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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast, YWCA Central Mass., One Salem Square, Worcester

9:00am Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Methuen FRIENDraiser for Rep. Diana DiZoglio for State Senate

6:00pm Women for State Sen. Candidate Jacob Ventura Reception with Rep. Betty Poirier

7:00pm Rep. Joan Meschino General Election Campaign Kickoff

Must-Reads

‘A potent team’: What Jack Stoddard brings to the Atul Gawande-led health venture » STAT News he hiring of Jack Stoddard brings a veteran business mind into the effort to shake up the U.S. health care system by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase — an entrepreneur with a trac…

Here's how Massachusetts education funding talks collapsed with nearly $1 billion at stake » The Republican Debate over how to revamp the state's education funding formula continued down to the wire as legislators weighed different options potentially costing hundreds of millions of dollars, according to ne…

John Kerry criticized for saying Trump has ‘the insecurity of a teenage girl’ » Washington Post Former U.S. secretary of state John F. Kerry is being criticized for comparing President Trump to a teenage girl during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” …

California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault » Washington Post Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three dec…

Assisted living group declares opposition to Question 1 » State House News Service The trade group representing assisted living facilities came out Thursday against the nurse-to-patient staffing requirements of Question 1, expressing fear that the proposal will force hospitals to re…

Some on Beacon Hill push for voting reform » Boston Globe The crowded and chaotic Democratic congressional primary in Massachusetts that is now being recounted has fueled calls from election reform advocates for the state to adopt a system allowing voters to…

Cost to repair MBTA’s Alewife garage could top $30 million » WCVB Five Investigates has obtained an internal MBTA estimate of what it will cost to fix the crumbling Alewife Station Garage.…

“The explosions have brought heartbreak for numerous families—and the loss of a young life,” Baker said. “After spending some time visiting shelters and the local hospital, it is evident that the residents of the Merrimack Valley and Massachusetts are coming together to be supportive and kind.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the tragic gas line explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Hillary Clinton: American Democracy Is in Crisis » The Atlantic It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States. On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, “We owe him a…

Deval Patrick: ‘Character of the country’ is on the line in midterms » The Hill Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Saturday said the "character of the country" is on the line in upcoming elections.…

Elizabeth Warren rips GOP, touts ‘for the people’ agenda » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her case for being the roadblock to conservative policies she says undermines American values during a Town Hall in Quincy yesterday, as a November face-off looms again…

Deval Patrick says he’s ‘not sure there is a place for me’ in 2020 race » Boston.com

Business

King Philip Mill demolition to resume » The Herald News Local developer Robert Kfoury has been given the green light by the Department of Environmental Protection to resume demolition of one of the buildings at the King Philip Mill.…

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s loss, echoing through the years » Boston Globe

The Garage is the place to be at Microsoft » Boston Globe The Cambridge office building that houses Microsoft Corp.’s New England Research and Development Center has two garages. …

After allegations of theft at Winchester church, a youth minister asked questions. Now, he may lose his job » Boston Globe In the spring of 2016, officials at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston began suspecting that someone was stealing from the collection plate at St. Mary’s, a Catholic parish in Winchester.…

Layoffs Hit, Prices Lag As China's Tariff Pinches American Lobster Industry » WBUR The American lobster industry is starting to feel the pinch of China's tariff on U.S. seafood as exporters and dealers cope with sagging prices, new financial pressures and difficulty sending lobsters…

Education

From prison to college: Consortium puts inmates in a positive ‘pipeline’ » Boston Globe Prison changed Jose Bou’s life in a way he never expected. While serving a 12-year sentence for drug trafficking, Bou earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University through a special …

Sex ed advocates back proposed curriculum critiqued by Worcester school committee » Worcester Telegram Troubled by the prospect it would not be approved, sex education advocates in the region voiced their support for the middle sexual health curriculum that ran into opposition from a school standing co…

After ‘right-sizing’ closes Lynn dairy plant, schools complain of supply problems » Boston Globe Garelick Farms is struggling to keep up with orders more than three months after Dallas-based parent Dean Foods closed Garelick’s dairy plant in Lynn, putting 300 employees out of work.…

Environment

Cape Cod officials react to fatal shark attack in Wellfleet » Cape Cod Times After a 26-year-old Revere man’s death Saturday at Newcomb Hollow Beach from what is believed to be a shark bite, public officials expressed sadness and caution as warm days continue on beaches…

Officials push for safer beaches after fatal attack » Boston Herald

Fatal shark attack on Cape: ‘This is real now’ » Cape Cod Times A 26-year-old Revere man died after he was attacked by what was believed to be a great white shark Saturday afternoon at Newcomb Hollow Beach.…

Developing Story: Revere Man Dies in Wellfleet Shark Attack; First in Massachusetts Since 1936 » Cape Cod Online A 26-year-old man from Revere died from his injuries Saturday afternoon following a shark attack off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.…

Gaming

Will it happen? MGM Springfield sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' for Court Square housing project » The Republican MGM Springfield officials, meeting with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission this week, raised hope that the long-delayed renovation of a vacant, historic block building at Court Square could become a …

Health Care

Stranger in the house » Boston Globe Most home health aides offer vital care to the frail and aged. But some have other designs, leaving too many clients vulnerable to theft and worse. …

The US has a huge need for home health care, and many from Ghana do the hard work » Boston Globe It had been 12 years since Rita Sarpong went home to Ghana. She’d missed siblings’ weddings, the births of nieces and nephews, even the death of her father, sacrificing time with her own…

Housing

'Denial is not possible': Massachusetts residents with crumbling concrete gather looking for help, action » MassLive Massachusetts Residents Against Crumbling Concrete will host a public forum for homeowners who fear their homes were built with pyrrhotite-contaminated concrete at 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial Town Hall …

Labor

State leaders increase focus on National Grid labor standoff » Boston Globe The state’s top union leader is calling for National Grid Massachusetts president Marcy Reed to resign from the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in light of the fact that she cu…

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call: How often did local senators vote with party leadership? » Taunton Gazette There were no roll calls in the House and Senate last week.…

Local Government

Lowell completes recount of Third District primary vote » Boston Globe The city completed its recount of the Third Congressional District’s Democratic primary Sunday evening, giving the two front-runners in the race each a smattering of extra votes.…

Council peeved by Galvin 'mud' toss » Lowell Sun City officials and councilors were visibly peeved Tuesday night, a day after Secretary of State William Galvin "dragged them through the mud," one City Hall insider told The Column at the council meet…

Today: City to celebrate Worcester Red Sox on Common and in Canal District » Worcester Telegram Street closures, parking restrictions and traffic delays are expected to accompany Monday's Worcester Red Sox welcoming celebration downtown and in the Canal District, police said in a statement.…

Neighbor to Neighbor » Worcester Telegram Sean Cronin and Sebastian Aguilar, both of Clinton, had the once in a lifetime opportunity to play soccer alongside their favorite New England Revolution players during the first-ever open to the publ…

Fiola meets with Tith at Southeastern Asian Cultural Festival » The Herald News On Sept. 8, state Rep. Carole Fiola gathered with Ricky Tith, president of the Cambodian American Rescue Organization, dancers and participants who came together to celebrate their culture at the Sout…

A new Quincy » Commonwealth Magazine Building boom looks to move city beyond its past without leaving it behind …

Marijuana

Charlie Baker, Marty Walsh were anti-pot, but take donations from marijuana companies » Boston Herald Some of the Bay State’s most prominent anti-pot pols are rolling in the green, taking thousands of dollars in donations from deep-pocketed marijuana companies seeking political leverage in the …

Opinion

Howie Carr: Gov. Baker, Lawrence Mayor Rivera criticize Columbia Gas despite political contributions » Boston Herald Where’s the gratitude? That’s what the fat cats of Columbia Gas had to be asking themselves Friday, as Gov. Charlie Baker and Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera took turns putting the blast on th…

Mass. delegation must step up for Wampanoag tribe » Boston Globe Passing a law that gives the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe a pathway to reservation status for land in Mashpee and Taunton should be a top priority for the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation.…

When it’s OK to be black — just not too black » Boston Globe THERE I SAT, in my best (and only) suit, my sensible black pumps tapping nervously. The job fair recruiter, a middle-aged white woman, gave my resume a polite, but cursory once-over. Then she told me …

California’s latest bad idea: gender quotas for corporate boards » Boston Globe DOES PORCINE MALE chauvinism exclude women from the highest ranks of American corporations? No one could have doubted it in the 1880s, or even the 1980s. But today, a rising tide of female business ta…

Readers’ pulse taken on Baker’s reelection bid » Boston Globe The Globe’s review of Governor Baker’s achievements, given in the context of its 2014 endorsement, makes it clear to me that Baker has performed reasonably well and, in normal times, wou…

Pass the Airbnb tax already » Boston Globe The state must truly be rolling in dough. How else to explain why lawmakers are leaving $25 million in potential revenue from a statewide tax on short-term rentals on the table?…

10 years after Lehman collapse, Washington is back to its old tricks » Boston Globe Ten years ago, Lehman Brothers collapsed and set off the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Over the next few years, millions of Americans who had worked hard and played by the rules l…

The business of being Belichick » Boston Globe It should come as no surprise that the Harvard Business School has taken more than a casual interest in the New England Patriots. Team owner Robert Kraft graduated from HBS in 1965. His son Jonathan, …

Jim Hand: Heroux is different » The Sun Chronicle Attleboro voters are finding out that Mayor Paul Heroux is, well, different from his predecessors.…

Gov. Baker’s leadership tested as Election Day looms » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is facing the sternest test of his leadership yet — one likely to help define his governorship — as he grapples with the aftermath of the deadly gas explosions and fir…

What I learned in nine months of running for U.S. Congress » Sentinel & Enterprise For the last nine months, I was a Democrat candidate for Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District. Wasn't everyone though?…

Baker, Gonzalez should oppose health care duopoly » Commonwealth Magazine Beth Israel-Lahey mega merger will raise, not lower, costs …

Politics

Trahan ‘Hopeful’ Ahead of Third Congressional Democratic Recount Reveal » WHAV Two weeks and two dozen recounts later, the 3rd congressional district is one step closer to determining a democratic primary winner.…

Trahan builds lead over Koh as 3rd District recount deadline nears » Lowell Sun Third District Congressional candidate Lori Trahan continued to pick up more votes in municipal recounts, extending her lead to 136 against Dan Koh on Saturday.…

Lawrence, Andover complete recounts of Third District ballots » Boston Globe One of the largest cities in the Third Congressional District completed recounting its ballots for the Democratic primary Saturday, barely 48 hours after a series of gas explosions and fires drove res…

Koh Picks Up Four Votes In Lawrence, Andover Recounts » Framingham Patch Despite ongoing recovery efforts from a series of gas explosions Thursday, officials in Lawrence proceeded with a recount of ballots cast in the Sept.4 Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional Dis…

Elizabeth Warren, Jay Gonzalez rally Democrats at Worcester State University » Worcester Telegram Roberta Goldman of Shrewsbury, a teacher and Democratic State Committee member, said she came to an organizing meeting Sunday for Democratic nominee for governor Jay Gonzalez and U.S. Senator Elizabet…

Looking at How Revere Voted in the 2018 Primary » Revere Journal Rachael Rollins won the Democratic primary in the Suffolk County district attorney’s election, the most hotly contested race on the ballot in last Tuesday’s Primary election in the City …

From Harvard to Beacon Hill: Quentin Palfrey ’96 Makes a Bid for Lieutenant Governor » The Harvard Crimson Quentin A. Palfrey ’96, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, always knew he wanted to serve others.…

On the Record: Will Trump be a problem for Charlie Baker? » WCVB The political analysts debate whether President Donald Trump will affect the Massachusetts Gubernatorial race.…

On the Record: Jay Gonzalez tying Charlie Baker to President Trump? » WCVB Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez said Charlie Baker's endorsement of GOP senate candidate Geoff Diehl, he is supporting the efforts of President Donald Trump.…

Public Health

Group to start needle exchange program in Framingham » The Metro West Daily News Hoping to reduce the transmission of HIV and other diseases among drug users, a social services organization that serves Framingham and surrounding communities is set to launch the first needle exchan…

Public Safety

Just after 4:30, the Lawrence police radio sounded: ‘All right, get every civilian out of this area.’ » Boston Globe It began, a little after 4 p.m. Thursday, with a single call about a basement fire — an unremarkable event, on what had seemed an unremarkable afternoon.…

Officials: Three-alarm fire in Lawrence today not related to gas incident » Boston Herald A raging three-alarm fire that erupted in a Lawrence apartment complex this morning shortly after Gov. Charlie Baker green-lighted evacuees from the gas explosions to return home is not related to Thu…

Lawrence police officer discovers his own home was among the fires » Boston Globe The moment Lawrence police Officer Ivan Soto realized the enormity of the gas disaster unfolding Thursday afternoon, he called his 15-year-old daughter and told her to get out of the house.…

Relief fund announced to assist those affected by natural gas disaster » The Eagle Tribune

State Finance

States' Capital Budgets Have Become Partisan Battlegrounds » Governing The picture spoke a thousand words: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his family were frolicking and sunning themselves on an otherwise empty beach at Island Beach State Park. The sandy shore was clo…

State Government

Mashpee tribe members, nonmembers meet to discuss Interior finding » Cape Cod Times A week after the Trump administration reversed course on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s trust lands, members of the tribal community invited nonmembers to meet at the tribe’s headquarters…

State auditor feuds with RMV over driver's license report » The Eagle Tribune Wrangling between the Baker administration and State Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office continued Friday, with the Registry of Motor Vehicles demanding that Bump “correct” what it says a…

RMV head: We told auditor Suzanne Bump her audit on dead licensees was wrong » The Republican

Transportation

As state wants transit authorities to justify funding, SRTA says they can show need » The Herald News At stake under an 18-person assessment task force state transportation officials are forming this month is the “state contract assistance” (SCA) contribution to RTAs that through legislati…

PVTA cutting UMass bus routes for lack of drivers » Gazette Net A shortage of drivers for Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses that operate in Amherst is prompting a reduction in weekday service on three routes that largely serve University of Massachusetts stud…

Billerica sees the light in project » Lowell Sun Town officials flipped a switch and the lights came on Thursday night, christening the Boston Road Revitalization Project. …

What is the T’s Chelsea Plan? » Commonwealth Magazine City officials and FMCB’s Lang say it isn’t working …

Utilities

Official: Gas pressure sensors focus of disaster probe in Mass. » The Associated Press (AP) The investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts, …

Lawrence residents meet with Columbia Gas at claims center set up in library » Boston Globe Hundreds of displaced residents waited Saturday afternoon inside the Lawrence Public Library to speak with representatives from Columbia Gas.…

Eversource making progress after gas explosions in Merrimack Valley » News 22 WWLP.com New information Sunday morning on those deadly gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.…

Homes cleared, residents return to gas disaster evacuation zone » Boston Herald Governor Charlie Baker this morning cleared all residents from evacuated areas of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover to return to their homes following a series of gas explosions and fires that left…

NiSource, Inc. faces securities investigation following Massachusetts gas explosions » The Republican A Pennsylvania law firm said Friday it intends to investigate NiSource, Inc. and its officers for "possible violations of federal securities law."…

Lawrence area residents will not have gas restored for weeks as pipes are replaced » Boston Globe Many residents in South Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover will have to wait weeks before they can cook or take hot showers, as Columbia Gas announced Sunday that it would replace 48 miles of pipeli…

Springfield mayor wants meeting with Columbia Gas to reassure residents after Merrimack Valley gas explosions » The Republican Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday that city officials will seek a meeting with Columbia Gas to discuss maintenance and safety here in the aftermath of gas explosions in three Merrimack Valley communi…

“Armageddon” in Andover: What We Know about Fires and Explosions in the Merrimack Valley » Boston Magazine As chaos hit Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover one man died, others were injured, and thousands were evacuated. …

As Frustration Mounts with Columbia Gas, Baker Declares a State of Emergency » Boston Magazine Eversource will now take over the recovery. …

Scared Merrimack Valley evacuees return home as NTSB investigates explosions » Boston Herald

Gov. Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera to meet with agencies to discuss recovery efforts » The Republican

Baker Says Columbia Gas Infrastructure Costs 'Are Going To Be On Them,' As Affected Communities Work To Recuperate » WBUR

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/17

9:00am Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast, YWCA Central Mass., One Salem Square, Worcester

9:00am Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Methuen FRIENDraiser for Rep. Diana DiZoglio for State Senate

6:00pm Women for State Sen. Candidate Jacob Ventura Reception with Rep. Betty Poirier

7:00pm Rep. Joan Meschino General Election Campaign Kickoff

Tuesday - 9/18

12:00pm September Author Talk: Karilyn Crockett, State Library, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

7:00pm Stow Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Rick Green & State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse

Wednesday - 9/19

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate John MacDonald

6:30pm Meet & Greet with Rep. Keiko Orrall for Treasurer

7:00pm Drinks & Dessert with Governor's Council Candidate Paul DePalo

7:00pm Quincy Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Thursday - 9/20

8:30am Women for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

10:00am State Lottery Commission Public Hearing, Mass. State Lottery Commission, 60 Columbian Street, Braintree

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:30am Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

6:00pm Comedy Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Erin Calvo-Bacci

6:00pm The Road to Victory Summit with State Rep. Candidate Alyson Sullivan

9:00pm Vote Yes on 3 Queeraoke FUNdrager

7:00pm Springfield Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Friday - 9/21

10:30am Department of Revenue Performance Recognition Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston


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