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Must-Reads

A new bridge to recovery on Long Island » Boston Globe A PLACE OF NATURAL beauty and serenity, Long Island once played a prominent role in Boston's recovery landscape. …

DeLeo: 'Too early' to rule out tax increases » The Lowell Sun With the first crack at next year's budget -- the version written by Gov. Charlie Baker -- due in 16 days, it's still too soon to decide if new taxes should be on the table, House Speaker Robert DeLeo…

It's hard to see how anyone could beat Oprah for the Democratic nomination. Here's why » Boston Globe One can imagine Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren yelling “you go girl” to the television as Oprah Winfrey delivered a remarkable speech about race and the #metoo movement at the Gold…

6,000 Salvadorans In Mass. Will Lose Protected Status » WBUR The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will not renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans. The temporary immigration status has allowed Salvadorans to stay and work …

Boston's Rendezvous with Climate Destiny » American Prospect When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston last August, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh expressed his fear that his own city would have been “wiped out” by a comparable deluge.…

The Terminal: South Station is a homeless shelter with no services » Dig Boston “One guy I know just walked into a store, put some sneakers on his feet, and walked right out so he would get arrested.”…

Blue states eye 'political gift' in tax workaround fight with Trump » Politico The new tax law's limit on of the state and local deduction may pose a fiscal threat to high-tax states and their affluent taxpayers. But it's also a political gift to Democratic officials in those st…

Can Politicians Be Jailed for Supporting Immigrant Sanctuary Policies? » Governing In an interview on Fox News last week, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) caused an uproar among immigrant advocates and many local officials when he said politician…

"All of the United States is going to be open for the oil industry to be able to drill. That is something that the American people will want to have resolved on the floor of the House and Senate, and that is something that I am going to guarantee him that he will see. This is going to be a huge fight across our country."

Senator Ed Markey

Speaking about President Donald Trump's plan to open up more coastal areas for offshore drilling.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Is this a new path to Oval Office? Start with a celebrity » Boston Globe Conservatives once complained that former president Obama was too much of a celebrity but then nominated Donald Trump to succeed him.…

Heslam: Oprah could be 'dose of inspiration' voters need » Boston Herald Oprah Winfrey's presidential aspirations just got a nod from one of President Obama's former campaign strategists, who says it's early but the media mogul just might have what it takes to lead our div…

Romney had prostate cancer surgery in summer » Boston Globe Mitt Romney was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer and underwent successful surgical treatment, according to sources close to the former Massachusetts governor who said the issue is not expect…

Business

Biopharma techs now face tougher job qualifications » Boston Globe Nearly a decade ago, employers in Massachusetts' booming biopharmaceutical industry got together with representatives of the state's community colleges to make sure that graduates of biotechnology pro…

Pending first drug's approval, Alnylam plans major expansion » Boston Globe The government hasn't even approved Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s first drug, but officials at the Cambridge company are so optimistic the medicine will reach the market soon that they are planning a…

Connecticut firm buys Barrington Plaza for $16.1 million » the Berkshire edge Barrington Plaza, the largest shopping center in town, has changed hands. Kimco, the Long Island, New York-based management firm that owned the plaza, sold it last month to a company from Connecticut.…

Understanding Bitcoin » NECN The sounds and smells of sizzling steak are what Rio Brazilian Steakhouse in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is known for. But a year ago, the owners of the churrascaria decided to dabble in the hottest curr…

GovTech 100 » Government Technology The GovTech 100 is an annual list compiled and published by Government Technology as a compendium of 100 companies focused on, making a difference in, and selling to state and local government agencie…

Mass. business confidence index hits 17-year high » Worcester Telegram

Amazon's looking to grow in Boston's Seaport. Here's where it could go. » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Lee: Civil rights activists remember Martin Luther King » Berkshire Eagle The Landing at Laurel Lake and Hevreh of Southern Berkshire will present "Memories of Martin: Reminiscences of Civil Rights Activists" on Sunday, Jan. 14, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day. …

Crimes

Instead of marijuana crackdown, federal prosecutors should focus on fentanyl, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive

Education

A birthday reckoning » Commonwealth Magazine The state's landmark ed reform bill turns 25 this year. It launched Mass. to the top of the class -- but has not been the 'great equalizer' some hoped for. …

Environment

Rep. Cantwell attends U.N. Climate Talks in Germany » Wicked Local Scituate Over the past few years, Marshfield and Scituate have made commitments to addressing climate change clear. In November, State Rep. Jim Cantwell, D-Marshfield, took the area's expertise to the global s…

Middleboro, Fall River getting grants for parks, outdoor recreational space » South Coast Today Twenty-two Massachusetts communities including Middleboro and Fall River will share in nearly $6.4 million in grant funding for parks and recreation improvements, the Baker-Polito Administration today…

$44,500 Given To Marlborough To Improve Desert Natural Area » Andover Patch Marlborough is among 18 cities and towns across the state that got a chunk of $506,856 in grants for wildlife habitat improvement projects.…

2017 Was The State's 10th-Warmest Year On Record » WBUR There hasn't been a lot of talk about warmth in Massachusetts lately. But on Monday, the day the state emerged from a severe cold stretch, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported …

Gaming

High court declines to hear Aquinnah gaming case » Cape Cod Times The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)'s planned bingo hall in that island town, clearing the way for the gaming center to go forward.…

Health Care

State sues mental health care company over improper Medicaid payments » Boston Globe

Housing

Report finds widespread bullying in public housing » The Salem News Bullying and intimidation of elderly and disabled residents by landlords or their neighbors is widespread in public housing in Massachusetts, according to a new report that is driving calls for more o…

The rent is still too high! But there's some good news » Boston Globe Rents are still rising in Greater Boston, but not as quickly as they were a couple of years ago.…

Tall order for Dock Square Garage » Boston Herald A nine-level, approximately 195-unit residential addition is being pitched for the roof of the Dock Square Garage and Hard Rock Cafe near Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace.…

Worcester County becoming home-owning destination » Worcester Business Journal Homes are being sold in Massachusetts again after months of slow sales, including in Worcester County, where 762 single-family homes were sold in November.…

The Airbnb gold rush is on » Commonwealth Magazine Whole buildings, like this one in Chinatown, are being converted into hotels …

Kornegay in mix for top MassHousing job » State House News Service

Immigration

Can Politicians Be Jailed for Supporting Immigrant Sanctuary Policies? » Governing In a Fox News interview last week, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said he believes they should be charged with crimes. Legal experts say that's likely not possible. …

Trump Admin Rescinding TPS Will Affect Thousands of El Salvadorans in Massachusetts » Boston Globe

Judiciary

Sterling lawyer Paul Sushchyk nominated for probate judgeship » Worcester Telegram Lawyer Paul M. Sushchyk of Sterling has been nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker as a circuit associate justice of the Probate and Family Court.…

Labor

EF teachers to vote on union contract » Boston Globe The English-as-a-second-language teachers at EF Education First in Brighton were unhappy. Their pay was too low, they said, schedule changes were handed out just a few days in advance, and many of th…

Berkshire Medical Center RNs weighing second strike » Berkshire Eagle Registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are considering a second one-day strike, raising the stakes for negotiations that began in 2016 and continue into a third calendar year. …

Legislative

Uxbridge, Bellingham residents vie for district's seat » Milford Daily News Two new candidates have announced they'll be running for the state representative seat that covers the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge.…

Local Government

New Waltham City Council inaugurated, LeBlanc retains presidency » Wicked Local Waltham Waltham City Council welcomed three new faces and one returning member to its ranks at the inauguration of city councilors and school committee members, Sunday, Jan. 7.…

Tyer Highlights Successes in Second State of the City Address » iBerkshires "Believe that city government is a community partner, a business partner, a good neighbor, and a champion for all our hopes and dreams. One of us cannot succeed without the other," the mayor said as s…

After campaigning for O'Connell and Postell, young Dighton candidate makes run for selectman » Taunton Gazette Daniel F. Ajoue, a 20-year-old enlisted Massachusetts Air Force National Guard member with three years of service, took out candidacy papers earlier this month and will contend for incumbent Nancy Gou…

'Overwhelming' floods stress Provincetown » Cape Cod Times One of the oldest churches in town took a two-way hit from floodwater that ran like a river down Commercial and Bradford streets during Thursday's nor'easter.…

These North Shore towns may get a refund from the state » Lynn Daily News Item Cities and towns on the North Shore may get a piece of the $1.1 million spent on early voting in 2016, according to the State Auditor.…

Mayor of firsts » Commonwealth Magazine Yvonne Spicer says she's undaunted by new challenges—a good trait for the first person to serve as mayor of Framingham. …

Worcester comeback seems for real » Commonwealth Magazine Pent-up demand is finally being realized in state's second-largest city …

Governor Baker Signs Lynnfield Charter Bill » Andover Patch

Marijuana

Jeff Goldstein: North Andover cannabis proposal going forward despite DOJ announcement » Wicked Local North Andover Despite U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions promising a crackdown on cannabis in states where the drug is now legal, the owner of Osgood Landing says the plan to bring a massive state-of-the-art canna…

Enforcement of state pot industry hazy » Boston Herald The Bay State's top prosecutor cast the state's fledgling marijuana industry into further disarray, responding to pleas for clarity with a hard-line response indicating that no one in the state's now …

US attorney throws future of legal pot in Mass. into doubt » Boston Globe The state's top federal prosecutor on Monday refused to rule out a crackdown on the voter-authorized marijuana industry, prompting howls from advocates and politicians and moving Massachusetts to the…

Massachusetts legislative leaders worried about federal marijuana policy's impact on businesses » MassLive Massachusetts' top state legislative leaders on Monday expressed concern about Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's policy of deciding whether to prosecute federal marijuana violations on a ca…

Mass. U.S. Attorney Won't Rule Out Prosecuting State-Sanctioned Pot Businesses » WBUR As the legal marijuana industry attempts to establish itself under Massachusetts state law, the top federal prosecutor in the state said he cannot and will not rule out prosecuting state-sanctioned ma…

Cannabis Control Commission Seeks Public Input On Draft Pot Regs » WAMC The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will take its draft regulations for how municipalities should handle the legal marijuana industry on the road. The commission is seeking public input from…

Stockbridge considering temporary ban on marijuana shops » Berkshire Eagle Should the town impose a temporary ban on marijuana-related businesses, with the exception of registered medical marijuana dispensaries?…

New US attorney says no element of pot trade immune from prosecution » Gloucester Times As the legal marijuana industry attempts to establish itself under Massachusetts state law, the top federal prosecutor in the state said he cannot and will not rule out prosecuting state-sanctioned ma…

U.S. Attorney: No element of state-legalized pot trade 'immune' from prosecution » The Greenfield Recorder As the legal marijuana industry attempts to establish itself under Massachusetts state law, the top federal prosecutor in the state said he cannot and will not rule out prosecuting state-sanctioned ma…

Massachusetts' federal prosecutor “cannot provide assurances” for legal marijuana businesses » The Cannabist The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts offered no guarantees on Monday that he would take a hands-off approach to legalized marijuana, injecting a new layer of uncertainty and confusion into the …

Is A Federal Crackdown Coming On Legal Pot In Massachusetts ? » WAMC The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot. …

5 things to know about the Mass. standoff with the feds over marijuana » Boston Globe

Opinion

No, you don't own that parking spot » Boston Globe NOTHING SAYS WINTER in Boston like a shoveled parking space with a beach chair.…

The movie is called 'The Post,' but the Times got the scoop on the Pentagon Papers » Boston Globe “THE POST,” Steven Spielberg's film about The Washington Post's Pentagon Papers coverage, in 1971, opens Friday.…

Rosenberg is down but he doesn't have to be out » The Lowell Sun It is the rare politician who emerges unscathed from the basement of the Statehouse.…

President Winfrey Meets 'The Resistance' » New Boston Post It's February 2021, just a few weeks into the Oprah Winfrey Administration, and, far from healing America's divides, it turns out that President Winfrey has only deepened them.…

Ferriabough Bolling: Rags-to-riches story a far cry from Donald Trump » Boston Herald All the talk in 2008 was whether Oprah Winfrey would enter the world of politics, something she reportedly was loathe to do, to endorse a freshman senator named Barack Obama who dared run for presiden…

Mayor Walsh should tell us more about his big idea for Long Island » Boston Globe IS BOSTON REALLY going to spend $100 million to rebuild a bridge, just to serve a summer camp and a substance abuse “recovery campus”?…

Battenfeld: Dems dreaming of Oprah in the Oval Office » Boston Herald Oprah vs. Trump: It's a supercharged battle of celebrity superstars that could be coming to a voting booth near you.…

Pot and the minority community » Commonwealth Magazine Is legal marijuana a blight or boon? …

Politics

Marlborough resident to run for Congress » The Metro West Daily News Dismayed by national politics, a 32-year-old Democrat from Marlborough has joined the crowded field of candidates competing for an open seat in Congress.…

Haverhill Democratic City Committee Hosting Gubernatorial Meet and Greet » WHAV Haverhill's Democratic City Committee will welcome the three Democratic candidates running to succeed Governor Charlie Baker to a meet and greet on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.…

Former Brookline School Committee Member To Run For State Rep » Andover Patch Since 1974, when the Norfolk 15th District Seat was created in the State House of Representatives, only one woman has filled the seat, and that was in 1999. Now that State Rep Frank Smizik has announc…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bad judgement disqualifies candidate from holding state office » The Sun Chronicle What would possess Rev. Jeff Bailey to make yet another run for political office (“Bailey jumping into Attleboro State rep race,” The Sun Chronicle, Jan. 4)?…

Iranians in Central Mass. keep close eye on protests » Worcester Telegram The image has become symbolic of the protests shaking Iran - a young woman, head uncovered, waves her white headscarf from a pole like a flag of defiance.…

Winter 2018 Issue » Commonwealth Magazine ECONOMY/ HOUSING/ POLITICS/ TECHNOLOGY…

Public Health

Springfield City Council approves age 21 requirement for buying tobacco » MassLive The City Council gave final approval Monday to an ordinance that will ban the sale of tobacco products to people under age 21, rather than the current legal age of 18, with the higher age aimed at red…

Not All Cancer Kills: Researchers Study Active Surveillance For 'Stage Zero Breast Cancer' » WBUR Cassandra Xanthos, a school psychologist, wasn't too worried when she got called back for a second mammogram last summer. She even remained calm when her doctor diagnosed her with ductal carcinoma in …

Suicide Emerges In Understanding The Opioid Epidemic » WBUR Mady Ohlman is 22 on the evening when she stands in a friend's bathroom looking down at the sink. …

State Government

Mass. Primary Is Set For Sept. 4, Galvin Says » WBUR

What did voters say about choosing the 2018 Massachusetts primary date? Read the emails they sent to Secretary William Galvin » MassLive

Transportation

Progress, but a long way to go on electric vehicles » Gloucester Times Massachusetts is second only to California in per capita electric vehicle charging stations, according to a Baker administration report that identified roughly 5 percent of the state's vehicle fleet a…

Mixed reviews for MBTA's cold-weather service » Boston Business Journal The MBTA's commuter rail service was "not acceptable" the day after last week's snowstorm, the MBTA's general manager said Monday, while noting that extreme cold can create unpredictable failures.…

GM: T able to 'defy the odds' in record cold » Boston Herald MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez — buffered by praise from his own oversight board — doubled down on his defense of the T's winter performance, saying the transit agency continues to â…

MBTA Comes Under Fire From Democrat After Cold Weather Failures » WGBH News Gov. Charlie Baker's term in office started during the worst winter in MBTA history and now it's only fitting -- at according to some Democrats -- that the management-minded chief executive is going t…

The big worry » Commonwealth Magazine Transit ridership is declining as ride-hailing apps gain steam …

MBTA boss says performance after storm not good enough » The Enterprise The MBTA's commuter rail service was “not acceptable” the day after last week's snowstorm, the MBTA's general manager said Monday, while noting that extreme cold can create unpredictable f…

Spotty reviews for MBTA's cold-weather service » Sentinel & Enterprise The MBTA's commuter rail service was "not acceptable" the day after last week's snowstorm, the MBTA's general manager said Monday, while noting that extreme cold can create unpredictable failures.…

Commuter Rail Service on Newburyport/Rockport Line Canceled » Boston Globe

Utilities

Markey: Plan will spur 'huge fight' over offshore energy drilling » Gloucester Times The state's environment, tourism and fishing industry could be threatened by President Donald Trump's plan to open up more coastal areas to offshore drilling, according to U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who sai…

Milford: House passes water co. acquisition bills » Milford Daily News The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed two bills Monday that could ultimately pave the way for the town to follow through on its anticipated purchase of the privately owned Milford Water Co…

Amid power crunch, Pilgrim remains offline in wake of Eversource repairs » WCVB Thursday's so-called bomb cyclone storm, an important piece of power equipment known as a static line crashed on Route 6 in Sandwich, bringing down a 345,000-kilovolt Eversource transmission line that…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Editorial: Earmarks return » Boston Herald

Fed prosecutor: No immunity for legal marijuana businesses » Boston Herald

Massachusetts mounts opposition to offshore drilling plan » Gloucester Times

MBTA evaluates service during 'hell on earth' conditions » The Salem News

Supreme Court says no to hearing M.V. gambling case » Martha's Vineyard Times

Republicans Make Campaign Stops In Deep Blue Berkshires » WAMC

Brookline's Tommy Vitolo running for state rep » Wicked Local Brookline

State owes municipalities more than $1M for early voting, auditor says » WWLP 22

US attorney throws future of legal pot in Mass. into doubt » Boston Globe

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