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President of Boston Teachers Union to retire in June » Boston Globe Richard Stutman was president of the Boston Teachers Union for 14 years. He spent most of his career in the school sysytem.…

Pro-pot group slams age limit » Boston Herald The group that spearheaded the push to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is opposing a proposal by Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg to raise the weed-use age limit to 25.…

Pollack: Private sector could do better » Boston Herald The state's transportation czar said the private sector could run bus service better “right now” than the MBTA, where officials are exploring a range of privatization possibilities, from l…

Elizabeth Warren Condemns the Wrong Man » New York Times Ms. Warren appears to be suffering from the same affliction that Mr. Trump's critics accuse of him: a knee-jerk, fact-free reaction to something she had read in the news. ... In this case, Ms. Warren …

For a rich state, Massachusetts higher-ed funding is poor, report finds » Boston Business Journal As a share of its economy, Massachusetts spends less on higher education than all but five states, according to a new report from MassBudget detailing the Bay State's funding cuts to public colleges a…

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. » New York Times WASHINGTON — When Special Agent Adrian Hawkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015 to pass along some troubling news about its comp…

The Romney Agonistes » Roll Call Poor, gullible Mitt Romney. He thought maybe, just maybe, Donald Trump wouldn't focus his transition on settling petty scores. He fooled himself into believing the Donald might consider him a diplomat…

“We still have some huge needs around housing and homelessness, we haven’t done a multi-year commitment to education funding in a long time, we did improve funding on transportation but there’s still a big gap compared to what people want us to deliver, and let’s not forget the opioid heroin crisis,”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about some of his priorities for the upcoming session.

News By Category
Business

Small businesses and their big hopes for Donald Trump » Boston Globe To understand the record-high stock market and soaring business confidence, spend some time with Mike Haynes.…

Biogen to cut more than 200 jobs as part of Mass. manufacturing exit » Boston Business Journal Biogen will cut more than 200 employees in Cambridge and Somerville by the end of the year as part of a previously announced plan to stop producing drugs locally, with about half moving to gene therap…

Rosenberg sees potential for unregulated marijuana sales » South Coast Today Low-level pot dealers will likely escape law enforcement scrutiny when the cultivation and gifting of marijuana becomes legal on Thursday, Senate President Stan Rosenberg acknowledged Tuesday, raising…

State offers tax incentives to 19 businesses that will add 626 new jobs » Boston Herald The inventor and manufacturer of Bubble Wrap, a lobster and scallops distributor, and a 56-year-old, family-owned meat and sausage manufacturer were among 19 companies approved yesterday for state and…

Leonardo DiCaprio Joins a Boston VC Firm — Yes, That Leonardo DiCaprio » BostInno Here's some news I wasn't expecting to see this morning: Oscar Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has become a special advisor to Boston-based venture capital firm Data Point Capital, as well as an…

State chooses first 31 companies for digital health accelerator » Boston Business Journal MassChallenge launched a new kind of accelerator program in June with the help of the governor's office to usher in digital health startups.…

Walsh Foundation: Gap Between Donations Reported, And Donations Disclosed » WGBH News Last fall, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh hosted a golf tournament for the MJW Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit he established to support causes that range from supporting substance abuse recovery to …

Michael Dell pays $11M for Millennium Tower condo » Boston Business Journal After buying Hopkinton-based EMC Corp. for $58 billion, Michael Dell has acquired some real estate in the city of Boston.…

Fed hikes key interest rate » Boston Globe

Crimes

Owners of Central and Western Massachusetts 'massage parlors' arrested on human trafficking charges » The Republican The owners of "massage parlors" in Agawam, East Longmeadow, Framingham, Hadley and Northampton have been arrested on charges they trafficked women across state lines.…

Education

Time for school accountability reset » Commonwealth Magazine NOW THAT THE question of raising the charter school cap in Massachusetts has been resolved, at least for now, I am hopeful that we can begin to examine and discuss other necessary changes to our educa…

After 50 Years, Head Start Struggles With Uneven Quality » WBUR For more than 50 years, Head Start has provided free early childhood education and other services to low-income families and their children. But new national research, out today, shows great variation…

RFK's family, UMass in talks about possible project to honor his legacy » Boston Globe When the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate opened in 2015 next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, there was one famous brother who was left out of the pictu…

Amherst College retains former state SJC judge John M. Greaney to investigate men's cross-country team » Gazette Net Amherst College has retained a former state Supreme Judicial Court justice to investigate reports that some members of the men's cross country team were responsible for a series of emails and social-m…

Colleges Predict No Change On Campuses As Marijuana Becomes Legal In Mass » WBUR Universities in Massachusetts are telling their students not to expect any changes as a result of the legalization of marijuana Thursday. …

Environment

AG Healey says Tillerson should 'come clean' about climate questions » Boston Globe ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson should “come clean” about whether the energy giant misled the public about climate change, now that President-elect Donald J. Trump has chosen him …

Plastic bag proposal hits snag with Walsh administration » Boston Globe A Boston City Council proposal that aims to banish single-use plastic bags at the checkout line ran into a major snag Tuesday, after a top city environmental official said Mayor Martin J. Walsh's admi…

Wellesley Receives State Funding to Convert Streetlights to LEDs » Framingham Patch Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday announced $11.4 million in state funding to be delegated to cities and towns across Massachusetts as they convert conventional streetlights to LED bulbs.…

Health Care

Mass. Senate leaders plan another run at curbing health care costs » Boston Globe Massachusetts Senate leaders said Tuesday that they want to draft new legislation to tackle rising health costs, conceding that current efforts have not done enough.…

Special panel weighs impact of tiered health plans » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Increasing the popularity of tiered health insurance plans could help drive down total medical spending, industry leaders agreed Tuesday, but hospitals and insurers aren't necessarily on the same page…

Rep. Christine Barber Joins Mass. Autism Commission » Framingham Patch State Rep. Christine Barber began her tenure on the Massachusetts Autism Commission Tuesday, bringing with her an extensive background in health care policy and advocacy.…

Massachusetts senators head to Minneapolis to study health care costs » MassLive Senior Massachusetts senators dealing with health care policy will be in Minneapolis on Thursday and Friday to research health care cost containment.…

Housing

Controversial West Roxbury proposal wins key city approval » Boston Globe A controversial project to build 18 luxury town houses near Faulkner Hospital in West Roxbury received unanimous approval from the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday.…

Ground broken for Gateway North construction » Lynn Daily News Item Construction workers are transforming a muddy lot into a 71-apartment built to bring a new look and new residents to Washington Street near North Shore Community College and the Lynnway.…

Mass. to be 'seller's market' in 2017 » Worcester Business Journal The 2017 Market Outlook Report from RE/MAX INTEGRA is predicting a continuation of the seller's market that dominated 2016, with the caveat that market balance could come later in the year.…

Quincy changed stance on AirBnB after targeting couple » Patriot Ledger The city of Quincy is taking a hands-off approach to regulating online room-sharing services like AirBnB, adopting the stance that it's up to state lawmakers to govern the growing practice.…

Human Services

Cuts could hurt elders wanting to stay in own homes » Wicked Local Sharon

Judiciary

With pot law, Mass. enters legal gray zone » Boston Globe Marijuana becomes legal in Massachusetts on Thursday for adults 21 and older. …

READ: Courtroom transcript documents fight over Massachusetts recording law » New Boston Post A transcript of oral arguments exchanged in federal court last month regarding a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts' two-party recording law has been released, and according to arguments from lawyers d…

Ahead Of Beacon Hill's Criminal Justice Debate, Ex-Prisoners Warn Bill May Not Go Far Enough » WGBH News Activists have fought for years to convince Beacon Hill leaders to take on tough issues surrounding criminal justice reform and recidivism, matters of state law they say do much more harm than good fo…

Former Boston City Councilor Byrne tapped for judgeship » State House News Service

Labor

Teachers union leader retiring as talks stalled » Boston Herald Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman announced plans yesterday to retire in June amid teacher contract negotiations he slammed as moving too slowly for teachers.…

Admin says 900 workers took buyout offers » State House News Service

Legislative

Pat Jehlen and Ellen Story: The champions of equal pay for women » Boston Globe Never give up: It could be the anthem for women in 2016.…

Senate President Stan Rosenberg says energy and climate change to remain on Beacon Hill front burner » The Republican Energy will remain a top priority in the upcoming legislative session in Massachusetts, and any bill should "push the envelope" on climate change and push back against the influence of lobbyists, stat…

Local legislators raring to go for new session » Sentinel & Enterprise

Springfield residents, agencies give input on 2017 'Communities of Color Agenda' » The Republican

Mass. Senate president: Pay raise 'would only be fair' » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Rosenberg: Legislator pay raises "would only be fair" » Sentinel & Enterprise

Local Government

Lynn mayor, council crunch the numbers » Lynn Daily News Item Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy delivered some good news to the city council Tuesday night on the state of the city's finances.…

Town leads by example » Daily Times Chronicle The Baker-Polito administration recognized eight Massachusetts state agencies, public colleges, municipalities (including Winchester), and public sector individuals for their leadership in promoting c…

Eight New Bedford City Council committees haven't met this year » South Coast Today Eight of 18 New Bedford City Council committees have not met in 2016, including the environmental committee, according to Dennis Farias, city clerk and clerk of the council.…

Cape officials consider whether to just say no to pot shops » Cape Cod Times For officials and citizens interested in “opting out” of allowing a marijuana retail shop in their town, the time is now to seek legal advice on how to get the question on the ballot for t…

Framingham selectmen reject marijuana law delay » The Metro West Daily News

Opinion

The real problem with higher parking meter rates: They're not high enough » Boston Globe Wouldn't it be wacky if the cost of driving went down and up when market conditions change? Oh, wait, it already does: New vehicles get more expensive as automakers lure buyers with new features.…

Mass. improves plan for Allston, but transit challenges remain unsolved » Boston Globe The state's plans for replacing the crumbling Massachusetts Turnpike viaduct and interchange in Allston are coming into focus, and it's a mixed picture for the neighborhood. …

Editorial: State probation fees need reform » Gazette Net The Prison Policy Initiative last week released an eye-opening report revealing a flawed system of probation fees that penalizes poor people and is driven more by the state's need to produce revenue t…

Donald Trump's master in Moscow » Boston Globe If you are not already apoplectic that Russian hackers, according to the CIA, meddled in the recent presidential campaign to game the system in Donald Trump's favor, then consider what impossibly stee…

Kit Sang Boos: Climate change needs broad-based solutions » Gazette Net Farmers are a hardy and admirable lot, adapting to weather and climate since the dawn of agriculture (“Drought still puts squeeze on Valley farmers” Nov. 29).…

Make plans now to protect immigrants » The Inquirer and Mirror Bravo, Attorney General Maura Healey, for establishing a hotline to report bias-motivated threats of harassment and violence.…

Bolling: Stop pointing fingers, come together to fight crime » Boston Herald Several Boston city councilors were admonished last week by a newly formed group of activist ministers and black community leaders for refusing to support Councilor Tito Jackon's call for a hearing ai…

GUEST COLUMN: Cold reality 8 years after ice storm » Sentinel & Enterprise And it started with a storm. Life gets so busy, particularly at this time of year. …

Reed: Liz losing her grip after Dems' losses » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is coming unglued. Maybe it's the looming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.…

Other

Why did Warren blast a hedge fund manager who has criticized Trump? » Boston Globe A little over a week ago, a powerful politician read something disagreeable in a news article, logged on to social media, wrote a post blasting a private citizen, and sent it to millions of loyal foll…

Harry Reid: Mitt Romney lost all my respect. Romney: You lost my respect first. » Boston.com Mitt Romney and Harry Reid still are not getting along.…

Was Mitt Romney played by the king of reality TV? » Boston Globe Did Mitt Romney just get played by the king of reality TV? And why did the former Massachusetts governor subject himself to a very public vetting by a man he had so thoroughly denounced?…

Lobbying muscle may help tech titans trump Trump » Center for Public Integrity The conventional wisdom in the nation's capital is that President-elect Donald Trump is bad news for Silicon Valley technology giants and their policy agendas. And it's easy to see why that's the scri…

US Sen. Ed Markey, Democrats seek pre-inauguration probe, details on extent of Russian influence in 2016 presidential race » The Republican Following reports that Russian hackers meddled in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., joined a handful of colleagues Tuesday in calling for a criminal investigation into the …

Katherine Clark: The woman who brought Congress to a standstill » Boston Globe Katherine Clark was in the car. The radio was on. The news alert took her breath away: dozens of people shot to death at an Orlando nightclub, a sanctuary for the LGBT community, in the early hours of…

Who is Ronna Romney McDaniel? » Roll Call

Is Warren running out of enemies? » Commonwealth Magazine

Politics

Political Notes: Fernandes prepares to take office » Cape Cod Times Dylan Fernandes, the state Representative-elect for the Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket District, has been on the go since his victory over Independent Tobias Glidden on Nov. 8.…

Mass. voters could look to make own statement » Boston Herald The building backlash against the election of Donald J. Trump could end up rocking two seemingly safe incumbents — Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh.…

It's marijuana time » Commonwealth Magazine The suddenly chummy House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg issued a one paragraph joint statement on Monday saying they weren't going to delay the effective date of the vote…

Local politician and his family donated to governor before judge nomination » Fox 25 FOX25 Investigates uncovered political donations from a local politician and his family members to the same elected leaders who nominated him to be a judge.…

Legal marijuana cleared for Thursday with certification vote » State House News Service

Public Health

Strong opioids prompt Narcan dose hike » Berkshire Eagle Doing battle against more powerful opioids, the state is upping the dosage of an anti-overdose medication.…

Mass. Democrats might undo substance treatment cuts » WCVB One of Massachusetts' top lawmakers said Tuesday the legislature might soon act to undo some of the cuts Gov. Charlie Baker recently made to substance treatment programs.…

Lt. Gov. Polito emphasizes that the opioid epidemic is a health issue » WWLP 22

Health chief concerned about youth as legal pot era dawns » State House News Service

Public Safety

Groups Call On Boston Police To Drop Social Media Monitoring Plan » WBUR Several civil rights groups and advocacy organizations are asking Boston officials to cease plans to spend $1.4 million on software that will allow police to monitor people's social media activity.…

Baker signs duck boat safety bill into law » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has approved a bill to increase the safety of amphibious tour vehicles, after a 28-year-old woman was fatally struck by a duck boat last spring near Boston Common.…

What you need to know about legal marijuana, from Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker's public safety chief's memo to police » The Republican

State Finance

Capital spending debate pivots on needs, affordability, interest rates » State House News Service Economists, budget analysts and Baker administration officials painted different pictures Tuesday of Massachusetts's capital budget and whether the state is investing enough in its infrastructure.…

State Government

T pension fund's failed investment went ahead despite early warning signs, files show » Boston Globe When MBTA Retirement Fund board members met in March 2007 to consider sinking $25 million into a hedge fund, several of them weren't convinced it was a smart move.…

Attorney General Maura Healey talks opioids, Trump and Exxon probe at Raynham breakfast » Taunton Daily Gazette Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey may stand only 5 feet 4 inches tall but that didn't stop her from spending two years playing professional basketball before attending law school.…

Amid Battle With Exxon/Mobil, AG Healey Questions Choice of Tillerson as Next Secretary of State » NBC Boston Locked in a nasty dispute with ExxonMobil, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the appointment of CEO Rex Tillerson as the next secretary of state raises some serious questions. …

AG passes on probing Babson flap » Boston Herald

Bill Would Bar Presidential Candidates From Appearing On Mass. Ballot Unless They Release Tax Returns » WBUR A lawmaker in Massachusetts is proposing that future presidential candidates be barred from appearing on the state's ballots unless they release their tax returns.…

Globe, MBTA pension fund settle suit over release of investment records » Boston Globe The Boston Globe has agreed to settle a 2014 lawsuit it brought to obtain records from the MBTA Retirement Fund relating to a $25 million loss on a hedge fund investment, after the pension board produ…

Israel, Mass. agree to joint research » Worcester Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed an agreement with Israeli officials calling for Massachusetts and Israel to pursue joint research and development efforts aimed at bringing new products to the glo…

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito talks jobs, makes pizzas at Big Y in Springfield » The Republican Shoppers streaming through the recently renovated Big Y World Class Market at 300 Cooley St. were not seeing things.…

Dealmakers: The four players who really brought GE to town » Boston Globe For a long time, it was known only by its code name: Project Plum. The potential deal was a blockbuster. …

Massachusetts, Israel announce cooperation on research and business development » The Republican Top officials in Massachusetts and Israel have signed a bilateral agreement between the two governments agreeing to cooperate on research and business development.…

Transportation

Timilty: Foxboro train plan off track » The Sun Chronicle Timilty, D-Walpole, said he believes the MBTA fiscal management control board and Department of Transportation directors dropped a planned presentation on the subject a week before their joint meeting…

Massachusetts to offer rebates up to $2,500 on electric vehicles » The Republican

Utilities

Water officials hope winter can replenish wells » Wicked Local Dedham Last week, the state's Drought Management Task Force announced that many parts of the state are still experiencing a drought, brought on by a lack of rainfall in the spring and summer. As a result, En…

Eversource teaming up with Dong on offshore wind energy project » State House News Service Eversource Energy is moving into the offshore wind energy picture in Massachusetts.…

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Recipe of the Week

The Taste of Gloucester: FISH FLORENTINE

The Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association

Makes 4 to 6 Servings

Ingredients

2 packages frozen spinach
4 tablespoons melted butter or margarine (divided)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup minced onion
2 pounds haddock, cod, pollock
cheese sauce (see below)

Directions

Cook spinach as directed on package. Cook onion in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Place fish fillets in greased shallow baking dish. Dot with remaining butter. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Cover with spinach and top with cheese sauce. Cook in oven at 350 degrees F., for 15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily.

Cheese Sauce

1 cup white sauce (see below)
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons sherry

Combine all ingredients, mixing well.

White Sauce

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper

In double boiler or small heavy pan melt butter and stir in flour. Blend over low heat and slowly stir in milk. Stir constantly and bring slowly to the boiling point. Cook 2 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.



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