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Jimmy Kimmel Offers Trump Voters A Way Out Of This Mess » The Huffington Post Following a day in which the president hosted a press conference that quickly unraveled when he issued a stunning defense of violent white supremacists and neo-Nazis, Jimmy Kimmel decided to address D…

At candidates forum, both Murphy and Guadagno look to Massachusetts » Politico The Boston Globe may have just published an article that drew outrage for its use of New Jersey stereotypes, but New Jersey's two leading candidates for governor on Tuesday had nothing but good thing…

Suit: Kushner Companies illegally deregulated apartments, overcharged tenants » NJ POLITICO Pro Jared Kushner's family's real estate company illegally deregulated apartments at a Brooklyn apartment building and overcharged numerous tenants, according to a class action lawsuit filed Tuesday. "It …

Massachusetts Regulator Probes Brokerages Over Trading 'Kickbacks' » New York Times Massachusetts' top securities said on Tuesday that his office is examining whether brokerages route orders to stock exchanges that pay them additional fees regardless of whether investor clients are g…

Editorial: Doubling down on hate » Boston Herald Well, so much for the Donald Trump who denounced bigotry and hatred on Monday — in what some said looked like a White House hostage video. …

Trump Asks, 'What About the Alt-Left?' Here's an Answer » New York Times President Trump defended his belated condemnation of white supremacists who engaged in violence in Charlottesville, Va., by arguing that he was exercising caution in casting blame. Then he returned to…

Mass. agency buying properties in bid to revive older downtowns » Boston Globe The Worcester pawn shop with the giant “Checks Cashed” billboard might seem like a strange place to buy. Not really: As the city's theater district flourishes, it makes sense to replace th…

Teamsters found not guilty in 'Top Chef' trial » Boston Globe The four Teamsters accused of hurling racial epithets and sexist slurs at a “Top Chef” crew filming in Milton in 2014 were acquitted Tuesday in a high-profile case that tested the line bet…

The MBTA's new general manager, Luis Manuel Ramirez, will get a $320,000 base salary » Mass Live The new general manager of the MBTA, Luis Manuel Ramirez, will earn a base salary of $320,000, Massachusetts transportation officials said Tuesday.…

"I think the ability to lead a large organization and engage with a workforce and customers, and to understand the importance of the MBTA to the regional and state economy, is critical," said Josh Ostroff, partnerships director at Transportation for Massachusetts.

Josh Ostroff, Partnerships director at Transportation for Massachusetts

On the appointment of the new general manager of the MBTA, Luis Manuel Ramirez

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Beltway Politics

Trump again blames both sides for Va. violence » Boston Globe President Trump reverted Tuesday to blaming both sides for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., and at one point questioned whether the movement to pull down Confederate statues would lead to …

Business

Massachusetts Probes Retail Brokers Over Exchange Payments » The Wall Street Journal Massachusetts is investigating whether retail brokerages hurt investors by routing orders to stock exchanges that pay them rebates, creating a potential conflict of interest, a top official for the st…

Retailers seek tax rollback, revived tax-free weekend » Newburyport News As hopes fade for a sales tax holiday this year, retailers are gearing up to ask voters to make tax-free weekends a permanent fixture while lowering the state's sales tax rate.…

Massachusetts investigating whether top U.S. brokers have a kickback conflict » CNBC Massachusetts is investigating whether top retail brokerage firms send customer buy and sell orders to exchanges that offer the brokers kickbacks and whether that practice prevents ordinary investors …

Some corporate chiefs have had enough of Trump » Boston Globe Walmart, Merck, Intel, Under Armour. These are the sort of corporate titans that typically relish an opportunity to partner with the White House and lend a hand in guiding America's economic policy.…

Film industry predicts little fallout from 'Top Chef' trial » Boston Globe The “Top Chef” trial may have dredged up unwelcome stereotypes about organized labor in Boston, but as jurors delivered a “not guilty” verdict to four Teamsters Tuesday, people…

Galvin touts Canton's Phoenix Electric Co. » Wicked Local Canton State Rep. Bill Galvin, D-Canton, recently toured the Phoenix Electric Company of Canton in an effort to highlight Massachusetts manufacturing. He was joined by his legislative colleague, Rep. Jeffrey…

Bank donates building to Fitchburg » Sentinel & Enterprise FITCHBURG -- The former Bank of America building on 700 Main St. is now in city hands. …

Business and Professional Women names new officers » Cape Cod Times The Business and Professional Women of Lower Cape Cod inducted new board officers and awarded two scholarships at its June meeting, according to a statement from the organization.…

GE's Immelt: I quit Trump council before president disbanded it » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Who is the Boston Free Speech Coalition behind Saturday's rally? » Boston Globe The Boston Free Speech Coalition evolved quietly online and out of the view of authorities in recent months, shaped in part by outrage over violent protests at political rallies and riots on a Califor…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker: We stand by the Jewish community after Holocaust Memorial vandalism » Mass Live "Shocking," "disturbing" and "sad" were among the adjectives used by state and local politicians to describe Monday's vandalism at the New England Holocaust Memorial…

Crimes

Massachusetts securities chief William Galvin launches investigation of broker 'kickbacks' » Investment News Massachusetts' top securities regulator, Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin, launched an investigation Tuesday into charges that brokers were receiving 'kickbacks' for routing sales orders to certa…

Massachusetts regulator investigates Edward Jones, TD Ameritrade » Boston Business Journal The top securities regulator in Massachusetts said Tuesday he is investigating whether brokerages route trade orders to receive what he called kickbacks, Reuters reports.…

Education

Kathy Kelley, 72, was first woman to lead Boston Teachers Union » State House News Service Labor officials this week will mourn Kathy Kelley, who was president of the Boston Teachers Union and the longtime president of the American Federation of Teachers chapter in Massachusetts.…

Environment

Officials digging for funds to dredge Wareham River » Wareham Week Town officials are seeking funds to dredge the Wareham River's federal navigation channel, which would deepen it and make it safer for recreational boaters. The problem? A slew of cities and towns acr…

Selectmen talk dredging, beach management to maintain coastline » Wicked Local Wareham Selectmen said Monday they plan to continue talking over beach maintenance ideas and dredging of navigational channels and hope to find a grant to help the town address both.…

Compressor foes tell Braintree council about worrisome air-test results » Patriot Ledger A group of local residents opposed to a proposed natural-gas compressor station hope to work with officials to do something about the hazardous pollutants that already exist in the Fore River Basin.…

Health Care

Partners CEO tops hospital pay list » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare's chief executive, Dr. David Torchiana, topped the list of executives at the state's largest nonprofit hospitals who received sizable pay raises in 2015, according to their most re…

State touts access to child vaccines at pharmacies » State House News Service For the first time, children ages 9 and up can get their flu vaccines at a pharmacy instead of from a primary care doctor this year, a change that officials say will make the vaccination process easie…

Housing

Baker announces $100M to boost state's affordable housing stock » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts will use a combined $100 million in housing subsidy funds and state and federal tax credits to bolster the Commonwealth's affordable housing stock, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday.…

State awards $72 million for additional housing » Newburyport News Gov. Charlie Baker's administration will award $72 million in housing subsidy funds and additional state and federal tax credits to 25 projects in 17 communities for the creation, rehabilitation and p…

Massachusetts affordable housing projects get $72 million: What's coming to your town? » Mass Live Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced $72 million in direct funding and $28 million in state and federal tax credits for 25 affordable housing projects around the state including in Chicopee, Holyok…

State awards $72 million to improve affordable housing » WWLP 22 The Baker administration is awarding $72 million to several cities and towns to create and rehabilitate affordable housing units. A portion of that money will go to western Massachusetts communities i…

Massachusetts attorney general secures $6.3 million in refunds for 4,500 homeowners » Legal Newsline

Immigration

Immigrants rights activists rally at State House » WWLP 22 Dozens of labor and immigrant rights activists rallied at the State House on Tuesday. They called on Governor Charlie Baker to safeguard immigrants with Temporary Protected Status and Massachusetts re…

Insurance

Minuteman Health pulls out of Obamacare exchanges, citing chaos in Washington » Boston Business Journal

Labor

Healey calls picketers' actions 'unacceptable'' as Goldberg defends 'good people' in union » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday denounced the “unacceptable” behavior of union picketers despite the acquittal of the Teamsters who faced extortion charges for menacing the cast an…

MBTA union blasts Baker's plan for privatization » The Eagle Tribune Union workers at the MBTA are pushing back against Gov. Charlie Baker's plans to privatize bus maintenance, saying it will cost jobs and compromise safety.…

'Top Chef' federal trial: Four teamsters found not guilty of extortion » Mass Live The four members of Teamsters Local 25 charged with attempted extortion for allegedly intimidating the cast and crew of "Top Chef" have been found not guilty in federal court.…

Mayor Walsh 'relieved' as Teamsters acquitted in 'Top Chef' trial » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh called the not-guilty verdict in the blockbuster “Top Chef” case a vindication of any wrongdoing by his office — even as a key city official cited in the trial…

Feds overreach on Teamsters » Commonwealth Magazine

Local Government

North Adams Committee Recommends Resolution on Climate Accord » iBerkshires The Public Services Committee last week approved a draft resolution to support of the Paris Climate Accord. …

Marijuana

Williamstown Weighs Timing of Vote on Retail Pot Ban » iBerkshires Now that the commonwealth has legislation in place to regulate the recreational marijuana industry, it is up to the Board of Selectmen whether it wants to ask town voters about banning production and …

Opinion

Our View: State and NB community health center will advance innovation for delivery of care » South Coast Today Massachusetts continues to provide leadership in public health and health care delivery as Accountable Care Organizations prepare to step beyond pilot programs that move away from fee-based models amo…

Teamsters trial casts harsh light on film industry » Boston Globe AT LEAST taxpayers in Massachusetts now have a clearer idea of what they're being asked to subsidize through the state's film tax credit.…

Honor Heather Heyer by emulating her » Boston Globe In the sorrowful aftermath of Heather Heyer's murder in Charlottesville, a Twitter user posted that the young woman's death was especially poignant because she died “fighting for a cause that wa…

Prevent a second Korean War by replacing the Kim regime » Boston Globe Six weeks ago, on the Fourth of July, North Korea for the first time tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. The launch was a “gift” to the United States, declared Pyongyang's news a…

Carr: Local 25's 'Top Chef' victory a throwback to the bad ol' days » Boston Herald When was the last time the feds lost an organized-crime case, which is what this trial was, pinky-ring thugs engaged in trying to shake down a legitimate business?…

McGovern: Sometimes you really can't fight City Hall » Boston Herald City Hall just got some good news out of federal court — prosecutors, who keep trying to stick their hands in local union matters and politics, have been rebuffed again.…

Battenfeld: Vindication tastes oh so sweet for mayor » Boston Herald The “Top Chef” not guilty verdict doesn't wash away the city's links to union bullying tactics, but it does mark another fortunate turn for Mayor Martin J. Walsh amid another banner week f…

Editorial: Stop 'Top Chef' tactics » Boston Herald It was a happy day yesterday for the four defendants in the “Top Chef” case who were acquitted on charges of attempted extortion. Not such a happy day, however, for those in this community…

The takeaway from the 'Top Chef' case? It belonged in state court » Boston Globe

Politics

Springfield City Council Candidate Ernesto Cruz Facing Strangulation Charge Following Arrest » Valley Advocate Ernesto Cruz, one of 14 candidates for at-large seats on the Springfield City Council, is facing assault charges.…

Boston 'free speech rally' applies for permit for Saturday event » Mass Live Organizers of a right-wing "free speech rally" planned for Boston on Saturday have applied for a permit from the Boston parks department.…

Former Obama aide eyes political office in Mass. » Boston Globe A former ambassador and top Obama campaign aide with strong local roots is running for office in Massachusetts. He's just not sure which one yet.…

Acquittal in 'Top Chef' trial may boost Walsh, analyst says » Boston Globe The federal jury verdict that acquitted four Teamsters union members of attempting to extort the “Top Chef'' television show also served as political relief for Mayor Martin J. Walsh – gi…

Mass. Governor Charlie Baker To Headline August 28 Fundraiser For RI GOP » RI NPR

Many lawmakers warchests in the red a year out from elections » Lowell Sun

Moulton offers to take on Congress, politics at Bedford Town Hall event » Lowell Sun

Trump comments unite Democrats, GOP in denunciation » Boston Globe

Public Health

A 'National Emergency' Declaration on Opioid Epidemic Might Actually Work » Healthline A national opioid commission called on President Trump to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Here's what that might look like.…

Pharmacies alarmed by Boston needle disposal proposal » The Salem News

Public Safety

Anger builds over Springfield cop Conrad Lariviere's Facebook remarks on Charlottesville; hundreds call for firing » Mass Live Hundreds of people have directed their anger over a city police officer's Facebook comments about racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia toward the Springfield Police Department's Facebook page,…

Braintree police officers honored for Motel 6 heroism » Wicked Local Braintree

State Government

Outdated Massachusetts laws still on the books » WWLP 22 Did you know under current law, you could go to jail for up to one month for frightening a pigeon?…

Massachusetts' Only Confederate Monument Has Been Boarded Up » Boston Magazine

Transportation

MBTA brings General Electric exec on board as general manager » Boston Herald The MBTA's new general manager — a General Electric veteran touted as a turnaround expert — could become one of the nation's highest-paid public transit chiefs, with an incentive-laden c…

From President Donald J. Trump to Tiger Woods, new MBTA general manager touches on hot topics in blog » Mass Live "Was the Manchester Arena bombing a cowardly act?" The incoming MBTA general manager, Luis Manuel Ramirez, has weighed in on that and a variety of other topics, including President Donald Trump's firi…

Foxborough extension approved by MBTA Control Board; Fairmount Line advocates cry foul » Dorchester Reporter The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board has approved a commuter rail extension pilot that will run daily trains to Foxborough starting in the spring of 2019, though Boston transit advocates say…

T's new GM has no public transit experience » Lowell Sun Luis Ramírez, who handled a $3.5 billion line of business for General Electric and runs his own turnaround consulting firm based in Texas, will take the reins as the new general manager and CEO of …

First cars to drive across new Fore River Bridge overnight Wednesday » Patriot Ledger After more than 14 years and some $244 million dollars, commuters will cross the Fore River on a new, permanent bridge on Thursday morning.…

MBTA approves 'Kraft Line' pilot program » Wicked Local Walpole Despite the objections of Walpole officials and residents, the MBTA has approved daily commuter rail service to Foxborough, known locally as the “Kraft Line” project. …

Capewide trail system eventually will happen » Cape Cod Times

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump's disruptive power » Commonwealth Magazine

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

Entrepreneurs Have Bright Ideas At LEVER Demo Day » WAMC

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

TAPENADE

4 ounces (¾ cup) oil-cured black olives or brine-cured such as (Kalamata), pitted

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon capers, drained

6 anchovies in oil, drained

3 tablespoons olive oil

Grated rind of ½ orange

1. In a blender or food processor, place the olives, garlic, capers,
anchovy, and olive oil.

2. Pulse the mixture until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the
orange rind.

SALAD 

Salt and pepper, to taste

16 green beans, stemmed, cut into ¼-inch pieces

16 cherry tomatoes, halved

6 radishes, very thinly sliced

2 stems fresh basil, leaves cut into ribbons

4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Juice of 1 lemon

1. Bring a small saucepan of water with a pinch of salt to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes, or until they are tender but still have some bite. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and place in a salad bowl.

2. Add the tomatoes, radishes, basil, mustard, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the tapenade, salt, and pepper; fold together.

FISH

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 pounds swordfish, 1 to 1½ inches thick, cut into 4 pieces

Pinch kosher salt

1 teaspoon course ground black pepper

Few sprigs fresh basil, leaves thinly sliced1lemon, cut into wedges

1. Light a charcoal grill or turn a gas grill to medium.

2. Use a paper towel to rub a small amount of canola oil on the grill grates to help prevent the fish from sticking. Rub the swordfish with the remaining canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. When the coals are hot, grill the fish for 5 minutes on a side, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the fish registers 145 degrees.

4. Divide the fish among 4 plates, add salad and a spoonful of tapenade, and sprinkle with basil. Serve with lemon.



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