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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Alzheimer's Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:00am Water's Worth It, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

1:00pm House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

6:00pm Secretary of State Candidate Anthony Amore Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Meet & Greet with U.S. Senate Candidate Lou Gallo

6:30pm Congressional Candidate Rick Green Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm State Sen. Candidate Amaad Rivera Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Kingston Town Hall with Attorney General Maura Healey, Kingston Intermediate, 65 2nd Brook Street, Kingston

Must-Reads

Rosenberg scandal raised by Eldridge's Senate challenger » State House News Service An Acton Republican running for state Senate is pointing to the sexual harassment scandal that roiled the chamber to make the case for new representation and new perspectives on Beacon Hill.…

Fatal work injuries in metro Boston at highest level since 2000 » State House News Service Fatal work injuries claimed 75 lives in the metro Boston area in 2016, the most since 2000, according to the federal government.…

Public housing officials, tenants wary of Ben Carson’s plan to increase rent for nation’s poorest » Tampa Bay Times Rent increases are part of a proposal to reform housing assistance programs recently announced by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Stricter work requirements to q…

Airbnb attempts outreach to minorities in counter-offensive ad » Crain's New York Business New TV spot running in NYC and Albany features black family slamming "big hotels"…

Gov. Baker On Stalled Opioid Legislation, Marijuana Legalization » WGBH The legislative session on Beacon Hill is approaching its end and lawmakers still have a few major bills to pass before they break for summer and shift their attention towards campaigning for re-elect…

Bill seeks to make it illegal for police in Massachusetts to have sex with people in custody » The Republican Massachusetts law does not explicitly prohibit police from having sex with people in their custody. A bill by two Democratic state representatives, heard before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary Mo…

UMass Boston faculty leaders declare 'no confidence' in UMass President Marty Meehan, trustees » The Republican The war of words between furious UMass Boston faculty leaders and UMass President Marty Meehan escalated even further as the group, seeking to halt a plan to purchase a small private college's propert…

4 Things to Watch During Tuesday’s Primary Elections » Roll Call Pennsylvania, Idaho and Nebraska all have House primaries to watch. And the Keystone State’s new congressional lines will be tested for the first time. The state’s Supreme Court tossed o…

As states race ahead with sports betting, DeLeo flags integrity issue » Lowell Sun As other states scramble to begin accepting bets on sporting events, the speaker of the Massachusetts House said it remains "a big question" whether Massachusetts will authorize sports betting this se…

GOP 'red flag' amendment came from NRA playbook » The Salem News The sponsor of a "red flag" gun bill expected to be considered this month by the House expects some tweaks to be made to the legislation before the vote, but not on the scale being pushed by one House…

"Robert Jeffress says “you can’t be saved by being a Jew,“ and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.” He’s said the same about Islam. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem."

Mitt Romney

Admonishing Robert Jeffress who spoke at the opening ceremony of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem.

News By Category
Business

How John Henry Overcame His Doubts And Decided To Buy The Boston Globe » WGBH WGBH News contributor Dan Kennedy’s new book, “The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century,” examines whether a new …

Airbnb Ramps Up Marketing Campaign Against Proposed Boston Regulations » WBUR Last week, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh submitted a new proposal to regulate short term rentals. The proposal would eliminate investor units, require owners to live on the property for at least nine month…

Two Berkshire Museum works fetch combined $1.16 million » Berkshire Eagle The first two publicly auctioned Berkshire Museum artworks since the announcement of the institution's "New Vision" project last July have been sold for a combined $1.16 million.…

In fight to stay atop athenahealth, Jonathan Bush might just have a shot » Boston Globe The company was running out of money. A venture capitalist was willing to buy in. But Jonathan Bush was not ready to risk losing control of what he was building.…

The founder of 2nd Time Around tries a 3rd act on Newbury Street » Boston Globe After a seven-year hiatus, the founder and CEO of the 2nd Time Around chain of consignment stores is back at 176 Newbury St., occupying the same location that served as the company’s flagship f…

Boston-based fantasy sports provider reacts to Supreme Court ruling sports betting ban unconstitutional » The Metro West Daily News The U.S. Supreme Court opened the door Monday morning to a state-by-state expansion of legal sports betting, ruling that the federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting is unconstitutional.…

Central Square’s Amazon store opening blocked by ruling it’s a ‘formula business’ » Cambridge Day Amazon cannot open its planned “Amazon Campus” store in Central Square without a formula business special permit from the Planning Board, the Inspectional Services Department has ruled. An…

'Build, baby, build' motto catching on in Massachusetts, Ash says » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Are the vultures circling the Herald? » Commonwealth Magazine

Education

Babson president Kerry Healey to step down in 2019 » Boston Business Journal The Wellesley-based college, which has an enrollment of around 3,000 students, said that Healey will step down in June 2019.…

Brockton considering closing middle school » The Enterprise The Brockton School Committee is now looking at several options for cost-savings, as the school district faces an $8 million to $9 million budget deficit, heading into next fiscal year. School Committ…

UMass Boston faculty vote no confidence in president, trustees after Mount Ida deal » Boston Globe The faculty council at the University of Massachusetts Boston declared “no confidence” in UMass president Marty Meehan and the university’s Board of Trustees on Monday, in the lates…

Moran calls superintendent search a 'travesty' » Eagle Tribune State Rep. Frank Moran on Monday asked state Education Commissioner Jeff Riley to block the appointment of a new superintendent of schools until Riley can investigate allegations that two members have…

Healey leaving Babson College post next summer » The Salem News Former lieutenant governor and Republican gubernatorial nominee Kerry Healey plans to step down as president of Babson College next year after leading the private business-focused school for six years…

Massachusetts Legislature seeks more time to study prohibition on 'meal-shaming' poor students » Mass Live

'Fair value': Read the letter from Attorney General Maura Healey's office on the UMass/Mount Ida deal » Mass Live

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey opens investigation into Mount Ida College officials' closure of school » Mass Live

Middlesex subcommittee recommends removing ex-President Dobelle's name from library » Lowell Sun

Gaming

In Mass., talk of sports betting kicks in quickly after Supreme Court ruling » Worcester Telegram Monday’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that states are free to legalize sports betting opens the door to the possibility of further expansion of gaming in Massachusetts.…

Analysis: Fight to begin for sports betting business spoils » Boston Herald The U.S. Supreme Court decision clearing the way for legal sports betting is set to spark a feeding frenzy in sports-obsessed Massachusetts as lawmakers, lobbyists and gaming interests battle over the…

Gambling foe warns legal betting will change how fans watch sports » Boston Herald An anti-gambling advocate is warning that a massive influx of legal sports betting will fundamentally alter how Bay State sports fans watch games — and suck money from their pockets.…

Making book on Beacon Hill » Commonwealth Magazine MONDAY’S RULING FROM the U.S. Supreme Court that states are free to legalize sports betting opened the door to the possibility of a further expansion of gaming in Massachusetts, a topic Gov. Ch…

DraftKings Moves To Offer Sports Betting After Supreme Court Ruling » WBUR The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a 1992 law does not prevent states from legalizing betting on sports, and the Boston-based daily fantasy sports company DraftKings quickly announced that it…

MGM Resorts: Company 'extremely well positioned' for legalized sports betting » Mass Live Companies with gambling licenses in Massachusetts, including MGM Resorts International, are applauding the US Supreme Court ruling that strikes down a federal ban on sports betting.…

Health Care

Study: Doctors issue more opioid prescriptions after pharma reps buy lunch » Boston Herald It's no secret that some physicians who get thousands of dollars in consulting fees from pharmaceutical companies prescribe more opioids. But even as little as a $13 meal can lead to more reckless pre…

Housing

Williamstown among state's 'housing choices' communities » Berkshire Eagle

Human Services

Senate approves new legislation to enhance services » Wicked Local Westwood According to Rush’s office, the Senate passed the legislation — known as The Brave Act — last Thursday. It will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. The act e…

Labor

Pfizer touts benefits of hiring students with disabilities » Eagle Tribune Pfizer Global Supply Manager Jim Watson's son, Tyler, is 26 and has autism. When his son was younger, Watson said, he never got the opportunity to work in a professional, corporate environment.…

Why Is Good Help So Hard to Find in Boston? » Boston Magazine Whoever coined the term “patience is a virtue” probably never had to wait for a plumber around here. I came to this realization on one of those subzero mornings not so long ago, when the p…

Local Government

Sen. O’Connor, Rep. Meschino update Cohasset selectmen » Wicked Local Cohasset State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) and State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) paid a visit to the Cohasset Board of Selectmen Tuesday evening (May 8) to update them on the latest …

Taunton Area Chamber's annual legislative breakfast to be held June 1 » Taunton Gazette Taunton Area Chamber’s annual legislative breakfast will be held on Friday, June 1, at Segregansett Country Club, 85 Gulliver St. Registration is at 7:45 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m.…

Lynn seeks federal ‘opportunity zone’ designation » Lynn Daily News Item Mayor Thomas M. McGee announced the city has been chosen by Gov. Charlie Baker to be submitted for consideration to the U.S. Treasury Department for an Opportunity Zone designation.…

Quincy council advances anti-bridge proposals » Patriot Ledger The city council is moving forward with ordinances aimed at making the proposed rebuilding of the Long Island Bridge more difficult for Boston city officials.…

Marijuana

Chatham town meeting bans retail pot shops » Cape Cod Times Voters at town meeting Monday night supported a ban on marijuana retail businesses, independent testing laboratories, cultivators and product manufacturers.…

Debate on pot ban heats up in Peabody » The Salem News Residents are starting to speak up about the mayor's campaign to ban recreational pot.…

Amherst’s 1st medical pot dispensary to open » Gazette Net As the town's first medical marijuana dispensary plans to open next week in North Amherst, a retail location for recreational cannabis sales is being pitched for a downtown site.…

Opinion

Clive McFarlane: Diehl’s candidacy is a deal voters should refuse » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Geoff Diehl, a state representative from Whitman who is challenging Elizabeth Warren for her U.S. Senate seat, is selling himself as a champion of taxpayers, which is the ultimate scam of the average …

EDITORIAL: Baker's budget model is safe and sound » Lowell Sun According to Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal year 2019 budget submitted to the Legislature last week, the state of Massachusetts is proposing to spend a total of $53.9 billion in 12 government areas, incl…

Rep. Day Honors A Fallen Veteran and Longtime Friend » Reading Patch When I was 14 years old, I left home to enroll at Phillips Academy as a freshman. One of the first people I met in my small dorm was Spencer Abbot. On that day I stood 5-2 and weighed all of 120 pound…

The Human Face Behind The Stan Rosenberg Tragedy » WGBH Over the course of a half-century as a criminal defense and civil liberties lawyer, I have witnessed myriad human tragedies, many rooted in the soil of the human condition. Few, however, lay bare the …

By skipping hearing, Mount Ida College’s chief gets an ‘F’ » Boston Globe BARRY BROWN SHOULD be there on Wednesday to explain himself. But Brown, the Mount Ida College president who made the hot mess of a deal to close the school and turn the 74-acre campus over to the Univ…

Wynn can’t be remade with the same old players » Boston Globe REMEMBER, THE HOUSE always wins. And right now, that means newly woke corporate reformer Elaine Wynn gets what she wants. The former wife of Steve Wynn, who is now the company’s largest shareho…

Donald Trump’s ever-shifting reality » Boston Globe EXHAUSTED, AMERICANS STRUGGLE to follow the words and actions of history’s most mercurial president as he veers from one headline to the next — especially since he fired the advisers who…

Editorial May 14, 2018: Preventing Another Mt. Ida College » WCVB It's a nightmare many post grads can relate to. In the dream you're in a classroom. The teacher is passing out a test ... for a quiz you didn't know was coming.…

As I See It: Time is running out to update laws on sexually explicit messages » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Politics

Trahan touts ties to 3rd District » Lowell Sun Third Congressional District candidate Lori Trahan was again in the Mill City where she grew up Monday to highlight her goals in office including reducing the corruptive influence of money in politics…

Has The ‘Blue Wave’ Already Broken? » WGBH It's been the constant drumbeat of the Democrats since November 9th, 2016: They have vowed to retake the House and Senate in the 2018 midterms. But with a handful of successes in the rearview mirror, …

3 candidates for Berkshire District Attorney to face off in Wednesday debate » Berkshire Eagle The three candidates in the race for Berkshire District Attorney will debate for the first time Wednesday.…

Framingham: Local Democratic Committee must caucus to fill Walsh seat » The Metro West Daily News Plans to fill state Rep. Christopher Walsh’s vacant seat remain unclear. Walsh, who had represented Framingham in the Legislature since 2011, died May 3 after a battle with cancer. …

Public Safety

Fire service jobs are elusive for many women in Boston and beyond » Boston Globe For years, being a firefighter has been seen as a man’s job. But women have long been putting out blazes — at least since 1815, when Molly Williams, a slave in New York City, jumped into…

State Government

Laureate would advise governor on musical matters » Gloucester Daily Times

Transportation

T notes: Baker loves coming attractions » Commonwealth Magazine S HE SEEKS REELECTION, one of Gov. Charlie Baker’s biggest concerns is that voters will lose patience with his efforts to turn around the MBTA. So whenever an opportunity presents itself, the g…

Over 64.8 million ride-hailing trips were taken last year in Massachusetts » The Republican Each day last year, on average, more than 177,000 people across Massachusetts took out their cellphones, opened a ride-hailing app and summoned a driver -- a total of about 64.8 million trips in 2017.…

Cape Lawmakers Call for Improvements and Transparency at Steamship Authority » Cape Cod Online Following several mechanical malfunctions and hundreds of cancelled trips between the Cape and Islands, local lawmakers are looking for answers from the Steamship Authority.…

State advances $17.2 billion transportation capital budget » State House News Service Transportation officials sketched out plans to spend $17.2 billion on capital projects over the next five years and approved a new policy to continue the old practice of paying certain MBTA employees …

SSA stats dismal compared with America’s largest ferry service » Martha's Vineyard Times Washington State runs the largest ferry operation in the country, with four times as many terminals, over three times as many routes, and more than twice as many ferries as the Steamship Authority.…

RMV still moving too slow after Real ID launch, officials say » Boston Globe Seven weeks after the state launched a new system for issuing driver’s licenses, wait times at Registry of Motor Vehicles locations are still “definitely slower than we want,” state…

New Orange Line Train Testing Underway: Next Stop Show And Tell » Reading Patch

Roadway repairs to ramp up in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Fantasy sports company DraftKings jumping into sports betting market after ban struck down » The Republican

What the Supreme Court ruling on sports betting means for Massachusetts » Boston.com

Campaign Notebook: 2018 primary elections heat up » Gazette Net

Massachusetts doctors urge Gov. Charlie Baker to speak out against proposed food stamp reforms » The Republican

Framingham, Ashland, and Natick Designated As 'Housing Choice' Communities » Framingham Source

MGM Resorts: Company 'extremely well positioned' for legalized sports betting » The Republican

Fatal work injuries in metro Boston at highest level since 2000 » WCVB

Baker-Polito Administration celebrates municipal housing efforts across Commonwealth » Sampan

Northampton Police cracking down on handicap placard fraud » Western Mass News

Massachusetts should look into legalized sports betting, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

AG: Lunenburg board broke meeting law » Sentinel & Enterprise

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