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1:00pm 2016 Paul Kahn Awards for PCA Service and PCA Awareness Day, Grand Staircase

5:30pm Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff's Birthday Party

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr

6:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Yolanda Greaves

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Joan Meschino's General Election Campaign Kick-Off

Birthdays: Rep. Sarah Peake, Rep. Alice Peisch

Must-Reads

Children's Hospital expansion goes beyond Prouty Garden » Boston Globe Giving Boston Children's Hospital the go-ahead for a $1 billion expansion plan will alter the health care landscape beyond a patch of beloved green space. Expansion would allow Children's to further d…

Conway to stay on with Baker's office » Politico A top member of Gov. Charlie Baker's advance staff is no longer leaving for the embattled Department of Conservation and Recreation. …

Boston Children's $1 billion expansion to face more hurdles » Boston Business Journal Opponents to Boston Children's Hospital's $1 billion expansion said they would likely appeal any state approval for the project, and would look to the courts to halt construction. …

Gloucester chief fired after allegedly destroying evidence » Boston Globe City officials on Monday fired Police Chief Leonard Campanello, a high-profile leader in the state's opioid fight, after accusing him of destroying evidence during a probe into his relationships with …

Pennsylvania was once merely important in presidential elections. Now, it's Hillary Clinton's firewall » Los Angeles Times After more than 20 years as reliably blue in presidential contests, Pennsylvania by dint of other states' moves is suddenly the Clinton linchpin, the place that could deny Donald Trump the presidency.…

When a state's drug chemist lies for years, should all her cases be thrown out? » Washington Post Before Massachusetts discovered in 2013 that one of the chemists in its state crime lab was actually using the drugs she was testing, it uncovered another chemist in 2012 who admitted she had been fal…

Question 1: Revere's Future May Hinge On A State-Wide Slots Vote » WGBH Ballot Question 1 doesn't actually mention the city of Revere by name. Instead, it would let the state issue one new gambling license—for a facility with no table games—on a site that's …

Gov. Baker says DCR is not a dumping ground for politically connected Republicans » WCVB Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is defending his administration's hiring practices to 5 investigates after a Baker donor is forced to resign from his top position with the state.…

“There is no place for that in any administration and I know if any of the folks had worked for me, they’d be fired by now,” Healey said of parks department antics on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” show yesterday. “This seems to be part of a pattern.”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking on the embattled Department of Conservation and Recreation employees

News By Category
Business

Lynnfield Proposes New Restrictions On Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb » WBUR Lynnfield is considering a ban on short-term rentals — often booked through websites like Airbnb and HomeAway.…

Morgan Stanley offices in Massachusetts accused of hosting unethical sales contest » The Republican Morgan Stanley offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island held in-office sales contests among financial advisors to encourage clients to take out loans against their accounts, according to a complaint …

Massachusetts Charges Morgan Stanley Over High-Pressure Sales Contest » The Wall Street Journal Massachusetts' top securities regulator accused Morgan Stanley of paying bonuses to brokers to encourage them to push loans on their wealth-management clients.…

Galvin accuses Morgan Stanley of illegal, high-pressure sales tactics » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is targeting Morgan Stanley Smith Barney over what his office called high-pressure and unethical sales contests.…

Grrr Gear, other gun shops sue AG Healey » The Recorder An outdoor sporting goods store in Orange is one of four Massachusetts gun shops suing state Attorney General Maura Healey over her decision to enforce a ban on so-called “copycat” assault…

Globe numbers look promising » Commonwealth Magazine Circulation statements filed by the Boston Globe suggest the newspaper is doing fairly well maintaining its print subscriber base and growing its digital following. The statements, included in the Su…

Visiting Animal Rescue League shelter, Gov. Charlie Baker points to easing of quarantine regulations » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday pointed to streamlined state regulations that he said help animal shelters quickly move animals into new homes and free up space within the shelters.…

New state regulation will move sheltered pets to homes sooner » WWLP 22 News Governor Charlie Baker is making significant changes to hundreds of state regulations. On Monday, Governor Baker visited a Boston animal shelter to highlight a new policy that reduces the quarantine t…

Help wanted: 100,000 new jobs in Massachusetts » Nashoba Publishing It's graduation day. While there's not a lot of pomp and circumstance, there's definitely a feeling of accomplishment and new possibilities. Today, another group of students is receiving certificates…

Westfield Development Being Whipped into Shape » Business West

Morgan Stanley Faces “Unethical” Sales Tactics Allegations » Financial Advisor

Morgan Stanley Charged for "Unethical" Business Practices » Zacks Equity Research

Morgan Stanley charged with unethical sales practices by state regulators » On Wall Street

State officials: Morgan Stanley ran unethical sales contests » Washington Post

Crimes

Supreme Court Rejects Whitey Bulger Appeal » WGBH The Supreme Court has turned away James "Whitey" Bulger's appeal of his racketeering convictions and life sentence.…

Domestic Relations

Court upholds parental rights for same-sex parter after break-up » The Enterprise

Education

I-Team: Borrower Complaints Mount Against Company That Handles Billing For MEFA Student Loans » boston.cbslocal.com Tania Martins of Framingham was thrilled to learn she had been accepted to medical school in Alabama when she graduated from college. But the celebration did not last long.…

UMass to spend $2.5B on fixes » Lowell Sun UMass will pump $2.5 billion into its five campuses over the next five years to repair aging buildings and infrastructure.…

Passing Question 2 irresponsible, opponents say » Milford Daily News If voters decide to increase the state's charter school cap, Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson called district schools losing money an unavoidable fate.…

Governor Baker kicks off college awareness month » WWLP 22 News High School seniors from all Springfield Public Schools will hear about higher education opportunities through the state's public colleges and universities.…

Students trained to tackle domestic violence » The Eagle Tribune A group of students at Haverhill High School spent three days learning about unhealthy relationships, bystander intervention and how to prevent violence.…

State grant expands vocational opportunities » The Eagle Tribune With only so many slots available for Haverhill kids, many students in the school district are not receiving the vocational education they want to prepare them for careers in STEM — science, te…

Teaching Young Students About Art -- And Much More Besides, From College To Life » WBUR As a 15-year-old, Daymian Mejia didn't think of himself an artist. When he applied to Raw Art Works, a nonprofit art therapy organization in Lynn, he was mostly searching for an excuse to get out of t…

Federal

Mass. Congressional Delegation Rankled By GOP's Inadequate Zika Response; Outraged by Wells Fargo » WGBH Members of Congress, apparently happy to be overshadowed by Presidential campaign controversies, wrapped up their final pre-election sessions by drawing the least possible attention to themselves.…

Congressman Seth Moulton: 9/11 Bill 'Puts Our Diplomats And Our Troops In Danger' » WGBH Last Wednesday, Congress voted 445-78 to override a presidential veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged involvement in the terror attacks.…

Feds investigating Leominster schools' sports program for alleged gender bias » Sentinel & Enterprise The U.S. Department of Education has started an investigation into possible Title IX violations in the athletic programs at Leominster Public Schools after a parent alleged gender bias in the funding …

Health Care

Suicide threats not heeded in Salem nursing home death » Boston Globe An 81-year-old resident who killed himself in a Salem nursing home had repeatedly mused about suicide in the days leading to his death, but health workers failed to act on a note about his suicidal th…

Worcester agency charged with defrauding Medicaid out of $816K » Worcester Business Journal Worcester-based Compassionate Homecare and three individuals have been indicted in connection with allegations that they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state's Medicaid program, Attor…

Nurses pack hearing to protest changes involving who can administer medication » Boston Globe

Patients at center of debate over medication administration rules » State House News Service

Nurses blast changes in rules governing medications » State House News Service

Human Services

Report: Cape Cod's aging population at risk » Cape Cod Times The aging trend facing the rest of Massachusetts and the nation is on steroids in Barnstable County, which continues to lose young people on a regular basis, according to an assessment released Monday…

Insurance

Insurers urge state to reject $1b Children's Hospital expansion project » Boston Globe Health insurers are making a late bid to derail a plan by Boston Children's Hospital to expand, urging state regulators to reject the building project because it would drive up medical spending.…

Legislative

Sen. Flanagan reflects on her path to the Legislature » State House News Service As Sen. Jennifer Flanagan describes it, her career as an elected official began because she "said yes to a woman in a hospital bed."…

Sparkling roll-call attendance for region's representatives » Sentinel & Enterprise

Local Government

Former Stoughton chief to head up troubled Braintree department » Patriot Ledger A former chief credited with helping turn around a troubled police department will serve as the town's interim police chief.…

Councilors not privy to probe details, put trust in mayor » Gloucester Times Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello's national ascent on the wings of his angel program was as rapid as the subsequent fall was steep and unyielding, the paths so incongruous that it's difficul…

Mayor: Campanello lied to investigators » Gloucester Times Police chief Leonard Campanello was fired Monday by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, accused of attempting to “purposely mislead” investigators looking into his relationships with two unidentif…

UPDATE: Mayor says stadium field, track may need replacement » The Eagle Tribune The entire field turf and track at Veterans Memorial Stadium will "most likely" need to be replaced after the area was left filthy, heavily littered and damaged after a Brazilian festival there Sunday…

Boston Pops to produce July 4 events » Commonwealth Magazine THE BOSTON POPS announced on Monday that it is going to take over production of the July 4 Esplanande events next year.…

Hanover planners OK marijuana dispensary » Patriot Ledger In a 4-1 vote, the Hanover Planning Board approved the site plan for Mass Organic Therapy's proposed medical marijuana dispensary Monday night.…

Opinion

The politics of a Boston Latin School education » Boston Globe THE DRUMBEAT OF bad news about race relations at Boston Latin School reached a crescendo last Tuesday, when US Attorney Carmen Ortiz reported that “BLS administrators generally treated student r…

Jason Snead and John-Michael Seibler: Taxi owners' roadblocks un-fare » Boston Herald Massachusetts lawmakers remain among the nation's most creative when it comes to dreaming up new taxes.…

As I See It: Why schools need carbon monoxide detectors » Worcester Telegram March 17, 2014, started off just like any other day: I dropped off my five-year-old son Ryan at the Douglas Municipal Center, adjacent to the Douglas Elementary School. He hurried inside the municipal…

Equal coverage for substance abuse » Lowell Sun It's taken an opioid-abuse epidemic and rising fatal overdoses to convince most people that substance abuse is a disease, not a lifestyle choice.…

Editorial: Driven to distraction » Boston Herald What is it about political appointees that gives some of them delusions of law enforcement grandeur?…

On Charter Schools, Question 2 goes too far » Wicked Local Watertown On school issues, I listen very closely to the feelings of parents. I get mixed signals from parents about charter schools, but I do oppose Question Two, which would lift the cap on charter schools, b…

Other

A new era for Independence Day concert on the Esplanade » Boston Globe The Boston Pops said Monday that it has agreed to take over the annual July Fourth fireworks concert on the Esplanade, ensuring that the four-decade tradition will continue uninterrupted after the ret…

In N.H., immigrants may tip the scales in presidential race » Boston Globe On a patch of grass in their housing complex, Seattle Seahawks fans from Africa play American football. Nearby, an Iraqi refugee sweeps the sidewalk outside his apartment and waters it down with a gar…

Donald Trump's $916 million loss and his high-wire act in the 1990s » Boston Globe Back in the early 1990s, when his business empire was on the rocks, Donald Trump liked to say he was worth “minus 900 million.”…

These have been a brutal few days for Donald Trump » Boston Globe Donald Trump's negative spiral continued Monday with no sign of a quick recovery, as Hillary Clinton tried to make him pay the maximum political price for his legal tax-avoidance strategies and the Re…

Mayor Walsh to stump for Clinton in Pennsylvania and Ohio » Boston Globe Revving up hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters at a recent rally, Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared he's willing to go wherever the campaign needs him to stump for the Democratic presidential nominee.…

Bill Weld: Nobody more qualified 'on paper' to be president than Hillary Clinton » Boston.com Bill Weld, the Libertarian vice presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor, suggested Friday that there was one candidate far-and-away the most qualified to be president.…

Inside Jill Stein and Bill Weld's race to nowhere » Boston Globe THERE'S NO DENYING that Massachusetts produces more major-party nominees for national office than many states that dwarf us in size.…

4 Questions Kaine And Pence Face Heading Into The VP Debate » WBUR This evening's face-off between the 2016 vice presidential hopefuls certainly won't have the pizzazz — or inevitable enmity — that last week's debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Cli…

Approval of ballot Question 1 would allow Revere slots parlor » The Sun Chronicle Proponents of ballot Question 1 argue the plan to build a slot parlor in Revere would offer a bonanza similar to the $88 million in tax revenues and almost 500 jobs Plainridge Park Casino has generate…

Ambassador: Prez trail rhetoric could disrupt U.S.-Canada relations » State House News Service

Politics

Curt Schilling says he's serious about politics, may take on Elizabeth Warren » Washington Post Curt Schilling, whose political outspokenness led ESPN to fire him in the spring, is continuing to talk about a future in politics.…

Sacrifice is out of style in politics » Commonwealth Magazine IN HIS FIRST INAUGURAL, Ronald Reagan observed “we're too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams . . . We have every right to dream heroic dreams.” Twenty years earlier, the gr…

Political Notes: Times candidates forum Oct. 15 » Cape Cod Times Cape Cod Media Group, which includes the Cape Cod Times, will host a candidates forum Oct. 15 at Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College.…

Ayotte says she 'misspoke' when she said Trump is role model » Sentinel & Enterprise New Hampshire Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she "misspoke" when she said Donald Trump is a role model for children. Responding to a question during a Monday evening debate with challenger Ne…

Baker not sure whether elected officials should release their tax returns » State House News Service As voters mull over Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns, Gov. Charlie Baker was asked by a reporter Monday whether candidates should be required to release their returns.…

Hampden County sheriff's race: James Gill pledges no early releases for violent offenders » The Republican Independent candidate for Hampden County sheriff James Gill has vowed to halt early releases for violent offenders, should he be elected. Gill, a deputy assistant superintendent at the department's m…

Gov. Baker cracks $4 million fundraising mark for first time » The Associated Press (AP)

O'Malley, bishops oppose marijuana legalization » State House News Service

Public Health

Legal Pot In Mass.? 11 Things To Know About How It Would Work » WBUR If you vote in Massachusetts, you've probably had a least one debate with a friend this year about whether the state should allow marijuana for recreational use.…

After visiting rabbits, Guv touts reg reform » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's relatively dry directive for the administration to review more than 1,700 regulations has yielded some flesh-and-blood results for creatures that cannot advocate for themselves.…

Gov. Baker passes sweeping reform for unvaccinated cats and dogs » WCVB Unvaccinated dogs and cats possibly exposed to rabies will spend just four months in quarantine instead of six months as part of a sweeping effort by Gov. Charlie Baker to update Massachusetts regulat…

Public Safety

Gloucester moves to fire nationally acclaimed police chief » Politico Gloucester police chief Leonard Campanello, who helped lead a groundbreaking effort to combat the opioid epidemic, is in the process of being fired by the city's mayor for “purposely misleading …

State Finance

Baker plans to sign spending bill, probably on Tuesday » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker will sign a $187.5 million supplemental budget, probably on Tuesday, he said Monday. Baker said he did not know whether he would return any pieces of the spending bill to the Legisl…

State Government

Attorney General Maura Healey heading to Orlando for Pride Parade, visiting Pulse nightclub » The Republican Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey plans to head down to Orlando this weekend to participate in the city's Pride Parade and visit the Pulse gay nightclub, the scene of the June mass shooting that lef…

Gov. Charlie Baker says Mass. environmental official who resigned over using sirens 'exhibited terrible judgment' » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Matthew Sisk, the former deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, displayed "terrible judgment" when Sisk deployed lights and siren t…

DCR fleet boss resigns post » Boston Herald Another high-ranking supervisor at Gov. Charlie Baker's embattled Department of Conservation and Recreation has been forced out, the latest casualty in a growing scandal enveloping the Baker administr…

Healey: State ready for hacker attacks » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey said the threat of hackers attempting to influence or disrupt the U.S. elections this fall is something that should worry all Americans, but said backup plans are in plac…

Baker appalled by DCR official's actions » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said Monday he was “appalled” by the actions of a former top state parks official, confirming that video showed him driving with lights and sirens on.…

Gloucester Mayor Seeks To Fire Acclaimed Police Chief For Conduct During Probe » WBUR The mayor of Gloucester is initiating the termination of city police Chief Leonard Campanello's contract for allegedly destroying evidence amid an investigation of misconduct.…

Baker says DCR deputy who used sirens showed "terrible judgement" » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he was "appalled" by the actions of a former top state parks official, confirming that video showed him driving with lights and sirens on. Speaking to reporters outside…

STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP: Bridge work ahead » Wicked Local Randolph As Red Sox fans streamed over the David Ortiz "Big Papi" Bridge en route to Fenway Park last weekend for the final regular season games for Ortiz, some will no doubt recall the swift action on Beacon …

Springfield defense lawyer indicted for alleged rape, sexual assault of clients » The Republican A Hampden County grand jury has indicted a Springfield defense lawyer for allegedly raping one of his clients and sexually assaulting another.…

Gov. Baker: Dozens of state workers stripped of take-home cars » Boston Herald

Massachusetts not seeking federal election security assistance » Herald News

Transportation

A new Orange Line station might be coming to Malden » Boston Globe State transportation officials hope to build another Orange Line station in Malden and extend Silver Line bus service into Everett as part of a long-term transit plan spurred by a forthcoming $2.1 bil…

Walsh Announces App-Based 'Safest Driver' Contest » WGBH Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced a new piece of his Vision Zero plan to end traffic-related fatalities and injuries today: an app-based contest to become the city's safest driver.…

Brookline Avenue Bridge to be renamed to “Big Papi” David Ortiz Bridge » The Daily Free Press The Brookline Avenue Bridge is set to be renamed as “Big Papi” David Ortiz Bridge in honor of baseball player David Ortiz, in recognition of his accomplishments as a player for the Boston …

MBTA vendor fixing bugs in MTicket app » State House News Service

Northampton-to-Boston rail trail $100K closer to reality » The Republican

Utilities

Drought forcing Worcester to buy water indefinitely » Worcester Telegram Without any drought-breaking rain during the past month, the city will continue buying water from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority into the foreseeable future to supplement its drinking wat…

Quincy is paying to replace privately-owned lead water pipes » Patriot Ledger The city is taking out an interest-free loan of $1.5 million to replace privately owned lead water lines found at 141 homes across Quincy.…

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Feature Story

The Fight Over Liquor Laws

By Jurgen Kern

Massachusetts is one of the more difficult places to do business in when the subject is related to liquor licenses. Time Magazine recently labeled the Commonwealth as one of the “three worst states in America for drinking” – although some people might see that as an asset – noting, among other things, that the Commonwealth had banned “happy hours” and doesn’t accept out-of-state driver’s licenses even though colleges and universities are one of the life-bloods of our economy. Read More »


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