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Must-Reads

Republicans Lost Support in Every Special Election Since Trump Became President » The New York Times Republicans have fared far worse in recent special congressional elections compared with previous elections.…

Millennials blame boomers for ruining their lives » Axios Beset by big college loans, inheriting two wars, and facing an uncertain future of work, a majority of millennials say baby boomers have made things worse for them — and a lot of boomers agree,…

White, Christian and male voters ... turned to Mr. Trump because they felt their status was at risk » The New York Times The study is not the first to cast doubt on the prevailing economic anxiety theory.…

Committee agrees on bill addressing oral health crisis » State House News Service Lawmakers believe they have landed a deal to create a new mid-level dental therapist profession that could expand access to oral health care by increasing the number of providers and requiring them to…

Early voting, storm relief among Senate budget bill amendments » State House News Service Sen. Barbara L'Italien plans to push budget amendments this week that would allow early voting ahead of the Sept. 4 primary elections in which she is running in a large field of Democrats seeking an o…

Weld For Governor » Being Libertarian This may seem like an odd proposition, but it is not an unreasonable one. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy is the second most unpopular governor in the country and he’s tarred the Democratic Par…

Compromise bill advances to allow dental therapists, a new kind of provider, in Mass. » Boston Globe After resisting for years, Massachusetts dentists are now throwing their support behind legislation that would create a new kind of midlevel provider of dental care. …

Chelsea Kline, challenger for Stanley Rosenberg's Senate seat, says she's keeping sexual assault survivors 'close to my heart' following Bryon Hefner arraignment » The Republican Democrat Chelsea Kline, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg in the fall's primary, released a statement about Rosenberg's estranged husband's indictment on Tuesday. …

“We’ve seen time after time where people try to blow into a congressional district to win with a lot of money, and I just believe the people in the 3rd Congressional District are more sophisticated than that,”

Senator Barbara L'Italien

Speaking about the outside influence funding her opponents for Congress.

News By Category
Business

Merrimack Valley Chamber Welcomes New Director; Thanks Retirees » WHAV The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce this week welcomed a new board member and thanked five retiring directors for their many years of service.…

Stage One Investors of Worcester to repay fees to 100 homeowners in settlement of tax lien case » Worcester Telegram A company that buys and collects unpaid real estate taxes from cities and towns has agreed to pay $125,000, including restitution to 100 homeowners, to settle allegations that it collected excessive a…

Is State Street leaving its HQ tower? » Boston Globe The State Street Financial Center in downtown Boston may soon no longer have its namesake company as a tenant.…

Massachusetts Lobster Prices Are Apparently Way Up This Season » Boston Magazine Oh no. …

Education

SJC: Charter school cap doesn’t infringe on rights » Boston Herald Massachusetts is not failing in its responsibility to educate its youth by having a cap on charter schools, according to a high court ruling that found attending one of the alternative institutions is…

Newstead joins community college board » Cape Cod Times Laura Newstead, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, has been appointed to the board of trustees at Cape Cod Community College by Gov. Charlie …

School board set to finalize budget » Wicked Local Maynard After getting an influx of cash from the town, school administrators are breathing a little easier, but say they still have some difficult spending decisions to make.…

‘Why are you preying on our children?’ Fury over Mount Ida closure at hearing » Boston Globe Students and parents voiced deep anger and a sense of betrayal toward Mount Ida College on Tuesday at the first public meeting held since the school abruptly announced its closure 2½ weeks ago.…

House adds $1M for community college workforce training » Boston Business Journal The House added $14.1 million in spending on education, libraries and some other local programs to its $40.9 billion annual budget on Monday night while dispatching with other proposals to increase sc…

Highest Court In Mass. Finds Cap On Charter Schools Constitutional » WBUR In an opinion issued Tuesday, Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court dismissed a complaint that the cap on the number of charter schools allowed to operate in state violates students' rights under the …

Mount Ida Parents Accuse College Of 'Preying' On Their Children » WBUR The boards and presidents of Mount Ida College and the University of Massachusetts came under scathing criticism Tuesday. …

UMB community says 'no' to Mount Ida » Bay State Banner

Boston schools scramble for funds amid boom times » Bay State Banner

Environment

SPECIAL REPORT: Legislators haven’t been sold on statewide plastic bag ban » Wicked Local Cohasset With many communities on the South Shore and throughout Massachusetts making decisions whether to ban the use of plastic bags, there is movement at the State House to make a statewide decision.…

SPECIAL REPORT: Legislators haven't been sold on statewide plastic bag ban » Wicked Local Norwell With many communities on the South Shore and throughout Massachusetts making decisions whether to ban the use of plastic bags, there is movement at the State House to make a statewide decision. …

“Water, water everywhere”: Mass. program helps towns prepare for climate change » Valley Advocate

Health Care

Committee agrees on bill addressing oral health crisis » Sentinel & Enterprise Lawmakers believe they have landed a deal to create a new mid-level dental therapist profession that could expand access to oral health care by increasing the number of providers and requiring them to…

Housing

Sudbury vies for state housing program » Wicked Local The Board of Selectmen was unanimous Tuesday night in endorsing an application that could lead the town towards planning and building more diverse housing.…

Federal tax break program could spur investment in Weymouth » Patriot Ledger Officials say a federal designation meant to encourage long-term investment could potentially help the town attract a private developer to rebuild the Lakeview Manor housing development and mix in mar…

Human Services

House agrees to extra aid for babies born on public assistance » State House News Service The Massachusetts House on Wednesday approved legislation doing away with a restriction that prohibits families from receiving an extra $100 per-month cash assistance for a baby conceived while the fa…

Immigration

Immigrant detainer measure fails in House » Lowell Sun

Judiciary

Should parents be forbidden from testifying against their children? » Boston.com Earlier this month, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill with which he didn’t completely agree. The bipartisan legislation, signed into law by the Massachusetts governor, includes a wide-ranging nu…

SJC weighs sanctions in Judge Estes case » Hampshire Gazette Will the public be able to trust the administration of justice if Judge Thomas H. Estes is allowed to keep his judgeship? What is the appropriate punishment for the judge who admitted to having sexual…

Gov nominates 5 for Housing Court expansion » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Joseph Michaud of Dartmouth nominated to state Housing Court » South Coast Today Judicial nominees usually come in dribs and drabs but Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday offered a wave of picks for the state Housing Court, including one from Dartmouth.…

SJC weighing the fate of judge implicated in courthouse sexual relationship » Boston Globe A Pittsfield judge who has admitted to having repeated sex with a court clinician asked the state’s highest court Tuesday to let him keep his job, during a highly unusual hearing that explored …

Salem man tapped for judgeship in Housing Court » The Salem News A Salem man is among five people nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday for judgeships in a newly expanded Housing Court.…

Labor

How Big Is the Minimum-Wage Workforce in Your State? » Governing Differences in wage laws and costs of living explain why they're more common in some places than others. …

Legislative

Rosenberg spouse pushes for open airing of allegations » Lowell Sun The lawyer defending former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg's estranged husband against a series of sexual-abuse charges warned yesterday his four male accusers "can't remain anonymous" if they …

Bryon Hefner Hefner pleads not guilty » Boston Herald Lawyer: Accusers ‘can’t remain anonymous’ …

Lawyer: Hefner looking forward to trial » Commonwealth Magazine Says accusers can no longer remain anonymous …

Bryon Hefner, Accused of Sexual Harassment, Pleads Not Guilty » Boston Magazine The husband of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg is set to be arraigned. …

Local Government

Stockbridge Officials Share Concerns With Lt. Gov. Polito » iBerkshires Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito vowed to work with town, state, and federal officials to find a way forward with the Stockbridge Bowl dredging project.…

Legislators observe moment of silence for Gannon » Cape Cod Times The state House of Representatives observed a moment of silence Tuesday for Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon, who was killed in the line of duty April 12.…

Boston Is the Best Summer Vacation Spot in the Country » Boston Magazine According to new travel rankings from U.S. News and World Report, the Hub is the best place to visit when it's nice outside. …

Marijuana

Washington Governor: 'We Got the Best Weed in the United States' » Governing Appearing on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Jay Inslee gave one of the most glowing reviews from a governor of the marijuana industry. …

Opinion

Andelman: Boston is Amazon’s best option » Boston Herald I’ve been an Amazon Prime customer for years. Being able to find exactly what I want, on my phone, with free delivery, is fantastic. The Kindle, for book devouring geeks like me, is even better…

Editorial: Give citizens a lift by curbing taxes » Boston Herald Good news and bad news for the Massachusetts taxpayer this week. First, the good news. Every so often the working people of Massachusetts catch a break.…

Our View: UMass purchase of Mount Ida should have been more open » South Coast Today Imagine you’re about to enter your critical junior or senior year of college, and half-way through the spring you suddenly find out your school is being closed, the campus sold to the state uni…

‘Red flag’ gun law might prevent carnage » Boston Globe AUTHORITIES DON’T KNOW why Travis Reinking allegedly went to a Waffle House in Antioch, Tenn., and opened fire Sunday, killing four people and injuring others. What they do know is that the sus…

Cambridge police shouldn’t be second-guessed for use of force » Boston Globe WHEN SELORM OHENE stood in the middle of a busy Cambridge thoroughfare, police officers had no choice but to get him under restraint quickly for his own safety. …

The great deal-breaker takes on the Iran accord » Boston Globe IT WAS TYPICAL Donald Trump, which is to say, deeply undiplomatic, gratuitously antagonistic, and highly counterproductive.…

Our view: Heading off to the Whale Trail » Gloucester Times Boston has the Freedom Trail. In Kentucky it's the Bourbon Trail. Philly has a Craft Beer Trail. Santa Barbara, California, has a Taco Trail. So why, in the name of Ishmael, did it take so long to com…

Mass. at climate, transportation crossroads » Commonwealth Magazine Massive long-term investments needed to meet challenges …

We need a RGGI for transportation » Commonwealth Magazine Cap emissions, sell credits, and invest to reduce congestion …

Being ‘shocked’ isn’t enough. Baker needs to fix Mount Ida mess » Boston Globe

Politics

Republican Helen Brady running for Massachusetts auditor » The Republican Republican Helen Brady announced Tuesday that she will run against Massachusetts auditor Suzanne Bump, a Democrat, in the 2018 election.…

Concord resident seeks state-wide office » Lowell Sun Helen Brady is ready to "Give 'Em Helen!" again, but this time in a race for a different office.…

Boston Pops biz director running for auditor as a Republican » State House News Service A Concord Republican on Tuesday announced her bid for state auditor, pointing to her experience as a nonprofit executive and status as a "political outsider."…

Barbara L’Italien blasts 3rd District rivals for ties to Walsh, Meehan » Boston Herald State Sen. Barbara L’Italien, with a blistering attack against her politically wired congressional rivals, is blasting their deep ties to powerhouses pols such as Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Univ…

Political baby talk » Commonwealth Magazine The Great Senate Baby Scare …

Public Health

State fund that buys Narcan in bulk gets financial boost; prices to drop for municipalities » Hampshire Gazette A state fund that helps reduce the cost of the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug Narcan for municipalities received a financial boost in recent days, six months after the price shot up when the pool o…

Warren forum in Harwich addresses opioid plan » Wicked Local Yarmouth U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says legislation she co-sponsored aims to, “push the money down to local communities” and give them time to plan uses for the money in the fight against opioid a…

Public Safety

Healey Challenges NRA, Pushes Red Flag Laws » WGBH Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Massachusetts regulations could get even tougher. The state legislature is considering a “red flag” law, which would allow fam…

Cape Cod Lawmakers Question Justice System’s Handling Of Accused Cop Killer » CBS Boston In the wake of a Yarmouth police officer’s murder, the delegation of state lawmakers from Cape Cod want answers about how the criminal justice system handled the career criminal accused of the …

Clergy lobby for "red flag" bill as GOAL floats counter-proposal » State House News Service

State Finance

Most budget amendments disappearing in backroom talks » Gloucester Times House lawmakers dispensed with roughly 20 percent of the 1,400 budget amendments in the first day of deliberations on Monday and kicked off Tuesday's session with more closed-door talks on health, hum…

Early voting, storm relief among Senate budget bill amendments » Lowell Sun Sen. Barbara L'Italien plans to push budget amendments this week that would allow early voting ahead of the Sept. 4 primary elections in which she is running in a large field of Democrats seeking an …

House lawmakers push for recovery centers » Newburyport News The prospect of more money for substance abuse recovery centers has lawmakers jockeying to locate the counseling programs in areas hit hardest by opioid addiction.…

State Government

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito signs Community Compact agreement for local communities » WWLP.com Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in two western Massachusetts communities Tuesday to sign Community Compact agreements.…

Transportation

Pollack notes: More money for RTAs not the answer » Commonwealth Magazine Value capture unlikely with South Coast Rail …

Massport Will Not Charge Drivers Extra for Dropping Passengers off at Logan » Boston Magazine The agency announced it would not move forward with the proposal to make drivers pay a fee for entering the airport after agreeing to study the proposal for environmental reasons. …

Utilities

In Egremont, residents 'want the future', but broadband access presently has problems » The Berkshire Eagle One year after negotiations began with Charter Communications to provide townwide broadband internet service, the conversation has stalled.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Attorney General Healey promises changes after drug lab scandal » Boston Globe

Bryon Hefner, husband of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, pleads not guilty to 10 felony charges » The Republican

AG Healey Files Brief With SJC, Proposes Reforms » WBUR

Massachusetts high court upholds charter school cap » The Republican

Worcester firm to pay $125K over tax lien fees » Worcester Business Journal

Hefner pleads not guilty, ordered to stay away from State House » Boston Business Journal

Mass. High Court Will Decide Future Of Judge Who Engaged In Sex Acts In Chambers » WBUR

Muradian Hosts Delegation For Anniversary Of Armenian Genocide » Worcester Patch

Judge Thomas Estes 'can never command the moral authority' to be a judge, lawyer tells Massachusetts SJC » The Republican

Salem man nominated to Housing Court » The Salem News

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless New York strip steak, patted dry

  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

  • 5 garlic cloves, 1 grated, 4 thinly sliced

  • ⅓ cup Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1–2 pinches cayenne pepper

  • ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided

  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen peas

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions

1. Season steak all over with salt and pepper.

2. Whisk 1 grated garlic clove, ⅓ cup mustard, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, 1 tsp. honey, a couple pinches of cayenne, ⅓ cup oil, and 1 Tbsp. water in a medium bowl to combine; season spicy mustard with salt and pepper.

3. Heat a dry medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Rub steak all over with 1 Tbsp. oil and cook, turning every 2 minutes or so and making sure to get color on the fat cap, until medium-rare (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center will register 120°), about 10 minutes. Transfer steak to a plate to rest. Pour off oil from skillet, leaving crispy bits behind.

4. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in same skillet over low. Add 4 sliced garlic cloves and all but about 2 Tbsp. scallions (save those for serving) and cook, stirring often, until translucent and softened, about 3 minutes.

5. Add peas and a splash of water and cook, stirring and mashing to break up slightly, until peas are tender, about 5 minutes. Add asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until asparagus is just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

6. Slice steak and shingle over vegetables in skillet.

7. Drizzle some mustard sauce over steak and top with reserved scallions. Serve with remaining mustard sauce alongside.



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