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10:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:30am Mass. Selectmen's Association Meeting, Mass. Municipal Association, One Winthrop Square, Boston

5:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Boston City Council Candidate Lydia Edwards

5:30pm New England Women's Leadership Awards, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Somerville Board of Aldermen Candidate Ben Ewen-Campen

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Lynn City Council Candidate Rick Ford

Must-Reads

Another Brockton candidate moving to 10th Plymouth to unseat DuBois » The Enterprise Craig Pina, of Brockton, is the second challenger to announce his plans to move into the 10th Plymouth District to run an election campaign to unseat Democratic state Rep. Michelle DuBois.…

FDA commissioner Gottlieb calls for 'more forceful steps' to curb opioid epidemic » Boston Globe Scott Gottlieb, the new head of the Food and Drug Administration, called on his staff Tuesday to explore ''additional, more forceful steps'' to curb the opioid crisis — and especially to find w…

Trump's budget has a huge math mistake » Axios The White House budget released on Tuesday appears to have double-counted more than $2 trillion in estimated tax revenue. As such, the budget would not balance over 10-years (as promised), even if the…

19 House Races Shift Toward Democrats » Roll Call The midterm elections are still nearly a year and a half away, and the political dynamics could yet change, but we shouldn't ignore the fact that history and the current environment are merging togeth…

Environmental hires have ties to top level of Baker administration » Boston Globe More than half a dozen hires in Governor Charlie Baker's environmental agencies have political and personal connections at the highest levels of the administration — despite his campaign promis…

The Case That Could Doom Elizabeth Warren's Wall Street Watchdog » Bloomberg Politics Since the day it was created, Democrats loved it, Republicans hated it and Wall Street, at best, tolerated it.…

Trump's "taxpayer first" budget encounters strong Mass. backlash » State House News Service Deep cuts proposed by President Donald Trump to federal Medicaid and research spending in his $4.1 trillion budget plan drew bipartisan pushback in Boston on Tuesday over concerns that the plan could …

Trump set to tap longtime lawyer Kasowitz to lead legal fight » Politico Magazine President Donald Trump plans to select Marc Kasowitz — his longtime, New York-based lawyer — to lead his outside legal team as an investigation of Russian election interference heats up,…

"I'm pretty focused on my day job and I plan to stay focused on it. And as I've said before, people make decisions to run or not run in elections. Those are personal decisions, and people should make whatever they think they think is in their best interest, and in the best interest of whatever constituency they're choosing to represent,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about his decision to run for a second term.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

As allegations about Trump and Russia proliferate, so do investigations » Boston Globe Allegations that President Trump's campaign may have colluded with Russia to disrupt the 2016 campaign have produced such an ever-expanding list of investigations that even those leading them are havi…

'He Is Something': Trump Visits Pope Francis At The Vatican » WBUR President Trump had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Wednesday, receiving messages about peace, the environment and immigrants from the religious leader. The meeting …

Former CIA Director Tells Lawmakers About 'Very Aggressive' Russian Election Meddling » WBUR Former CIA Director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered in the 2016 election process," despite U.S. efforts to warn it off. Brennan testified in…

Business

Abby loves bitcoin: Fidelity chief touts digital currency in first major speech » Boston Globe Abigail Johnson, in her first major speaking engagement since becoming chairman of Fidelity Investments, spoke Tuesday in New York at a tech conference — not on mutual funds or retirement plans…

A real turf war is brewing in Southie » Boston Globe If you want to rile up Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, ask him about the expansion of the convention center in South Boston.…

Mass. Gets Piece Of $18.5 Million Multistate Settlement From Target » Wayland Patch In the largest national data breach settlement to date, Target is paying Massachusetts $625,000 to resolve a multistate investigation into the 2013 data breach that compromised nearly one million cred…

Target $18.5m cyber suit settlement, Bain raises $720m fund, Trump's $2 trillion error » Boston Globe Target is settling a suit over its Christmas 2013 hack; we'll tell you how much money Massachusetts is getting. Bain raises a massive new fund, but it's not for buyouts. …

Gardner Museum: 'We want our paintings back now' » Boston Globe In an aggressive bid to recover priceless treasures stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum decades ago, the museum's board of trustees Tuesday doubled its reward to $10 million and set a hard…

Editorial: Oh, give 'em a break! » Boston Herald State senators yesterday killed a proposal that would have given Massachusetts consumers the traditional sales tax holiday this summer, following the House, which had earlier declined to sign off on a…

Boston Globe-backed health news startup Stat is cracking the vertical media model » Digiday It's hard to create a publication that's specialized enough to command a premium price but interesting enough to a general audience. Stat, the medicine and health news site that The Boston Globe paren…

Microsoft reportedly pays $100M for Boston cybersecurity company » Boston Business Journal

Roxbury wins Boston's third cultural district designation » Bay State Banner

Education

Milton Academy students hold sit-in over bias concerns » Boston Globe Hundreds of Milton Academy students staged a sit-in Tuesday at administrators' offices, the latest in a series of actions protesting what students describe as racism at the prestigious school and a fa…

Easthampton High School under investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General's office » The Republican As Easthampton High School struggles with issues of race and diversity, the office of Attorney General Maura Healey has launched an investigation, Superintendent Nancy Follansbee announced at Tuesday …

'We have survived; just look at us' » Boston Globe In his first year at Harvard, Duwain Pinder recalled listening as a professor struggled to explain why the officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., was not charged. …

Black Harvard Students Hold Their Own Commencement Ceremony » WBUR Black students at Harvard University held the school's first-ever Black Commencement on Tuesday. …

Many angry over possible school layoffs in Leominster » Sentinel & Enterprise

Environment

FERC denies 'stop work' requests for pipeline project in Otis State Forest » Berkshire Eagle The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied citizen and other requests to stop work in Otis State Forest because "justice" did not require it.…

Cape Downwinders Promote Voter Initiative to Move Nuclear Waste » Cape Cod Online The Cape Downwinders initiated a Non-Binding Public Advisory Question Campaign this spring that passed in 14 Cape Cod towns.…

Gaming

Stay vigilant on online gambling bills (Letters) » The Republican

Aquinnah casino opponents given time for Supreme Court appeal » Martha's Vineyard Times

Health Care

Voters concerned about mid-level dental practitioners » Worcester Business Journal Opponents of a bill allowing mid-level dental practitioners to perform procedures like drilling and extractions without direct supervision from a dentist say a new poll shows voters are also concerned…

Wednesday night forum tackles health care » The Recorder WORTHINGTON — A panel of four health care policy experts will discuss the present health care situation and options for the future with Hilltown residents on May 24.…

Baker concerned about health care reform in DC » Worcester Business Journal resident Donald Trump and the Republican-led U.S. House have caused Gov. Charlie Baker some agita with their health care proposals, while Senate President Stanley Rosenberg assigned a failing grade to…

GOP Health Bill Would Hike Uninsured Rate In Massachusetts To 10.3 Percent, Report Finds » WBUR The first detailed analysis of what the American Health Care Act would look like in Massachusetts is out. …

Human Services

House Lawmakers See Importance of Meals on Wheels Firsthand » iBerkshires It sounds simple: give food to the elderly people of the county. But it is much more than that. The drivers delivering through Elder Services of Berkshire County's meals on wheels program can often b…

Advocates For Poor In Boston Warn Trump Budget Plan Would Be Detrimental » WBUR Advocates for the poor — in Boston and beyond — are lambasting the federal budget proposed by President Trump. …

Gold Star Families given more leeway with benefit paperwork » WWLP 22

Immigration

Millis TM to ask for sanctuary support » Milford Daily News MILLIS - Town Meeting next month is set up for what could be a lengthy political debate as residents have petitioned Annual Town Meeting to support a bill that would essentially make Massachusetts a s…

Feds OK 6-month extension of protected status for Haitians » Gloucester Times More than 58,000 Haitians living in the United States, including 4,700 in Massachusetts, will have their temporary immigration protections extended for six months, a timeframe some Bay State officials…

Insurance

Report: 445,000 Mass. residents would lose insurance in five years under GOP plan » Boston Business Journal A study commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation contends that the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would cost Massachusetts $1.4 billion annually and cause n…

Legislative

Mass. House pulls back bill aimed at countering Trump » State House News Service

New senators granted priority items after maiden speeches » State House News Service

Local Government

No re-election plans for Trahant » Lynn Daily News Item In a stunning announcement at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, Ward 2 City Councilor William Trahant said he would not seek re-election.…

Sanctuary petition objections face Wednesday deadline » The Salem News The Board of Registrars of Voters met Tuesday and parsed signatures on a petition that seeks to put the city's "Sanctuary for Peace" ordinance on the ballot.…

A real turf war is brewing in Southie » Boston Globe If you want to rile up Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, ask him about the expansion of the convention center in South Boston. …

Marijuana

Bill outlines process to adopt local controls on retail pot » The Salem News The city's movement on zoning for medical marijuana comes at a time when Peabody officials are also trying to get ahead of the new recreational pot law.…

Recreational marijuana draws ire of some in West Springfield, as they push for town to 'opt out' » The Republican WEST SPRINGFIELD -- While voters in the Commonwealth in November approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use and sales, West Springfield residents voted against the measure.…

Rep. Jones urges Peabody to reconsider medical pot zoning » The Salem News A proposal to identify a small slice of Route 1 as suitable for a medical marijuana dispensary will get its second airing Thursday night when the Planning Board and City Council convene in joint sessi…

UP IN ARMS OVER PEABODY POT DISTRICT » Lynn Daily News Item LYNNFIELD — A Peabody plan that could bring medical marijuana sales to their doorsteps is upsetting some South Lynnfield residents…

Opinion

In Manchester, facing insidious trauma with communal strength » Boston Globe IT IS A NATURAL human response to look into the smoky aftermath of tragedy hoping to glimpse a larger meaning, some lesson that the living might learn. That meaning is all the harder to discern when t…

A 'hate crime' meant to sow terror » Boston Globe DON'T MOURN Richard Collins III because he was due to graduate this week from Bowie State University or because he was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Mourn him…

Attacks on soft targets likely to get worse » Boston Globe POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED a 22-year old Briton of Libyan descent as the suicide bomber in the deadly attack at Manchester Arena in England on Monday night.…

Editorial: Tax, regulate short-term online rentals » Gazette Net We hope that Massachusetts this year joins other states that are taxing and regulating short-term online rental services such as Airbnb.…

Our view: Time to update the Antiquities Act » The Salem News I think the door is never really shut at the White House for considering compelling projects for monument status.…

Suzette Martinez Standring: Elephants never forget » South Coast Today On Memorial Day, an elephant and her calf are shaded by trees as ducks and geese waddle by the pond at Milton Cemetery in Milton, Massachusetts. The life-size topiaries are covered in ivy, and the sym…

Denial only slows the process » Martha's Vineyard Times

Let's prevent students from dropping out » Dorchester Reporter

My View: Setti's run » Wicked Local Newton

Politics

Walsh nomination signatures exceed votes for him in 2013 prelim » State House News Service In a reflection of the power of incumbency, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's campaign collected more than 12 times the required signatures in his re-election bid, his campaign announced Wednesday.…

Public Health

24 Million Children At Risk In Mideast Conflicts, Says UNICEF » WBUR Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are putting over 24 million children at risk, according to alarming new research by the U.N. Children's Fund.…

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno cites 'wrap around services' as key to opioid crisis strategies » The Republican City officials, stakeholders and police met Tuesday at City Hall to discuss plans and strategies to combat the opioid crisis in a discussion convened by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.…

The Mission Of Trump's New Opioid Commission » WBUR

Public Safety

'We will step up patrols, but there is no threat to the city of Boston,' Evans says » Boston Globe A new concert season opened at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield with heightened security Tuesday night, just one day after a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in England.…

Commissioner Evans Sides With Walsh On Road Safety Debate: "We All Can Do A Better Job" » WGBH News Police Commissioner Bill Evans defended Mayor Marty Walsh's controversial remarks urging pedestrians and bicyclists to exercise caution while using Boston roadways, which sparked citywide protests and…

Evans refutes serial killer theory for bodies found in waterways » Boston Globe Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans said Tuesday that alcohol is often the main factor when bodies of young men turn up in city waterways -- not a serial killer.…

Closure of access ramp at Stillwater Bridge frustrates boaters, fishermen » The Recorder A long-used Deerfield River “natural bank” access ramp at Stillwater Bridge — closed to public vehicles last fall because of safety concerns by the owner — is a point of con…

Sen. Joan Lovely hosts legislative briefing on child abuse » Wicked Local Danvers Sen. Joan B. Lovely, D-Danvers, recently hosted a legislative briefing on her omnibus bill, Senate Bill 295, an act relative to preventing the sexual abuse of children and youth. The briefing featured…

Another escape from treatment center in state forest in Plymouth » Wicked Local Carver Another patient has escaped from a secured state treatment facility in Myles Standish State Forest. Police said the man ran off from the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center Saturday eveni…

House to debate, vote on bills to block Hodgson's proposals » South Coast Today The House will debate House Bill 3033 and 3034 at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to vote at 1 p.m. on measures that pertain to prison labor and local law enforcement's cooperation with ICE.…

Vigil Honors Manchester Victims; Across The Globe People Are Mournful » WBUR Thousands of people in Manchester, England, defied a terror warning, and poured into the streets for a vigil honoring the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.…

Duterte Declares Limited Martial Law As Bloodshed Breaks Out In Marawi City » WBUR Gunfire erupted between Philippine security forces and militants in Marawi City in the mid-afternoon Tuesday. By the time the sun had set on the small southern city, President Rodrigo Duterte had decl…

Gov. Baker: Concert security will be upped after Manchester attack » Taunton Gazette With thousands of concert-goers expected to descend on the Boston Calling music festival this weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker said there are no current threats of venues being targeted for violence, but u…

State Finance

Ehrlich: Tax credit will earn income for state » Lynn Daily News Item State Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) believes a budget recommendation she co-sponsored for Fiscal Year 2018 will benefit working families and domestic abuse survivors.…

Senate rejects tax cuts, pads budget » Eagle Tribune The state Senate on Tuesday rejected a Republican-led effort to reduce the sales and income taxes, even as Democrats tacked on millions of dollars in new spending to the $40.3 billion budget. Senate M…

Like House, Senate budget features backroom component » State House News Service The Massachusetts Senate, which often touts its efforts to operate transparently, packed an unspecified number of state budget amendments into a single amendment and adopted it without debate Monday n…

Parties agree on shaky foundation » Sentinel & Enterprise

House adds $45 mil in spending despite budget difficulties » State House News Service

State Government

Gov. Baker issues proclamation for ME awareness » Wicked Local Danvers On May 9, at the State House in Boston, with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Hampshire attending, the state's first Proclamation for ME Awareness Day, May 12, 2017, was presented to p…

Taxation

Lowell council eyes payment-in-lieu-of-taxes from LGH » Lowell Sun The City Council on Tuesday requested that the city manager contact Lowell General Hospital to negotiate a payment -in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, something Lowell's largest nonprofits have been reluctan…

Senate bid to trim film tax credit seen as "attack" » State House News Service The Senate took a swipe at the decade-old film tax credit on Tuesday, adopting a proposal to impose more stringent requirements for studios to qualify, which one of the incentive's House supporters sa…

Transportation

RMV site in Danvers still not finalized » The Salem News It's been almost a year since the Registry of Motor Vehicles closed its branch at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, leaving North Shore residents without a local RMV.…

Has New Balance Created A New Template For Funding Public Transit? » WGBH News Drive along the Mass Pike at rush hour and there's often a commuter rail speeding into South Station. After 50 years of bypassing Brighton, the train is once again stopping in that neighborhood at a n…

Utilities

Court orders middle-mile operator to protect service » Berkshire Eagle A U.S. District Court judge has ordered stepped-up protection for the state's 1,200-mile internet backbone, preventing a feared service "blackout" for institutions in hundreds of cities and towns. …

Renewable energy law leaves timeframe, scale questions, panelists say » State House News Service As public officials take steps towards wind and hydropower procurements called for under a new renewable energy law, industry officials on Tuesday said the state should require utilities to purchase m…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Northeast marine monument under review, Beaton hoping for modifications » WWLP 22

Massachusetts receiving $625,000 in massive Target breach settlement » MassLive

Easthampton City Council denies CPA funds for Hampshire County Courthouse restoration in Northampton » MassLive

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce backs Massachusetts Sen. Eric Lesser's high speed east-west rail study » MassLive

Target pays $18.5 million to settle 2013 data breach case » Boston Globe

Study finds that more than 10 percent of Mass. residents would be uninsured if US House health care bill passes » Boston Globe

Gov. Baker: Concert security will be upped after Manchester attack »

Sherborn selectmen explain high legal budget » Wicked Local Dover

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 6 balls fresh burrata
  • 2 c. fresh peas
  • ¼ c. olive oil, plus more to finish the plate
  • 12 mint leaves, chopped, plus whole leaves to garnish
  • 12 to 18 fresh young pea shoots
  • Zest of one lemon, chopped
  • Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • Fleur de sel

Directions

Blanch fresh peas in boiling salted water to cook, about 3 to 4 minutes. Shock in ice water. Drain and place in mixing bowl. Using the back of a fork, smash the peas a bit to break them up. Mix in lemon zest, chopped mint leaves, and olive oil and season to taste.

Place a ball of burrata in the center of a plate, spoon the pea mixture around, and finish with the whole mint leaves, the pea shoots, an extra drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of fleur de sel. Serve with oil-toasted bread slices.



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