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Charter school vote may hurt ratings, credit agency says » Boston Globe The credit-rating agency Moody's Investors Service is warning Boston and three other Massachusetts cities that passage of a ballot measure to expand charter schools could weaken the municipalities' fi…

Brian Dempsey, potential DeLeo heir, is cash king of the State House » Boston Herald House budget chief Brian S. Dempsey — considered a potential heir to the speaker's throne — has already earned a different crown as the chamber's cash king, with a whopping $550,000 camp…

HOMEGROWN CONSPIRACIES: SATAN STALKS MASS HOUSE RACE » Dig Boston If your priority is improving public education in Massachusetts, keep an eye on the race in the 21st Middlesex district north of Boston—especially if you worry that agents of the Satanic conspi…

Evan Falchuk not ruling out run against Secretary of State Bill Galvin » The Republican Evan Falchuk's United Independent Party has lost its official party status. But Falchuk has not lost his goal of making a difference in Massachusetts elections. …

Trump Place Residents Fear Low-Class Name Is Costing Them a Fortune » The Daily Beast Harvey and Peggy Koeppel did their research before putting their house on the market earlier this year. They checked with real-estate brokers, researched neighborhood sale history, placed ads in all t…

Black Turnout Falls in Early Voting, Boding Ill for Hillary Clinton » The New York Times The numbers in several states have begun pointing to a slump many Democrats feared might materialize without the nation's first black president on the ticket.…

KKK's official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president » The Washington Post Among the small number of American newspapers that have embraced Donald Trump's campaign, there is one, in particular, that stands out. …

REPORT RECOMMENDS ANTI-POVERTY STRATEGIES » State House News Service To tackle poverty in Massachusetts, policymakers should strengthen the earned-income tax credit and do more to help students finish high school, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Nonpro…

Candidates Gobi, Ehrhard wrangle over guns, snakes, transgender bill » Worcester Telegram & Gazette In a race for the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex District Senate seat, incumbent state Sen. Anne M. Gobi, D-Spencer, is firing back after her opponent attacked her record on gun rights an…

“There’s two models of thinking here: Someone challenges DeLeo (for speaker) — though I don’t see that, at least not this term — and the other scenario is someone succeeding him. And it would be Dempsey,”

Boston University Professor Fred Bayles

Speaking about Rep. Dempsey and his $550,000 campaign war chest.

News By Category
Business

Secretary Jay Ash Presents Award To Apex, Discusses Manufacturing » iBerkshires Apex Resource Technologies, an injection molding company who found a particular niche in the medical device manufacturing business, is just one example of the manufacturing that Massachusetts stills …

Group says Whole Foods CEO benefits from caged meat ban » The Salem News In a complaint filed this week with state Attorney General Maura Healey and the Internal Revenue Service, the right-leaning Center for Consumer Freedom claims Whole Foods "conspired to reduce the supp…

GE headquarters complex takes a big step forward » Boston Globe General Electric Co. moved ever-so closer to beginning construction of its $200 million headquarters complex in the Fort Point section of Boston after clearing a major city agency. As widely expected…

Central Mass. brewer, machinery maker and eight more awarded » Worcester Business Journal Ten Central Massachusetts manufacturers were honored for excellence in their industry at a formal awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House last week. …

Civil Rights

Mass. voter rolls grow by leaps, bounds » Nashoba Publishing There are 192,133 new registered voters in Massachusetts since he last presidential election, with three of the state's 14 counties responsible for more than half of the increase. As of Oct. 19, 4,53…

Crimes

Medical transport employees plead not guilty to charges they bilked state » Lowell Sun Four employees of a medical transportation company that abruptly ended services last September, stranding hundreds of methadone patients who relied on the buses for rides to clinics like Habit OPCO in…

Education

Could raising charter cap help district school students? » Commonwealth Magazine ON NOVEMBER 8, Massachusetts voters will decide whether to lift the cap on charter schools operating in the state. Measure 2 is surely the most hotly contested issue on the ballot, attracting large su…

Charter battle builds » Berkshire Eagle The battle over a charter school ballot question is heating up in the sprint to Election Day. On Tuesday, opponents of the question, about expanding the number of charter schools in the state, releas…

Charter school vote may hurt ratings, credit agency says » Boston Globe The credit-rating agency Moody's Investors Service is warning Boston and three other Massachusetts cities that passage of a ballot measure to expand charter schools could weaken the municipalities fin…

Despite campaign flier, White House says Obama neutral on charter schools ballot question » The Sun Chronicle The White House confirmed Monday that President Barack Obama is neutral on ballot Question 2 in Massachusetts, a measure that would increase the number of charter schools in the state.…

US Sen. Bernie Sanders opposes Massachusetts charter school expansion » Mass Live Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a former Democratic presidential candidate, came out on Tuesday against a Massachusetts ballot question that would expand the number of charter schools…

Cutting-edge science: UMass, state formally launch $150M life sciences institute at flagship » Amherst Bulletin Cutting-edge research that scientists believe could help keep people healthy and create a significant economic boost for the region is taking place inside the labs of a new $150 million life sciences …

A charter school success story, made possible by chance » Boston Globe

Environment

This group is taking on the biggest obstacle to climate action in the country » Think Progress

Health Care

Supplemental hospital payments should be reevaluated, Mariano says » WWLP 22 A high-ranking House lawmaker on a commission studying health care pricing in Massachusetts expressed interest Tuesday in reevaluating supplemental payments made to hospitals by the state's Medicaid p…

Human Services

For Family Caretakers, A Push For Social Security Expansion » WBUR There are more than 43 million unpaid caregivers in the United States. Many of them — mostly women taking care of spouses or aging parents — have to leave their jobs and forfeit years of…

Sudders issues call for loving families to consider foster kids » Sentinel & Enterprise Citing impacts of the opioid abuse crisis, a top Baker administration official on Tuesday implored more adults to apply to become foster parents. "It's a call for loving families to step up and help u…

Judiciary

It's Black And White: The Social Justice Case For Legalizing Marijuana » WBUR When thinking about how to cast your ballot on Question 4, to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana, consider the social justice implications of your vote. Don't buy the argument that "no one gets arr…

Why Do Some States Elect Judges? » WBUR One week from today Americans go to the polls to cast their votes for president, Congress and local offices. People who live in more than half the states are also voting on judges. While th…

Labor

State Awards $533,000 in Workplace-safety Grants » Business West Thirty-seven Massachusetts employers were awarded a total of $533,149 to help train nearly 4,400 employees in workplace safety and the prevention of injury, illness and death, the state Executive Offi…

Tufts Janitors Avoid Strike With Tentative Deal, Mere Hours Before Contract Expires » WBUR The union — which represents nearly 200 workers at the school's main campus in Medford and Somerville — came to a tentative deal with the university's cleaning services contractor on Mon…

Legislative

Lieutenant Governor to Keynote Checkpoint 2016 on Nov. 10 » Business West The Greater Chicopee, Greater Holyoke, Greater Westfield, Greater Easthampton, West of the River, and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce have joined forces to present Checkpoint 2016, a legisl…

Local Government

In Boston, It's Question 5 (Yes, There's A 5): What To Know About The Community Preservation Act » WBUR Slots, charters, chickens and weed. As Election Day nears in Massachusetts, there's been a lot of discussion and debate on the four statewide ballot questions, but in Boston and 15 other communities,…

Easton, Mansfield, Norton, Foxborough moving toward regional dispatch » Wicked Local Mansfield The center would be located in the current Mansfield police station once the town's new public safety building for the police and fire departments is completed. The new building is part of the $35 mil…

Gov. Baker announces state funding for Stearns Tavern, other projects in region » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr. stopped by Coes Pond along with several other state officials Tuesday morning to announce state funding for the city's Stearns Tavern relocation and two other projects in the…

Framingham: Detective files suit against chief, town » The Metro West Daily News A Framingham Police detective, placed on leave earlier this year, has filed a federal lawsuit against Police Chief Ken Ferguson and the town claiming they are retaliating against him for filing a corr…

Opinion

Editorial: Elect Adam Hinds to state Senate » Hampshire Gazette When listening to Adam Hinds in a debate, it's easy to forget he's not the incumbent state senator, and we mean that in a good way. …

Column: It's time to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Watertown I thought the Boston Globe got it just right in its recent endorsement of Question 4: The question may not be perfectly framed, but the answer is definitely yes. …

Vote no on Question 4 -- legalizing pot is just a pipe dream » Lowell Sun

Other

Donna Brazile's misleading statements on sharing debate questions with the Clinton campaign » The Washington Post In an interview after the third presidential debate. Fox News's Megyn Kelly confronted Donna Brazile about an email that was disclosed by WikiLeaks through a hack of the email account of Hillary Clint…

When Hillary and Donald Were Friends » The New York Times The story of their transactional relationship offers a window on rarefied New York": "We are in the final days of the first presidential contest between two New Yorkers in 72 years, since Thomas Dewey…

CNN caught with pants down » Commonwealth Magazine Partisan commentators may make for lively TV, but CNN is discovering that they can also work as spies inside a news organization. CNN announced on Monday that it severed ties on Oct. 14 with Democrat…

Chelmsford woman, 99, hasn't missed an election and has picked every presidential winner » Lowell Sun Sylvia Contover received the celebrity treatment at the polls during early voting at the town offices Friday. Resident after resident came to shake her hand and thank her for voting. Contover, 99, ha…

Democrats need 5 seats for Senate control, and they may get them » Boston Globe This was always going to be a tough year for Republicans to retain control of the US Senate, based simply on the numbers: They are fighting to defend 24 of the 34 seats up for grabs. But then Donald T…

Massachusetts Legislature Studying Online Gambling and Daily Fantasy Sports » Casino.org The Massachusetts Legislature has begun its review on the merits of passing online gambling and daily fantasy sports (DFS) legislation. …

At New England's tiptop, Trump could take an electoral vote » Star-Telegram In the north country of New England, where gun rights are sacrosanct and good jobs vanished along with the paper mills that traditionally propped up the economy, Donald Trump is finding far stronger s…

Trump Rated More Honest; Contest Stays a Dead Heat (POLL) » ABC News

Massachusetts Study Panel Meets To Explore Regulatory Paths For DFS, Online Gambling » Online Poker Report

Politics

Choices for the Legislature » The Metro West Daily News The retirement of state Rep. Tom Sannicandro, D-Ashland, has sparked the most competitive legislative race in MetroWest. Three good candidates vied for the Democratic nomination, with Jack Patrick Lew…

Acupuncture Society Honors Rep. Pignatelli » iBerkshires State Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli (D-Lenox) and the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts co-hosted a briefing in the State House on Thursday to help elected offici…

Youth movement afoot in race for state rep » Martha's Vineyard Times The contest for state representative is a two-way race between Democrat Dylan Fernandes, 26, of Falmouth and independent Tobias Glidden, 28, of Nantucket. A third candidate on the ballot, Jacob Ferry,…

As Mass. Holds Early Voting For The First Time, Little Real-Time Data Available » WBUR State Democratic and Republican party officials say they have regular access to updated early voting turnout information, down to the individual voter level. This contrasts with what Brian McNiff, a …

Kennedy Rallies Berkshire Dems For Final Election Push » iBerkshires There is a lot of frustration with politics, especially on the national level, shown throughout this campaign season. While local Democrats say they understand it, they want to take seats in governmen…

Poirier and Dubuc face off for state rep. seat » Wicked Local North Attleborough When North Attleborough residents head to the polls on Nov. 8, they will have a lot of decisions to make with local implications. Not only will they be tasked with helping to choose the next president…

Two political newcomers vie for state senate seat » Martha's Vineyard Times Two men, both political newcomers, will square off to represent the Cape and Islands in the state senate. Both men are political newcomers. The Times asked each candidate to describe his background an…

Marlborough: Baker endorses Ferro in state rep. race » The Metro West Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday endorsed former four-term City Councilor Paul Ferro in his bid for the 4th Middlesex state representative seat. “I'm excited to endorse Paul Ferro for state represent…

Challenger James Ehrhard goes after NRA-endorsed Sen. Anne Gobi on 2nd Amendment » The Republican

State Senate race in Marion, Pacheco vs. Wright » Wicked Local Mattapoisett

Public Health

Testing The Claim That Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol Or Tobacco » WBUR "Marijuana is safer than alcohol or tobacco." I came across that claim again last week while scrolling through Twitter. This time, the tweet was from Dr. Peter Grinspoon, who practices primary care a…

Rosenberg to vote in favor of legalizing marijuana » Amherst Bulletin Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg says he will vote in favor of the ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in Massachusetts, allowing it to be taxed and regulated for recreational use.…

Cardinal Sean O'Malley urges 'no' vote on pot » Boston Herald Cardinal Sean O'Malley recounted experiences from Washington, D.C., to the West Indies as he warned of the dangers of a ballot question that would legalize marijuana in the state, joining Gov. Charlie…

Massachusetts Will Vote on Legalizing Marijuana With Question 4 Motherboard » Motherboard Four years after voters passed medical marijuana, Massachusetts might legalize weed outright. …

Gov. Baker voices his opinion on the vote for recreational marijuana » Western Mass News Massachusetts is one of five states across the country that will decide whether or not to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Election Day. …

Public Safety

Boston Archdiocese Donates $850,000 to Fight Weed Measure » Law Street The Boston Archdiocese gave an $850,000 donation toward the fight against legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts last Friday. On November 8, voters will weigh in on a ballot measure called Question 4, …

Holbrook forum warns of legalizing pot; senate challengers support ballot question » Wicked Local Holbrook Look both ways before voting yea or nay on Question 4, advised 27-year Colorado resident Jo McGuire at a recent recreational marijuana community forum at the Brookville Baptist Church in Holbrook. A …

Sen. Markey: U.S. must target fentanyl in opioid OD crisis » The Metro West Daily News Meeting with Ashland firefighters Monday, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey decried the opioid addiction epidemic affecting the country, suggesting Congress must work to stem the flow of fentanyl from China and Mex…

State Government

Judge Hears Arguments For DiMasi Compassionate Release » WBUR A federal judge is pressing the U.S. attorney and lawyers for a onetime speaker of the Massachusetts House on their request that the once-powerful politician be freed from federal prison early.…

States' voters act on campaign finance reform » Berkshire Eagle Politicians from both political parties complain about the ever-increasing amount of time they have to spend raising money. Constituents wonder whose interests - theirs or those of major donors - are …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito keynote speaker at multi-chamber legislative symposium and lunch » Mass Live The West of the River Chamber of Commerce, representing the business communities of Agawam and West Springfield, is hosting the Multi-chamber Checkpoint 2016 Annual Legislative Symposium. Sure, that'…

Evan Falchuk not ruling out run against Secretary of State Bill Galvin » Mass Live Evan Falchuk's United Independent Party has lost its official party status. But Falchuk has not lost his goal of making a difference in Massachusetts elections. And he is not ruling out a potential c…

Judge appears open to early release for Sal DiMasi » Boston Globe A federal judge appeared open Tuesday to releasing former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi from prison two years early under a compassionate release program, saying he would have considered the forme…

Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov Karyn Polito say group effort made Stearns Tavern attractive project for MassWorks grant » Mass Live City officials joined Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito outside the newly relocated Stearns Tavern on Tuesday to accept a MassWorks Grant that will support two city projects. Worcester's S…

Governor Baker calls for investigation of Thornton Law Firm » WWLP 22 Governor Baker's calling for an investigation into a Boston-based law firm and 22 News explains why their campaign contributions are raising serious concerns. This comes after a Boston Globe report s…

MEET CANDIDATES FOR STATE REP. FOR THIRD BRISTOL DISTRICT: Shaunna O'Connell » Wicked Local Easton Republican incumbent Shaunna O'Connell and Democrat Estele Borges are vying to be the next state representative for the Third Bristol District which includes Precinct 6 in Easton and Wards 1, 2, Ward …

Area officials pledge to donate funds in law-firm scandal » Lowell Sun

Formal complaint against Thornton Law Firm calls for immediate federal investigation » Boston Globe

Transportation

Quincy mayor solicits firms for citywide transportation study » Patriot Ledger Mayor Thomas Koch has begun accepting proposals from engineering firms to conduct a citywide transportation study and to draw up a master plan that helps remedy Quincy's traffic, parking and pedestria…

The dangers of driving while drowsy » WWLP 22 There can be so many distractions behind the wheel, from texting to eating. It's an issue that is often overlooked. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alco…

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Recipe of the Week

Pumpkin Streusel Bars

Yankee Magazine

Makes 9 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs (from about 13 crackers)
  • 3/4 cup ground pecans (from about 1/2 cup chopped pecans)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted, plus extra for pan
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350° and set a rack in the middle position. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with butter.

First, make the crust: In a medium-size bowl, combine graham-cracker crumbs, ground pecans, and cinnamon. Remove 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside (you'll use it later in the topping). Add melted butter to bowl and stir with a fork to combine. Press evenly into bottom of pan and bake until lightly toasted, 10-12 minutes.

While crust is baking, make the filling: Whisk together pumpkin puree, brown sugar, half-and-half, egg, spice, vanilla, and salt. Pour pumpkin mixture over hot crust and return the pan to the oven for 20 minutes.

Now make the topping: In a small bowl, stir together oats, brown sugar, melted butter, and reserved crumb mixture. Once bars have baked 20 minutes, generously sprinkle streusel topping over pumpkin mixture and return to the oven for 20 minutes longer.

Let bars cool 15 minutes; then slice into 9 portions and serve, either plain or topped with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
 



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