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9:00am MOAR Recovery Day March and Celebration, Mass. Organization for Addiction Recovery, 29 Winter Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

10:00am Governor's Council Meeting, Governor's Council Chambers, State House

10:00am Families for Justice as Healing & Human Impact Partners Press Conference, Brookview House, 2 Brookview Street, Dorchester

10:30am Sen. Joe Boncore and Rep. Adrian Madaro Airport Emergency Training Bill Press Conference, Room 222, State House

11:00am Municipal Finance Oversight Board Meeting, Room 230, State House

12:00pm Turkic Cultural Day, Grand Staircase, State House

1:00pm Mass. Water Resources Authority Board of Directors Meeting, Charlestown Navy Yard, 100 First Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston

2:00pm Special Commission on the Commonwealth's Time Zone, Room 222

6:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's "Summer's Not Over Yet!" Celebration

6:00pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Council Candidate Sokhary Chau

6:00pm Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley's 38th Birthday Celebration

6:30pm Fundraiser for Brockton School Committee Candidate Ray Henningson

6:30pm Meet & Greet with Medford Mayoral Candidate David McKillop, Sr.

Must-Reads

Minimum wage hike "irresponsible," small biz group says » State House News Service Low-wage workers are fired up about the potential for a big increase in the minimum wage, but small business owners see legislatively mandated pay hikes as "irresponsible and prohibitive" and adding t…

Jimmy Kimmel gets heated about health-care bill, says Sen. Bill Cassidy 'lied right to my face' » The Washington Post In May, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue as he revealed that his newborn son, Billy, was born with a heart defect that required immediate surgery. The operation was succes…

The US Government-In-Exile Has A New President » BuzzFeed The annual Manhattan conference hosted for a decade by the Clinton Global Initiative became a kind of shorthand for what some hated about the Clintons: a mix of worthy and venal motives, a slosh of mo…

The billionaire behind Breitbart takes aim at Elizabeth Warren » Vanity Fair As Donald Trump proved in the 2016 election, pummeling your Democratic opponent is most effective when done early and often. Of course, it doesn't hurt when that candidate is the frontrunner from the …

AG Maura Healey leading effort to elect more female attorneys general across US » MassLIve Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is co-chairing an effort to elect more Democratic women as attorneys general. …

Bill would erase fossil fuels from state's energy mix » Taunton Daily Gazette Nearly two-thirds of electricity in Massachusetts comes from natural gas, a dynamic that environmental groups and clean energy advocates said Tuesday must change soon.…

Washington Republicans are desperate to pull something — anything — out of their hat this fall. » Boston Globe A cute, crowd-pleasing rabbit would certainly be wonderful, but at this point, a star-nosed mole, a sculpin, or even a mangy public-policy polecat would suffice. Speaking of the latter, the Senate is…

"President Trump used his address today to threaten North Korea with complete destruction instead of offering real solutions and uniting the international community behind them," he said in a statement. "The United States should be building an international consensus to engage Pyongyang in direct negotiations, use sanctions to close North Korea for business and peacefully freeze and eventually roll back North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs."

Senator Ed Markey

Speaking about Donald Trump's speech at the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Atkins: Latest attempt to repeal Obamacare approaching zero-hour » Boston Herald The White House and Senate leaders are trying to beat the clock to pass a last-ditch GOP bill nixing key parts of Obamacare and creating block grants for states to implement their own health care plan…

Baker And 9 Other Governors Ask Senators To Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Bill » WBUR Once again, congressional Republicans are edging closer to a high-stakes vote on a proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the U.S. health system, and once again, a bipartisan group of…

Charlie Baker signs onto letter opposing latest Republican health care bill » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker opposed the first Republican health care bill introduced in Congress. He opposed the one that passed in the House. And he opposed the versions that failed in the Senate.…

US Sen. Ed Markey condemns President Donald Trump's 'escalatory rhetoric' on North Korea » The Republican U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, took issue Tuesday with President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea if provoked, contending that the United States should instead pursue "sus…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren slams Republicans for ACA repeal effort » MassLIve

Warren worried about vote shift as U.S. Senate tees up health care bill » State House News Service

Business

Lowell seeks new tenant: Amazon » The Lowell Sun As the city pushes forward on several marquee public construction and economic development projects, some officials are already beginning to dream of landing another, unprecedented prize: the new Amaz…

Baker: Codfather windfall should fund electronic monitoring » Gloucester Times The conviction of New Bedford fishing mogul Carlos “The Codfather” Rafael was a black stain on the iconic Massachusetts seafaring industry.…

Lawmaker wants a library branch in the Seaport » Boston Globe Three theaters proposed for the last large undeveloped portion of the Seaport are a nice idea, but one of them should instead be a public library branch, says state Representative Nick Collins.…

4,500 signatures (and counting) in support of Amazon buying Benny's » Boston Globe It's just something in the air — from the tires and the candy, to be exact. William Brierly, 37, of Cambridge, said it's the “unique smell” of his local Benny's that he will miss th…

AG Healey Sues Equifax Over Massive Data Breach » WBUR Attorney General Maura Healey is suing Equifax, alleging the company "utterly failed to keep the personal information of nearly three million Massachusetts residents safe from hackers."…

Minimum wage hike 'irresponsible,' says small business group » Worcester Telegram Low-wage workers are fired up about the potential for a big increase in the minimum wage, but small business owners see legislatively mandated pay hikes as “irresponsible and prohibitive” …

Fall River lab working on cutting-edge gene therapy » South Coast Today A gene therapy treatment manufactured at MassBiologics in Fall River could soon improve quality of life for people with advanced Parkinson's disease.…

Lawmakers Talk With Charter Spectrum To Bring WWLP-22 Back To Western Mass. » WAMC

Civil Rights

Mayor backs new plan to build MLK memorial in Boston » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans to throw his support behind a campaign by a well-known Boston tech entrepreneur to commission a monument to Martin Luther King Jr. that would be placed on Boston Common or …

Education

Teacher unions want charter supporter axed » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Teachers Association and other pro-public school groups are calling for Gov. Charlie Baker to fire Paul Sagan as chairman of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education bec…

Winchester celebrates completion of revamped high school » Wicked Local Winchester Winchester students, town leaders and state officials joined together to officially open the newly-rehabbed Winchester High School at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 12.…

Gov. Charlie Baker names 2 new UMass trustees; Springfield resident Edward Collins' term expires » MassLIve

Environment

Colrain, Conway clubs, DCR win grants for trail projects » The Recorder The Colrain Sno-Drifters and the Conway snowmobile clubs and state park officials based in Erving will be getting help in trail grooming this winter from state grants awarded Tuesday for community tra…

State awards $1.8 million to support recreational trail projects » Wicked Local Hamilton Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced $1.8 million in 49 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants to community trail projects throughout the Commonwealth, which will construct over 10 miles of ne…

Boston To Host International Climate Summit In 2018 » WBUR Officials from cities around the world will meet in Boston next summer to discuss how to combat global warming on a local level.…

A 'Tax' Or 'The Cost Of Pollution'? Mass. Debates Surcharge On Fossil Fuels » WBUR Its atomic size and structure make carbon a key component in all forms of life on Earth. But when carbon combines to form fossil fuels and is burned, it creates climate changing emissions that threate…

Bill aims for equity in access to solar » Bay State Banner Black and Latino lawmakers have teamed up with environmental advocates to tackle a piece of 2016 legislation that they say created a barrier for on low-income renters who seek cheaper, cleaner energy.…

Gaming

At Springfield hearing, lawmakers urged to keep casino money local » MassLIve Massachusetts' two new casinos -- including the MGM Springfield complex under construction in the city's South End -- will soon generate tens of millions of dollars a year in economic development mone…

Both sides of online lotto sales to be studied » The Lowell Sun The Mass. Lottery says it could stop being successful unless the bill becomes law, while retailers say their future success hinges on the bill not becoming law. Now the Joint Committee on Consumer Pro…

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy bats down chances of MGM casino in Bridgeport winning approval » The Republican Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy threw cold water yesterday on MGM Resorts International's plans to build a casino in Bridgeport -- a move that requires approval from a legislature which has already aut…

Crosby: Empower gaming panel to address horse racing » State House News Service The chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission pressed lawmakers Tuesday to give the commission the ability to restructure oversight of the horse racing industry in hopes of a sparking a revitali…

Asked about Bridgeport casino proposal, Gov. Charlie Baker says he still feels good about MGM Springfield project » MassLIve

Health Care

Massachusetts fights latest GOP healthcare overhaul » Boston Globe Massachusetts officials warned Tuesday that the latest Republican health care bill to emerge in the US Senate would inflict serious damage to the state's medical system, adding their voices to another…

Housing

Dem-controlled panel embraces tax credits to boost Mass. housing » State House News Service

Judiciary

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules on whether field sobriety tests can be used in marijuana drugged driving cases » The Republican

Lawyers ask SJC to toss mountain of cases tied to disgraced chemist » Boston Herald

Labor

Minimum wage: Two struggling groups at odds » The Sentinel & Enterprise A debate over adequate worker compensation that was waged before a legislative committee Tuesday and could be headed to the ballot next November has pitted two struggling groups against one another.…

Lawmakers hear proposal for $15 minimum wage » WCVB Backers of a drive to gradually boost the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour told a legislative committee on Tuesday that many people who work full time at their jobs still live in poverty and strugg…

Legislative

Feeney, Ventura win primary to replace Timilty » Wicked Local Walpole In the race to replace James Timilty in the state senate, Foxborough's Paul Feeney will represent the Democrats and Attleboro's Jacob Ventura will represent the Republicans, according to unofficial re…

Senator Lesser holds 2nd town hall meeting in Ludlow » WWLP 22 News

Local Government

Master Plan for Medford Square revitalization unveiled » The Tufts Daily The final report draft of the Master Plan for Medford Square's revitalization project is now public and was presented to a Community Open House on Sept. 13 by Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)…

Weymouth goes to bat at Weston Park » Wicked Local Weymouth Lindsay Fleming, 11 said she is going to like being able to play softball at Weston Park during the evening because it will have nighttime lighting for sporting events under a $1.5 million renovation.…

Saugus recognizes armed forces at Veterans/Military Appreciation Day » Wicked Local Saugus Frederick “Pat” Walor fought back tears as he looked around at all of the people who gathered at World Series Park to recognize veterans and active military personnel for their service.…

Healey kills landfill restrictions in Saugus » Lynn Daily News Item Attorney General Maura Healey put a stop to new rules intended to regulate Wheelabrator Saugus' ash landfill. The articles were passed during a February Special Town Meeting.…

Mayor's Walsh's 2017 speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce » City of Boston

Marijuana

Roadside Drunk Driving Tests Not Valid For Pot, Mass. High Court Rules » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court ruled Tuesday that field sobriety tests typically used in drunken-driving cases cannot be treated as conclusive evidence that a motorist was operating under the influence …

Opinion

The GOP's magical fall agenda » Boston Globe The winter, spring, and summer of their governing act having flopped in spectacular fashion, Washington Republicans are desperate to pull something — anything — out of their hat this fal…

In Myanmar, genocide loves a vacuum » Boston Globe The images of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, so freighted with privation and grief, are clear evidence of a horrific genocidal campaign in the country formerly known as Burma. …

Military might on parade » Boston Globe For President Trump, this is America — armored vehicles, soldiers marching in formation, and giant phallic symbols, capable of killing thousands, rolling down the streets of this nation's capit…

Letter to the Editor: State needs to pass law against cell phone use while driving » Herald News The passage of a state bill titled “Hands Free Cell Phone Usage While Operating a Motorized Vehicle on Public Roads” is critical to reducing one of the most hazardous driving distractions …

Our Opinion: Collective will is key to opioid epidemic fight » Berkshire Eagle The fight against the Berkshire opioid addiction crisis is a three-pronged one — local, state and federal. The federal effort has been lackluster, but North Adams, Boston and the Berkshires are…

Carr: City Council's familiar song: Send in the clowns » Boston Herald You do understand, don't you, that this “Pat Payaso” is not the first clown to run for the City Council?…

Politics

Brockton mayor gets more votes than 5 other candidates combined in prelim » The Enterprise Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter received 2,253 votes on Tuesday during the preliminary election. In the mayoral race, a total of 4,495 votes were cast, with a field of six mayoral candidates.…

Ventura takes GOP Senate nomination, Feeney sweeps Democratic race » The Sun Chronicle Voters will be offered a clear choice between an unabashed Democratic fan of Bernie Sanders and an outspoken conservative Republican in an Oct. 17 special election to fill the seat vacated by former s…

Dumas will face Heroux in Attleboro mayor's race » The Sun Chronicle Mayor Kevin Dumas came in second for the first time in political career at the hands of State Rep. Paul Heroux Tuesday as a field of three mayoral candidates was narrowed to two.…

Stealth GOP-run website praises Baker, rips Democratic foes » Boston Herald A controversial website that brands itself as a “news company” but is sponsored by the partisan Republican Governor Association is touting the “indisputable accomplishments” o…

Walsh declines to debate before Sept. 26 preliminary election » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh has repeatedly said he would debate his challengers before next Tuesday's preliminary vote, contending that it was the democratic thing to do to have all four candidates on the s…

Democratic 1st Berkshire District candidates share vision to succeed Cariddi » Berkshire Eagle The spirit of state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi was present Monday night as the Democratic candidates to fill her seat gathered for a forum in Town Hall.…

The Key to Winning Down-Ballot Races » Governing As the nation heads into a midterm election in which some three dozen states will vote for governor, it's a good time to remember just how important finding the right gubernatorial candidate can be fo…

Sclafani bests Ruberti to face Romeo Theken in November mayoral race » Gloucester Times Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken had said she wasn't “taking anything for granted” in Tuesday's preliminary mayoral election. She had nothing to fear.…

Bernard and Moulton top preliminary, will face off for North Adams mayor's seat » Berkshire Eagle Political newcomer Thomas Bernard will face off against City Councilor Robert Moulton Jr., in the race for mayor. …

Cronin, Holaday advance in mayoral race » Newburyport News Robert Cronin and Donna Holaday took the top spots in Tuesday's preliminary mayoral election, advancing to the city's general election where they will face off Nov. 7.…

Peter Picknelly plans Springfield fundraiser for Gov. Charlie Baker » MassLIve

Public Health

Study links youth football to greater risk of later health problems » Boston Globe Playing tackle football under the age of 12 exposes children to repetitive head impacts that may double their risk of developing behavioral problems and triple their chances of suffering depression la…

Chief Pharmacist Kept Filthy Facility In Mass. That Caused Meningitis Deaths, Prosecutors Say » WBUR The trial of a second defendant has brought the notorious case of the New England Compounding Center in Framingham back to federal court in Boston.…

Randolph plans to sue if Holbrook transfer station approved » Patriot Ledger RANDOLPH – Town officials plan to go to court if a proposed trash transfer station is approved by Holbrook officials. The Holbrook Board of Health is considering are request from TLA-Holbrook L…

Healey, other AGs expand opioid probe to include drugmakers, distributors » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey, along with attorneys general from 38 other states, is seeking information from five opioid manufacturers and three distributors as they expand an investigation into the …

AG expands investigation into opioid sales, marketing » South Coast Today Naming five manufacturers and three distributors, Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday that prosecutors in the states are expanding their investigation into opioid sales and marketing to determi…

Gov. Baker crafting opioid legislation » South Coast Today

State Finance

Protestors gather at State House to decry budget cuts » The Daily Free Press

State Government

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in Wilbraham » MassLIve She earned her first dollar as a waitress in a Friendly's Restaurant, loves black raspberry ice cream, and she couldn't wait to see where all the creamy Friendly's ice cream is created.…

The Next Big Technology to Transform Government » Governing Imagine this: Homeowners no longer need to buy title insurance. The chronology of ownership and claims for every piece of property in a jurisdiction are on an unhackable, constantly updated, always cu…

What Government Can Learn From 'Best Places' Employers » Governing Articles on the best places to work have become omnipresent. Every sector of the economy and every major city has its lists of the best employers. Even demographic groups -- working parents, new gradu…

Healey becomes first AG to sue Equifax over breach » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey made good on a threat to sue Equifax over its massive data breach, filing a lawsuit in Suffolk County Superior Court on Tuesday.…

Transportation

Boston Harbor Dredging Project kicks off » Transportation Today A host of dignitaries recently kicked off the Boston Harbor Dredging Project.…

State to build new South Coast Rail station in Middleboro » The Enterprise A new train station at Pilgrim Junction in Middleboro is the best option for Phase 1 of South Coast Rail, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said in a written announcement Monday.…

Peabody residents want to build a wall » The Salem News Residents of an entire neighborhood near the deteriorating Waters River Bridge had no idea that construction would be going on right next to their homes during all hours of the night for two years. …

State lawmaker dismayed by state's remedy to backlog » Worcester Telegram A local legislator says he is disappointed in the state Department of Transportation's response to a backlog of hundreds of students in the region awaiting Saturday road tests for their driver's licen…

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis elected as new Massport board chair » MassLIve

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

The Latest Trend in Reducing Recidivism: Keeping Mothers and Children Together » Governing

Women Are Scarce in Governors' and AG Offices. Democrats Aim to Change That. » Governing

Key Governor Backs Obamacare Repeal Bill » Governing

California Poised to Be a 'Sanctuary State.' Will Others Follow? » Governing

DigitalTown to Offer Stock Market-Style Shares in Web Portals to City Residents » Government Technology

Equifax 'knew about vulnerabilities' in system for months, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey alleges in lawsuit » The Republican

Swampscott, Gov. Charlie Baker sign 300th Community Compact agreement » Wicked Local Swampscott

The Constitution as savior: AG Healey speaks at Smith » Gazette Net

Tax credit extensions included in $1.7 bil housing bond » State House News Service

Markey: Senate Dems unsure if they can block GOP on health care » State House News Service

Judith Enck: Climate Change And Hurricanes » WAMC

5 drug manufacturers, 3 distributors now in sights of investigation by attorneys general, including Maura Healey » The Republican

Norfolk DA asking SJC to reconsider Milton High School gun case » Patriot Ledger

Westford resident launches campaign for Tsongas seat » Wicked Local Littleton

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Rep. Angelo Puppolo to tour Friendly's HQs in Wilbraham » MassLive

Boston sports teams will soon begin playing anti-racism PSA at home games » WEEI

Tax credit extensions included in $1.7B housing bond » The Salem News

Keller @ Large: Grass Isn't Always Greener On Other Side » CBS Boston

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Recipe of the Week

THE JACK ROSENBLUM

Evan Harrison, bar manager at Mamaleh’s Delicatessen

Makes 1 Serving

Ingredients

1 ounce Laird’s Bonded AppleJack

1 ounce Dolin Dry Vermouth

1 ounce pomegranate-ginger syrup

¼ ounce lemon juice

Orange peel for garnish

Directions

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, 75 grams of ginger (about half the size of your thumb). Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves, and let cool. Combine with 100 percent pomegranate juice.

2. In a cocktail shaker, pour all ingredients over ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

3. Strain into a cup.



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