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Fear and Loathing In Worcester: Turtleboy, Facebook, A Judge's Daughter, and The DA'S Office » New Boston Post The onset of the new year has breathed new life into the still unsubstantiated claim that Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early had a hand in ordering the blackout of incriminating details …

FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT RELOCATES TO BASEMENT OFFICE » State House News Service Sen. Stan Rosenberg begins the new year in an East Wing basement office after his December decision to step down from the Senate presidency – a move he has hoped will be temporary. …

CORPORATE DONATIONS CASE HEADED TO SJC IN MARCH » State House News Service The Supreme Judicial Court in March will hear oral arguments in a case brought by conservative business-owners who have challenged state laws prohibiting corporations from donating to state candidates…

Group active on pot, charter questions disqualified from 2018 elections » State House News Service A little-known non-profit spent nearly $1.2 million in 2016 to support two failing efforts to influence voters on charter schools and marijuana legalization, failing to register as a ballot question c…

Will Mitt Romney now run for seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch? » The Salt Lake Tribune No decision, but if he wants it, he'll likely win. …

Some Trump Supporters Think Mueller's Grand Jury Has Too Many Black People » The Huffington Post The racist attack on the federal grand jury in D.C. adds to the ways the president's backers are trying to discredit the Russia probe. …

The Modern Campaign-Finance Loophole: Governors Associations » The Wall Street Journal At the RGA's nondescript headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, top staff met in the summer of 2014 where they discussed, among other things, helping Massachusetts gubernatorial can…

Why The 3rd Congressional Race Could Turn Into A Big Bucks Battle » WGBH News When Niki Tsongas entered Congress in 2007 after winning a special election to replace Marty Meehan, she had been part of a five-person field in a Democratic primary that spent roughly $4 million comb…

Trump-Romney rivalry set to take center stage again » Politico Donald Trump had just returned from Utah last month when the president placed a call to his longtime nemesis Mitt Romney.…

“This is a winter hurricane. It’s a very dynamic storm packing high winds and below-zero wind chills. It’s insane,” he said. “This has the potential to really explode, but don’t just focus on the snowfall. The wind and the cold — and the cold after — will be big.”

Meteorologist Jim Cantore

Speaking about the incoming Nor'easter which is expected to drop up to a foot of snow in the Boston area.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump Administration Casts Doubt on Plan to Fund Gateway Rail Tunnel » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS The Trump administration criticized a plan to pay for a $12.7 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River, telling New Jersey and New York officials in a letter Friday that there's no deal for the fede…

President Trump is expected to face a difficult 2018 » Boston Globe If you were expecting a smooth, uncontroversial start to President Trump's first full business day of the new year Tuesday, you were wrong.…

Orrin Hatch is out, but is Mitt Romney in? » Boston Globe Mitt Romney on Monday was skiing in Deer Valley, Utah, heading down the slopes with a small group that included his wife and his longtime adviser Spencer Zwick.…

Mitt Romney expected to make Senate bid in Utah as Sen. Orrin Hatch announces retirement » The Republican Mitt Romney is expected to make a Senate bid in Utah following Sen. Orrin Hatch's announcement on Tuesday of his impending retirement. …

Immigration, Infrastructure And Iran: The President's Plans For 2018 » WBUR The Senate is back on Wednesday, and President Trump made his way back to Washington on Monday after laying fairly low to end the year in Palm Beach, Fla., at his personal resort.…

US Rep. Richard Neal optimistic Congress can reach bipartisan infrastructure agreement despite recent fights » MassLive Although GOP-led efforts to overhaul the health care system and American tax code drew partisan rancor on Capitol Hill, at least one Massachusetts Democrat said he believes his party is willing to wor…

US Sen. Ed Markey hits Donald Trump on DACA, says only 'dream' president cares about is border wall » MassLive U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, accused Republican leaders Tuesday of playing "political games" with the futures of immigrants brought to the country as children, adding that the only "dream" Pr…

Finally, the race Mitt Romney can't lose » Boston Globe

Business

Massachusetts regulator lists 7 risks with bitcoin, calls it doubtlessly 'nugatory' » Kaplan Herald Massachusetts' top securities regulator warned about bitcoin Wednesday, listing seven reasons the volatile cryptocurrency could be just another “worthless product.”…

Firm files $5.75m bid for Boston Herald » Boston Herald Revolution Capital Group of Los Angeles, has filed a $5.75 million bid to buy the Boston Herald and is asking a federal bankruptcy court to un-seat GateHouse Media's initial $5 million offer as the au…

Boston's Drinking Problem » Boston Globe Need a beer? With new craft breweries opening nearly every month, it's not hard to find one in this town, yet lately I feel like I'm drowning in choices.…

Mass tourism ad campaign will target skiers, boarders » Berkshire Eagle

Environment

It's a glacier out there: Waters off Mass. are freezing solid » Boston Globe In the wake of a nearly seven-day deep freeze, the Coast Guard has been busy breaking up ice off the shores of Hingham, Weymouth, and Winthrop, according to Coast Guard officials.…

Health Care

AG Maura Healey to review Partners' plan to acquire Mass. Eye and Ear » Boston Globe

HPC: Partners, Mass Eye and Ear deal could cost $61M annually » Worcester Business Journal

State still won't back Partners deal to buy Mass. Eye and Ear, refers to AG » Boston Business Journal

Housing

Holiday party for Easton Housing Authority residents » Wicked Local Easton The Easton Housing Authority held a holiday party for its residents Dec. 7 at Parker Terrace. Santa and Mrs. Claus also came to the celebration. Donated boxes of chocolates were raffled off to residen…

Judiciary

And Justice For None: Inside Biggest Law Enforcement Scandal in Massachusetts History » Rolling Stone

Legislative

Stanley Rosenberg moved to State House basement » Boston Herald Former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who left his ornate third-floor office upon stepping down from the post last month, has landed in a basement office while an ethics investigation into him pl…

Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's State House office is now in the basement » The Republican Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and his staffers have moved from the ornate space of the Senate President to a nook in the basement of the Massachusetts State House, as a special investigation gets underway.…

Year in review 2017: Massachusetts passes laws on marijuana, gun control, women's rights » WWLP 22 Lawmakers file hundreds of bills each session, but many of them never reach the Governor's desk. The ones that did in 2017 brought changes to Massachusetts' recreational marijuana ballot law as well a…

Massachusetts Senate will look at net neutrality, federal tax bill, President Harriette Chandler says » Mass Live

Rosenberg Relocates To Basement Office While Awaiting Investigation » WBUR

Cloud remains over Senate as formal sessions resume » Boston Herald

Local Government

Heroux calls for inclusion, backs new Attleboro High School » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — The city's new mayor, Paul Heroux, took the oath of office Tuesday night in a crowded high school auditorium during a ceremony that emphasized the need for inclusiveness and unity a…

New Mansfield Town Manager On The Job » Andover Patch MANSFIELD, MA — On the first workday of the new year, Kevin Dumas traded in his mayor title in Attleboro for a town manager job in Mansfield.…

Rivera sworn in as mayor of Lawrence » The Eagle Tribune Mayor Daniel Rivera was sworn in to a second four-year term in a private ceremony at his City Hall office just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. …

McGee is sworn in as Lynn's 58th mayor » Lynn Daily News Item Former state Sen. Thomas M. McGee was sworn in as the city's 58th mayor on Tuesday night, vowing to make Lynn a leader in the region again and speaking about its untapped potential.…

All eyes forward: North Andover is in for a big 2018 » Wicked Local North Andover North Andover is hitting the ground running with the start of the New Year, as 2018 has many big things in store for the town. From new town buildings to multiple elections and a massive marijuana far…

Five things to know from Somerville's State of the City address » Wicked Local Somerville Earlier this week, newly-elected city officials took the stage in the Somerville High School auditorium for their inauguration ceremony.…

Holden selectmen stake out positions on partnerships, sales tax resolutions » Worcester Telegram On Tuesday, in its first meeting of the year, the Holden Board of Selectmen declared the town's positions on three resolutions set to come before the upcoming Massachusetts Municipal Association annua…

Nicole LaChapelle sworn in as Easthampton mayor, promising new era of citizen engagement » The Republican Nicole LaChapelle was sworn in as Easthampton's third mayor on Tuesday during a noontime ceremony at the city's public safety complex.…

Selectmen Deny American Legion Liquor License Renewal » Stoughton Patch A turbulent year for the Stoughton American Legion ended last week with the loss of their liquor license.…

Quincy officials push back against new Long Island Bridge plan » Patriot Ledger A proposal to rebuild the connection to Long Island is a bridge too far for Quincy officials. Mayor Thomas Koch and other local lawmakers are calling for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to rethink his plans …

Worcester mayor launches fourth term with ambitious to-do list » Worcester Telegram Mayor Joseph M. Petty opened his fourth term Tuesday night, declaring that while the state of the city has never been stronger more work needs to be done to keep positive momentum.…

It's official: William Samaras is Lowell's new mayor (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun William Samaras, a member of the City Council since 2013, was narrowly elected the city's new mayor Tuesday morning during the City Council's first meeting of 2018.…

Marijuana

Suit carries high stakes for Bay State's pot business » Boston Herald A high-stakes lawsuit involving marijuana, property value and the intersection of state and federal law is quietly working its way through Boston's federal court and could have a drastic effect on the…

Medical marijuana company seeks Palmer Planning Board's permission to open sales center » MassLive A medical marijuana company, Altitude Organics Corp. of Massachusetts, already approved to grow the drug in town, is now seeking the planning board's permission to open a sales center at the firm's 8 …

Opinion

Guest Opinion: The good side of environment news after a year of Trump » Herald News Three generations of my family lived in a modest bungalow on a dead-end street in Chelsea where my mother taught me to always look on the good side of things. My grandmother, closer to her dark Irish …

Winter in Boston: A primer » Boston Globe Winter with its talons bared has leapt upon the land.…

OUR VIEW: Three issues Beacon Hill could put to rest in new year » The Sun Chronicle Here's an easy prediction for 2018: On July 31, the Massachusetts Legislature will work late into the night, hurriedly approving laws that will affect Bay State citizens for generations. Most lawmaker…

The bitcoin bubble will likely burst, and here's why » Boston Globe It is hard to see bitcoin's price surge as anything other than a bubble that will ultimately collapse. Bitcoin's ostensible social function as an anonymous, nongovernmental means of payment carries b…

Hey, Mr. President: Let's make a deal » Boston Globe On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump was watching “Fox & Friends” and, like many Americans on their first day back to work after a week-long vacation of golfing at a posh resort that they own,…

Spending $2.4 million to defend the district attorney was a mistake » Patriot Ledger It was a shocking and inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz to pay a Boston law firm $2.4 million to defend Cruz and his office in a wrongful-termina…

Our View: Shaking our heads over pets left out in the cold » South Coast Today How about a little common sense, people? …

The Republicans' Fake Investigations » New York Times A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairm…

The Freezing Cold Weather in Boston Is Actually Good. I Like It. » Boston Globe Sure, record-tying cold around Massachusetts seems bad. But what if...it isn't? …

Safe communities bill subverts Constitution » Cape Cod Times

Marion Hoffman Forman: Urges support of End of Life Options Act » Gazette Net

By Jack Clarke: Environment, one year later » Berkshire Eagle

Politics

Campaign group allied with Baker on charter schools, pot is fined for hiding donors » Boston Globe State campaign finance regulators have cracked down on a second political group aligned with Governor Charlie Baker, forcing the committee to divulge the donors behind the $1.168 million it spent supp…

Advocacy nonprofit fined $31G by state » Boston Herald An obscure nonprofit with ties to Bay State Republicans is accused of disguising more than $1.2 million in donations from businesses, wealthy advocates, and even Mitt Romney's federal committee before…

Getting on the Ballot: What we'll be Voting on in 2018 » Valley Advocate From September to the end of November, Mickey Prout, 22, a student at Westfield State University, and other volunteers would set up tables in the dining commons to talk to other students about two st…

After Relatively Light 2017, Mass. Legislators Return To Beacon Hill » WBUR State senators and representatives resume the second half of their legislative session Wednesday. Major items expected this year include the state budget, finishing work on a criminal justice reform b…

Lovely Has Challenger For State Senate Seat » Andover Patch Teury Marte of Salem wants to challenge lovely for the seat that represents Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield. …

Former MassLive president Allison Werder mulling Republican run against state Rep. Brian Ashe » MassLive

Gov. Baker heads into election year with fundraising lead » The Associated Press (AP)

Public Safety

New Bedford to expand police cameras in 'distressed neighborhoods' » South Coast Today To continue some of the work its been doing and bolster police presence in certain neighborhoods, Mayor Jon Mitchell, Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro and City Council members announced Tuesday a proposal…

Political Notes: Big turnout expected for assembly hearing » Cape Cod Times

State Finance

Franklin: 2018 brings budget trouble » Wicked Local Franklin Town officials agree that balancing the budget will be the main topic of concern for the new year. Town Administrator Jeff Nutting said town officials haven't picked through the budget with a fine-too…

State Government

Zakim suggests weekend primary as Galvin mulls date » Berkshire Eagle BOSTON — It is up to Secretary of State William Galvin to pick a date to hold Massachusetts' 2018 state primary election and his request for public input hasn't pointed to an obvious answer.…

Baker expected to trumpet bipartisanship (again) in annual address » Boston Globe Kicking off an election year as a Republican in a state that is not, Governor Charlie Baker will deliver his State of the Commonwealth address to the Legislature and the people of Massachusetts on Tue…

Secretary of State is conducting investigation into how Leominster handled ballots during Nov. 7 election » Sentinel & Enterprise The Secretary of the State's office is currently investigating whether any violations of state laws occurred during the Nov. 7 municipal election, according to documents recently acquired by the Senti…

Attorney General Maura Healey's Springfield office has new downtown location » MassLive

Transportation

Cold spell puts MBTA to the test; up next, snow » The Enterprise Three years after MBTA service problems were exposed by the harsh winter of 2015, the transit authority's systems are being put to the test again with another week of frigid temperatures and heavy sno…

Frigid conditions cause delays and cancellations » Boston Globe If a full week of wrenching cold hasn't stalled your commute or closed your child's school, the snow forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday may end your lucky streak.…

The GE commuter rail stop in Lynn is opening to the public... someday? » Boston Globe It's a strange quirk in the MBTA's commuter rail system, a train stop in Lynn reserved exclusively for workers at an adjacent General Electric plant. But with a huge new housing development underway n…

Contracted services are a persistent problem for the T » Boston Globe As it embarks on major projects like the $2.3 billion Green Line extension and a replacement of its fare system, the MBTA is reckoning with an old Achilles' heel: keeping outside contractors in line.…

One MBTA rider has a challenge for Baker: Take the T for 5 straight days » Boston Globe A Jamaica Plain man is so frustrated with the Orange Line that he's challenged Governor Charlie Baker and other elected officials to endure the same commute as other public transit riders.…

Walsh will go it alone on Long Island Bridge » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH'S inaugural pledge to rebuild the Long Island Bridge faces some major hurdles, including stiff opposition from Quincy and putting together the financing for the estimated $80 …

Stricter phone laws may be coming to Massachusetts » Wicked Local Danvers

Utilities

Eversource to pass tax savings on to customers » Berkshire Eagle Uncle Sam's tax gift to Eversource will be repackaged for its customers, the utility said Tuesday.…

Cold snap putting squeeze on oil-fired power plants » Commonwealth Magazine NEW ENGLAND'S POWER GRID OPERATOR said on Tuesday that the system is “operating under normal conditions,” but warned that the prolonged cold snap is driving up wholesale electricity prices…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Pot rollout tentative in Cali » Commonwealth Magazine

Time to repeal medical device tax once and for all » Commonwealth Magazine

Businesses want stronger clean energy mandates » Commonwealth Magazine

Momentum for more housing choices in the state » Commonwealth Magazine

The Biggest Issues for States to Watch in 2018 » Governing

How Much Can Democrats Really Win in 2018? » Governing

Pro-charter school Massachusetts group fined for hiding 2016 campaign donors including Mitt Romney's campaign » The Republican

Baker gives green light to district priorities » The Salem News

Officials Force Group to Reveal Ballot Question Donors » US News and World Report

Senator Hatch to retire, paving way for Romney run in Utah » Boston Globe

Bay State nonprofit penalized for violating campaign finance law » Boston Herald

Baker admin lifts hold on spending earmarks » State House News Service

SALT deduction cap spurs call for tax code review, hearing » State House News Service

New tax code means big rate changes, uncertainty for power sector in 2018 » Utility Dive

State explores impact of Trump's tax changes » The Salem News

Baker's move on earmarks sure to please legislators » Lowell Sun

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 4 cups plus 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • Toppings (toasted coconut flakes, toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped toasted hazelnuts, etc.)

Directions

Rinse the oats under cold water or, preferably, soak them overnight. Set a medium saucepan over high heat and add oats, 4 cups milk, water, and cinnamon. Stir, then bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook oats, uncovered, until tender, about 40 minutes (or 10 minutes, if you soaked them overnight), stirring frequently. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick. Add brown sugar, vanilla, and salt, then add chocolate and stir until melted.

Divide among four bowls and finish with a bit of warm milk and toppings, if desired. 



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