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Revere Says No to Slots, Emphatically » WGBH A proposal for a new slot parlor in Revere took a major hit Tuesday, with voters in that city opposing the plan by a nearly two-to-one margin.…

Wall Street hedges its bets on election » Boston Globe For investors, too, this ugly presidential campaign is stoking anxiety. Many are sitting on cash, waiting until after the Nov. 8 election to put their money to work, analysts say. No matter who they b…

DeLeo plan for ethics task force draws little interest » State House News Service The hearing was already over by the time Gracemarie and Joyce Tomaselli arrived, but the Salisbury sisters wanted to weigh in on Speaker Robert DeLeo's proposed review of the state's ethics, campaign …

Debate over health care costs pivots to role of housing » State House News Service As Massachusetts seeks to secure another $1 billion annually in Medicaid funding by renegotiating a federal waiver, state health officials on Tuesday contemplated moving health care spending into hous…

Women Could Make Up a Quarter of the Senate Next Year » Roll Call If Democrats sweep on Election Day, the group of newly elected U.S. senators will be disproportionately female, better educated and not as white as the current Senate, says Roll Call senior editor Dav…

Two Democratic operatives lose jobs after James O'Keefe sting » The Washington Post Scott Foval and Robert Creamer, two little-known but influential Democratic political operatives, have left their jobs after video investigations by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas Action found them e…

"I've made my decision. I'm going to run," he reportedly said. "But I haven't talked to Shonda, my wife. And ultimately it's going to come down to how her and I feel this would affect our marriage and our kids."

Curt Schilling

Speaking about his decision to run for U.S. Senate in 2018.

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Business

New Bedford chamber now says they are considering SouthCoast name, over Fall River chamber objections » Herald News A day after published reports indicated that the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce was considering re-branding their organization with a more regional implication and outside that city's limits, th…

A massive convention center hotel is likely after all » Boston Globe A year ago, the Massachusetts Port Authority pared back its ambitions for a huge hotel in South Boston after Governor Charlie Baker shelved plans to expand the convention center across Summer Street. …

Mass. banned Wells Fargo from state bond work. Here's the bank's response » Boston Globe

Plans for large convention center hotel move forward: Report » Metro

Why is booze business against legal pot in Massachusetts? » Boston Globe The state's alcohol industry has emerged as a big donor in the campaign against the legalization of marijuana that goes before voters on the November ballot.…

Salesforce had more than one Mass. tech company on its M&A target list » Boston Business Journal Before reports that Salesforce.com Inc. was eying Twitter as a potential acquisition target, the California cloud computing giant had its sights set on 14 other firms, including Cambridge-based Pegasy…

Business group aims to kill 'millionaires' tax' » Boston Globe The Massachusetts High Technology Council is asking its members to raise $400,000 to lay the groundwork for a Beacon Hill campaign to kill the so-called “millionaires' tax” ballot initiati…

Commentary: Amazon Should Leave Brick-And-Mortar To The Little Guys » WBUR Beloved or reviled, Amazon has become a regular player in our consumer experience. Already famous for having a hand in putting many a small bookshop (and other stores) out of business, the online reta…

Crimes

Reports of rape increase on Central Mass. college campuses » Worcester Telegram & Gazette As the issue of campus sexual assaults garnered more attention around the country, the number of rapes reported at colleges in Central Massachusetts gradually increased the past few years, according t…

Education

Massachusetts attorney general concerned NEIA is mistreating students » Legal Newsline Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced she has asked the state's Board of Higher Education to hold a hearing to discuss the performance of New England Institute of Art's (NEIA) curr…

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Donates $50M To Boston's Museum Of Science » WBUR Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who grew up in Medford, is giving Boston's Museum of Science $50 million. Decades before he became one of the wealthiest people in the world and a three-…

AG Healey scheduled to speak at GCC » The Recorder

Environment

EPA upholds plan to remove PCBs from Housatonic River, rejects GE objections » Berkshire Eagle The long-awaited final administrative decision from the Environmental Protection Agency on the Rest of River PCB cleanup along the Housatonic south of Pittsfield upholds the agency's plan to require G…

Federal

Newly Naturalized Citizens Celebrate American Identities — And Right To Vote In Time For Nov. » WBUR More than 16,000 people applied for U.S. citizenship in Massachusetts this year, and that's just through the month of June. In one of the final naturalization ceremonies here before Election Day, som…

Curt Schilling Says He'll Run For U.S. Senate Against Elizabeth Warren » WBUR Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling will run against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018, he announced on a Rhode Island radio station Tuesday, but only if his wife gives her blessing. "I've made my…

Health Care

Hallmark Health nears merger with Tufts Medical Center parent company Wellforce » Medford Patch A merger between Hallmark Health and Tufts Medical Center's parent company, Wellforce, is likely to be completed in the coming months after receiving approval from multiple government agencies.…

State agency examines pricing of drugs » Commonwealth Magazine FOUR EXPERTS on prescribing, paying for, and manufacturing pharmaceuticals on Tuesday offered the state's Health Policy Commission a series of recommendations on how to curb rising drug costs, but fir…

Mass. governor supports Boston Children's controversial expansion » Becker's Hospital Review Boston Children's Hospital has gained the support of Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on its proposed $1 billion expansion plan, despite opposition from competing hospitals and patients' families, accordi…

Pharmaceutical industry put on hot seat over impact on health costs » State House News Service After hearing various health industry representatives and political figures voice concerns about drug prices over the course of two days, the state's Health Policy Commission welcomed a pharmaceutical…

Lots Of Data, Fewer Solutions Aired At Medical Cost Summit » WGBH In 2014, healthcare costs in the Commonwealth grew well beyond the price tag medical insurance pros and healthcare experts on Beacon Hill expected. …

Shedding light on runaway health costs » The Lowell Sun

Human Services

Improving health outcomes through social services » Commonwealth Magazine WHAT IF THE answer to ever-rising health care costs doesn't lie in figuring out better ways to deliver medical care, but in things like ensuring access to good nutrition, adequate housing, or even job…

Despite Small Gains, Scourge Of Child Poverty Continues » WBUR Fifty-two years after President Lyndon Johnson declared his "War on Poverty," 20 percent of the country's 74 million children live below the poverty line — many well below.…

Judiciary

Gov. Baker set to sign sexual assault evidence bill into law » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to sign a bill that would require sexual assault evidence to be preserved for at least 15 years in unreported cases.…

Judge wants more proof DiMasi should be released from prison » Sentinel & Enterprise The federal judge weighing a recommendation that former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi be released from prison early has given the government 10 days to provide more detail on DiMasi's allegedly faili…

Federal judge in DiMasi case pivots to codefendant's upcoming release » Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker signs law extending time to preserve evidence of rape in Massachusetts » The Republican

Labor

UMass chancellor to consider AFL-CIO proposals for Labor Center » Gazette Net Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is expected to respond within a month to several proposals to bolster the Labor Center made by union leaders at a meeting Monday.…

T union to picket outside State House » State House News Service Upset over outsourcing at the MBTA, the Boston Carmen's Union plans to picket outside the State House on Thursday afternoon.…

State Senate candidate Hinds gets labor endorsements » The Recorder The Pittsfield Democrat has been endorsed by Laborers' International Union of North America, the AFL-CIO, health care and social worker unions 1199SEIU and the National Association of Social Workers, …

Legislative

Lawmakers weigh call for special panel to review ethics laws » Boston Herald State lawmakers are weighing a proposal by House Speaker Robert DeLeo to create a special panel to review ethical guidelines for public officials in Massachusetts. …

Archaic laws could get the knife » Gloucester Times Red Sox fans won't get ticketed for swearing at an umpire, but it's still illegal to scream “profane, impure language or slanderous statements” at players and officials at sporting events.…

Local Government

City council to consider raising parking meter rates » Boston Globe Municipal leaders are considering a proposal to increase parking meter rates in some Boston areas — part of a larger effort to alleviate the city's congested streets.…

Springfield North End park slated for $500,000 improvement project aided by $250,000 grant » The Republican Local officials and residents gathered at the Jaime Ulloa Park in the North End on Tuesday, announcing plans for a $500,000 park improvement project there that includes a $250,000 grant from the natio…

Natick Town Meeting deadlocks on gun resolution » The Metro West Daily News Town Meeting on Tuesday voted 56-56 on a resolution related to gun control.…

Unprofessional to ban firefighters from Holyoke Fire Commission conference table: Patricia Devine » MassLive Patricia C. Devine said she resigned from the Fire Commission over a month earlier than scheduled because Chairman Christopher Hopewell had "created a sense of animosity" by stopping the practice of l…

Sun state rep. debates continue tonight » Lowell Sun ith the Nov. 8 state elections just around the corner, The Sun is continuing its series of debates featuring candidates running for state representative. Wednesday night, Sun Managing Editor/Days Tho…

Lt. Gov. Polito signs Needham Community Compact » Hometown Weekly

Opinion

Satanic Temple challenges City Council » Boston Globe RECENTLY, THE Boston Chapter of the Satanic Temple reached out to the City Council and asked to be included among the religious groups that have been selected to deliver prayers at council meetings …

Sullivan: Put T trolley on track for tourism » Boston Herald

Elizabeth Warren: Trump didn't invent the 'rigged election' myth. Republicans did. » The Washington Post Cratering in the polls, besieged by sexual assault allegations and drowning in his own disgusting rhetoric, Donald Trump has been reduced to hollering that November's election is “rigged” …

Keller @ Large: Skeptical About Curt Schilling's Chances » CBS Boston In politics, you never say never. If nothing else, Donald Trump has taught us that much. …

Curt Schilling run may be good news for Democrats (Editorial) » Mass Live Just as voters see the finish line of Presidential campaign trail vitriol, a new nasty is emerging on the political horizon.…

Electronic tolling about to rule the road (Editorial) » Mass Live Ready or not, and a lot of drivers are not, electronic tolling is about to rule the Massachusetts Turnpike.…

A (probably) futile plea for political peace in our time (Viewpoint) » MassLive Within my emails are correspondences from two men who will vote for Donald Trump and know I will not.…

Children's prescription for winning approval to expand » Boston Globe

Other

Clinton has been unclear on curbing lobbyist influence » Boston Globe Barack Obama, a full year before he was elected president, spelled out a governing philosophy designed to ward off special interests: No lobbyists would be hired in his administration. Full stop. …

Anti-Semitic Posts, Many from Trump Supporters, Surge on Twitter » New York Times She had seen her face superimposed on the body of a concentration camp inmate. She had been called "a slimy Jewess."…

Clinton has double-digit lead in new national poll » Boston Globe Hillary Clinton holds a 10-point national lead over Donald Trump with less than three weeks remaining in the race for the White House, according to a Colby College-Boston Globe poll released Wednesday…

Wild presidential debates have proved pivotal » Boston Globe On paper, these debates are called presidential. In reality, they have been everything but.…

Judge Dread: Since you're already worrying about Trump's appointments... » Dig Boston For better or worse, one power of a polarizing presidential race is how it spurs everyday Americans to touch topics typically reserved for wonks. Like pensions. And healthcare. And the Supreme Court o…

Before Nixon: When JFK tapped the phone of a New York Times reporter » Columbia Journalism Review NEARLY EVERY PRESIDENT, and most serious candidates for that position, exhibit a love/hate relationship with the press.…

Trump Proposes Term Limits For Congress » WBUR How would Donald Trump "drain the swamp" in Washington as he puts it? Two words: term limits.…

After embracing casino in 2014, Revere rejects slots parlor plan » State House News Service Revere voters on Tuesday rejected a non-binding slots parlor ballot question, dealing a setback to a local developer who is betting that statewide voters on Nov. 8 will agree to the idea of launching …

Politics

WBUR Poll: Support Increases For Legalizing Marijuana In Mass. » WBUR A new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) finds support for the legalization of marijuana is up among likely Massachusetts voters.…

Candidates' forum at Ashland Public Library Oct. 25 » Boston Globe A candidates' forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ashland Public Library's community room. …

O'Malley urges religious leaders to fight marijuana measure » Boston Globe Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley met with more than 40 interfaith leaders Tuesday to discuss strategies to defeat a state ballot measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana.…

Brookline Democrat Raises $13,000 For Republican Office Damaged By Firebomb » CBS Boston When a firebomb hurled through the front window of the local Republican headquarters in a small town in North Carolina, Brookline resident David Weinberger decided to do something about it.…

Colarusso political ad causes concern on Facebook » Wicked Local Winchester A campaign ad on the Winchester Residents Facebook page accusing State Representative Michael Day of not holding office hours in his first term in office, is causing confusion among members of the gro…

On Harvard's Campus, Supporters for Trump are Scarce but Resolute » The Harvard Crimson Being a Republican at Harvard has historically been difficult, but supporting Donald J. Trump may give a whole new meaning to the phrase “the elephant in the room.”…

Kennedy officially endorses Murray in state rep race » Wicked Local Medway Displayed across a projection screen at Scioli's Pizza Bar were some of democratic state representative candidate Brian Murray's old family photos.…

Kelcourse cites funds for local projects in re-election bid » State House News Service Having cultivated a reputation as a hard-working (and often-photographed) local politician, state Rep. Jim Kelcourse, R-Amesbury, has been out knocking on doors in his bid for a second term.…

Curt Schilling: 'I'm going to run' against Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald Curt Schilling could tap into Donald Trump's impassioned political movement if he launches a 2018 U.S. Senate bid against Elizabeth Warren, a state leader of the billionaire's campaign said yesterday,…

Marijuana legalization effort is ahead 15 points in new poll » Boston Globe For proponents of marijuana legalization, the smell of victory is in the air.…

Question 3 on farm animal confinement maintains big lead in the polls » MassLive A Massachusetts ballot question on farm animal confinement is maintaining a big polling lead, according to a new survey from WBUR/MassINC Polling Group.…

Revere Rejects Slots Parlor Plan In Special Non-Binding Referendum Ahead Of Ballot Q » WBUR Revere voters on Tuesday rejected a non-binding slots parlor ballot question, dealing a setback to a local developer who is betting that statewide voters on Nov. 8 will agree to the idea of launching …

Higgins, Ardinger square off at Leominster City Hall » Sentinel & Enterprise In their first debate leading up to the Nov. 8 election, 4th Worcester District state-rep candidates Natalie Higgins and Thomas "Frank" Ardinger squared off primarily on the issues of taxes and the pr…

Both sides frustrated by marijuana campaign ads » State House News Service New ads in the fight over marijuana legalization are stoking misrepresentation charges from both sides as the ballot campaign enters its final three weeks.…

Poll Workers Are Hoping For Calm But Preparing For The Worst » WBUR At a hearing last month on the possible hacking of voting machines, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he was more worried about something else. The real threat on Election Day, said Sched…

Marijuana legalization favored, charter expansion opposed in new poll » State House News Service Voters favor legalizing marijuana for adults and oppose a broad expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts, according to new poll results that could be a harbinger of a disappointing election day f…

Making a pitch for Trump » Eagle Tribune Only hours after announcing he would run for Elizabeth Warren's U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling stopped in town Tuesday night to campaign for Republican…

Revere rejects slots parlor in non-binding vote » Lowell Sun By a large margin, voters in Revere have said no to a proposed gambling hall in the city. The referendum on Tuesday was non-binding but appears to be a setback for Question 1 on the Nov. 8 state ball…

House, Senate incumbents won't debate on North Attleboro cable » The Sun Chronicle There will be no debate among local candidates for state representative and senator on North Attleboro cable television this year. State Rep. Betty Poirier, R-North Attleboro, said the offer to debate…

State rep candidates in Leominster disagree on pot, taxes, charter schools » Worcester Telegram

Bump opposes Question 2 » State House News Service

Winchester campaign notebook: Dixon to participate in League forum » Wicked Local Winchester

Public Health

Some water shut off in Billerica schools over lead » Lowell Sun The school district has shut off the water supply to more than a dozen outlets after finding lead levels that exceed the limit in drinking water.…

Opiod overdose deaths triple in Milford » The Milford Daily News he number of overdoses in Milford is on pace to almost double that of last year, while the number of overdose deaths have already more than tripled from last year.…

Opponents say marijuana legalization would harm health, safety » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Citing concerns about quality of life, health and public safety, the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts dialed up its opposition Tuesday to the Nov. 8 ballot initiative to legalize marijuan…

Lt. governor, sheriff speak out against pot » South Coast Today Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined Mayor Jon Mitchell and local law enforcement leaders in denouncing marijuana legalization Tuesday, urging voters to oppose Question 4 in remarks at the High Point treatmen…

Public Safety

Wellesley police chief in spotlight » Commonwealth Magazine Wellesley Police Chief Terrence Cunningham, who is serving as president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, apologized on Monday at the organization's annual conference for “th…

Audit: Parole Board failing to collect fees, missing assessment deadlines » Boston Herald

State Finance

Mass. State Treasurer strikes Wells Fargo from list of approved underwriters » Boston Herald Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg has instructed her debt management deputies to immediately remove Wells Fargo from their approved list of underwriters for one year.…

State Government

Lawmakers say early-retirement plan could weaken services » Berkshire Eagle In an effort to pare $300 million from the budget, the governor's office has dangled a $15,000 early-retirement bonus before eligible state workers in Berkshire County.…

How Massachusetts Counts And Verifies Election Votes » WBUR Donald Trump has doubled down on his accusations of voter fraud and a "rigged election."…

MA State Auditor Bump to Speak at Clark University » Go Local Worcester Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump will titled “Holding Government Accountable” at The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University. …

Election officials hoping early voting will ease pressure on polls » Fox 25 State election officials are urging voters to educate themselves before the early voting period begins next week. …

Departments statewide may have hired officers without required training » WWLP 22 News A new state audit has revealed that many police officers hired from another state did not go through proper training before enforcing the law.…

Gov. Charlie Baker gets crash course in Aviation Technology from students at Westfield Technical Academy » Mass Live Gov. Charlie Baker got a crash course in aviation technology from students and staff at Westfield Technical Academy during a visit to the high school late Tuesday afternoon.…

DeLeo wants panel to review ethics laws » Eagle Tribune State lawmakers are weighing a proposal by House Speaker Robert DeLeo to create a special panel to review ethical guidelines for public officials in Massachusetts. A legislative committee held a publ…

Archaic Massachusetts laws could soon get the knife » State House News Service Red Sox fans won't get ticketed for swearing at an umpire, but it's still illegal to scream “profane, impure language or slanderous statements” at players and officials at sporting events.…

House Speaker DeLeo proposes an update of state ethics laws » WWLP 22 House Speaker Robert DeLeo thinks it's time to update the state's ethics laws. He wants to make sure the language is clear and easy to understand.…

Transportation

Gov. Charlie Baker says Middleboro rail route worth exploring on fundraising stop in Taunton for Shaunna O'Connell » Taunton Gazette Gov. Charlie Baker said his positions on both South Coast Rail and charter schools are about giving people “options.”…

Deafening noise from airplanes over Milton is like 'slow torture' » Boston Globe Their kids were toddlers, and Rob Elfer and his wife thought they'd found the perfect house to raise their family.…

MBTA hires McKinsey to study more privatization » Boston Globe Even more privatization for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority could be on the horizon, after agency officials recently agreed to pay nearly $1 million to consulting giant McKinsey to expl…

Backups still plague Route 62 » Salem News Changes to the Routes 128/62 interchange made over the summer appear to have make the junction safer but not less congested, state and local officials said Tuesday.…

MBTA pays $1M for advice on privatization savings » Boston Herald

Boston rail tunnel “could not be more different” than Big Dig, congressman says » WWLP 22

MBTA will outsource cash counting with Pacheco Law exemption » Bay State Banner

Touting rail link, Moulton calls South Station expansion "historic mistake" » State House News Service

Utilities

'Power Struggle' movie documents the fight to close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant » MassLive A "sneak preview" of a full-length documentary film chronicling the lengthy and arcane effort to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will be shown at the Academy of Music on Oct. 23. …

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 12 pieces Servings

Ingredients

  • 12 cherrystone clams
  • 1/2 cup finely diced bacon
  • 2 tablespoons minced leek (from 1 small leek), white part only
  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika
  • 1 medium-size apple, peeled and diced small
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • To serve: 2 cups kosher salt and 2 tablespoons water

Directions

Shuck the clams, reserving the meat and one half of each shell. Thoroughly clean the reserved shell and set aside. Rinse the clams to remove any sand and chop finely. Keep cold until ready to use.

Preheat your oven to 400° and set a rack to the upper-third position.

In a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the bacon until browned. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat and reduce heat to medium. Add the leek, paprika, and apple to the pan and cook 2 minutes, stirring often, being careful not to burn. Remove from the heat and fold in the clams, tarragon, ½ cup of the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, and juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. 

In a medium-size bowl, combine 2 cups of salt with 2 tablespoons of water to form a stiff paste. On a rimmed baking sheet, use half of the salt paste to create two 1-inch-high “strips” to hold the clams in place as they cook.

Fill each shell loosely with the clam mixture. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of breadcrumbs evenly over the clams, nestle them into the salt strips, and bake until they’re just beginning to sizzle, 8 to 10 minutes. Raise your oven’s temperature to broil and cook an additional minute or until evenly browned.

On a serving platter, use the remaining salt paste to prepare a second set of mounds and nestle the cooked clams on top. Serve warm.



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