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9:00am Association of Developmental Disability Providers: ACO-MCO Training, Assumption College, Worcester

10:30am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Summer Celebration for Sen. Jason Lewis with AG Maura Healey

Must-Reads

A Conspiracy of Dunces » New York Times The odds of real Trump-Russia collusion no longer look that long. …

U.A.W. Says Nissan Workers Seek a Union Vote in Mississippi » New York Times A victory for the union, which has been trying to organize the plant for years, would be a reversal of fortune in a traditionally hostile region. …

Geoff Diehl announces he will be running against Elizabeth Warren » WRKO Diehl announces he will be running against Elizabeth Warren. It will be official on August 1st. …

Tufts nurses set to strike Wednesday after talks between union, hospital break down » Boston Globe More than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center are set to go on strike Wednesday morning after a last-ditch effort to reach a contract deal with hospital officials failed. …

State heading in "wrong direction" with small biz cuts, CDC group says » State House News Service A state program launched under Gov. Mitt Romney that targets the "racial wealth gap" by boosting immigrant entrepreneurs and rural economies faces a 25 percent funding cut in the budget that Gov. Char…

Even in the take-no-prisoners world of opposition research, Trump Jr.'s meeting was highly unusual » The Washington Post Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday that he agreed to a meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year's campaign because he believed that the individual had information about Democratic candidate Hillary C…

Tufts nurses set to strike Wednesday after talks between union, hospital break down » Boston Globe More than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center are set to go on strike Wednesday morning after a last-ditch effort to reach a contract deal with hospital officials failed.…

Health Reform, Both Real and Conservative » New York Times The American health care system has two core problems. It's the world's most expensive, and it still leaves many uninsured.…

"We're all mystified by astronomy [as the restriction]," said Director Mindy Hackner. "The gift definitely comes with restrictions, and it's amazing to any of us who knew her."

North Adams Public Library Director Mindy Hackner

Speaking about the unique $7,000 donation from the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump ran against family political dynasties, and then built his own » Boston Globe President Trump trained his rhetoric against the Bush and Clinton dynasties to win the White House, but a fresh spate of controversies highlights how an extraordinary reliance on his own family member…

AP Interview: Scott Brown, US ambassador to New Zealand » Boston Herald Scott Brown, a former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, took up a new post as ambassador to New Zealand two weeks ago, becoming one of the first ambassadors tapped by President Donald Trump to begin se…

Treason? Seth Moulton Takes Aim at Donald Trump Jr. » NECN Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton isn't shy about sharing his opinions on President Donald Trump. Now, he's taking on Trump's son.…

Business

Boston pushes developers to create better public spaces » Boston Globe One of the knocks on Boston's building boom is that it hasn't led to the kind of great public spaces many residents and visitors treasure.…

Fidelity lays off hundreds following buyouts » Boston Business Journal Fidelity Investments laid off hundreds of its workers on Tuesday, making the involuntary cuts soon after more than 1,500 employees took voluntary buyouts, according to a source and a published report.…

Winthrop Square skyscraper saga continues with Galvin again requesting delay » Boston Business Journal In late June, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin requested a two-week hold on a proposed home-rule petition that would alter state shadow legislation and allow a skyscraper at …

Boston planning agency hits back at concerns about Winthrop Square tower's shadows damaging historic buildings » MassLive Boston's powerful planning agency is pushing back on concerns about a high-rise's shadows impact on Boston Common and the Massachusetts State House.…

Building boom in Boston casts shadows on history and public space » Boston.com Children splashed in a shallow pool in Boston Common as a guide in a tricorner hat led a tour last week, pointing out Revolutionary War sites. Yet here, in the nation's oldest park, some people worry …

Tower's shadows would do 'great damage to historic buildings' like Massachusetts State House, Sec. Bill Galvin says » The Republican Shadows expected to be created by a proposed Winthrop Square tower in Boston will cause "great damage to historic buildings" including the Massachusetts State House, a top state official said Tuesday.…

Financial Adviser Sued Over 38 Studios Still Has Many Government Clients In Rhode Island » WBUR Back in 2010, the Great Recession was hammering Rhode Island and the state was desperate for jobs. In hopes of sparking a new economic sector, Rhode Island lured Curt Schilling's video game company, 3…

Education

Charlie Baker facing deadline on Lowell school plan » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has less than a week to weigh in on Lowell's controversial high school project that will top $300 million and has drawn opposition from high-profile neighbors - including a congress…

UMass tuition, fees likely to rise; trustees to set rates Monday in Worcester » The Republican While fees and tuition won't be finalized until after a Board of Trustees vote next week, preliminary costs show a nearly 3 percent hike for in-state students at the flagship campus at the University …

Baker OKs Mohawk, Hawlemont bill » The Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker has signed special legislation into law that adds preschool into the regional agreements for both Mohawk, a K-through-12 district, and Hawlemont, an elementary school district.…

Dyslexia intervention pitched as critical need » State House News Service Parents, educators and medical professionals pushed lawmakers Tuesday to support earlier screening for dyslexia so that children can receive the additional help they need before falling behind their p…

Tuition-Free Discussion Lingers In Berkshires, State Focuses On Boston » WAMC

Lawmakers pushed to support earlier screening for dyslexia » Sentinel & Enterprise

Environment

New commissioner Ronald Amidon has a passion for wildlife management, habitat protection » Worcester Telegram Ronald S. Amidon has helped build malls, served as director of his town's ambulance service and raced snowmobiles, but a major passion of his for many years has been wildlife management and habitat pr…

How Thoreau Helped Make Walden Pond One Of The Best Places To Study Climate Change In The U.S » WBUR Today is the 200th birthday of author, activist and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau. …

Health Care

Mass. AG: Boston home health operators stole $3M from MassHealth » Boston Business Journal Two people have been arrested for allegedly defrauding MassHealth out of nearly $3 million, the state's attorney general announced Tuesday.…

Boston home health care agency accused of stealing nearly $2.7 million from MassHealth » MassLive The owner and an employee of a Boston-based home health care agency were arraigned in court after authorities said they stole nearly $2.7 million from the state's Medicaid program. …

Legislation aims at drug price-gouging » Boston Herald State lawmakers are waging war against skyrocketing drug prices - backed by powerful patient groups and doctors - with legislation that would pinpoint and investigate the costliest medications from in…

Mass. optometrists have all eyes on reforms » Boston Globe The state's optometrists have one more good shot this year to broaden their authority. The Senate leadership had again approved a measure allowing them to prescribe medication for glaucoma and eye inf…

As drug prices rise, lawmakers continue search for solutions » Lowell Sun Amid efforts at the state level to find a way to control health care costs, prescription drugs have been singled out as one of, if not the, biggest drivers of growth in spending for consumers and busi…

Tufts Medical Center Nurses Go On Strike » WBUR After more than 15 months of stalled contract talks, more than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center went on strike at 7 a.m. Wednesday in what is the first nurses strike in Boston in 30 years. …

Walpole teen struggling to get medical care she needs » Wicked Local Fifteen-year-old Caitlin McCarthy loves to bake. Cookies, cupcakes, Funfetti, she bakes it all.…

Human Services

MassHealth allowed Springfield-based SafetyNet Solutions to bill up to $1.8 million for 'duplicative' care, audit contends » MassLive A Springfield-based company that provides group adult foster care services reportedly billed and received up to $1.8 million in MassHealth payments for "duplicative" services, according to a report st…

Patients testify against court-ordered treatment bills » State House News Service People who were involuntarily committed to hospitals and who dropped medicine regimes that made them feel worse told lawmakers about their experiences in the mental health system Tuesday as they spoke…

State and city officials launch plan to extend youth activities this summer » Boston Globe

Immigration

Charlie Baker reaffirms his opposition to sanctuary status » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker slammed the door shut on sanctuary state status yesterday, and said he still opposes the measure - as well as any attempts to take away federal funding from the state - after hintin…

While opposed Baker says mind open on Safe Communities Act » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker, not wanting to undercut a brand new Latino advisory panel sworn in Monday, said he would be a "hard sell" on legislation to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state, but admitted it wo…

Insurance

Lawmaker proposes bill regulating auto insurance quotes » WWLP 22 While many car insurance companies urge you to switch your insurance for savings, they could raise your premium after giving you that cheaper quote. Lawmakers hope to protect consumers from this in th…

Car insurance sellers argue against law on price quotes » Worcester Telegram Automobile insurance industry officials differed sharply Tuesday over consumer protection legislation that would force companies to verify premium quotes before forging ahead with insurance contracts.…

Judiciary

Senate retreat to hear from criminal justice experts » Commonwealth Magazine LEADERS OF THE SENATE, including President Stan Rosenberg and William Brownsberger, the Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, have made clear their support for a range of criminal j…

Western Massachusetts residents nominated as judges for Appeals Court, District Court » The Republican

Kafker praised at outset of SJC nominee hearing » The Salem News

UPDATE: Lowy calls SJC pick Kafker 'brilliant' in nomination hearing » The Salem News

Labor

Final Tufts Medical Center talks fail, 1,200 nurses to strike » Boston Business Journal The city's first nurses strike in three decades is scheduled to start early Wednesday morning, after Tufts Medical Center and its union nurses failed yet again to reach consensus on a new contract.…

Legislative

Rep. Kate Campanale to speak at conservative women's retreat » Worcester Telegram State Rep. Kate Campanale will be the keynote speaker for the Network of enLightened Women's 2017 Young Women's Leadership Retreat at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, this week.…

Corporate manslaughter, assault on police officers among bills considered by state lawmakers » Boston Globe As lawmakers consider overhauling the state's criminal justice system, a legislative committee heard testimony Tuesday on proposals that would drastically multiply the penalty for corporate manslaught…

Cariddi's generous - and puzzling - gift: $7,000 for North Adams Library earmarked for astronomy » Berkshire Eagle State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi was known for her quiet leadership and dignity. So why she would leave a gift through her estate of more than $7,000 to the North Adams Public Library — specifically…

Local Government

Walsh plays hardball at Quincy Market » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH is trying to play hardball with the company that owns the lease on Faneuil Hall Marketplace.…

Plan Provides Road Map For What Boston Should Look Like In 2030 » WBUR The city of Boston has released its first citywide development plan in over 50 years.…

Marijuana

Pot law impasse OK with ballot camp » Berkshire Eagle Lawmakers meeting in secret to change the voter-approved marijuana law have reached "many, many, many agreements," according to one negotiator, but if they hit an impasse before a complete deal can be…

Still No Deal on Pot Bill; Baker Suggests Time Running Short » US News and World Report Gov. Charlie Baker says if legislators are unable to sort out their differences on marijuana, it may come time to implement the voter-approved law as it currently stands.…

Pro-marijuana advocates fine with it if Massachusetts lawmakers can't come up with pot law rewrite » The Republican

On marijuana law, the Legislature is fixing something that isn't broken » Boston Globe

Opinion

Smoke, meet fire » Boston Globe The e-mails released by Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday mark a grave escalation of the Russia scandal engulfing Washington. With The New York Times about to publish the e-mails, the president's son preemp…

Mike Pence looks like he's ready to pounce on the presidency » Boston Globe In Robert A. Caro's “The Passage of Power,” the most recent volume of his majestic biography of President Lyndon Johnson, he recalls the mental machinations LBJ went through before accepti…

A big shoe drops on Team Trump » Boston Globe Donald Trump Jr. is now the not-so-proud owner of the most Pinocchio-esque proboscis in all of Trumpland. And now that his lies have been revealed for what they are, we are one big step closer to disp…

With Sears in Dedham closing, a reminder of how cyclical retail is » Boston Globe At the soon-to-close Sears store at the Dedham Mall on Tuesday, where everything must go, the headless mannequins are selling for $75. But who even needs mannequins anymore?…

OF NUCLEAR INTEREST: We need emergency planning » Wicked Local Wareham The need for emergency planning, reception centers and nuclear preparedness will not go away when Pilgrim stops generating electricity.…

Editorial: Firefighters deserve a fighting chance » Gazette Net Fighting fires has long been recognized as one of the most important and dangerous jobs in a community. The smoke, the raging flames and the stress of trying to save structures and lives all take thei…

Battenfeld: Counting these black sheep kept pols up at night » Boston Herald Family ties have their place, but not in the White House.President Trump is now finding that out in a painful way. His son, Donald Trump Jr., has joined a legion of presidential relatives whose bumbli…

Carr: It's no time to change your mind » Boston Herald Don't even think about it, Gov. Charlie Baker. We all know you're a RINO, and that your moniker is Tall Deval, but even for you this would be the last straw, signing legislation to make Massachusetts …

Our Opinion: Immigrants Act will help communities, too » Berkshire Eagle Regulations protecting the rights of immigrants and preventing police departments from being compromised by federal actions have become reality in a few Berkshire towns. They are welcome, but a compre…

Early education must benefit middle class (Editorial) » MassLive Early education is critical to a child's intellectual development, but Massachusetts centers face daunting challenges - and so do middle-class parents. …

Politics

Boston election startup raises $18M from Fidelity's Peter Lynch, Endeca founder » Boston Business Journal Boston-based Clear Ballot, a startup that makes voting machines and accompanying software, has raised $18 million from a host of high-profile investors as it readies to expand its voting system across…

Lawrence's Rivera facing tough reelection fight » Commonwealth Magazine THE MARCHERS PLOD ALONG, wearing matching maroon shirts and holding campaign signs, fronted by the candidate himself, Mayor Daniel Rivera, who waves to onlookers, his gut hanging over pressed khakis.…

Gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren earns endorsement from Northampton mayor in swing through city » Gazette Net Massachusetts needs a governor for the entire state, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz said Tuesday, and Newton Mayor Setti Warren can be that person.…

Springfield native Rushern Baker III makes Maryland gubernatorial bid » The Republican

Public Health

Clark takes on Purdue's opioid marketing » Commonwealth Magazine LATE LAST YEAR, an article in the Los Angeles Times caught the eye of US Rep. Katherine Clark of Melrose. The article alleged that Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, was moving a…

Prevention & Wellness program may be on last legs » South Coast Today A multi-year, multimillion-dollar experiment to lower asthma rates, reduce smoking, and steel elders against the risk of falls appears to be drawing to a close in Massachusetts. …

Public Safety

Should Hitting A Police Officer Be A Serious Crime? » New Boston Post The Massachusetts secretary of public safety renewed the Baker administration's effort to increase the penalty for assaulting a police officer, pressing lawmakers on Tuesday to elevate the crime to a …

Lawmakers push for tougher penalties for assaulting police officers » WWLP 22 All too often, we see arrests or encounters with police that went awry. Just last month a Chicopee man was charged with assaulting a police officer.…

These two Massachusetts police departments said it would take more than 30 hours to check evidence rooms for untested rape kits » The Republican Most police departments questioned by MassLive about the number of untested rape kits among items in the evidence room shelves were able to produce an answer quickly and free of cost, but two departme…

Tarentino family, reps back tougher penalties for assaults on police » Worcester Telegram The secretary of public safety renewed the Baker administration's effort to increase the penalty for assaulting a police officer, pressing lawmakers on Tuesday to elevate the crime to a felony charge.…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Facing Decisions On Crime Bills » WAMC

Community Corrections Program Slated for Elimination » Vineyard Gazette

State Finance

Political Notes: Cape legislators tout impact on state budget » Cape Cod Times Cape and islands lawmakers are trumpeting their successes in the state's $40.2 fiscal 2018 budget passed by the Legislature on Friday.…

State Government

Baker creates state's first Latino Advisory Commission; not all praise it » Boston Globe A commission was created this week by Governor Charlie Baker to address issues that affect the state's growing Latino community.…

Mailer hits Leominster's State Rep. Natalie Higgins, other reps over pay-raise votes » Sentinel & Enterprise Rep. Natalie Higgins is among at least five House members targeted in a Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance mailer sent to constituents that blasts the lawmakers' votes in January to boost legislative pay.…

Gun rights advocate named to head Massachusetts wildlife agency » Guns.com

Transportation

Massport planned this tunnel for a rainy day. Or a cold one » Boston Globe Everyone knows the Big Dig brought us the Ted Williams and Tip O'Neill tunnels.…

Big Apple to Berkshires by rail? Mass. lawmakers want to study returning train service » Boston Globe It's been 46 years since the last direct passenger train between New York City and the Berkshires left Pittsfield. Now Massachusetts lawmakers want to see if they can get that service rolling again.…

Five unserved communities ink rural broadband deal with Charter Communications » The Republican

Utilities

DPU OKs Berkshire Gas plan without calling for moratorium end » The Recorder The state Department of Public Utilities has approved a long-term supply plan for Berkshire Gas Co. without requiring the company to end its 3-year-old moratorium on new and expanded service in Frankl…

Fiber Connect back in running: Seeks to build broadband network in Monterey » Berkshire Eagle The town may yet win state money to work with a homegrown internet service provider. Fiber Connect LLC will now get a second look from the state after being disqualified in March from work eligible fo…

Massachusetts regulators approve Berkshire Gas 5-year plan, while insisting company must work to lift moratorium » MassLive State regulators on Friday approved a required long-range planning document from Berkshire Gas, but did not immediately order the utility to lift a vexing natural gas service moratorium in the upper P…

$4.4M state grant to bring high-speed internet to Princeton » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Local Legislators Tout State's $40.2 Billion Budget and its Impacts on the Cape » capecod.com

State Senator Not Giving Up On Rail Study Killed In State Budget » WAMC

Taconic Construction: Project On Budget » iBerkshires

Senators question why high-speed rail study was dropped from budget » The Recorder

National budget proposals would harm the poor; pullback in local support will make things worse » The Huffington Post

Mattiello criticizes fellow Democrats, but never Trump » RI Future

State moves to compensate lawyers for the poor » Boston Globe

Alan Sisitsky, former Springfield state lawmaker, remembered as a fighter, advocate for 'the little guy' » MassLive

SEN. WALTER TIMILTY, Milton: Breast cancer walk uplifting » Wicked Local Malden

A pack of 2 EpiPens costs over $600, and this bill could bring the price down for Massachusetts cities and towns » MassLive

Study gives Massachusetts poor ranking for fiscal health » The Salem News

Mass. Legislature slashing problem gambling services funding by 17 percent causes concern among advocates » MassLive

Immigrant entrepreneurship program facing 25% cut » Worcester Business Journal

Winthrop Sq. tower shadows could cause 'great damage to historic buildings,' Galvin says » Boston Globe

High speed rail goal must be kept alive (Editorial) » MassLive

As drug prices rise, lawmakers continue search for solution » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

SHY LIME PIE

Shy Brothers Farm - Westport, MA

Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 Tbs melted butter
  • 1 tub of Cloumage (15 oz)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp corn starch
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1½ tsp lime zest
  • .3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

Directions

  1. For the Crust: In a medium-size bowl, mix the crumbs and butter together evenly and pack into a 9-inch deep pie pan. Set aside.
  2. For the Filling: In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except the lime juice until smooth. Add the juice and mix one additional minute. (An electric mixer will make the filling fluffier than hand mixing.) Pour filling into the prepared pie shell.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Should have a little jiggle and be firm. Don’t let the surface brown. Refrigerate for at least an hour to set fully.


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