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Must-Reads

Who Decides Whether Trump Is Unfit to Govern? » New York Times It's better if that's a political verdict, not a clinical judgment. …

DCCC Launches Health Care Facebook Ads in Targeted Districts » Roll Call The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a new Facebook ad campaign aimed at nearly all of its 80 GOP targets that highlights the Republican health care bill. …

Fitchburg council president will run for Senate » State House News Service The president of the Fitchburg City Council is the first Democrat to the starting line in a special election for an open state Senate seat. Michael Kushmerek, a second-term councilor who serves as the…

Union making calls for Foxborough Dem in Senate race » State House News Service The umbrella labor organization AFL-CIO Massachusetts has been going to work for its endorsed candidate in the race to replace former Sen. James Timilty, now the treasurer of Norfolk County.…

Blacks remain focus of Boston police investigations, searches » Boston Globe The number of people singled out for street investigations by Boston police dropped significantly in 2016, but blacks continue to make up a disproportionate share, despite the department's efforts to …

Two blondes walk into a White House press briefing … » The Washington Post Two blondes walked into a White House news conference. You'll never guess what happened next. (Hint: President Trump mixed them up.) …

Activists seek to limit outside campaign money » The Newburyport News BOSTON — With tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending expected to flow into Massachusetts next year ahead of ballot questions ranging from a “millionaires tax” to a $15-per…

“That case was horrific and I personally found it unconscionable that someone, especially a parent, could be so involved in a murder of a child,” said state Rep. RoseLee Vincent, who worked on the bill with a local child-abuse advocate. “I think that punishment should fit the crime. In this case I don’t think it did.”

Representative Roselee Vincent

Proposing new legislation to increase penalties for those convicted of being an accessory to a child’s murder.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

What's Trump's think tank? Try internet message boards » Boston Globe President Trump bewildered security experts in February when he stated without evidence that Sweden's refugee policies made the country less safe.…

Business

On Day One of Amazon ownership, Whole Foods pitches lower prices » Boston Globe Apples, avocados, and Amazon's Echo were on sale side-by-side Monday at Whole Foods on Cambridge Street in Boston.…

Real estate company selected to combine its Mystic Ave. properties » Wicked Local Medford Combined Properties, a Malden-based real estate agency, has been selected by MassDOT as the winning bid in the sale of the land parcel at 300 Mystic Avenue. The state-owned site currently serves as a …

Boston area has 3rd-highest share of millionaire households in major US cities » Boston Globe Greater Boston has the third highest share of households with $1 million or more in wealth among major metropolitan areas.…

CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy 45 days earlier than expected » MassLive Rail car manufacturer CRRC has received a certificate of occupancy for its 204,000-square-foot factory on Page Boulevard, the company said Monday in a press release.…

Crimes

Revere rep's legislation inspired by Bella Bond case » Boston Herald A Revere lawmaker is pushing a bill that could hike sentences to up to 20 years for those convicted of being an accessory to a child's murder — a move spurred by the Bella Bond case and what cr…

Feds: Four men ran fentanyl, heroin ring from Boston to Cape Cod » Sentinel & Enterprise BOSTON -- Federal authorities said they recovered heaps of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine along with a firearm during a crackdown on a Boston-Cape Cod drug-dealing operation.…

Education

BU, Wheelock College eyeing merger » Boston Business Journal

Environment

Boston mayor ponders how city would handle a Harvey deluge » South Coast Today Hurricane Harvey has led Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to consider how well his city is equipped to respond to the kind of torrential, prolonged rains that have left parts of Texas underwater.…

Could a Hurricane Harvey happen in Massachusetts? » MassLive As Hurricane Harvey hammers Houston with torrential rains and flooding, New England residents may be wondering: Could that happen here?…

State drops charges against 4 pipeline protesters arrested for blocking access to Otis State Forest » Berkshire Eagle Four of the 10 people arrested two weeks ago following an early morning protest at the Otis State Forest in Sandisfield had their day in court Aug. 21.…

Gaming

Why Powerball jackpots are bigger than ever before » Boston Globe It's not your imagination: Powerball jackpots of late have been bigger than usual.…

Health Care

Community Health Center of Cape Cod now offering Medically Assisted Treatment to the Public » Cape Cod Today For the first time, individuals who do not receive primary care at Community Health Center of Cape Cod will have access to the Heath Center's structured and safe outpatient, Medication- Assisted Treat…

FDA raids stem cell lab, warns another » Boston Globe US health authorities will more closely regulate a burgeoning, and sometimes unproven, field of medicine that employs the body's own cells or tissues to help treat a wide variety of diseases or condit…

Lawmakers push to restore MassHealth dental coverage » WWLP 22 Many of the state's low-income residents don't have access to dental care. But lawmakers are pushing to provide them with full coverage through MassHealth under a state proposal.…

Housing

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.2 Million for Inaugural Community Scale Housing Initiative » Boston Real Estate Times The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded the inaugural $2.2 million round of Community Scale Housing Initiative awards, advancing the development and construction of 36 new affordable rental housin…

North? ?Shore? ?CDC receives funding for affordable? ?housing » Wicked Local Salem

Human Services

Rep. Kane golf tournament raises $54,000 for charities » Worcester Telegram Presented by the Gene J. DeFeudis Family Foundation, the tournament will donate $18,000 to St. Anne's Human Services to assist the poor and needy with food and clothing; Shrewsbury Youth and Family Se…

Group says Elizabeth Warren has failed veterans » Boston Herald “This is really for veterans to bond together and to realize together we have really a huge voting bloc,” said John MacDonald, a member of the Veterans Assisting Veterans board, at a rally…

State permanently closes psychiatric hospital, just weeks after declaring it safe » Boston Globe Just four weeks after clearing it to accept new patients, the state has closed the troubled Westwood Lodge psychiatric hospital, citing “critical safety issues.''…

Lobbying

There are seven lobbyists to every lawmaker in Massachusetts » MassLive There are more than seven lobbyists for each of the 200 lawmakers on Capitol Hill, The Associated Press reported after reviewing the Massachusetts influence industry. …

Local Government

Attleboro election: Heroux says Dumas is overpaid » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — State Rep. Paul Heroux says if he is elected mayor, he will commission a study to determine what his salary will be, saying Mayor Kevin Dumas is overpaid.…

West Newbury selectmen cite reasons for denying lodging house license » The Newburyport News Officials cited several reasons for denying the town's first formal license application for a lodging house …

ELECTION 2017: Friends of Salem Sanctuary campaign kicks off » Wicked Local Salem Local political efforts to ensure Salem's Sanctuary for Peace: A Human Rights Declaration ordinance remains in place after the upcoming municipal election are now in full swing.…

City Hall Notebook: Groundwork being laid for 2020 U.S. Census » Worcester Telegram Counting heads in a city like Worcester has never been an easy task. In fact, it can be an overwhelming undertaking given the city's size and various barriers that have to be overcome in such a divers…

Three Stoughton selectmen will face recall vote » The Enterprise A majority of the Stoughton Board of Selectmen will face a recall vote after the Town Clerk's office certified that petitions against each had gathered the requisite number of signatures.…

Lowell Council to hold special meeting to consider seeking court ruling on high school site » Lowell Sun The City Council will convene for a special meeting Thursday to consider seeking its own court ruling on which government body has the authority to decide where the new Lowell High School will be buil…

Houston mayor thanks Walsh for assistance » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is calling on Boston residents to donate goods for a massive care package for evacuees in flood-drenched Houston — and he got a shoutout from Houston's mayor for being wil…

Marijuana

Local Marijuana Entrepreneurs Ready To Roll, Just Waiting For The Green Light » Valley Advocate The road, of course, won't be easy. Marijuana is a new industry and regulations around it are still being formed. In late-August, Massachusetts officials were still appointing members to the Cannabis …

Milford CARES to host forum on recreational pot before vote » Milford Daily News Along with holding signs near Draper Park Saturday morning, Milford CARES is preparing to host a community forum on recreational marijuana early next month.…

Opinion

Trump had the authority to pardon Joe Arpaio - it might not be so easy next time » Boston Globe However distasteful, the fact is that President Trump has the legal authority to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona for his criminal contempt conviction, in accordance with the US Supreme Court's 19…

Houston paid it forward in 2005. Will we? » Boston Globe ALL AMERICANS PITCHED in after Hurricane Katrina, but the people of Houston helped more, acted faster, and stayed at it longer than most. …

Thumbs down: To a greedy group of Brockton area legislators » The Enterprise To the greedy and disingenuous Brockton legislative delegation of state reps. Claire Cronin, Michelle Dubois, Gerry Cassidy and state Sen. Michael Brady, all of whom profited from sizable pay increase…

Our view: Bringing balance to the Antiquities Act » Gloucester Times The announcement last week that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had wrapped up his review of 27 recently established national monuments did little to lessen the controversy surrounding their status.…

Governor's Council should back Hurley rules (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Shores enters race for attorney general » Cape Cod Times Daniel Shores, a Republican lawyer from Sandwich, has entered the 2018 race for Massachusetts attorney general.…

Is Rep. Paul Mark testing waters for higher office run? » Berkshire Eagle Four-term state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, has been quietly exploring his viability as a candidate for higher office, according to Democratic Party insiders who say Mark has been testing his support with…

Special election to fill Flanagan's seat set for Dec. 5; Rep. Higgins staying put » Sentinel & Enterprise BOSTON -- The special election to fill the Senate seat that will be given up later this week by Sen. Jennifer Flanagan so she can serve as the governor's appointee on the Cannabis Control Commission w…

Baker will "certainly" stay out of GOP Senate primary » State House News Service Despite potentially having much to lose or gain from the outcome of next year's GOP primary for U.S. Senate, the Republican governor of Massachusetts will stay out of the fray, at least until after ne…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Coming out of the shadow » Wicked Local Framingham When the stars align, sometimes the unexpected can happen. …

Setti Warren to Baker: Pick a Side in Senate Race » New Boston Post

Public Health

State suspends rehab admissions » The Newburyport News The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has suspended new admissions to the Boston Center for Addiction Treatment in Danvers following the death of a second patient there.…

Fatal opioid overdoses down nearly 50 percent in Lowell » Lowell Sun In 2013, the Mill City became one of the first communities in Massachusetts to experience a sudden explosion in deadly opioid overdoses.…

Weymouth to hold opiate awareness vigil » Wicked Local Weymouth

Public Safety

Trump proposal could mean more military gear for police » WWLP 22 The Trump Administration plans to lift restrictions on providing military gear to police.…

Northampton officers get drug recognition training at Sheriff Joe's jail » Gazette Net Many know famed former sheriff Joe Arpaio is a Springfield native, but there's another local connection worth noting, and it's one shared with police departments around the country: Arizona's Maricopa…

How The Massachusetts National Guard Is Helping Rescue Teams In Texas » WGBH Search and rescue teams working around the clock in Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey are getting some crucial remote help from the Massachusetts National Guard.…

State Government

Should The Massachusetts State House Move to Springfield? » WBUR In the latest edition of Boston Magazine, former Boston city councilor Mike Ross puts forth a provocative idea: sell the Massachusetts State House and move the capital to Springfield.…

Hurricane help from one Rockport to another » Gloucester Times Call them neighbors in spirit. Residents of this seaside village are raising money for residents of the seaside city of Rockport, Texas, one of the first communities hit when Hurricane Harvey made lan…

Transportation

Main road to Forest Park in Springfield will reopen today; city says testing shows collapsed culvert restoration can wait till spring » MassLive The city is reopening the main entrance road to Forest Park off Sumner Avenue this afternoon based on the results of preliminary geotechnical testing that indicate the road can remain open until a col…

After split with Peter Pan, Greyhound to offer competing Springfield-to-Boston bus service at Union Station » MassLive Greyhound said Monday it plans to operate from Springfield's Union Station with its own Springfield-to-Boston bus service by the fall.…

Dropping off a friend at Logan? It could cost you » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Port Authority has agreed to study imposing a fee on drivers who pick up or drop off passengers at Logan International Airport, part of a deal with environmentalists seeking to curb …

MBTA seeks development proposals for Quincy Center T station » Patriot Ledger The MBTA has issued a request for proposals for a project to replace the parking garage atop the Quincy Center MBTA station, but work is still years away.…

Utilities

Are Oil Companies Ready for the Next Katrina? » Union of Concerned Scientists Ten years ago this week, a hurricane was gaining strength in the North Atlantic. …

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