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11:00am Iwo Jima Day, Great Hall & Memorial Hall

11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

11:30am Marine Corps League Semper Fidelis Public Servant Award Presentation, Memorial Hall

1:00pm Anti-Carbon Emissions Rally, State House steps

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Must-Reads

Hospitals pressured to reject foreign students because of Trump policy » Boston Globe Hospitals are under intense pressure to reject qualified international medical students applying for residencies in the United States because of fears that President Trump's immigration policies may b…

Mass. should diversify teaching force - and here's how » Boston Globe DIVERSIFYING MASSACHUSETTS' overwhelmingly white teaching force will be no simple task. But there are some intriguing efforts here and around the country that policy makers should seriously consider r…

Poll: Support for Obamacare is rising » Politico The 2010 health care law is becoming more popular, even as it heads toward the chopping block — further complicating efforts by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal an…

Milo Is the Mini-Donald » New York Times If you halved Donald Trump's age, changed his sexual orientation, gave him a British accent and fussed with his hair only a little, you'd end up with a creature much like Milo Yiannopoulos. He could b…

Wolf plans listening tour to gauge gubernatorial run » Politico Dan Wolf, former Democratic State Senator and current Cape Air CEO is actively considering a run for governor and will kick off a speaking tour across the state at a Cambridge Democratic City Committe…

State leaders unveil bill aimed at cutting recidivism » Commonwealth Magazine STATE LEADERS UNVEILED long-awaited legislation today aimed at reducing recidivism rates in the criminal justice system. But whether the bill tackles the most pressing issue facing the system or simpl…

Protesters target justice system as Baker files bill to reduce recidivism » Boston Herald A new bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker takes aim at the revolving door at many Bay State prisons and jails, where as many as two-thirds of ex-cons wind up back behind bars soon after hitting the stree…

DA Conley pushes back against Gants » Commonwealth Magazine SUFFOLK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN CONLEY on Tuesday pushed back against efforts by Chief Justice Ralph Gants and members of the Senate to do away with mandatory minimum sentences and give more disc…

GateHouse Media parent signals cuts as it preps to buy more newspapers » Boston Business Journal The parent company of GateHouse Media is once again talking about cutting expenses at the same time as it's talking about buying up more local newspapers across the country. …

"It is time to recognize that mandatory minimum sentencing is a failed experiment that must end."

Justice Ralph Gants

On the legislature's new recidivism reform bill

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Expert: Plan's potential public shaming of sanctuaries a 'powerful weapon' » Boston Herald President Trump's new deportation guidelines will put cities like Boston at risk of being publicly shamed if an illegal immigrant they release goes on to commit a crime, a conservative immigration adv…

US Sen. Ed Markey slams President Donald Trump's proposed border wall after Mexico visit » The Republican U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, criticized President Donald Trump's plans to build a wall along the United States' southern border with Mexico Tuesday, contending that the structure will not pro…

Trump Moving To Delay Rule That Protects Workers From Bad Financial Advice » WBUR Over the past two weeks, the Trump administration has taken steps to delay and perhaps scuttle a new rule designed to save American workers billions of dollars they currently pay in excessive fees in …

What Is CPAC? A Room That Didn't Always Love Trump, But Owes Him A Lot » WBUR Over the next few days, thousands of conservatives will converge on a conference center just outside of Washington, D.C., for the Conservative Political Action Conference. It's a gathering that, for t…

Sen. Markey, Rep. Kennedy oppose stepped-up deportations » South Coast Today Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy are using their family histories to push back against plans for stepped-up deportations of people in the country illegally. Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. …

Keating Reintroduced Monomoy Boundary Legislation » The Cape Cod Chronicle

Business

Tanglewood presents plan for big expansion » Boston Globe The Boston Symphony Orchestra is set to launch an ambitious expansion of its Tanglewood campus in Lenox, creating a new $30 million complex of performance, dining, and rehearsal buildings that will ex…

Glasses may get banned at Boston bars after assaults » Boston Herald Your days of sipping adult beverages from a Solo cup could be making a comeback, specifically at some of Boston's high-end bars.…

Boston Symphony Orchestra announces $30 million Tanglewood building project » The Republican The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced a $30 million project for its Berkshires summer home at Tanglewood in Lenox. The four-building complex is designed to support the performance and rehearsal…

Tanglewood's economic impact on the Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire County has several cultural venues, many of them known outside the region. But when it comes to their economic impact on the local economy, there's Tanglewood and everybody else. The Boston…

Mass. tech leaders to Baker: Do more to counter Trump's immigration policies » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

City Council designates Newton a 'welcoming city' for immigrants » Boston Globe After weeks of debate and rallies in support of immigrants, the Newton City Council on Tuesday voted 16 to 1 to become a “welcoming city” that protects all residents, regardless of their l…

AG Healey: Trump Will Meet "Fierce Opposition” On New Immigration Rules » WGBH Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey vowed to resist new federal immigration rules, promising to “reject Donald Trump's demonization of immigrant communities,” in an interview with …

Education

Ex-teacher molested pupils, Milton Academy reveals » Boston Globe As head of the theater program at Milton Academy from 1975 to 1987, Rey Buono introduced youngsters to acting and improvisation, directed student productions, and taught courses on Shakespeare.…

Bill would offset cost to districts of mid-year student influx » The Enterprise Brockton Superintendent Kathy Smith said the district would benefit from a bill filed by State Rep. Michelle Dubois, which would create a state reimbursement fund for districts with large numbers of t…

The long-running soap opera of Roxbury Community College » Commonwealth Magazine There was a time that missteps by administrators at Roxbury Community College were met with sighs and snickers over the continual stream of malfeasance at the two-year state school. But the recurrence…

Teaching 'News Literacy' Takes On New Urgency At UMass » WBUR In a time when the president calls some news media, including The New York Times and ABC News, "the enemy of the American People," universities are trying to help students figure out which news source…

UMass Amherst officials say university cannot become 'sanctuary campus,' but will protect all » The Republican University of Massachusetts officials say they are committed to supporting all students, faculty and staff, regardless of their immigration status, but cannot declare UMass as a "sanctuary campus."…

Environment

Environmental group files suit to stop Seaport condo tower » Boston Globe A controversial luxury condominium tower proposed for the South Boston Waterfront is facing a legal challenge by an environmental group that claims the development restricts access to the water and se…

Local officials, environmntalists raise concerns about EPA under Pruitt » The Metro West Daily News Local environmental advocates worry about how the Environmental Protection Agency under new Administrator Scott Pruitt could harm waterways, air quality and renewable energy.…

Gov. Charlie Baker joins bipartisan coalition of governors asking President Donald Trump to support renewable energy » The Republican There is growing bipartisan support for renewable energy, if a recent letter from a bipartisan group of governors sent to the White House is any indication. Eight Republican and 12 Democratic governo…

Federal

Homeland Security Outlines New Rules Tightening Enforcement Of Immigration Law » WBUR The Trump administration is releasing more on its plans to crack down on illegal immigration, enforcing the executive orders President Trump issued in late January. Those orders called for increased b…

Health Care

Single-payer backers tout savings as ACA debate looms » State House News Service

Human Services

Hundreds of veterans in need to benefit from $350,000 in funding from Attorney General Maura Healey » The Republican

Insurance

Harvard Pilgrim expands use of novel drug purchasing deals » Boston Globe Leveraging its buying power as one of the state's largest health insurers, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has struck two more deals to pay for expensive drugs based on how effectively they treat patients…

Judiciary

State trying to prevent released inmates from ending up back in jail » WWLP 22 The state has released new recommendations on how to improve public safety and reduce the rates in which released inmates relapse into criminal behavior.…

Justice reform bill in Mass. would give prisoners route to shorter sentences » The Recorder Prisoners would have greater opportunities for early release, even if they received a mandatory minimum sentence, under legislation resulting from the cooperation between all three branches of governm…

Baker proposes changes to the Massachusetts court and prison systems » WWLP 22 Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill on Tuesday to make changes to the Massachusetts criminal justice system.…

Mass. officials unveil plan to prevent people from returning to jail » Boston Globe Top Massachusetts officials from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches unveiled a plan Tuesday aimed at reducing the number of prisoners who are released and then return to jail or prison.…

Baker files bill to help reduce prison recidivism » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker has filed legislation designed to help reduce the number of former inmates who wind up back behind bars. Baker's bill would create a system of earned "good time credits" for inmate…

Massachusetts senators push to end mandatory sentence minimums » Bay State Banner With momentum building for criminal justice reform, state senators are preparing to push for a legislative package they say will reduce the number of people incarcerated in Massachusetts and save the …

Governor nominates Salem assistant district attorney to Haverhill District Court » Salem News

Nominee for Pittsfield judgeship coasts in council interview » State House News Service

Council approves Juvenile Court judge and Devaney apologizes » State House News Service

Labor

With H1-B visas for the highly skilled in doubt, tech world's anxious » Boston Globe There are moments in a corporate executive's life that can seem a bit like kismet. For David Mendels, chief executive of Brightcove Inc., it was when he realized he had a chance to hire Phil Cluff.…

Legislative

House and Senate Leadership and Committee Assignments Announced » JD Supra Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced this week their leadership teams and committee appointments for the 2017-2018 legislative session. …

Senate president defends pay raises: 'I know it's not popular' » Boston Herald

Local Government

Marshfield selectmen won't act right away on pot issue » Patriot Ledger Selectmen thought about taking action on the recreational marijuana issue, but they have decided to wait for guidance from the state.…

Newton Votes To Become A 'Welcoming City' For Immigrants » WBUR Newton city councilors on Tuesday night approved a ban on local police cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Councilors voted 16 to 1 to become what they call a "welcoming city," which is…

Councilor Gaffney says Mayor Petty encouraged protest » Worcester Telegram City Councilor-at-Large Michael T. Gaffney suggested in posts on Twitter and Facebook Sunday night that disruptive acts by protesters Sunday who claimed to be part of an anti-fascist group were a resu…

Political Earthquake Hits Holyoke with Jourdain Retirement » Western Mass Politics and Insight The political tectonics of Holyoke shifted by almost San Andreas levels Tuesday as longtime city councilor and current council president Kevin Jourdain announced he would not seek reelection this year…

Opinion

Did Dana-Farber pay too high a price for its Mar-a-Lago fund-raiser? » Boston Globe When asked why he robbed banks, the legendary bank robber Willie Sutton said, “Because that's where the money is.”…

Trump runs aground on the reef of reality » Boston Globe UH-OH, BAD NEWS for the Trump administration: Jim Mattis is consorting with the enemy.…

Our view: Making an investment in Gloucester's future » Gloucester Times Gloucester has a lot — actually more than 2.86 million things — to be thankful for these days.…

Brownsberger: Criminal justice reform top priority » Commonwealth Magazine MY ONGOING TOP PRIORITY as Senate Chair of the Judiciary Committee is criminal justice reform.…

Politics

Charlie Baker to fund-raise for reelection on DC trip » Boston Globe It won't all be monotonous Medicaid reimbursement panel discussions when Governor Charlie Baker travels to Washington D.C. this week. …

Healey tries to put murmurs of gubernatorial run to rest » Gloucester Times Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday attempted to squash persistent chatter that she may run for governor in 2018, telling a radio audience that the role of attorney general has never been more im…

Wolf to meet with Democratic groups around state » Cape Cod Times Stopping short of declaring a candidacy for Massachusetts governor in 2018, former state Sen. Daniel Wolf, of Harwich, confirmed Tuesday he would begin addressing Democratic groups throughout the stat…

Healey Maintains She Has No Plans To Run For Massachusetts Governor » New England Public Radio Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she still has no plans to run for governor in 2018. The Democrat told WGBH she plans to run for a second term as AG.…

Baker fundraiser tops the menu at Porthole » Lynn Daily News Item The 2018 governor's race is 20 months away and Gov. Charlie Baker hasn't even said if he will seek a second term.…

AG Healey Adamant, Will Not Challenge Baker In 2018 » New Boston Post Her stardom may be on the rise nationally, but Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey insists she has no aspirations to challenge Governor Charlie Baker in 2018.…

Rising Muslim Politician Gets Out The Vote In Maine » WBUR Inside a cavernous glass-and-steel chamber that overlooks Portland's busy waterfront, dozens of immigrants are about to become U.S. citizens. Roughly 3.5 percent of Maine's population is foreign born…

State Government

Western Mass. state advocate appointed » The Recorder According to a news statement, Conway Selectboard Chairman John P. O'Rourke has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to the Local Government Advisory Commission, a panel comprised of eight selectboard…

Taxation

Accepting refugees comes at a cost to taxpayers » WWLP 22 Massachusetts could shelter roughly 2,000 refugees this year, and they do require financial assistance.…

Transportation

MBTA service improves after Baker's reforms » Gloucester Times Ann DeFrancisco shuddered in the morning cold Tuesday as she waited on the platform at the MBTA's commuter rail station in Lynn to catch the train to North Station.…

Gov. Baker requests $200 million in transportation funding » The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker called for $200 million in Chapter 90 funds to progress local transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state, according to a Thursday press release fr…

In 2016, Boston Drivers Spent An Average Of 58 Hours In Traffic During Peak Times » WBUR Get ready for some headache-inducing numbers. Last year, Greater Boston drivers spent an average of 58 hours in traffic during peak periods, and all that gridlock added up to some big direct and indi…

MBTA announces 3 potential firms for Green Line Extension Project » The Republican The MBTA announced on a shortlist of companies who will enter a "design-build contract" and create the long-anticipated Green Line Extension Project. In a statement on Tuesday, Program Manager John Da…

Utilities

Weymouth mayor looks to state permitting process to halt Spectra station » Wicked Local Weymouth As pressure mounts on Gov. Charlie Baker to speak out against a planned natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, the town's mayor hopes to torpedo the project through a state permitting process.…

Carpenter: Future of Brockton power plant project in doubt » Wicked Local It was a major platform as part of his two successful election campaigns, but the Brockton Power electric plant proposal is now a distant vision for Mayor Bill Carpenter.…

Cancellation of meeting on Rehoboth gas compressor station raises questions about status of project » The Sun Chronicle

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Officials Unveil Report Proposing Extensive Reforms For Mass. Criminal Justice System » WBUR

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Recipe of the Week

SHRIMP IN CHIPOTLE SAUCE

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES (1¼ POUNDS), QUARTERED

  • 4 CHIPOTLE CHILIES IN ADOBO SAUCE (AND THE SAUCE CLINGING TO THEM)

  • KOSHER SALT AND GROUND BLACK PEPPER

  • ¼ CUP OLIVE OIL

  • 1½ POUNDS EXTRA-LARGE RAW SHRIMP, PEELED, DEVEINED, TAILS REMOVED AND PATTED DRY

  • ¼ CUP LIME JUICE

  • 1 MEDIUM YELLOW ONION, CHOPPED

  • 3 GARLIC CLOVES, PEELED AND THINLY SLICED

  • ½ TEASPOON DRIED OREGANO

  • ¼ CUP DRY WHITE WINE

  • ½ CUP CHOPPED CILANTRO, PLUS EXTRA TO SERVE

  • 8 6-INCH CORN TORTILLAS, WARMED

  • AVOCADO, SOUR CREAM AND LIME WEDGES, TO SERVE

Directions

  1. In a food processor, pulse the tomatoes, the chilies and any sauce coating them, and ¾ teaspoon salt until mostly smooth, 1 minute. Set aside.

  2. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat 2 tablespoons of oil until beginning to smoke. Add half the shrimp and cook, stirring, until golden, about 45 seconds. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with remaining shrimp, adding them to the bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Set aside.

  3. Return the skillet to medium-high and add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and oregano and cook until just beginning to brown, 1 minute. Stir in the wine and any accumulated shrimp juice from the bowl. Cook until nearly evaporated. Add the chipotle mixture and simmer, stirring, until thick enough to coat a spoon, 10 to 12 minutes.

  4. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the shrimp, cover and let sit until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and remaining lime juice. Taste, then season with salt and pepper. Serve with warmed tortillas, avocado, sour cream and lime wedges.



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