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‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem » New York Times The family, fleeing religious persecution in Russia in 1893, was soon reunited and allowed to enter the country. And that little boy, born Israel Beilin, would grow up to become Irving Berlin. Twenty-…

Fast-growing global trend: pop-up protests » Axios

HUGHES: BEACON HILL DEMS OKAY WITH "EMBARRASSING DISTINCTION" » State House News Service The head of the Republican Party and the state's top elected Republican were having different reactions Monday to the late annual state budget, which remains before a closed legislative panel on the s…

BAKER: PENSIONS SHOULD BE ON THE LINE IN STATIE PROBE » State House News Service If State Police stole from the public till by committing overtime fraud, they should be denied a pension, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Monday, reacting to the arrest of three current and former State Po…

Despite sharp criticism from some groups, Laura Perille is named interim leader of Boston schools » Boston Globe The Boston School Committee on Monday night unanimously approved hiring the leader of an education nonprofit to run the school system on an interim basis, amid sharp criticism from parents, educators,…

Mass. is one of just 2 states that hasn’t passed a budget for this fiscal year » Boston Globe Despite having had months to do the work, Massachusetts legislators did not finalize a state budget before the new fiscal year that began on Sunday.…

Judge: Duggan must provide information, but not sources' identities » The Eagle Tribune Duggan was sued in March by Methuen Mayor James Jajuga over a column published in the March edition of the Valley Patriot titled "Paying Attention! With Tom Duggan." The lawsuit alleges the article, w…

"It's very clear that you only get one shot to roll this out, and it's very hard to change if you don't do what you think you should have done the first time."

Governor Charlie Baker

The delayed opening of retail marijuana shops.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Political Notes: Trump not laughing at Warner 'joke' » Cape Cod Times There won’t likely be another visit by a sitting U.S. president to Martha’s Vineyard in the foreseeable future, but that did not stop the island from figuring into White House conversati…

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey seek list of migrant kids, parents separated under Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy » MassLive U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts urged the Trump administration Monday to provide a list of all the migrant children and parents separated at the United States' southern bord…

Business

Mass. business confidence dropped sharply in June, survey shows » Boston Business Journal

Congressman Keating says groundfishing ban is in 'final stages,' expects it to be lifted soon » South Coast Today As calendars turned to July on Sunday, the new month represented the ninth in which about 80 local fishermen have been banned from groundfishing.…

Public, private, now public again. Dell’s dance with investors makes sense » Boston Globe After Michael Dell wrested his technology company from shareholders in 2013, he insisted that going private would provide a big strategic advantage, freeing him to address long-term challenges without…

New England stakes its claim in New Space » Boston Globe One company, in Charlestown, makes tiny rocket thrusters. Another, in Cambridge, designs satellites that use lasers to speed data communications. Nearby is a vaunted research facility that’s he…

Salad days: Millis indoor farm company will help Emirates airline see green » Boston Globe FreshBox Farms is about to take the indoor farming movement to new heights. The Millis company and its parent firm in California have struck a $40 million joint venture with the catering operation of …

Foes of continued Berkshire Museum art sales ramp up message » Berkshire Eagle Roadside billboards normally encourage sales. Not the one that went up Monday on Route 7 in Pittsfield, a stone's throw from the Lenox line. …

GE says health care spinout won't affect opioid abuse programs in Mass. » Boston Business Journal The planned spinout of GE Healthcare won't affect investments by the company's philanthropic arm, the GE Foundation, in opioid addiction research and treatment in Massachusetts, the foundation's chief…

Crimes

Former gov.'s brother-in-law still jailed » The Patriot Ledger Former Gov. Deval Patrick’s brother-in-law is still behind bars following a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to the public.…

Marshfield man pleads guilty to running illegal sports betting operation out of his bar » Boston Globe A Marshfield man has pleaded guilty to running a large-scale, illegal sports betting operation out of his bar, prosecutors said.…

Education

Massachusetts reimburses schools $8.2 million for accepting Puerto Rican, U.S. Virgin Islands evacuees » MassLive Massachusetts education officials have released another $8.2 million for school districts that enrolled students who were evacuated from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.…

Central Mass. schools, college receive technical training grants » Worcester Telegram Four schools and a college in Central Massachusetts received a combined $1.8 million in the state’s latest round of Skills Capital Grants.…

NAACP criticizes transparency in BPS superintendent search » Boston Herald The Boston branch of the NAACP issued a scathing statement last night over the search for the replacement for Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang, and the naming of its interim superinten…

Massachusetts OKs $8.2M to aid students fleeing hurricanes » WRAL Massachusetts is releasing more than $8.2 million in education dollars to school districts that enrolled students who evacuated from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.…

UMass eyes state money for clean energy tech research » The Recorder Research into emerging clean energy technologies, including work already taking place in laboratories at the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts, could benefit from $1 million included …

Special feature: Pride, prejudice and the patriarchy » Dig Boston It is a truth universally acknowledged that an assistant professor in possession of widely admired scholarship should receive tenure.…

Mass. Lawmakers Blast Mount Ida Leaders on College Strategy » Inside Higher Ed Legislators in Massachusetts issued a scathing report Thursday questioning the series of decisions that led Mount Ida College to close and be taken over by the University of Massachusetts -- with thre…

Environment

On tranquil Nantucket, a new worry about what’s under the sand » Boston Globe Is there anything quite like summer on Nantucket? The buttery breezes. The calming crash of surf on sand. The undetonated World War II-era bombs lurking just beneath the soil.…

Health Care

A woman’s leg was caught in the gap of an Orange Line train — and she begged for no ambulance due to the cost » Boston Globe When a 45-year-old woman’s leg became caught in the gap between an Orange Line train and the platform Friday afternoon, she was in agony. The cut on her leg went down to the bone.…

Voters To Decide Whether To Limit How Many Patients Nurse Can Be Assigned » WGBH Should there be a legal cap on the number of patients assigned to one nurse? That’s the crux of a ballot initiative that voters will decide on in November.…

Housing

With so many new condos in Boston, is it any wonder soundproofers are getting more calls? » Boston Globe “Experience urban living and dramatic views at Seville Boston Harbor — the first luxury condominium building on the new East Boston waterfront.”…

Human Services

Massachusetts gets $3.1 million to root out food stamp fraud and waste » MassLive Massachusetts received $3.1 million from the federal government to help root out waste, fraud and abuse in its food stamp program.…

Immigration

Abolishing ICE Isn't Very Popular (Yet) » The Huffington Post It started as a hashtag and became a key policy plank in the biggest political upset this election cycle, and now progressives from coast to coast are running on the idea of ending America’s in…

‘Families Belong Together’ rally at Park Square in Pittsfield » the Berkshire edge Under a hot noon sun, a large crowd gathered today at Park Square in Pittsfield, part of a “Bring Families Together,” national day of action to protest the immigration policies of the Trum…

Labor

Lewis, Brodeur help create paid family and medical leave program » Wicked Local Malden Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Paul Brodeur, who serve as Co-Chairs of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, led a successful effort to create a new paid family and medical leave program in Mas…

How a Fall River group played a role increasing the minimum wage to $15 » The Herald News Deb Fastino and friends sat down five years ago to ponder what would make Massachusetts a little more fair. …

Legislative

Supreme Judicial Court hints lawmakers shirk duty on voter-registration deadline study » Boston Herald In upholding the state’s 20-day voter registration deadline, the Supreme Judicial Court told voting rights advocates their battle belongs in the halls of the State House and strongly hinted the…

Salem State Honors State Rep. Tucker » Salem Patch Paul Tucker, of Salem, is the recipient of the Salem State University Alumni Association's 2018 Marilyn Flaherty Distinguished Alumna Award.…

Local Government

Boston Winter is canceled amid plans to renovate City Hall Plaza » Boston Globe

Saugus School Committee found to be in violation of open meeting law. Again. » Lynn Daily News Item Attorney General Maura Healey determined the Saugus School Committee violated the Open Meeting Law again.…

Intergenerational community center plans move forward » Newton Patch House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) announced Monday that their efforts to assist North Reading with its plans to build a…

Beverly Senior Center plans trip to State House » Wicked Local Newburyport On Wednesday, July 11, at 9 a.m. a deluxe, air-conditioned, motor coach will transport Beverly seniors to the historic State House for a tour given by State Rep. Jerry Parisella and State Sen. Joan Lo…

Marijuana

The state’s first company to get a marijuana shop license says it will likely start selling pot in a ‘few weeks’ » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission on Monday issued the state’s first license for a recreational pot store, awarding a provisional permit to a medical marijuana dispensary outside Wo…

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling Says He Won't Crack Down On Retail Recreational Marijuana » WGBH Recreational marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts, but it is not on the federal level, creating obvious confusion for potential marijuana consumers here and for federal law enforcement officers lik…

Opinion

The administration says North Korea is giving up its nukes as a result of Trump’s dealmaking. It’s not. » Boston Globe “I FINISHED the North Korea-US summit meeting successfully, so we’d like your country to make efforts to get the sanctions lifted as soon as possible,” Kim Jong Un told Chinese Pres…

Larry Kudlow’s specious supply-side tax cut claim » Boston Globe IF EVER ANYONE needed further proof that supply-side-ism is more theology than economics, and that the truth is not the Trump White House’s specialty, he or she need only consider the recent pr…

If Walsh has his way, ‘interim’ just an illusion for new superintendent » Boston Globe LET’S STOP PRETENDING Laura Perille will be just another interim superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. The mayor won’t admit it publicly. But the permanent job is hers to lose.…

Can our troopers be trusted to police casinos? » Boston Herald

Black community left out by Walsh’s school chief choice » Boston Herald For a mayor who sees himself as a champion of racial equality, this isn’t his finest hour.…

Preserving Our Values As We Celebrate Our Revolution » Winchester Patch As we approach our 242nd Independence Day in the United States, I thought it might be a good time to take stock of what we in the birthplace of the revolution are doing with our system of government.…

Michael Capuano swims against the tide » Boston Herald Congressman Capuano, call your office — while you still have one. The 10-term representative is toast. Stick a fork in him, he’s done. All because he can’t answer the question, â…

Politics

Political Notes: Trump not laughing at Warner ‘joke’ » Wicked Local Weymouth There won’t likely be another visit by a sitting U.S. president to Martha’s Vineyard in the foreseeable future, but that did not stop the island from figuring into White House conversati…

DiMascio endorses Diehl for Senate » Wicked Local Watertown Rep. Geoff Diehl, the endorsed Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has announced that he has received the endorsement Republican Town Committee Chairman John DiMascio. DiMascio has been the Watertow…

Senator: 'Error' caused campaign email on State House account » Boston Herald A Democratic congressional candidate from Merrimack Valley accidentally fired off a fundraising appeal to supporters Saturday — through her official State House email account.…

Das fires back over student writings » Lowell Sun When a story came out last month about contentious arguments and crass comparisons in Beej Das' decades-old college writings, the 3rd Congressional District candidate apologized and said he no longer …

Trahan: I'll fight for Armed Services post (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun The owner of Specialty Materials Inc. is grateful that the district's congressman has served on the House Armed Services Committee for the last 25 years.…

Public Health

Opioid deaths down last year in Mass. but up in Worcester » Worcester Telegram The number of Massachusetts residents who died from an opioid-related overdose and the number of fatal overdoses occurring in the state both decreased by an estimated 10 percent in 2017, compared with…

Public Safety

Two Massachusetts state troopers arrested in overtime scandal are now receiving pension payments » MassLive On Wednesday, three Massachusetts state troopers were arrested on federal embezzlement charges.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to sign 'red flag' gun bill on Tuesday » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker will sign a bill on Tuesday that will give Massachusetts even stronger gun control laws.…

No credible threat but safety measures ramped up on Esplanade » South Coast Today Following a statement assuring there is no credible security threat against the annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, the state’s public safety secretary emphasized a series of warni…

Warrant sweeps aim to make Brockton streets safer » The Enterprise Over the last five years, Brockton and state police detectives have teamed up to conduct at least six large-scale warrant sweep operations. They have resulted in well-over 100 arrests.…

State Finance

What's Next Now That There's No 'Millionaire's Tax' Revenue Coming To Mass. » WBUR For several years, state lawmakers have had one eye on the budget bottom line — and another on the horizon. The so-called "Fair Share" constitutional amendment shimmered in the distance, like a…

State Auditor Shares Accomplishments of the Past Fiscal Year » Cape Cod Today From State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump... Happy fiscal new year! …

State Government

Voters must register at least 20 days before elections, SJC rules » Boston Globe The state’s highest court on Monday upheld a state law that forbids people from voting unless they registered 20 days before Election Day…

Where The A.J. Baker Case Stands Now » WGBH On the evening of June 20, in a transmission captured by the website LiveATC.net, JetBlue flight 1354 approached Logan Airport and reported a problem on board.…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- A bargain driven by the ballot » Wicked Local Hanover July 1 shaped up to be a pretty good beach day. Which was good, because despite what the calendar said, it wasn’t the day pot shops throw their doors open to 21-and-over consumers, and it would…

Transportation

Parking Fines Go Up Across Boston » WBUR If you get a parking ticket in Boston, it's likely now to cost you more.…

Ferry AC fizzles during weekend heat wave » Martha's Vineyard Times Passengers in a portion of the MV Martha’s Vineyard suffered without air conditioning over the weekend when a compressor went kaput — the same ferry that recently underwent a more than $…

Lyft to acquire operator of Boston’s Blue Bikes, other bike-sharing systems » Boston Business Journal Ride-hailing company Lyft has agreed to buy a company that operates many of the largest bike-sharing systems nationwide, including Blue Bikes in Boston.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Push Legislature, hospitals to do right thing » Sentinel & Enterprise

State licenses first retail recreational marijuana dispensary » Boston Business Journal

Bill includes $1M for clean energy tech research at UMass » Gazette Net

Dollars and Sentences: SJC decision drives some judges to set lower bail » South Coast Today

Ordering up wage hikes » Lowell Sun

Mass. 20-Day Voter Registration Deadline Is Constitutional, SJC Rules » WBUR

Next move is Baker's on "Red Flag" bill » Sentinel & Enterprise

A running list of the recent scandals embroiling the Massachusetts State Police » Boston.com

The marijuana blame game » Commonwealth Magazine

Baker: Pensions should be on the line in MSP OT probe » Sentinel & Enterprise

Mass. high court to decide whether commission workers deserve OT pay » Boston Business Journal

33 communities get funds for opioid overdose reversal drug » MassLive

Gov. Charlie Baker: Massachusetts State Police troopers who stole overtime pay should lose pensions » MassLive

Letter: Even in victory on opioid suit, addiction fight continues » Worcester Telegram

Zakim Talks Mass. Secretary Of State Bid, Voting Rights » WAMC

With no Massachusetts retail marijuana stores open by July 1, Gov. Charlie Baker says Cannabis Control Commission doing a 'great job' » MassLive

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