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The Media Blew Overall, Yes, But There Were Noteworthy Exceptions, And Here They Are » The Daily Beast Donald Trump's victory was thoroughly unexpected, and since Election Day hundreds of reporters and commentators have tried to explain how he won and what his victory means for the nation and the world…

Right-To-Work: Coming To A Place Near You » New Boston Post Twenty-six states now have right-to-work laws. Election results last month in Kentucky, where a Republican House was elected for the first time in more than a century, and in Missouri, where a Republi…

John Kerry, tireless in his diplomatic efforts, often came up empty-handed » Boston Herald WASHINGTON — John F. Kerry was late to his own party. Staffers, journalists and other officials were gathered in the ornate Benjamin Franklin salon at the State Department on Dec. 14 for early …

Personal care attendants have less training, checks than other home care workers » MassLive Before a state-contracted home health care aide enters the home of a patient, the aide has undergone 40 or 75 hours of training, depending on their role, and had a state criminal history background ch…

Service workers' union braces for Trump presidency by cutting spending » Boston Globe One of the country's most aggressive unions is slashing spending as it braces for a Trump administration it says will be hostile to organized labor. …

Thousands of Mass. residents pledge to join women's march in D.C. » Boston Globe In November, days after the election of Donald Trump, Tami Gouveia started a Facebook group promoting the Women's March on Washington. Within 24 hours, more than 1,000 people from Massachusetts had co…

Biz groups lobbying against new health insurance mandate » State House News Service Health insurers and business groups are working to block a late-session push to force insurance coverage of congenital craniofacial defects affecting skull and face bones for children age 18 or under,…

DNC needs to be turned upside down » Commonwealth Magazine IT HAS BEEN OVER A MONTH since the 2016 presidential election. For Democrats, the collective empty feeling and sleepless nights are still present. Why did the Democrats lose? Simply, it is because the…

US Rep. Katherine Clark blasts GOP plan to fine lawmakers who live-stream from floor » MassLive Congresswoman Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, took aim at U.S. House Republican leaders Tuesday for introducing a rules package that would fine and punish lawmakers for recording photos and video from the…

Legislature votes to delay marijuana shops » Boston Globe State lawmakers voted Wednesday morning to delay the opening date for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts by half a year — from January to summer 2018.…

"Rather than take a single vote to prevent gun violence, as their first order of business in the new Congress, House Republican leaders will instead seek to punish those of us who speak up about the need to act," she wrote on Facebook. "They should know this: there is no punishment that will deter me from standing with American families devastated by gun violence."

Congresswoman Katherine Clark

In response to House leadership passing a rule to fine and punish lawmakers for recording from the chamber's floor.

News By Category
Business

Fishing in 2016: The year didn't go swimmingly for industry » Gloucester Times The past year in the commercial fishing industry and along the city's waterfront has been one of battles, as the city's legendary fishing industry has fought to remain viable in the midst of regulator…

Trump Aide Partnered With Firm Run by Man With Alleged KGB Ties » Bloomberg Politics Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, partnered this year with a controversial technology company co-run by a man once convicted of trying to sell stolen biotech material to the Rus…

Here's when marijuana shops will open in Massachusetts » Mic Marijuana shops are coming to Massachusetts, thanks to a vote on Election Day to legalize the recreational use of the drug. Proponents of the law, however, will have to wait a little bit longer before…

LakePharma Inc. one step closer to bringing 150 jobs to old Worcester State Hospital grounds » MassLive Massachusetts lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to facilitate the expansion of a California biologics company into Worcester. …

Legislature delays marijuana shops, deadlines by 6 months » Boston Herald

Civil Rights

Post-election donations to Berkshire Immigrant Center soar » Berkshire Eagle Between the presidential election on Nov. 8 and Dec. 8, the Berkshire Immigrant Center collected $7,100 in donations — $100 more than the maximum it typically receives from its annual funding a…

Environment

Plastic bag ban to begin in Amherst » Gazette Net Thin plastic bags that provide a level of convenience for shoppers and diners, but which are also viewed as causing environmental harm, will no longer be allowed in Amherst's stores and restaurants be…

Boost the Renewable Portfolio Standard » Commonwealth Magazine AT THE SAME TIME president-elect Donald Trump has loudly promised job creation measures, he has also vowed to invest in fossil fuel expansion, including the coal industry. These two promises are i…

Blackstone among DCR's First Day Hikes » Worcester Telegram kstone among DCR's First Day Hikes Tuesday Posted Dec 27, 2016 at 1:06 PM Updated Dec 27, 2016 at 4:29 PM Share By Bradford L. Miner Correspondent UXBRIDGE - The state Department of Conservation …

Federal

Trump has offered no insight on how he'll protect diplomats » Sentinel & Enterprise Donald Trump hammered rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign for failing to prevent the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state. Soon Trump will…

Health Care

Once-promising diabetes 'breakthrough' comes unglued with a major retraction » STAT News One of the highest-profile researchers in diabetes has retracted a paper once heralded as a breakthrough, following multiple failed attempts to reproduce its headline-grabbing results.…

For Many, Fewer Obamacare Choices Doesn't Mean Higher Prices » WBUR People in Columbia, S.C., had their pick of four health insurers last year when they shopped for policies during the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment. This time they have…

Study: If Medical Care By Family Members Of Sick Kids Were Paid, Costs Could Total Up To $35B » WBUR For the first time, researchers have put a national price tag on the unpaid caregiving work performed by the families of children with special medical needs: Those labors of love would amount to tens …

Personal care attendants have less training, checks than other home care workers » MassLive

Housing

A move to bring more affordable housing turns into a fight » Boston Globe Some of us start the new year with a plan to hit the gym more, or eat better.…

Mass. for-sale home inventory at 12-year low » State House News Service Supply and demand dynamics are on display in the Massachusetts housing market.…

Mass. single-family sales soar » Boston Herald Single-family home sales in the Bay State jumped 26 percent in November — the highest number for the month since 1998 and the second highest on record, according to data released yesterday by t…

Human Services

Push Is On To Pass Mass. Homeless Bill Of Rights » New England Public Radio Several dozen Massachusetts state lawmakers are pushing to get a proposal creating a so-called “homeless bill of rights” passed before the end of the year. …

Judiciary

Charlie Baker, state 'stingy' with prison pardons » Boston Herald Nearly 200 criminal offenders are asking Gov. Charlie Baker to wipe clean their records or release them from prison, including murderers, drug traffickers and others still proclaiming their innocence …

SJC to get rolling on OUI joint issues » Boston Herald The state's highest court is set to weigh the future of roadside sobriety tests for those suspected of being under the influence of pot — the first massive case to be considered on the heels of…

Labor

Service workers' union braces for Trump presidency by cutting spending » Boston Globe One of the country's most aggressive unions is slashing spending as it braces for a Trump administration it says will be hostile to organized labor.…

AG Healey issues advisory on minimum wage increase, information to be available in 14 languages » Sampan

Legislative

Legislators carrying on the good fight » Lynn Daily News Item It's been 25 years since a Lynn woman named Patricia Lawrence vowed to channel her frustrations and fears about her daughter's mental illness into a fight against insurance companies.…

With only 1 week before deadline, lawmakers trying to get bills to governor » WWLP 22 State lawmakers made their return to Boston Tuesday after the holiday weekend, and there is a rush to get bills to Governor Charlie Baker's desk.…

Delay in implementation of marijuana in Massachusetts? Lawmakers sent bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk » MassLive

Bill to restore Pittsfield bus drivers' pension payments now on Gov.'s desk » Berkshire Eagle Whether retired city bus drivers and attendants receive pension payments withheld by the state retirement board is now up to Governor Charlie Baker.…

Baker to decide whether state lawmakers will receive pay raises » WWLP 22 State legislators might make more money in the New Year. Governor Charlie Baker has until next week to decide whether the 200 elected state lawmakers will get a salary increase, and if so, by how much…

Attleboro state rep visiting Israel will miss swearing-in ceremony » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Paul Heroux will travel to Israel next month and will miss his official swearing-in ceremony.…

State Senate votes to delay marijuana dispensaries by 6 months » Boston Herald

Electeds of color hear residents' priorities » Bay State Banner

Local Government

Shirking snow shoveling in Boston this winter could cost you $1,500 » Boston Globe By all means, let it snow, let it snow this winter. But certain property owners in Boston may soon be warned: Don't let it pile up.…

15 Public Art Projects Around Boston 2016 Brought Us » WBUR On Boston's walls, in parks, in storefronts, inside subway stations. Some of the most exciting art happening around the city is happening in public. Often fleet-footed and temporary, which gives the c…

Legal dispute kills potential dispensary in Danvers » Salem News A business dispute over the sale of a building in the Danvers Industrial Park has killed what would have been the town's first medical marijuana dispensary.…

In Boston, a snowy sidewalk could really cost you soon » Berkshire Eagle Major Boston property owners may want to double-check that their snow-blowers are in working order as the city could soon receive the authority to impose much steeper fines for those who fail to keep …

Baker considers steeper fines for snowy Boston sidewalks » Worcester Telegram Major Boston property owners may want to double-check that their snow-blowers are in working order as the city could soon receive the authority to impose much steeper fines for those who fail to keep …

Baker mulls fine bill as Boston weighs snowy sidewalks crackdown » South Coast Today Major Boston property owners may want to double-check that their snow-blowers are in working order as the city could soon receive the authority to impose much steeper fines for those who fail to keep …

Selectmen Finally Settle on MVC Appointment » Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Opinion

The consequences of not vetoing the Israel resolution » Boston Globe AMID THE CONTINUING controversy over the Obama administration's refusal to veto the Security Council's resolution regarding Israeli “settlements,” it is important to understand why Israeli…

Our view: Small grants go a long way toward preservation » Gloucester Times The Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office is widely known for overseeing elections and county registries of deeds, and being the repository for campaign finance filings and lobbyists' reports. …

Fitzgerald: So much promise squandered from groundbreaking commander in chief » Boston Herald Politics aside, Barack Obama will be remembered here with more than a bit of regret over what America's first black president could have been.…

In Massachusetts, Repeating History, Hoping For Redemption » WBUR I still remember how I felt when my neighbor warned me about the homophobic graffiti someone had scrawled in the hallway of my apartment.…

Op-ed by Boston Mayor Walsh: Helping Boston's homeowners » Sampan When I ran for Mayor, I knew I wanted to make Boston a city where every resident can afford to live, work and raise a family. Since I've been elected, Boston has grown — fast. Our population is…

Other

Ward picked to lead Obama-Holder redistricting project » Politico President Barack Obama and Eric Holder's quickly expanding Democratic joint project to tackle redistricting reform has picked a leader: Kelly Ward, fresh off four years as the executive director of th…

RICHARD TRUMKA in the NYT, "Don't Let Trump Speak for Workers" » New York Times "Mr. Trump's emerging cabinet and policy pronouncements seem to treat actual working people as bottom lines rather than human beings, our unions as a threat rather than a partner, and rising wages as …

For Trumps, 'Made in USA' a tricky label to stitch » Boston Globe At Saks Off Fifth, an Ivanka Trump polyester and spandex blouse made in Indonesia was marked down to $34.99, from $69. …

Push on to expand Lottery online » Nashoba Publishing n your lunch break, imagine whipping out your phone and testing your luck on a scratch ticket. Plenty of people are already betting on fantasy sports on their smartphones, so why doesn't the Massachu…

Trump meets with Partners HealthCare's chief executive » Boston Globe

Push on to expand Lottery online » Sentinel & Enterprise

Politics

Dems using Trump cabinet picks as pressure point on Baker » South Coast Today Massachusetts Democrats were crestfallen after Donald Trump's stunning victory in November over Hillary Clinton.…

Newton Mayor Setti Warren is 'strongly considering' a 2018 run for governor » Boston.com At last, Newton Mayor Setti Warren is (somewhat) publicly considering what he has reportedly been discussing privately: A 2018 bid to be governor of Massachusetts.…

Politics in review: City council, state races, the charter cap » Bay State Banner

Public Health

Five years later, compliance with Mass. concussion law remains spotty » Boston Globe A newly released survey has found that half of Massachusetts student athletes who experienced concussion-like symptoms continued playing that day, one of a handful of studies showing spotty compliance…

AED bill awaiting committee approval as Massachusetts legislative session winds down » My Fox Boston There's a time crunch on Beacon Hill for a bill aimed at saving the lives of students and athletes at schools across Massachusetts.…

Public Safety

Program on mass incarceration in Massachusetts slated for Jan. 4 » Newburyport News Residents can hear about the concept of ending mass incarceration in Massachusetts with a formerly incarcerated person and a statewide activist on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., in the Lower Meeting House…

Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson to be sworn in for fourth term » South Coast Today Thomas M. Hodgson will take the oath of office as High Sheriff of Bristol County for a fourth term on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m., at the Margaret L. Jackson Arts Center on the Bristol Community C…

Police Misconduct Allegations Brought Calls In 2016 For Change In Supervision » WAMC

State Government

Despite Long Lines, Early Voting Proved To Be A Hit In Massachusetts » WGBH News Everyone understands the headache that accompanies waiting until Election Day to cast a vote in their state. The prospect of waiting for hours in lines stretching down the sidewalk for several blocks …

Push is on for online Lottery sales » The Lowell Sun On your lunch break, imagine whipping out your phone and testing your luck on a Lottery scratch ticket.…

State honoring Lowell's Nancy Donahue as cultural philanthropist » The Lowell Sun For decades, Nancy Donahue has given countless hours and considerable financial support to Lowell's arts community, schools and other groups. In the Lowell area, that work by Donahue and her late hus…

Gov. Baker sets date for State of the State address » Taunton Gazette Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth address to the Legislature and the general public on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the day before he is expected to file his annual budget prop…

Taxation

Mass. among few states that has not adopted federal tax deadlines » The Valley Dispatch With just a week to go unto the legislative session resets, accountants are pushing the House Ways and Means Committee to advance a state tax code change that they say will reduce uncertainty for taxp…

Transportation

Hingham's new $7 million ferry terminal to open next month » The Patriot Ledger The lobby is gleaming and the ticket window is ready. With a final inspection sign-off, the MBTA's new ferry terminal will be open for its first commuters in January.…

Mass. banking on test drives to spur electric vehicle sales » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts officials plan to use their share of a $500,000 federal grant to put more drivers behind the wheels of electric vehicles over the next two years in a bid to spur sales in that market. A…

Baker Announces $12 Million in Federal Funding to Speed Up Deployment of Electric Cars » Go Local Worcester

Senate bill aiming to keep kids out of front passenger seats » WWLP 22

Utilities

Downwinders Call on State Officials to Support Pilgrim Shutdown » Cape Cod Online

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Recipe of the Week

SWEDISH SPICED WINE (GLÖGG)

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Makes 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1½ CUPS BRANDY

  • 1 CUP RAISINS

  • 1½ CUPS WATER

  • 248 GRAMS (1¼ CUPS PACKED) LIGHT BROWN SUGAR

  • 12 3-INCH STRIPS ORANGE ZEST (2 ORANGES)

  • 8 3½-INCH CINNAMON STICKS, BROKEN INTO ROUGH PIECES

  • 3 -INCH PIECE FRESH GINGER, CUT INTO 6 PIECES AND SMASHED

  • 5 DRIED BLACK MISSION FIGS

  • 1 TABLESPOON CARDAMOM PODS, LIGHTLY CRUSHED

  • 1 TABLESPOON WHOLE CLOVES

  • 1 TEASPOON BLACK PEPPERCORNS

  • 2 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE

  • 4 TEASPOONS ANGOSTURA BITTERS

  • FOR THE GLÖGG

  • 2 750-MILLILITER BOTTLES DRY RED WINE

  • BRANDIED RAISINS AND SLIVERED ALMONDS, TO SERVE (OPTIONAL)

Directions

  1. In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, combine the brandy and raisins. Microwave until steaming but not bubbling, about 1½ minutes. Let sit for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, sugar, zest, cinnamon, ginger, figs, cardamom, cloves and peppercorns and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Cover, remove from the heat and let sit 30 to 60 minutes.

  2. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the brandy into the pan, reserving the raisins. Strain the brandy-spiced syrup mixture into a bowl, discarding the solids. Stir in the lemon juice and bitters. Use immediately or transfer to a jar and refrigerate for up to 1 month.

  3. In a large pot over medium, combine the wine and concentrate and heat gently until bubbles just begin to form around the edges. Do not boil. Ladle into cups and serve garnished with brandied raisins and slivered almonds, if desired.

Tip: Don’t use a heavily oaked or highly tannic wine. A dry, slightly fruity, medium-bodied red wine made the best glögg. Our top pick was a Côtes du Rhône, but Beaujolais also worked well, as did grenache or syrah-based blends.



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