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Massachusetts Republicans stand behind Trump after apology » Politico Massachusetts Republicans decried Donald Trump's lewd, sexually aggressive comments about women, but cited his 90-second apology video, released late Friday night, to defend their continued support of…

Charlie Baker enlists Democrats on DCR PR » Boston Herald With a pair of promotions of longtime employees, Gov. Charlie Baker moved Friday to ease doubts about his embattled parks department and quell its string of politically laced controversies. Not unnoti…

Most lawmakers say DCR flap not a leadership issue » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Most area legislators say the firings and resignations of officials within the state Department of Conservation and Recreation are the result of the actions of a few bad apples, not poor lea…

Clinton Adds to Her Electoral College Edge » Sabato's Crystal Ball In the broad sweep of U.S. history, very occasionally one of the major parties simply disqualifies itself from the contest to win the White House by nominating an unelectable, non-mainstream candidate…

Sources: Ryan discussed revoking Trump endorsement » Politico ST. LOUIS — House Speaker Paul Ryan has discussed withdrawing his endorsement of Donald Trump, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions within his inner circle.…

Massachusetts revises health care spending growth » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts isn't doing as well as officials thought when it comes to holding health care spending growth at steady levels. …

“I believe now more than ever that our outstanding candidates here in Massachusetts will succeed come November because they are stressing the positive alternatives they offer voters: fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and real plans to make government work for the people,"

Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes

Speaking on the Mass GOP's focus on down-ballot races

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Business

Mass. liquor license caps targeted for reforms » South Coast Today After repeatedly seeing their efforts stifled, supporters of revamping the state's liquor license approval process say they are not giving up.…

'Biorights' rise: Donors demand control of their samples » Boston Globe Mary O'Connor had long wanted researchers to decipher her genetic code to better understand a deadly heart condition that runs in her family.…

Smart machines and the future of jobs » Boston Globe SINCE THE EARLY 1800s, several waves of technological change have transformed how we work and live. Each new technological marvel — the steam engine, railroad, ocean steamship, telegraph, harve…

Education

Harvard, MIT scholars share Nobel in economics » Boston Globe Harvard University's Oliver Hart and MIT's Bengt Holmstrom won the Nobel prize in economics for shedding light on how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests, from CEO pay packages to w…

Teachers openly campaigning for and against Question 2 » New Boston Post The political debate surrounding charter school expansion is playing out in classrooms across the Commonwealth, with teachers from traditional public schools and public charter schools openly campaign…

UMass Boston In Midst Of Overdue Renovations » Banker & Tradesman Bribes and kickbacks. That's just how public construction projects were divvied up in Massachusetts until the blockbuster Ward Commission report blew the lid off in 1980.…

Environment

Drought makes cranberry harvest extra hard work » Boston Globe One way or another, Dawn Gates-Allen needs to get her cranberries off the vine. There's just one problem: She has no water. And water is the lifeblood of cranberry harvests.…

Costly lawsuits target marinas » Newburyport News Chris Perley didn't know he needed a stormwater permit for his marina repair shop until he got a letter from an environmental group earlier this year, threatening to drag him into court for polluting …

Bloom forces state to close Buzzards Bay to shellfishing » Cape Cod Times The state Division of Marine Fisheries has banned shellfishing in Buzzards Bay and Lackeys Bay due to potentially toxic phytoplankton.…

River herring trapped by drought in Lakeville, Middleboro, Rochester » South Coast Today The historic drought trapped at least a million young river herring in Assawompsett Pond as they tried to swim out to the ocean, and a state biologist says countless more are likely stuck up and down …

Health Care

The race to create a new class of ovarian cancer drugs heats up » STAT News The race to create the next potent ovarian cancer drug is coming to a head.…

Housing

High-end living comes to East Boston » Boston Globe East Boston has never seen anything quite like The Eddy. It towers more than 200 feet on a corner over Boston Harbor, with an outdoor pool, rooftop deck, and views that reach from Chelsea to the Seapo…

Boston's average apartment rent is the third-highest in the U.S. » Boston Business Journal New York and San Francisco, the two cities with the highest apartment rents in the country, both saw negative rent growth in the third quarter from the second quarter.…

First-time homebuyers charged to the hilt by Quincy loan program » Patriot Ledger First-time homebuyers who participated in a city-run loan program repaid thousands of dollars more when they sold their homes than payoffs described on the program application form.…

Insurance

What will self-driving cars mean for insurers? » Boston Globe It's always been a simple proposition: If you want to drive, you need car insurance.…

Legislative

Rosenberg missed the Fenway hoopla » Boston Globe Senate President Stan Rosenberg was pretty miffed last Sunday when he discovered that his Beacon Hill counterpart, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, was walking out onto the field at Fenway Park with Govern…

Local Government

City engineer resigns after alleged motel encounter » Eagle Tribune Theodoro Rosario resigned his $80,000-a-year job as city engineer on Friday, a day after he was accused of indecent exposure in Lowell District Court for allegedly using beer and cigarettes to lure a …

Opinion

Will baton be passed back at Reggie Lewis Center? » Boston Globe Not until he was let go as head of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center last month did Keith McDermott realize how deeply he was supported.…

Niki Tsongas and Heather McMann: Encouraging our current and future river champions » Eagle Tribune We might not crack the record for largest crowd in a selfie, but the photo we were part of last month at Manchester Street Park in Lawrence captured an impressive and inspiring scene. …

No place of worship should be used as a polling place » Boston Globe I READ with a heavy heart Sunday's article about the Florida residents upset that their new polling location was to be in a mosque (“Voting with their fears”).…

Design excellence must be key ingredient in waterfront vision » Boston Globe RE “A VISION for Boston's waterfront” (Page A11, Sept. 30): I couldn't agree more with Jim Canales — we desperately need a coherent vision for the development of the waterfront if w…

Cleaning up DCR is just a start » Boston Globe ANOTHER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR'S decision to stock state agencies with political supporters has come back to haunt him.…

Vieira for House » Cape Cod Times In the 3rd Barnstable House District, which includes parts of Falmouth, Bourne and Mashpee, voters will once again see a familiar ballot.…

With coming of self-driving cars, what's to become of our actual selves? » Boston Globe RE “CARS with no drivers head to state with few rules” (Page A1, Sept. 22): Self-driving cars may sound like good news to some.…

Sina-cism: When government misfires » Worcester Sun As an opening salvo, let me make clear that I am not writing to change anyone's mind about guns or gun ownership.…

The misogynist in full » Boston Globe Nobody who has been listening to the moral vacuum of a man who rode a wave of anger and willful ignorance to the GOP nomination can be surprised by the fact that Donald Trump would casually boast abou…

It's not primacy US should pursue — it's leadership » Boston Globe IT WOULD have been helpful if Stephen Kinzer had distinguished between primacy and leadership in his Oct. 2 op-ed “Pursuit of primacy will be the slow, violent decline of the US.”…

Livin' and Dion: When your job becomes a politician's photo op » Herald News Working in a factory is hard. It's even harder since a few hundred new manufacturing jobs cropped up in Fall River.…

A sad spectacle in St. Louis » Boston Globe It wasn't a “debate.” And it certainly wasn't presidential.…

Other

Ayotte and other Republicans criticize Trump's lewd remarks » Boston Globe US Senator Kelly Ayotte, locked in a tight reelection battle in New Hampshire, quickly distanced herself Friday from Donald Trump's latest scandal, joining other Republicans in blasting lewd remarks t…

Officials will study plane noise after complaints about Logan » Boston Globe Facing increasing pressure from lawmakers, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts Port Authority said they will consider changes to flight patterns in and out of Logan International…

For most area lawmakers, the answer to Question 1 is no » Lowell Sun Area legislators are largely against Question 1, the November ballot question that would permit a second slot parlor in the state. The state's Expanded Gaming Act, signed into law in 2011, allows for …

Candidates spar in nasty, personal debate » Boston Globe An embattled Donald Trump, his campaign in crisis over his own explicit and sexually aggressive statements caught on tape, offered only a brief apology Sunday at the second presidential debate and ins…

If any religion can brew violence, then they all can » Boston Globe AS AN active Lutheran, it caught my attention when Dylann Roof, who was charged in the shooting deaths of nine people last year at an African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C., was identi…

Attorney general may sue over Monomoy Refuge » Wicked Local Cape Cod The state's attorney general has announced her intention to sue the federal government rather than lose 4,005 acres of land that she believes belongs to the Commonwealth.…

Stakeout of marijuana grower stirs debate » Boston Globe Just five weeks before Massachusetts voters are to decide whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the State Police's seizure of a grandmother's marijuana plant has given new life to one of …

THE COLUMN: Plane speaking from fed official » Lowell Sun CITY AND UMass Lowell officials, two members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation and local legislators were waiting Monday morning for the federal transportation secretary to arrive.…

Sunday Notebook: Police fear clowning around could lead to injuries » Sentinel & Enterprise IT'S HARD to dispute that the continued sightings of creepy clowns, real and fake, has created a kind of mass hysteria throughout the country, including right here in North Central Massachusetts.…

Hillary Clinton for president » Boston Globe THIS ELECTION ISN'T a close call. Only one candidate on the ballot Nov. 8 belongs anywhere near the White House, and it's Hillary Clinton. …

Flynn: Ballot question unites politicians, religious leaders » Boston Herald It's a rare sight to see political and religious leaders stand together in opposition to a bad idea — but that's exactly what's happening in the Bay State now that voters are being asked to dec…

Wikileaks posts hacked excerpts from Clinton's Wall Street speeches » The Associated Press (AP) Hillary Clinton told bankers behind closed doors that she favored ''open trade and open borders'' and said Wall Street executives were best-positioned to help reform the US financial sector, according…

Gov. Baker moves to extinguish 2 administration brushfires » The Associated Press (AP) There comes a point in the term of every governor when the pursuit of policy crashes into the messiness of politics and the daunting task of overseeing an administration of tens of thousands of state …

A 6-year bid for a moment of silence for veterans » Boston Globe The concept seemed so simple, so appealing, and so free of partisan poison that surely this was a measure Congress would approve quickly — a national two-minute moment of silence every Veterans…

Embattled parks department promotes 2 to leadership roles » Boston Herald Officials at the state's embattled parks department have promoted two long-time employees to deputy commissioner amid a shake-up sparked by a slew of scandals.…

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: The Swansea beach vote was more interesting than you think » Herald News Back in my days as a reporter I used to joke each summer season that I'd volunteer to go to the beach and do a story on how many grains of sand there were.…

Parents eligible for new college savings tax deduction » Wicked Local Framingham For Kathyuska Gaitan, skipping college was never an option, but the 19-year-old's drive to succeed didn't make paying for school any easier.…

POLITICS: Meschino reminds citizens to register to vote » Wicked Local Scituate Joan Meschino, Democratic candidate for State Representative, reminds everyone that the time to register to vote on November 8 is now. …

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Worcester Telegram This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call examines the salaries and other benefits received by local state senators and representatives.…

Former governor Dukakis touts Taunton-friendly Stoughton rail line » Wicked Local Mansfield Former governor Michael Dukakis says the hour and a half it took him and his entourage to drive from Northeastern University in Boston Friday afternoon to the Silver City Galleria in East Taunton was,…

Hotel homeless have moved on — some to hopeful future » The Recorder He'd nearly killed her, and she knew she had to get out. But there was seemingly nowhere to go.…

Funding approved for DA office, troopers to move into downtown Brockton » WIcked Local Middleborough State funding for the relocation of the Plymouth County District Attorney's has been approved, a move that will bring 25 state troopers to downtown Brockton and increase police presence in the downtow…

Proposed Pipeline Sparks Widespread Dissent » Common Dreams The People over Pipelines march packed the streets with local activists in July who came together in protest and embarked on a five day trek across 55 miles, covering only a fraction of the proposed p…

Carr: Media jump on Donald Trump's big blunders » Boston Herald It's do or die tonight in St. Louis for Donald J. Trump.…

Suffolk sheriff's wife dies » Boston Globe Suzanne Tompkins, 54, wife of Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, died Saturday from complications due to a stroke, according to the sheriff's website.…

Massport, FAA Take Steps To Reduce Aircraft Noise In Boston Area » CBS Boston Cindy Christiansen says the airplane noise that's constantly above her home in Milton is unbearable. “It goes over our homes our schools,” Christiansen said.…

Fireworks In St. Louis: Trump, Clinton Trade Barbs In Heated Debate » WGBH After the wildest 48 hours yet in the presidential campaign, the second debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton began in the same fashion. The two even declined the traditional handshake at th…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren offers no-holds barred rebuke of Donald Trump » WKOW A blistering speech anti-Donald Trump speech by a liberal firebrand brought Hillary Clinton supporters to their feet at the Overture Center Friday.…

Massachusetts mobilizes to help Haitian relief » Boston Globe A pair of Massachusetts nonprofits have mobilized to help international relief efforts in Haiti, but their medical personnel on the scene are encountering flooded roads and failing infrastructure as c…

UPDATE: Gloucester councilor quizzes judicial nominee about religious beliefs » Gloucester Times A judicial nominee faced some pointed questioning from one of eight members of the elected panel that vets and votes on Gov. Charlie Baker's judicial nominees.…

Downing discusses his next moves as state Senate term draws to close » Berkshire Eagle Ben Downing is job hunting, but has yet to land on his private-sector career move.…

Downing, Rosenberg, Olver, Rally Support For Hinds Senate Campaign » iBerkshires The common theme Friday night, when Adam Hinds relaunched his campaign for state Senate, was unity.…

Dukakis: 'Stick with Stoughton' for South Coast Rail route » The Enterprise Former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential nominee Mike Dukakis stepped into the South Coast Rail debate Friday, urging a sparse crowd at the Silver City Galleria to support the long-pl…

Lowell artists' work on display at Statehouse » Lowell Sun Lowell has taken over a small corner of the State House for the next few weeks.…

Hillary Clinton for President of the United States » Foreign Policy In the nearly half century history of Foreign Policy, the editors of this publication have never endorsed a candidate for political office. We cherish and fiercely protect this publication's independe…

Politics

Travel guru Rick Steves to tour state for pot legalization » The Associated Press (AP) Travel guru Rick Steves is kicking off a tour of Massachusetts in support of a pro-marijuana ballot question.…

Area reacts to Trump's lewd comments » The Salem News While some North Shore Republicans were disgusted by the crude remarks that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made in 2005 about hitting on women, they weren't ready on Sunday to write him off as …

JD Parker-O'Grady, Democrat challenging Sen. Don Humason, says state took too long to investigate political intimidation charges at EEA » The Republican Democratic state Senate candidate J.D. Parker-O'Grady said the state took too long to investigate allegations of political intimidation and harassment against his fiancee by her state-worker colleague…

Local GOP women react to Trump controversy » Worcester Telegram Two local Republican women up for re-election this fall weighed in Sunday before the presidential debate on the controversy swirling about Republican Donald Trump.…

Public Health

Legalizing recreational marijuana divides users, experts » Worcester Telegram Nov. 8 will be a critical juncture for U.S. marijuana laws, with five states to consider legalization of recreational use.…

Taunton landlord won't budge under pressure to evict methadone clinic » Taunton Gazette Carlos Melo isn't backing down.…

Public Safety

Chabot: Pot users face stony reception in Granite State » Boston Herald Granite State cops are bracing for a potential influx of doped-up drivers and pot-smoking teens — even without a marijuana legalization question on the New Hampshire ballot — as Massachu…

State Government

DCR elevates long-time staffers in continuing staff shakeup » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has elevated two long-time staff members to leadership positions in the wake of scandals that led to the resignations of three staffers and …

Transparency changing municipal relationship with public » The Metro West Daily News Massachusetts leads the nation in a lot of things, but transparency isn't one of them.…

Transportation

Plan to privatize T sets up battle among union, Baker and lawmakers » Gloucester Times Plans to privatize parts of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are in danger of bogging down like a subway car at rush hour, with the state's largest transit union vowing to fight the move…

Utilities

Massachusetts Broadband Institute: Utility pole survey 'critical first step' for 'Last Mile' municipalities » Berkshire Eagle Workers will be sizing up utility poles in the coming weeks, part of the long-awaited process of bringing broadband to the community.…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/10

Birthdays: Rep. Jennifer Benson

10:00am Columbus Day Breakfast Buffet with State Rep. Candidate John Mahoney

5:30pm Canton Fundraiser for Congressman Bill Keating

Tuesday - 10/11

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm MassEquality Presents an Evening with Steve Kerrigan in support of State Rep. Candidate Natalie Higgins

6:00pm An Evening in Support of State Rep. Candidate Yolanda Greaves with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

Wednesday - 10/12

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

5:00pm Reception for Rep. Matt Muratore

5:30pm Sen. Barbara L'Italien Meet & Greet

Thursday - 10/13

7:00pm An Evening with Chelsea Clinton

11:00am U.S. - China Robotics Summit Reception, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Jack Patrick Lewis

5:30pm Fundraiser for Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Matt Patrick

6:00pm Falmouth Fundraiser for Congressman Bill Keating

6:30pm Reception for Sen. Minority Leader Bruce Tarr

7:00pm Wing, Beer and Football with State Rep. Jay Barrows

7:00pm Mass. Women's Political Caucus Fall Fundraiser

Friday - 10/14

Birthdays: Senator Patricia Jehlen

1:00pm Eyes on Haiti: A Conversation about Cholera and Disaster Response, Room 428


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