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The Turkeys Not on Your Plate: They're Out Back, Climbing the Roof » New York Times The population of wild turkeys has soared, and that has brought turkey-human clashes to rooftops, windows, and intersections across the country. …

Mass. Eye and Ear says it needs larger system to thrive » Boston Globe After years of financial losses, despite growing patient numbers, hospital leaders say they can no longer go it alone. They want to become part of a larger system, and they've chosen Partners HealthCa…

U.S Rep. John Conyers must resign » Detroit Free Press (T)he revelations of Conyers' alleged sexual harassment scandal and his documented use of taxpayer dollars to bury that scandal, in violation of congressional ethics rules, ... is the kind of behavior…

Roy Moore Dated 'Younger Ladies' For Their 'Purity,' His Pastor Friend Says » Talking Points Memo A prominent right-wing preacher who appeared alongside Senate candidate Roy Moore at a campaign rally just days ago said that Moore dated teen girls because of their “purity” and because w…

HEALEY: TRUMP'S HAITI TPS DECISION "RECKLESS, ILLEGAL" » State House News Service The main course at Tuesday's annual Thanksgiving luncheon to honor immigrants was cooked up by the Trump administration, which has elected to end Haitians' seven-year-old temporary protected status in…

TWO-GENERATIONAL APPROACH TO STATE SERVICES EXPLORED » State House News Service Anna Grimes had just graduated high school in Illinois when she found out she was pregnant. She opted to go to community college instead of the school she'd originally chosen, where she'd have no hous…

President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list » The Washington Post During the second presidential debate, Anderson Cooper asked then-candidate Trump point blank whether he had “actually kiss[ed] women without consent or grope[d] women without consent?” Tr…

FORMER LYNN CITY COUNCILOR PAUL CROWLEY WANTS TO REPLACE TOM MCGEE IN THE SENATE » Lynn Daily News Item LYNN — Paul Crowley, CEO of Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS), is the latest candidate to seek the senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn). …

State economic development head at PawSox meeting in Worcester this morning » Worcester Mag Jay Ash, the state's secretary of Housing and Economic Development, attended a meeting at City Hall Monday morning between city and PawSox officials. …

“The technology’s changed,” Baker said. “I can go hands-free in my car right now without Bluetooth just by using the hands-free device that’s available on my phone, and I think as phones get more and more sophisticated and the distribution of those smart phones is now pretty broad the opportunity for people to use hands free devices is better than they’ve ever been,” Baker said.

Governor Charlie Baker

Expressing his support for a ban on handheld devices while driving.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

President Trump backs Roy Moore despite allegations » Boston Herald President Trump offered support for embattled Alabama U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore yesterday, and didn't rule out campaigning on behalf of the candidate mired by allegations of sexual misconduct invo…

Trump has so much to be thankful for » Boston Globe Donald Trump should be extra thankful this Thanksgiving. For 11 months, he and his break-stuff administration have treated our democracy like a failed experiment that needs to be abolished. And he's m…

Business

Taunton officials encourage local shopping during holiday season » Taunton Gazette State Rep. Shaunna O'Connell, chairwoman of the Small Business Caucus, and Kerrie Babin, president of the Taunton Area Chamber, are reminding Massachusetts residents to shop locally.…

Worcester developer forced to pay $100,000 fine after mishandling asbestos removal » The Republican The office of Attorney General Maura Healey announced a successful settlement against Worcester-based developer Hampton Properties LLC., which was accused of improperly removing and dumping asbestos.…

Civil Rights

Justice Department investigating Harvard over its admission policies » Boston Globe The US Justice Department said Tuesday that it is investigating Harvard University's admissions policies and accused the school of refusing to cooperate, ratcheting up a fight that could have implicat…

Crimes

Former politician Carlos Henriquez appealing assault rap » Boston Herald Disgraced former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who was run out of the Legislature following his 2014 conviction for physically assaulting a woman, is hoping the state Appeals Court will grant him a sec…

Longtime Somerville court clerk Tomasone suspended amid investigation » Boston Globe Somerville District Court clerk magistrate Robert “Ted” Tomasone, who has worked in the court system for more than 50 years, has been suspended by the trial court amid allegations that his…

Domestic Relations

Lawmakers hear from public on parenting education bill » WWLP 22 Every 15 minutes, a child is abused or neglected in Massachusetts, according to Children's Trust, an organization that offers parenting education and support programs. Advocates with the organization …

Environment

Alliance working toward consensus on dredging » Newburyport News The Merrimack River Beach Alliance is working toward making a decision on a local dredging project that would pull sand from the Merrimack and Piscataqua rivers and add it to local beaches. At a meeti…

Nations decide to increase quota for Atlantic Bluefin tuna » Boston Globe MARRAKECH, Morocco — Countries fishing the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean agreed Tuesday to expand the annual quota for prized bluefin tuna to reflect an improvement in their stocks. En…

Federal

JFK birth centennial ending on assassination anniversary » Boston Herald A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth is drawing to a close exactly 54 years after his assassination. National park rangers will lay a wreath outside Kenn…

On Colbert, Elizabeth Warren dodges question of whether Al Franken should resign » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren is already on the record calling the alleged sexual misconduct of her Senate colleague Al Franken “unacceptable and deeply disappointing.” But when late-night host…

Senate releases tax bill text ahead of 'unusually fast' vote » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — The Senate released the 515-page text of its sweeping tax legislation for the first time Monday evening — and Republican leaders plan to hold a floor vote on it within 10 da…

Health Care

Mass. Eye and Ear says it needs larger system to thrive » Boston Globe Almost 150 years ago, the leaders of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary faced a difficult prospect. The hospital was treating more and more patients, but it was still losing money.…

Human Services

In Billerica, a cell block for young men holds promise » Boston Globe Early next year, one of the most important criminal justice reform experiments in the country will spread to a stately brick jailhouse in Billerica.…

Immigration

AG Healey statement on ending Temporary Protective Status for Haitians » Sampan AG Healey today issued the following statement following the Trump administration's decision to end Temporary Protective Status for Haitians…

Advocates: Congress holds key on Haiti refugee order » Boston Herald Nearly 60,000 Haitians taking refuge in the U.S. after a devastating 2010 earthquake will lose their “temporary protected status” in 18 months and will have to return to the troubled islan…

AG Healy calls Trump's Haiti TPS decision 'reckless, illegal' » Wicked Local Newton The main course at Tuesday's annual Thanksgiving luncheon to honor immigrants was cooked up by the Trump administration, which has elected to end Haitians' seven-year-old temporary protected status in…

Brockton dad from Haiti fears deportation after Trump decision » The Enterprise Cansery Goguette said he is grateful for his time in Brockton on a temporary residency permit program that helped him and other displaced victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. But Goguette said he …

Massachusetts lawmakers slam White House decision to end protected status for Haitians » The Republican Several members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation took issue this week with the Trump Administration's decision to end the Temporary Protected Status for nearly 60,000 Haitians legally living…

Judiciary

Sweeping changes to Massachusetts' criminal justice system could soon reach Gov. Charlie Baker's desk » The Herald News FALL RIVER - From repealing mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug dealers to raising the age that someone can be criminally charged as an adult, sweeping changes to Massachusetts' criminal ju…

Legislative

Campaigns confident of signatures for sales tax cut, minimum wage, paid leave » Wicked Local Brookline Proponents of a major sales tax cut and supporters of a $15 minimum wage and a paid family and medical leave proposal say they've gathered more than enough signatures to advance their proposals, setti…

Local Government

Gov. Baker has until Saturday to sign bill that would allow for vital Lanesborough bridge along Pontoosuc Lake » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker's signature of key legislation will allow for the replacement of a vital bridge along Pontoosuc Lake. On Baker's desk is a bill the state Legislature approved last week granting Lan…

Plymouth DA settles wrongful termination suit for $248k brought by former prosecutor » Boston Globe Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz settled a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former prosecutor who claimed he had been fired for not contributing to Cruz's re-election campaign in 20…

Marijuana

Mass. is getting one step closer to legal marijuana sales » Boston Globe The Cannabis Control Commission is pushing to write a first draft of new rules permitting the legal sale of marijuana in Massachusetts by the end of the year, setting up a frenetic month that will sha…

Opinion

Beacon Hill legal bills need some sunlight » Eagle Tribune For the most part, transparency has never applied to the internal budgeting and inner workings of Beacon Hill. The budgets for the Senate president and Speaker of the House are both exempt from the Pu…

Politics

Battenfeld: In 3rd District, a run at history » Boston Herald She would be the first transgender member of Congress, but that's not why Alexandra Chandler says she's running for Massachusetts' 3rd District seat.…

Jack E. Robinson, frequent GOP candidate, found dead in Duxbury » Boston Globe Jack E. Robinson III, whose persistent and often colorful quests for major elective offices frequently created distress for Massachusetts Republicans, was found dead in his Duxbury home late Monday.…

Public Health

Health advocates celebrate court-ordered tobacco company ads » The Salem News Readers of 40 major newspapers across the country will open their papers Sunday to full-page ads, purchased by tobacco companies, advising that smoking kills an average of 1,200 Americans a day, that …

Public Safety

Watching their backs: Troopers working under supervision of boss they are suing » Boston Herald The two state police officers at the center of the Troopergate scandal are “watching their backs” as they patrol under the superior officers they are suing in what their union chief and la…

Photo ID Now Required To Enter Major State Office Building » WBUR Visitors to any of the state agencies in the McCormack Building across Bowdoin Street from the State House now have to show a photo ID to enter, part of a new policy that took effect Monday.…

Texting While Walking? You Could Pay The Price » WGBH News If death isn't enough of a deterrent, maybe a hit to the wallet will be. That's the thinking behind a bill proposed by State Representative Colleen Garry of Dracut that aims to increase fines for jayw…

State Government

Signature deadline at hand for sponsors of ballot proposals » Boston Herald Sponsors of more than 20 proposed ballot questions in Massachusetts are facing another key deadline. Wednesday is the final day for them to turn in signatures they have gathered to city and town clerk…

Transportation

Shifting gears, Baker urges ban on handheld devices while driving » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday called on lawmakers to ban use of handheld devices by drivers, marking a shift in opinion from earlier this year when he questioned the need for new government restri…

Baker in shift on distracted driving bill » Commonwealth Magazine A RISE IN FATAL ACCIDENTS caused by distracted driving and advances in technology prompted Gov. Charlie Baker to throw his support on Tuesday behind a ban on using handheld devices while driving, givi…

MBTA GM, staff get near $100G office upgrade » Boston Herald The cash-strapped MBTA is dropping nearly $100,000 on new office digs for General Manager Luis Ramirez, his staff and other departments, many of whom have quietly moved to the refurbished space inside…

Residents, officials raise concerns about Middleboro train station » Wicked Local Selectmen and residents from Middleboro and Lakeville pressed transportation officials for answers Monday about the proposed South Coast Rail station in Middleboro, saying the state has not done a tra…

Baker: Consultant will get commuter rail on track » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said he's putting his faith in an ex-MBTA general manager-turned consultant to right the state's beleaguered commuter rail lines as a litany of problems — including, of late,…

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 6 red apples, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix together the squash, carrot and apple and spread across two baking pans. Roast until well browned (about 40 minutes). Set aside.
  3. In a pot, heat oil. Then, add onion and garlic. Lower heat to medium and cook until slightly browned and translucent (about 10 minutes).
  4. Add roasted squash, carrot and apple to saucepan. Pour in cider, vegetable stock, thyme and bay leaf and return to medium-high heat. Simmer until all vegetables are soft. Discard thyme and bay leaves.
  5. Puree (using a blender or an immersion blender) and taste for seasoning, adding a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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