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Winners and losers from the Arizona and Florida primaries » The Washington Post The story of 2018 primaries is usually centered around President Trump. And there’s plenty of that narrative in Tuesday’s gubernatorial, Senate and House primaries in Arizona, Florida an…

McCain's choice of Russian dissident as pallbearer is final dig at Putin, Trump » Politico Even in death, John McCain has one final burn planned for two of his biggest foes — Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump — at a moment when much of the world will be watching. …

This is the priciest primary in the Mass. House this year » Boston Globe Facing a progressive challenge from first-time candidate Nika Elugardo, the House budget chief is bringing Attorney General Maura T. Healey and US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III onto the campaig…

Endorsement: Rachael Rollins and Donna Patalano would lead on criminal justice reform » Boston Globe Clearly, something is amiss with our criminal justice system. But what to do? …

‘The race has tightened’: Cruz allies sound alarm about Texas Senate race » Politico Republicans are sounding the alarm about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s closer-than-expected reelection contest, with an influential conservative group racing to his aid. …

WITH NAME CHANGE, GROUP FOCUSES ON DCR FUNDING » State House News Service The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters has changed its name to Massachusetts Conservation Voters, part of an effort to raise awareness of the budget difficulties facing the agency that opera…

CHALLENGERS OUTRAISE REPS IN THREE PRIMARY CONTESTS » State House News Service Three of the 21 incumbents in the House and Senate facing primary challenges next week were out-raised by their primary opponents in 2018, signaling potentially strong challenges to the lawmakers in a…

"That is a far more serious issue, in my mind, I think, and in most people's minds, than some of the stuff going on with the Environmental Police," Baker said. "And like I said, turning the GPS devices on there is an important next step. But the four-hour shift for some of the work that the Environmental Police does makes sense."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the State Police overtime scandal when asked about the Environmental Police split shifts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump is out to get Google. But is Google out to get him? » Boston Globe President Trump thinks Google is out to get him. If true, it’s pretty scary. Even scarier is that we don’t know whether Trump is right, and we have no way of finding out.…

1st District Race Pits Civil Rights Lawyer Against 29-Year Incumbent » WBUR In the state's 1st Congressional District, in western Massachusetts, a 15-term incumbent who hasn’t faced a serious Democratic primary challenger in years is up against a black, female Muslim l…

Business

WBZ-TV to get new studio, adding to spate of Allston-Brighton development » The Boston Globe Two prominent Boston-area developers have signed an agreement to redevelop WBZ-TV’s longtime home on Soldiers Field Road, in the latest sign that a once-sleepy corner of the city has become a m…

Software startup CloudHealth sells to VMware for more than $500 million » Boston Globe CloudHealth Technologies, a Boston software company that helps businesses manage their use of cloud-based data and services, is set to be acquired by VMware, a California company closely linked to Del…

Coca-Cola acquires beloved Maine soda Moxie » Boston Globe Soft drink giant Coca-Cola said Tuesday it is acquiring Moxie, a long-lived and beloved New England soda brand that is the official state beverage of Maine.…

Boston Herald publisher announces move to Braintree » Boston Business Journal By year-end, the Boston Herald will no longer occupy its namesake city.…

Report: Massachusetts becoming biotech hub of United States » MassLive

Civil Rights

Gun owners group gives officials low marks » The Salem News Gun rights groups didn't fare well in the recent legislative session, with lawmakers pushing through bipartisan bills banning bump stocks, giving police more authority to seize guns and regulating stu…

Crimes

Ware sex offender stopped this spring had police-style equipment in car, police say » Worcester Telegram A Level 3 sex offender from Ware who was stopped twice in five days this spring has paid fines after being found guilty of running a stop sign.…

Greenfield lawyer wants clergy abuse investigation » Gazette Net Greenfield lawyer John Stobierski, who has successfully litigated at least 80 cases of clergy sexual abuse, believes the Massachusetts attorney general’s office should investigate the Diocese o…

Quincy police: Election posters prompted attack on 71-year-old » Patriot Ledger A 71-year-old man was attacked with a set of keys and bitten at Pagnano Towers Sunday, police said.…

Education

At many small colleges, administrative spending is surging » Boston Globe At private colleges across New England, spending on administrative salaries and wages has grown more than twice as fast as student enrollment over the past decade, federal data show, as schools meet d…

At a dozen Boston schools, buses arrived late or not at all today » Boston Globe The Boston school system was scrambling Tuesday to fill an unspecified number of bus routes for a dozen schools that started the year early, after an unusual number of bus drivers were absent, leaving…

UMass students, faculty welcomed to a new academic year » Gazette Net As the town prepares for the arrival of thousands of college students, University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy highlighted the “strong partnership” between UMass and the A…

Resignation, retirement or termination: Scannell's fate remains undecided » Eagle Tribune Superintendent Judith Scannell's options appear to have been reduced to three: resignation, retirement or termination, a city official said Tuesday.…

UMass Boston Changes Its Commuter-College Stripes — With Its First Dorm » WBUR For 50 years, commuting students have come to UMass Boston by car, subway and bus, only to leave as the campus closed each evening. …

Environment

New generation, new energy as United Way kicks off campaign » Gazette Net Standing among dozens of Franklin County professionals at Magpie, it was the former longtime leader of the United Way seeing the vision she had once plotted start to come to fruition.…

Weymouth compressor opponents to unveil billboards » Wicked Local Weymouth The new billboard message states the proposed compressor station is "a health safety and economic risk to the South Shore."…

State raises fines as it updates fishing rules » Gloucester Times It's going to cost you more to run afoul of the law out on the waters of the commonwealth beginning this November.…

It Feels Like It’s More than 100 Degrees Out There and We’re So Damn Hot » Boston Magazine Extreme heat is in the forecast for Boston. …

Five or six whales may be swimming in Boston Harbor right now » Boston Globe The US Coast Guard in Boston is sending out a warning to mariners to be cautious of whales that have been seen feeding and splashing around in Boston Harbor over the last few days. …

Housing

Parting ways: Wellesley Housing to look for executive director amid Needham split » Wicked Local Wellesley With the state-mandated split from the Needham Housing Authority on the horizon, the Wellesley Housing Authority is making plans to begin its search for a new executive director.…

Human Services

Governor Baker Signs BRAVE Act to Strengthen Services and Supports for Commonwealth’s Veterans » Framingham Source Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today joined Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña, members of the Legislature and vete…

Judiciary

Gov. Charlie Baker: Don’t use Governor’s Council membership as client bait » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said members of the Governor’s Council who send judges to the bench should not leverage that insider credential to advertise for legal clients.…

Labor

Workers stuck in ‘old person jobs’ pin hopes on tight labor market » Boston Globe They lost their jobs at the peak of their careers. They’ve struggled to find comparable work in their fields, often resorting to lower-paid tasks. Will the tightest labor market in nearly two d…

Legislative

House, Senate to work with Gov. Baker to curb Mass Cultural Council spending » Boston Herald

Local Government

Year of events announced for Plymouth quadricentennial » Wicked Local The organizations behind Plymouth 400, the commemoration of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony, announced Tuesday the year-long schedule of signature events for the 2020 Commemor…

Marlborough celebrates completion of $2.7M revitalization of East Main Street » MassLive Marlborough has completed a $2.7 million MassWorks project to help revitalize East Main Street with the goal of supporting future growth in the city's downtown.…

Lancaster and town-based group receive trail grants » Worcester Telegram Recognizing the benefits trail networks provide residents and communities, the Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded $3,940,000 in grants to fund design, construction, and maintenance for 75 tr…

Marijuana

Pot cultivation company seeking reclassification » The Recorder Another decision on marijuana has been added to the “special town meeting to-do list,” as described by Selectman Brian Keir.…

State marijuana panel is getting a lot of criticism after a recent ruling » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is facing a growing backlash over its recent decision not to crack down on excessive payments from marijuana companies to municipalities — but with…

Frustrated chairs urge CCC to review host community agreements » State House News Service As the Cannabis Control Commission weighs asking legislators to revisit the marijuana law to clarify requirements related to the agreements marijuana businesses are required to enter into with their h…

Do your job, lawmakers tell pot agency » Commonwealth Magazine Rep expresses concern about commission's sense of urgency …

Marijuana cultivator wants to set up shop in Adams » Berkshire Eagle Art Babayan says he really likes the people he's met in town during the course of his search for a place to establish a marijuana cultivation facility.…

Opinion

Zakim will move secretary of state's office forward » Lowell Sun I will admit that until Josh Zakim started campaigning for secretary of state, I didn't realize how regressive our voting rights were in Massachusetts. Zakim is advocating for same-day voter registrat…

Letter to the Editor: Diehl the only candidate with a good plan to fight opioid epidemic » Taunton Gazette I am impressed. Geoff Diehl not only won the Republican convention by 30 points, but he also has won the endorsement of Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson and Taunton Rep. Shaunna O’Connell. Di…

Mollie Tibbetts’s parents lost a daughter. Republicans found a tragedy to exploit » Boston Globe President Trump doesn’t care about Mollie Tibbetts. Oh, I’m sure he’ll be tweeting her name, especially when he needs a ready distraction from some other indictment, conviction, o…

In search of the next John McCain » Boston Globe With the passing of John McCain, the nation has lost its one truly national senator — a lawmaker who was widely known and well-regarded by both Republicans and Democrats.…

Letter: Vote for Palfrey » Wicked Local Wayland I write to urge you to vote for my friend and neighbor, Democrat Quentin Palfrey of Weston, who is running for lieutenant governor. I have known him and worked with him for several years. He is a dece…

Wendy Foxmyn: Progressive supports Comerford, Szynal and Blais » Gazette Net What a shock to lose so much of our Franklin/Hampshire area legislative delegation in one year: Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, Rep. Peter Kocot, Rep. Stephen Kulik, and Rep. John Scibak.…

Either Republican candidate is better than AG Healey » Lowell Sun In September there are two republican candidates who are competing with each other to unseat the current Attorney General (AG), Maura Healey. Both republican candidates are from the South Shore. Dan S…

Our View: Road map for a better sheriff's department » Eagle Tribune Problems with record keeping and financial management in the Essex County Sheriff's Department that put taxpayers' money at risk have been well documented. So the report by State Auditor Suzanne Bump'…

Union attacks on Meehan misleading, misguided » Commonwealth Magazine UMass Lowell adjunct faculty should negotiate seriously …

Report on Boston school assignment plan is troubling » Commonwealth Magazine Leaders owe answers on how they’ll address equity issues …

Our Opinion: Historic Route 20 deserves recognition » Berkshire Eagle Route 20 doesn't get much love as it meanders through the Berkshires, known by many residents less by its number than by the street names it collects along the way before rolling into New York State o…

Letter: Support for Sen. Hinds » Berkshire Eagle Senator Adam Hinds has earned my continued support with his very productive first two years as our state senator. First and foremost, Adam has been able to position himself in a very short period of t…

L'Italien has the courage to represent the 3rd District well » Lowell Sun There are many candidates running in the Third District to become our Representative with interesting resumes and different reasons why they feel they are uniquely qualified to fill this seat. Persona…

Labor daze » Martha's Vineyard Times

EDITORIAL: Lindstrom is best hope for GOP in senate race » Lowell Sun

Politics

Matt Damon is making robocalls for a lieutenant governor candidate » Boston Globe “How do you like them apples?” Matt Damon, the Cambridge kid turned international movie star, is being featured in a robocall going out to voters statewide on behalf of comedian-turned-pol…

A race for Scibak’s seat » Gazette Net On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to determine the Democratic nominee that will most likely end up joining a wave of freshman legislators heading to Beacon Hill from the region. The general el…

Four local races that could give some idea where the Democratic Party is going » Boston Globe When Massachusetts Democrats head to the polls on Sept. 4, they will not only pick nominees in races ranging from governor to state representative, they will also begin to answer more fundamental ques…

Baker and Lyons — match made in need » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker is taking heat for traveling to Andover Monday night to appear at a fundraiser for Rep. Jim Lyons, a Republican whose conservative politics and take-no-prisoners style on the House …

Congressional hopefuls speak at Chelmsford forum » Wicked Local Chelmsford Immigration, the economy, climate change?and challenging the Trump administration?proved dominant themes for Democratic candidates vying for the 3rd Congressional seat, in an Aug. 27?League of Women V…

Experience, Trump set 3rd District candidates apart » Lowell Sun "Thank you to all of my colleagues for running a great campaign," said Lori Trahan, looking down the table at her nine opponents in the 3rd Congressional District race. "This might be the last time we…

Lieutenant Governor visits Marlborough on the campaign trail » Community Advocate Lt. Governor Karyn Polito asked for four more years in the Statehouse at a gathering at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough recently.…

Michael Capuano follows ‘all politics is local’ mantra while still attacking Trump » Boston Globe For two decades, US Representative Michael Capuano has faithfully followed the dictum that “all politics is local,” famously coined by the legendary House speaker who once held his seat, T…

Endorsement: Lori Trahan is the best choice for Third District Democrats » Boston Globe Representative Niki Tsongas, the Lowell congresswoman who announced her retirement last year, after a decade in Congress, distinguished herself as a nationally recognized advocate for women in the mil…

Primary races for governor, Congress as Easton heads to the polls » Wicked Local Easton On Tuesday, Sept. 4, Easton residents will take to the polls to vote in the primary election ahead of the midterm election this November.…

Small voter turnout expected in Stoughton » Wicked Local Stoughton Stoughton voters will head to the polls for the State Primary on Tuesday, Sept. 4. But voters probably won't have to reserve a parking spot and wait in a long line.…

Baker sees housing, transportation, opioids as pressing issues » Lowell Sun One week before the state primaries, Gov. Charlie Baker pointed to his "work-focused approach" as a reason voters should return him to the corner office.…

Candidates protest Baker's support for Lyons » Eagle Tribune A small group of about 30-40 protesters gathered at the base of the Lanam Club's driveway Monday evening to object to Gov. Charlie Baker's presence at a fundraiser for state Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover.…

Democrats Protest Governor At Andover State Rep's Fundraiser » Worcester Patch State Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover) has led the push for the removal of a Salem Superior Court judge seen as being too soft on crime. Gov. Charlie Baker has blamed the problem on the law, not judges.…

Backing Rep. Jim Lyons could boost Gov. Charlie Baker’s GOP credentials » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker — apparently fearing a backlash from his right flank in the primary and even the general election — spent last night burnishing his GOP credentials at a private fundra…

Sanchez pulling out all the stops » Commonwealth Magazine REP. JEFFREY SANCHEZ appears to be pulling out all the stops in his primary fight against political newcomer Nika Elugardo, enlisting the help of other prominent state leaders and spending more than $…

Ayanna Pressley wants to be known for advocacy for women and girls » Boston Globe At the beginning of every Boston City Council meeting, Ayanna Pressley places in front of her a framed photograph of her mother, Sandra, holding her at 3 months old at a tenants’ rights rally i…

Fiola tops Steinhof in fundraising; Silvia opponent withdraws » Herald News Sen. Michael Rodrigues, representing the First Bristol and Plymouth district, who also is running unopposed, leads the pack in campaign money with an end balance of $209,140.…

DeLeo visits Lowell to stump for Mom » Lowell Sun It was during a previous visit to Lowell that House Speaker Robert DeLeo -- one of the "Big 3" leaders at the Statehouse -- was asked by Rep. Rady Mom if he would take a ride with him. …

No better choice than Gouveia in 14th Middlesex » Lowell Sun I met Tami five years ago while out and about the community. I knew immediately that she was someone I wanted to know better, because she was more deeply and genuinely committed to her work than most …

Bill Galvin’s go-to for some state work? It’s (still) his campaign vendor » Boston Globe To go out to bid, or not to go out to bid?…

Primary guide: Fifth Congressional District » Boston Globe Here’s a look at the candidates on the Sept. 4 primary ballot, with biographies reported and compiled by Globe staff and correspondents.…

Blais leads in spending, donations in 1st Franklin race » The Recorder With seven candidates — which is down from nine when it began last winter — the 1st Franklin District primary race to elect a successor to veteran state Rep. Stephen Kulik has brought in…

Sept. 4 primary to settle some crowded races » The Recorder This year’s state primary ballot, coming directly on the heels of the Labor Day, will be a wake-up call that summer’s over and there are choices that need to be made.…

Poll: Sánchez vs Elugardo — Who Are You Voting For? » Jamaica Plain News State representative races are usually sleepy affairs. The incumbent is often unopposed in the primary, maybe they face an also-ran candidate or a perennial candidate. This is not the case for this ye…

2 Democrats running to take on Plymouth Sen. Vinny deMacedo » The Enterprise Democrats Deborah Rudolf and Stephen Michael Palmer, both of Plymouth, will compete in the Sept. 4 primary in the Senate's Plymouth and Barnstable District to determine who will challenge incumbent Re…

Battenfeld: DA candidate Rachael Rollins says ‘minor’ arrest in ’91 not an issue » Boston Herald Suffolk District Attorney hopeful Rachael Rollins was charged with receiving stolen property while she was a student at UMass, court records and her campaign confirm.…

Gloves come off as state rep candidates Garry, Heisey debate in Dracut » Lowell Sun Weeks of tension between state Rep. Colleen Garry and School Committee member Sabrina Heisey boiled over Tuesday during a debate hosted by Your Dracut Today.…

Self-styled ‘moderate realist’ challenges incumbent Sen. Hinds » The Recorder Though it’s received nowhere as much attention as the four-way primary battle for the state Senate seat formerly held by Stan Rosenberg, a choice awaits Democratic voters in the Berkshire-based…

L’Italien Networks With Haverhill Voters During Pre-Election ‘Kitchen Table’ Tour » WHAV Sen. Barbara L’Italien made her last-minute pitch to Haverhill voters ahead of next week’s congressional primary during a Sunday afternoon gathering at Riverside Park, for the latest ins…

Gifford publicly responds to online attack ad » Lowell Sun Third Congressional District candidate Rufus Gifford responded publicly in optimistic terms Monday to a since-deleted video criticizing him that circulated online over the weekend.…

10 Dem candidates battling it out in crowded race to replace Tsongas » WHDH Ten Democratic Congressional hopefuls are hoping to come out on top next month in a crowded 3rd District race to replace U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.…

Pressley Says Voters Have A Choice: Status Quo Or Changing Washington » WBUR Ayanna Pressley is the first woman of color to serve on the Boston City Council. …

5th Barnstable District primary race heats up » Cape Cod Times

Tewksbury Man Promises Write-In Campaign If O'Connell Wins » Quincy Patch

Gov. candidates speak on housing, health care » The Bay State Banner

Drew Russo’s top priority is transportation » Lynn Daily News Item

Public Health

Political candidates advocate for medically assisted death » Gazette Net Support is strong for “The End of Life Options Act” among those running to represent western Massachusetts on Beacon Hill, with a number of its backers citing intense experiences with suff…

Baker Hints At Fentanyl Enforcement As Death Toll Continues » WBUR Days after a new state report revealed fentanyl was detected in almost 90 percent of fatal overdoses this year, Gov. Charlie Baker suggested potential further action in the coming weeks aimed at comba…

Barnstable schools cite dangers of vaping » The Barnstable Patriot

Public Safety

Baker says he wants GPS tracking in Environmental Police vehicles » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday he wants the Massachusetts Environmental Police to turn on GPS tracking inside officers’ vehicles, after a Boston Globe report outlined questionable payroll …

Massachusetts State Police issues 'far more serious' than Environmental Police split shifts, Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive Asked about another state agency facing questions about how it handles payroll, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the overtime issues within the State Police are "far more serious."…

Judge extends online ban on 3D gun blueprints; company begins selling flash-drive copies » ABA Journal

State Government

With 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage on the horizon, here's how Massachusetts is celebrating » MassLive In 1620, the Mayflower landed in Provincetown harbor, and the Pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony. They drafted the Mayflower Compact, setting up a new system of self-government. …

Gov. Charlie Baker: State agencies should limit auto leases » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is calling for agencies such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council to voluntarily abide by his administration’s policies limiting state-leased vehicles but said lawmakers do …

Statehouse security leaves replica Liberty Bell off limits » Worcester Telegram Visitors to Philadelphia line up around the block for a chance to view the real Liberty Bell. A 2,080-pound bronze replica outside the Massachusetts Statehouse, meanwhile, is tucked in a spot inaccess…

Baker's day job taking him around state during primary season » Lowell Sun

Taxation

State misses out on tax money from $40M in summer rentals » Boston Business Journal

Transportation

Delta Air Lines will fly from Worcester Regional Airport to Detroit » MassLive Delta Air Lines will fly from Worcester Regional Airport to Detroit, officials announced Tuesday morning, connecting Central Massachusetts travelers with more than 100 locations around the world.…

Utilities

Boil water order lifted for Adams » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has lifted the boil water order for all of the town water customers.…

Wave of the future? » Cape Cod Times It is perhaps the most expensive question that Cape Cod has ever faced: how to protect our drinking water through a comprehensive, integrated wastewater management program.…

Petition mobilizes opponents of Vineyard Wind plan in Yarmouth » South Coast Today

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Murphy: Why JP Residents Should Vote for Me as Register of Deeds » Jamaica Plain News

Zakim's progressive mind fails to think ahead on his voting record » Lowell Sun

2018 Massachusetts primary: Here's what your Republican ballot looks like » The Republican

2018 Massachusetts primary: Here's what your Democratic ballot looks like » The Republican

Rising costs put Lottery on hunt for new South Shore office » State House News Service

Springfield casino viewed as "credit positive" for city, Moody's says » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Bolognese sauce

Alta Strada and Tico’s Michael Schlow

Ingredients

¼    cup extra virgin olive oil
3    garlic cloves
1    onion, small diced
1    carrot, small diced
2    stalks celery, small diced
¼    pound pancetta, small diced
1    tablespoon fresh sage leaves, chopped
1    tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1    pound ground veal
1    pound ground pork
1    pound ground beef
1    pint milk
1    cup white wine
1½    quarts chicken stock
1    pint milled tomato
¼    cup canola oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottom sauce pot. Toast the garlic; remove and discard.

2. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and saute until soft.

3. Add the pancetta and render for 5 minutes.

4. Add the sage and rosemary and cook for 2 more minutes until aromatic.

5. Add the ground meat and cook until meat is fully cooked and has released all of its juices.

6. Add milk and wine together and simmer until reduced by half, approximately 15-20 minutes.

7. Add stock and tomatoes and simmer for about 3 hours, stirring constantly.

8. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Skim excess fat from the top.



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