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Must-Reads

Deval Patrick says he’s ‘not sure there is a place for me’ in 2020 race » Boston.com Deval Patrick says he’s focused on his day job and on helping Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. But there was no way David Axelrod was not going to ask the former Massachusetts governor …

Joe Biden: When a woman alleges sexual assault, presume she is telling the truth » Washington Post Former vice president Joe Biden, who was scrutinized for his handling of sexual harassment allegations made in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s 1991 Senate confirmation hearings, said Mo…

Orrin Hatch: Even if Kavanaugh committed rape ‘it would be hard for senators not to consider who he is today’ » RawStory Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Monday said that he believed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not attempt to rape Christine Ford when the two of them were teenagers — but he also tried to d…

It's NOT the economy, stupid! » The Point What's replaced the economy as the most important issue? According to Gallup, it's "dissatisfaction with government/poor leadership." In the latest Gallup survey, 29% cited unhappiness with the govern…

Meet the Democrats poised to torment Trump » Politico

Lottery chief riled after Orrall questions agency moves » State House News Service The state comptroller and Massachusetts Lottery officials came to the defense of the treasurer and the Lottery Commission's handling of the relocation of Lottery operations during a Monday morning mee…

Verizon leaves right-wing legislative group ALEC over its invitation to anti-Muslim activist David Horowitz » The Intercept

Fans of Ranked Voting See an Opportunity in Massachusetts » New York Times Nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls, Lori Trahan emerged Monday as the official winner of a 10-person Democratic primary for the congressional seat based in Lowell, Mass., held for a decad…

Fundraising committee event draws plenty of Deval Patrick fans » Boston Herald Deval Patrick did not attend the kickoff for a political action committee he has close ties to — but that didn’t stop the former governor from being the most talked-about man at the even…

House Democrats "energetic" in their support for him, DeLeo says » State House News Service Their co-leadership of the Legislature got off to a rocky start in July, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo thinks Sen. Karen Spilka will be an "excellent" Senate president, in part because like DeLeo she…

“I think we’re going to be fortunate in having a big and broad and deep field on the Democratic side, a talented field on the Democratic side,” Patrick said. “It’s hard to see how you even get noticed in such a big, broad field without being shrill, sensational, or a celebrity — and I’m none of those things and I’m never going to be any of those things.”

Deval Patrick

On whether there is room for him to run for president in 2020.

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Beltway Politics

Brett Kavanaugh and accuser will testify before Senate panel Monday » Boston Globe The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, under mounting pressure from senators of his own party, will call President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, and the woma…

Business

Holyoke’s Victory Theatre renovation project gets $13M infusion of state funds » Gazette Net Carlos Berrios, a tenor opera singer who lives in the city, has traveled to Italy and Germany, and seen many small-town opera houses that typically seat an audience of 300. Walking along the rows of t…

Hood Park development plans get bigger, bolder » Boston Globe Developers are pushing ahead with revamped plans for the Hood Park complex on Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown, with the goal of turning the old dairy complex into a high-tech office hub.…

Pedro Martinez, Dwight Evans help celebrate Worcester Red Sox's upcoming move to Central Mass. » MassLive Former Red Sox ace pitcher Pedro Martinez strutted down the red carpet behind City Hall Monday evening, doling out high-fives and autographs as Worcester celebrated the Worcester Red Sox's upcoming m…

Right-to-repair returns with wireless technology bill » State House News Service Six years after Massachusetts became the first state in the country to pass a "right to repair" law, the coalition of auto repair and parts shops behind that effort is back, relaunching ahead of a pus…

Connecticut governor candidate warns Baker: I want GE back » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Finalists in MLK memorial design competition unveiled » Boston Globe In a storied history spanning four centuries, Boston Common has played host to grazing cows, a military encampment, victory gardens, and a bandstand modeled after a Greek temple.…

Crimes

The Mysterious Swan Song of Mafia Killer 'Cadillac Frank' » VICE The Whitey Bulger pal and former head of the mob in New England just got life in prison. But he went out with a bang, hyping FBI corruption.…

Education

After police encounter, an uneasy return to Smith College » Boston Globe Smith College sophomore Oumou Kanoute no longer runs alone along the hilly Northampton roads. She has skipped out on campus celebrations. And she now prefers to eat in her room, avoiding leisurely mea…

Springfield breaks ground on $14 million Educare early education facility » MassLive Local, city and state leaders joined early education advocates, and others Monday to officially break ground on Educare Springfield, a nationally recognized school model that is among just 24 of its k…

Newton schools superintendent stands by history curriculum » Boston Globe The superintendent of the Newton public schools Monday denounced claims of anti-Israel bias in the district's history curriculum as baseless, saying recent online criticism by conservative commentator…

Poll: 72 Percent Of Americans Oppose Considering Race In College Admissions, But Even More Value Racial Diversity » WGBH Nearly three in four Americans disagree with using race in college admissions, although even more value racial diversity on campuses, according to a new WGBH News poll.…

Framingham School District food service deficit rising » Milford Daily News The School Committee mused budgeting unpaid meals within the fiscal budget, after passing a meal policy this summer that ensures no student goes hungry at breakfast or lunch.…

Environment

After deadly attack, officials plan to meet to discuss shark safety efforts » Boston Globe State and local officials plan to gather to discuss what next steps, if any, they should take to improve safety along the Cape Cod coastline, after a 26-year-old man was fatally attacked by a shark in…

Weston Property Owner To Pay Penalty For Wetlands Destruction » Framingham Patch A Weston property owner will pay up to $40,000 in penalties and restore wetlands to settle allegations that he illegally altered and destroyed those protected areas and kept farm animals too close to …

Meetings planned in wake of fatal Wellfleet shark attack » Cape Cod Times In the aftermath of the death Saturday of a 26-year-old Revere man bitten by a shark off Newcomb Hollow Beach, officials are grappling with what can be done to prevent another fatal attack.…

Gaming

MGM Springfield casino generates nearly $9.5 million in gross gaming revenue in August » Mass Live The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has reported that MGM Springfield, which opened its resort casino on Aug. 24, generated $9,456,976.90 in gross gaming revenue in the month of August.…

Suffolk Downs operator sues Wynn for $3B over casino bid » Boston Business Journal

Wynn Resorts hit with $3 billion lawsuit by former Massachusetts casino license rival Suffolk Downs » Mass Live

Health Care

Holyoke Medical Center's 125th Anniversary gala draws over 200 to Log Cabin » MassLive It was an evening of socializing, fine dining and dancing for more than 200 visitors who attended the 125th Anniversary Gala of the Holyoke Medical Center at the Log Cabin Sunday.…

Biotech’s idea for a better ACL treatment gets funding from NFL players union » Boston Globe A torn ACL, the tiny band of tough connective tissue in the center of the knee, has marked the downfall of many a football star. Remember the running backs Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos and Jama…

Judiciary

Will Clergy Sex Abuse Allegations Spur Change in Statute-of-Limitation Laws? » Governing Since the Pennsylvania report, several other states have launched investigations into the Catholic Church. But in some of them, laws prevent many child victims from seeking legal justice. …

Local Government

Council says no to Route 1 sex shop » The Salem News The City Council denied a special permit for an Adam & Eve sex shop at 212-216 Newbury St. Thursday, even though the store, which sells lingerie and other items, met requirements of the city's adult z…

Marijuana

Cannabis campus on nearly 1 million square feet coming to Bristol County's Freetown » MassLive Construction is scheduled to begin Sept. 25 on a nearly 1-million-square-foot cannabis campus in this Bristol County town.…

Marty Walsh to keep most pot money » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh has vowed to return a $250 donation from a pot industry donor…

Company eyes Whately land for marijuana farm » Gazette Net Two Boston men interested in starting a marijuana farm at 62 Christian Lane have begun discussions with the Selectboard.…

Opinion

Western Mass. legislative candidates speak out in support of Death with Dignity Bill (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive At a recent press conference, many candidates running for seats in the legislature from all over western MA. announced their support and pledged to work, if elected, for the passage of 'The End of Lif…

Brett Kavanaugh’s little lies are catching up with him » Boston Globe Before the latest explosive development in his nomination process, Brett Kavanaugh already had a track record for telling little lies.…

Senate panel must fully investigate accuser’s claims » Boston Globe If Brett Kavanaugh had a record of scrupulous honesty, the Supreme Court nominee’s denial of sexual assault allegations from when he was a teenager might be convincing. But he doesn’t. T…

EDITORIAL: Terrible tragedy, but state's response is reassuring so far » Sentinel & Enterprise On Sunday, the evacuated residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover -- three communities rocked by Thursday's tragic gas pipeline explosions -- were allowed to return to their homes. Utility wor…

‘No one is talking about us’ in this booming economy » Boston Globe Another Labor Day has passed, in theory recognizing the dignity of work and the American worker. An actor is shamed for working at Trader Joe’s to help support his family while pursuing acting …

EDITORIAL: Federal crackdown on e-cigarettes adds muscle to Mass. law » Sentinel & Enterprise We've sounded the alarm for some time about the dangers of nicotine-laced e-cigarettes, due to the uncertainty of their long-term health effects, and especially because of marketing campaigns apparent…

Gonzalez Will Raise Taxes If Elected Governor » WBSM

Educare puts Springfield at early education forefront (Editorial) » Mass Live

Editorial: Hypocrisy in taking pot cash » Boston Herald

Politics

Political Notes: Congressional debates up in the air » Cape Cod Times There could be a debate over how many debates there should be in the 9th Congressional District race between U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., and Republican challenger Peter Tedeschi.…

Senate candidate seeks injunction against UMass over debate snub » Lowell Sun Shiva Ayyadurai, an entrepreneur who launched a challenge for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's seat as a Republican before switching his party affiliation to independent, is seeking a preliminary injuncti…

Recount makes Lori Trahan’s win official in Third District primary » Boston Globe Ending nearly two weeks of uncertainty, Lori Trahan emerged Monday as the Third Congressional District’s Democratic nominee when a recount confirmed her place atop the 10-Democrat primary by a …

Primary turnout bucks electoral trend » The Salem News It wasn't a record-breaker but turnout in the recent statewide primary election was the highest in more than a decade.…

Rep. Tim Whelan Endorsed by NFIB » Cape Cod Today State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) announced today that his campaign for re-election has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)- Massachusetts PAC. …

Recount adds up to Trahan win » Lowell Sun After a year of campaigning, an election night that stretched into the early hours of the following morning and a weeklong recount, Lori Trahan was formally - and finally - declared the winner of the …

Polling and Parties and Midterms, Oh My! » UMass Lowell John Cluverius, an assistant professor of political science, uses survey research to peer into the minds of voters and politicians. That’s made him the go-to guy for media outlets looking for a…

Trahan takes Dem nomination in third after district-wide recount » Boston Herald The weeklong recount in the 3rd Congressional District widened Lori Trahan’s initial lead over Dan Koh in the Democratic primary, according to completed results released yesterday by Secretary …

After a Recount, Lori Trahan Has Narrowly Won the Third District Primary » Boston Magazine She has officially bested former Marty Walsh Chief of Staff Dan Koh. …

Gov. Charlie Baker to keynote Log Cabin Republican fundraiser in Washington » Mass Live

Lori Trahan Begins Her Campaign Against Rick Green For 3rd District Congressional Seat » WGBH

Public Safety

Restrictive state prison visitation policies spur outrage, lawsuits » MassLive Lucinda Fisher's son is in maximum security prison. Under new regulations that went into effect in March, her son is only allowed to put five people on his list of approved visitors. He can update the…

Acts of kindness, generosity and service: Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Charitable Fund to hold gala » MassLive Ronald Tarentino Jr. was a man with a charitable spirit, someone always looking for a way to help.…

State Government

One month left to register to vote in Massachusetts General Election » News 22 WWLP.com The state is simplifying the voting process, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin explained how it will motivate more people to get involved in elections. …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visits The Big E » MassLive It will be a little easier for Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to carry firewood into her home this winter. Thanks to the new braided bag from Thorndike Mills that Polito purchased while touring the Massachuset…

Taxation

Public comments due on $33 million Columbia Gas rate hike request » Mass Live

Transportation

Construction causing headaches for Chelsea bus riders » State House News Service Frustrated Chelsea commuters on Monday brought their concerns before state transportation officials, asking for relief on a bus route they said was plagued by delays and congestion.…

RMV chief outlines Real ID, wait time trends » State House News Service More than four months after the state started issuing driver's licenses that comply with the federal Real ID security law, the standard license continues to be the most popular service option for cust…

License Plate Confusion: Drivers Hit with Mistaken Toll Violations » NECN Paying tolls is bad enough, but what about getting stuck with another driver’s charges?…

Final cost of Longfellow Bridge project a tad overbudget » Boston Globe The price tag is finally in for the long rebuild of the Longfellow Bridge: $305.5 million, putting it a couple million over budget.…

Toll evaders running out of room » Commonwealth Magazine Massachusetts transportation officials said on Monday that they now have toll reciprocity agreements in place with New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island and are nearing an agreement with all New York…

Downeaster Line Readying For Expanded Service To Boston » WBUR Passenger rail service between Boston and Brunswick, Maine, is expected to expand by the end of this year with the completion of a critical rail project.…

T officials promise Chelsea service improvements » Commonwealth Magazine Agency to explore bus lanes, but fare reductions not considered …

Utilities

Jay Gonzalez faults 'lack of urgency' at DPU in responding to natural gas safety complaints » MassLive Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez on Monday raised questions about the Department of Public Utilities' response to reports of safety violations related to natural gas.…

Pressure inside Columbia Gas pipes was 12 times higher than normal » Boston Globe Natural gas was flowing through the pipes of several Merrimack Valley towns at 12 times the normal rate last week, according to US Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren, who cited briefings f…

Pipeline pressure before explosions was 12 times too high » Boston Herald The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been.…

Merrimack Valley faced with miles of ancient gas lines » Wicked Local Georgetown One man is dead. Dozens are injured. And thousands are without heat or hot water. Could the areas aging gas pipe grid be to blame? And does this mean we could see more explosions as those pipes age?…

In wake of gas fires, Gonzalez says he'd sweep out DPU board » State House News Service Days after gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley destroyed homes and killed one young man from Lawrence, Democrat Jay Gonzalez criticized state officials responsible for overseeing gas infrastructure…

Columbia Gas Faces The Public’s Wrath » WGBH Days after the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, the company responsible for the gas lines around that region says it could take months to restore gas to some 8,500 affected customers. Residents have …

State will defer to federal investigation into Merrimack Valley gas explosions » Mass Live State officials said Monday they will wait until the National Transportation Safety Board releases its investigative report on the Merrimack Valley gas explosions before deciding if any additional sta…

Moody's: "Little cushion" at NiSource for unforeseen events » State House News Service

Windsor's broadband chief calls FCC aid 'game changer' » The Berkshire Eagle

The Latest: Lawsuit filed over natural gas explosions » Boston Herald

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Officials push for safer beaches after fatal attack » Boston Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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