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Must-Reads

At Fire Protection Association, nonprofit doesn't mean low pay » Boston Globe When James M. Shannon retired in 2014 as president and chief executive officer, he left with an eye-popping $4.1 million in earnings. Not bad for a former Democratic congressman and state attorney gen…

State Democrats play wait-and-see on gubernatorial field » Boston Globe Massachusetts Democratic activists share a general view of the names in circulation to challenge Governor Charlie Baker next year: All are nice guys. Solid candidates. But let's keep the door open. …

In a place of need, an unhealthy contradiction » The Washington Post They are poor, sick and voted for Trump. What will happen to them without Obamacare? …

Will Trump's travel ban affect Cape tourism? » Cape Cod Times Trump's fiery rhetoric and the implementation of a travel ban for people from six predominantly Muslim countries has caused fear in tourism circles of a decreased interest in international tourism to …

Sen. Eric Lesser to discuss 'gig economy' at SXSW conference in Austin » The Republican BOSTON -- State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, is heading to Austin, Texas, this weekend to participate in a panel discussion at the South by Southwest conference. …

Pharma contributions spike » NJ POLITICO Pro Last year, as pressure mounted on the pharmaceutical industry after a series of high profile cases involving skyrocketing prices, drug companies spent roughly $800,000 lining campaign coffers in Alban…

Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce » The Washington Post President Trump's budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce. …

US planning more offshore wind leases off MA coast » Commonwealth Magazine IN ANOTHER SIGN the offshore wind market is heating up, the federal government indicated on Friday that it intends to lease more ocean tracts off the coast of Massachusetts after hearing interest from…

A brand name for a hedge fund happy hour: Trump's Mar-a-Lago » The New York Times The invitation suggests your run-of-the-mill weekday evening of drinks, canapés and networking for the hedge fund crowd. Except for one thing. It's at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.…

How Stan Rosenberg's War Against Millionaires Screws Us All » Boston Magazine The lure of easy money often proves irresistible, especially to those who ought to know better. Whether it's Harvard researchers snared by Nigerian advance-fee scams or Palm Beach socialites who inves…

"Several key members have called me, starting last month, saying, 'Hey, we've noticed our international inquiries and bookings are down significantly. The international ripples are real. It remains to be seen if people stay really concerned."

Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

On how President Trump's travel ban is affecting Massachusetts

News By Category
Beltway Politics

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble » FiveThirtyEight Groupthink produced a failure of the “wisdom of crowds” and an underestimate of Trump's chances. …

Bank exec: Trump moving quickly on Dodd-Frank » Boston Herald President Trump is looking to move quickly to make changes to Dodd-Frank — a financial regulation act put in place after the Great Recession — and is eyeing both executive and legislativ…

Business

Organizers Behind Marijuana Legalization Hold Press Conference in Boston » NECN The organizers behind the successful "Yes on 4" campaign that pushed for legalization of marijuana will hold a press conference in Boston on Monday afternoon. …

Crimes

Special Report: Opiate crisis pushes addicts to sex trade » Boston Herald The opiate scourge has created a sad wave of desperate addicts lured into ruthless sex trafficking rings — right from rehabs and methadone clinics — even as a tough, new law has given co…

Education

Students find their superpower, but how to use it? » Boston Globe There's a moment in the first “Spider-Man” movie when milquetoast high school student Peter Parker realizes that, after being bitten by a radioactive spider, he now possesses superhuman po…

State preschool program shows success » Eagle Tribune For two school years now, the Lawrence Early Achievement Partnership program has given dozens of 4-year-old children from low-income families access to free, high-quality preschool education in the ci…

Environment

Attleboro water restrictions remain in place » The Sun Chronicle After two dry summers in a row and no guarantee that there won't be a third, city officials are taking a "wait and see" approach before a decision is made about whether they'll let residents open up t…

Massachusetts Faces A Dam Problem » WGBH The Shawsheen River runs gently but steadily through Andover, twisting around rocks. But just downstream there's a lot of action. An excavator on the banks of the river picks up rocks from a pile and …

Federal

Tsongas pushes bill to protect scientific work from political pressure » Lowell Sun Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is pushing for legislation she says will help insulate government-directed scientific research from the influence of political pressure and special interests.…

Gaming

SJC opens casino can of worms » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT reopened the casino legal wars on Friday, ruling that Mohegan Sun can challenge the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision in late 2014 to award a license to Wynn …

Health Care

Winding back the clock, scientists hunt for new uses for old drugs » STAT News Headache, nausea, diarrhea: Side effects can be nasty.…

Massachusetts Considers Allowing 'Dental Therapists' To Serve Some Patients » The Associated Press (AP) Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting “dental therapists,” professionals with a lower level of training, do the…

Housing

Application filed for Milford apartment plan » The Metro West Daily News After months of silence, the developers of a proposed 300-unit 40B apartment development on East Main Street have filed with the Conservation Commission to delineate the many wetland areas on the 117-…

Labor

When only bilingual workers need apply » Boston Globe Help wanted: people who can speak more than one language.…

Protections for pregnant workers win business support » The Salem News New rules to protect pregnant workers have cleared a major hurdle on Beacon Hill, following an agreement between backers of the measure and the state's largest business lobbying group.…

Legislative

Pay-raise bill has Greater Lowell lawmakers cashing in » State House News Service Some representatives and senators from Greater Lowell are the biggest beneficiaries of the Legislature's $18 million pay-raise bill, which was rammed through at the start of the year and passed over G…

The lawmakers on Beacon Hill receive big raises this year » The Sentinel & Enterprise Imagine receiving a $40,000 raise, or close to a 50 percent pay increase.…

Local Government

Even with the lights out, Boston School Committee meetings push on » Boston Globe These days, Boston School Committee meetings run so long they are sometimes plunged into near darkness when overhead lights automatically shut off at 11 p.m., a clear sign that it might be time to cal…

Fontaine joins Ward 2 city councilor race » The Sentinel & Enterprise A NEW candidate has entered the race for Ward 2 city councilor in Leominster. Nathan Paul Fontaine pulled nomination papers from the City Clerk's office March 2.…

Lynn voters being put to the test » Lynn Daily News Item After months of campaigning, it all comes down to a vote on Tuesday.…

MMA housing request surprises town officials » Cape Cod Times The Massachusetts Maritime Academy is seeking information and proposals for new student housing that could be built along Main Street as part of a larger housing study, but the move took some local of…

City Manager Augustus ( $243,007) leads list of Worcester municipal pay » Worcester Telegram Public school employees and police once again dominate the list of the top 250 municipal wage earners for last calendar year.…

Opinion

Things get a little nasty over the Greenway » Boston Globe ABOUT JOSHUA Miller's article “Lawmaker seeks Greenway funds” (Metro, March 10): So the state wants money from the city to maintain the state-owned Greenway, which happens to be in the cit…

The Trump presidency: get used to it » Boston Globe A MONTH AGO, I entertained the same delusions shared by many never-Trumpers: that President Trump's shenanigans would lead to summary impeachment, or at the very least he would suffer a humiliating re…

In the land where Jews feel welcome, anti-Semitism is on the rise » Boston Globe THIS WEEKEND, Jews the world over celebrate the festival of Purim, a highlight of which is the public reading of the biblical book of Esther. …

Editorial: Warren kicking sand » Boston Herald Massachusetts needs clarity from the Trump administration about how it plans to treat states that have legalized recreational marijuana, since that arrangement conflicts with federal law. We suspect U…

Robichaud: Legislator tries to tear down sheriff's efforts to build wall » Boston Herald It's time to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country and the commonwealth. Due to our state's generous welfare benefits we are a magnet state, which has been very costly for taxpayers.…

Rep. Michael Day: Seeking results over rhetoric » Wicked Local Winchester As President Obama once famously said, "elections have consequences." Every new President will make changes to the policies and practices of the predecessor Administration; this is to be expected. The…

Why we need the NEA and public arts funding » Boston Globe WHEN 200 SCITECH High School band members from Springfield blew the roof off the State House on Feb. 15, we handed out earplugs — just to be on the safe side. More than 99 percent of these kids…

The St. Patrick's Day parade is the embarrassment that never goes away » Boston Globe The perennial controversy over the St. Patrick's Day Parade has subsided — but what about the damage? …

Politics

Host of Boston's St. Patrick's Day breakfast says she's skipping parade after exclusion of gay group OUTVETS » MassLIve Massachusetts Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry said Friday she won't march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade even if the Allied War Veterans Council decides to include the gay group OUTVETS. …

Chabot: Dems seeking savior for '18 » Boston Herald Discouraged Bay State Democrats — largely unimpressed with their field of challengers to Gov. Charlie Baker — are now pinning their hopes on President Trump's controversial policies to w…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's finance guy signs on to Setti Warren's potential 2018 bid for governor » The Republican Paul Egerman, a top supporter of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is ready to back Newton Mayor Setti Warren if he mounts a campaign against Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018.…

State senator to boycott South Boston St. Pat's parade even if gay vets allowed in » Metro There is mounting backlash over the decision by organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade to deny a gay veterans group from marching in this year's event. …

Public Safety

Bay State cops push back on liquor stores' desire to sell weed » Boston Herald Liquor store owners want to get in on selling legal pot rather than seeing another source of revenue go up in smoke — a combination some in law enforcement see as a risky mix of booze and weed.…

Mayor, police union agree to extend body-camera pilot for six months » Dorchester Reporter Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston's largest police union have agreed to extend the city's ongoing body camera pilot program for another six months. …

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno: 'We will keep residents safe' after 6 fires reported » The Republican After six fires were reported in the city beginning at 12 a.m. Sunday morning Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno assured residents that police and fire officials are working to ensure their safety.…

State Finance

On Beacon Hill: Fingers crossed as Trump turmoil tests budget makers » State House News Service The Joint Ways and Means Committee last week held its first hearing on the fiscal 2018 budget as it begins reviewing Gov. Charlie Baker's $40.5 billion proposal. Members looked at documents Thursday a…

State Government

Greenway May Lose 40 Percent of State Funding » Beacon Hill Times According to a front page story in Friday's Boston Globe, the Greenway could lose 40 percent of its funding which is roughly $2 million of its $5 million budget. The Greenway, a group of parks that ex…

Transportation

MBTA could shut down entire commuter rail lines on some weekends » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is considering shutting down entire commuter rail lines during several weekends over the next two years, a move that would allow the agency to make manda…

Utilities

In a tiny town, a phone company right out of a Rockwell painting » Boston Globe She is a tiny woman with a wide smile and a memory sharp enough to keenly recall those pesky rumors about her old job in this former Massachusetts mining town on the New York border. But Nancy Benedic…

Weekend News

Low-income housing financing takes hit from Trump's tax-cut promise » Boston Globe The timing wasn't the greatest as neighborhood planners prepared to close on the financing for a $10 million renovation of the 88-unit Oak Terrace Apartments in Chinatown.…

Behind the blue wall: Claims of bias in the State Police force » Boston Globe Jim Jones hadn't been a State Police trooper long when his commanding officer threatened to sell him to a different plantation.…

Could Elizabeth Warren win back 'Trump Democrats' in 2020? » Boston Globe To understand the challenge facing Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats as they chart a path out of their Trump nightmare, you can't do much better than to spend a few minutes with the amiable fellow …

Sunshine Week: Early reviews positive for new records law » Cape Cod Times In the nearly three months since an overhauled Massachusetts Public Records Law took effect, the state's supervisor of public records has responded to over 80 percent more appeals than in the same tim…

LGBT veterans group considered giving up parade fight » Boston Globe Amid three days of renewed discord and public outcry, leaders of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterans' organization briefly considered giving up — at least temporarily — th…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 3/13

10:00am Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 3/14

9:00am CANCELLED - METCO Lobby Day, Grand Staircase & Nurses Hall

Wednesday - 3/15

9:00am Kick Butts Day, Second Floor

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, CANCELLED - The FY 2018 Budget Hearing

6:00pm Representative Tom Stanley's Annual St. Patrick's Party

Thursday - 3/16

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Petrolati

9:30am 2017 Annual BLIND Day, Great Hall

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY 2018 Budget Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Friday - 3/17

Birthdays: Rep. James Lyons

9:00am 10th International Women's Conference, Great Hall


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