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Must-Reads

Hate on the rise after Trump's election » The New Yorker Since Donald Trump won the Presidential election, there has been a dramatic uptick in incidents of racist and xenophobic harassment across the country. The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported tha…

The Not-So-Silent White Majority » New York Times Between Richard Nixon's election by the silent majority in 1968 and Donald Trump's stunning victory in 2016, there have been six conservative waves that swept Republicans into office. Disaffected whit…

1942 All Over Again? » New York Times Donald Trump's campaign vow to register Muslims is a frightening echo of the shameful treatment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II.…

A Boston race dialogue that began 40 years ago, still unfinished » Boston Globe With racial tensions in the neighborhoods, Boston's embattled mayor attempted to get to the root of the problem.…

In Jared Kushner, Trump finds a kindred spirit » Politico Magazine Trump's son-in-law has a reputation for trusting his own judgment over expert advice, and believing he has a 'golden touch.' …

Beth Israel, Lahey resume merger talks. Will fourth time be the charm? » Boston Globe The hot and cold relationship between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health is hot again.…

Speaker Robert DeLeo taking 'wait and see' approach to Trump presidency » MassLive Like many state officials, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, is leery about prejudging the presidency of Republican Donald Trump.…

Baker aide Carlo Basile to depart » Boston Globe A prominent Democrat in Governor Charlie Baker's administration will leave to take a job with a downtown lobbying firm, Baker aides said Thursday.…

DiMasi release could breathe wind into medical parole bill » State House News Service A cancer survivor himself, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he was glad to hear former House Speaker Sal DiMasi will be released from prison and believes in compassionate release policies.…

The MBTA Doesn't Want You to Know Anything About Absenteeism » Boston Magazine It appears the MBTA is struggling just as hard to keep drivers in trains, trains on tracks, and the Red and Orange Lines from catching fire as it is providing details about its own practices.…

“Carlo has been a big part of our administration’s success when it comes to crossing party lines and working with the Legislature to achieve our agenda and I hate to see him go, but family comes first,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about chief secretary Carlo Basile who is leaving Baker's administration for a Boston lobbying firm.

News By Category
Business

Tech firms have a lot to do to fix diversity » Boston Globe Everyone knows the tech industry has a problem recruiting black and Latino workers.…

Homegrown pot on track for Dec. 15 in Massachusetts » Worcester Telegram & Gazette With 28 days until it becomes legal to grow marijuana in Massachusetts, some in the medical marijuana industry are concerned about the slow launch of a new industry without a regulatory scheme in pla…

IndyCar hits gas on refund checks » Boston Herald Refund checks for the failed IndyCar race planned for last Labor Day are hitting mailboxes four months after bankrupt event organizers agreed to repay patrons through a settlement with Attorney Genera…

Why marijuana testing companies in Mass. are 'nervously excited' about legalization » Boston Business Journal Currently, only two accredited companies in Massachusetts take samples of marijuana from dispensaries and other clients, and conduct lab tests for safety.…

Real estate developer finds a niche: Unison's openly gay founder sees Boston as a welcoming place » Boston Business Journal Karim Fadel could have stayed in his native Lebanon and prospered by working at his family's sprawling shopping mall and department-store development firm.…

CBRE/New England partner bridges gaps at workplace, brings geographic diversity to industry » Boston Business Journal Throughout his career, Taidgh McClory has sought to build bridges.…

Initiative Aims To Increase Diversity In Boston's Innovation Economy » WBUR A new Boston-based initiative seeks to make the local tech community more diverse by tapping into some often-overlooked sources of talent. The program, called Hack Diversity, aims to create a pipelin…

Site for medical pot has backing in Fitchurg » Nashoba Publishing Neighbors weighed in on a proposal for a medical-marijuana cultivation and processing facility at a Planning Board public hearing Tuesday night. Happy Valley Ventures MA, Inc., hopes to open the faci…

Legal home-grown marijuana on track for December despite concerns » Taunton Gazette With 28 days until it becomes legal to grow marijuana in Massachusetts, some in the medical marijuana industry are growing concerned about the slow launch of a new industry without a regulatory scheme…

Financial-literacy group honors state Sen. Eldridge » Sentinel & Enterprise

Massachusetts marijuana law may change; higher tax possible » WWLP 22

Civil Rights

Rivera: 'Sanctuary city' fight will not affect Lawrence » Eagle Tribune Mayor Daniel Rivera said Wednesday President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to cut off federal aid to "sanctuary cities" that protect illegal aliens from being turned over to immigration authorities will…

Crimes

Prostitution 'is happening next door' » Boston Herald An alleged sex trafficking operation based out of a Brighton home — in which police said johns used Backpage.com to set up appointments with three woman made to work 14 hours a day — is …

Education

Lawsuit says Brown University did not properly investigate alleged rape » Boston Globe A Massachusetts woman is suing Brown University, saying that administrators at the school acted indifferently and failed to adequately investigate when she reported being raped by three students on Br…

Some college students fear Trump presidency » Boston Globe Undocumented college students fear a president who has threatened to deport millions of illegal immigrants. …

Environment

Groups vow to resist Trump on environment » Gloucester Times President-elect Donald Trump has said climate change is a “hoax” and pledges to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. …

State: Hyannis airport may contribute to water contamination » Cape Cod Times The county's fire training academy may not be the only cause of contaminated soil and groundwater near town drinking wells.…

Drought worsens across Mass. despite rainfall » The Salem News The drought that's persisted across Massachusetts since at least the beginning of summer has again expanded, with an area of "extreme drought" stretching now across eight counties from Cape Ann to the…

Federal

Trump's plan to boost defense spending could help Mass. » Boston Globe In the competition between states to land billions of dollars in federal contracts, it's not a stretch to think that Massachusetts might be at a bit of a disadvantage come January. …

Health Care

Children's says Prouty Garden will close soon » Boston Globe The Prouty Garden's days are numbered. The cherished green space at Boston Children's Hospital, slated to be demolished to make way for a new clinical building, will close “within the next sever…

Last-ditch effort: Opponents to Boston Children's expansion file injunction to stop garden demolition » Boston Business Journal

Housing

South Boston event offers housing, hope to homeless » Boston Globe It still hasn't hit Tommy D. As of Thursday morning, he officially has a home address.…

Human Services

Senate OKs bill to help family caregivers » The Sentinel & Enterprise The Senate on Thursday passed the CARE Act -- for "caregiver advice and records enablement" -- that requires hospitals to let patients designate a caregiver, who would be able to access their health i…

Judiciary

As Sal DiMasi gets early release, state prisoners have no such opportunities » Mass Live While former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi will be released from federal prison early, his wife said she will continue to fight for the same rights to be granted to prisoners in the state sys…

Northwestern DA David Sullivan condemns hate-filled graffiti on Mount Tom, explains what constitutes 'hate crime' » Mass Live Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan on Thursday condemned racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that appeared on Mount Tom near the Easthampton-Holyoke line days before the national election.…

Judge OKs early prison release for DiMasi » WCVB Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi will be released from prison early as he battles health problems. …

Labor

Massachusetts unemployment rate falls to new low yet again » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts' unemployment rate fell to 3.3 percent last month, hitting a level the state hasn't seen since April 2001, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.…

Harvard Students Who Work As Research, Teaching Assistants Are Voting On Unionization » WBUR Harvard University students who work as research and teaching assistants are voting to decide whether they will unionize.…

Massachusetts attorney general backs Labor Department's Persuader Rule interpretation » Legal Newsline

Legislative

Former speaker Sal DiMasi released after five years in prison » Patriot Ledger Former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi will leave a North Carolina prison roughly two years before his projected release date on account of his ailing health, federal Judge Mark Wolf ruled Thursday.…

DiMasi to be released within a week » Boston Globe A federal judge ruled Thursday that former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi can leave prison early, citing his deteriorating medical condition after battling cancer and the higher-quality care he wil…

Local Government

Hopedale: Officials adopt remote participation policy » Milford Daily News A little dose of the digital age has made its way into the town's public meetings after selectmen recently approved a new policy that allows members to call into meetings.…

Mayor: Lynn won't touch Prop. 2 1/2 » Lynn Daily News Item Less than a week after Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy said she had no choice but to seek a tax hike to fill a budget gap, the city's chief executive changed her mind.…

Northampton City Council stands against hate crimes » Gazette Net Creating what the council president termed "an aspirational document," the City Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday urging residents to practice "civil courage" during these trying times.…

City Releases Draft Plan For Future Development In Boston » WBUR To prepare for the population growth Boston expects to see over the next couple of decades, city officials on Thursday released a long-term plan aimed at bringing development to all corners of the cit…

Skybridge to take bite out of renovations planned for DCU Center » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The pedestrian Skybridge the city is begrudgingly building after years of legal battles is likely to eat up a significant amount of money budgeted for improvements at the DCU Center.…

Buzzards Bay Water Officials Remain Mute On Sentencing » Cape News Officials with the Buzzards Bay Water District have chosen to remain tight-lipped about the recent sentencing of two former employees, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 of the co…

CPA will soon begin paying dividends for Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle Eleven Massachusetts communities adopted the Community Preservation Act on Election Day and happily Pittsfield was among them. The next step is establishing a process to make it work. Holyoke and Spr…

Northampton City Council to declare city 'hate-free zone' in wake of Donald Trump winning presidential election » The Republican

Opinion

Creating diversity in the innovation economy » Boston Globe ENTREPRENEURS AND venture capitalists are accustomed to responding to adversity by taking action. Thus, while many in the country — of all political persuasions — are still stunned over …

The trumpet summons us again: a post-election call to action » Boston Globe I remember well how I felt as dawn broke the morning after Barack Obama's election as president in 2008. …

Editorial: Pot's 'trickle down' effect » Boston Herald Boston Public Health officials got some sage advice from their Denver counterparts about coping with the aftermath of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state — something Massachusetts vo…

DA expresses support for prosecutor accused of misconduct » Boston Globe RE “ASSISTANT DA faces allegations of misconduct” (Metro, Nov. 14): I find it curious that you failed to mention my expression of support for this assistant district attorney, although you…

Walsh prepares to lead a conversation about race » Boston Globe When he launched his campaign for mayor in 2013, Marty Walsh assumed he had a working grasp of the city's major issues. Not only was he Boston born and bred, he had been a state legislator for 16 year…

Our View: Good works needed to restore stability » South Coast Today The aftermath of this historic election has included a continuation of rancor and the exposure of divisions in our midst. …

Carr: For Mitt Romney, 'never' is a very short time » Boston Herald Mitt Romney for what? Hey, Mr. President, how long do you have to float this secretary of state trial balloon before you win the bet?…

Editorial: Power to the people of Boston, from the people of Boston » Boston Business Journal Power is shifting in Boston. We saw it last year, when grassroots efforts and small but vocal communities rose up to thwart the 2024 Summer Olympics bid — a bid, it now appears, that will most …

After election, Mass. can be beacon of light » Commonwealth Magazine OVER THE LAST week I have heard many heart-wrenching stories about children and adults expressing their sadness and fear based on the results of the national election. It is natural to feel sad and di…

ViewPoint: Creating flow in the gig economy » Boston Business Journal Boston is home to some of the world's top business schools. To stay on top, our schools need to provide students with the leadership skills required to be both successful and engaged in today's changi…

Other

In turnabout, Romney set to meet Trump » Boston Globe In a possible thaw that would have seemed inconceivable during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney is scheduled to meet this weekend with Donald Trump, triggering a wave of speculation that the 201…

Trump offers Flynn national security adviser job » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump offered former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser as he began to build out his national security team Thursday, according to a …

These GOP foreign policy pros are wary of working for Trump » Boston Globe Members of the conservative foreign policy intelligentsia, who spent the eight long years of the Obama administration biding their time at think tanks and universities, finally have a shot at upper le…

Trump offers Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions attorney general job » Boston Herald President-elect Donald Trump is offering the post of attorney general to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of the Trump's closest and most consistent allies.…

Warren rips Trump over transition team... again. » Boston Globe US Senator Elizabeth Warren is not letting up on her cricitism of President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team, labeling his plans for the country “sickening.”…

Sessions confirms Trump and Romney to meet » Politico Magazine Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions – in a brief conversation with reporters inside Trump Tower – confirmed reports that President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with Mitt Romney this weekend.…

Ernie Boch Jr. awaits word to come on down » Boston Herald Car czar Ernie Boch Jr., who hosted the very first Donald Trump For President fundraiser back in 2015, hasn't heard anything from the president-elect about whether he'll be rewarded for his loyalty wi…

MGM Springfield president Mike Mathis takes Massachusetts Convention Center Authority members on casino site tour » MassLive Representatives from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority had a chance for an "inside the ropes" tour of the MGM Springfield casino project Thursday afternoon.…

The left-right confusion of Trump » Commonwealth Magazine Prepare for the era of cognitive dissonance. Or maybe it's the ultimate test of compartmentalization. Whatever one calls i…

Speaker Robert DeLeo taking 'wait and see' approach to Trump presidency » MassLive Like many state officials, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, is leery about prejudging the presidency of Republican Donald Trump.…

It's official: DraftKings and FanDuel will merge, creating fantasy sports powerhouse » Boston Business Journal

Elizabeth Warren to Mitt Romney: 'maybe you could bring your binders full of women' to meeting with Donald Trump » The Republican

Politics

For Democrats, there are benefits to being in the minority » Boston Globe Democrats are adrift. Not only have they lost the White House but they've been sidelined in governor's mansions and state houses all across the country.…

Maura Healey leading charge vs. Charlie Baker, Stephen Bannon » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a wave of blue criticism against Gov. Charlie Baker, whose pleas not to prejudge President-elect Donald Trump's appointments — even with the roundly cri…

Maura Healey assails Trump AG pick for 'record of racist statements' » Boston Herald

Keller @ Large: Less Support For Compassion These Days? » CBS Boston

Mass. AG Maura Healey: Trump nomination of Jeff Sessions for attorney general is 'alarming' » The Republican

Pot is legal in Massachusetts. What do opposing towns do now? » Christian Science Monitor

Public Safety

Trump's praise of 'stop-and-frisk' has Boston teens worried » Boston Globe Nathaniel McLean-Nichols knows what it's like to be stereotyped by the police.…

State Government

Community Preservation Act votes put stress on matching funds » Enterprise News Although supporters of the Community Preservation Act are thrilled to see more communities opt into the program, they admit the pool of state matching funds is under serious stress.…

Karyn Polito's real estate » Boston Herald Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito pocketed more than $100,000 in pay from her real estate company last year on top of her state salary, and just moved into a million-dollar home on a historic Shrewsbury lakefront…

Basile leaving Baker's team for lobbying job » State House News Service The governor's chief secretary, who was pulled from the ranks of the Legislature at the start of his term to be a liaison to the Democratic leadership on Beacon Hill, will leave the administration aft…

Do something nice on Tuesday. Gov. Charlie Baker says so. » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker wants Bay Staters to do something nice next Tuesday. Well, 24 nice things, to be exact.…

Odds of success improved by "doors open" approach, Baker says » State House News Service A Republican governor in a state where Democrats are firmly in control of the Legislature, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday detailed his approach to building consensus and finding good will, even with p…

Judge Grants 'Compassionate' Early Release For Ex-Speaker DiMasi » WBUR Judge Grants 'Compassionate' Early Release For Ex-Speaker DiMasi…

Transportation

MassDOT approves funding for Neponset Street project » Wicked Local Norwood Drivers on Neponset Street have long felt the effects of traffic coming off exit 11B, but State Representative John Rogers announced recently that the first steps to resolve this issue have been taken…

MBTA proposes daily Gillette train service under pilot program » Boston Herald

Utilities

Power grid operator sounds alarms » Commonwealth Magazine OFFICIALS CHARGED WITH KEEPING the lights on in New England raised alarm bells on Thursday about what might happen if the region's natural gas pipeline infrastructure is not expanded.…

Eversource pushing big solar project » Commonwealth Magazine EVERSOURCE ENERGY, a fierce opponent of solar subsidies on Beacon Hill, is seeking state approval to build solar farms across Massachusetts.…

Westport opens new solar farm » Wicked Local Westport On Thursday, they cut the ribbon on 18 acres and 10,790 solar panels capable of generating 3.4 megawatts of electricity. …

NRG Begins Operation of Largest Co-Located Community Solar Project in Massachusetts » Business Wire

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