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In a J.D. Power survey, travelers rank Logan among the worst big airports in US » Boston Globe Despite a slew of recent renovations, travelers ranked Logan International Airport among the worst in the country for a third consecutive year, according to a J.D. Power survey released this week. …

Bigfoot Takes on Big Pharma in This Season’s Must-See Political Ad » Observer Move over, Omarosa. Move over, Stormy Daniels. Bigfoot is now an even bigger player in the 2018 midterm elections. …

Rick Green: Living the American Dream » New Boston Post Rick Green, the Republican candidate for the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional district, which Niki Tsongas is vacating, is in some sense a modern version of the Horatio Alger story. He has the Midas to…

A flag of underwear: Photo from Kavanaugh’s time shows DKE hijinks » Yale News In addition to DKE, Kavanaugh also belonged to Truth and Courage, one of Yale’s secret societies for seniors. Among some students, the all-male club, which was popular with athletes, was known …

Baker buoyed by more super PAC spending » State House News Service A new state super PAC created over the summer to support candidates fighting for cheaper prescription drug prices has launched a $500,000 campaign to help re-elect Gov. Charlie Baker, giving the gover…

Internal GOP Poll: 'We've Lost the Messaging Battle' on Tax Cuts » Bloomberg Politics By a 2-to-1 margin -- 61 percent to 30 percent -- respondents said the law benefits “large corporations and rich Americans” over “middle class families,” according to the surve…

Why do all these racists keep joining the GOP? » Washington Post (A)t the urging of media figures such as Rush Limbaugh, they have become convinced that white people are the last legitimate victims of racism in America today, regularly held back and tied down by a …

Paul Reville: Gonzalez's Endowment Tax Plan Is 'Spectacularly Bad' » WGBH Paul Reville, former state secretary of education and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, called gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez’s proposal to tax college endowments to …

Health Policy Commission asked to review nurse staffing ballot question » The Republican An association representing Massachusetts' health insurers has asked the state Health Policy Commission to provide a cost estimate for the nurse staffing ballot question. …

A clash of housing visions » Commonwealth Magazine SEVERAL HUNDRED ADVOCATES from across the country are descending on Roxbury Community College beginning Friday for a conference committed to the idea of building more housing to relieve a crunch that …

Hospital merger opponents urge Healey to file lawsuit » The Salem News Opponents of a planned merger that would blend Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess into a new 13-hospital system are looking to Attorney General Maura Healey to intervene as they continue to raise …

"When (or whether) men credibly accused of sexual misconduct get to make their comeback is a valid subject. It's only valid, though, if it acknowledges the more important issue - the harm done and the indelible effects on victims."

Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan

On the recent firing of Ian Buruma for publishing an essay by disgraced broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Tsongas Talks About Merrimack Valley Explosions, Midterms And Kavanaugh Allegations » WBUR A lot has been going on in Massachusetts' 3rd District lately.…

Business

Advocates press for credit protections » Gloucester Times Consumer advocates are pushing lawmakers to revisit a stalled proposal to guard against breaches of Social Security numbers, birthdays and other personal information.…

Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape » The Republican Valley Venture Mentors is moving this week from Tower Square into temporary quarters on the third floor of the new Springfield Innovation Center, 270-276 Bridge St.…

Rockland Trust bulks up in Boston with Blue Hills deal » Boston Globe Rockland Trust chief executive Chris Oddleifson just inked a nearly $730 million deal to buy Blue Hills Bank, making Rockland the biggest retail bank based in Massachusetts. Rockland will whiz past lo…

A Boston company sued a film festival founded by Michael Moore. Then Leonard Maltin weighed in » Boston Globe Michael Moore’s documentaries have targeted the wealthy and powerful — General Motors, the health care industry, and President Trump.…

Andover Small Businesses Seek Timeline For Reopening After Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions » WGBH Small business owners in Andover affected by the Merrimack Valley fires are looking to local and state government leaders to help to get their businesses back up and running.…

Fidelity's Abby Johnson talks innovation in the financial services » Boston Business Journal Abigail Johnson doesn’t speak in public very often, but when she does, there’s a good chance she’s talking about financial services technology.…

HUBweek unveils new events, headliners » Boston Globe HUBweek, Boston’s “festival for the future,” will kick off its weeklong series of conferences, exhibits, and dance parties early next month with a new and diverse cast of speakers a…

Merrimack Valley businesses hit hard by gas explosion disaster » The Metro West Daily News Joe Bevilacqua of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce says the toll of the natural gas disaster on businesses is not yet clear. …

Emerging fintech industry 'shows no sign of slowing down' » Boston Business Journal Harvey Hudes is a board member at the Fintech Professionals Association and CEO and founder of Caliber Corporate Advisers, a New York City-headquartered marketing communications firm that serves the f…

Mass. LGBT Chamber of Commerce to launch Monday » Boston Business Journal

Education

Aubuchon family donates backpacks to Spanish American Center » Leominster Champion The Aubuchon family, which has provided generous support to the United Way of North Central Massachusetts on many previous occasions, has now worked with the organization to donate 100 backpacks, each…

Leaving his mark: Jim Capistran retires from UMass Amherst after leading Innovation Institute » Boston Business Journal After more than 20 years working at UMass Amherst, Jim Capistran retired at the end of the summer. He had served the university as director of the Center for UMass Industry Research on Polymers and mo…

School board weighs options for search » Boston Globe One week after parents, civil rights, and community leaders urged the Boston School Committee to bar interim Superintendent Laura Perille from applying for the permanent post, the board said Thursday …

At Harvard, lack of hot breakfast has students fired up » Boston Business Journal

Environment

Industry pushes Baker on stalled Massachusetts solar incentives » The Republican The solar industry says uncertainty around clean energy incentives is bad for business, and is asking Gov. Charlie Baker to take action.…

Gaming

With meeting now set, Brockton casino backers want second chance » The Enterprise The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held an agenda setting meeting on Thursday morning, scheduling a discussion of a request to re-open Region C for commercial casino proposals, potentially breathing …

Health Care

UMass Memorial Health Care entities to pay $230,000 to resolve lawsuit after data breaches exposed information of 15,000 residents » The Republican UMass Memorial Health Care entities will pay $230,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey after two separate data breaches exposed personal and health information…

HealthAlliance, DPH respond to planned unit closures » Leominster Champion The state Department of Public Health has a few questions for UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital before it makes a final decision on the proposed closure of four units at Leominster Hospit…

UMass Memorial reps call proposed closure of health services necessary » Sentinel & Enterprise After repeated calls from state and local officials for more community engagement surrounding the pending closures of four of its health services in Leominster and Fitchburg, representatives of UMass …

UMass fined $230,000 for data breaches » Worcester Business Journal UMass Memorial Medical Group and flagship hospital UMass Memorial Medical Center will pay the state $230,000 after complaints of two data breaches exposing personal and health records of more than 15,…

3 Boston hospitals reach $1 million settlement over patient privacy in ABC series » Boston Globe Three Boston teaching hospitals accused of compromising patient privacy by allowing television crews to film inside their facilities have settled their cases with the federal government.…

Health care price tool a 'game changer,' says Franklin Rep. Jeffrey Roy » Worcester Telegram & Gazette A new state website designed for patients to compare health care provider prices launched earlier this year, but the head of the agency behind the tool said he thinks one of the site's features that g…

AG: UMass Memorial employees misused patient data in massive breaches » Boston Business Journal

Housing

One year on, refugees from Hurricane Maria still need homes » Gazette Net About three dozen people gathered for an event marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, and draw attention to the struggles facing those displaced by the hurricane who have moved to Massac…

Yarmouth Commons rises along Route 28 » Wicked Local Cape Cod An affordable housing complex that has been in the works in Yarmouth for several years is coming to fruition and many people who helped make it happen gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate the offici…

Worcester to conduct citywide housing study » Worcester Business Journal A new study slated to begin this fall will seek to compare best housing practices in Worcester and similar cities and to update a previous housing study done in 2012.…

Human Services

Walking path at Soldiers Home increases mobility for vets » The Reminder A new walking path around the grounds of the Holyoke Soldiers Home is part of an on-going program to increase mobility for the 262 veterans who live there and decrease the number of falls.…

Insurance

John Hancock is out to prove life insurance isn't a dying industry » Boston Business Journal Think about life insurance for a few seconds. What words come to mind? Prudent, maybe? Pricey? How about fun?…

Judiciary

Defense bar sees Baker crime bill as ‘regressive’ » Mass Lawyers Weekly Gov. Charlie Baker appears intent on rolling back some of the criminal justice reforms he signed into law just five months ago, defense lawyers say, pointing to a bill he’s proposed that would …

Labor

National Grid, union stuck in lockout with gas safety in spotlight » Boston Herald Though union members say there has been no movement in the National Grid lockout since the Merrimack Valley gas explosions last week, Gov. Charlie Baker said he is working hard to get the company and …

UMass Amherst gets $3 million to encourage women, minorities to pursue STEM fields » The Republican The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to implement new diversity and equity policies. …

Legislative

Rep. Tackey Chan named NAGE 2018 Legislator of the Year » Sampan Massachusetts State Representative Tackey Chan (D-Quincy) last week was awarded the National Association of Government Employees’ 2018 “Legislator of the Year” award, presented at t…

Wagner: Education, healthcare, sports betting are hot topics » The Reminder State Rep. Joseph Wagner had some advice that seemed to go against conventional political thought – in an era in which participation in elections is encouraged – Wagner said he tends to …

Dorchester Reporter » Dorchester Reporter Dorchester’s Linda Dorcena Forry is one of six newly named members of the Board of Directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate this week. Forry, 44, a former state…

Local Government

After train rescue, it's 'Jennifer Ringuette Day' in Gardner » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Jennifer Ringuette, a Gardner woman who saved a man caught between two boxcars during a train stop, can now say she had a day named after her.…

Hearing held on housing rehab project » The Gardner News A joint public hearing between the Planning Board and City Council was held this week on a regional program Gardner may participate in to redevelop vacant, blighted residential properties.…

Massachusetts Town Starts Pilot Program to Improve Wastewater Quality » Amherst, Mass., is one of four communities in the state starting a pilot program to improve the quality of it wastewater, reduce the cost of treating effluent and potentially find other uses for the e…

Paths, park, and pavilion unveiled in Winthrop » Boston Globe

Councilors question cause of shortfall in Brockton garage project » Wicked Local Bridgewater

Marijuana

Marijuana stores unlikely to open until late October or November » Boston Globe Recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts are unlikely to open until the end of October or even later, after the state’s Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday failed to issue final licen…

State conducts first inspections of marijuana facilities » State House News Service Marijuana regulators have completed at least one final inspection of a retail marijuana shop and more are scheduled, inching the Cannabis Control Commission closer to launching an industry it had hope…

Opinion

The financial crisis: Calamity averted, but challenges remain » Boston Globe A decade ago, the financial crisis hit like a tornado, ripping through the nation’s housing sector, slamming into the banking system, toppling landmark institutions, and threatening to wreak ev…

Are we equipped for the next recession? » Boston Globe With the 10-year anniversary of a terribly damaging financial crisis, many are reflecting on the lead-up to that crisis, which preceded the Great Recession and painfully slow recovery.…

For too many people, the ‘recovery’ never happened » Boston Globe Frances Louis unlawfully walked into an unlocked vacant townhouse in Roxbury in 2009 claiming that the new owners owed her a moral debt to let her stay there.…

Our View: State lawmakers fail us once again » The Sun Chronicle Once again, local communities are losing out on potential revenue because Beacon Hill can’t get its act together. And once again we can place the blame on the end-of-the-legislative-year rush t…

Editorial: Endowment tax a bad idea » Boston Herald When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court shot down the “millionaires tax” a few months ago, Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez promised on Herald Radio that “I will …

Editorial: Fintech firms should start policing themselves » Boston Business Journal With its concentration of financial institutions and technological knowhow, Boston is poised to be a leader in the surging field of financial technology. But for that to happen, local fintech startups…

Editorial: UMass should make Bayside options public now » Dorchester Reporter In a memo sent to the UMass Boston community on Tuesday, interim Chancellor Katherine Newman hinted that news about the “selection of a developer” to build out the twenty-acre waterfront B…

Beth Israel-Lahey merger could create strong rival for Partners » Boston Globe

Baker's debate snub disappointing, not defining (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Tran says 'no' to state Senate debate » Sentinel & Enterprise Incumbent Republican state Sen. Dean Tran has declined an invitation by the Sentinel & Enterprise to participate in a 90-minute debate with his Democratic challenger, Susan Chalifoux Zephir.…

GOP’s Amore Rips Massachusetts Secretary of State Galvin For Not Sharing Voter Data With Other States » New Boston Post A day after New Hampshire’s attorney general charged a couple with voting in two states during the 2016 presidential election, Republican Anthony Amore knocked Secretary of State William Galvin…

Tran-Chalifoux Zephir Senate race erupts into war of words » Sentinel & Enterprise There might not be a formal debate this election cycle between Republican incumbent state Sen. Dean Tran and Democratic challenger Susan Chalifoux Zephir, but it doesn't mean there won't be a war of w…

Whelan not all about first responders » Cape Cod Times For purely political reasons, some have wrongly taken issue with state Rep. Tim Whelan’s strong support for law enforcement.…

Attorney general gives health lesson to Weymouth class » Wicked Local Weymouth The lesson about how students should respect their peers and make healthy decisions is included in a curriculum that is being funded under a $450,000 state grant that is being shared by Weymouth and m…

3rd Plymouth District state representative seat features a rematch » Patriot Ledger The two women facing each other in the 3rd Plymouth District are familiar opponents.…

New campaign ad equating transgender law with danger ‘attempting to scare voters,’ group says » Boston Globe A new campaign video released Thursday by No on 3 - Keep MA Safe, a group that wants to repeal the state’s transgender antidiscrimination law, has drawn a strong rebuke from the ballott committ…

Republican Governors Association puts $1.75 million toward Baker re-election » The Republican The Republican Governors Association is spending another $1.75 million to help Gov. Charlie Baker win re-election.…

12th Plymouth state rep. candidates getting to know the district » Patriot Ledger With the Nov. 6 election six weeks away, candidates for the 12th Plymouth state representative seat say they are busy knocking on doors in the district.…

Baker to speak at D.C. LGBT event » Cape Cod Times

Suffolk DA rivals set to face off » Boston Herald Suffolk district attorney Democratic candidate Rachael Rollins and independent rival Michael Maloney will be squaring off in a debate — and Maloney is signaling it’ll be a UFC bout, glov…

Geoff Diehl sets out plan to ‘clean up Congress’ » Boston Herald

How Democratic Socialists Performed in State and Local Primaries » Governing Just over half of this year's candidates endorsed by Democratic Socialists are advancing to the general election. They could win seats for school boards, city councils and legislatures in 20 states. …

Keller @ Large: Mass. Voters Prefer Their Politicians Not Run For President » CBS Boston

Public Health

Fall River struggles with opioid addiction, but sees cause for hope » The Herald News The change of seasons is often a time to reflect. For several years now, in Fall River and around the world, the end of summer is a time to remember the lives that have been lost to the opioid epidemi…

Healthy Peabody Collaborative faces loss of federal grant » The Salem News A federal grant that pays for nearly half of the Healthy Peabody Collaborative's youth drug and drinking prevention work dries up in a year, and the program cannot reapply for the money.…

Drug experts push for ‘safe injection sites’ » Boston Herald The opening of “safe injection sites” in Massachusetts could happen in the near future, providing a place for people to take illegal drugs, experts testified yesterday.…

UMass Memorial names drug czar, launches Opioid Crisis Task Force » Worcester Telegram & Gazette UMass Memorial Health Care, the region’s largest health care system, announced the appointment of Dr. Kavita M. Babu as its first chief opioid officer at a launch of a systemwide Opioid Crisis …

Public Safety

AG makes her first move in state police overtime scandal » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is now rolling out charges in the state police OT-padding scandal.…

3 former Massachusetts State Police lieutenants indicted on state charges in overtime scandal » The Republican Three former lieutenants of the Massachusetts State Police have been indicted on larceny and fraud charges by a Suffolk County grand jury after an investigation by state Attorney General Maura Healey'…

Three former State Police lieutenants indicted in AG’s OT probe » Boston Globe Three retired State Police lieutenants who allegedly were paid thousands of dollars in 2016 for overtime they did not work were indicted Thursday by a Suffolk grand jury, according to Massachusetts At…

After Newcomb Hollow, vows to scrutinize water safety » Wicked Local Orleans A straggly string of sodden flowers marked the edge of the wrack line at Newcomb Hollow Beach Monday morning, the remnants of a sunset vigil the night before in memory of 26-year-old surfer Arthur Med…

Glacier’s grizzlies, Seashore’s sharks: Deal with it » Cape Cod Times Now that a young man has been killed by a great white shark off Wellfleet, the Monday-morning quarterbacks are blaming everything from the government to the seals. Why didn’t the National Seash…

Barnstable County officials offer to facilitate shark talks » Cape Cod Times Barnstable County Commissioners paused Wednesday for a moment of silence to remember shark attack victim Arthur Medici at the start of the board’s weekly meeting.…

State Finance

Massachusetts doesn't have funds to handle a one-year recession » News 22 WWLP.com According to new research, Massachusetts would have to either raise taxes or make budget cuts to have the reserves necessary to make it through the first year of a recession. …

The Week in Public Finance: Some States Are Less Prepared for a Recession Than a Decade Ago » Governing But according to two analyses, a majority of states have nearly enough savings to weather a downturn. …

State Government

Republican candidate Orrall would reduce government regulations as state treasurer » Gazette Net While she supports cutting taxes and regulations, Keiko Orrall, the Republican candidate for state treasurer, says she tries to find common ground with her political opponents. …

Transportation

Where will the money for S. Coast Rail come from? » Commonwealth Magazine STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS plan to have South Coast Rail service up and running by November 2022, but they haven’t figured out a way to cover the $1 billion cost yet.…

In a J.D. Power survey, travelers rank Logan among the worst big airports in US » Boston Globe Despite a slew of recent renovations, travelers ranked Logan International Airport among the worst in the country for a third consecutive year, according to a J.D. Power survey released this week.…

Another clue on declining T ridership » Commonwealth Magazine

Utilities

Columbia Gas has a plan for speedy pipe replacement. Is it safe? » Boston Globe

Mass DPU rejects AG Healey request for National Grid pipeline safety investigation » The Republican A state regulatory agency has sidestepped a request from Attorney General Maura Healey for a full investigation into National Grid's pipeline safety practices since the company locked out 1,250 union …

Columbia Gas paid $1.1M in fines » Boston Herald Columbia Gas of Massachusetts shelled out more than $1.1 million in fines for safety violations, tax audits, missed appointments and other issues in the past three years, according to documents filed …

Gas service could take ‘several months’ to restore in Merrimack Valley » Boston Globe Columbia Gas said Thursday that restoration of gas service across the Merrimack Valley could take “several months,” a dark new prediction for local business owners and residents as frustra…

Governor: Skilled workers needed to restore gas » Eagle Tribune The Chama Grill at 115 Main St., a popular dining place in downtown North Andover, has been out of operation for a week.…

Massachusetts wastewater plants to test innovative treatment technologies with MassCEC grants » The Republican Wastewater treatment plants can be huge consumers of energy, and the costs are generally borne by sewer ratepayers.…

Baker, Columbia Gas unveil massive recovery plan » Boston Globe

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Primetals project approved for incentive program » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Confusion abounds over Question 1 » Newburyport News

Jay Gonzalez Taps the Awesomeness of Anti-Harvardness » New Boston Post

Gov puts forward judicial nominees » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Valentina Videva Dufresne appointed to BCC Board of Trustees » South Coast Today

Dem challenger deals Charlie Baker another Trump card » Boston Herald

For tax plan, Gonzalez’s gives it the college try » Commonwealth Magazine

Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign decision to decline Western Massachusetts debate called 'disgrace' » The Republican

National PAC aimed at lowering drug prices will spend $500K boosting Gov. Charlie Baker » The Republican

Editorial: Pick up pace of probe » Boston Herald

Gas disaster recovery is top priority for former Swampscott town administrator » Lynn Daily News Item

Elizabeth Warren blasted the Republican endowment tax. Here’s why she’s less opposed to Jay Gonzalez’s plan. » Boston.com

Greater Boston Rents Dipped In August As Market Continues 'Cooling Down' » WBUR

First-ever town planner hired in Rutland » The Landmark

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2507 - An Act authorizing the town of Sturbridge to issue one additional license for the sale of all-alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises at 122 Main Street

Most read bills of the week:

HB1306 - An Act relative to fire safety

HB4913 - An Act relative to fire safety

HB4732 - An Act relative to economic development in the commonwealth

HB4742 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

SB2200 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB4758 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4903 - An Act to protect the commonwealth from dangerous persons

House Actions This Week: 85

Senate Actions This Week: 37


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