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Must-Reads

President Obama, Where Are You? » New York Times Please help us understand what on earth is going on. …

Trump's science envoy quits with scathing letter with an embedded message: 'I-M-P-E-A-C-H' » Boston Globe Daniel Kammen, a renewable energy expert appointed last year as a science envoy to the State Department, resigned Wednesday, citing President Donald Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville…

AG Maura Healey is tough on Trump, but not on the Teamsters » Boston Globe Here's why labor gets away with almost anything it wants in Massachusetts. …

What 'The Village Voice' Taught Us About Speaking Truth to Power » The Nation For decades, The Village Voice was a Manhattan-based weekly newspaper with national reach and an outsized influence on American journalism. Tuesday's announcement that it would cease print publication…

Several local politicians interested in running for Leominster Sen. Jennifer Flanagan's seat » Sentinel & Enterprise With state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan's resigning from her seat Aug. 31 to serve as a member of the state's Cannabis Control Commission, several local politicians said they are considering running for the…

Is the MBTA's New General Manager the “Turnaround” Guy the T Says He Is? » Boston Magazine Luis Ramírez, after he was selected as the new general manager of the MBTA, was touted by state officials as a “turnaround” leader who helped whip large, complex operations into shape. …

Concerned Citizens And Fishermen Help Scientists Track Ocean Changes In Effort To Fight Climate Change » WBUR It's a cloudy, cool July morning, and we've come to the docks at Fairhaven Shipyard, near New Bedford, to meet Chris Parks. She's a tall, elegant, retired Boston banker in jeans and a sweatshirt. …

Proposal to hook and kill sharks 'incredibly disappointing,' Massachusetts environmental chief Matt Beaton says » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's energy and environmental chief is panning a Cape Cod official's idea to hook and kill sharks that swim too close to local beaches.…

Will legal pot be a chance for minority business owners? » Boston Globe They were pioneers, the first black owners of a cannabis dispensary in Colorado. Now, eight years after the commercialization of medical marijuana here, and almost five years after voters legalized re…

“I’m begging the state, begging the state’s negotiators to do the right thing. Put yourself on the other side of the table and, if it’s about money, tell the union why its excessive offer isn’t enough,” he said. “If it’s just about privatization, that’s wrong.”

Congressman Michael Capuano

Speaking about the MBTA workers fighting privatization.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump's shutdown threat raises stakes for lawmakers in looming funding battle » Boston Globe Congressional Democrats are holding their ground in opposition to President Trump's proposed border wall after Trump threatened to ''close down the government'' if lawmakers do not provide money for t…

Steve Bannon's secret passion project » Boston Globe Now that he's out of the White House, Steve Bannon is free to pursue his secret passion project: the creative side of Trump TV.…

The Republican Establishment Stands Behind Trump » The Atlantic President Trump's response to the deadly white-supremacist protests in Charlottesville earlier this month sparked a fierce national backlash, drawing rebukes from elected officials, corporate executiv…

Business

From bust to bumper crop: Central Mass. peach growers report juicy turnaround » Worcester Telegram Last year, Glenn Stillman of Stillman's Farm in New Braintree was borrowing money to offset an estimated $100,000 shortfall, his farm like others across the state having lost its entire peach crop to …

China 'parasite' owes New Balance » Boston Herald New Balance has scored a landmark legal victory against a Chinese “parasite” brand copying its sneakers, winning the largest award ever for a U.S. company in a trademark infringement case …

Civil Rights

Reps denounces neo-Nazi, white supremacists » Wicked Local Canton Representatives Bill Galvin, D-Canton, and Lou Kafka, D-Stoughton, recently joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in support of a resolution that unequivocally denounces white natio…

Crimes

Plea Deal in the Works? Lawyers Hinting about RMV Clerk at Center of Fake-IDs-for-Illegal-Aliens Allegations » New Boston Post The pending federal indictment of Evelyn Medina, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles clerk busted last month in connection with an alleged fraudulent driver's license and identity-theft ring …

INHUMAN TRADE: Buying and selling sex online widespread in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Taunton

Education

Here's how to prevent sex abuse at N.E. schools, groups say » Boston Globe Spurred by growing allegations of sexual misconduct at private schools, two groups that represent more than 1,000 of the institutions released recommendations Wednesday for preventing the abuse of stu…

At UMD, Sen. Warren says Democrats must 'stay focused' on health care, student loan crisis » Taunton Gazette With so much going on these days in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had no shortage of topics to talk about Wednesday night at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.…

What's Really Behind the Civil War to End Harvard's Fraternities? » Vanity Fair Breaking with centuries-old tradition, Harvard is moving to eliminate its all-male final clubs, charging that the Porcellian, A.D., Fox, Fly, and other high-end frats are bastions of patriarchal privi…

Mashpee Wampanoag School Looks To Revive Teachings Of Native Language » WBUR In a small classroom in the headquarters of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, children recite words in the language of their ancestors. …

Environment

9 States, Including Mass., Agree To Accelerate Emission Reductions In Next Decade » WBUR The nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative consortium has settled on a proposed update to the cap-and-trade program that would call for a 30 percent reduction in carbon pollution from the regio…

Wellfleet beach closed after great white shark bites paddleboard » Boston Globe Cleveland Bigelow III had already caught some waves Wednesday morning off Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, and was about to stand up on his paddleboard 30 yards from shore.…

Group of nine states announces aggressive plan to cut emissions » Boston Globe A coalition of nine states from Maryland to Maine on Wednesday announced an aggressive plan to cut power plant emissions in the next decade, one of the broadest efforts to address climate change since…

North Adams OKs plan to honor Paris climate accord » Berkshire Eagle The Trump administration may have dropped out of the Paris climate accord, but North Adams plans to keep doing its part. …

Third deer hunt in Blue Hills draws opposition » Patriot Ledger Opponents of deer hunting in the Blue Hills Reservation dominated a meeting on a proposed third season of the hunt.…

Effort afoot to repeal Natick plastic bag rule » The Metro West Daily News For Brent Longtin, plastic bags are for more than just carrying products home from the store.…

Gaming

Lottery gets it wrong; $758.7m jackpot won in Chicopee, not Watertown » Boston Globe A Powerball ticket worth $758.7 million was sold in Massachusetts Wednesday night — that much is clear. The Massachusetts Lottery first said the largest jackpot won on a single ticket in histor…

Health Care

Martha's Vineyard is roiled by ouster of CEO of island's hospital » Boston Globe Soon after Joseph L. Woodin moved to Martha's Vineyard to run the local hospital last year, residents and patients noticed a difference. They saw him everywhere — at community meetings, dinners…

Health care 'is basic human right' -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren » South Coast Today U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren got an earful when she visited the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center on Wednesday: America ought to have universal health care, one physician said. Others said the…

Immigration

Resident asks Ware selectmen to oppose bill to make Massachusetts a 'sanctuary state' » The Republican A former selectwoman in town asked the board at Tuesday's meeting to oppose the "Safe Communities Act" bill pending in the state Legislature that would make Massachusetts a "sanctuary state."…

Council unanimously backs immigration protection » Boston Globe In a unanimous vote Wednesday, Boston's City Council called on the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status, a program that authorizes employment and establishes protection from depor…

Sen. Anne Gobi targeted on support of sanctuary bill » Worcester Telegram

Judiciary

State withheld evidence breathalyzer machine was faulty, lawyers charge » Boston Globe Lawyers for drunken-driving defendants are accusing the state of withholding evidence that a breathalyzer used in tens of thousands of cases may be unreliable.…

Courtroom dedicated to long-serving Judge Doyle » The Salem News A courtroom in the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center now bears the name of a judge who once presided there — a man described as compassionate and patient, and who left a lasting legacy.…

Bristol County prosecutor tapped for judge by Gov. Baker » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday tapped a lawyer and a prosecutor from Southeastern Massachusetts to don the robe and serve as judges in state courts.…

Michelle Carter prosecutor Katie Rayburn nominated for judgeship » The Republican It has been a busy summer for Bristol County prosecutor Katie Rayburn. On June 16, Rayburn and fellow Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn won a potentially landmark conviction in the case of M…

Governor's Council OKs judges from Holyoke, Wilbraham, Longmeadow, Swampscott » The Republican The Governor's Council on Wednesday approved four of Gov. Charlie Baker's judicial nominees, adding judges to the district and appeals courts and naming a new clerk magistrate in Chicopee.…

For Springfield attorney and state judicial nominee Kathleen Sandman, family law is personal » The Republican Springfield attorney Kathleen Sandman, nominated to be an associate justice of the Probate and Family Court, understands the needs of blended families.…

Group sues Lowell, Ayer district courts over debt-collection procedures » Lowell Sun

Fall River native Harrington, Prosecutor Rayburn get judicial nominations » Herald News

Chapman confirmed for seat on district court » The Salem News

Labor

Report: Half of state's labor force holds bachelor's degrees » The Associated Press (AP) A new report finds that half of all workers in Massachusetts held a bachelor's degree or higher in 2016, marking the first time any U.S. state has reached that threshold.…

Local Government

Police now investigating allegations against Felix G. Arroyo » Boston Globe The Boston Police Department is investigating allegations that health services chief Felix G. Arroyo grabbed the neck of a female subordinate who had accused him of repeated sexual harassment, Lieuten…

Attleboro race turns nasty as Lemus endorses Dumas for mayor » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Political activists in Attleboro have been predicting the mayor's race would get real nasty real soon and Wednesday it did.…

Mayor, councilors sign anti-hate compact » Gloucester Times Gloucester's mayor and all nine city councilors have formally joined a call to "condemn white nationalist and neo-Nazi ideology" and to "vigorously pursue justice in response to hate-fueled violence" …

Easthampton superintendent to unveil results of civil rights investigations » The Republican

Marijuana

Baker names first member of marijuana oversight committee » Boston Business Journal State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan will resign her role at the State House to become one of five members on the state's cannabis oversight authority.…

Gov. Baker Taps State Sen. Flanagan For His Cannabis Control Commission Pick » WBUR Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, a Leominster Democrat, will resign her seat at the end of the month to become one of five members of the new Cannabis Control Commission, tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker to help t…

Senator named to marijuana regulatory post opposed legal pot » The Associated Press (AP) A Democratic state senator who opposed the ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana was named Wednesday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to the regulatory board that will oversee the cann…

Charlie Baker's pot board pick opposed legalization » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has started shaping the powerful state commission charged with overseeing the pot industry, tapping a longtime Beacon Hill pol who opposed legalizing weed to fill the panel's public…

Charlie Baker makes pick for marijuana commission » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker will tap state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, a Leominster Democrat, for a spot on the state's new Cannabis Control Commission, putting in place the first member of the powerful new panel.…

Opinion

Our view: Department warrants continued scrutiny » The Salem News As head of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Beaton has had to endure the criticism his department has taken in the past year for questionable hires, seemingly unregulated paid…

Editorial: Amherst Drug Lab injustices must be addressed » Gazette Net Can you imagine a state in which thousands of men and women may be locked up in jail cells, unable to win freedom despite fundamental flaws in the evidence used to convict them of drug crimes? …

We have a military to defend our values, not tear them down » Boston Globe After I retired from the military several years ago, I was lucky enough to become the dean of a graduate school of international relations — The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Un…

Keller @ Large: How President Trump Can Improve His Approval Ratings » CBS Boston No one knows for sure where the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” comes from.…

GOP prospects to unseat Warren get a bit brighter » Lowell Sun Is any Republican candidate capable of unseating U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren? Our far-left Democratic incumbent would seem a shoo-in for re-election next year.…

MORAN: Boston and Charlottesville forever linked » Herald News Depending on which forms of electronic, print or social media you consume, Saturday's “free speech rally” in Boston and the “counter-protest” it sparked could be described seve…

EDITORIAL: Flanagan a great choice for cannabis commission » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker has made an excellent choice in selecting Sen. Jennifer L. Flanagan as his appointee to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission, which will regulate the state's recreational mar…

Telemedicine Helps Patients And Cuts Costs, But Mass. Is Far Behind » WBUR Every so often, there comes a technology with benefits so indisputable that it becomes inevitable. Such is the case with telemedicine, or telehealth — care provided remotely using technology, f…

State GOP proposing a terribly bad idea » Cape Cod Times

Politics

MJ Powell, Democratic party legend, dies at age 81 » Eagle Tribune Mary Jane “MJ” Powell, a legendary Democratic party operative who helped launch the careers of politicians from selectman and city council to governor and U.S. Senate, died Tuesday at the …

Flanagan's Senate seat, suddenly open, draws interest from several local pols » Sentinel & Enterprise With state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan's resigning from her seat on Aug. 31 to serve as a member of the state's Cannabis Control Commission, several local politicians said they are considering running for …

Wood Decides Against State Rep. Run, Citing Mother's Health » WHAV Haverhill School Committeeman Scott W. Wood Jr. said Wednesday he will forgo entering the race for Third Essex state representative to focus on family health concerns.…

Wood decides against Statehouse run » Eagle Tribune The special election field to replace former state Rep. Brian Dempsey will feature at least four candidates, but one veteran city politician is calling off a run.…

Hunt Announces Re-Election Campaign Kickoff Event » Cape Cod Online SANDWICH – The 2018 election is still over a year away, but one local State Representative has already announced plans to seek re-election.…

Several local politicians interested in running for Leominster Sen. Jennifer Flanagan's seat » Sentinel & Enterprise With state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan's resigning from her seat on Aug. 31 to serve as a member of the state's Cannabis Control Commission, several local politicians said they are considering running for …

Sen. Eldridge will not run for Congress » Lowell Sun

Eldridge drops out of race for coveted congressional seat » Boston Herald

Mass. Republicans lose a member — but gain an opportunity » Boston Globe

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie: Transit is key to improving Western Massachusetts as part of statewide rail plan » The Republican

More Democratic Hopefuls For Massachusetts Governor Tour Berkshires » WAMC

GOP attorney to run against Maura Healey » Boston Globe

Public Health

Overdose deaths continue downward trend » The Enterprise For a second time this year, state data shows that the pendulum may have begun swinging in the other direction for the region's addiction crisis.…

Public Safety

Spencer gets grant to hire full-time firefighters » Worcester Telegram Selectmen accepted a grant Monday that will enable the Fire Department to hire full-time firefighters.…

State Government

N.H. voters, advocates sue to block new law toughening voter registration » Boston Globe The League of Women Voters of New Hampshire and three New Hampshire voters are suing to block a new state law that toughens voter registration requirements, part of a nationwide pushback against restr…

'I'm just very glad the winning pick' in Powerball is from Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Baker-Polito administration, Natick officials celebrate groundbreaking for $385,584 Complete Streets improvement project » Sampan

Utilities

Governor Baker is offering Hydro-Quebec another helping hand » Boston Globe When it comes to helping big hydro generators, Governor Charlie Baker accomplished something that eluded his predecessor.…

Kinder Morgan paying Massachusetts State Police hundreds of thousands to quell Berkshire pipeline protests » MassLive Texas-based energy transfer pipeline giant Kinder Morgan is paying Massachusetts State Police thousands to quell protests at a Western Massachusetts project site, where troopers have arrested dozens s…

Kinder Morgan has ponied up $115K to state police for Sandisfield pipeline security detail » Berkshire Eagle A Massachusetts State Police Department invoice shows $115,000 in charges to Kinder Morgan for pipeline-related trooper details at Otis State Forest between May 6 and June 3.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Healey alleges loan servicer overcharged student borrowers eligible for debt forgiveness » Boston Globe

Sen. Jennifer Flanagan to resign seat to become Cannabis Control Commission member » Sentinel & Enterprise

Baker to testify on Obamacare before Senate committee » State House News Service

Judge, lawyers: State dragging feet on Amherst drug lab scandal » Gazette Net

AG Maura Healey is tough on Trump, but not the Teamsters » Boston Globe

Four confirmed by council to court positions » State House News Service

State Senator Jennifer Flanagan – Through the Years » Sentinel & Enterprise

Obama's former staffers hope to build upon his legacy as they run for office » Los Angeles Times

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