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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am 45th Annual Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council & Arc of Mass. Legislative Reception, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

5:00pm North Shore Fundraiser for State Auditor Suzanne Bump

6:00pm Lowell Meet & Greet with Rep. Juana Matias

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Steven Hall

7:00pm Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Public Hearing, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

Must-Reads

Capuano faces a major challenge from Pressley. And Warren, Markey aren't endorsing him. » Boston Globe Giving an unexpected cold shoulder to a colleague and fellow Democrat, both Massachusetts senators and two of its representatives are declining to back 10-term incumbent Michael E. Capuano in his cong…

Boston Calling prosecutors say they may have to drop case » Boston Globe Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they may have to drop extortion charges against two city officials accused of strong-arming organizers of a Boston music festival if a judge does not reconsider h…

SEIU leader accused of harassment demoted, but will remain at union » Boston Globe The leader of a powerful Massachusetts health care workers union who was accused of sexually harassing female co-workers has been removed from his leadership position — but will remain with the…

UnitedHealthcare Says It Will Pass On Rebates From Drug Companies to Consumers » New York Times Under public pressure over high prescription prices, the large insurer announced it would share the discounts with millions of its customers. …

Senators receive jars full of tar and feathers after Monday gun control vote » Politico Roughly a dozen Florida state senators who supported a sweeping gun control bill Monday have received small jars of tar and feathers at their offices from unknown senders. …

Stormy Daniels Suing Trump Over Nondisclosure Agreement » The Huffington Post Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels), who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump, is now suing the president.…

Cynthia Nixon further exploring run for governor » Politico Cynthia Nixon is continuing to "explore" a run for governor of New York against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though a spokeswoman did not say if she had immediate plans to announce a candidacy. …

Tom Merolli of Mendon challenges Ryan Fattman for Senate seat » Worcester Telegram It's shaping up to be a millennial vs. millennial race for the Worcester and Norfolk District seat in the state Senate, as 27-year-old Mendon Democrat Tom Merolli is challenging incumbent Ryan Fattman…

Koh, What a Life » Boston Magazine Andover, Harvard, Mayor Marty Walsh's number two, and all before the age of 30. Is there anything Dan Koh can't do? As he steps out of the shadows and into the most fiercely contested congressional ra…

Quincy's Keenan is latest to vie for Senate president » Boston Herald State Sen. John Keenan, a Quincy Democrat and attorney, said yesterday he is actively campaigning to become the next Senate president, the latest to publicly vie for the powerful post. …

“It’s on my radar screen, but it’s a huge decision,” Patrick told KCUR-FM on Feb. 28 when asked about a presidential run. “I am trying to think through 2020 and that’s a decision I’m trying to think through from a personal and family point of view. ... We’ll see,” he said.

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News By Category
Business

The Boston Globe to hike home delivery rates » Boston Business Journal A customer service representative at the Boston Globe's subscription phone center told a Business Journal reporter Tuesday that the company is planning to increase its seven-day-a-week home delivery c…

Berkshire Museum, AG respond to art sale opponents in SJC filings » Berkshire Eagle Our call, not yours. That's the gist of what the Berkshire Museum and attorney general told art sale opponents Tuesday in legal briefs.…

Trump's Tariffs Could Hurt More Local Economies Than They Help » Governing Only a small number of regions employ many steel and aluminum workers, and economically depressed areas the proposal aims to benefit could experience hardship in other industries. …

Baker, Neal, Boston Fed president headline Outlook gathering » The Republican

Education

In college hub, financial aid seen as a tangled web » Lowell Sun The web of financial aid programs Massachusetts offers its college students is so complex that some online cost calculators can't estimate the tab for applicants here the way they do in other states, …

Health Care

Kocot's "detailed outline" will inform House health care bill » State House News Service The late Rep. Peter Kocot left a "detailed outline" of major health care legislation that will inform the work of Massachusetts House leaders, who now plan to debate the still-developing bill sometime…

Housing

Worcester tenement owned by former UN official is one of city's most troubled properties » Worcester Telegram Retired United Nations official Rachel Mayanja, a former special adviser to the UN secretary-general on gender issues and the advancement of women, enjoys a pricey waterfront view of midtown Manhattan…

Judiciary

Massachusetts top court weighs 20-day voter registration cutoff » Reuters Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday weighed whether it should declare a requirement that people must register to vote 20 days before an election unconstitutional, in a case that could impact the abili…

'Dog the Bounty Hunter' calls out Essex County DA on Twitter » My Fox Boston Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, took to Twitter Tuesday morning to call out the Essex County District Attorney claiming charges should have been filed after the death of a local …

Labor

SEIU leader accused of harassment demoted, but will remain at union » Boston Globe The leader of a powerful Massachusetts health care workers union who was accused of sexually harassing female co-workers has been removed from his leadership position — but will remain with the…

Skip to main content Current ChannelListen Live: BBC NewshourPlay wbur Bostonomix Support the news Mass. Employer Confidence Hits Another High — But There Are Worries About Finding Workers » WBUR Business leaders in Massachusetts are optimistic about the economy.…

Firm hired to roof Salem public housing fined for wage law violations » The Salem News The owners of a Lowell-based commercial roofing business have reached an agreement to pay more than $110,000 in penalties and restitution for failing to pay workers the prevailing wage and other viola…

Boston Calling prosecutors say they may have to drop case » Boston Globe Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they may have to drop extortion charges against two city officials accused of strong-arming organizers of a Boston music festival if a judge does not reconsider h…

Feds to judge: City Hall case could be on 'collision course' with dismissal » Boston Herald Federal prosecutors say their case against two of Mayor Martin J. Walsh's top lieutenants could be on a "collision course" with dismissal if a federal judge does not reconsider his proposed jury instr…

Legislative

House leader weighs free speech merits of SLAPP update » State House News Service A top House Democrat said Tuesday that an expansion of free speech protections against corporate bullying may warrant inclusion on the House's agenda this year, but he expressed reservations over a se…

Quincy Sen. John Keenan 'actively seeking' Senate presidency » Patriot Ledger Sen. John Keenan, D-Quincy, serving in his eighth year in the state Senate, said Tuesday night that he will seek the support of colleagues to become the next Senate president in January, joining a fie…

Crighton wins state Senate seat » Wicked Local Saugus State Rep. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn, won his bid to become the next state senator of the 3rd Essex District, which includes the City of Lynn, and the towns of Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and…

There's a new candidate for state Senate president » Boston Globe State Senator John F. Keenan, a Quincy Democrat, announced Tuesday that he is vying to be Senate President, joining a crowded field that has ebbed and flowed since Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg relinqu…

Local Government

Nor'easters deal Scituate a one-two punch » Wicked Local Scituate Scituate continues to clean up from a powerful nor'easter that struck the South Shore on March 2 while bracing for another storm predicted to hit the area Wednesday into Thursday.…

Somerville Board of Aldermen draft home rule petition for Right to First Refusal » Wicked Local Somerville The Somerville Board of Aldermen is looking to implement a proposed state law that could have a major impact on the city's housing market and its tenants.…

Concord committee violates state law » Wicked Local Concord The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the Concord Comprehensive Long Range Planning Committee violated the state's Open Meeting Law.…

Question of the week: How can the Planning Board ensure that proposed 40B projects are appropriate for Winchester? » Wicked Local Winchester Unfortunately, it is difficult for the Planning Board to ensure that Chapter 40B projects are appropriate for Winchester due mainly to the fact that the law gives the state authority to override local…

Councilors plead for state money for Hale debt » eagle tribune For a city with a 2018 budget of $189 million, $11 million is a significant amount of money. But that is what the city of Haverhill may have to shell out annually for the next five years to finish pay…

Cambridge councilors vote against home rule petition for right of first refusal » Wicked Local Cambridge

Marijuana

Northampton zoning proposal: If a liquor store is allowed, so is marijuana » Valley Advocate It's been nearly two years since voters across Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana, which set state legislative officials on the long process of creating regulations for the budding legal weed r…

Commission to begin accepting applications for recreational marijuana sale » WCVB Wrapping up a process that began in December, the Cannabis Control Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved its final bundle of regulations for the newly-legal marijuana industry -- and turned its a…

Here's the warning that will be on marijuana products sold at Massachusetts retail pot shops » The Republican Massachusetts marijuana regulators on Tuesday approved warnings that will appear on packaging inside retail pot shops slated to open later this year.…

With Rules Now Finalized, Here Are 4 Key Changes To Massachusetts' Marijuana Regulations » WBUR With less than four months to go before the first legal sales of adult-use marijuana are supposed to begin in Massachusetts, the agency tasked with overseeing the cannabis industry has finalized its r…

Opinion

Students at UMass have more power than they recognize » The Daily Collegian As a member of the University of Massachusetts Class of 1968, I can say the need for change today is greater than in my day because some issues are still unresolved, such as civil rights, economic ine…

Our Opinion: Warren must resolve debate on heritage » Berkshire Eagle Elizabeth Warren, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, has attained membership in that small club of congressional figures who have garnered national recognition.…

Carr: Leigha Genduso's past should have kept her off state police force » Boston Herald Is anyone going to lose his or her $150,000-a-year state pension over this Leigha Genduso scandal? That's always the ultimate question in the hackerama — how is whatever-it-is going to affect m…

Free tuition at Brown/Trinity Rep nurtures inclusive theater training » Boston Globe THERE'S NO BUSINESS like show business. Or rather, there's no business that encourages burnout, turnover, and persistent debt among holders of its terminal degree quite like show business.…

A report from the United States of Insanity » Boston Globe IF CHAOS were a valued commodity, this would be the time to buy big.…

Obama repeats the myth that his administration was free of scandal » Boston Globe AS IT TURNED OUT, Barack Obama's super-secret speech at MIT last month — the one that was so far off the record that no one was permitted to stream it, or talk about it to the press, or comment…

Our view: Innovative state food program a good investment » Gloucester Times The state's Healthy Incentives Program packs an outsized nutritional and economic punch relative to its comparatively modest budget.…

EDITORIAL: School affordability defies conventional solutions » Lowell Sun The long explanation provided by UMass President Marty Meehan in his state of the university system's address on Monday came down to one undeniable conclusion: There's no easy answer to the increasing…

Politics

Mass. elections chief needs to explain comment about Lawrence mayor, Democratic opponent Josh Zakim says » The Republican Seizing on the Massachusetts elections chief's alleged comment about the mayor of Lawrence during a fiery phone call, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim called for him to elaborate on the remark.…

Surprise, surprise: Democratic Town Committee breakfast-goers don't like Trump » Eagle Tribune Every year at the Democratic Town Committee breakfast the organizers conduct a straw poll to check the temperature in the room on some key issues. …

'Verbatim, he said, “I made you mayor.” You don't forget words like that.' » Boston Globe Secretary of State William Galvin hasn't had a primary opponent in more than a decade, and it appears that Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim's challenge this year isn't sitting well with the six-term i…

Hawkins, Hall win Attleboro special primary election » The Sun Chronicle Democrat Jim Hawkins and Republican Julie Hall won their parties' special primary elections for state representative Tuesday and will face each other in a general election April 3.…

Franklin: Roy seeks fourth term as state rep » Wicked Local Franklin State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, has pulled papers to retain his 10th Norfolk seat for the Nov. 6 state election.…

Rep. Brendan Crighton elected to Senate, filling McGee vacancy » Wicked Local State Rep. Brendan Crighton, Lynn-D, will serve as Massachusetts' Third Essex District senator, voters decided in the Tuesday, March 6 Special State Election to fill the Senate seat that Thomas McGee …

Deval Patrick may now have 2020 vision » Boston Herald Former Gov. Deval Patrick said a 2020 presidential run is on his “radar screen,” marking the most concrete language he's offered yet about a potential White House bid.…

Supreme Court may be option in 'union loophole' case » Lowell Sun A lawyer for businesses that want to play a more active financial role in politics said that if the Supreme Judicial Court rules against them, they will appeal their case to the nation's highest court…

Deval Patrick says a 2020 presidential run is 'on my radar screen' » Boston Globe Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts who has largely shunned politics since leaving office and joining Bain Capital in 2015, is using some of his most direct language to date to acknowl…

Public Health

Rep. Joe Kennedy Weighs In on Young People and the Opioid Crisis » Teen Vogue After mentioning the opioid epidemic in his Democratic rebuttal to the State of the Union, Congressman Joe Kennedy III proclaimed that Democrats “choose a health care system that offers you merc…

Fewer arriving at ERs in Mass., N.H., and R.I. because of opioid overdoses » Boston Globe Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island are among only five states that did not experience an increase in opioid overdoses last year, according to data released Tuesday by the US Centers for Di…

Experts: Supervised injection sites could save lives » The Salem News Massachusetts needs two major things in order for a supervised drug use site to open here for the first time, a lawmaker backing the idea said Tuesday.…

Advocates push safe injection sites to address opioid epidemic in Massachusetts » The Republican Billy, 29, was a father with a job who was one year sober. But one day, he purchased fentanyl, locked his bedroom door and shot up. His roommates found him dead two days later.…

DiZoglio bill would regulate sober homes » Eagle Tribune State Rep. Diana DiZoglio plans to refile legislation that would provide more state oversight of sober homes, including one that began operating at 10 Quincy St. late last year.…

Public Safety

Former Mass. state police major seeks dismissal of lawsuit over arrest report on judge's daughter » Worcester Telegram Former Massachusetts State Police Maj. Susan Anderson has filed a motion to dismiss a federal civil rights lawsuit against her, saying her alleged misdeeds against a state trooper who is suing the maj…

State Government

Baker administration defends revenue department aide » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, through a spokesperson, brushed aside reports that his tax commissioner hired a friend for a $121,000-a-year job at the Department of Revenue during a hiring freeze, saying she…

YWCA of Western Massachusetts director Elizabeth Dineen named to state board » The Republican YWCA of Western Massachusetts Executive Director Elizabeth G. Dineen has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to the Massachusetts Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.…

We tried to ask Charlie Baker a question. Here's what happened » Boston Globe It shouldn't have been a mission impossible: Ask the governor a question about higher education at a higher education event. What could go wrong?…

Transportation

Hinds: MassDOT backs seasonal weekend trial run of proposed Berkshire Flyer » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire Flyer, the proposed passenger train line connecting the Berkshires to New York City, recently got a major shot in the arm that could soon launch the plan into action.…

Utilities

National Grid pays $7 million for overcharging Massachusetts customers » The Republican National Grid agreed to pay $7 million in a settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey for overcharging customers.…

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New Balance's revenue hits $4.5B as global ambitions grow » Boston Business Journal

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • ¾ cup whole milk

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • 6 ¾-inch-thick slices challah, brioche, or Pullman loaf

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, plus more for serving

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • Pure maple syrup, jam, or powdered sugar (for serving)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 250°. Lightly beat eggs, cream, milk, sugar, and salt in a large shallow baking dish (a lasagna pan is perfect). Add bread, turn to coat, then press down gently on bread until you feel it start to soak up custard mixture—this is key for a luscious, not dry, texture. Let soak, 10 minutes.

  • Flip bread and soak on second side, pressing down gently from time to time, until bread is saturated but not soggy, another 10 minutes or so.

  • Heat 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When foaming subsides, carefully lift 3 slices of bread from custard, letting excess drip back into dish, and cook in skillet until golden brown and center of toast springs back when pressed, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer toast to a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in oven while you cook remaining slices of bread with 1 Tbsp. butter and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil.

  • Serve French toast with butter, maple syrup, jam, and/or powdered sugar.



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