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More than 4 in 5 enrolled in Obamacare are in Trump states » CBS News Americans in states that Donald Trump carried in his march to the White House account for more than 4 in 5 of those signed up for coverage under the health care law the president still wants to take d…

Study: higher minimum wage doesn't cause teen unemployment » Boston Business Journal A higher minimum wage hasn't led to a drop off in teen employment, according to a study out Tuesday by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. …

Years of Attack Leave Obamacare a More Government-Focused Health Law » New York Times Efforts by Republicans to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, culminating in the repeal of the individual mandate, have left behind a more government-focused health program. …

Unions Are Gaining a Foothold at Digital Media Companies » New York Times A doubter at Vox Media, where one of the latest organizing efforts has begun, became a believer - no thanks to Twitter, he said.…

In the heart of Trump Country, his base's faith is unshaken » AP News It means God, guns, patriotism, saying “Merry Christmas” and not Happy Holidays. It means validation of their indignation about a changing nation: gay marriage and immigration and factorie…

'We have tapped into something': Impeachment drive builds digital army to take on Trump » Politico When billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer launched a digital petition drive to impeach President Donald Trump two months ago, some Democratic Party leaders dismissed it as an unhelpful vanity proje…

Three questions about 2018 for the state's top health insurance lobbyist » Boston Business Journal Lora Pellegrini, president and CEO of Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, spoke with the Boston Business Journal about the work the organization did last year, and what work still lies ahead.…

GOP candidate drops out of Tsongas race » The Metro West Daily News The Republican field for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, a Lowell Democrat, got a little smaller Tuesday, with one contender dropping out and throwing his support behind another. …

Democrats build case against tax bill but don't call for repeal » The Washington Post Sen. Bernie Sanders was resolutely opposed to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. From his perch on the Senate Budget Committee, he weighed it down with rules challenges. At rallies across the Rust Belt, he wa…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Senate shakeup, raises lead top 10 stories » The Metro West Daily News The following are the top 10 political stories .. as voted on by many of the state political reporters who write and report daily on the people and issues that occupy Beacon Hill. …

“If they screw up the transportation, it’s just another traffic jam,” said Fred Salvucci, “Transportation infrastructure is a long game. You plant seeds from which trees grow decades later. Now’s the time to get the structure right.”

Fred Salvucci, a former state transportation secretary who teaches planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Speaking about the future of the undeveloped rail yards in Allston.

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Business

Second time around, crowds flocking to Boston Winter » Boston Globe Winter can turn Boston's City Hall Plaza into a lonely tundra, a wind-whipped expanse to be crossed as quickly as possible. This past December threatened to be no different, as a chill settled over th…

Floating hotel could be part of a plan to re-make old dry dock » Boston Globe The old pier behind the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion looks much like it has for three decades: unused, dilapidated, forlorn. One of the last empty waterfront properties in Boston, with front-row views of…

Rush to set up LLCs met with a caution from Secretary of State » State House News Service Hoping to cash in on the new federal tax law, some Bay State workers have shown a growing interest in forming limited liability companies in time for the tax year that starts Monday, but a top state o…

Secretary Galvin warns on rush to create tax-saving LLCs » The Enterprise BOSTON -- Hoping to cash in on the new federal tax law, some Bay State workers have shown a growing interest in forming limited liability companies in time for the tax year that starts Monday, but a t…

Civil Rights

Readers offer solutions after Globe's series on race in Boston » Boston Globe Revive a radio station aimed at people in Boston's black community to give them added voice, and perhaps power, in the city. …

Crimes

Most Mass. agencies report no hate crimes, but is it accurate? » Boston Globe Unprovoked as he waited in line in a Fall River hospital last year, a man began making threats to a woman who stood behind him.…

Education

BPS may be served lawsuit over lack of minority input » Boston Herald The Boston Public Schools and Superintendent Tommy Chang, still reeling from proposed school start and end times that caused a public outcry, could face lawsuits in the coming year if the demands of t…

At UMass Boston, Many Long-Serving Women Prepare For Life After Layoffs » WBUR The "years of service" celebration is a November tradition at UMass Boston, singling out faculty and staff who've been at the school from 10 to 50 years. …

Environment

Massachusetts AG Healey Teams Up With East Coast States, Sues EPA Over Midwestern Air Fumes » New Boston Post Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is once again teaming up with her New York counterpart, this time as part of an effort to put the smack-down on President Donald Trump over his administrati…

Health Care

Massachusetts, Trump administration push forward in birth control case » Reuters The Trump administration and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey are both urging a federal judge to decide the latter's challenge to new rules aimed at undermining Obamacare's contraception ma…

9 Massachusetts hospitals penalized for high patient injury rates » The Republican Three Western Massachusetts hospitals were penalized by the federal government for having high rates of patient injuries and infections.…

Housing

Home prices rise as would-be buyers compete for a limited number of properties » Boston Globe Even in the traditionally off-peak month of November, buying a home in Massachusetts continued to be a competitive endeavor.…

Record sales keep Mass. housing market on tear » Sentinel & Enterprise

New homes hard to come by in Massachusetts, real estate data shows » The Republican

Human Services

With state funds frozen, local shelters have fewer beds to offer this winter » Berkshire Eagle Local shelters have fewer beds to offer this winter, even in the face of increasing demand, because of frozen state funds.…

Labor

The highest paying Massachusetts communities for teachers » The Republican Massachusetts is the fifth highest paying state for public school teachers at $76,442 on average in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. …

Legislative

Ethics investigators clear of financial ties to Senate » Lowell Sun The three lawyers leading a Senate Ethics investigation have donated a combined $7,500 to Democrats seeking state and local offices over the past 15 years, but largely eschewed giving in legislative r…

Chandler's agenda for 2018 moves beyond scandal » Newburyport News There's four people in the mix so far to become the next leader of the state Senate, not counting Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, and acting Senate President Harriette Chandler expects that field to grow.…

Rep. Muratore reflects on legislative accomplishments » Wicked Local Rockland At the midway point of the 2017-2018 legislative session, state Rep. Mathew J. Muratore, R-Plymouth, reflects on some of the major legislative initiatives undertaken by the House of Representatives th…

Local Government

Frosty reception for city shoveling 'snow job' » Boston Herald Boston residents slapped with tickets for not shoveling their sidewalks the night after Christmas are slamming city officials for failing to clear the sidewalk in front of City Hall until yesterday af…

Quincy donates 3 used plow trucks to Sandisfield in wake of fire » Berkshire Eagle Sandisfield got its holiday presents early this year when the eastern Massachusetts city of Quincy donated three used plow trucks to the community, which, less than a month ago, suffered the loss of i…

Opinion

Watching 'It's a Wonderful Life' in the time of Trump » Boston Globe A black maid is chased and slapped on her rear end by her white employers' teenage son. When a naked woman threatens to call the police after a male companion refuses to return her robe…

Here's how states can step up and preserve Obamacare » Boston Globe Despite President Trump's efforts to repeal his predecessor's signal domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act has survived the first year of this vindictive presidency. But it needs help from ind…

Boston needs an honest commitment to racial integration » Boston Globe Tanisha Sullivan, the new president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP, speaks ardently of economic development and criminal justice reform.…

Trump's policies toward Russia have proved surprisingly tough » Boston Globe Did Russia wage a cyber offensive against the United States last year in an attempt to undermine Hillary Clinton and influence the presidential election? Almost certainly.…

Battenfeld: Tommy Chang will take heat for school times flub » Boston Herald That rumbling coming from inside City Hall is Mayor Marty Walsh's patience about to blow.…

Seven environmental good things to cheer about in 2017 » Lowell Sun Kudos on The Sun's great idea -- an editorial considering good things that happened in 2017, despite the awful stresses we've endured.…

Editorial: Squeaky wheels win » Boston Herald It's disappointing that the School Department has backed down on its long awaited plan to revamp public school start times, but it's far more disappointing that the long knives appear to be out for Bo…

HAND: Young people are getting political » The Sun Chronicle In politics, 2017 was the year of the septuagenarian. …

Low-income individuals suffer most from being unable to pay bail » South Coast Today Consider this: You are fined as punishment for some offense. You can't pay this fine and wind up in jail. Upon release you still don't have the money to pay the fine or the means to avoid the behavior…

Baker, lawmakers need to make identity theft protection a priority » Boston Globe

Politics

Charlie Baker re-election bid begins with new Allston campaign HQ » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has quietly begun revving his re-election campaign, plunking down more than $46,000 this month to secure a new headquarters in Allston that already has about 10 staffers and a still…

Suicide, sexual misconduct topped Massachusetts news in 2017 » The Associated Press (AP) Suicide and allegations of sexual misconduct darkly dominated the news in Massachusetts in 2017.…

Brookline's Tommy Vitolo To Run For State Rep Seat » Beacon Hill Patch When State Rep Frank Smizik announced he'd be stepping down after some two decades representing Brookline in the 15th Norfolk District, the question remained: Who would fill his seat?…

Ethics investigators gave to campaigns, not to sitting senators » The Salem News The three lawyers leading a Senate Ethics investigation have donated a combined $7,500 to Democrats seeking state and local offices over the past 15 years, but largely eschewed giving in legislative r…

One fewer GOP congressional candidate » Boston Globe The Republican field for the congressional seat now held by US Representative Niki Tsongas got a little smaller Tuesday, with one contender dropping out and throwing his support behind another.…

County official switches gears, will challenge Sandwich rep » State House News Service

Transportation

In Allston, do Harvard and Mass. see eye-to-eye? » Boston Globe The desolate tract of former railyards in Allston, hemmed in by a tangle of highway ramps, is sometimes promoted as the next Kendall Square: a new neighborhood springing out of the dirt that eventuall…

State eyes ferry for Gloucester, Beverly » Gloucester Times Commuters may soon be able to travel between Beverly and Boston by sea, and the Salem ferry may see more available ride times.…

Driver decal bill would flag young motorists » State House News Service

Utilities

'Fundamentals' continue to challenge Pilgrim performance » Cape Cod Times

Turbines blow hot, cold on financial benefits for local towns » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts and other states are ramping up efforts to better harness wind as a bigger source of renewable, clean energy and the experience here has been generally favorable. Despite the demise of t…

Green committee opposing state biomass guidelines » MassLive A set of proposed energy guidelines that would allow state subsidies for burning of “woody biomass” is being opposed by the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. …

L'Italien, Vargas launch Statehouse push to protect net neutrality » Lowell Sun State Sen. Barbara L'Italien and state Rep. Andy Vargas have joined forces to introduce a bill to protect net neutrality rules recently rolled back by the Federal Communications Commission. …

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

2 ounces Eldorado 5 Year Old Rum (or any aged rum)

¾ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth

¼ ounce cinnamon simple syrup (to make syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 4 cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves, and let cool.)

1 bar spoon grapefruit bitters

Grapefruit twist to garnish

To make crust: In a shallow bowl, mix 2 parts nutmeg, 2 parts demerara sugar, 1 part cinnamon, a sprinkle of orange zest.

Directions

1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

2. Wet the rim of a small wine glass with orange juice and plunge into the nutmeg mix.

3. Strain into wine glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.



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