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FIRST VIETNAMESE WOMAN TO SEEK OFFICE CHALLENGING LYONS » State House News Service Conservative Republican state Rep. Jim Lyons is no stranger to ballot competition, but even for him the 2018 campaign will be a first, with his opponent positioning herself as an historic candidate. …

Mass. is about to be a battleground over transgender rights » Boston Globe A November ballot question asking voters whether to keep or repeal the state’s 2016 antidiscrimination law is expected to be the first statewide referendum on transgender rights, taking the nat…

Patrick Kennedy profits from opioid-addiction firms » Politico Patrick Kennedy, the former Democratic representative and scion of the liberal political dynasty, has emerged as the unlikely go-to player for companies seeking to benefit from the Trump administratio…

Ryan Zinke refers to himself as a geologist. That's a job he's never held. » CNN Defending his decision to shrink the Bears Ears national monument to lawmakers last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke fell back one of his favorite credentials. "I'm a geologist," he said. "I can as…

More hidden State Police pay surfaces. This time: millions in perks » Boston Globe Under fire for failing to disclose pay data, state officials last week quietly released new State Police figures, revealing more than $3.4 million in additional payouts over four years.…

Lantigua returns for another comeback try » Eagle Tribune Wiliam Lantigua has returned from several months in the Dominican Republic for a third attempt at a political comeback since losing the mayoralty after a single term in 2013, and will try - for a seco…

Freedom Caucus seeks to make McCarthy pay to become speaker » Politico A POLITICO survey of about 20 of the conservative group’s three dozen members found varying degrees of openness to the California Republican known as a deal-making pragmatist. But nearly all th…

Koch network launches ads to revive Dreamers talks » Politico Frustrated with inaction over immigration reform, the Kochs brothers' political network is launching a seven-figure ad campaign aimed at restarting frozen bipartisan talks to help protect hundreds of …

The Daily 202: New coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump » The Washington Post Many Democratic talking heads make weak arguments on television that fail to move voters. To address this, several groups and top pollsters on the left are teaming up to launch a new project that will…

“Students are too familiar with the stories of courageous victims who have survived assault or who have been subjected to harassment,” said Ehrlich. “In their name, it is up to all of us to step up and ensure that our campuses are safe places of learning, not hunting grounds for sexual violence.”

State Rep. Lori Ehrlich

Speaking about the bill she filed to to put an end to an epidemic of campus sexual misconduct.

News By Category
Business

Former Necco CEO wants to raise $20m to save the candymaker. So far, he’s got $565 » Boston Globe If the news that the maker of Necco Wafers could shut down as soon as next month has put you in a sour mood, you might be able to do something about it.…

Airbnb slams Boston city councilor in mass email » My Fox Boston Airbnb is fighting back against a proposal to regulate short-term rentals in Boston.…

At Downtown Crossing Roche Bros., skipping the longer line can cost you » Boston Globe

Crimes

MA Lawmaker: Reinstate Death Penalty After Officer's Killing » Arlington Patch A Massachusetts lawmaker is calling for the state to reinstate the death penalty in response to the killing of a Yarmouth police officer last week. Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed by career cr…

Education

From the worst of times to the best? Brockton, Worcester join forces on new education funding lawsuit » The Enterprise Brockton may have found its first partner in a looming clash with the state over how public schools are funded in Massachusetts: the state’s second largest city, Worcester.…

Mount Ida students scramble to find new schools » Boston Globe Mount Ida College students hustling to find places to complete their degrees after their school closes next month say they are frustrated by the mixed information they have received about where they c…

MassBay Announces Attorney General as the 56th Commencement Speaker » Framingham Source MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, will be the keynote speaker for this year's commencement.…

Mount Ida execs got pay increases as deficit widened » Boston Business Journal

Environment

Barrett wants Mount Greylock State Reservation visitor center named for Cariddi » Berkshire Eagle State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi fought to support the Greylock Glen project for years.…

Massachusetts representatives host electric vehicle briefing, ride » Wicked Local Watertown Rep. Jonathan Hecht, D-Watertown, joined his colleagues, Reps. Smitty Pignatelli, Joan Meschino, Solomon Goldstein-Rose and Jack Lewis recently hosted an Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive at the Stateho…

Gaming

Wynn-ex: No sale of Wynn Boston until board is overhauled » Boston Herald Elaine Wynn, the ex-wife of toppled casino CEO Steve Wynn is urging the company’s board of directors to hold off on making any big decisions - including selling the Wynn Boston Harbor - until t…

Human Services

Massachusetts, like Dartmouth, officially becomes AARP 'Age-Friendly' » South Coast Today AARP officially welcomed Massachusetts into its network of Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.…

Berkshires called leader of 'age friendly' movement » Berkshire Eagle Few know the term, but most recognize the "age-friendly" spirit. …

Former Home for Little Wanderers CEO reflects on time spent helping children find new lives » Wicked Local Westwood He was 8 when his family was divided, leaving him without a steady home, and over the next couple of years, he was shuffled among 12 foster homes, forced to move about every three months.…

Friends of Wareham Veterans Council now fundraising for all vet groups » Wicked Local Wareham

Insurance

Aetna to hire 250 as part of 'innovation hub' expansion in Wellesley » Boston Business Journal Health insurance giant Aetna is expanding its presence in the Bay State, months after choosing New York over Boston to relocate its headquarters.…

Judiciary

Criminal justice reform comes with a pricetag » Lowell Sun Implementing a massive criminal justice reform law signed last week will cost the state an estimated $15 million this fiscal year and as much as $40 million next year, according to Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Supreme Court Not Sold on Ending Online Sales Tax Ban » Governing The justices pressed attorneys on Tuesday about the potential consequences of overturning the court’s 26-year-old ruling. …

Labor

JetBlue flight attendants vote to unionize » Boston Globe Flight attendants at JetBlue Airways, one of the few groups of unorganized flight attendants at a major airline, have voted to join the Transport Workers Union of America, the union announced Tuesday.…

Local Government

Weymouth mayor proposed 4% increase for next year's budget » The Patriot Ledger A 4 percent hike in Weymouth’s budget for the upcoming year will allow the town to keep existing services and cover personnel expenses, including pensions and pay raises, chief of staff Ted Lan…

Rec Authority wants to lift borrowing cap » Wicked Local Bourne The Bourne Recreation Authority will ask May 7 Town Meeting voters to lift its $1 million capital projects borrowing cap that has been in effect since the early 1970s.…

MARCHING FOR MEALS » Lowell Sun State Rep. James Arciero and state Sen. Jamie Eldridge recently joined a March for Meals in Littleton with members of Minuteman Senior Services. The annual event is an opportunity for legislators to r…

Rep. Calter could be Kingston's new town administrator » The Patriot Ledger

Marijuana

Supreme Judicial Court urges Massachusetts lawmakers to update medical marijuana home cultivation law » The Republican Massachusetts' highest court is urging state lawmakers to change the law surrounding home cultivation of medical marijuana.…

Opinion

Clive McFarlane: Attitudes shifting on criminal justice reform » Worcester Telegram On Friday, Massachusetts passed a sweeping and consequential criminal justice reform law that many hope will help countervail the destructive outcomes of the country’s drug laws of the 1980s.…

We’re not done with criminal justice reform » Boston Globe THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM package Governor Charlie Baker signed into law last week got a lot right — making it easier to divert low-level offenders away from prison and into treatment, for in…

Controversy shadows Trump’s pick as CDC director » Boston Globe THE DIRECTOR OF the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is arguably the nation’s chief public health officer, someone who should be the trusted face of an agency that plays a critical ro…

The sorry state of our political discourse » Boston Globe BACK IN 1979, when Ted Kennedy was thinking about challenging President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination, the usually measured Carter had a blunt message. If Kennedy decided to run, he told …

The Berkshire Museum saga is headed toward a happy ending » Boston Globe THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM, a venerable but struggling cultural institution in Pittsfield, triggered a furor when it announced last July that it would auction off 40 works from its huge and sprawling collec…

In Cambridge, old-fashioned police overreaction meets cellphone video » Boston Globe The widely circulating video of Cambridge police officers subduing and arresting Selorm Ohene last Friday night is silent but chilling.…

Our Opinion: AG wins a legal battle in climate change war » Berkshire Eagle In her long-running battle to bring ExxonMobil to heel, state Attorney General (and one-time professional basketball player) Maura Healey has chalked up another point on the scoreboard. …

Politics

Governor Baker Endorses Fasulo In Wilmington Selectmen's Race » Arlington Patch Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker threw the weight of his name and his office behind Rob Fasulo in the race for Wilmington Selectmen. In a press release Tuesday, Baker backed Fasulo in his three-way ra…

'We Will Treasure Our Memories of Her': Local Lawmakers React to Barbara Bush's Death » NECN New England lawmakers and organizations took to social media Tuesday night to share their reactions to the news that former first lady Barbara Bush had died. She was 92.…

Bay State pols pay their respects to Barbara Bush » Boston Herald Massachusetts Republicans with deep Bush family ties yesterday remembered the late former first lady Barbara Bush for her candidness and compassion.…

In New England and across the US, Barbara Bush is remembered fondly » Boston Globe The death of Barbara Bush touched off an outpouring of condolences and fond memories across New England Tuesday, as political leaders recalled the former first lady as a figure of uncommon grace and r…

Democrat announces campaign against GOP Rep. Lyons » Lowell Sun Conservative Republican state Rep. Jim Lyons is no stranger to ballot competition, but even for him the 2018 campaign will be a first, with his opponent positioning herself as an historic candidate.…

Public Health

State naloxone fund gets first major donation » Boston Herald The state fund that gives first-responders overdose reversal agent naloxone at a discounted rate had been depleted, but just received a $300,000 boost from Attorney General Maura Healey and a private …

Push is on to refresh state fund used to buy Narcan » Boston Globe There’s a new push to replenish the state fund designed to cut the cost of the life-saving drug naloxone, months after its financial backing quietly dried up, increasing the price local first r…

Public Safety

Experts say use of force in Harvard student’s arrest followed protocol » Boston Globe Experts on police tactics say officers followed established law enforcement protocol when they used force to subdue a Harvard student on a Cambridge street Friday night, an encounter that has prompted…

March for Our Lives Springfield to host parents of slain Parkland student for gun violence talk » The Republican Manuel and Patricia Oliver, whose son, Joaquin, was killed when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February, will join local March for Our Lives activ…

Marblehead’s Lori Ehrlich filed a bill to combat college sexual assault » Lynn Daily News Item State Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) is working to put an end to an epidemic of campus sexual misconduct.…

SJC overturns ban on stun guns in Mass » The Salem News The state's highest court has tossed out Massachusetts' ban on stun guns, ruling that the weapons are protected under the Second Amendment.…

Massachusetts court rules state ban on possession of stun guns violates Second Amendment » MassLive The Second Amendment protects civilians possessing stun guns and tasers, the highest court in Massachusetts said Tuesday. …

Legislature weighing options after SJC strikes down stun gun ban » The Patriot Ledger The possession of stun guns and tasers is protected by the Second Amendment, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded on Tuesday, “reluctantly” scrapping the state law banning civilians from p…

Report: State Troopers At Logan Got Vehicle Per Diems » WBUR

State Finance

Hawkins scrambles for school funding » The Sun Chronicle As Jim Hawkins was being sworn into office in the Massachusetts House last week, the Ways and Means Committee was releasing its budget proposal for next fiscal year.…

GOP seeks to halt local aid to sanctuary cities » Newburyport News Cities and towns that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents could lose aid from the state under a Republican proposal on Beacon Hill.…

State Government

With state's Community Preservation Act match projected at record low, Easthampton City Council may push Beacon Hill » The Republican Estimated state matching funds for local Community Preservation Act projects across Massachusetts will stand at a record-low 11 percent this year.…

Transportation

Representative Kane offers details on $1M funds for infrastructure » Shrewsbury Post Last week, the State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) formally announced that the Towns of Shrewsbury and Westborough were scheduled to receive $986,356 and $789,634 respectively in funding a…

AG: T broke law, needs to bid out North Quincy garage work » Wicked Local Quincy The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office ruled Tuesday the MBTA broke the law when it did not go through a public bidding process for the upcoming North Quincy parking garage.…

Automatic Voter Registration Goes Beyond the DMV » Governing The most recent states to adopt the practice are expanding it to agencies that serve disenfranchised populations, including the poor and disabled. …

District to receive Chapter 90 funding » Wicked Local North Andover

Utilities

The hut is lit in Alford, and fiber broadband subscriptions begin to roll in » Berkshire Eagle There's a hot spot in this sleepy town these days — the fire house. …

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 1 pound zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 pound green beans
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Six 6-inch pitas, split horizontally
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

Directions

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini and green beans with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt; spread on a baking sheet. In the same bowl, combine the allspice, black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon, cumin and coriander with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Rub the spice paste all over the chicken and season with salt. Arrange the chicken on another baking sheet.

Step 2    

Roast the chicken on the lower rack and the vegetables on the upper rack of the oven for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is nearly cooked through. Remove the vegetables. Preheat the broiler and broil the chicken on the upper rack, turning once, until crisp and browned, 10 minutes; cut into strips.

Step 3    

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil in a small skillet. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and whisk in the yogurt and lemon juice; season with salt.

Step 4    

Arrange the pitas cut side up on a work surface and brush each round with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the yogurt sauce. Divide the chicken, roasted vegetables and red onion among the pitas and roll the bread around the filling into tight cylinders.

Step 5    

Heat a griddle over moderately high heat. Cook the rolls seam side down until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Turn and toast the other side. Cut each roll in half and serve with the remaining yogurt sauce.



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