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UMass Lowell adjunct faculty criticize lower pay and benefits » Boston Globe The adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell want what their counterparts at other UMass campuses have: higher pay, benefits, and job security. …

Mandate treatment, funding for mentally ill » Boston Globe NANCY CHIERO WAS as devoted as she was patient with her son Lee. The 35-year-old Uxbridge man had spent his life struggling with psychotic delusions, which would periodically send him to the emergency…

Cyr appoints staff » Cape Cod Times TRURO - State Sen.-elect Julian Cyr, D-Truro, is the first new member of the Cape's legislative delegation to announce the hiring of staff members. …

George Michael's work had a unique, profound effect on LGBTQ people » Boston Globe It seems hard to not react toGeorge Michael's death without considering the context of 2016. …

Trump's Health Secretary Pick Leaves Nation's Doctors Divided » New York Times The American Medical Association endorsed the choice of Tom Price, a physician, but thousands of doctors have opposed it, citing Mr. Price's opinions on health care and other issues.…

Sorry, Liberals. Bigotry Didn't Elect Donald Trump. » New York Times The contention that Americans chose Trump for his racist or sexist views is wrong; many voted for him despite that.…

“Donald Trump will need to understand that you cannot just build a wall to keep fentanyl out of America,”

Senator Ed Markey

Speaking about the increasing dangers of fentanyl in the United States.

News By Category
Business

Taunton native David Simas named CEO of Obama Foundation » South Coast Today The news that David Simas has been named head of the Obama Foundation has been met with enthusiasm in his Taunton hometown. …

For office space, Financial District is out — and Seaport is in » Boston Globe An office high atop the Financial District used to be one of the undisputed status symbols of Boston's business world. Now it's getting a little lonely at the top.…

Mass. lost public companies and saw few IPOs in 2016 » Boston Globe After a slow start, Wall Street has rung up a strong year, with major stock indexes trading near record highs. But a pronounced lack of initial public offerings, especially in the technology sector, i…

Third company vying to sell pot in Methuen » The Eagle Tribune A third company has now been given the go-ahead to proceed with plans for a medical marijuana dispensary in the city.…

Until debt do us part: When shared bills outlast the relationship » Boston Globe Shannon DeBlieck, a New York native now living in Alabama, said she owed about $4,000 in student loans when, many years ago, she and her husband consolidated their loans to get a lower interest rate. …

Where in Massachusetts do people who earn $1 million or more live? » Mass Live There will be many hot contests on the 2018 ballot, when voters will select their next governor and other statewide officeholders. But one battle is already generating a significant amount of attentio…

Hikes forcing many store owners to relocate » Boston Herald The Hub's sky-high commercial rent prices are hitting small retailers in the wallet and is forcing some business owners to abandon prized downtown locations.…

Legislation on move to attract LakePharma to Worcester » Worcester Telegram

State fast-tracking Worcester-California biopharma deal » Worcester Business Journal

Crimes

Synthetic opioids are getting into US by mail » Boston Globe Deadly synthetic opioids are streaming into the United States amid a flood of mail that arrives unscreened from abroad every day, overwhelming the Postal Service and fueling the drug epidemic gripping…

Police Investigate Possible Gang Ties In Death Of Teen Found In East Boston » WBUR Police Investigate Possible Gang Ties In Death Of Teen Found In East Boston…

Education

Ashland seeking funds for elementary school opioid education » Wicked Local Framingham Officials are waiting to hear back from the Attorney General's Office on a grant they hope to use to create an opioid awareness curriculum for middle and elementary school children.…

UMass Lowell adjunct faculty criticize lower pay and benefits » Boston Globe The adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell want what their counterparts at other UMass campuses have: higher pay, benefits, and job security.…

Longtime Metco director says she was forced out » Boston Globe As the Metco desegregation program celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, a sensitive dispute between its board and its longtime executive director has unfolded behind the scenes.…

Fitting Students To The System, Not Vice Versa: An Apology » WBUR “What part of this don't you understand?” the judge asked, frustration edging her voice. “You're 14. The law says you need to be in school. Do you think the rules don't apply to you?…

State Announces New UMass Trustees, UMBA Appointments » Business West Gov. Charlie Baker named Mary Burns, Imari Paris Jeffries, Michael O'Brien, Elizabeth Scheibel, and Charles Wu to the board of trustees for the University of Massachusetts, and reappointed Robert Mann…

Environment

Massachusetts on track to meet greenhouse regs » Worcester Telegram The head of the Department of Environmental Protection told a Senate committee this week that the state is on track to meet legal requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, but the panel…

Why Don't Environmentalists Vote? » WBUR The last few weeks have rocked the environmental movement. In the wake of the November elections, environmentalists are deeply concerned about the future of the Paris climate accord, the rollback of f…

Federal

From Delay To Action: The Supreme Court To Take A Conservative Turn In 2017 » WBUR On Jan. 20, 2016, exactly a year before a new president would be sworn into office, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia announced the court's 8-to-1 decision reinstating the death penalty for two Kan…

Experts Hope Trump Makes Cybersecurity An Early Priority » WBUR President Obama has promised to take action in response to findings by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia hacked computers at the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic political group…

Trump says UN just a club for people 'to have a good time' » The Lowell Sun Days after the United Nations voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Donald Trump questioned its effectiveness Monday, saying it's just a club for people to "have a …

Health Care

'Like a slap in the face': Dissent roils the AMA, the nation's largest doctor's group » STAT News Even before the recent election, physicians felt perched on a precipice.…

The Future Of Medicaid May Be Found In Indiana, Where The Poor Pay » WBUR To get a glimpse of where Medicaid may be headed after Donald Trump moves into the White House, it may be wise to look to Indiana.…

Teleconference eyed to complete Minnesota health care fact-finding » State House News Service

Housing

Deadline To Preserve Right To Challenge Foreclosures Approaches » Banker & Tradesman

Human Services

Sen. Flanagan announces passage of malnutrition prevention act » Wicked Local Harvard State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, D-Leominster, recently announced that S.2499, An Act Establishing A Commission on Malnutrition Prevention Among Older Adults, has been signed into law by Gov. Charlie Bak…

Judiciary

Commission Preparing Recommendations For Criminal Justice Reform » WAMC Criminal justice reform legislation is expected to be filed next month as the Massachusetts legislature begins a new session.…

Focus on supervision and not sentencing a flash point in draft justice report » WWLP 22 Expanding access to programs and services for people in prison, hiring more probation officers and using community correction centers to help provide behavioral health services were among policy ideas…

Sen. Chang-Diaz 'Nauseous' at Gov't Criminal Justice Group Treatment of Blacks, Latinos » Jamaica Plain News State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, who represents Jamaica Plain, said she was “made nauseous by the handiwork of government” after she said an all-white panel of a criminal justice working group…

Labor

Growing Brazilian population faces challenges » The Metro West Daily News Helio walked in to Boston's Brazilian Immigration Center, work clothes and face speckled with white paint. Like so many others, he was looking for help in getting his wages.…

As jobs left the US, suicides rose » Boston Globe In this struggling industrial city, changes in trade policy are being measured not only in jobs lost, but also in lives lost — to suicide.…

Skilled laborers are in demand » Salem News Employers are scrambling to find enough skilled workers to fill positions amid low unemployment numbers released last week for the region. …

Legislative

Lynn legislators reflect and project » Lynn Daily News Item The city's Beacon Hill delegation are celebrating their legislative accomplishments in the 2016 session and looking ahead to next year.…

Lawmakers want to make it easier to punish educators who sexually abuse students » Boston Globe State lawmakers and advocates in every New England state are pursuing legislation to make it easier to punish educators who sexually abuse students — and harder for them to get new jobs elsewhe…

After fruitful 2016 atop Beacon Hill, Ehrlich lays out 2017 priorities » Wicked Local Swampscott

Lawmakers want to make sure Massachusetts isn't funding Congo conflict » WWLP 22

Local Government

Southbridge residents fear prospect of no plows this winter » Worcester Telegram Residents of two subdivisions are upset that Worcester developer Jay Pelletz's abandoned both residential building projects.…

Cape Ann's 2016 in review » Gloucester Times It was a year that saw doors open to a new present and future for Cape Ann. It was a year that saw residents shut down a move to open a cherished piece of Gloucester land to development that many resi…

Opinion

Our view: Courts turn a blind eye to pols' business as usual » Salem News Recent court decisions have reminded us of the truth of Thomas Jefferson's observation that “the government you elect is the government you deserve.”…

Our View: A sign of value and confidence in Fall River » Herald News THUMBS UP to the sale of Fall River's South Winds Apartments, for $39.35 million, to real estate investment company Taurus Global Real Estate Investment Co.…

Mandate treatment, funding for mentally ill » Boston Globe NANCY CHIERO WAS as devoted as she was patient with her son Lee. …

Defying 'the worst year ever' » Boston Globe THERE'S A MEME going around, that no one will be sad to see 2016 in our rearview mirror. “Worst year ever!”…

More openness needed on Boston teachers contract » Boston Globe THE CONTRACT between the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union expired in August, but anyone curious about the issues at play or the state of negotiations finds him or herself left in th…

Horowitz: In Trump Era, It will be Up to Cities & States to Lead Way on Climate Change » Go Local Worcester President-elect Trump's selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, to head the EPA is a wake-up call for those who were holding out hope that Mr. Trump's skepticis…

Homeless have rights that merit protection » Berkshire Eagle During the Christmas season, attention is drawn to the less fortunate, and while that is welcome, the difficulties they confront are year-long in nature. That applies to the homeless of Massachusetts …

Other

With Obama's departure, will Washington still be cool? » Boston Globe President Obama and his successor, Donald Trump, have well-documented differences of policy and temperament, but as Trump's reign in Washington draws near, another contrast is emerging — on coo…

At least 300 from Berkshires to march in D.C. on behalf of women » Berkshire Eagle At least 300 people from the Berkshires are planning to attend an upcoming march on the National Mall expressing solidarity for women's rights. …

Politics

When One Party Has the Governor's Mansion and the Other Has the Statehouse » New York Times With swift and brutal efficiency, North Carolina Republicans welcomed an incoming Democratic governor this month to an elite but hardly desirable club: the handful of governors around the nation who f…

After online threats, gaming engineer plans run for Congress » Berkshire Eagle In the gaming world, Brianna Wu has earned a reputation battling the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate, a fight that led to rape and murder threats from the darker recesses of the male-do…

Dems push Baker on Trump » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts Democrats were crestfallen after Donald Trump's stunning victory in November over Hillary Clinton. But the president-elect may have given the state party a gift by helping it, after near…

Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel has all sides on edge » Sentinel & Enterprise If President-elect Donald Trump wanted to show he planned to obliterate President Barack Obama's approach to Israel, he may have found his man to deliver that message in David Friedman, his pick for …

Massachusetts Voters Made History In 2016 By Legalizing Marijuana » WAMC

Public Health

Report says drug amnesty program helped hundreds get treatment » Berkshire Eagle A novel drug addiction program developed in a small Massachusetts fishing town and since replicated in dozens of cities nationwide was able to place almost 400 addicts into treatment nearly each time …

Public Safety

State provides almost $1 million for Fall River public safety » Herald News The city's public safety departments are getting a nearly $1 million fiscal shot in the arm thanks to state funded grants announced by Governor Charlie Baker on Friday.…

Boston Police are solving more homicides » Boston Globe Richard Coyne couldn't sleep. At first, it hadn't seemed real: His mother, Barbara, couldn't have been slashed to death by an intruder in their South Boston home in April 2012.…

Mansfield chief takes in policing strategy in Israel » The Sun Chronicle Half a world away in Israel, Police Chief Ron Sellon said he learned lessons from police and security forces that could help deter terrorism at home and make communities like Mansfield safer.…

Rhode Island Police Learn How To Respond To People Struggling With Mental Illness » WBUR A spate of high-profile police shootings have drawn attention to the way police respond to people dealing with mental illness. Until recently, that response was: Arrest first, ask questions later. Bu…

New plan by State Police keeps K-9 units safe from deadly drug » WHDH State Police dogs are on the front line in the war on drugs, guided by their acute sense of smell to locate narcotics.…

Healey targets demand in sex trade » Berkshire Eagle Estimating that one in five Massachusetts men have tried to buy sex online at some point in their lives, Attorney General Maura Healey said her office plans to fight human trafficking by reducing the …

Taxation

Mass. among few states that has not adopted fed tax deadlines » State House News Service

Transportation

Standing in a train on a snowy evening » Commonwealth Magazine Whose trains these are I think I know. His office is high atop Beacon Hill though. He will not see me stopping h…

Baker mulls fine bill as Boston eyes crackdown on snowy sidewalks » State House News Service

Utilities

Pipeline halted after much opposition » Nashua Telegraph Kinder Morgan's $3 billion plan to build a 420-mile long natural gas pipeline stretching through Massachusetts and New Hampshire met with local opposition for more than a year before the project was f…

AG Healey Calls for DPU Investigation into Allowed Profits for Bay State Utilities » Energy Manager Today

Baker administration agrees to pursue energy storage targets » State House News Service

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