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9:00am DMH Northeast Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Progressive Mass 2018 Lobby Day, Room 437, State House

2:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

5:30pm State Rep. Candidate Drew Russo Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Millenials for Maura Healey Launch Meeting

6:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for Senate Bedford Reception

Must-Reads

OSHA protections extended under bill signed by Gov. Baker » State House News Service All public workers in Massachusetts will operate under the same safety standards as their private sector counterparts under legislation that Gov. Charlie Baker has signed into law. …

Trump's Personal Assistant Fired Over Security Issue » The Wall Street Journal Problems related to online gambling and mishandling taxes prevented John McEntee from gaining necessary security clearance …

Schumer struggles to quell Warren-led rebellion » Politico Senate Democrats are feuding over legislation to roll back the Dodd-Frank law — and the minority leader is caught in between. …

It sure looks like Cynthia Nixon is getting ready to run for governor » New York Post Here's the best evidence yet that Cynthia Nixon is running for governor: her wife just quit her job with the city. …

Democrats distance themselves from Hillary Clinton's 'backward' claim » The Washington Post Democratic senators facing tough reelection fights distanced themselves Tuesday from Hillary Clinton after she said President Trump's voters came from less productive parts of the country and were att…

It's official: Donoghue a candidate for city manager » Lowell Sun Sen. Eileen Donoghue could make history later this month by becoming the city's first female city manager. …

State study shows challenges faced by rural schools » Berkshire Eagle A statewide study of rural school district finances — including all school districts in Berkshire County — suggests that Massachusetts needs to reformulate school funding and transportat…

“The snow can’t stop a student movement,” “Students my age have grown up with the word ‘active shooter’ on our tongues. We are saying we don’t want to be unsafe anymore. We want our government to take action on gun violence in America.”

Charlotte Lowell, a senior at Andover High School.

Speaking about the student led protest for gun safety happening today.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren says bank bill could hurt minority borrowers » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, continued to rail against high-profile banking legislation Tuesday, particularly language which she argued would remove oversights that help regulators tra…

Warren ready to put senators "on the record" on banking bill » State House News Service U.S Sen. Elizabeth Warren kept the pressure up on Tuesday ahead of an expected Senate vote on banking deregulation this week, warning that it would weaken oversight of many of the country's largest fi…

Business

Boston startup is using artificial intelligence to connect job hunters with recruiters » Boston Globe If you've ever recommended a successful candidate for a job, you might have gotten a sense for how your good word saved time and money for the company that made the hire.…

Education

Students plan walkouts over gun violence, and administrators try to strike a balance » Boston Globe As hundreds of Massachusetts high school students plan to walk out of class Wednesday as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence, many administrators say they have struggled to strike a bal…

LHS students planning walkout in response to gun violence » Sentinel & Enterprise Students of Leominster High School announced late Monday night they intend to hold a walkout on Wednesday against gun violence, and as a sign of solidarity with the victims of last month's deadly scho…

Health Care

As number of burn victims falls, future of Boston's Shriners hospital is uncertain » Boston Globe Every Christmas, a fire truck roars up to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston, Santa Claus emerges, and the hospital's young patients — children suffering from critical, painful burn inju…

Rep. Michael Day to hold mental health forum » Wicked Local Winchester State Rep. Michael S. Day, along with community and state leaders, will hold a community discussion focused on behavioral health issues and local initiatives and resources available to support the com…

Human Services

DTA Commissioner Looks to Battle 'Cliff Effect' With Budget Request » iBerkshires There was once an employer who hired a worker who was on public assistance. And the employee was good.…

Immigration

Maura Healey joins coalition to protect migrants from Haiti, El Salvador » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey has joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in sending a letter to U.S. congressional leaders calling for the restoration of temporary protective status for natives of…

Labor

Federal safety standards apply to Massachusetts municipal workers » Business Insurance Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed a bill into law that applies federal Occupational Safety and Health Act workplace safety standards to municipal workers statewide.…

Local Government

Town says 'no' to gun violence forum at Cary Hall » Wicked Local Lexington uring the public comment portion of the March 12 Board of Selectmen's meeting, six residents spoke about the town of Lexington's decision to deny access to Cary Memorial Hall for a gun violence forum.…

Selectwoman Candidate Parker Supports More Resources For Seniors » Framingham Patch The Council on Aging is one of the integral parts of Stoneham's municipal departments. This department is underfunded in my honest opinion.…

Education enrichment fund vote fails to find a second supporter » The Landmark A two year project to establish an Education Enrichment Fund Committee was presented to selectmen at their March 6 meeting, but failed to get placed on the annual Town Meeting warrant.…

Museum Square Garage “Death Trap” Has City Leaders Attention, Councilor to Call for State Audit » The Valley Patriot Residents of the Museum Square Apartments in Lawrence have long complained about the safety hazards in the public parking garage owned by the City of Lawrence, but managed – partially – …

NORTH SHORE DIGS OUT FROM THIRD NOR'EASTER IN TWO WEEKS » Lynn Daily News Item Despite being hammered by the blizzard, Lynn Department of Public Works commissioner Andrew Hall said the city did well in terms of crews keeping up with the storm. “It's a lot of snow,” s…

Opinion

Senate must stop State Department's collapse » Boston Globe

Siding with Louis Farrakhan would be a misstep in black America's march ahead » Boston Globe LOUIS FARRAKHAN is not some loopy old uncle who, every once in a while, toddles downstairs just long enough to say something blindingly offensive.…

Let's worry about silicon, not steel » Boston Globe In the brewing trade war between the United States and China, silicon and software matter more than steel.…

Deval Patrick for president? Democrats could do a lot worse » Boston Globe IF DEMOCRATS are inclined in 2020, as they were in 1960, 1988, and 2004, to nominate a presidential candidate from Massachusetts, they could do a lot worse than choose former governor Deval Patrick, …

Letter to the editor: Time to put another Mass. resident in the White House » The Sun Chronicle In the March 6 edition of that reactionary, rancid rag, The Boston Herald, there is a speculative and somewhat humorous op-ed piece about the race to the finish among candidates (two from Massachusett…

Editorial: Impressive field of candidates for four House seats » Gazette Net There are an unusual number of contests this year for House seats representing Hampshire and Franklin counties, and we are impressed with the field of announced candidates.…

Of the Earth: A shot to the HIP » The Recorder I hoped it was a perverse side effect of anesthesia that caused me to awake last week with the disturbing notion that the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), about which we have been so enthusiastic, mi…

Editorial: In need of tough tax talk » Boston Herald Senate President Harriette Chandler has made her priority clear — and it's to tax nearly everything that moves. In a speech to Worcester-area business leaders Monday Chandler said the millionai…

Our view: Chandler shows vision on tough issues » Gloucester Times The new Senate president came out swinging for the center field fence this week, outlining a need for more taxes and fees in specific areas to pay for more housing and transportation to boost the econ…

Politics

GOP candidate Geoff Diehl once voted true blue » Boston Globe State Representative Geoff Diehl is as hardcore a Donald Trump-supporting Republican as any political figure in the state. But a decade ago, Diehl, now a leading candidate for his party's US Senate no…

With focus on education aid, Marie McCourt of Granby declares she's running for state rep. » The Republican With an eye toward increasing Chapter 70 education aid to cities and towns, Marie McCourt of Granby has declared she is running for the legislative seat now held by state Rep. John Scibak, D-South Had…

» Cape Cod Times

Senator applies to be Lowell city manager » Boston Globe State Senator Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat, ended weeks of speculation Tuesday, confirming she's applied to be her hometown's next city manager — a position for which she's widely conside…

MacMaster joins Melrose aldermen as Ward 5 rep » Wicked Local Melrose The Board of Aldermen appointed Shawn MacMaster as the new representative of Ward 5 at a special meeting Monday, March 12, filling the position vacated when 20-year veteran Gail Infurna left to take o…

Lindstrom claims GOP mantle after Diehl's "kick in the gut" » State House News Service

Dem Candidate Palfrey Sees Policy Opportunities in Lt. Gov. Post » iBerkshires

Public Safety

Taser use is growing among Mass. police » Boston Globe Chelsea police arrived at a Congress Avenue home last month to find exactly what a caller had described: a bloodbath. A man in his 20s had cut his wrists, slashed his neck, and, with officers inside t…

Moms Demand Action launches Boston chapter following Parkland shooting » The Daily Free Press Concerned mothers from the Boston area congregated Thursday to address gun violence. Hosted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the session took place at the Old South Church near Copley S…

Sex offender registry changes sought » The Salem News The lowest level of convicted sex offenders would be required to register with local police and face increased scrutiny under plans to expand the state's registry.…

Mass. Students Gear Up For National Day Of Activism Against Gun Violence » WBUR Students around the state are gearing up for what is expected to be one of the largest youth-led movements pushing for stricter gun regulations. …

State Finance

State Legislators Gather In Pittsfield For Budget Hearings » WAMC Field hearings on the Massachusetts state budget were held Monday at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. …

Chandler flags funding options for Mass. infrastructure, calls for development » Herald News In addition to promoting a $2 billion tax on the wealthy, Senate President Harriette Chandler on Monday told business leaders from central Massachusetts that other taxes and fees may be needed to make…

Transportation

'Smooth as possible': MBTA's true test today as commuters back at it » Boston Herald The beleaguered MBTA chugged through the Blizzard of 2018 with only minor complications yesterday — a remarkable wintertime feat for the aging agency — but braced for a crush of commuter…

MBTA reports relative success with commuter rail, T performance amid nor'easter » Boston Globe Reducing service on the MBTA and commuter rail system during Tuesday's nor'easter was a successful strategy that led to an 89 percent on-time rate for the commuter rail, permitted subway trains to ke…

MBTA Silver Line expansion to Chelsea set to begin in April » WCVB Next month's expansion of the Silver Line into Chelsea will plug the city into Boston's two commuter rail hubs and make it a prime location for transit-oriented development, Transportation Secretary S…

Terror at 50 feet » Dig Boston Much ink has been spilled in the Boston press over a plan by luxury developer Millennium Partners and its subsidiary Cargo Ventures to spend $100 million to build an aerial gondola system from South S…

Utilities

Powerline selected by Mass. for Canadian hydropower imports hits another snag » The Republican Nearly eight weeks after Massachusetts regulators chose Northern Pass Transmission as its preferred power line to carry Canadian hydropower to Bay State utilities, the project remains in limbo.…

Extended storm puts crimp on power restoration efforts » State House News Service As blizzard conditions knocked out power to about a quarter million Massachusetts homes and businesses Tuesday, power crews were kept out of bucket trucks and away from power lines by heavy snow and h…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds corned beef
  • 15 peppercorns
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 small beets
  • 2 turnips, cut into pieces
  • 16 small new potatoes, peeled
  • 16 baby carrots
  • 8 small white onions
  • 1 head cabbage, cut into 8 wedge-shaped pieces

Directions

Cover beef with water and simmer 10 minutes, covered, in a large kettle. Skim off and discard the residue that forms on top of water. Add peppercorns, cloves, and bay leaf. Cover and simmer 3 hours or until meat is tender.

Put beets in separate pan with a little water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes.

Add turnips, potatoes, carrots, and onions to kettle with meat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes longer.

Add cabbage and cook, covered, 15 minutes more.

Remove meat, cut into serving pieces, and place on platter surrounded with well-drained vegetables. Serve with Irish Soda Bread



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