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Will Massachusetts break its pension promises? » Boston Globe Massachusetts has made some expensive promises over the years. Chief among them, a commitment to provide retirement pensions for teachers, State Police, and other public workers. …

It's not just Google — many major tech companies are struggling with diversity » recode An internal memo written by a male Google engineer has reignited a heated debate about representation in Silicon Valley. Google's new diversity VP has since come out against the memo's central claims …

Political News Outlet Young Turks Raises $20 Million After Viewership Gains » The Wall Street Journal The Young Turks Network, the left-leaning, YouTube-driven political news outlet led by outspoken activist Cenk Uygur, has raised $20 million, which it plans to use to double the size of its newsroom a…

The Danger of an Incurious President » New York Times Before threatening 'fire and fury,' Donald Trump should read some history books about nuclear warfare. …

Healey outlines priorities for lawmakers mulling justice reform » State House News Service Attorney General Maura Healey sent a letter to two key lawmakers this week outlining her vision for criminal justice reform, including an overhaul of bail and sentencing practices, that could serve as…

Pre-trial justice reforms rampantJ across the states » State House News Service Nationwide, 500 new state laws in the past five years have addressed the pretrial side of criminal justice, an area every state has tackled in one way or another, according to the National Conference …

Mark Zuckerberg's Political Ambitions Are Grander Than You Think » Vanity Fair He's probably going to seek higher office one day, and it looks like he's already preparing for the job. …

Rep. Straus's idea is a really bad one » Commonwealth Magazine Don't rob Peter (Massport) to pay Paul (Metropolitan Highway System) …

Far from Boston, Faded Industrial Hub Grasps for Growth » The Wall Street Journal This city's perch along the Connecticut River was once considered such prime real estate, President Washington put the first national armory there in the late 1700s.…

Massachusetts Lawmaker Niki Tsongas Won't Seek Re-Election » Bloomberg Politics Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas, who credited her late husband Paul as a political lodestar, announced Wednesday she would not seek re-election in her north Massachusetts district.…

"You've got two bullies chiding each other with outrageous comments - and it doesn't help the situation in terms of trying to resolve something that has to be resolved peacefully ... because the consequences of nuclear war would be devastating ... The question is: 'Does (Trump) get so frustrated with the North Korean leader -- who's yelling every other day -- that he feels that somehow the North Korean leader is attacking his manhood?'"

Leon Panetta, the former secretary of defense, CIA director and ex-Clinton White House chief of staff

Speaking about the increasing tensions over North Korea's nuclear threat.

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Beltway Politics

Trump has 'unchecked authority' to order a nuclear attack » Boston Globe President Trump's dire threat to North Korea that it risked “fire and fury like the world has never seen” sounded like a threat of nuclear war — and a president does have the power …

Lowell Democrat Niki Tsongas won't seek another term in Congress » Boston Globe US Representative Niki Tsongas said Wednesday she will not seek another term in Congress.…

Moulton bids to redirect Dems, reshape Congress by electing veterans » State House News Service

Business

Sales tax holiday unlikely this year » WWLP 22 News Despite support from both consumers and business owners, summer savings with a tax free weekend this year are looking unlikely. But Massachusetts retailers are already looking to secure future sales t…

Sale of non-rescues soon to be banned in Cambridge pet shops » Wicked Local Cambridge Pet shops in Cambridge will soon be restricted from selling non-rescue animals, thanks to an amendment passed by the Cambridge City Council Monday night.…

GE delays plan to open new Fort Point building » Boston Globe General Electric Co. has pushed back the expected opening of its new building overlooking Fort Point Channel by two years after deciding to break the headquarters project into two phases.…

UMass envisions an 'oceanfront Boston neighborhood' at Bayside site » Boston Business Journal The University of Massachusetts Building Authority is looking to develop the 20-acre Bayside Expo Center site in Dorchester as “an oceanfront Boston neighborhood,” and is now seeking input…

Cambridge bans retail sales of commercially bred pets » Boston Globe In what may be the most sweeping such ban in the country, pet shops in Cambridge will soon be barred from selling most animals unless they come from an animal shelter or rescue organization.…

Top legislator sees no chance of sales tax holiday » Wicked Local Consumers will get no break on the sales tax from the state of Massachusetts this summer, as lawmakers opt for the second year in a row to forego a tax holiday weekend. Revenue Committee Chairman Jay …

Anderson named officer of statewide builders, remodelers association » Cape Cod Times Matthew Anderson, president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod and owner of Anderson Framing and Remodeling in Sandwich, was installed as the first vice president of the Home …

Cabbies may avoid new rules for Uber, Lyft drivers » Gloucester Times Plans to create a statewide registry and require background checks for taxi, limousine and other ride-for-hire drivers have hit a roadblock.…

How much is a fund-raiser at TD Garden worth? » Boston Globe

GE Hits Pause On New Office Building » Banker & Tradesman

Civil Rights

New surveillance camera at the State House is raising some concerns » Boston Globe A new security camera nestled on an 18th-century balcony of the Massachusetts State House faces one of the state's most prominent places to demonstrate — in front of the Capitol's steps. …

Crimes

Immigrants are among most vulnerable to human trafficking » Wicked Local Weymouth Human trafficking is a nearly $32 billion industry and more than 27 million people are victims of the illicit business on an international scale, according to the Polaris Project, which is tasked with…

Education

UMass Asks Developers To Submit Ideas For 'Mixed-Use' Of Bayside Site » WBUR The University of Massachusetts Building Authority has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to seek out ideas for the "highest and best use" of the former Bayside Expo Center site in Dorchester with…

Why Mass. Is Making A Third Attempt At Reforming English Language Ed » WBUR Fifteen years after Massachusetts voters remade English-language education in the state, lawmakers are set to reverse course.…

Bristol Community College receives its largest donation ever: $2 million » Taunton Gazette A $2 million donation, the largest in the history of Bristol Community College, will aid in elevating its health science program to a new level of excellence, President Laura Douglas said.…

Lowell, UMass Lowell sign master agreement » Commonwealth Magazine UMass Lowell and the city of Lowell signed a historic master agreement that spells out the financial relationship between the municipality and its largest tax-exempt landholder.…

Environment

Center for Coastal Studies Receives Grant to Measure Nitrogen » Cape Cod Online The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown has been awarded a grant from the Baker Administration through the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.…

Galvin says New Shadow Law Removes Layer of Protection for Historic Parks » Beacon Hill Times Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a home-rule petition into law that would allow Millennium Partners to move forward with building a 775-foot tower on the site of the city-owned Winthrop Square Garag…

Gaming

Town, state make case for Supreme Court intervention » Martha's Vineyard Times The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to resolve a conflict between the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the town of Aquinnah, a citizens' group, and the commonwealth of Massachusetts.…

Town, State Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Casino Case » Vineyard Gazette The town of Aquinnah, the commonwealth and a community group on Tuesday hurled what amounts to a legal Hail Mary pass, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that recognizes the Wampanoag …

Health Care

State sees boom in number of psychiatric beds » Boston Globe As psychiatric patients struggle to get treatment, some of them waiting for days in emergency rooms, health care companies have seen an opportunity: Three gleaming new psychiatric hospitals have gone …

Housing

More Boston neighborhoods seeing affordable housing units » Boston Globe Boston's building boom is bringing more affordable housing to some of its most affluent neighborhoods.…

Cambridge Moves To Restrict Short-Term Rentals » WBUR In the absence of a state strategy to regulate short-term housing rentals, the Cambridge City Council voted Monday night to require hosts to live in the same or an adjacent building as part of a new s…

Insurance

Health insurance is at crisis stage nationwide » Sentinel & Enterprise Without action by the Trump administration, Iowa's last insurer on the individual health exchange will leave, a Hawkeye State Republican warned policymakers Tuesday.…

Judiciary

Family lessons shaped Salem District Court nominee » State House News Service

Labor

Prosecution, defense rest in 'Top Chef' case » Boston Globe A federal jury could begin deliberating the fate of four Teamsters members charged with using strong-arm tactics in an alleged attempt to extort the “Top Chef” television show as soon as T…

Local Government

Methuen councilor's police job could create conflict » Eagle Tribune The City Council on Monday approved a petition that puts Chairman Jamie Atkinson one step closer to taking a junior accountant position in the police department. That petition – which would wai…

Fellsmere Park sign installation celebrates Malden's first mayor » Wicked Local Malden Malden City Councillor-at-Large Debbie DeMaria hosted the installation of a new Fellsmere Park sign along the Fellsway East road at Fellsmere Pond.…

Marijuana

Confusion remains over pot controls » Cape Cod Times Although legislators spent eight months revising the state's new recreational marijuana law, confusion remains on the issue of local control.…

Watchdog: Pot shop bid may be conflict » Boston Herald A state employee who works at the department regulating medicinal marijuana is applying for a dispensary license from that very agency — a potential conflict of interest that raises questions a…

Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board Members Largely From Pro-Pot Cities » New England Public Radio All but two of the 15 people appointed to advise marijuana regulators in Massachusetts reside in cities and towns that favored the legalization of recreational pot.…

Vermont governor Phil Scott to create executive commission on marijuana legalization » The Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he plans to create an executive commission to study marijuana legalization. The commission's members have not been named, but Scott said its recommendations are likely to …

Opinion

Trump's reckless rhetoric on North Korea » Boston Globe President Trump's reckless words directed at North Korea on Tuesday risk inflaming one of the world's worst headaches.…

Trump tries to divide and conquer communities of color » Boston Globe The Trump administration cares no more about Asian-American enrollment at Harvard than it does about protecting black and Hispanic workers from an influx of immigrants. …

Maine motormouth Paul LePage is on the warpath » Boston Globe Up in Maine, Senators Angus King and Susan Collins have just been blasted as “dangerous,” “out of touch” politicians who cast “disgusting” votes against repealing O…

When Google silences dissent, it bodes poorly for the rest of us » Boston Globe Well, now we know what you're not allowed to say if you work at Google. Next question: What are the rest of us allowed to say on the Internet?…

Carr: Baker's donor pal at a loss for words after getting judgeship » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is a good neighbor — he's arranged for yet another of his fellow Swampscott residents to take early retirement in the form of a no-heavy-lifting $165,000-a-year state judgesh…

Socializing costs and privatizing benefits » Cape Cod Times Columnist Cynthia Stead laments all the insurance industry jobs she imagines will be lost if the U.S. adopts a single-payer health insurance system, as every other advanced industrialized nation has d…

Is Republican Senatorial Candidate Geoff Diehl Minimizing His Opposition To Obamacare? » WGBH News The last time a Massachusetts Republican won a seat in the U.S. Senate — the only time in the last 40 years, in fact — the fate of Obamacare was said to hinge on the outcome.…

Politics

Battenfeld: Geoff Diehl declares Elizabeth Warren's ancestry not a target » Boston Herald Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claims of Cherokee Indian ancestry remain a question hanging over her political career — and a frequent target for President Trump — but don't …

State rep. candidates weigh withdrawal from local races » Eagle Tribune Two of the candidates running in the special election to replace former state Rep. Brian Dempsey in the 3rd Essex District are weighing whether to remain on the ballot for re-election to their current…

Kaufman responds to conservative group's fliers sent to Lexington addresses » Wicked Local Lexington Rep. Jay Kaufman, D-Lexington, attacked a flyer sent to addresses in his district criticizing him and other state Democratic representatives for voting for a pay increase that affected all state lawma…

Bonner Withdraws; Throws Support to Magliocchetti » WHAV The most recent Democrat to consider seeking the soon-to-be-vacant state representative seat has withdrawn and thrown his support behind Paul A. Magliocchetti.…

Following campaign treasurer's resignation, Springfield City Council candidate Ernesto Cruz denies mishandling funds » The Republican A city council candidate on Tuesday pledged to cooperate with the state campaign finance agency following the resignation of his campaign treasurer, who accused him of mishandling contributions receiv…

Three-way GOP primary creating waves south of Boston » State House News Service

Public Health

Opioid deaths already at near-2016 levels » The Sun Chronicle On a computer screen in police department crime analyst Anthony Stevens' office, a graph is covered with figures representing numbers of people who have died each month from opioid overdoses in the ci…

Public Safety

No new money needed -- Norfolk County has own inmate addiction program » Wicked Local Quincy Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti said it's okay that his office didn't get part of a new federal grant that went to five other sheriff's departments. Norfolk County started a near-identical pro…

Taxation

Chairman "certain" there won't be a sales tax holiday » Lowell Sun Consumers will get no break on the sales tax from the state of Massachusetts this summer, as lawmakers opt for the second year in a row to forego a tax holiday weekend.…

Berkshire County business owners lament unlikelihood of sales tax-free weekend » Berkshire Eagle Sales tax holiday weekends represent a state-sanctioned way of sticking it to the state, say Berkshire County business owners.…

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Cracking the code on sexism » Commonwealth Magazine

Gov. Baker's Immigrant-Detention Legislation Sparks Protests » WAMC

New hires, daily spending featured in CTHRU site expansion » State House News Service

Western Massachusetts advocates rally against Gov. Charlie Baker's immigration detainer bill » The Republican

Cambridge moves to restrict short-term rentals » Metro.us

Deval Patrick should run for president if he wants to, says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren » The Republican

Healey outlines priorities for lawmakers mulling justice reform » State House News Service

Group pushing to repeal Massachusetts' transgender non-discrimination law » WWLP 22 News

Battle over biomass subsidies at state energy resources hearing » The Recorder

US Sen. Ed Markey backs east-west rail, says federal infrastructure funds could help pay for project » The Republican

HHS working through health care waiver requests, Trump deputy says » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

BRAISED CHICKEN WITH 50 CLOVES OF GARLIC

Jay Hajj - owner of Mike’s City Diner in the South End

Makes 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

1/3 cup sugar

Salt and black pepper

4 to 5 pounds chicken thighs

1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper

¼ cup olive oil

50 cloves garlic

½ cup cherry wine

2½ cups chicken stock

½ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon ground cumin

3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, divided

Directions

Disssolve the sugar and 1/3 cup salt in 8 cups water in a large glass bowl. Add chicken and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Brine the chicken at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pat the chicken dry and season with 1 tablespoon salt and the Aleppo pepper. Heat the olive oil to medium hot in a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven or other heavy pot. Sear the chicken until well browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Cook in batches if needed so as not to overcrowd the pan and cool off the oil. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and pack together snugly.

Add the garlic to the pot and cook in the remaining oil and chicken scrapings until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes, being careful  not to overcook and burn. Stir the garlic gently while sauteeing to color on all sides. Add the cherry wine and stir with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot until it boils and all the alcohol is cooked off, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stock, lemon juice, and cumin. Bring to a boil for 4 to 5 minutes. Shut off the heat. Remove about a third of the garlic cloves from the pot and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of parsley to the pot. Grind with an immersion blender until the garlic mixture becomes a thick sauce, being careful not to splash the very hot liquid on yourself, or mash and whisk it in the pot by hand. Test the flavor and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Pour the garlic mixture all over the chicken in the baking dish. Put the garlic cloves that were set aside on top of the chicken. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Garnish with the remaining parsley and season with salt and black pepper if necessary. Serve family style on the table.



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