off, calling Donald Trump “dangerously incoherent” as she campaigned in North Carolina. …

Revere officials rip slot parler proposed by ballot » State House News Service Voters in Revere in February 2014 approved plans for a proposed casino in that city but after losing that casino derby to Everett, officials in Revere are not getting behind a slot parlor envisioned b…

Breitbart's Alt-Reality Aside, Most Conservatives Agree: Trump Lost Bigly » WGBH Breitbart, the alt-right website whence came Donald Trump's latest campaign guru, Steve Bannon, is today awash in alt-reality.…

Donald Trump denies debate 'sniffles,' blames noise on bad microphone » The Republican Republican nominee Donald Trump denied claims Tuesday that he "sniffled" during the first presidential debate, attributing the noise which drew attention on social media to a bad microphone.…

What the pundits had to say » Commonwealth Magazine We're assuming everyone saw Monday night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and if you didn't, here's where you can.) Let's spend our time bringing you up to date on what …

Election Ballot Debate Series: Should Mass. Allow A Second Slots Parlor License? » WBUR We discuss ballot Question 1, which proposes a change to the state's casino law that would allow the state's Gaming Commission to award a second slots parlor license.…

Analysis: As Post-Debate Polls Roll In, A Word Of Caution » WBUR The first presidential debate ended less than 24 hours ago and already the post-debate polls are rolling in. The polls break down into two basic types which tell very different stories. Caution is war…

Politics

Kennedy, Wu holding fundraiser for millennial candidates » Politico U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Boston City Council President Michelle Wu will hold a fund-raising event for rising millennials in the state Democratic party on Oct. 5 in downtown Boston.…

Migliore rides momentum into general election campaign » Wicked Local Saugus Jen Migliore, the Democratic nominee for state representative in the 9th Essex district (Lynn, Saugus, Wakefield), is riding the momentum from her decisive win in last week's Democratic primary.…

Governor Baker explains his stance on the presidential nominees » WWLP 22 News It was, at times, a heated exchange Monday night, as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off for their first presidential debate. 22News found out if Governor Baker caught the action.…

Gov. Charlie Baker says neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton won debate » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he watched the first presidential debate on Monday night and that he didn't think either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump could be declared a winner.…

Is The Peace Corps Still Relevant? » WBUR

House Speaker DeLeo visits Worcester to endorse Dan Donahue for re-election » The Republican House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Worcester's 16th District State Rep. Dan Donahue met in Palma's Bakery Tuesday to make the case that Donahue is the only logical choice for the upcoming state house elec…

Curt Schilling Says He's 'Getting More Serious' About His Political Career » Boston Magazine

Poll: Likely Mass. voters favor marijuana legalization, more charter schools » State House News Service

Schilling eyeing Warren's Senate seat, Gov's office » State House News Service

How will Gov. Charlie Baker vote on farm animal, slots ballot questions? » The Republican

Public Health

Total change being implemented for tobacco sales in Brockton » The Enterprise Health officials in Brockton hope that youth tobacco use in the city will go up in smoke when new local health regulations take effect on Friday.…

More than 9 in 10 people breathe bad air, WHO study says » Boston Globe The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that 92 percent of people breathe what it classifies as unhealthy air, in another sign that atmospheric pollution is a significant threat to global public…

Wendell medical marijuana seizure worries residents, town officials » The Recorder Patti Scutari and Francesco “Apollo” Compagnone thought they were doing it all by the book when growing their own medical marijuana in a home garden.…

A bipartisan effort: Block legalization of marijuana » Boston Globe

Massachusetts Lawmaker Pushes For Healthier Options In Vending Machines » Vending Market Watch

State Finance

State budget cuts loom in face of $575M deficit » Eagle Tribune Three months into a new budget year, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration already is wrestling with shortfalls from the previous year that could force a new round of cuts. A recent report from the non…

State Government

Life Sciences Center adds to board » Wicked Local Waltham The Waltham-based Massachusetts Life Sciences Center recently announced that Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Pam Randhawa, founder and CEO of Empiriko Corporation, and Dr. Gary Paul Kearney, past pre…

New leadership at state tech and innovation agency » State House News Service

Polito: EEA investigation commanded a "lot of time" over the weekend » State House News Service

Taxation

Walsh pitches community preservation tax in biz group speech » State House News Service Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce was mostly standard fare for chamber breakfasts: there was talk of successes, of challenges, and plenty of thank yous to th…

Sagging tax collections could prompt state cuts » Gloucester Times Three months into a new budget year, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is already wrestling with shortfalls from the previous year that could force a new round of cuts.…

Transportation

Residents fight state approval of Woods Hole ferry terminal project » Cape Cod Times A group of 13 local residents is fighting state approval of the Steamship Authority's terminal reconstruction project, saying the work will be a detriment to the community if it proceeds as planned.…

Mass. Treasury in market to raise $$$ for transpo projects » State House News Service Massachusetts Treasury officials are taking retail orders Wednesday on $326 million in bonds to fund bridge and rail projects.…

Commuter-rail extension opening Friday in West Fitchburg » Nashoba Publishing The new Wachusett Commuter Rail Station on the Fitchburg Line will open Friday to a limited number of trains, the MBTA announced Monday. Full service begins in November, after the final touches on th…

Waltham Officer Appointed to MassDOT Board of Directors » Somerville Patch

Plans floated to alleviate congestion around Cape Cod Canal » Cape Cod Times

Utilities

Pilgrim braces for sweeping inspection » Cape Cod Times Entergy Corp., owner-operator of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, notified federal regulators Sept. 2 that the plant was ready to undergo a huge, comprehensive inspection of its equipment, staff and pro…

Mount Tom Solar Farm groundbreaking at former Holyoke coal-burner set for Oct. 13 » The Republican The transformation from decades of coal burning to harnessing solar power will take another step as the owner of the Mount Tom Power Station on Northampton Street will hold a ground-breaking for the n…

Baker's energy policy only part right » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER'S FLURRY of announcements on climate change and clean energy has elicited cautiously optimistic praise from some sustainable energy advocates. While many details of the …

Massachusetts floats new solar tariff structure in incentive program redesign » Utility Dive

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Recipe of the Week

Jasper White’s Oyster Stew

Jasper White of Summer Shack

Makes 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pint freshly shucked oysters (12 to 16 oysters, depending on size) in their juices (see “Note”)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small leek, white parts only, finely diced (or 1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced)
  • 2 small ribs celery, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Garnish: finely minced chives and leek (pale-green part, optional)

Directions

Strain the oysters from their liquid; place each one in a separate container and refrigerate.

In a 4- to 5-quart heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter until it begins to foam. Add the leek and celery and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are thoroughly softened, but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir in the milk, cream, and oyster liquid and cook until hot; add the oysters and poach until they begin to curl at the edges, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat and let the flavors meld for a few minutes before serving.

Reheat the stew if necessary, but don’t boil it. Divide among bowls and sprinkle with chives and leek. Serve with sherry (optional).

 

Additional Notes:

If you’re not comfortable shucking oysters yourself, ask your fishmonger to do it. Just be sure to save the liquor (natural juice).



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