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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Postpartum Depression Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Hearing

10:30am Erythromelalgia Awareness Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm State Library Author Talk - The Cookie Loved 'Round the World: The Story of the Chocolate Chip Cookie by Kathleen Teahan, State Library, State House, Boston

1:00pm Constitutional Convention, Constitutional Convention

6:30pm Sen. Jason Lewis Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Lieutenant Governor Candidates Forum, Swampscott Senior Center, 200 Essex Street Rear, Swampscott

Last day for late filed proposals for amendments to the Constitution

Deadline for reporting of the FY19 House Ways & Means budget

Must-Reads

Experts puzzle over Partners-Harvard Pilgrim merger talks » Boston Globe Even in the rapidly changing world of health care, Partners HealthCare’s potential acquisition of one of Massachusetts’ major insurers has some industry experts scratching their heads. …

Concord, UMass educators elected to lead MTA » State House News Service Concord kindergarten teacher Merrie Najimy in July will succeed Barbara Madeloni as Massachusetts Teachers Association president, a powerful post in which she will represent 110,000 union members and …

Honan: Guv's "good" housing bill still under construction » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker has repeatedly said in recent weeks that he wants a chance this session to sign into law a housing bill he filed last December, and he's not the only one hoping to see the legislati…

Top takeaways from the first big primary of 2018 » Politico What we learned from West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina. …

Trump’s Two Biggest Scandals Converge In a Single Tweet » The Atlantic Stormy Daniels’s lawyer is attempting to connect the dots between the Russia probe and the Michael Cohen investigation. …

Pot panel admits mistake on applications » Lowell Sun Oops. About nine months into its existence, the Cannabis Control Commission on Tuesday apologized for and began to correct its most public mistake yet -- its inadvertent approval of 10 priority certif…

“It’s very likely he’s going to use the spotlight to attack President Trump. He has an ax to grind with Trump and is trying to preserve his legacy as secretary of state,”

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell

Speaking about John Kerry and his retaliation to President Trump dismantling Kerry's accomplishments as secretary of state.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Massachusetts Democrats say President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Iran deal leaves US 'isolated,' less secure » The Republican President Donald Trump's Tuesday decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal drew pushback from Massachusetts lawmakers, who cautioned that the move could leave the United States isolated from its allies, …

Likely 2020 Democratic Candidates Want To Guarantee A Job To Every American » WBUR The 2018 midterm primary season is really heating up this week, which means it's time to think about elections — like the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries.…

Business

Takeda, Shire agree on $62 billion takeover deal » Boston Globe Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. of Japan has finalized an agreement to buy Shire PLC, the second-biggest biotech employer in Massachusetts, for $62 billion in the largest-ever international takeover by a Ja…

No recommendations, but Senate report will highlight retail » Lowell Sun As retailers continue to pursue a ballot question to lower the state's sales tax, a Senate task force convened last year is wrapping up work on a final report that spotlights other challenges facing t…

House advances bill banning robocalls to mobile devices » State House News Service Those calls offering free cruises, loan modifications, supposedly important information from the FBI and more could soon stop coming to your cellphone unless there is a real human making the call.…

Economic recovery slow for Massachusetts' 3rd District » Boston Herald Close to a decade after the peak of a worldwide economic recession, local real estate agent Michelle Rivera still sees the effects lingering.…

N.H. Officials Unaware Of Stakeouts And Bootlegging Stings At State-Run Liquor Stores » WBUR Around noon on Nov. 9 of last year, a black Chevy Suburban pulled up to a New Hampshire liquor store. The driver, a 46-year-old Queens, New York, resident named Juncheng Chen, bought some booze, then …

State’s former top prosecutor joins Quinn Emanuel’s new Boston office » Boston Business Journal William Weinreb, who served as the state’s acting U.S. attorney during the first year of the Trump presidency, has joined the months-old Boston office of the national litigation firm Quinn Eman…

A minority-owned business struggles in the Seaport » Boston Globe

Education

Massachusetts Center for the Book recognizes local students » Wicked Local Westborough Massachusetts Center for the Book welcomed 30 students, grades 4-12, to a Statehouse awards ceremony held in the Reading Room of the State Library.…

In Massachusetts, no one wants to talk about sex ed » Boston Globe At a time when everybody, everywhere, seems to be talking about sexual misconduct, Massachusetts is still having a hard time talking about sex ed.…

GCC student honored in Boston as a part of ‘29 Who Shine’ » The Recorder Receiving a mailer at her home in Northampton about an open enrollment day, Carrie Hale thought, “What do I have to lose?”…

UMass Boston students walk out to protest Mount Ida acquisition » Boston Globe University of Massachusetts Boston students, faculty and staff walked out on Tuesday afternoon to protest the controversial acquisition of Mount Ida College by UMass Amherst, as a $32.9 million defici…

These Are the Best Public High Schools in Massachusetts » Boston Magazine U.S. News and World Report is out with its latest rankings, and Boston Latin School once again tops the list. The Advanced Math and Science Charter School and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School ear…

What the State Supreme Court Decision about a Suicide at MIT Means » Boston Magazine The decision hinges on questions of privacy and the relationship between students and institutions of higher education. Here's what the ruling means moving forward. …

Brockton schools sending 'rolling rally' to push bill at State House » The Enterprise Brockton Public Schools is sending what it calls a “Rolling Rally” to Boston on Thursday to support a state senate bill called “An Act Modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st …

Environment

Sierra Club to promote energy solutions in Norfolk » Wicked Local Norfolk On May 17, Norfolk residents and activists will host Emily Norton, MA Sierra Club Chapter director, for a public meeting to present clean energy essentials and discuss approaches for local action.…

Single-use plastic bottles banned » Berkshire Eagle Blazing a new trail, the town has become the first in Berkshire County — and the third in the U.S. — to ban the sale of small, single-use water bottles.…

Human Services

Massachusetts Senate approves Brave Act for veterans » Wicked Local Hingham The Massachusetts Senate recently unanimously passed The Brave Act, new legislation that will expand benefits and increase access to a range of services for veterans, active-duty military and their fa…

New President Serving On Board For Arc Of Massachusetts » Somerville Patch From The Arc of Massachusetts: The Arc of Massachusetts holds its annual meeting on May 10, when Deborah Norton of Brookline succeeds Tracy Atkinson as President of the Board of Directors. …

Immigrants express frustration with Beacon Hill » Berkshire Eagle After a decision by the Trump administration last week to end protected status for Honduran refugees, immigrant activists put Democrats on Beacon Hill on notice Monday that they want more than just li…

Immigration

Lucimar de Souza to reunite with family four months after being detained by ICE » The Republican Lucimar de Souza will be released from custody Tuesday night. She is one of eight plaintiffs in the ACLU of Massachusetts' case against the Trump administration. …

Judiciary

SJC considers tossing out 11,000 more drug cases » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday heard arguments over dismissing up to 11,000 more cases connected to the Amherst drug lab and potential punishments in the mishandling of the drug l…

Governor Charlie Baker mulls reviving death penalty » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said his office is talking with lawmakers and law enforcement officials about crafting a bill to reinstate the death penalty for cop killers, a regular campaign issue for the popula…

Man cleared of 1982 Framingham rape to receive $1 million » The Metro West Daily News A man who served time in prison for kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl in Framingham will receive $1 million in damages from the state after winning a wrongful conviction lawsuit Tuesday in Suf…

Labor

Activists rally at State House for $15 minimum wage » Patriot Ledger Hundreds of union workers, community organizers and faith leaders swarmed the State House on Tuesday afternoon to make their voices and their presence felt by lawmakers.…

Mass. activists press their case on Beacon Hill for minimum wage hike » Worcester Telegram There will be votes taken this year on a $15-an-hour minimum wage and paid family and medical leave for workers.…

Legislative

Gold Star Wives present Rep. Silvia with Legislator of Year Award » The Herald News

Local Government

Things aren’t looking up for UFO monument in tiny town » Boston Globe Once again in this era of civic self-reflection, an American town finds itself wrestling with the future of a monument commemorating a controversial piece of its history.…

Wendy Berthiuame is elected selectman in Spencer » Worcester Telegram Wendy Berthiaume was elected to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday in the only contest on the town election ballot.…

Plastic bag ban, pot sale rules among Georgetown Town Meeting highlights » Wicked Local Georgetown Monday night’s Town Meeting was eventful. Georgetown banned plastic bags and certain takeout containers, approved sending a tax levy override to the ballot for a new school resource officer, se…

As rats return, Quincy seeks more prevention dollars » Patriot Ledger It’s finally springtime, and the sun’s out…

The sewer grate thieves are back in Saugus » ItemLive.com Thieves have taken three more sewer grates, leaving large holes uncovered on Saugus’ roads.…

Massachusetts city, town employee wages grew 40 percent in 10 years » Boston Herald The Bay State’s soaring local government employee pay has eclipsed the national average in what one fiscal watchdog is calling a “warning sign” to city and town leaders that taxpaye…

Dennis OK's more beach monitors, firefighters » Cape Cod Times Dennis is the third and final partner to officially commit to the DHY Clean Waters Community Partnership, which will explore options for Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth to work together to treat wastewat…

Marijuana

Can the Mass. marijuana industry help heal communities devastated by the War on Drugs? » Boston Globe From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, industries across America are struggling to redress decades of discrimination and boost the ranks of minorities and the disenfranchised in their workforces.…

Chicopee preparing for interest in retail recreational marijuana » The Republican When retail sales of recreational marijuana officially become legal in July, the city will be able to issue as many as four licenses to those who want to sell it.…

Pot board red-faced over green light » Commonwealth Magazine Cannabis commission inadvertently approved 10 applicants recommended for denial …

Opinion

Nixing it won’t fix it: Why scrapping the Iran deal is delusional and dangerous » Boston Globe Scrapping a deal that cuts off for at least a decade Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon is arguably the most consequential decision of Donald Trump’s presidency thus far — with so ma…

End of the Iran deal: Shredding diplomacy for spite, not gain » Boston Globe President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of the diplomacy leading to the agreement.…

When members of the Mass. GOP looked the other way on Scott Lively » Boston Globe As a Catholic and a former Republican (now unenrolled), I am horrified by the 28 percent who actually chose to put Scott Lively on the GOP primary ballot (“A bigot gets a warm hug from the Mass.…

Tangled tales from Trumpland » Boston Globe Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. North and South Pole and all the wireless-free ships at sea, as a modern-day Walter Winchell might say. Just to catch you up on the latest, another emissary from rationality…

Our Opinion: For incumbents, money speaks loudly » Berkshire Eagle When former Newton mayor Setti Warren dropped out of the Massachusetts governor's race because he couldn't raise enough money to challenge the Bay State's sitting governor, Charlie Baker (Eagle, April…

Editorial: Unusual political developments » Gazette Net We commend area legislators for their nonpartisan show of support of residents in the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District who were left without a state senator when Stanley Rosenberg resigned F…

Howie Carr: Maura Healey cozies up to some bad hombres » Boston Herald Until Monday night, they were the gold-dust twins of the Democrat Resistance.…

Time to hit the off switch on electricity sellers » Commonwealth Magazine Consumers shouldn’t be harassed, misled, or lied to …

How to build a bridge » Boston Globe The Walsh administration recently took steps forward on its plan to rebuild the Long Island Bridge and create a new addiction recovery campus on the city-owned island in Boston Harbor.…

Politics

Economic gaps persist across 3rd Congressional District » Lowell Sun Close to a decade after the peak of a worldwide economic recession, local real-estate agent Michelle Rivera still sees the effects lingering.…

12 Democrats in Massachusetts’ 3rd District race debate tonight » Boston Herald There’s been little to differentiate the 12 Democrats hoping to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas in Congress other than, perhaps, who they’ve been endorsed by, and there have been dozens o…

Rep. Fernandes Kicks Off Re-election Campaign » Cape Cod Online Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket State Representative Dylan Fernandes kicked off his 2018 re-election campaign Sunday in Woods Hole.…

Can 3rd Congressional District hopefuls stand out at Fitchburg State debate? » Lowell Sun To date there's been little to differentiate the 12 Democrats hoping to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas in Congress other than, perhaps, who they've been endorsed by, and there have been dozens of endo…

‘Lane just opened up’ for Maura Healey » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey lost a key political ally in former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman when he resigned amid a sex scandal yesterday, but it could be an opportunity for her to s…

Campaign Notebook: Szynal to kick off campaign; Hines officially in race » Gazette Net Diana Szynal, the longtime district director for the late Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton, will kick off her campaign for the 1st Hampshire District on Thursday at the Northampton Country Club.…

Matias releases plan to reduce gun violence » The Eagle Tribune State Rep. Juana Matias released her plan to combat gun violence Thursday in her bid to become the next representative of Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District, with emphasis on expanded gun contr…

Girl power » Commonwealth Magazine

Democratic donors are pushing former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020 » CNBC

Public Health

Massachusetts may raise age to purchase tobacco » Patriot Ledger Nearly 70 percent of the state’s population lives in communities that have adopted local policies raising their tobacco-buying age to 21, and a bill teed up for Wednesday’s House session…

Massachusetts may raise age to purchase tobacco » WCVB Nearly 70 percent of the state’s population lives in communities that have adopted local policies raising their tobacco-buying age to 21, and a bill teed up for Wednesday’s House session…

Massachusetts Debates Proposal To Curb Youth Smoking » A proposal before state lawmakers would set at 21 the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco or vaping products across all of Massachusetts.…

Public Safety

Plymouth man presented with Carnegie medal for 2016 rescue » Patriot Ledger Robin Ireland was out jogging on his lunch break in Morton Park in July 2016 when he stumbled upon the harrowing scene of a man who had stabbed a woman and was attempting to rape her.…

How much was stolen in Mass. State Police overtime scandal? State has yet to provide answers about funding » The Republican

State Government

Do Healey, Baker have a truce? » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY and the Baker administration engaged in an interesting political dance on Tuesday at a legislative hearing on what to do about companies that sell electricity to resident…

AG Maura Healey names Amy Karangekis as WMass regional chief » The Republican Attorney General Maura Healey named Amy Karangekis as the new regional chief of Healey's Western Massachusetts office. …

Taxation

Massachusetts revenue numbers up; Polito says sales tax cut ‘makes some sense’ » Worcester Telegram Baker administration officials touted strong economic, employment and tax revenue trends Tuesday, and local officials immediately responded by expressing their hope that underfunded state special educ…

Will there be a 2018 Massachusetts sales tax holiday? Lawmakers noncommittal so far » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he will ask lawmakers to approve a sales tax holiday this summer, but legislative leaders have not yet decided whether they will agree to pass one.…

Transportation

House advertising plan spurs MBTA to make service, fare threats » State House News Service A House budget rider that would require the MBTA to obtain local approval for outdoor advertising would "set a dangerous precedent that will harm the MBTA's ability to do its job across the Commonweal…

The Exit 5 overpass on Route 6 will be renamed in honor of local first responders. » Cape Cod Online The state will officially dedicate the bridge that carries Route 149 over the Mid-Cape highway as the “First Responders Appreciation Overpass” in a formal ceremony on May 15 at 2 p.m.…

Elected Officials Object to Blocking Turns from N. Washington Street Bridge to North End’s Commercial Street » North End Waterfront Local elected officials are objecting to plans that will block left turns from Charlestown to the North End’s Commercial Street during construction of a replacement North Washington Street Brid…

Large crowd in Squantum opposes Long Island bridge » Patriot Ledger There wasn’t much of a debate in Squantum Tuesday night about the Long Island Bridge. “We’re all in agreement here tonight, I think,” said Mayor Thomas Koch at a community me…

The sky's the limit at Pittsfield Municipal Airport, leaders say » Berkshire Eagle Things at Pittsfield Municipal Airport are really taking off, officials said during a Tuesday visit from Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.…

New Green Line Trains Would Double Capacity, MBTA Officials Say » Boston Magazine If they're built according to a new MBTA concept released this week.…

Utilities

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey squares off against the competitive electricity industry that she wants to abolish » The Republican Massachusetts lawmakers should shut down an industry that supplies competitively priced electricity to residential customers, Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday.…

Beacon Hill mulls next move on competitive electricity suppliers » State House News Service The Baker administration has not yet formed an opinion on Attorney General Maura Healey's proposal to eliminate the competitive market for residential electricity consumers, which she said drives up c…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Sales tax cut not on the radars of legislative leaders » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey backs New York AG Eric Schneiderman's decision to resign » The Republican

Welfare motels for homeless families? Mass. high court to weigh in » Boston Globe

Partners, Harvard Pilgrim weighing potential merger » Healthcare Dive

Attorney General Maura Healey visits Middleborough High School to talk to students about opioid abuse, underage drinking and vaping » South Coast Today

Dukes County gets no aid after March storm » Martha's Vineyard Times

In proclamation, Baker keeps Easton's Greene in mind » Wicked Local Easton

Maura Healey Is "Deeply Troubled" by Allegations against Eric Schneiderman, Her Former Ally » Boston Magazine

Massachusetts SJC considers fining attorney general's office for misconduct in Sonja Farak drug lab case » The Republican

Massachusetts joins coalition opposing EPA over greenhouse gas emission limits for cars, trucks » Legal Newsline

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

For the crumble:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) frozen unsalted butter, grated

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large egg yolks

1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, or enough for dough to “clump”

 

For the fruit mixture:

3 generous cups fresh berries

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup white sugar

1 to 4 teaspoons cornstarch, depending on how firm you want the fruit filling (I used 4 tsp)

pinch of cayenne

Directions

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