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Setti Warren is said to be fund-raising for challenge against Baker » The Boston Globe Newton Mayor Setti Warren has made calls to Democratic donors, asking for campaign contributions and saying he will challenge Republican Governor Charlie Baker in 2018, two people who spoke with him s…

Barney Frank looks for the bright side of Trump's win » The New Yorker Barney Frank, long known as America's crankiest liberal, is actually not feeling too badly. Frank retired from Congress in 2012, after three decades of representing Massachusetts's Fourth District, th…

Grateful DiMasi returns home after five years in prison » State House News Service Salvatore DiMasi, a once powerful Massachusetts House speaker who was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2011, returned home to Boston on Tuesday after battling cancer during his time in priso…

How to Be a Business Leader & an Activist » BostInno Stop us if this sounds familiar: in the days since the election, you and your colleagues have been sitting around wondering what this all means for you, your business, and the country. Some, maybe man…

Trump backs away from some of his strident campaign promises » The Washington Post President-elect Donald Trump abruptly abandoned some of his most tendentious campaign promises Tuesday, saying he does not plan to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system or th…

Amid Job Growth, DeLeo Foresees Minimum Wage Debate Next Year » WGBH News House Speaker Robert DeLeo expects an increase to the state's minimum wage to be debated next year in the Legislature. …

Mitt Romney Leads Donald Trump's Picks for Secretary of State » The Wall Street Journal President-elect Donald Trump is leaning toward asking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to be his secretary of state, according to people familiar with the deliberations. …

ACTIVISTS LOOK TO TURN TIDE ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES FUNDING » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 22, 2016...Two months before Gov. Charlie Baker files his fiscal 2018 budget proposal, advocates for people with developmental disabilities made an early ask on Tuesday, call…

Will President-elect Donald Trump crack down on Massachusetts' legal marijuana industry? » MassLive "Good people don't smoke marijuana." U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, said that at an April 2016 Senate hearing on enforcement of marijuana laws. …

Lawmakers try to reach end-of-year agreement on non-compete bill » The Republican Key Massachusetts lawmakers say they are "hopeful" that a deal can be reached regulating the use of non-compete agreements before the end of the year.…

“I just want to say how happy I am and grateful and thankful that I’m home in Boston,"

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Business

Consumer Group Finds Recalled Toys Still For Sale » WAMC A consumer group is out with its annual survey on toy safety. This year's report highlights the availability of toys that have been subjected to recalls. …

Fidelity faces new era, challenges » The Boston Globe Abigail P. Johnson has long operated in the shadow of her legendary father, Edward C. “Ned” Johnson 3rd, but she's hardly been hiding out.…

Springfield 'rising to new heights' on $3.3 billion in development, city official tells chamber » The Republican Springfield's chief development officer detailed $3.307 billion in ongoing and recent economic development projects in the city for a Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce audience meeting Tuesday.…

Trump's Rhetoric On Trade Resonated With Some In Deep Blue Fall River » WBUR Although Massachusetts voted for Hillary Clinton, the presidential election showed that this state might be a little less blue than it once was. A case in point: Fall River. Donald Trump's call to sc…

Crimes

I-Team: Who's Buying Sex In Massachusetts And How Can They Be Stopped? » CBS Boston Detective Leo Coppens and Sergeant Jennifer Tapper found three women inside a dimly lit Quincy massage parlor.…

Education

Your child's pencils are likely being crowdfunded » The Boston Globe With school budgets running tight, Tom Shull turns to the Internet to raise money for all sorts of supplies for his students at Quincy Upper School in Boston: books, pencils, highlighters, post-it not…

UNH researchers create radiation sensor for space » The Boston Globe University of New Hampshire researchers have designed a sensor for orbiting weather satellites to help protect astronauts and technology from radiation in space.…

ACS's $2.4 million settlement in Massachusetts highlights problems in student loan servicing » The Washington Post ACS Education Services, a company that once managed one of the largest portfolios of student loans, will pay Massachusetts $2.4 million to settle charges of abusive collection practices and sloppy han…

Teachers union president decries Trump and testing » Commonwealth Magazine BARBARA MADELONI, THE president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, had a message last week for her union's members in the wake of the presidential election: “let all of our students and …

Amherst College discovers race-baiting posters in science hall » The Republican Two posters were discovered recently in the Amherst College science building displaying skulls of different sizes and linking them to differences in intelligence by race.…

American Flag To Stay Down At Hampshire College, While Reactions Fly » WBUR Hampshire College will not fly the United States flag until at least January, Jonathan Lash, president of the western Massachusetts college, said Tuesday. The school's decision first to fly the flag …

Over $1M is being returned to schools by Valley Collaborative » Nashoba Publishing Nine area school districts have plenty to be grateful for this holiday season, thanks to the Valley Collaborative special-education school. After a positive audit from the Department of Elementary an…

Health Care

State pressured to add birth control coverage mandate » Gloucester Times With the future of Obamacare endangered under President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress, women's rights groups want to preserve a popular provision of the health care law requiring in…

Baker secretly convenes digital health council, then touts its importance » State House News Service Cabinet secretaries, health care executives, academics and venture capitalists will make up the Digital Healthcare Council, a group announced Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker's administration to help it …

State seeing surge in prescription drug monitoring under new system » State House News Service Daily searches of the state's prescription monitoring program have more than quadrupled after an overhaul of the program this year and the introduction of a requirement that doctors must check the sys…

Housing

Controversial Forest Ridge Development's Application Put on Hold, Lawmakers Say » Marlborough Patch An application for a proposed housing development which became a crucial issue in the recent elections has been put on hold, according to an announcement from state Rep. Michael Day and Sen. Jason Lew…

US home sales reach strongest pace in nearly a decade » Lowell Sun Americans bought homes in October at the fastest pace in nearly decade, helped out by low mortgage rates that have since started to climb following the presidential election of Donald Trump. The Nati…

Human Services

Activists look to turn tide on developmental disabilities funding » State House News Service Two months before Gov. Charlie Baker files his fiscal 2018 budget proposal, advocates for people with developmental disabilities made an early ask on Tuesday, calling on Baker to increase funding for …

Judiciary

DiMasi freed from prison, returns to Massachusetts - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather » ABC 6 Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has arrived home five years after being sent to federal prison on corruption charges. …

Labor

Judge blocks Obama-backed rule extending overtime pay » Boston Business Journal A federal judge in Texas this evening blocked a U.S. Department of Labor rule extending overtime pay to more than 4 million U.S. workers.…

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule » WBUR With just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge Tuesday blocked an Obama Administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some four million Americans.…

Local Government

Brockton mayor uses tax dollars to buy flowers from city councilor » Enterprise News Nearly 30 flower baskets popped up last fiscal year at Brockton funerals and, in one case, at the desk of a City Hall employee, with cards noting that they were from Mayor Bill Carpenter.…

Somerville mayor: We will remain a sanctuary city—even if Trump pulls our federal funding » Boston.com Despite Donald Trump's threats, Somerville says it's staying a sanctuary city.…

Opinion

This chart captures the alarming drop in sea ice » The Boston Globe Sometimes a single image captures a moment — in a picture, or a snippet of video. Or, more rarely, a scientific chart. Here's one that sent corners of the Internet into a mild tizzy over the la…

On the front lines in fight against hate » Berkshire Eagle It's unfortunate that an election in America can trigger ugly racial incidents, but there was a certain inevitability this year. Happily, Massachusetts and Vermont have found appropriate responses.…

Donald Trump's new world order » The Boston Globe “It Can't Happen Here.'' That was the title of Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel in which the fascistic Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip is elected president and within months transforms the Unite…

The wolf at the door — the one inside all of us » The Boston Globe FOR THE last eight years I have carried the following clipping in my wallet from the January 2009 New York Times describing Barack Obama's first church service as president.…

Secretary of State Romney? If you can't beat 'em, join 'em » Boston Globe IN HIS WILDEST dreams, Mitt Romney couldn't have imagined that after condemning Donald Trump for “dishonesty,” “bullying,” and “third-grade theatrics,” he'd be meet…

Mayor Martin J. Walsh: Face-to-face talk about race penetrates divide » Boston Herald It was a beautiful sight. On Saturday morning I stood on the stage of the Cutler Majestic in the heart of Boston's Theater District and looked out at the nearly 1,000 Bostonians who had filled its sea…

Other

Trump retreats from some of his extreme promises » The Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump retreated on Tuesday from some of his most extreme campaign promises, dropping his vow to jail Hillary Clinton, expressing doubt about the value of torturing terrorism sus…

Mass. House delegation is not in lockstep behind Pelosi » The Boston Globe The House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, who is facing an unexpected challenge for her longtime post atop the Democratic Party in the House, enjoys only tepid support from the Massachusetts caucus of …

MGM Springfield plans to hire 90% of its workforce locally » WWLP 22 News On Monday, State Auditor Suzanne Bump announced that Plainridge Park Casino did not meet its goal of hiring 90% of its workforce locally. …

Plainridge says it's doing very well » Commonwealth Magazine ONA PER-MACHINE BASIS, the slots parlor at Plainridge Park in Plainville has the highest revenue of any similar gaming facility in the country, the parlor's general manager told the Gaming Commission …

Gaming panel seeks clarity on pot law » Boston Herald The state gaming commission is reaching out to the Treasurer's office for help developing a new system now that recreational marijuana use has been legalized in the Bay State and is seeking advice on …

Donald Trump Says 'No, Thank You' to Kelly Ayotte » Boston Magazine Asked today about whether he wanted outgoing New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte to work with him at the White House, Donald Trump had this to say: “No, thank you.”…

Will smoking marijuana be allowed in Massachusetts casinos? » The Republican Casino gambling is legal in Massachusetts. Smoking marijuana will be legal soon, too. But it will not be legal to combine the two.…

Gaming commission invites feedback on marijuana's impacts » State House News Service With legal marijuana on its way to Massachusetts, the Gaming Commission is embarking to learn exactly how legal pot will affect the fledgling gambling industry.…

Politics

More evidence Newton mayor may seek gubernatorial bid » WCVB Newton Mayor Setti Warren may be laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial bid.…

I went on CNN. Little did I know I'd be mistaken as an alt-right leader. » Boston Globe I had just finished with a television appearance on CNN. As I made my way down the elevator and out the door, images began landing in my inbox and in my Twitter feed.…

Why's Atkins holding onto 'tainted' donations? » Lowell Sun The Concord Democrat, who was elected to a ninth two-year term on Nov. 8, is one of four area Democrats -- among dozens of others -- who received campaign donations from the Boston-based Thornton Law …

Public Safety

Power of the badge » Commonwealth Magazine The tensions between police and those they are charged with protecting continue to rise and it seems every encounter between those in blue uniforms and those in black skin has the potential to be a ti…

5 Investigates: Police evidence room procedures vary widely across the state » WCVB Each envelope and box inside the Chelsea Police Department's evidence room tells a story and contains the keys to justice in criminal cases.…

Officer resigns in wake of sexual assault charges » The Salem News A longtime Salem patrolman, facing sexual assault charges after an alleged incident in the police station, has resigned.…

Salem cop charged in station rape resigns from job » Boston Herald A veteran Salem cop — and husband of the city's police chief — resigned from the department two days after he was arrested for allegedly raping a male inmate in a station broom closet on…

Homicides up 20 percent from '15 » Boston Herald A recent surge in shootings and homicides in the city is part of a “disturbing” trend that's being blamed on an increase in gang activity and an ongoing reluctance of jittery witnesses to …

State Government

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AG to judge: Dismiss gun sellers' suit » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey wants a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit brought against her by four gun retailers and a national shooting organization, arguing that the case is in the wrong court a…

Ex-Speaker Returns To Massachusetts After Leaving Prison On Compassionate Release » WBUR Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi had an emotional homecoming Tuesday, five years after being sent to federal prison on public corruption charges. DiMasi, 71, arrived at Boston's Lo…

Transportation

State and local officials continue airplane noise talks with FAA » Wicked Local Belmont Almost three years ago, more than two-dozen residents crowded into Town Hall to express frustration to the town committee on state, federal, and regional government over increased airplane noise over …

Uncertainty around city of Quincy's air rights at MBTA stations » Patriot Ledger The city's legal authority over what is built on the MBTA-owned parking lots in Quincy is now in question, given recent comments by the mayor's office and the T.…

State Officials Think All-Electronic Tolling Will Ease Thanksgiving Congestion » WBUR State officials think the new all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike will ease traffic congestion for Thanksgiving travelers. Jeff Larson, director of the …

necn Investigates: Positive Train Control on MBTA » NECN Investigators are still trying to figure out why a commuter rail train crashed into a station in Hoboken, New Jersey, in September, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 others. …

Capuano Speculates: MBTA Green-Line Extension Is Relatively Trump Proof » WGBH News Congressman Michael Capuano dismissed concerns that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump would shut down federal funding for local infrastructure projects, including the embattled Green …

Dare how they? MassDOT apologizes for 'Cod Cape' sign in Dartmouth » Boston Globe The green metal sign was supposed to direct drivers to Cape Cod. Instead it directed motorists toward a place unfamiliar to New Englanders and visitors alike: “Cod Cape.”…

MBTA did not collect $1.8 million in overdue funds, audit finds » The Republican More than $1.8 million is due to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, according to an audit released by the office of the state Auditor Tuesday.…

Utilities

Massachusetts seeks bids to extend broadband internet to 40 WMass towns » MassLive State officials are soliciting bids from private companies to build out broadband internet connections in 40 Western Massachusetts towns.…

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 12 cups Servings

Ingredients

7 pounds turkey parts, such as wings, thighs and drumsticks

1 large onion, cut into thick slices

1 large carrot, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 large stalk celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 large cloves garlic, smashed

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 quarts water

Directions

The more things change ...

Back in the early seventies, when Michael Dukakis was Governor for the first time, I was a royal pain in his behind as a journalistic critic aiming my zingers from his political left. "I made you," he once said - and in more ways than one: A decade later, when the new, more progressive Mike Dukakis re-occupied the State House corner office, I married one of his chief policy advisers and cabinet coordinators, the lovely Cathy Dunham.

In order to avoid confusion as to which 'Michael' she was talking about, Cathy started to call her boss "Day Michael;" I was called "Night Michael." 

Reverting back to the early days of my writing career, I have to tell you that the Duke is all wrong when it comes to turkey stock. Remember all the stories last year of his neighbors (some strangers, too), dropping off turkey bones after the Thanksgiving holiday because the Governor said he loved to use them to make turkey stock and soup?

Governor: Roast the bones first in a 400 degree oven for about 90 minutes! What's with your just 'throw them in the water' thing? Then add them to a stock pot, and cover with water. And don't just throw in a quarter of an onion: add onions, carrots and celery in a 1:1:1 ration. Here we go again. Oy. - Michael Segal

 

See below for a 2003 Food and Wine magazine recipe, as amended in 2006 by the Washington Post.

NOTE: I sometimes roast the veggies to add even further richness to the stock.

 

Place the turkey parts in a single layer in a large roasting pan and roast for about 1 1/2 hours, until well browned.

 

Transfer the roasted turkey parts to a large pot, reserving the roasting pan. Use a fat separator cup to isolate the fat from the drippings, and reserve both to make Turkey Gravy; they may be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

 

To the pot of roasted turkey parts, add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, salt and several pinches of pepper along with 12 cups of water. Bring to a boil.

 

Meanwhile, place the roasting pan over 2 burners on the stove top over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, using a nonmetal spoon to scrape and loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat and set aside for a minute to cool slightly, then carefully pour the liquid from the roasting pan into the pot and return to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover partially and cook for about 2 1/2 hours. Strain the stock, discarding the solids or removing the turkey meat from the bones and reserving the meat for another use. Set the stock aside to cool slightly before storing. 



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