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Retail workers are being displaced in droves » Axios After a steep rise following the financial crisis, U.S. retail jobs have been plummeting since the start of the year. …

Trump's billionaire adviser stands to gain from policies he helped shape » Politico Billionaire investor Steve Schwarzman's newfound status as a trusted outside adviser for President Donald Trump has created blurred lines in which the Blackstone CEO is offering guidance on policies t…

Lawmakers pack budget with funding requests » The Salem News BOSTON — Homeless children, war memorials and traffic improvements are among the myriad recipients of requests for a piece of the state's $40.3 billion budget. …

Dukakis is a lot more optimistic under Trump than you'd expect » Boston Business Journal Despite having what many fellow liberals consider one of the biggest threats to the progressive movement in decades with the presidency of Donald Trump, what's perhaps most striking is how hopeful Mic…

Worcester could create zoning for urban farms » Worcester Business Journal Amanda Barker has seen a transformation in Worcester, and it has nothing to do with the city's colleges or restaurant scene. …

The Boston Globe is trying to reinvent the metro newspaper » Columbia Journalism Review TALK IS CHEAP in an industry where plans to build “next generation media companies” through the “ambitious restructuring” of newspapers lend a Pollyannish glow to draconian mea…

Prosecutors will drop thousands of cases in Dookhan scandal » Boston Globe Prosecutors across the state on Tuesday said they would collectively throw out more than 20,000 cases that relied on evidence handled by a disgraced drug lab chemist, Annie Dookhan.…

“In making this decision, the NRC continues to ignore the concerned voices of Massachusetts communities,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a statement. “Pilgrim may be shutting down in 2019, but that date should have no bearing on Entergy’s — and the NRC’s — responsibility to ensure safe plant operations, each and every day. The risks are too high to allow Entergy to stumble forward for the next two years and disregard investment in critical safety upgrades.”

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Beltway Politics

Georgia Special Election Headed To Runoff As Republicans Avoid Nightmare Scenario » WBUR Republicans escaped a potentially brutal loss on Tuesday night — for now — by forcing a runoff in a closely watched Georgia special congressional election. Democrat Jon Ossoff would fal…

For Patriots visit, Trump gets to show off role of fan-in-chief » Boston Globe When the Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots visit the White House Wednesday, Donald Trump will get the chance to put his showman's imprint on an unofficial role that comes with the presidency â…

Warren dodges on whether she'll run for president in 2020 » Politico Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed President Donald Trump on Tuesday for refusing to release his tax returns, but she declined to say whether she is considering running against him in 2020.…

Nation by nation, how Trump has shaken up Koreas, neighbors » Eagle Tribune Many South Koreans are using those words to describe the president of their most important ally, rather than the leader of their archrival to the North. They worry that President Donald Trump's tough,…

Tsongas: Democrats have 'a real shot' at reclaiming the House » Eagle Tribune Democrats have “a real shot” at winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 elections, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas said Tuesday evening.…

Did Warren signal to the GOP how to stop her from running for president? » Boston Globe If Republicans want to know how to prevent US Senator Elizabeth Warren from ever running for president, they might not need to look further than her new book, which came out on Tuesday.…

Business

Purge of ride-hailing drivers shows need for better process » Boston Globe It can be hard at times to defend Uber and Lyft when the state's background check of their drivers uncovers sex offenders and people with suspended licenses.…

Historic Boston churches fear towers may cast them in darkness » Boston Globe As city officials debate new rules for shadows impinging on Boston Common, a similar battle is brewing a few blocks away.…

The rise and fall of Nuclea Biotechnologies » Berkshire Eagle Nuclea Biotechnologies was one of Berkshire County's few entries in the state's burgeoning biotechnology sector, but the company managed to achieve enough statewide notoriety that former Gov. Deval Pa…

Restaurant Group Joins Lawsuit Against Trump, Citing Unfair Competition » WBUR Two plaintiffs involved in the hotel and restaurant industry have joined a lawsuit alleging President Trump is violating the Constitution, potentially bolstering the effort. The lawsuit centers on whe…

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks review of tax refund anticipation checks, other financial products » The Republican Hours before Tuesday's tax filing deadline, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on the government watchdog to review commonly used tax-time financial products, like refund anticipation loans and checks,…

Steamship Authority begins exploration of New Bedford freight options » South Coast Today The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority is working with a maritime consultant to determine if any existing facilities in New Bedford could handle freight ferries to Martha'…

Crimes

State senator calls for oversight hearing into Aaron Hernandez death » Boston Herald

Education

Students, faculty concerned about UMass Boston budget cuts » The Daily Collegian The recent budget and course cuts at the University of Massachusetts Boston have created concerns for its students and faculty members.…

What Was Uncovered In The Boston Public Schools Vendor Audit? » WGBH How can a vendor bill by the hour, for 100 hours of work, over just two days? Or, with a maximum hourly pay capped at $40 per hour, how can a vendor earn $2,000 per day?…

Marikate Murren, of MGM Springfield, named to Springfield Technical Community College board » The Republican

UMass students, staff voice concerns at trustee meeting » Bay State Banner

Environment

In clean energy race, credit agency deems Bay State a better bet than New York » State House News Service Massachusetts is on track to score a renewable energy win over New York, according to Moody's Investors Service, which said the Bay State will close in "much faster" on the clean energy progress achie…

On clean energy, Moody's says Mass. is ahead of NY » Worcester Business Journal

Federal

Sen. Jamie Eldridge part of group to lobby Feds before state budget rollout » Wicked Local Harvard

Gaming

Casinos seek to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. in Massachusetts, 2 hours past bars, restaurants » The Republican

Housing

Home loan segregation » Commonwealth Magazine A study of home mortgage lending in Massachusetts provides yet another window on racial segregation in Massachusetts. The study, by the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council, found blacks in 2015…

Judiciary

DA: Gun, drug cases are priority in face of Lawrence violence » Eagle Tribune The district attorney's office stressed that "firearms and opiate" crimes are "priority cases" after two deadly shootings last weekend and six homicides this year prompted the city's police chief to a…

1,067 Cape, Islands drug cases to be dismissed » Cape Cod Times More than 1,000 drug cases from the Cape and Islands tainted by former state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan have been or will be dismissed, District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced in a heated sta…

DA to retry just nine cases from Dookhan drug-lab scandal » Lowell Sun Middlesex County prosecutors dismissed 4,351 criminal counts against 3,018 defendants as a result of evidence tainted by a former drug lab chemist who pleaded guilty to tampering with drug evidence an…

Here's how and why an estimated 20,000 Massachusetts drug convictions are now set for a massive dismissal » The Republican Tainted by former Massachusetts chemist Annie Dookhan, thousands of drug cases are set to be dismissed. Advocates for the dismissal of the tainted cases, including the ACLU of Massachusetts, said the…

Drug cases to be dropped » The Sun Chronicle Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III will ask courts in the county to dismiss more than 1,500 drug cases tainted by the misconduct of a former state drug lab chemist. The action is to co…

Labor

Trump moves to limit visa program for tech workers » Boston Globe Returning to his campaign pledge to protect American workers, President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that could reduce the supply of entry-level foreign workers that many companies say t…

Melrose Commission on Women to host forum on pay equity legislation » Wicked Local Melrose The Melrose Commission on Women is hosting a forum intended to arm workers and employers with information about the state's new pay equity law.…

Baystate Franklin nurses union sets informational picket in Greenfield » The Republican GREENFIELD -- The Massachusetts Nurses Association bargaining unit representing about 200 nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield plan an informational picket next week, contending th…

Legislative

Rep. Kaufman to hold 'Open House' forums » Wicked Local Lexington LEXINGTON — The 22nd season of “Open House,” state Rep. Jay Kaufman's public policy forum, concludes with a four-part series entitled “Democracy Demands Engagement.…

Local Government

Rep. Chris Walsh eyes mayor's seat in Framingham » The Metro West Daily News BOSTON — With Framingham poised to become the newest city in Massachusetts, state Rep. Chris Walsh says he's seriously considering a pursuit to become the first mayor of the 57th city.…

Hedlund proposes 4.3% budget hike in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth A 4.3 percent hike in the town's budget for the upcoming year will cover a handful of new positions, fund collective bargaining agreements and make up for potential shortcomings in state aid, Mayor Ro…

Panel to guide Framingham's city transition » The Metro West Daily News With a major change on the horizon, selectmen are seeking residents to serve on a committee that will smooth the town's transformation into a city.…

'Best town administrator in Massachusetts' retires after 33 years in Raynham » Taunton Gazette The town's longest-serving selectman had high praise for the town's first and only town administrator upon his retirement Thursday after more than three decades on the job.…

Salem receives $800K for road repairs » Wicked Local Salem

Marijuana

Worcester's draft regs on marijuana shops are set for public input » Worcester Telegram With the first medical marijuana dispensary in the city tentatively set to open in August, the Board of Health will hold a public hearing next month on draft local regulations governing the operation …

Marijuana-related gala set for Thursday in Natick » The Metro West Daily News Marijuana supporters will converge on Natick Thursday for a gala to celebrate the legalization of the substance for recreational use and highlight some of the businesses in the budding industry.…

Opinion

No more snuff videos on Facebook » Boston Globe ON EASTER SUNDAY, Facebook users watched the last harrowing moments of Robert Godwin Sr.'s life.…

A lesson in the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam » Boston Globe NOT LONG AFTER the body of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found in the Hudson River last week, the conspiracy theories began.…

Safe Communities Act not new for Massachusetts (Letters) » The Republican The Safe Communities Act, a bill before the Massachusetts Legislature, will prohibit the deputizing of local law officers to serve as immigration/deportation agents. This idea is not new in the Common…

A race against those who seek our destruction » Boston Globe YESTERDAY MARKED THE 121st running of the Boston Marathon in my home city. The marathon is a testament to preparation, perseverance, and training.…

Editorial: Super whine over Pats » Boston Herald Five years ago we were drowning in a sea of outrage over Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas' decision to “snub” President Obama during his team's visit to the White House. Then-Gov. Deval Pat…

Guest column: Why 100 Massachusetts groups are defending the right to boycott » Wicked Local Cambridge In late March, UN “special rapporteurs” Maina Kiai and David Kaye warned the U.S. that bills introduced in 16 Republican-dominated state legislatures “could result in a detrimental i…

Do state ride-sharing rules punish drivers who pose little threat? » Boston Globe In December, Francisco Erhold thought he had it made. He had met all the requirements to begin driving for Uber. For the new job, he bought a “new'' used car, a 2014 Nissan Maxima. He says he wa…

Politics

Longmeadow Democrats to hold annual awards brunch » The Republican The Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee will honor U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and state Senate President Stan Rosenberg at its annual Democrat of the Year Award brunch April 30.…

Kristen Mobilia taking on Josh Zakim for District 8 seat » Boston Herald Another City Council seat could see a contested race as candidates get ready to officially begin their campaigns today.…

Political Notes: Barney Frank to speak in Chatham » Cape Cod Times Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is headed to the Cape this weekend to help out an old friend.…

Former TV anchor Joe Shortsleeve considers run for Timilty seat » Wicked Local BOSTON – Joe Shortsleeve, a longtime television reporter and anchor who now works at a consulting firm, is thinking about running for the seat Sen. James Timilty will soon vacate. A Medfield re…

Rep. Sean Garballey Announces Run for State Senate Seat » Somerville Patch Garballey is the first candidate to formally announce his run for the 4th Middlesex seat left vacant by the late Sen. Ken Donnelly. …

Simolaris announces run for Billerica State Rep in 2018 » Wicked Local Billerica After coming up short in a bid for the 22nd Middlesex State Representative seat this past fall, Billerica Selectmen George Simolaris announced that he'll be running for the spot again in 2018. …

Public Safety

Law enforcement groups endorse US Sen. Ed Markey's bill to stop flow of fentanyl from China, Mexico » The Republican Bipartisan-backed legislation that seeks to end the flow of illicit fentanyl into the United States from foreign countries has drawn support from national law enforcement groups, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey's…

Prisoner advocates demand reform, end to solidary confinement » Boston Globe A group of clergy and prisoners' rights advocates is asking Governor Charlie Baker to investigate claims of abuse in the state corrections system and end practices such as solitary confinement, callin…

Mass. has a troubled record on prison suicides » Boston Globe

State Finance

Road repair funding facing a roadblock » WWLP 22 Your community may have a longer wait before repaving roads, because the state has yet to allocate road repair money for cities and towns.…

House budget cuts tax credit for out-of-state residents » Gloucester Times Lawmakers pressing state tax policy changes are gearing up to amend the House budget next week, but one rep has already safely tucked into the spending bill a measure making 20,000 non-residents ineli…

Reps seek funds for Plum Island access road, commercial pier at Salisbury Beach » Newburyport News BOSTON – Nonprofit groups, athletic fields and downtowns are among the myriad recipients of requests for a piece of the state's $40.3 billion budget.…

State Government

Southampton sues Massachusetts AG's office over Open Meeting Law determination » The Republican The Southampton Board of Selectmen denies it violated the state's Open Meeting Law in the matter of former Deputy Fire Chief Kyle Miltimore, and on April 4 sued the Office of the Massachusetts Attorne…

Baker public records stance referred to Healey » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE'S SUPERVISOR OF PUBLIC RECORDS said Gov. Charlie Baker failed to comply with an administrative order to produce documents and referred the matter to Attorney General Maura Healey for action.…

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Taxation

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Utilities

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

For the marinade

1 bunch Italian parsley (save 12-14 leaves for garnish)

3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

3 shallots, peeled and roughly chopped

1 tablespoon dried herbes de Provence

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons cracked black pepper

6 tablespoons olive oil

For the chicken

2 chickens, 3 pounds each

2 russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into quarters the long way

1 large Spanish onion, skin on the root trimmed, cut into quarters through the root

3 teaspoons cooking oil

4 ounces rich chicken stock

1 head roasted garlic, cloves separated

1 lemon, half cut into slices and half juiced

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade, except the lemon zest, in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth. Fold in the lemon zest.

2. Wash and dry the chickens. Rub them all over with the marinade, cover, and let them sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

3. Preheat the oven to 350F.

4. Season the chickens with salt and pepper, and place them in a roasting pan fitted with a rack. Place in oven. Place a cookie sheet (with sides) in the oven and allow it to become hot. Add the cooking oil to the pan and carefully lay the potatoes and onions onto the sheet, cut sides down. Season with salt and pepper and roast. The chickens and the vegetables should take 1 hour and 10 minutes to cook. The vegetables are done when they are very tender and brown. The chicken is done when the leg bone separates easily from the thigh when twisted or when a thermometer registers 165F.

5. When cooked, transfer the chickens to another pan and let them rest for at least 20 minutes. Skim the juices from the roasting pan of fat and reserve the juices.

6. When the vegetables are done, remove the dry outer leaves of the onion and discard. Transfer the onions and potatoes to an ovenproof pan and keep warm. Remove the breasts and legs from the bone, leaving on as much skin as possible. Remove the thigh bones by gently twisting and breaking the cartilage at the joint.

Note: The dish can be prepared to this point an hour in advance of serving.

7. Preheat the broth. Arrange the chicken pieces, skin side up, in a roasting pan that is shallow enough to fit underneath the broiler. Add the lemon slices, the cooking juices, and 2 ounces of the double chicken stock. Set the pan under the broiler and cook until the skin is crisp and the meat has thoroughly heated through. This will take about 8-10 minutes. If necessary, rotate the chicken pieces so they crisp evenly.

8. While the chickens are getting crisp, over moderate heat, reduce the remaining 3 ounces of double chicken stock with the juice of half of a lemon and the garlic cloves in a small saucepan.

9. Arrange the chicken, potatoes, and onions on a serving platter or on individual plates.

10. Pour the sauce from the roasting pan into the saucepan with the reducing chicken stock and continue reducing by about half. The sauce should be slightly thickened and lemony in taste. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the sauce and stir until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce around the chicken and garnish with the parsley leaves.



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