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1:00pm Board of Building Regulations & Standards Public Hearing, 50 Maple Street, Milford

2:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:00pm Rep. Will Crocker's Summer Groove with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

6:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Ryan Chamberland

7:00pm Fundraiser for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate with Herman Cain

7:00pm Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Carlos Hernandez

7:00pm Holyoke Reception for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

Must-Reads

In Senate race, Beth Lindstrom knocks Geoff Diehl over legislative pay raise » MassLive U.S. Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom is calling on her Republican primary opponent state Rep. Geoff Diehl to return the money he received from a legislative pay raise last year.…

Balanced budgets and crumbling garages are a sign of the times at the T » Boston Globe The MBTA is in rare health, disclosing Monday that it finished its most recent fiscal year with balanced books for the first time in a decade.…

In Bryon Hefner case, Senate said witnesses would be confidential. Judge says confidential means just that » Boston Globe A Superior Court judge on Monday blocked prosecutors’ bid for the names of witnesses who cooperated with an internal probe of the state Senate’s former president, Stanley C. Rosenberg, s…

Mass. State Police knew about missed overtime shifts as early as 2014 and did little about it, records show » MassLive When Boston news station WCVB began asking Massachusetts State Police for answers regarding questionable overtime shifts last fall, it would trigger an avalanche. …

Trump Talks for 28 Minutes on Bill Named for John McCain. Not Mentioned: McCain. » New York Times If President Trump had wanted to make a gracious mention of John McCain, the ailing Republican senator from Arizona, he could have done it on Monday, when the president signed the $716 billion militar…

As States Battle Trump's Health Plan Changes, Signs of Obamacare Stability Show » Governing Since the Trump administration signed off on rules to ease the regulation of short-term and so-called association health plans, states have launched legislative and legal fights against them.…

“We need to hold these complicit profiteers of Trump's white nationalist agenda accountable!”

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone

On Sam Adam's founder Jim Koch and his support for Donald Trump.

News By Category
Business

Fidelity massively increased GE stake last quarter » Boston Business Journal Until now, the investment firm had been in sell-off mode when it came to its Boston-based neighbor.…

Baker vetoes patent reform language in last-minute blow to tech industry » Boston Business Journal Legislation to dissuade so-called "patent trolls" has been a perennial priority for the tech and venture capital industries, but the law once again fell apart at the last minute.…

Shortage Of Truckers Could Hit Massachusetts Consumers » WGBH The modern economy may be powered by the information highway, but it depends on real highways and the trucks that use them. The current national shortage of truck drivers could eventually hit Massachu…

DraftKings opens San Francisco office, plans Las Vegas expansion » Boston Business Journal DraftKings Inc. has opened an office in San Francisco and says it plans to open another location in Las Vegas soon, continuing a flurry of activity from the Boston-based startup since the U.S. Supreme…

Education

What’s the craziest thing about a $16,000 college application boot camp: that it has a wait list, or its secret location? » Boston Globe Are you doing enough to get your kid into college? Are you sure? Have you hired a former CIA operative to scrub your kid’s social media presence? Are Hollywood screenwriters helping zip the col…

Environment

In a win for Northborough farm, Baker KOs composting oversight measure » The Metro West Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a section of a bill Sen. Harriette L. Chandler filed that would have switched oversight of composting operations on farms from the state Department of Agricultural Resour…

Health Care

Home-health provider cuts off services to veterans when the VA fails to pay its bills » Boston Globe Homebound with diabetes, heart disease, and other ailments, the 68-year-old Army veteran finally found a lifeline three months ago from a private home health provider recommended by the Department of …

Human Services

Lawmakers express disappointment after Gov. Baker vetoes 'cap on kids' repeal » News 22 WWLP.com As part of this year's state budget, The House and Senate sent Governor Charlie Baker a proposal to lift the so-called "cap on kids." But lawmakers last month rejected Baker's amendment to tag additio…

Immigration

Agencies set ‘trap’ for immigrants seeking legal status, ACLU says » Boston Globe Two federal immigration agencies coordinated a campaign to bring unauthorized immigrants who were seeking legal residency in for interviews at government offices, where they were then arrested and in …

Judiciary

Essex DA reacts to Warren's criticism of criminal justice system » The Salem News After coming under heat from police officials for calling the nation's criminal justice system racist "front to back" earlier this month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has another critic: Essex County Distric…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 'uninformed rhetoric' on American criminal justice doesn't help, Essex DA Jonathan Blodgett says » MassLive Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett joined state law enforcement officials in decrying Sen. Elizabeth Warren's description of the US criminal justice system as "racist" from "front to bac…

Labor

1,400 sheet metal workers end 12-day strike » Boston Globe About 1,400 sheet metal workers went back to work on Monday after agreeing to a contract that put an end to their 12-day strike.…

As National Grid Lockout Enters Week 8, Some Say 'Hard Feelings' Will Linger Beyond Bargaining » WBUR For seven weeks, more than 1,200 union workers have been locked out of their jobs with National Grid, the state's largest gas utility.…

Legislative

End of Session Review 2018: Paul Mark » iBerkshires The state Legislature relaxed a bit in the early hours of Aug. 1 as the formal legislative session was ready to close. But, wait, wait. State Rep. Paul Mark had one more bill -- a land taking for the …

Local Government

Salem Could Be Losing Its Halloween Carnival » Inquistr Salem, Massachusetts has been home to the Halloween carnival Haunted Happenings since 2005, but this year the city purchased the “carnival lot” at 289 Derby St. to transform the location i…

Halloween carnival still up in the air » The Salem News It was 10:15 on Halloween night in 2005. In Town House Square, a stabbing victim had just been placed in an ambulance. Fistfights were breaking out to the left and right, and a man was down on the str…

Residents’ Association Voices Concerns About Artificial Turf at Langone & Puopolo Parks » North End Waterfront In May, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department presented their two design plans for the parks, which both include synthetic turf over grass on the multi-use field. At that community meeting, a debat…

Quiet! Brockton councilor seeks to silence loud parties » The Enterprise Ward 4 City Councilor Susan Nicastro said she’s had enough of complaints about overly loud house parties in Brockton. Now she wants answers.…

Revere councilors call for feds to find missing $92G » Boston Herald Revere city councilors want state and federal authorities to examine City Hall’s books for irregularities and possible crimes after a contentious hearing about $92,000 in missing parking revenu…

Third time not so charming -- car hits Brockton restaurant again » The Enterprise Alex Kosmidis had just walked inside his home Sunday afternoon after a routine day at work when his phone rang.…

Crunch time? Top PawSox trio spotted at City Hall in Worcester » Worcester Mag In the same week that it has been reported an announcement will be made concerning their potential move to Worcester, top brass from the Pawtucket Red Sox were seen at City Hall Monday.…

Marijuana

Marijuana money sparks dispute between Holyoke councilors » MassLive The City Council has asked the Law Department to determine whether the procedure being used to disburse money from marijuana companies under host community agreements in Wards 1 and 2 passes legal and…

Opinion

Mary Jane Else: Says Marie McCourt understands struggles of many residents » Gazette Net After 16 years as the Massachusetts state representative for the 2nd Hampshire District (Easthampton, Hadley, South Hadley and Granby’s Precinct 2), John Scibak is retiring.…

Another crack in the glass ceiling for women in the military » Boston Globe THIS WEEK, the Marine Corps publicly acknowledged a first in its history: First Lieutenant Marina A. Hierl is leading an infantry platoon. …

How law enforcement is taking action on the opioid crisis » Boston Globe ERNIE PATERNO was a teacher at the Maine College of Art. He was known around Portland as a skilled glassblower and bass guitar player.…

Saying no to campaign-finance loopholes » Boston Globe WILLIAM GALVIN showed leadership last week when he offered to reject help from shadowy outside groups in the Democratic primary for secretary of state if his opponent made the same promise, setting an…

Our VIew: Cheers & Jeers for recent newsmakers » Eagle Tribune Any city has too many lots that go fallow. They’re chained up, boarded up and left to weeds, litter and all manner of things forgotten and abandoned. So, it's always nice to see these spaces re…

Saying no to campaign-finance loopholes » Boston Globe WILLIAM GALVIN showed leadership last week when he offered to reject help from shadowy outside groups in the Democratic primary for secretary of state if his opponent made the same promise, setting an…

Politics

GOP Senate Candidate Beth Lindstrom Distances Herself From Trump But Says She Would Vote For Him In 2020 » WGBH Beth Lindstrom was the lone Republican vying for the nomination to challenge Senator Elizabeth Warren to accept Greater Boston’s invitation to debate on-air.…

Political Notes: Clinton, Biden plan Vineyard appearances » Cape Cod Times Martha’s Vineyard is earning its reputation as a Democratic power island this summer. Former President Barack Obama, who is vacationing on the island this month, will have to share the spotligh…

Baker, Polito make campaign stop in Quincy » Patriot Ledger After kicking off their campaign for re-election this weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visited North Quincy on Sunday to meet voters at local businesses.…

Baker is officially running for reelection. Here’s a fact-check of his first big campaign speech. » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker formally kicked off his reelection campaign over the weekend with a speech framing himself as a thrifty steward of taxpayer dollars who had spent almost four years reforming sta…

The mayor of Somerville says he's never again drinking Sam Adams beer after company founder met with President Donald Trump » MassLive Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone says he plans to never again touch Sam Adams beer after Jim Koch, the founder of Boston Beer Co., met with President Donald Trump.…

POLL: Gauging the interest in September's primary » Milford Daily News Wednesday is the deadline to register to vote for anyone who wishes to participate in the Sept. 4 primary elections. There are contested races in the primary for the Republican nominee to challenge Se…

Senate candidates Lindstrom, Diehl spar over office expenses » Patriot Ledger Her Republican primary opponents may not be eager to debate, but with three weeks until the election U.S. Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom is determined to draw distinctions between herself and the rac…

Congressional Hopeful Chandler Opens Haverhill Campaign Office » WHAV Haverhill native Alexandra Chandler is counting down the days until the September 4 congressional primary, opening the doors to her city campaign headquarters over the weekend on Main Street.…

In race for Suffolk DA, residency questions swirl » Boston Globe As the crowded race for Suffolk County district attorney nears the Sept. 4 primary, questions have swirled around where some of the candidates live, giving rise to subtle jabs at their public events a…

Democrats square off in Baker's backyard » The Salem News They're running against each other, but they spent their night taking shots at the hometown guy while standing in his back yard.…

3rd District candidates unveil policies » Eagle Tribune With less than a month until the 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary, candidates are pushing out policy plans and ramping up efforts to reach voters.…

Elizabeth Warren tones down tough talk » Boston Herald

State Rep. Farley-Bouvier floated idea of single challenger to incumbent DA » Berkshire Eagle As trial balloons go, this one didn't lift off. But a state representative asked the two women running for Berkshire district attorney if they would consider talks that could result in only one of the…

Local GOP super PAC getting into podcast game » State House News Service The Massachusetts political podcast landscape will have a new player starting this week when the Jobs First super PAC, which supports Republican legislative candidates, kicks off its new show called "…

Berkshire County power politics » Commonwealth Magazine

Public Health

Opioid bill a "blueprint" for the nation, Baker says at ceremony » State House News Service

Public Safety

Charlie Baker defends cops from Liz Warren’s ‘racist’ remark » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker became the latest politician to push back on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s comments that the criminal-justice system is “racist … front to back,” giving a fu…

4 more State Police troopers are eyed in overtime fraud scandal » Boston Globe Four more Massachusetts State Police troopers were temporarily relieved of duty Monday and placed under internal investigation as part of a growing overtime fraud scandal.…

State Government

Voter registration deadline for 2018 Massachusetts state primary is Wednesday, Aug. 15 » MassLive The deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 4 Massachusetts primary is this Wednesday.…

Baker joins regional leaders at Vermont conference » The Salem News After officially launching his re-election campaign over the weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday headed north to Stowe, Vermont where he is attending the annual New England Governors/Eastern Canadia…

Senate, House races highlight state primary ballot » Patriot Ledger Across Massachusetts upstart candidates in a number of races look to cash in on a frenzied national midterm season in the state’s Sept. 4 primary. The governor’s office, U.S. Senate and…

Man charged in fraud case worked for Galvin's registry division » Lowell Sun

Transportation

Charlie Baker rejects renewed push for ‘millionaire tax’ to fix MBTA » Boston Herald A state senator is seizing on the sudden closure of the Alewife MBTA garage to bring back up the so-called “millionaire tax” — but Gov. Charlie Baker isn’t hopping aboard.…

Haverhill Transit Focus Group, Mixer Takes Place Wednesday » WHAV The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and the office of state Rep. Andy Vargas are hosting a transit focus group and mixer for city residents Wednesday downtown at The Tap Brewing Company.…

MBTA Control Board Set To Tackle Some Of The System's Woes This Week » WGBH After nearly a month off, the MBTA's control board is back with a lengthy agenda of updates and decisions on the T's maintenance woes.…

For the first time in 10 years, the MBTA balanced its operating budget » MassLive The MBTA has balanced its operating budget for the first time in 10 years, agency officials say. MBTA officials say getting rid of it will help them with their trust deficit with riders frustrated as …

Traffic, crowding, cancellations: This MBTA route shows all the T’s bus problems » Boston Globe As it lumbers onto Third Street near the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea, the 111 bus is often beyond standing room.…

Local pols vent over state of crumbling Alewife garage » State House News Service A trio of state lawmakers on Monday pressed transit officials over the condition of the parking garage at the MBTA's Alewife Station, which reopened in the morning after deteriorating concrete forced …

MassDOT Working Group Leaning Toward Replacement of Canal Bridges » Cape Cod Online A MassDOT working group presented recommendations for the Cape Cod Canal region last week in Buzzards Bay – which include replacing the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.…

T ridership keeps falling but at slower rate » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA SAID ON MONDAY that its ridership is continuing to decline, but the falloff is occurring at a much slower pace than it had been.…

MGM Springfield reveals 'The Loop' bus service to bring casino patrons to city attractions (photos, video) » MassLive MGM Springfield, the PVTA and the city unveiled The Loop Monday at a news conference with U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal at the renovated Union Station as MGM nears its Aug. 24 grand opening.…

MBTA balances costs, revenues for first time in a decade » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA REVEALED on Monday that its revenues during the year ending June 30 were enough to cover the transit agency’s operating expenses and debt service, the first time that has happened in a…

T kept public, oversight board in dark about Alewife problems » Commonwealth Magazine THE GENERAL MANAGER of the MBTA said on Monday that the problems with the parking garage at Alewife have been on the agency’s radar screen for close to a year, but members of the agency’…

Utilities

Vineyard Wind has a big selling point for its power: cheaper prices » Boston Globe The first major offshore wind farm to be built off New England’s coast has at least one big selling point, compared to the doomed Cape Wind project that preceded it: much cheaper electricity.…

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