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10:00am Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

11:00am Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Shrewsbury Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

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Must-Reads

CHAIRMEN SAY ENDOWMENT TAX WAS OVERSHADOWED BY OTHER ISSUES » State House News Service While lawmakers this session gave proposals to tax the endowments of wealthy private colleges little attention, legislative leaders say the idea that was suddenly embraced last week by the Democratic …

LAWMAKERS RALLY IN RAIN FOR "BREAKFAST AFTER THE BELL" BILL » State House News Service Gathered in the rain outside the State House Tuesday, a group of about two dozen ralliers held signs telling the stories of people experiencing hunger in Massachusetts -- among them, a gig worker who …

The GOP’s Least-Worst Option Is If Kavanaugh Withdraws — And Soon » FiveThirtyEight Brett Kavanaugh has never been a popular Supreme Court nominee — and he’s probably becoming more unpopular still following allegations earlier this month by Christine Blasey Ford that Ka…

Linda Noonan to step down as head of Mass. Business Alliance for Education » Boston Business Journal Linda Noonan, the longtime executive director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, has announced that she plans to step down next year. …

‘People actually laughed at a president’: At U.N. speech, Trump suffers the fate he always feared » The Washington Post UNITED NATIONS — President Trump has long argued that the United States has been taken advantage of by other nations — a “laughing stock to the entire World,” he said on Twit…

MassHousing employees raking in $200G+ salaries, driving leased cars, parking for free » Boston Herald The state agency charged with funding affordable housing is home to some of the most lucrative jobs in the state, with its executive director and other top aides each making more than $200,000 a year,…

“He has always been obsessed that people are laughing at the president. From the mid-’80s, he’s said: ‘The world is laughing at us. They think we’re fools,’ ” “It’s never been true, but he’s said it about every president. It’s the first time I’m aware of that people actually laughed at a president. I think it is going to drive him absolutely crazy. It will play to every insecurity he has.”

Thomas Wright, a Europe analyst at the Brookings Institution.

On Donald Trump being mocked by members of The U.N.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Republicans are adopting Trump’s tactics in Kavanaugh battle » Boston Globe Deny the accusation. Attack the accusers. Then soothe the political base by going on Fox News to explain it all away.…

A ‘Fair Process’ In the Kavanaugh Hearings — For Whom? » WGBH During last night's Fox News interview with Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh, he used an iteration of the phrase "fair process" at least 14 times in a 20-minute interview. So what exactly is a fa…

Business

Necco candy equipment is to be sold off, sounding another death knell of a Boston institution » Boston Globe It took decades for the owners of the New England Confectionery Co. to assemble their candy empire. And it will take just a matter of weeks for that empire to be broken into pieces and sold off.…

Charlie Baker, Lawrence mayor meet with Lawrence business owners affected by fires, explosions » Boston Herald Business owners in Lawrence are anxious about getting back up and running after a series of gas fires and explosions left thousands without service in the Merrimack Valley.…

State, county dig in, break ground for Berkshire Innovation Center » Berkshire Eagle Another chapter in the Berkshire Innovation Center's long history was completed Tuesday when local and state officials gathered at the William Stanley Business Park to officially break ground for the …

More Than Words opens its newly expanded bookstore in the South End » Boston Globe At the newly expanded More Than Words bookstore in the South End, Mehki Jordan, 20, knows exactly which signs he painted. He can name the books he helped organize, the shelves he helped build.…

Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center » iBerkshires Shawna Axenroth and her daughter go hiking in the scenic Berkshire Hills and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen.…

Hold the Donuts, Says Newly Named Dunkin’ » New York Times Time to take out the donuts.…

Boston’s economic growth lags Silicon Valley, Seattle » Boston Business Journal Greater Boston’s economy grew at a faster clip than those of other big East Coast metropolitan areas last year, but it was significantly outpaced by the West Coast’s tech-heavy regions, …

Uber to pay $148 million to settle data breach settlement; Massachusetts to receive $6.5 million » MassLive

Healey: Uber to pay $150M settlement over data breach » Boston Herald

Education

At Yale, Kavanaugh accusations are the talk of campus » Boston Globe With the country riveted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s tumultuous Supreme Court nomination process, nowhere have the sexual assault allegations against him seemed more tangible than at his alma ma…

Free college forum set for Thursday » Eagle Tribune State Rep. Andy Vargas and Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will give high school students and their families information about choosing and affording college at a "Go Hi…

Political Notes: Tsongas urges Cape students to get involved » Cape Cod Times U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., visited Barnstable High School on Friday to participate in a nonpartisan candidates forum for high school students sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.…

State commissioner of elementary and secondary education visits Mountview » The Landmark A V.I.P. in the state’s educational world paid a visit to Holden’s Mountview Middle School last week and was impressed by the gleaming two-year-old facility.…

Mass. tops nation in public higher ed equity report » State House News Service Massachusetts leads the nation in equity among black students at public colleges and universities, according to a new report out Tuesday.…

Lawmakers rally in rain for school breakfast bill » The Metro West Daily News The group called on the House to pass a Senate-backed bill that would require schools where at least 60 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals to offer breakfast after the in…

Granby celebrates opening of East Meadow School with ribbon cutting » MassLive

Environment

For Environmentalists Fighting Natural Gas, Safety Issue Comes To The Forefront » WGBH While the gas fires and explosions earlier this month were a shock to residents of the Merrimack Valley, not everyone was surprised. Activists who’ve been lobbying against the expansion of natu…

Gaming

Mohegan Sun seeks to disqualify Massachusetts Gaming Commission chief Stephen Crosby from taking next steps on Wynn » MassLive Mohegan Sun, which has lobbied for Wynn Resorts to lose the eastern Massachusetts casino license, is now seeking to remove the state Gaming Commission chairman from the process to determine whether Wy…

Analysis: Wynn Resorts may be forced to cash out in Everett » Boston Herald The Gaming Commission’s long-awaited report on sexual harassment and how much Wynn Resorts withheld information and lied in its casino application is expected soon, and pressure is building for…

Massachusetts Gaming Commission taking up next steps in Wynn Resorts investigation on Sept. 27 » MassLive The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is ready to take up the process for how to handle the results of its investigation.…

Health Care

Letter to the Editor: Fiola's opposition to SSTAR project risky, misguided and transparent » The Herald News State Rep. Carole Fiola has submitted a slanted and blatantly incorrect Letter to the Editor to The Herald News regarding the present effort by SSTAR to construct and operate a health and entreat faci…

In search of truth on Question 1 » Cape Cod Times Calling themselves the “Truth Tour,” a dozen members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association stood in the rain on a street corner Tuesday and accused Cape Cod Healthcare executives of lyin…

Anna Jaques CEO outlines benefits of hospital merger » Salem News Anna Jaques Hospital CEO Mark Goldstein reaffirmed Tuesday that the proposed merger of 13 Massachusetts hospitals would allow for a greater range of services for patients close to home at all socioeco…

Health Policy Commission to assess ballot question » Commonwealth Magazine Agency would implement nurse staffing law if it is approved …

Housing

Boston raises its goal for new housing by 30 percent » Boston Globe With Boston’s population growing faster than anticipated and rents continuing to rise, Mayor Martin J. Walsh says he has an updated strategy for easing the city’s housing crunch: Build e…

'There Will Be Evictions': New Smoking Ban Roils Public Housing's Oldest Residents » Governing The rule, which is projected to save states $150 million a year, went into effect this summer. …

Insurance

Greater Lawrence gas blast victims can seek waiver on Massachusetts Health Connector premiums » Boston Herald The state’s health insurance marketplace will pay up to three months of premiums for residents and businesses dealing with the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, the agency said.…

Judiciary

Assistant District Attorney John P. Pappas to serve as interim Suffolk County District Attorney » Mass Live Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Assistant District Attorney John P. Pappas as the interim Suffolk County District Attorney.…

Veteran prosecutor of high-profile cases named interim Suffolk DA » Boston Globe John Pappas, a veteran prosecutor known for trying the man who killed Amy Lord and the defendants who stabbed Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce, was named Tuesday as the interim Suffolk district attorn…

With steps and songs, Brockton court focuses on diversity, inclusion » The Enterprise With Irish steps, Cape Verdean songs and West African drums, diversity rang loudly at Brockton Trial Court Tuesday. It spoke too, when Brockton High School senior Mentia Gonpala offered a poem titled,…

Labor

Lawmakers help ex-Logan manager revive 9/11 disability claim » State House News Service Shattered by the stress of Sept. 11, 2001, a former Massport worker's accidental disability retirement claim has turned into a test case for expanding an eligibility window to account for modern under…

Transportation company cited $460k for violations » Berkshire Eagle

Legislative

Representative Kane appointed as task force member of transit authority and funding » Shrewsbury Post State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) was appointed recently by the House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) to serve on a task force that will evaluate the performance …

Local Government

Marblehead: a town both pretty and treacherous » Wicked Local Marblehead Looks can be deceiving. Marblehead is undeniably beautiful and historic, but if you have a disability, it can also be treacherous.…

Complete Streets funding provided for Tufts Square » Wicked Local Medford A complete street is one that provides safe and accessible options for travelers of all ages and abilities, including bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and all other forms of transportati…

Lawrence City Council honors NECC grad » Eagle Tribune The City Council presented Lawrence resident and Northern Essex Community College graduate Jinette Galarza with a special citation based on her academic success and demonstrated leadership at its Aug.…

Officials to host session on planned HealthAlliance closures » Leominster Champion On Monday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at the First Church UU at 15 West St. in Leominster, local and state elected officials from Leominster and Fitchburg will host a listening session for local residents to ha…

Town continues fight to keep NOAA Fisheries » Wicked Local Falmouth Selectmen are again expressing their desire and hope that the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, better known as NOAA Fisheries, will stay put in Woods Hole.…

Done deal: Worcester council OKs ballpark financing » Worcester Telegram The final piece of the deal to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to this city is in place.…

Town, cleaning company found not liable » Salem News A Lawrence Superior Court judge has dismissed two of the three counts in a lawsuit brought by the family of a Danvers High School teacher killed by one of her students nearly five years ago. …

Mashpee manager to push for tribal land bill » Cape Cod Times Mashpee Town Manager Rodney Collins will be traveling to Capitol Hill to advocate for pending legislation that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation.…

Lynn council tells bikes to take a hike » Lynn Daily News Item Dockless bikes will be pulled out of Lynn by November, because the City Council has seen enough of them being scattered haphazardly across the city.…

Opinion

Nuns secure a victory for gun safety advocates » Boston Globe Curbing gun violence can seem such a daunting task, it’s hard to know where to begin.…

Brett Kavanaugh fight is really about the midterm elections » Boston Herald The sexual misconduct controversy swirling around President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee may decide the direction of the high court but Democrats have an even bigger prize in mind — con…

Columbia Gas and National Grid failed us; now what? » The Daily Collegian Imagine losing your home to something out of your control. Now imagine that it wasn’t a force of nature like a hurricane or flood that decimates your neighborhood— it was a human or syst…

This is no time for Betsy DeVos to gut sexual assault guidelines » Boston Globe The White House’s unwavering defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has reinforced an unfortunate fact — the Trump administration is not disposed to believe women who accuse me…

In a once-in-a-generation moment, the Suffolk DA’s office changes hands » Boston Globe Dan Conley likes to point out the remarkable continuity in the Suffolk district attorney’s office: Since 1927, only five men have held the job. It’s one of those only-in-Boston bits of t…

Under the big top: Supreme Court hysteria » Boston Globe What do you think of when you hear the word “circus”? The trapeze artist, the lion tamer, the clowns, the acrobats — all under the big top, in a frenzy of activity?…

Our View: Congress shouldn't tamper with online sales tax ruling » Eagle Tribune Leave it to Congress to befoul a hard-won moment of clarity and fairness for retailers.…

Politics

Meet the candidate: Hill talks environment, education, experience, and record » The Local News After 20 years in the job, state Rep. Bradford “Brad” Hill has a lot to talk about when it comes to his record.…

Jay Gonzalez, candidate for governor, calls for removal of Massachusetts State Police superintendent Kerry Gilpin » Mass Live Pointing to the recent indictments of three former lieutenants of the Massachusetts State Police, Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez is planning to call for the removal of the head of the …

Anthony Amore, Mass. GOP secretary nominee, skipped Swampscott Town Meetings » Wicked Local Ipswich In the 2018 election cycle, the Massachusetts Republican Party nominee for secretary of the commonwealth, Anthony Amore, has campaigned on his local service as a two-time elected Swampscott Town Meeti…

Our Republican governor is more popular with Democrats. Wait, what? » Boston Globe The winning formula often plays out like this in competitive elections: A candidate picks up support from nearly all of the party faithful, gets just enough support from independents, and, maybe, shav…

Citing two candidates with ‘100 percent’ scores, abortion rights group stays out of governor’s race » Boston Globe The Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’s political arm is taking a noteworthy side in the gubernatorial race — neither.…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 26-point lead over challenger Geoff Diehl, latest WBUR/MassINC poll shows » Mass Live Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds a 26-point lead over GOP challenger Geoff Diehl, according to the latest WBUR/MassINC Polling Group survey.…

Guv's race debate schedule takes shape » State House News Service The first gubernatorial debate between Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez will take place in two weeks on the night of Oct. 9, with WBZ-TV host Jon Keller as moderator, accordin…

Poll measures voter attitudes on infrastructure, energy mix » State House News Service Seventy percent of Massachusetts voters think the state is not spending enough money on public infrastructure projects and roughly a third of voters rate the state's local roads, highways, bridges and…

Democrats breaking for Baker, giving him huge lead in new poll » State House News Service Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's efforts to blur party lines and sell his bipartisan bonafides to a left-leaning electorate are paying off, according to a new poll that found more voters think of the i…

Mass. Teachers Association Endorses Senator Julian Cyr » Cape Cod Today State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) today welcomed endorsement from the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the statewide organization representing 110,000 teachers, faculty, professional staff and edu…

3 things to know about Massachusetts ballot Question 3 » Boston.com

Public Health

Dozens of drug users get help instead of handcuffs » Fox 25 News Nearly one year into a pilot program designed to put more drug users into recovery instead of the criminal justice system, law enforcement officers in Norfolk County tell 25 Investigates they've conta…

Locals fight for sepsis awareness in mom's honor » Lowell Sun At an emotional ceremony at the Statehouse, Sept. 13 was declared Sepsis Awareness Day by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

State to release cost impacts of Question 1 in Massachusetts » South Coast Today Under pressure to examine a nurse staffing ballot question, the state Health Policy Commission on Monday announced that it plans to present findings on cost impacts of mandated staffing ratios on hosp…

Federal opioid bill criticized for lack of funds » Gloucester Times Congress is poised to pass legislation to combat a scourge of opioid addiction that claims at least 115 lives a day, even as some criticize the plan as coming up short.…

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh opens up about addiction during Lowell event » Lowell Sun Recounting his personal struggle with alcoholism and the way treatment enabled his political career, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday urged those grappling with addiction to believe in their potent…

Public Safety

Springfield to pay $885,000 in settlements in alleged 2015 police beating even as grand jury considers indictments » MassLive

Gonzalez says firings in order for safety secretary, state police chief » Worcester Telegram

State Government

Retired Navy captain overseeing Merrimack Valley recovery lauded as a good fit for a complex task » Boston Globe Joe Albanese has launched a construction company from scratch and led thousands of Navy engineers in Kuwait after the second Gulf War. Now he’s in charge of helping Lawrence and Andover rebuild…

AG Healey announces hotline, other resources » Eagle Tribune Attorney General Maura Healey has opened a new resource hotline and is sending staff to the claims center in the city to further help those affected by the Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster.…

Meet Maura Healey, the female state attorney general who's sued Trump the most » Vice

Transportation

5 towns making noise for state help with Route 57 » Berkshire Eagle It is bumpy and rutty. It is lonesome. It is scarred by winter's many hard blows. And no one can afford to fix it.…

MBTA upgrading bus-tracking technology » State House News Service Within six weeks, all MBTA buses will be outfitted with new cellular/GPS vehicle trackers that T officials said will give bus riders better information about where their bus is and when they might exp…

T notes: FTA gives PVTA $2.4m grant » Commonwealth Magazine UMass Lowell pays half-price for commuter rail …

Utilities

Merrimack Valley Residents Slow to Get Space Heaters After Explosions » NECN Officials started distributing space heaters and hot plates to thousands of residents in the Merrimack Valley after a series of explosions and fires left them without natural gas, but not every home h…

Columbia Gas Postpones Natural Gas Venting Project Due to Weather » NECN Less than a week after announcing restoration plans for the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas reported that its natural gas venting project will be postponed until Wednesday due to the weather.…

Gas disaster legal forum is Thursday » Eagle Tribune

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients


4    bone-in pork rib or loin chops (9- to 10-ounces each), about 1-inch thick
Salt and pepper, to taste
2    tablespoons olive oil
2    medium leeks, thinly sliced
1    medium (about 2½ pounds) green cabbage, quartered, cored, and thickly sliced
¾    cup apple cider
1    teaspoon caraway seed
1    cup heavy cream
1    tablespoon grainy mustard
1    tablespoon Dijon mustard
2    tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)

Directions

1. Set the oven at 400 degrees. Have on hand a deep, heavy 12-inch skillet with a heatproof handle or a shallow flameproof casserole.

2. Sprinkle the chops on both sides with salt and pepper. In the skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the chops and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on a side, or until browned. Transfer to a plate.

3. Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of fat from the pan. Add the leeks and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes, or until beginning to soften. Add the cabbage, cider, caraway seed, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until the cabbage is very tender.

4. Stir the cream, grainy mustard, and Dijon mustard into the cabbage. Bring to simmer, taste for seasoning, and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Set the chops on the cabbage.

5. Transfer to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 135 degrees. Remove the pan from the oven and let the pork rest for 5 minutes (the temperature will go up a few degrees).

6. On each plate, spoon some cabbage and sauce, add a chop, and sprinkle with parsley. 



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