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11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Pavel Payano

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Erin Calvo-Bacci

Must-Reads

In a sudden departure, Harvard Pilgrim CEO resigns amid questions about his behavior » Boston Globe

More than $450M in industry fees eyed by House to help community hospitals » State House News Service A House-controlled committee on Tuesday advanced a 127-page health care bill that includes $450 million in assessments on hospitals and insurers, a fee on urgent care clinics, creates consumer protect…

Baker gets "C" in environmental report card » State House News Service A coalition of environmental groups, for the third year in a row, has awarded the Baker administration a passing but average grade for its environmental protection efforts, knocking officials for not …

NJ House Candidate Seth Grossman Calls Diversity ‘a Bunch of Crap and Un-American’ » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Seth Grossman, the Republican nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd District, called the idea of diversity “a bunch of crap and un-American” during a campaign event earlier this …

Seattle Officials Repeal Tax That Upset Amazon » New York Times Seattle officials scuttled a corporate tax on Tuesday that they had wholeheartedly endorsed just a month ago, delivering a win for the measure’s biggest opponent — Amazon — and of…

'It really makes me mad': AG Maura Healey says 671 died from opioid-related overdoses after filling Purdue prescriptions » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday ripped Purdue Pharma and its board members and executives, saying they must pay for the "harm and the damage they've caused" in the opioid crisis…

Businesses are still waiting for the millionaires’ tax ruling. Here's what's at stake. » Boston Business Journal Without a decision, negotiations over three other ballot measures hang in the balance. …

Elizabeth Warren: "There are not enough ... Democrats willing to take on the billionaire class" » The Intercept EARLIER THIS YEAR, 17 Senate Democrats joined every Senate Republican in voting to weaken bank regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.…

TNCs existential threat to public transportation » Commonwealth Magazine Ride-hailing apps are a disruptive auto-centric technology …

Massachusetts expects steep drop in solar installations in 2018 » The Republican Massachusetts is expecting a steep drop in solar installations this year, due in part to state-imposed net metering caps, according to a national trade group. …

California's Gavin Newsom wants to lead the way to a post-Bernie, post-Hillary party » Yahoo News On a recent Thursday afternoon, a long blue-and-white bus cut through L.A.’s glacial traffic, pivoted slowly into the Ladera Center strip mall and stopped in front of Stakely’s Barber Sa…

President Trump called Trudeau ‘meek.’ The guy who faced him in a boxing ring begs to differ » Boston Globe President Trump isn’t the first politician to underestimate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. …

“Purdue engaged in a multi-billion-dollar enterprise to mislead us about their drugs,” Healey said at a press conference Tuesday. “Purdue pushed prescribers to prescribe higher doses…without regard for the increases to addiction, overdose and death.”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Explaining the lawsuit she has filed against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.

News By Category
Business

World Cup coming to U.S.; Gillette Stadium could host games » Boston Business Journal The World Cup is returning to North America, moving Boston a lot closer to hosting one of the world’s biggest soccer matches.…

Some say Braintree traffic would go from bad to worse if Amazon opens shipping center » Boston Globe Some of the busiest roads on the South Shore could become even more clogged, thanks to fleets of Amazon delivery trucks shuttling packages to your door. …

Catching up with the LA Olympics, and wondering what could have been in Boston » Boston Globe I can’t help but get wistful when I hear Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gush about hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics.…

Chinese biopharma company will build $60 million plant in Worcester » Boston Globe WuXi Biologics, a Chinese biopharma company hired by drug makers to develop, test, and manufacture medicines, plans to build a $60 million plant in Worcester that will employ about 150 people.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cites MassMutual expansion, job creation in Springfield economic development speech » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker spoke before a large audience of business executives and property developers Tuesday at the MassMutual Center, but at times he was talking to just two men.…

Student loan debt relief company barred from Mass. operations » Patriot Ledger United Advisors Group LLC, branded as a student-loan debt relief company, has agreed to stop operating in Massachusetts after allegations that it charged unlawful upfront fees and misled customers abo…

Boston Is In A Building Boom — And Wants More Diverse Construction Workers » WBUR Throughout Boston, cranes and steel structures pepper the city's landscape. Boston is in a major building boom. And the city needs construction workers to keep up. …

MA Senate passes bill to continue investing in life sciences research » Dorchester Post Recently, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to pass a bill extending the state’s investment in life sciences research and authorizing spending on initiatives to promote regional efforts to a…

US Rep. Richard Neal says trade disputes with Canada could hurt Massachusetts' economy » MassLive

Despite booming economy, poverty persists on South Shore » Patriot Ledger

No decision yet on sale of additional Berkshire Museum artworks » Berkshire Eagle

Civil Rights

House Democrats take second look at discrimination bill » The Metro West Daily News

Education

Harvard goes on attack to defend its admissions policies » Boston Globe Harvard University is preparing for what is likely to be the fiercest attack yet on its use of race in student admissions and a court case that could fundamentally transform the legal landscape on aff…

UMass Dartmouth enters pact with Portugal » Herald News The memorandum will be between UMass Dartmouth and five major universities in Portugal, according to a Portuguese government official. Another memorandum will form an agreement between UMass Dartmouth…

Environment

Three Westfield area firms must pay $55K to settle illegal dumping allegations » The Republican A Russell landscaping company, Westfield trucking firm, and Westfield manufacturer agreed to pay $55,000 to settle allegations they illegally dumped solid waste and altered wetlands feeding into the P…

Health Care

More than $450M in industry fees eyed by House to help community hospitals » News 22 WWLP.com A House-controlled committee on Tuesday advanced a 127-page health care bill that includes $450 million in assessments on hospitals and insurers, a fee on urgent care clinics, creates consumer protect…

Rep. Roy: Bill addresses healthcare's growing cost » Milford Daily News A House-controlled committee on Tuesday advanced a 127-page health care bill that includes $450 million in assessments on hospitals and insurers, a fee on urgent care clinics, creates consumer protect…

Housing

New buyers bidding for Riverview Towers » Herald News Local legislators have jumped into the transaction as well, meeting with the state Department of Housing and Community Development to make sure tenants in the tower are protected in a sale.…

For Many Year-Round Nantucket Renters, Housing Is Getting Harder (And Harder) To Find » WGBH Nantucket is gearing up for the summer season, when it becomes a prime vacation destination. But for a portion of the island’s year-round population, it's when finding housing becomes a squeeze…

Housing court may be available on Island » Martha's Vineyard Times Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Housing Court Department Tim Sullivan met with a group of local attorneys Friday at the Dukes County courthouse for an informational session on the accessibility of …

Gov. Charlie Baker expected at groundbreaking for North Amherst housing project » MassLive

Insurance

In a sudden departure, Harvard Pilgrim CEO resigns amid questions about his behavior » Boston Globe

Harvard Pilgrim CEO Eric Schultz Has Resigned Over Inappropriate Behavior » Boston Magazine Eric Schultz, the CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, announced his resignation Tuesday, effective immediately, after behavior that was described as inappropriate. …

Labor

Tipped workers make case for higher sub-minimum wage » Lowell Sun The cupcakes are complimentary, but the restaurant workers and activists delivering them to legislative leaders want a big boost in pay in return.…

Tipped workers make case for wage boost » South Coast Today The cupcakes were complimentary, but the restaurant workers and activists who delivered them to legislative leaders are seeking a big boost in pay in return.…

Legislative

Clerk magistrate denies assault complaint against Rep. Mom » Lowell Sun A clerk magistrate denied an application for a criminal assault complaint against state Rep. Rady Mom last week, effectively ending Sam Meas' legal action against his opponent in the 18th Middlesex Di…

Rosenberg files pension paperwork, names husband Bryon Hefner as beneficiary upon his death » Gazette Net Former state senator Stanley Rosenberg filed retirement paperwork earlier this month and named his husband, Bryon Hefner, as the beneficiary of his annual pension after his death. …

Ex-Senate president’s husband could someday get state pension » Boston Globe Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and an alleged sexual predator, could receive tens of thousands of dollars in annual state pension benefits, according to pape…

Former Sen. President Stan Rosenberg files pension paperwork, still listed as ‘married’ » News Boston Former state Senate president Stanley Rosenberg filed retirement paperwork that confirms he is still married and that he plans to leave his pension to his husband in the event of his death.…

Bryon Hefner Could Receive a Hefty State Pension upon Stan Rosenberg’s Death » Boston Magazine Hefner, who was accused of sexual harassment, is listed as the recipient of his husband's benefits should Rosenberg pass away. …

Prosecutors want records on Hefner witnesses who spoke to Senate investigators » Boston Globe

Local Government

Airbnb rules face Boston City Council ‘fireworks’ » Boston Herald Boston City Councilors are expected to clash tomorrow over tweaked restrictions aimed at short-term rentals like Airbnb after a long and contentious back-and-forth regarding the popular booking firm.…

Milford seeks to beautify downtown with state money » Milford Daily News Kickstarting efforts to transform downtown and attract new customers and residents, the Downtown Revitalization Committee plans to relaunch a facade program to help property owners spruce up their bu…

Lynn and Nahant plan beach events thanks to $11,000 in grants » Lynn Daily News Item Summer concerts, Kids Fest and other summer events are coming to Red Rock Park thanks to a grant from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).…

DiDomenico Delivers for Everett in FY19 Budget » Everett Independent Sen. Sal DiDomenico and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate recently passed a $41.49 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2019, including targeted investments to create opportunities and ensure acces…

Former Lowell roads king had special deal following retirement » Lowell Sun Former city Department of Public Works and parks chief Thomas Bellegarde retired Feb. 2 on an annual pension of $83,627. City records also show he collected another $37,644.05 for unused sick and vaca…

River Center dream coming true in Westport » Herald News Groundbreaking ceremony marks new future for Westport River Watershed Alliance …

Fired Hingham DPW worker sues town, selectman » Patriot Ledger A former department of public works employee is suing the town for back pay and asking for his job back, claiming his 2016 firing was a violation of the town’s whistleblower policy and that he …

Sen. Markey confirms Plymouth will receive $13.5 million for dredging » Wicked Local Plymouth Sen. Edward Markey: “Mainsails and masts may have given way to cargo and cruises, but Plymouth Harbor’s esteemed position in American history lives on.” …

Grant allows Gosnold to buy boat pump-out unit » Cape Cod Times The town of Gosnold has received a nearly $14,000 grant to buy a stationary, self-service boat waste pump-out unit for the Cuttyhunk Vessel Pumpout Station, the Baker-Polito administration has announc…

Senator Lewis Secures Funding for Stoneham Firefighting Equipment » Stoneham Patch The Massachusetts Senate has passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget, and Senator Jason Lewis is pleased to announce the passage of a budget amendment to fund the purchase of new safet…

City Council passes tough rules that limit Airbnb rentals » Boston Globe

Marijuana

Marty Walsh opts out of mayors’ marijuana coalition » Boston Globe The leaders of Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and other cities where cannabis is legal have formed a new coalition to swap tips on how to best regulate the drug locally. …

Recreational pot applications lag on Cape, Islands » Cape Cod Times Cape and Islands residents who look forward to buying recreational marijuana products in the near future as easily as they can buy a six pack of beer will have to cross the canal to do it.…

Opinion

Monday’s downtown traffic jam was part of a national antipoverty campaign » Boston Globe That maddening traffic jam that snarled traffic throughout the Financial District for roughly four hours of rush hour Monday night? The Rev. Vernon K. Walker was one of the few people who looked upon …

The Supreme Court aids and abets voter suppression » Boston Globe WHO NEEDS a poll tax when you have John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, and Neil Gorsuch?…

Trump nailed the stagecraft in Singapore, but where’s the substance? » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ALTERED the nature of the US relationship with North Korea. That much is clear from his mind-boggling meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Monday, after which Trump said of the…

A propaganda win for Kim Jong Un » Boston Globe ONE THING IS CLEAR from Tuesday’s meeting between President Trump and North Korean strong man Kim Jong Un — Kim has won big.…

Clouds over Mass. solar industry » Commonwealth Magazine IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT, just a decade ago, seeing solar panels was a novelty in neighborhoods across Massachusetts.…

Our Opinion: PILOT fund fairness for county hill towns » Berkshire Eagle For Berkshire hill towns like Washington, Mount Washington and others, PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) isn't looked upon as largess from the state; it's a necessity when large swaths of Commonwealth-…

Editorial: State must approve ‘red flag’ gun law » Gazette Net Massachusetts is poised to become the latest state allowing relatives, other household members and romantic partners to initiate legal action that would temporarily remove guns from people considered …

Our view: Make voter registration easier » Gloucester Times There is irony when looking at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in support of one state's push to purge voter rolls, contrasted with the effort by a coalition in Massachusetts urging the Legisla…

Our View: Make voter registration easier » The Eagle Tribune There is irony when looking at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in support of one state's push to purge voter rolls, contrasted with the effort by a coalition in Massachusetts urging the Legisla…

EDITORIAL: Make voter registration easier » Newburyport News There is irony when looking at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday in support of one state’s push to purge voter rolls, contrasted with the effort by a coalition in Massachusetts urgi…

Pamela Schwartz: Explains support for Senate candidate Jo Comerford » Gazette Net When Jo Comerford decided to run as a write-in candidate for state Senate after Sen. Stanley Rosenberg resigned, I knew instantly that my summer had happily turned upside down. …

Immigrant Families In Mass. Shouldn't Have To Live In Fear Of The Police » WBUR

By challenging Big Pharma on opioids, AG speaks as voice for people (Editorial) » MassLive

Editorial: We need a better fix-it plan for the T » Boston Business Journal

Politics

Congressional candidate Peter Tedeschi visits New Bedford » South Coast Today The original wood columns extending upward well beyond 12 feet grabbed Peter Tedeschi’s attention. The enamored expression on his face remained as he looked at the wood floors inside Groundwork…

Teachers union backs Gonzalez in gubernatorial race » Boston Globe The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts is giving the Democrat the nod, with its president saying Gonzalez has “an aspirational vision for an education system that gives every student …

Ryan Endorses Carvalho for District Attorney » Charlestown Bridge On Monday during Charlestown Pride Week, State Rep. Dan Ryan of Charlestown announced he is endorsing his State House colleague, Evandro Carvalho of Dorchester, for District Attorney in the race to fi…

Walsh officially endorses Zakim over Bill Galvin for secretary of state » Boston Globe With all the signs in recent weeks, it was only a matter of time before Mayor Martin J. Walsh would officially endorse City Councilor Josh Zakim in his upstart race for secretary of state.…

Inside look at hotspots with in the 2018 legislative elections » The Enterprise An eight-way race for a district that last elected a new representative in the 1970s. …

Turnover in the Air: Hotspots in Massachusetts 2018 Elections » New Boston Post An eight-way race for a district that last elected a new representative in the 1970s. A former lawmaker looking to oust an incumbent and make his return after serving federal time for voter fraud. The…

Ayanna Pressley backs ban on citizenship census query » Boston Herald Ayanna Pressley has joined a coalition of candidates pledging to support legislation to ban the U.S. Census from asking anyone if they are U.S. citizens.…

Everett Teen Nominates Sen Warren at State Democratic Convention » Everett Independent A 17-year-old Everett youth got the first of what likely will be many moments in the spotlight last weekend when she was chosen to nominate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the State Democratic Conventio…

Michitson Endorses Koh for Congress, Praises ‘Great Ideas’ to Spur Local Economy » WHAV Haverhill City Council President John A. Michitson is Team Koh for Congress. The local politician Monday formally endorsed Andover-based Koh in his bid to succeed Niki Tsongas to represent the 3rd Dis…

VIDEO: Feeney Announces Her Candidacy For Framingham State Representative » Framingham Source

Public Health

Healey sues opioid-maker, executives, citing 'deceptive scheme' » Berkshire Eagle Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday sued OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and several of its executives, alleging that they "engaged in a deadly, deceptive scheme to sell opioids in Massachusetts" a…

Hoye backs Healey's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for opioid epidemic » Taunton Gazette By filing suit in Suffolk Superior Court for an unspecified amount against the company and 16 current and former executives, Massachusetts now joins two dozen lawsuits that have been filed against the…

AG sues opioid maker in deaths » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is claiming Purdue Pharmaceuticals deceived Massachusetts doctors and reaped millions from opioid sales in the state — and is implicating the company in the deaths…

Public Safety

Corruption-riddled state police overtime program remains obscured as MassDOT continues to flout public records law » The Republican As the number of state troopers accused of abusing overtime programs to pad their paychecks has increased -- from 21, to 30, to 42 -- two major questions remain unanswered.…

State Government

Maine Tests a New Way of Voting, and Opts to Keep It » Governing On Tuesday, the state became the first to use ranked-choice voting, a system that could prevent “spoiler” candidates from winning crowded races. …

Phishing theft of $93G at clean energy agency went unreported for months » Boston Herald A cyber scammer stole nearly $94,000 in public funds from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center last year, with news of the theft-by-email taking 8 months to reach the quasi-public agency’s boa…

Voter registration reform urged for Bay State » Boston Herald The day the U.S. Supreme Court backed Ohio’s controversial culling of its voter rolls, advocates in Massachusetts pressed for an automatic voter registration bill that would also unleash new po…

Transportation

Region’s rail service set for boost » Gazette Net U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Gov. Charlie Baker and state officials are hoping to spur greater economic development across the commonwealth with the launch of a pilot passenger rail service between Gree…

T expects smooth commute after Tuesday's Green Line failure » Fox 25 News In the midst of the Tuesday morning commute, an electrical issue cut power to part of the MBTA Green Line system, forcing commuters to walk through tunnels and find alternate ways to get to work.…

Commute test for MBTA after nightmare on Tuesday » WCVB It was an overhead wire problem that triggered Tuesday’s mess but on Wednesday, the MBTA is planning inspections to get a thorough idea of how to stop this from happening again.…

New Train Service Planned For Pioneer Valley, And A Study For East-West Rail » New England Public Radio The Baker administration has announced two major steps towards increased train service in western Massachusetts.…

Latest Green Line meltdown highlights hidden problems for MBTA » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has an ambitious, $8 billion plan to improve service and reliability on the aging transit system: shiny new subway cars, a modernized fare collection sys…

Northampton mayor sees busy train station getting busier with planned north-south Knowledge Corridor service expansion » The Republican Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz knows that an old technology -- the passenger train -- is a big part of his city's future.…

MBTA to Test Late-Night Bus Service » East Boston Times Back in 2017 Rep. Adrian Madaro testified at the MBTA Fiscal Control and Management Board on the MBTA’s late-night service that fell victim to a $9 million budget cut, but remains essential to …

State Officials Launch Passenger Rail Expansion Efforts » iBerkshires The state is launching the first step in determining the feasibility of east/west passenger rail between Pittsfield and Boston. …

Eight firms make bids to do ferry study » Martha's Vineyard Times Josh Goldstein, one of the owners of Mansion House Inn in Vineyard Haven, trekked to Falmouth by ferry Wednesday to implore the Steamship Authority to let visitors know the ferries are back operating …

A Replica of the New Red Line Trains Will Be on Display This Summer » Boston Magazine MBTA general manager Luis Ramirez said in a tweet that a model of the T's new cars has left production plant in Changchun, China. …

Green Line Service Suspended on All Four Branches Tuesday Morning » Boston Magazine Wire damage between Copley and Arlington Station forced the MBTA to pause service in both directions between Kenmore and Government Center on the C and D branches. The B Branch is not running between …

North, South, East, West: More rail coming to Springfield » Valley Advocate

Utilities

Massachusetts’s Clean Energy Economy: What the Legislature Needs to Do Now » Union of Concerned Scientists The Massachusetts legislature is in the final weeks of its two-year legislative session, and there’s finally some movement in both houses on our clean energy future. Here are four things that n…

Senators offer 68 amendments to clean energy bill » Gloucester Times Senators have come up with more than five dozen changes that they think will improve clean energy legislation expected to be debated Thursday.…

No 7th inning stretch needed, just clean energy home runs » Commonwealth Magazine National Grid baseball analogy provokes strong response …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sues Purdue Pharma over opioid crisis » The Republican

On Eve Of Marijuana Legalization, Impaired Driving Panel Just Getting Started » WBUR

Harvard Pilgrim CEO resigns over questionable behavior » Boston Globe

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma » Boston Globe

Governor Baker to make western Mass. transportation announcement » News 22 WWLP.com

Governor Baker to attend Western Massachusetts Developers Conference in Springfield » News 22 WWLP.com

Housing court may be available on Island » Martha's Vineyard Times

Poverty politics » Commonwealth Magazine

Mass. Dems: Baker treating commuters 'like 2nd class citizens' » Fox 25 News

National Grid workers air contract complaints » State House News Service

In police dept scandals’ wake, an effort to clean up evidence rooms » Boston Herald

It’s far from a SNAP to eat on $4.56 a day » Boston Herald

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey backs Gov. Charlie Baker's bill on child rapists » The Republican

Overhead wire shuts down Green Line » Commonwealth Magazine

Commuter Trains To Run North Of Springfield Starting In 2019 » WAMC

For Lively, a difficult court fight against state GOP » Boston Globe

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Recipe of the Week

SMASH N’ DASH

Bartender Jay Giordano

Ingredients

1½ ounce bourbon

¼ ounce Yellow Chartreuse

½ ounce ginger syrup (to make syrup: peel and slice one small ginger branch. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat ginger slices, 1 cup demerara sugar and one cup water, just until sugar melts)

½ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce grapefruit juice

4-6 mint leaves

1 piece candied ginger, to garnish. (Optional)

Directions

1. Muddle the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker or pint glass. Transfer to a highball glass.

2. Add crushed ice.

3. Build in a highball glass, pouring bourbon, Yellow Chartreuse, ginger syrup, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, in that order.

4. Garnish with candied ginger.

 



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