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Taking on the Trump deportation machine » Commonwealth Magazine MANY OF US CHOOSE TO LIVE in Massachusetts because of its freedom, relative to the rest of the world. …

A New Generation of White Supremacists Emerges in Charlottesville » ProPublica The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new incarnation of the wh…

Education commissioner, Southbridge receiver on Board of Ed agenda » State House News Service The search for a new state education commissioner and the status of Southbridge Public Schools after their state-appointed receiver resigned last month are on the agenda for Tuesday's Board of Element…

'Top Chef' jury tripped up on one member's presumption of guilt » Boston Globe “We have a juror who is assuming guilt over innocence,'' the note from the jurors reads, according to Woodlock. “We are not sure how to go on from here. Any suggestions would be helpful.â…

Elizabeth Warren fires back at centrist Democrats » Vox Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took aim at centrist Democrats on Saturday in front of the one of the largest annual gatherings of progressives in the country.…

Three More CEOs Turn Backs on Trump as Merck, Intel Quit Council » Bloomberg Politics Could America's first CEO president lose America's CEOs? It was a question that came to the fore again Monday when first Merck & Co.'s Kenneth Frazier, then Under Armour Inc.'s Kevin Plank and Intel C…

Failing Upward: Corporate Lobbyists Run the Democratic Party » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Donald Trump managed to contrast himself with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party with his campaign promise to “drain the swamp.” Clearly, voters agreed that government is overrun wit…

Will The Race To Succeed Niki Tsongas Be An 'Outsider' Election? » WGBH The most attention a Massachusetts congressional race experiences is often in the first 24 hours after news breaks of an open seat.…

“We’re not going back to the days of being lukewarm on choice,” Warren told a crowd of about 3,000 people at Netroots Nation. “We’re not going back to the days when universal health care was something Democrats talked about on the campaign trail, but were too chicken to fight for after they got elected.”

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Beltway Politics

After backlash, Trump says 'racism is evil' » Boston Globe The crisis in Charlottesville, Va., presented President Trump with a choice between adopting the unifying tone of a traditional president or doubling down on the go-it-alone approach that got him elec…

Sen. Ed Markey seeks to limit president's ability to launch nuclear strike » MassLive U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Monday promoted a bill that would limit the U.S. president's ability to use nuclear weapons.…

Trump's disruptive power » Commonwealth Magazine

Business

Push to bring PawSox to Worcester continues as more than 1,000 postcards are sent to Gov. Charlie Baker » MassLive The Canal District Alliance is continuing its push to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester, this time in a mass postcard mailing to Gov. Charlie Baker and Central Massachusetts native Lt. Gov. Kar…

Waiting game: Nantucket residents wait years for coveted taxi license » Cape Cod Times About 20 years ago, Neville Richen added his name to the waiting list for a town taxi license, hoping to start his own cab business. Now, two decades later, at 73, Neville is still on that list, still…

Startups strut their stuff to Lever audience in North Adams » Berkshire Eagle

Entrepreneurs Have Bright Ideas At LEVER Demo Day » WAMC

Civil Rights

Boston 'Free Speech' rally prompts civil rights groups to demand emergency meeting with Mayor Marty Walsh » The Republican Civil rights groups are demanding an emergency meeting with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to discuss safety plans for the "Boston Free Speech Rally" planned for Saturday, Aug. 19. …

In response to white supremacists, Winchester residents rally against racism » Wicked Local Winchester It was an impromptu announcement: A vigil was being called in response to the white nationalist melee that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.…

Marblehead, North Shore stand against hate » Wicked Local Ipswich More than 100 people gathered at Seaside Park Sunday to honor victims of the violence incited during a white supremacy rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.…

Anti-racism groups turn to Boston ahead of 'free speech' rally » Wicked Local Billerica Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, set Americans on edge over the weekend as officials in Boston cast a wary eye on a rally planned for Boston Common this Saturday.…

Mayor: Boston won't welcome 'hate groups' seeking to rally » South Coast Today Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the city stands with Virginia and will not welcome what he described as “hate groups” who might be thinking of holding a rally in Boston.…

Crimes

Boston's Holocaust memorial damaged for second time this summer » Boston Globe For the second time this summer, the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston was vandalized when a 17-year-old allegedly threw a rock Monday evening through one of the glass panels, shattering it.…

What happened in Charlottesville was an act of terrorism, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the driver who allegedly slammed a car into a crowd in Charlottesville over the weekend committed an act of terrorism.…

Education

State hopes to hire new education czar by end of the year » Lowell Sun

Environment

Old pilings in Maine divide a town. Are they a treasure or a nuisance? » Boston Globe A ragged cluster of rotting pilings juts from the water here, the cracked, crooked remnants of a wharf where 19th-century steamships from Boston and elsewhere brought throngs of summer visitors to sea…

The perks of planting trees (And the challenge of finding places for them) » Berkshire Eagle More trees in Pittsfield will bring down energy costs, but the program tasked with planting them is having trouble taking root.…

Gaming

Plainridge posts biggest $$$ month since its July 2015 opener » State House News Service

Health Care

With deadlines looming, pharma companies look to tighten drug security » STAT News Most people trust that their medicine matches the description on the bottle. But what if it doesn't?…

Violence in the ER: Bill aims to protect medical professionals » Sentinel & Enterprise Of all the patient encounters she's had in her 15-year nursing career, few compare with one Miko Nakagawa had in January.…

Single-Payer Healthcare Forum Tonight in Brewster » Cape Cod Online

Human Services

Weymouth senator pushes for new law after family's experience with Braintree firm » Wicked Local Braintree Dana Schneider, 29 is typically a happy young man with developmental disabilities, but a change in his demeanor while he was living in a Randolph group home during February 2016 signaled something was…

Labor

Minimum wage hike, more paid leave could affect small businesses in Cohasset » Wicked Local Cohasset Changes to the minimum wage and paid leave laws in Massachusetts during the November 2018 General Election could potentially have a dramatic effect on employers and employees alike, including many of …

Workers rally outside Lynn MBTA garage » Lynn Daily News Item Megan Yaqoubi has worked at the MBTA's Western Avenue garage for more than a decade. Even with that longevity, the mechanic has to work a second job just to make ends meet.…

Attorneys alerted: Prepare for possibility of deadlock in 'Top Chef' case » Boston Herald The federal judge in the “Top Chef” extortion case warned the trial teams last night to prepare for the possibility jurors are deadlocked based on the only word they have heard from them i…

Local Government

Candidates seek oversight for upcoming elections » The Eagle Tribune Five candidates for mayor, including former Mayor William Lantigua, and 10 candidates for City Council are asking the state and federal governments to monitor the upcoming city elections to avoid the …

Marijuana

Sept. 1 pot law deadlines loom large » Boston Globe Dealing with dope seems to make Beacon Hill policy makers put off until tomorrow what might best be done today. First the Legislature delayed by six months the date by which pot shops would have opene…

Doctor on Cannabis Advisory Board concerned about normalized teenage use » My Fox Boston The newly appointed Cannabis Advisory Board is working to implement recreational marijuana regulations by next summer. One of the members of the board is Dr. Sharon Levy, an outspoken critic of recrea…

Milford: Amended marijuana ban ballots sent to voters » Milford Daily News Voters who requested an absentee ballot for September's marijuana retail referendum may have received a second ballot this weekend.…

Lenox To Host Regional Workshop To Discuss Recreational Pot » WAMC The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop in Lenox, Massachusetts to teach political leaders about recreational marijuana, which is now legal statewide. …

Peabody considers retail pot ban » Salem News Mayor Ted Bettencourt wants to take advantage of the long-awaited pot law compromise and is asking city councilors to ban retail marijuana sales in Peabody themselves, instead of putting it to a cityw…

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse vetoes Council's moratorium on approval of recreational marijuana retailers » MassLive Mayor Alex B. Morse vetoed the City Council's moratorium on approval of recreational marijuana retailers because he said a statewide moratorium makes it unnecessary and it handcuffs the city economica…

Opinion

Citizens must 'take a stand' against hate following violence in Virginia » Wareham Week I write to you with sadness in my heart over the events that have transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. I, like many people, am aghast with the blatant display of racism and bigotry that…

Judy Wisch: Asks support for City Council resolution » Gazette Net Should health care be a human right, or should it be a privilege for those who can afford it? …

There's no hate speech exception to the First Amendment » Boston Globe The First Amendment protects the speech we hate to hear.…

The tides don't care about petty human concerns » Boston Globe In my summer community we confer a mock trophy on a hapless boater every season, called the Bent Prop Award. …

Columnists Aaron Nelson and Max Carr: Strengthening democracy for the next generation » Gazette Net Earlier this year the Town Meetings of Ashfield, Shelburne and Wendell petitioned the Massachusetts Legislature for permission to lower their voting ages to 16, the first time that voters in Western M…

Worst casino fears coming to fruition » Commonwealth Magazine IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG for the powerful casino industry to muscle its way into Massachusetts politics. …

Our view: Cooperation needed to handle dredging challenges » Gloucester Times The Baker administration this month began taking small steps toward addressing one of the region's pressing infrastructure needs.…

Graham: In USA always good day to kick KKK » Boston Herald A tip to every person considering a run for public office: If you get a chance to denounce Nazis — take it.…

The answer to offensive speech is more speech » Boston Globe The last time a bunch of oh-so-aggrieved white guys organized a rally on Boston Common, in May, hardly anyone paid attention.…

Politics

With ambiguity and euphemism, extremists are showing their skill in bending words » Boston Globe The coded language of the white supremacist playbook has been displayed in abundance since the Charlottesville, Va., rally exploded in violence Saturday, sowing confusion for the public and masking th…

This Week On Beacon Hill: Emissions, Tsongas' Congressional Seat, Health Costs » New England Public Radio At the end of last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration rolled out out new rules on greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas, …

Boston 'Free Speech' Rally Organizers Insist Event Is Still A Go As City Girds For Potential Clashes » New Boston Post Gavin McInnes, founder of the Proud Boys, had been scheduled to headline the event but announced Monday his decision to cancel.…

Boston mayor: 'Don't hand hatred a megaphone and pretend you can't hear it' » Salem News State and city officials on Monday denounced the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend and pledged to keep Boston safe during a planned rally this Saturday, while acknowledging…

Political Notes: AG challenger focuses on guns, drugs » Cape Cod Times The first Republican to launch a 2018 challenge to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, is from Cape Cod.…

Another “Free Speech Rally” Is Coming to Boston August 19 » Boston Magazine After Charlottesville, the city is on high alert about a right-wing demonstration in the Common.…

Far-right leaders nixing Boston plans amid backlash » Boston Herald Two leading far-right activists yesterday canceled their plans to attend Saturday's Boston Free Speech Rally, as Boston's mayor vowed to do “every single thing in our power” to prevent th…

John Kingston hires former Charlie Baker aide » Boston Globe Likely Republican Senate candidate John Kingston has begun staffing up his campaign, adding a former aide to Governor Charlie Baker as a senior adviser.…

Hate groups undeterred by rebuke from Donald Trump » Boston Herald The hate rallies will continue across America this fall, white supremacists vowed yesterday, shrugging off President Trump's belated denunciation of neo-Nazis nearly 48 hours after the deadly violence…

New England Politicians React to Virginia Violence, Trump's Statements » NECN Some elected officials in New England are speaking out about the violence in Charlottesville, Virgina, and weighing in on how President Donald Trump handled the condemnation of the hate groups respons…

Baker criticizes Trump over initial Charlottesville remarks » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Monday criticized President Trump's delay in speaking out strongly against racism after the Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally devolved into violence.…

State rep clashes with senate candidate » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Shawn Dooley contends that Senate candidate Michael Berry is falsely claiming to have the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Baker in the Republican special election primary.…

President Trump should've more quickly condemned white supremacists, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive President Donald Trump should have quickly come out after a woman was killed in Charlottesville and condemned white supremacists, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.…

Public Health

What Does the National Opioid Emergency Mean for States and Cities? » Governing After at least six states declared the opioid epidemic an emergency in their states as opioid deaths continue to rise, President Donald Trump declared it a "national emergency" on Thursday. But what d…

Public Safety

If post-Charlottesville 'hate' rally happens in Boston, police are prepared for 'unnecessary evil,' Commissioner William Evans says » MassLive If hate groups rally in Boston a week after the protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville, police will be prepared, the city's top cop said.…

Mass. traffic deaths up 46 percent since 2013 » Boston Globe

Misdemeanor ticketing bill would give police flexibility, senator says » State House News Service

State Government

Massachusetts' only Confederate memorial under wraps, awaiting fate » Curbed Boston Massachusetts' only Confederate memorial—a modest marker on Boston Harbor's Georges Island that commemorates rebels imprisoned there during the Civil War—remains covered as the state mul…

Taxation

Local businesses offer sales tax discount in lieu of tax-free weekend » WWLP 22 Businesses are taking the sales tax holiday into their own hands. Several western Massachusetts businesses plan to give you a discount to offset the sales tax this weekend.…

Transportation

Taxi business at Logan is down 10% since Uber, Lyft began picking up fares » Boston Globe Taxis are still king at Logan International Airport, but maybe not for much longer.…

Robert Kraft lands OK for Foxboro T service » Boston Herald The MBTA-approved pilot program to run daily commuter trains to Foxboro's Gillette Stadium has sparked outrage from lawmakers and transit advocates, who say the $1.2 million plan is a sweetheart deal …

T approves 2 pilot service expansions » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved two, year-long pilot projects expanding the transit authority's operations – one that adds limited, early morning buses to help workers start into …

$60 million sought to pay outstanding snow removal bills » WWLP 22 Last winter's snow and ice melted a long time ago, but the state's Department of Transportation is looking to close a $50 million tab for snow and ice removal.…

State lawmakers looking to reduce deaths caused by drowsy driving » WWLP 22 State lawmakers hope to keep tired drivers from getting behind the wheel by building more public awareness about the risks of drowsy driving.…

Former GE exec to take over as MBTA general manager » Boston Business Journal

Here is the MBTA's new general manager, Luis Manuel Ramirez » The Republican

MBTA to name former GE executive as new general manager » Boston Globe

State turns to Texas exec Ramirez to fix the MBTA » State House News Service

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Entrepreneurs Make Pitches at Lever Demo Day » iBerkshires

State approves Holbrook trash station that Randolph's fighting » Wicked Local Randolph

MBTA agrees to test regular service to Foxborough » State House News Service

'Boston does not want you here,' Walsh says of hate groups » Boston Globe

New Massachusetts rules provide boost toward state climate goals » Utility Dive

Anti-racism groups turn to city ahead of "free speech" rally » Lowell Sun

GE's Immelt will stay on Trump advisory council, unlike Merck CEO » Boston Business Journal

Markey knocks Trump on North Korea, plans to visit China » State House News Service

Editorial: Milking Massport » Boston Herald

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Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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