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Cambridge man who says he invented email says he will challenge Elizabeth Warren in 2018 » Boston.com In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the prospective field of 2018 Republican challengers to Sen. Elizabeth Warren added another name: Shiva Ayyadurai. …

Ms. DeVos's Fake History About School Choice » New York Times Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered a positively Orwellian explanation Monday of why historically black colleges and universities were created in the United States. Incredibly, she suggested that …

SHAM CMTE FOR CANNABIS » Dig Boston Legislature's joint committee on joints convenes (mostly) prohibitionist forces …

New Commerce chief's mansion 4.3 feet above sea level, says he will focus on impacts of higher seas » PalmBeachPost.com A Palm Beach billionaire with waterfront property vulnerable to sea level rise was sworn in today as Secretary of Commerce, giving him oversight of federal agencies charged with studying climate chang…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker weighs in on Connecticut's bid for third casino » MassLive Should Massachusetts be worried as Connecticut moves to open a new casino in East Windsor? …

Mass. health care worker shortage is 'a perfect storm,' says report » Boston Business Journal The population is aging, the opiate epidemic is blossoming, and millions of people need care at home and in their community. Yet there aren't enough people to answer the call. …

“The time for small thinking is over,” Trump said. “The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts, the bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls and the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams into action.”

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Beltway Politics

Democrats bristle at Trump as GOP sings his praises » Boston Globe A more measured, disciplined speech by President Trump appeared to do little to dissipate the partisan tension of the Capitol Tuesday night, as many Democrats dismissed his first formal address to Con…

Trump outlines expansive agenda in first speech to Congress » Boston Globe President Trump, making a sharp break from his chaotic and often divisive start in the White House, on Tuesday night spoke in optimistic terms as he urged lawmakers to “find common ground'' arou…

President Trump's Address To Congress, Annotated » WBUR President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening. Journalists across NPR annotated his remarks with their analysis. (NPR's team also annotated the Democrati…

The Limits Of Scare Mongering And Spin: The GOP's Struggle To Govern » WBUR Last week, Marsha Blackburn, a conservative lawmaker from Tennessee, held a town hall in her district. Citizens confronted her with pointed questions about the GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care A…

Why not join forces?': Trump calls for bipartisanship in address to Congress » Berkshire Eagle Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness," President Donald Trump stood before Congress for the first time Tuesday night and issued a broad call for overhauling the nation's health care system, …

Democratic reps: 'President is a total hypocrite' » Sentinel & Enterprise From supporting the middle class and military to defending clean air, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton both said they liked some of what President Donald Trump said in his address to …

Trump says Obama is helping to organize protests against his presidency » Washington Post President Trump has been dismissing the protests against his presidency and demonstrations at congressional town hall meetings across the country as concocted by his political enemies. But now he has …

Trump delays new travel ban following address to Congress » WCVB President Donald Trump late Tuesday night scrapped plans to sign a reworked travel ban via executive order the following day and will now wait until later this week to sign the order, a senior adminis…

'I'm Here For The Country': Iraqi Refugee Attends Trump Speech As Sen. Warren's Guest » WBUR When President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, a UMass student will be in the audience. …

Business

US tells Santander it needs to improve » Boston Globe Illegal and deceptive marketing and lending practices, along with paltry investments in the communities it serves, earned Boston-based Santander Bank a rare downgrade from federal regulators on a key …

Uber CEO argues with driver over falling fares in video » Boston Globe When chief executive Travis Kalanick takes an Uber, he prefers a black car, the high-end service his company introduced in 2010. …

Amazon's First East Coast Bookstore Opens In Mass. » WBUR Amazon now has a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Massachusetts. The online retailer opened a 5,800 square foot store Tuesday at Legacy Place in Dedham — the company's first bookstore on the East…

Business lobbying group to meet with Senate » Worcester Business Journal In the second in a series of meetings intended to mend fences between the Senate and the Massachusetts business community, the Senate will hold a joint caucus Wednesday to hear from the perhaps the st…

Mass. legislators propose law to expunge pot charges in wake of legalization » Fox 25 News Marijuana laws have changed in Massachusetts and now there is a proposed law to clear someone's record if what they did before the law changed is on their criminal record.…

Education

Colleges rush to protect immigrant students » The Hill

Abuse scandal at Milton Academy was 30 years in the making » Boston Globe Allegations that a beloved Milton Academy faculty member sexually abused students date to at least 1982, when a teen told his mother that teacher Rey Buono had groped his friend on a bike trip in Ital…

Bentley University targets promising female leaders with $40,000 award » Boston Globe It is one of my favorite stories about Bentley University president Gloria Larson, and it explains a lot about why we need programs to help women in the workplace.…

Springfield sees graduation rate improvements, dropout rate decline » The Republican Shifting its focus to individualized student tracking and heavily promoting parent engagement are just two ways in which the Springfield Public Schools are getting students to not only show up, but al…

Weak 'Build BPS' plan rollout angers parents » Boston Herald The long-awaited Build BPS plan — a 10-year, $1 billion master plan to rebuild and reorganize Boston's schools — is being issued today without any of the promised hard recommendations, a…

Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago 'floored' after hearing fears of foreign students » Berkshire Eagle An Iranian student at Massachusetts Bay Community College canceled one trip home to see her family and said she faced a dilemma in deciding whether to reschedule the visit.…

10 Central Massachusetts schools just got a $3 million grant for workforce development and STEM projects » The Republican The state has reinforced its commitment to workforce development in the heart of the commonwealth by granting nearly $3 million in capital funding to 10 colleges and public schools. …

Report: Half of Boston's school buildings in 'fair' condition » Boston Globe Most of Boston's public schools need significant repairs or renovations, according to a city report being released Wednesday that should kick off the most comprehensive building overhaul in nearly fou…

Gaming

MA-CT casino wars » Commonwealth Magazine Massachusetts stole GE from Connecticut, so now Connecticut is doing its best to undercut the $500-plus million MGM casino under construction in Springfield. Two Connecticut Indian tribes — th…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker weighs in on Connecticut's bid for third casino » The Republican Should Massachusetts be worried as Connecticut moves to open a new casino in East Windsor?…

Pair say Suffolk Downs sale reached » Boston Herald A state lawmaker and a union official say they believe a deal has been reached to sell Suffolk Downs — but track officials are mum and no details have been made public.…

Braintree officials want to keep lottery HQ in town » The Patriot Ledger The state lottery has been headquartered in Braintree almost since its inception in the early 1970's, and town officials mean to keep it that way.…

Health Care

At rare disease panel, ex-FDA new drug head preaches evidence over empathy » Boston Business Journal A former FDA official who raised concerns last year over the agency's decision to approve a rare disease drug made by Cambridge-based Sarepta Therapeutics said on Tuesday that regulators must prioriti…

Threat Of Obamacare Repeal Leaves Community Health Centers In Limbo » WBUR Treating people for free or for very little money has been the role of community health centers across the U.S. for decades. In 2015, 1 in 12 Americans sought care at one of these clinics; nearly 6 in…

Pence says ACA overhaul won't leave poor out » Sentinel & Enterprise Vice President Mike Pence says "no one is going to fall through the cracks" as a result of Republican plans to replace the nation's health care law. Pence was referring to people on Medicaid, the fede…

Housing

Norfolk County register promotes foreclosure assistance programs » Wicked Local Cohasset Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell recently reminded homeowners who are in the midst of struggling to pay their mortgage or are facing a foreclosure that there are consumer programs…

A Tour Of Boston's Only All-Micro-Unit Building » WBUR We talk about the Massachusetts housing crunch a lot. And we've had a parade of economists on who say that the only long term solution to bringing high housing costs under control is to build more! An…

Housing costs aggravate area's inequality, report says » Boston Globe Even as Greater Boston becomes more racially diverse, the high cost of housing has left the region increasingly racially and economically segregated over the past five years, a report released Tuesday…

Human Services

Massachusetts suicides up 40% over 10 year period » State House News Service There were 608 suicides in Massachusetts in 2014, more than the combined number of deaths attributable to homicide and motor vehicle accidents, according to a report placed on file with the Legislatur…

Judiciary

Felix Arroyo and son strike back » Boston Herald A son of suspended Suffolk County Probate Register Felix D. Arroyo says his family is “under attack” from an unjust system, in a new fundraising email blasted out yesterday, the latest sal…

Local attorneys praise Cypher ahead of SJC confirmation hearing » The Herald News Quiet and unassuming with a sharp legal mind, Judge Elspeth "Ellie" B. Cypher of Assonet is a perfect fit for Massachusetts' highest court, say local attorneys who have worked with her over the years.…

Legislative

State Sens. talk transportation in Quincy » The Patriot Ledger People in the Quincy area want their public transportation. That was one of the main takeaways from a workshop discussion featuring group discussion Tuesday afternoon in the basement of Quincy city ha…

State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante appointed to House leadership » Wicked Local Rockport State. Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, D-Gloucester, was nominated by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, D-Winthrop, and affirmed by a vote of her colleagues to be the First Division Chair of the House…

Local Government

Chicopee City Councilor Adam Lamontagne will not run for re-election » MassLive City Councilor Adam Lamontagne, who has served the city on different boards and commissions since he was a teenager, announced he will not run for re-election.…

Masconomet budget hearing: Enrollment is down, but costs are up » Wicked Local Topsfield At Monday's school budget hearing at Masconomet, local senators and representatives laid out the challenges cost increases pose, especially in the current political landscape. But, they stressed the g…

Opinion

On hate crimes, presidential silence is complicity » Boston Globe REST ASSURED, everybody: President Trump is “deeply disappointed” over the escalating nationwide reports of anti-Semitic bomb threats.…

Scrap the NEA, and America's arts scene will thrive » Boston Globe ART FLOURISHED in America long before there was a National Endowment for the Arts. It will continue to flourish if the endowment disappears.…

Massachusetts bill promoting financial transparency in elections needs support (Letters) » MassLive I have been heartened to see increased grassroots political participation since the election of President Donald Trump. The Women's March, Stand Indivisible, and Swing Left movements are all welcome p…

Team Trump defines itself » Boston Globe LET'S SAY the Trump administration was a Showtime TV series about a team of pugnacious politicos stumbling their way through the early months of an administration. Call it “Gnomeland.”…

AARP's 2017 legislative priorities » Fifty Plus Advocate AARP is hard at work fighting for the interests of older adults across the country, including our renewed efforts to protect Medicare. AARP Massachusetts is working on new legislation to prevent iden…

Battenfeld: New tone proves to be prime-time hit for prez » Boston Herald It's the moment Donald Trump actually became president.…

Cohen: Time for Reince Preibus to tell Kellyanne Conway 'you're fired' » Boston Herald Like bridesmaids who should never overshadow the bride, White House staffers shouldn't be eclipsing the president's policies by grabbing headlines and becoming the story. And for that, White House Chi…

Editorial: The T's pension problem » Boston Herald There's nothing Beacon Hill can do to rein in the huge pensions now being collected by recent retirees of the MBTA; those payouts were set in motion years ago, when union negotiators generally called …

Our view: Time for governor, Parole Board to loosen up on pardons » Newburyport News It is hard to drum up sympathy for someone who has committed a crime. After all, we're a society that believes in “do the crime, do the time.” Take responsibility for your actions and acc…

Politics

What Questions Do You Have For Mayor Walsh? » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is scheduled to join us live in studio Wednesday. Leave your questions for him in the module below.…

Massachusetts lawmakers' make a statement with their guests as Trump addresses Congress » Berkshire Eagle Neither have been particularly popular with President Donald Trump since he took office last month. …

Public Health

BIA-MA Kicks Off Brain Injury Awareness Month » Westborough Patch March 1 will mark the first day of National Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) is pleased to invite the community to join the organization in incre…

House Chair: Changing home-grow pot rules could be difficult » State House News Service It could be difficult for lawmakers to scale back the number of pot plants individuals are allowed to grow at home now that the home-grow provisions of the new ballot law have already gone into effect…

How Walsh's Opioid Outreach Program Is Working, 6 Months In » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh walked through a city neighborhood this week that's been the subject of a series of meetings because of the overt signs of social problems there. At the intersection of Massa…

Price of anti-OD injector sparks outrage » Gloucester Times The price of an injectable overdose-reversing drug designed for use by laypeople has skyrocketed, prompting outrage from first-responders, health advocates and elected officials.…

Public Safety

Customs officials in Boston ask police for space for detainees » Boston Globe The Boston office of US Customs and Border Protection has recently asked local police departments to make more bed space available for the short-term detention of noncitizens awaiting removal from the…

Trump Repeals Rule Designed To Block Gun Sales To Certain Mentally Ill People » WBUR President Trump signed a measure into law Tuesday that rescinds an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking gun sales to certain mentally ill people. The GOP-majority Senate passed the…

N.H. Sen. Hassan Is Looking Into 14-Year-Old's Extra Screening At Logan Airport » WBUR U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan's office says it is looking into the case of a 14-year-old New Hampshire boy whose family says he was pulled aside this month for additional screening ahead of his flight to a …

Police Commissioner Evans: Local Police Can't Prevent ICE Immigration Raids In Boston » WGBH Following President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration, a surge of sweeps by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents has sparked anxiety for immigration advocates and f…

State Government

Baker says he discussed opioid crisis with Ivanka Trump » Boston Globe Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he discussed America's opioid crisis with Ivanka Trump during a National Governors Association dinner in Washington.…

Healey raises cash on opposition to Trump » Gloucester Times Within a few hours of announcing that Massachusetts was joining a federal lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's immigration order, Attorney General Maura Healey fired off a message to supporter…

Taxation

Senior Circuit Breaker seminar announced » Wicked Local North Attleborough State Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, and state Rep. Betty Poirier, R-North Attleborough, will host an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit at 10 a.m. March 10 at the North At…

Transportation

T expands Uber, Lyft paratransit options » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA SAID ON TUESDAY it is expanding its paratransit relationship with the ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft in a bid to offer customers of The Ride more convenience and lower t…

State official says cost to expand commuter rail service to Gillette would be offset by boon to economy » The Sun Chronicle Bringing commuter rail to Gillette Stadium could unleash perhaps $1 billion in economic development along Route 1, the state secretary of housing and economic affairs said Tuesday.…

JetBlue To Add Worcester-To-New York City Flights » WBUR Travelers will soon be able to hop a flight from Worcester to New York City. The airline JetBlue will soon offer daily flights between Worcester Regional Airport and JFK Airport.…

$7.9M Investment to Upgrade MBTA Mattapan Line Trolley Fleet » Mass Transit The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board was briefed February 27 on a plan to invest $7.9 million to fully overhaul its existing Presidential Conferenc…

JetBlue announces it is adding flights to New York from Worcester Regional Airport » The Republican Central Massachusetts residents will have more travel options, as JetBlue announced Tuesday that it will be expanding flight service at Worcester Regional Airport, adding flights to John F. Kennedy In…

MBTA to expand use of Uber, Lyft for disabled riders » The Associated Press (AP) The Boston-area transit system is expanding a program that uses ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to provide subsidized rides for disabled passengers.…

App-based rides opened to thousands of MBTA paratransit users » The Republican A pilot transit service used by a couple hundred riders with disabilities will be made available to all MBTA customers who qualify for The Ride, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.…

Utilities

State approves transmission line to run under Winchester roads » Wicked Local Winchester The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board has given preliminary approval to Eversource to run a transmission line under the streets of Woburn, Winchester, Medford, Somerville, Boston and Everet…

Brockton Power gets fourth extension on state permit » Enterprise News Brockton Power will now get as much time as needed to obtain a final decision on an air permit before a state board determines whether project construction can begin.…

Massachusetts Broadband Instititue expands options on last-mile broadband » Berkshire Eagle By loosening its pursestrings, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will provide enhanced choices to dozens of towns clamoring for broadband internet service. The change clears paths for both public…

Shrewsbury residents quietly protest proposed pipeline » Worcester Telegram Dozens of people quietly protested during the Board of Selectmen's meeting Tuesday night by wearing shirts and carrying signs that read "Stop the Pipeline" and "No Gas Pipeline in Shrewsbury."…

State agrees to release engineering money to towns for rural broadband » The Republican Massachusetts officials have agreed to release engineering and design grants directly to rural towns that plan to build "last mile" municipal broadband networks.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

In boon for Baker, Mass. ranked best state » Boston Globe

Sen DiDomenico to Host Annual St Patrick's Celebration on March 3 » Charlestown Bridge

Here's what Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker talked about with Ivanka Trump at the Governors Ball » The Republican

High school graduation rate at all time high in Bay State » Boston Globe

Fidelity extends buyout offers to 3,000 employees » Boston Business Journal

Second biz group to meet with Senate Wednesday » State House News Service

Analysis: Policy details may spoil talk of harmony between states, feds » State House News Service

Massachusetts suicides up 40 percent over ten-year period » State House News Service

Sen. Fattman Announces Appointment to Six Committees » Somerville Patch

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3½ to 4  Pounds  boneless beef chuck-eye roast, trimmed and cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 1  Tablespoon  salt
  • 2  Tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 2  yellow onions, large chop
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  Teaspoon  minced fresh thyme
  • 1  Tablespoon  tomato paste
  • ¼  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1  Tablespoon  fresh thyme leaves
  • 3  Cups  chicken stock
  • 12  Ounces  Guinness Draught, divided
  • 1½  Pound  Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, large chop
  • 1  Pound  carrots, peeled and large chop
  • 1  Pound  turnips peeled and large chop
  • 1  Pound  celery washed and large chop
  • 2  Tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 325 degrees F. Season the beef with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the onions and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add garlic and thyme and cook for 2 minutes.Add the beef and brown slightly.

Whisk in tomato paste, chicken stock, ¾ cup of the Guinness and the remaining thyme scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Continue to a simmer.

Transfer the pot to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 90 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.

Stir in the potatoes, turnip, celery and carrots and continue cooking until the beef and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour, stirring halfway through cooking.

Remove the pot from the oven and stir in the remaining ½ cup of Guinness and the parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.



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