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O'Brien conviction overturned; DeLeo cleared » Commonwealth Magazine Ruling says prosecutors were off-base in bringing federal charges against former Probation commissioner …

U.S. Appeals Court Overturns All 3 Probation Scandal Convictions; Says Prosecutors Went Too Far » WGBH News A federal appeals court on Monday overturned the convictions of three former probation department officials, ruling that the government "overstepped its bounds in using federal criminal statutes to po…

Keller @ Large: Sen. Elizabeth Warren On Why She Opposed Cures Act » CBS Local “The one overarching [provision] that I kept pushing for was there must be more funding for the national institutes of health, medical research,” she said. “That's the way you really…

Clinton should leave it to 'Saturday Night Live' » Boston Globe Vladimir Putin's “beef” with Hillary Clinton would make a funny skit. But it doesn't explain why Clinton lost Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin to Donald Trump. Until Clinton is …

DeLeo: Overturned probation convictions a "complete exoneration" of House » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo, once labeled by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the probation hiring scandal that shrouded the Legislature for years, declared himself and his member…

Options to privatize MBTA service diminished under new deal with Carmen's Union » State House News Service BOSTON, DEC. 19, 2016.....The agreement struck between the MBTA and Carmen's Union Local 589 on Monday ends the talk -- or threat -- of privatizing MBTA bus routes, but T officials said they do not in…

DNC Chair Watch -- Pete Buttigieg » Medium.com He's been working the phones, speaking to DNC members, and has felt encouraged to launch a bid. Frank Bruni wrote a column in June about Buttigieg -- a Harvard- and Oxford-educated Navy veteran -- wit…

Tom Arnold: I Have "Racist" Trump Outtakes From 'The Apprentice' » The Hollywood Reporter The actor-comedian also claimed the unseen tapes have the president-elect calling his son a "retard." …

How Jennifer Rubin went from Romney 'shill' to Trump scourge » CNN Money Donald Trump's ascent to the presidency has been littered with surreal moments -- the pre-dawn tweetstorms, the unannounced Kanye visits -- but don't overlook the case of Jennifer Rubin, a conservativ…

“I am particularly grateful that the Court has found that no member of the legislature had committed any impropriety in connection with the allegations in the indictment. It is unfortunate that for six and a half years other legislators and I have lived under the cloud of suspicion of having been involved in illegal activity,”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about his exoneration in the legislature's probation hiring scandal.

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Business

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: Legal marijuana begins in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Plymouth Smoke it, grow it, bake it. Even wrap it in a box with a bow on top and give it to a friend. Just don't sell it. Not yet, anyway. …

Newly named Biogen CEO faces tough challenges » Boston Globe Biogen Inc.'s newly named chief executive, Michel Vounatsos, next month will take the helm of Massachusetts' biggest biotech as it grapples with slower growth and other challenges.…

Biogen names chief commercial officer as new CEO » Boston Business Journal Biogen has named its chief commercial officer, Michel Vounatsos, to replace George Scangos as CEO, the Cambridge-based company said Monday.…

Clock ticks on noncompetes and Harvard helps the small guys » Boston Globe Lawmakers left town for their August vacations before they could strike a deal to rein in noncompete agreements. With roll-call votes over for the year, the bill seemed doomed.…

Gov. Baker Welcomes 5 New Southcoast Employers to MA STEM@Work Program » Go Local Worcester Governor Charlie Baker announced five new Southcoast companies have signed on to take part in MA STEM@work, an initiative to connect high school students to science, technology, engineering and math i…

Boston-area cab companies sue Uber, governor » Metro Taxi cab drivers have long been at odds with ride-hailing services that seem to have taken over city transportation.…

Are We Lagging Behind? Weighing American Innovation » WBUR American innovation. Has it stalled out? Can it rev up the U.S. economy?Revolutionary innovation in science and technology doesn't cure everything. But it puts fire under any economy and gives societi…

Man wins OK to wear goat horns in driver's license photo » Sentinel & Enterprise An ordained Pagan priest finally has gotten the OK to sport goat horns in his Maine driver's license photo. Maine resident Phelan Moonsong said that unless he's sleeping or bathing, he always wears h…

Walgreens agrees to sell 865 Rite Aid stores for nearly $1 billion » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Not so fast: Massachusetts AG office says churches not always exempt from 'bathroom bill' » New Boston Post Churches in Massachusetts may still have to allow biological men who identify as women to use the women's bathroom in some cases, state officials say.…

How can places of religion and faith become more accessible to people with disabilities? » The Republican Carl Richardson, who is deaf and blind, has mixed feelings about religion and faith.…

Education

In Legislative Foray vs. Principals, School Custodians Gain a Short-Lived Victory » JDSupra On December 1, both the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted a bill during informal sessions that would have made it harder for public school principals to fire custodians and other non-teaching emp…

Governor's midyear budget cuts would hurt Brockton literacy programs » The Enterprise Midyear budget cuts by the governor could mean Brockton schools scaling back or eliminating literacy and English Language Learner programs.…

Educational Task Force 2/3 Way Through Presentations To Local Governments » iBerkshires The Berkshire County Educational Task Force has had a busy month presenting at 30 or so public meetings with still more than a dozen to go.…

Union head rips added testing as "technocratic view" of learning » State House News Service As state education officials prepared to consider a proposal to add new standardized testing for high schoolers, the head of the Massachusetts Teachers Association implored them to reject the idea.…

Union chief balks as state launches new testing talks » State House News Service

Environment

Snakes on a Quabbin island? Not so fast » Worcester Telegram A state decision on establishing a timber rattlesnake population on Mount Zion at Quabbin Reservoir is at least four months away.…

Health Care

GE cuts deal with New England Baptist to curb health care costs » Boston Globe General Electric Co. has selected New England Baptist Hospital as a preferred provider of hip and knee replacement surgeries for its employees, a new twist in the efforts by big companies to control h…

Older patients tend to fare better with female doctors, study shows » STAT News A new study could add to the argument over equal pay in the ranks of medicine: Older patients treated by female doctors tend to do better than those treated by males.…

As New England Ages, Immigrants Make Up A Growing Share Of Health Workers » WBUR New England is an old region, and not just by historical standards. The population here is aging faster than almost any other place in the country. Fewer people are having children, and many of the s…

5 new primary care physicians to combat Berkshires' doctor shortage » Berkshire Eagle During a recent meeting about the shortage of primary care physicians in the Berkshires, only two of the approximately 15 doctors in attendance were accepting new patients.…

Massachusetts officials look to Minnesota for ways to cut health care costs » MassLive

Human Services

Budget Cuts Could Impact Free Food Program for Students in Cambridge » NECN State budget cuts could leave hundreds of students with empty stomachs on the weekends in Cambridge, Massachusetts.…

Judiciary

Throwing real books at offenders » Commonwealth Magazine Laura Santana was facing two years in prison for smuggling nearly a pound of cocaine into Logan Airport. But instead of jail, officials threw the books at her, allowing Santana to get her G.E.D. high…

Appeals court overturns Mass. corruption conviction with Brockton ties » The Enterprise The guilty findings in a 2014 federal corruption trial of three former Massachusetts Probation Department officials was overturned by the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 37-page ruling deliv…

DeLeo: Overturned probation convictions a 'complete exoneration' of House » The Metro West Daily News

Labor

Millennials aren't lazy, they're workaholics » Boston Globe As soon as he awakes, Brian Porrell checks his e-mail, sometimes firing off a message before he gets out of bed. …

Legislative

Appeals court overturns convictions in Probation Department scandal » Boston Globe In a direct rebuke to federal prosecutors, a United States appeals court in Boston on Monday threw out the 2014 convictions of three former Probation Department officials who were accused of rigging t…

Downing Bids Farewell To Mass. Senate » New England Public Radio After a decade in office, a state senator representing a large chunk of Western Massachusetts bid farewell to the legislature Monday.…

Outgoing Cape senator imagines better future » Cape Cod Times A thankful Sen. Daniel Wolf, D-Harwich, delivered farewell remarks during a session of the Massachusetts Senate on Monday, capping off a six-year run representing the Cape & Islands District.…

Senate says goodbye to two of three departing senators » The Republican When relatives of Sen. Benjamin Downing had trouble getting from one of the islands off Cape Cod to the Berkshires to his younger brother's funeral, Downing had an idea of who he could call for help: …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing bids goodbye to Senate » Berkshire Eagle When relatives of Sen. Benjamin Downing had trouble getting from one of the islands off Cape Cod to the Berkshires to his younger brother's funeral, Downing had an idea of who he could call for help: …

Hinds brings listening tour home » MassLive When relatives of Sen. Benjamin Downing had trouble getting from one of the islands off Cape Cod to the Berkshires to his younger brother's funeral, Downing had an idea of who he could call for help: …

Celebrating Tim Madden: Falmouth says farewell » Wicked Local Cape Cod

Local Government

You don't have to outrun the bears, just the competition » Wicked Local Plymouth Northeastern University Professor Barry Bluestone gave a lecture of sorts at the Board of Selectmen's meeting last Tuesday, covering the town's economic prospects, the recent presidential election and…

Mayor Walsh to boost City Hall Plaza market security » Boston Herald As crowds packed City Hall for “Boston Winter” holiday market hours after a deadly attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said barriers would be in place and police …

Opinion

Yes, there is shame in not knowing » Boston Globe There's no shame in not knowing; there's shame in not wanting to know.…

Bring the Guantanamo detainees to trial » Boston Globe The Obama presidency will soon be over, but there is little doubt that the detainment camp in Guantanamo Bay will live on.…

What were they smoking? » Boston Globe Whoever wrote the new law legalizing marijuana must have been high.…

Letter: Healey takes a pass » Boston Herald State Attorney General Maura Healey set up a hotline after Donald Trump's election victory to report hate crimes and discrimination that might happen — yet two students at Babson College have t…

Other

Trump's Ambassador to Israel on ADL: 'They're Morons' » JewishInsider President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has come under fire for comments he made …

Politics

Electoral College vote confirms that Trump will be next president » Boston Globe The country's Electoral College, meeting Monday amid protests and unrealized threats of revolt, voted to ratify the election of Donald J. Trump as the country's 45th president — the finale of a…

Massachusetts Electoral College members cast their votes for Hillary Clinton » The Republican Dori Dean wore a tuxedo with tails and a Scottish kilt pin that was passed down in her family. MaryGail Cokkinias wore a sparkling black cocktail dress with a diamond pin that said "Hillary."…

Massachusetts electors stand by Clinton » Cape Cod Times The 2016 presidential election officially came to an end in Massachusetts shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.…

Mass. electors say it might be time to eliminate Electoral College » Lowell Sun Massachusetts' 11 members of the Electoral College were defiantly confident Monday as they cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, but they were less sure that the system they represent should continue …

Mass. electoral college delivers for Clinton in losing effort » State House News Service With Hillary Clinton's loss to President-elect Donald Trump still raw for Bay State Democrats, party leaders and electors on Monday - without mentioning Trump's name - rallied Clinton supporters to re…

Time to End the Electoral College » New York Times By overwhelming majorities, Americans would prefer to elect the president by direct popular vote, not filtered through the antiquated mechanism of the Electoral College. They understand, on a gut leve…

Massachusetts' 11 Electors Cast Ballots for Hillary Clinton » Epoch Times The 11 members of the Electoral College from Massachusetts cast their ballots Monday for Democrat Hillary Clinton, with several noting that she received more popular votes for president even while los…

3 blue-state GOP governors aim to patch things up with Trump » The Washington Post

Public Safety

Baker-Polito Administration Grants $2.8 Million to Communities to End Violence Against Women » Spare Change News Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Public Safety Secretary Dan Barrett announced that $2.8 million had been awarded to community-based organizations and local and college campus police to a…

Springfield City Council approves $1.4 million settlement in wrongful imprisonment case » MassLive The City Council approved a $1.4 million settlement for a man who says he spent more than three years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, council President Michael Fenton confirmed on Monday. T…

State Finance

Two big local aid accounts will grow by $100 mil to $150 mil, MTF predicts » State House News Service

State Government

Baker won't rule out support for a higher marijuana tax » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker couldn't quite bring himself on Monday to say he would support a higher tax rate on retail marijuana sales, but he didn't rule it out either.…

Gun group blasts attorney general on public records response » Worcester Telegram Attorney General Maura T. Healey Monday largely rebuffed a public records request filed by a gun group seeking insight into her controversial "copycat" gun crackdown, citing several legal exemptions, …

Baker leaving pot tax debate to Legislature » Gloucester Times

Scratch ticket sales down 3 percent at Mass. lottery » State House News Service

Is 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' a date rape song? Attorney General Maura Healey weighs in » MassLive

Transportation

State Fiscal Board Votes to Amend Commuter Rail Contract » Framingham Patch The state's Fiscal Management and Control Board (FMRB) voted to amend the 2012 Ruggles Stastion Transportation Project contract with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc, (VHB).…

New T contract forgoes raises, but protects most jobs from privatization » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and its largest union — agreeing to give up a wage hike in order to help protect thousands of jobs from being privatized — on Monday won ap…

After reforms, big savings in new T contract » Boston Globe The Legislature's decision last year to allow the MBTA to contract out services paid off big time on Monday, when the state and the T's biggest union reached a deal that probably would have been impos…

Deal pushes private T under bus » Boston Herald The four-year, $1.6 billion labor deal announced yesterday by the MBTA and its largest union will protect thousands of workers from losing their jobs through outsourcing, but it still gives the T a gr…

T labor deal yields big wage savings » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA AND ITS LARGEST UNION announced a new labor agreement on Monday that offers an estimated $22 million a year in savings to the transit autho…

T 'Picking Room' taking a hike » Commonwealth Magazine THEY CALL IT THE PICKING ROOM, the place where T union employees go one at a time by seniority to pick their schedule for the next quarter by making marks on paper sheets posted on the walls. T offici…

State limits city's power to lower speed limits » Lowell Sun Speed limits could be reduced on a number of city streets, but not on many of the main thoroughfares where motorists may speed the most.…

T board raises competitive threat from Uber » Commonwealth Magazine IN THE MIDST OF A PRESENTATION on MBTA revenues, members of the T's oversight board engaged in a debate about the threat to the transit agency posed by new transportation services such as Uber, Lyft, …

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