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Must-Reads

Roger Stone claimed contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, according to two associates » The Washington Post In the spring of 2016, longtime political operative Roger Stone had a phone conversation that would later seem prophetic, according to the person on the other end of the line. …

Trump close to tapping Kudlow to succeed Cohn » Politico The president's revived interest in (Larry) Kudlow to some extent reflects the White House's limited options. Economists have widely panned Trump's tariff decision, and some potential picks are hesita…

White House officials alarmed at education secretary's '60 Minutes' performance » CNN White House officials were alarmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' struggle to answer basic questions about the nation's schools and failure to defend the administration's newly proposed school sa…

Hillary Clinton takes her 'deplorables' argument for another spin » The Washington Post Clinton offered some rather unvarnished remarks in India this weekend that sound a lot like her “deplorables” commentary from September 2016. She played up the states that supported her as…

There Is A Gun Control Debate On Beacon Hill, But It's Taking Place Via Email » WGBH News Rep. David Linsky, a former prosecutor and active proponent of tougher gun control policies, sent an email to each member of the House and Senate, as well as their staffs, last Friday, which lead to a…

Even after reelection, Ayanna Pressley spent heavily on advisers » Boston Globe Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley used her council campaign account to pay campaign staff and consultants after winning reelection and as she geared up to announce a challenge to US Representative…

Gov. Baker: Housing big priority in legislative agenda » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker leaned on some the state's major employers Monday to help him make the case for housing legislation filed late last year that the administration views as critical for Massachusetts …

Why Is Russian Gas in Boston Harbor? » The Wall Street Journal A tanker arrived in Boston Harbor carrying natural gas that would keep residents' homes warm for the rest of the winter. The late-January delivery came from Siberia.…

“I think the children’s crusade that is beginning is going to put real pressure on Congress to do things that are meaningful. I don’t think this is going away this year. I think it’s only going to intensify. I think they’re trying to get away with the lowest common denominator but not dealing with the real issues that need to be put in place in order to provide real gun safety.”

Congressman Ed Markey

Speaking about new gun safety legislation from the Boston police headquarters.

News By Category
Business

Massport wants public realm improvements as it seeks developers for remaining Seaport land » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Port Authority will require developers to factor in enhancements to “the public realm” when pitching projects for its properties on the South Boston waterfront.…

Maple syrup season gets early start in parts of New England » Boston Herald The annual maple season got off to another early start with warmups in parts of New England, and producers are hopeful the recent cold and snow will extend it.…

Civil Rights

Bill seeks to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace » WWLP 22 Proposal gives the attorney general the ability to investigate suspected repeat offenders…

Judge tosses Massachusetts lawsuit over birth control rules » Boston Herald A federal judge has tossed the Massachusetts attorney general's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration over rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control…

Education

Is Harvard Broken? » Boston Magazine The soul of the university is up for grabs as it faces questions about student life, PC culture, and how to manage its gazillion-dollar endowment. …

Schools Struggle To Handle Student-Led Protests » WGBH News When some 300 Somerville High School students walked out of school last month to rally for stricter gun laws, school officials seemed to publicly celebrate the students' activism.…

With new school buildings comes updated security » Berkshire Eagle With the recent spate of violence targeting schools, safety and security is at the forefront of people's minds, especially in regard to gun violence.…

Area schools take own approaches to Wednesday walkouts » Gazette Net Students across the region have been preparing for weeks for nationwide demonstrations — including mass walkouts on Wednesday — around the issue of school shootings and gun violence.…

Environment

Keller @ Large: What Did We Do To Tick Off Mother Nature? » CBS Boston As our third nor'easter in less than two weeks envelopes us, I know what you're thinking – what did we do to deserve this?…

Oh that not-so-dirty water: It lets a longtime advocate retire » Boston Globe The Standells may have made more than a few bucks from a little ditty about the Charles River's pollution. But Bob Zimmerman — no, not that Bob Zimmerman — made his living for three deca…

As Another Big Storm Bears Down, Massachusetts Works On Resiliency Plans For Climate Change » WAMC Massachusetts is forecast to be hit Tuesday by the 4th big storm since January to bring flooding to coastal communities, including the city of Boston. Scientists say because of rising sea levels the…

AG Healey pledges to fight Trump offshore drilling plan along Massachusetts coast » The Republican Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday vowed to fight federal plans to open the Massachusetts coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling.…

Federal

Chabot: Elizabeth Warren plays coy on White House run » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren ducked hard-line questions about her political future yesterday during an unusual national media blitz, insisting that she won't run for president in 2020 while refusing to …

Health Care

Judge dismisses nurses' suit challenging Brigham and Women's vaccination policy » Boston Globe A Suffolk Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit from the Massachusetts Nurses Association that challenged the flu vaccination policy for employees at Brigham and Women's Hospital.…

Human Services

The Homeless-Campus Concept Catches On » Governing As homelessness rises nationwide, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on a new way of helping the homeless. But some say it's money that could be better spent. …

Reaching beyond 'mediocre' at DCF » Berkshire Eagle The woman hired three years ago to reform the state Department of Children and Families told lawmakers Monday that while a crisis has passed, "there is more work to do."…

Labor

Despite gains, 'motherhood penalty' persists » Boston Globe Working mothers have become a force to be reckoned with in the labor market.…

Massachusetts Legislature passes worker protection bill » Wicked Local Burlington State Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, applauded the Massachusetts Legislature on March 1 for passing legislation that provides all state and municipal workers with the same protections provided unde…

Legislative

Marshfield residents consider bids to replace Rep. Cantwell in State House » Patriot Ledger Several local residents say they're interested in taking a run at the soon-to-be vacant House seat held by Democrat James Cantwell of Marshfield for the past decade.…

Marshfield Rep. Cantwell tapped as Markey's state director » Boston Herald A veteran state lawmaker is leaving the Legislature to join Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey's staff. Rep. James Cantwell, a Marshfield Democrat, is expected to resign his House seat by the end of t…

Derek Frechette, killed in Andover crash, fought to pass 'Christian's Law' to save children after the 2007 drowning of his 4-year-old son » The Republican Derek Frechette was fighting to save children. The electrical engineer from Sturbridge was lobbying on Beacon Hill, pushing lawmakers to pass "Christian's Law."…

Local Government

Snow impacts town election deadlines » The Associated Press (AP) Town election deadlines will be postponed as Massachusetts faces its third nor'easter in two weeks.…

Housing, Wastewater, Occupy Selectmen » Vineyard Gazette State Rep. Dylan Fernandes and Sen. Julian Cyr visited the all-Island selectmen's association last week to talk about two major issues: wastewater management and the affordable housing crisis.…

Fiorentini Calls National Grid Response 'Unacceptable' as City Braces for More Snow » WHAV Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini has officially put National Grid on notice. After much of the city's residents were forced to go two days—or more—without power during Winter Storm Qu…

Acton Church At Heart Of Controversy Over Use Of Public Funds For Historic Preservation » WBUR A church in Acton is at the heart of a legal case that could affect many towns in Massachusetts.…

George pleads guilty to concealing more than $2.5M in cash » South Coast Today A former Dartmouth Select Board member pleaded guilty Monday to concealing more than $2.5 million in cash from U.S. District Court following his embezzlement conviction in 2015, federal prosecutors sa…

Opinion

It's silly season — and Warren has to play along » Commonwealth Magazine We don't learn much from game of presidential dodge-and-weave …

Harsh realities for Latinos but little state action » Boston Globe THE WIDE INCOME GAP that Latinos face in Massachusetts, and the resulting socioeconomic struggles for families across the Commonwealth, may have come as shocking news to many when a report appeared in…

Trump is breaking all the rules, and that could be great for America » Boston Globe OVER THE PAST WEEK — indeed, over the past year — President Trump has broken one political rule after another. “When I signed up to be a conservative,” an eminent Washington …

Cashman: Rough run could derail Charlie Baker » Boston Herald The MBTA always under-delivers and disappoints during storms. Despite the millions of dollars invested in the T since Baker took office and a variety of internal changes, our public transit system has…

How was your T 'experience'? » Boston Globe LATELY IT SEEMS everyone wants to know about my “experience.” Whether it's visiting the doctor, checking my bank balance, or buying a new pair of slippers, I can barely take a breath befor…

Letter: Romney-Patrick, the dream Bain ticket » Berkshire Eagle With the news that former Governor Deval Patrick is considering a presidential race, and that another former governor, Mitt Romney, is running for a Senate seat in Utah, I wonder if the two might comb…

Politics

Stances on guns loom as voting issue in November, Markey says » State House News Service Despite what he called a "vise-like grip" that the National Rifle Association has on Congress, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey warned Monday that lawmakers would be punished this November if Congress fails to…

Plymouth County Republicans Back Diehl, Kingston in Straw Poll » Cape Cod Online A straw poll of Republicans in Plymouth County showed close to even support for two of the three candidates trying to challenge Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren in November. State Rep. Geoff Diehl …

Patrick Presidential Buzz, Slow-Moving Statehouse, Voter Registration In Court: Beacon Hill In 5 » New England Public Radio Since President John F. Kennedy, Massachusetts politicians have a poor record when running for the White House.…

Domb to seek Democratic nomination for Goldstein-Rose's seat » Gazette Net Mindy Domb, the executive director of the Amherst Survival Center, will seek the Democratic nomination to represent the 3rd Hampshire District.…

Seth Moulton could see boost from special election in Pennsylvania » Boston Globe When the nation's political class tunes in to Tuesday's hotly contested special congressional election race in Pennsylvania, one Massachusetts man will be particularly invested in the result: Represen…

Rivera keeps raising money despite term limits » Eagle Tribune Mayor Daniel Rivera is term-limited, so he can't run for a third term in 2021.…

Attleboro GOP office hit by fire » The Sun Chronicle A fire Monday night damaged part of the exterior of the building housing the city Republican Party offices.…

At GOP meeting in Wilbraham, a call to arms » Lowell Sun

Public Health

One-quarter of Mass. residents know someone who died from opioids, survey suggests » Boston Globe A majority of Massachusetts residents know someone who has been addicted to opioids and more than a quarter have lost a loved one or an acquaintance to a fatal overdose, according to a survey released…

Lowell, Billerica join suit seeking opioid damages from Big Pharma » Lowell Sun It's time for Big Pharma to pony up and take responsibility for flooding cities and towns with opioids.…

Public Safety

Suicide prevention efforts saluted at state house » The Recorder When Rep. Timothy Whelan joined the State Police in 1992, job-related stress was always kept hidden, he told a room full of suicide prevention advocates.…

Markey's 'MASS Act' Aims To Bring Mass.-Like Gun Laws To Other States » WBUR With Congress and the White House still struggling to agree on a response to the latest mass school shooting, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey on Monday presented a new proposal that would offer states incenti…

Markey wants to get other states to adopt Mass. get-tough gun laws » Boston Globe Riding a revitalized push to address gun safety, US Senator Edward J. Markey on Monday unveiled legislation designed to push other states to adopt Massachusetts' get-tough laws, including requiring al…

Walsh promises funding for police body cameras » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh committed for the first time Monday to funding police body cameras in Boston.…

Months Ago, Boston Officer In Controversial Cell Phone Video Would Have Had A Body Camera » WGBH News Boston Police officials say a police officer involved in a recent confrontation had been part of the department's body camera pilot program – but hadn't been wearing a body camera at the time o…

The pitfalls of generalizing neighborhood crime rates » Dorchester Reporter In light of social media chatter surrounding another organization's analysis of Boston Police Department crime data, the conclusions drawn from a misapplication of demographic information and an overg…

Massachusetts' move to join “States for Gun Safety Coalition” criticized » WWLP 22 Massachusetts plans to work with a coalition of northeastern states to combat gun violence and trafficking. Governor Charlie Baker announced plans to enter Massachusetts into the “States for Gun…

Suicide survivor honored for efforts to help police » Gloucester Times When Janice McCarthy's husband committed suicide 12 years ago, she turned her grief into action. McCarthy, of Andover, founded the nonprofit organization Care of Police Suicide Survivors in the memory…

245 State Police troopers earned more than $200,000 last year » Boston Globe A state trooper who fired his rifle during a recent confrontation with a Cape Verdean man was roundly condemned after it was revealed that he had written racist comments online. But Matthew Sheehan's …

Ambulances to offer rides to shelters for vulnerable Bay Staters » Boston Herald

Taxation

Chandler: other taxes, fees may be necessary to boost economy » Worcester Business Journal

Transportation

Legislative leaders ask whether regional transit authorities need more money (video) » The Republican State leaders are considering ways to condition increases in funding for regional transit authorities on steps to measure their performance. …

Frequent subway-style service between Worcester and Boston should be on the table, Massachusetts Senate leader says » MassLive Creating frequent "subway-type" service between Worcester and Boston should be under consideration, according to a top state leader. …

Chandler backs more funding for RTAs » Commonwealth Magazine But Baker says state has been 'pretty supportive' …

T notes: New Silver Line service launches April 21 » Commonwealth Magazine Bus will allow 1-seat trips between Chelsea and S. Station …

Next T fare hike likely in mid-2019 » Commonwealth Magazine Control board chief sees 'new revenue' discussion in 3 years …

Worcester's Chandler pledges help for cash-strapped regional transit agencies » State House News Service As supporters of the public bus system in her hometown worry about a "death spiral" in services, Senate President Harriette Chandler said Monday the Senate's budget will attempt to address the funding…

'Extremely reduced' schedule for T » Boston Herald The T will be running during today's blizzard — but with slower service in the subway and “extremely reduced” trips on the commuter rail, officials said, as they urged Bay Staters t…

MBTA eyeing next fare hike in July '19 » Dorchester Reporter Relying on increased parking fees, more advertising dollars and some expected legislative relief from an employee-financing law, MBTA officials have scrunched down their projected budget gap to $36.5 …

Gov. Charlie Baker praises MassDOT's fiscal management in spite of $100k bathroom criticism » The Republican

Gov. Charlie Baker optimistic on north-south rail, but not Springfield-to-Boston train service (video) » The Republican

Utilities

Time running short for N. Pass » Commonwealth Magazine NH delays appeal ruling, puts Mass. in fish-or-cut-bait situation …

Northern impasse? Power project hanging on N.H. decision » State House News Service After refusing to certify the project once, a New Hampshire regulatory board opted Monday to pause all action on the 192-mile Northern Pass electricity transmission project, a delay that could mean Ma…

240,000 without power in Mass. as nor'easter blizzard whips state » Boston Herald

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Worcester Regional Transit Authority considers eliminating weekend service, some routes, in the face of a $900K deficit » The Republican

Public bus funding could spiral downward, supporters say » Worcester Business Journal

Ed Markey, Marty Walsh Unveil a National Gun Bill Modeled on Massachusetts » Boston Magazine

Ventura of Attleboro seeking rematch against Feeney of Foxboro for state Senate » The Sun Chronicle

Can teachers with guns help prevent mass school shootings? It's a step in the right direction, says Wilbraham GOP chairman » The Republican

Fall River legislators hear 'Raise Up Massachusetts' pitch for higher wages, paid leave » Herald News

Chandler prioritizes expansion of housing, modern rail system » Worcester Telegram

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