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11:00am Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

4:00pm Annual Lighting of the Chanukah Menorah, Grand Staircase

Birthdays: Rep. Kimberly Ferguson

Must-Reads

Probation ruling sets new standard for prosecutions » Boston Globe The federal appeals court decision Monday overturning the high-profile convictions of former state Probation Department officials helped carve a new landscape for prosecutors — one that, legal analy…

Massachusetts officials look to Minnesota for ways to cut health care costs » Mass Live The Minnesota health care system relies on paramedics. If a 911 call comes in and the problem is not acute, often a paramedic can treat the patient at home -- evaluating symptoms and administering med…

Emails show wage debate in AG's office before alleged extortion » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 21, 2016.....Years before it became the centerpiece of a federal extortion case that rocked Boston City Hall, an outdoor music festival and its hiring practices were the subj…

New Questions About Public Corruption As Probation Convictions Overturned » WBUR Three former state officials have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in their role of a patronage scandal at the probation department. …

How Liberal Professors Are Ruining College » Boston Magazine The freshman had his hesitations. “I am somewhat 'in the closet,'” he emailed me from the safety of his dorm room. It was near midnight on a Thursday in late October, and the young man was still a…

Top state leaders to tighten recreational marijuana law in 2017 » WWLP 22 Top state leaders are already thinking about ways to tighten the new recreational marijuana law to make sure all sales are taxed and that people, especially children, are safe.…

“There have been a bunch of issues around public health and public safety and local control that have come up over the course of the conversation and I would expect that these guys would be dealing with those as a part of the conversation.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the House and Senate debating the recreational marijuana law in the upcoming session.

News By Category
Business

Seaport District may find its soul in park named for Martin Richard » Boston Globe If our gleaming new Seaport District lacks a soul, it won't after Martin's Park is built.…

Citizens Bank to continue sponsorship of The Lawn on D » Boston Globe Citizens Bank has recommitted to being title sponsor for The Lawn on D, the popular park next to the convention center in South Boston. …

Alzheimer's is Biogen's top challenge, new CEO says » Boston Globe The incoming chief executive of Biogen Inc. told stock analysts Tuesday that he'll conduct a review of the company's operations with the aim of strengthening its pipeline of drugs in development, and …

WPI, UMass Medical to join $250M federal biomanufacturing institute » Worcester Business Journal Massachusetts will anchor the northeastern confluence of the first American biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation institute, and two Worcester institutions will be closely involved.…

Facing last Christmas in Boston, Flower Exchange looks to bloom anew in Chelsea » Boston Globe For vendors at the century-old Boston Flower Exchange, the holiday season is about to wrap up — in more ways than one.…

Marshfield state rep. hosts A Seat at the Table for business community » Wicked Local Marshfield The local business community got the chance to hear about some of region's hot topics on Thursday, Dec. 15 over breakfast at the Village At Proprietors Green.…

Amazon going all Uber in Boston » Boston Herald Don't be surprised if the next time you get a package from Amazon the item arrives in a car, rather than in a white Amazon van or a big UPS truck.…

21 Massachusetts tech companies that could go public in 2017 » Boston Business Journal

Baker-Polito Administration announces $200,000 in grants to improve Massachusetts farm food safety » Sampan

Civil Rights

Jews, Muslims to march in solidarity against racism » Metro Hanukkah doesn't begin until Saturday, but hundreds of Boston's Jewish residents will take to the streets to symbolically light nine candles — the amount on a menorah — as a way to shed light on r…

Boston Is Among Top 8 Immigrant-Friendly Cities » Boston Magazine Boston's colleges are drawing students from around the world and shaping a uniquely diverse population of immigrants in the city, according to the findings of a new study, which also placed the Hub on…

Crimes

There were 20,000 recent ads to buy sex online made in downtown Boston, Attorney General Maura Healey says » Mass Live There are 9,000 searches for sex buying in Boston every day, and the average number of ads posted every month in Greater Boston, according to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office.…

AG Healey: Sex Trafficking Is A Growing Problem In Mass » WGBH News Sex trafficking —an insidiously underground and seemingly distant problem— is much more pervasive in Massachusetts than some might think, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Education

State board of education looking to expand early college programs » WWLP 22 State education officials next month will decide whether to move ahead on an early college initiative that could serve up to 16,000 students and potentially help raise overall college completion level…

Springfield resident elected chairman of UMass Building Authority » The Republican Victor Woolridge, who led his last University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees meeting as chairman earlier this month, will now serve as chairman of the UMass Building Authority.…

Colleges Advise Traveling DACA Students To Return To U.S. Before Trump's Inauguration » WBUR Colleges and universities are advising undocumented students who are traveling abroad to return to the U.S. before Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20. The schools…

Framingham State University receives workspace program grant » The Metro West Daily News

Environment

Obama bans future oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic » Boston Globe President Obama moved to solidify his environmental legacy Tuesday by withdrawing hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Virgi…

Woodlands purchase boosted by grant » Wicked Local Brewster The 900-acre Punkhorn Parklands and Nickerson State Park are Brewster's most well known forest lands but there are also nearly 200-acres of woods on the north side of Sheep Pond.…

MassCEC releases 2016 report on job growth in clean energy sector » Biomass Magazine The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently released its 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing steady growth in the clean energy industry with an additional 6,300 employed during…

Pact gives Native Americans access to Dennis conservation land » Cape Cod Times Native Americans will once again be free to gather, celebrate and hold spiritual ceremonies on 250 acres of Dennis conservation land following the ratification of a historic pact Monday.…

Obama Designates Atlantic, Arctic Areas Off-Limits To Offshore Drilling » WBUR President Obama has indefinitely blocked offshore drilling in areas of the Atlantic Ocean and in Arctic waters, a move aimed at advancing environmental protection during his final days in office.…

Outgoing Obama bans new oil drilling in parts of Arctic, Atlantic » The Republican President Obama on Tuesday introduced a ban on future offshore oil and gas drilling in wide areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard in a move he deemed "permanent" and industry opponents vowed t…

US Sen. Markey: Trump's win has galvanized environmentalists » South Coast Today U.S. Sen. Edward Markey warned Tuesday that any effort by President-elect Donald Trump to roll back renewable energy regulations will face fierce opposition from a newly galvanized environmental movem…

Housing

Homeless programs get $1.76 million boost » Cape Cod Times The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday it was awarding $1.76 million to Cape and Islands programs for the homeless, including $81,000 in new funds for a house for homel…

Mass. gets $69.4m from HUD to aid homeless » Boston Globe Massachusetts on Tuesday was awarded $69.4 million in federal grants to help the state's homeless population, including $24.2 million in funding for Boston shelters and programming.…

Judiciary

Carmen Ortiz legacy, fate of City Hall case left in doubt » Boston Herald A federal appeals court's unanimous rebuke of U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz's brazen overreach in the Bay State Probation scandal may have a lasting effect on her office's pursuit of public corruption…

Appeal ruling just latest in string of humbling defeats for U.S. Attorney » Boston Herald U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz faces the prospect of leaving office with a tarnished record of botched prosecutions — with her latest failure, the three ex-Probation Department officials cleared by a…

Ortiz's shrinking role on corruption » Commonwealth Magazine US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is vowing to continue bringing corruption charges against public officials, but the overturning of her convictions of former Probation commissioner John O'Brien and two of his…

There are new legal standards after court's Probation decision » Boston Globe The federal appeals court decision Monday overturning the high-profile convictions of former state Probation Department officials helped carve a new landscape for prosecutors — one that, legal analy…

Pot still illegal in parts of Massachusetts under federal jurisdiction » Berkshire Eagle Marijuana legalization in Massachusetts has a big federal asterisk. Bay Staters last week celebrated their new freedom to carry and gift up to an ounce of marijuana, displaying the drug openly on th…

Many fear state criminal justice reforms will be too few » Bay State Banner

Carmen Ortiz to step down as U.S. Attorney » Boston Herald

Top Mass. federal prosecutor Carmen Ortiz resigns from post » Boston Business Journal

Labor

Appeals court rejects challenge to Mass. sick-time law » Boston Business Journal A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to the earned sick-time law passed by Massachusetts voters in 2014, saying that it is too early to determine whether the law applies to union workers w…

Annual Worcester jobs growth among strongest in state » Worcester Business Journal Greater Worcester was among the four regions that saw the largest job gains between November 2015 and November 2016, according to new data released Tuesday by the Executive Office of Labor and Workfor…

Emails show wage debate in AG's office before alleged Boston union extortion » The Republican

Legislative

Black and Latino lawmakers want delay in justice report » Boston Globe The state's black and Latino lawmakers have called for a delay to this week's long-awaited release of a report recommending reforms to Massachusetts' criminal justice system, saying more work needs to…

Cyr Ready for Beacon Hill » Cape Cod Online Cape and Islands State Senator-elect Julian Cyr says he is ready to hit the ground running on Beacon Hill when he is sworn in to office on January 4.…

Senator-Elect Cyr announces staff picks » Cape Cod Today Senator-elect Julian Cyr of the Cape and Islands District has hired a slate of Cape Codders to serve in his Senate office. They bring a combination of energy and experience to Beacon Hill to work on b…

Gloria Fox ends 30-year legislative career » Bay State Banner

Local Government

Selectmen Considering Feb Special Town Meeting To Tackle Transfer Loophole » The Belmontonian The Belmont Board of Selectmen is considering calling a February Special Town Meeting to resolve the controversal inability of the town to control the transfer of alcohol and liquor licenses.…

Rowe elected city clerk » Lynn Daily News Item In a 6-5 vote, Janet Rowe, the Lynn's assistant clerk for more than a decade, was elevated to city clerk by the city council on Tuesday night.…

Charter commissioners ponder enhanced powers for selectmen » The Harvard Press The nine members of the Charter Commission have begun to explore a radically simplified structure that would place executive powers firmly in the hands of an elected Board of Selectmen, which, togethe…

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno: City council's override veto on reinstating Citizen Police Commission 'invalid' » The Republican Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Tuesday that a City Council vote on Monday night that overrode his veto of a five-member Police Commission in Springfield is "invalid."…

Amherst Select Board raises concerns about recreational marijuana sales, asks for more local control » The Republican The Amherst Select Board has sent a letter to state officials raising concerns about the recent legalization of marijuana and asking that the law be amended to allow municipalities to delay commercial…

A Plan To Resettle Syrian Refugees Divides This Small Vermont City » WBUR For two hours on a recent Thursday night, one of this city's Unitarian churches was filled with an unusual sound: Arabic.…

Opinion

Baker's costly cuts » Cape Cod Times Two weeks ago, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker dealt Cape Cod and the Islands a series of devastating financial blows, first slashing funding for opioid addiction treatment and then cutting a tourism…

China sends Trump a message » Boston Globe DONALD TRUMP accepts a congratulatory telephone call from Tsai Ing-wen, president of Taiwan. Two weeks later, China seizes an American underwater research drone.…

How to bring about true democracy » Boston Globe IT'S TIME for some citizen activism to help America break free of its 18th-century antidemocratic anchor. I'm talking about the Electoral College, of course.…

Editorial: Five priorities for Legislature's to-do list » Gazette Net The Legislature opens its 2017 session in two weeks on Jan. 4, and we hope that lawmakers put these five issues of particular interest for western Massachusetts on their to-do list.…

Hoaxes harm real victims » Boston Globe It was heartbreaking, a few weeks ago, to read of a young Muslim woman attacked, her hijab almost ripped off, and told by three men on a New York subway train to “Get the hell out of the country.”…

Sorry, Haters: However Improbably, Donald Trump Is Thriving » WBUR If you elect him, they will come.…

Politics

Trump may help Mass. Democrats raise their own political standing » Boston Globe Near the end of Attorney General Maura Healey's postelection forum for dispirited Democrats this month, a questioner stood to demand that Governor Charlie Baker be held accountable for his “deafenin…

Governor Charlie Baker supports maintaining Electoral College » WWLP 22 Despite nationwide protests, Republican Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote; a final step to become the next president. Trump won the electoral vote, despite falling short on the national popu…

Walsh says race backlash in part led to Trump win » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh, taking on a contentious issue rippling across the country, said Tuesday that he believes the election of Donald Trump was in part due to a backlash against the nation's first bl…

Hillary's Last Hurrah: Clinton Carries Massachusetts; Trump Still Wins » New Boston Post 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 t…

Healey cites Trump's 'most dangerous Cabinet' in appeal to donors » The Salem News

Public Safety

State scans Mass. license photos to find matches with suspects » Boston Globe The millions of photos that have been taken for Massachusetts-issued driver's licenses and other official ID cards are regularly scanned using facial recognition software that hunts for matches with p…

Healey targeting demand in bid to counter sex rings » Sentinel & Enterprise

State Finance

Mass. December tax collections up over last year » Sentinel & Enterprise Two weeks after Gov. Charlie Baker slashed $98 million in spending from the state budget, state revenue department officials reported to lawmakers Tuesday that tax collections over the first two weeks…

Mid-month tax collections up by $39 million » Sentinel & Enterprise Two weeks after Gov. Charlie Baker slashed $98 million in spending from the state budget, state revenue department officials reported to lawmakers Tuesday that tax collections over the first two weeks…

State Government

Maura Healey: 'No place for patronage in state government' » South Coast Today Expressing a commitment to having the "right kind of accountability in government," Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday that overturned convictions in a probation department patronage case shou…

Mass. electors think it may be time to eliminate Electoral College » Nashoba Publishing 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 …

Western Massachusetts communities get $47,000 for regionalization efforts » The Republican

Transportation

North Quincy T development moves forward » Patriot Ledger The city agreed to waive its “air rights” to the property, allowing the MBTA to continue with its plan allow a large mixed-use development on the station.…

MBTA Expands Youth Pass Program » CBS Local Starting in February, the MBTA is expanding its youth pass program.…

Utilities

High-voltage transmission line from Canada to New England wins presidential permit » The Republican

AG Healey calls for probe into utility companies' rising rates, profits » Boston Herald

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Recipe of the Week

PENUCHE

Pastry Chef Ashley Low

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 10 ounces heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine all ingredients. Heat over medium high heat until the mixture reaches 236 F.
  2. Move to an electric mixer and beat with a paddle attachment until smooth, scraping down the sides a few times. Transfer the mixture to a plastic-lined sheet pan. Let cool completely. Cut, set and eat.

Press Releases

House's "GreenWorks" Climate Legislation, H.3846 » American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.7 Million for River and Wetland Restoration and Climate Adaptation » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Neal, Brady Introduce Legislation to Improve and Expand Medicare » Office of Congressman Richard Neal

Banker & Tradesman: Bill Offers Big Projects Shelter from Liquor License Limits » NAIOP

Massachusetts to Cancel Popular Electric Vehicle Rebate in September » Conservation Law Foundation

Column: We Need a Carbon Pollution Fee to Combat Climate Change » Office of Senator Jason Lewis

MBTA Control Board Launches Independent Safety Review Panel » MBTA

Orange Line: Wellington to Oak Grove: Evening Trains Replaced with Shuttle Buses For Track Reconstruction » MBTA

Baker-Polito Administration Honors Outstanding Educators » Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Moulton Statement on Iran » Office of Congressman Seth Moulton

Methuen Attorney Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Jail for Stealing From Client Estate » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Unemployment and Job Estimates for May 2019 » Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Plan Ahead of July 4th Travel » MassDOT

Senator Markey Statement on Cancelled Airstrikes Against Iran: We Need Diplomacy, Not Destruction » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators to EPA: Stop Undermining Key Chemical Safety Law » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Apprenticeship Tax Credit Begins July 1 » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Environmental Officials Present ‘Green Team’ Awards to Massachusetts Schools » Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Operation House Call » The Arc of Massachusetts

Plans to Accelerate Red Line Signal Repairs » MBTA

Massachusetts Democrats remain silent on Ocasio-Cortez’s false “concentration camps” rhetoric » MassGOP

Domestic violence survivors speak out for Safe Communities Act » MIRA Coalition


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