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The Senate: How 2018 Sets Up 2020 » Sabato's Crystal Ball The 2018 Senate races are important not just for determining the majority next January, but also for setting up both parties for the next election. …

Mass. will require new assistance to 230 struggling schools » Boston Globe School systems across the state will be required to provide targeted assistance to more than 230 schools where performance fell short on the latest round of MCAS scores or other measures, under a new …

Crosby resigning as Mass. Gaming Commission chairman » Boston Globe Stephen P. Crosby, who has led the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from its infancy to a 100-member agency overseeing the state’s growing casino industry, announced Wednesday he is leaving the …

Joe Biden’s Anita Hill problem » Boston Globe As Joe Biden looks back again on the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, hindsight is, as usual, 20/20. And, in Biden’s case, all about 2020. …

In effort to derail Wynn, Mohegan bets big on lobbying » Boston Globe It spent $75,000 with Boston public affairs firm O’Neill and Associates in the first six months of 2018, compared with $60,000 in all of 2017, according to records with the secretary of stateâ…

Full transcript: Brett Kavanaugh's opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee » Politico Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's opening statement for a scheduled hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as prepared for delivery: …

Full transcript: Christine Blasey Ford's opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee » Politico Christine Blasey Ford's opening statement for a scheduled hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as prepared for delivery: …

Brett Kavanaugh and the Cruelty of Male Bonding » Slate There is no penetrative sex, there are always male onlookers, and, most importantly, there’s laughter. In each case the other men—not the woman—seem to be Kavanaugh’s true …

"I always like to finish with a good one. Elton John said when you hit that last tune and it’s good, don’t go back. ... I’ve seen — have you ever seen? They do great. They’re great. They hit the last tune and everyone goes crazy." "Then they go back for an encore, right? And they don’t hit it. And they leave, everyone leaves. And they say that wasn’t a very good concert was it? Let’s go."

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Beltway Politics

What to watch for in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing » Boston Globe Expect the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing planned for Thursday to be the climax of a reality show that has been growing ever more heated, outrageous, and cringe-worthy day by day.…

Trump blasts critics, but leaves open possibility of withdrawing Kavanaugh nomination » Boston Globe An agitated President Donald Trump acknowledged Wednesday that past accusations of sexual misconduct against him have influenced the way he views similar allegations against other men, including his S…

Kavanaugh, Ford set to face the nation » Boston Globe For the third time in two weeks, Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, on Wednesday denied allegations of sexual misconduct from a new accuser, injecting fresh turmoi…

What’s missing from the agenda on today’s hearing: the truth » Boston Globe No matter what happens at Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, this much is clear: The damage to Brett Kavanaugh’s repu…

Business

BCA purchases Calderwood Pavilion from the city for $1 » Boston Globe For the grand total of $1, less than a cup of coffee pretty much anywhere in the neighborhood where it is located, the Boston Center for the Arts has purchased the Calderwood Pavilion from the Boston …

Aly Raisman teams up with Needham meal-kit company Purple Carrot » Boston Globe Needham-based Purple Carrot, a meal-kit company that specializes in plant-based foods, has partnered with a hometown hero: Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman.…

Developer eyes two residential towers for Morrissey Boulevard site » Dorchester Reporter The owners of the former Channel 56 property on Morrissey Boulevard are weighing the concept of razing the old television studio building and erecting two towers housing 758 apartments in its place. T…

Financing secured, construction of tower at Government Center Garage starts next summer » Boston Globe Construction on Boston’s biggest office tower in decades is poised to start next summer after the project attracted a major new investor.…

Closer look at lawsuits involving owner of elephants at Big E » Western Mass News The owners of an elephant at The Big E, that is the center of some controversy this week, is also in the middle of two active law suits in Connecticut.…

Civil Rights

Pro-Abortion Group Backs Jay Gonzalez Over Charlie Baker » New Boston Post Endorsing conservatives Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate and Jim Lyons for state representative may have cost Governor Charlie Baker the endorsement of a pro-abortion organization.…

Crimes

Seven indicted in major North Shore drug opioid trafficking operation » Boston Globe An Essex County grand jury has indicted seven men from Lynn and Peabody as part of a major drug trafficking operation on the North Shore, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday.…

Education

Norfolk Sheriff Michael Bellotti appointed Quincy College president » Patriot Ledger Long-serving Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti is stepping down from his role overseeing the county jail to take over as interim president of Quincy’s beleaguered community college.…

Yale joins Harvard as target of DOJ discrimination investigation » Boston Globe The Department of Justice and Department of Education have opened an investigation into whether Yale University discriminates against Asian-American applicants, widening a probe into Ivy League admiss…

UPDATED: Students to get a leg up on college, trades » Gloucester Times For Gloucester school officials, it's a chance to provide new opportunities for high school students.…

MCAS results: 40 percent of city schools need help » Boston Herald Forty percent of Boston Public Schools require intervention and the district needs to improve when it comes to reducing chronic absenteeism, boosting English proficiency among English learners and adv…

Western Mass scientists receive $635k from NASA to develop methods to study life beyond Earth » The Republican A microbiologist with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a mineralogist at Mount Holyoke College have received a $635,000 grant from NASA to develop techniques to study evidence of "life beyo…

Cohasset principal on leave as parents question abuse response » Patriot Ledger The principal of Cohasset Middle-High School has been placed on paid leave amid an investigation into her school's handling of sexual assault allegations involving a teacher.…

Education trends tough to detect due to new system, officials say » State House News Service Four Massachusetts schools are no longer designated as underperforming, and that label will not be newly applied to any schools or districts this year, education officials announced as they released 2…

Environment

Cape Cod National Seashore to get $9.7M in upgrades » Cape Cod Times The rollout this fall of $9.7 million in capital projects will help Cape Cod National Seashore make a dent in its deferred maintenance, Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom said.…

Gaming

Gambling panel picks interim head amid Wynn investigation » The Sun Chronicle

Gaming panel boss Stephen Crosby quits amid claims of Wynn bias » Boston Herald Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby abruptly resigned late yesterday — effective immediately — amid accusations of bias in favor of Wynn Resorts, as the panel faces a momentous dec…

Residents renew noise complaints as Palmer racetrack seeks permit change » The Republican More complaints about noise from Whiskey Hill Raceway were voiced by residents during Monday's Planning Board meeting, but the track's manager said mitigation measures have been put in place and more …

Gaming commission chair resigns, denies charges of bias » Commonwealth Magazine Crosby says remaining would 'hamper' work of gambling panel …

Health Care

Beth Israel-Lahey mega-merger could face restrictions, state says » Boston Business Journal

Health watchdog affirms stance that Beth Israel-Lahey merger would drive up costs for consumers » Boston Globe

Housing

Boston ups housing goal in face of population boom » Commonwealth Magazine Huge growth prompts city to revise production targets …

Judiciary

Interim Suffolk DA named » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has selected a senior member of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s executive staff to serve out the remainder of Conley’s term when he steps down today after…

Holliston resident nominated as Superior Court judge » The Metro West Daily News Governor Charlie Baker nominated Valerie A. Yarashus, of Holliston, to the Superior Court on Wednesday. Yarashus has worked in private practice for 25 years. She is a principal at Meehan, Boyle, Black…

Lawsuit alleges LStar spent millions while deep in debt » Wicked Local Abington Union Point developer LStar Ventures racked up "hundreds of thousands dollars" in mechanics liens and unpaid loans while the company’s plans for commercial development at the former Navy base w…

Boston lawyer vying for Superior Court » Mass Lawyers Weekly Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated Boston trial attorney Valerie A. Yarashus for a Superior Court judgeship. Yarashus is a shareholder at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, where she has practiced since 2…

Local Government

Public safety building options eyed » The Gardner News The Board of Selectmen were told Monday that the state may have funds that will help in determining whether the public safety building will be expanded where it is, will find another larger site to co…

`Peace' that was years in the making » Wicked Local Holbrook “Each day as you walk or drive with someone past the Peace Pole, look, and remember what you’ve done, and remember you can be a champion of peace, an ambassador of peace.”…

Resident petition targets traffic safety improvements in Saugus » Wicked Local Saugus A group of concerned residents addressed the Board of Selectmen about dangerous traffic in town at a Sept. 12 meeting.…

City of Springfield to pay $75,000 to estate of man who died in police lockup » The Republican More than three years after Springfield handyman Jerry Bradley suffered a fatal aneurysm in a Springfield police holding cell, the city has agreed to settle with his estate for $75,000.…

Attleboro mayor lashes out » The Sun Chronicle An angry Mayor Paul Heroux lashed out at The Sun Chronicle Wednesday after it published a story about what he said was a private appeal for cash to pay for his dog Mura’s $7,000 veterinarian bi…

Neither Boston nor Quincy budging in battle over new Long Island Bridge » Boston Herald State environmental regulators gave their blessing to the Long Island Bridge as Boston and Quincy gear up for a protracted legal fight over the contentious project.…

Salary bump for Webster Town Clerk Robert Craver, after he cut workweek » Worcester Telegram Town Clerk Robert T. Craver recently resumed working four-day, 35-hour workweeks after agreeing to a nearly $6,000 annual salary increase.…

Former Brookline police officer reaches $150,000 settlement with town » Boston Globe A former Brookline police officer who complained of racial discrimination on the force has reached a $150,000 settlement with the town, according to documents provided to the Globe on Tuesday.…

The Latest Chapter in the Brookline Racism Saga: A $150,000 Settlement » Boston Magazine Prentice Pilot, a former police officer, has sought to bring attention to discrimination in the town.…

Marijuana

Framingham will allow up to six recreational marijuana shops » The Metro West Daily News As many as six recreational marijuana shops will be allowed to open in the city under new guidelines approved by the City Council.…

Mayor says pot rally left an ‘appalling’ mess on Boston Common » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh and some members of the Boston City Council are unhappy with leaders of the marijuana-themed “Freedom Rally” held on Boston Common earlier this month, with Walsh sayi…

Is Hempfest a Bad Neighbor? Boston’s City Council Will Weigh the Question » Boston Magazine The Freedom Rally might just get kicked off Boston Common for good. …

Opinion

Beth Israel-Lahey merger is a gamble, but we’ll be on the losing end of it » Boston Globe The Globe has fundamentally misjudged the realistic impact of a second dominant health care system in Massachusetts (“Beth Israel-Lahey merger could create strong rival for Partners,” Edit…

Scot Lehigh: Republicans must hit the pause button on Kavanaugh » Boston Globe There’s simply no way around this any longer: Republicans must put the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on hold while the FBI investigates the latest accusations about him.…

I am Chessy Prout’s mother. I know what happens when a 15-year-old sexual assault victim speaks out » Boston Globe As the parent of a child who reported her sexual assault at age 15, I am disgusted by the response to the sexual assault allegations brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford about Supreme Court nomine…

Editorial: Victory Theatre restoration worth it » Gazette Net It’s easy to cringe at the idea of spending more than $44 million to restore a 98-year-old, run-down theater in Holyoke whose last hurrah was a 1979 showing of the film “Every Which Way B…

Letter: Against state-sponsored safe injection sites » Berkshire Eagle I write to express my vehement opposition to recent proposals to establish so-called "safe injection sites" within the commonwealth. …

Politics

Local political leaders and advocates renew calls for scrapping Kavanaugh nomination » Boston Globe Advocates for women, state political figures, and advocates for assault victims Wednesday demanded that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination be halted or withdrawn after a third per…

Baker Holds Commanding Lead Over Gonzalez In WBUR Poll » WBUR With less than six weeks to go before Massachusetts voters decide whether to give Charlie Baker a second term as governor, the Republican continues to have high favorable ratings in this otherwise sol…

Gov. Charlie Baker backs independent investigation before vote on Kavanaugh » Herald News On the eve of a Senate hearing where a woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her will testify, Gov. Charlie Baker said Senate Republicans should postpone a…

Baker dodges questions on Kavanaugh and accuser, calls for investigation before vote » Boston Globe Republican Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday dodged questions about the increasingly contentious nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but said there should be an investigation into al…

Baker waiting for Question 1 analysis; Gonzalez supports nurse staff plan » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday declined to take a stance on Question 1, which asks voters to decide if hospitals need to comply with nurse staffing requirements.…

Boston businesses endorse candidates — democratically » The Huntington News Many Boston neighborhoods are plastered with political signs displayed in storefronts lining the streets, as midterm elections draw near.…

Independent candidates on the rise in Massachusetts » Patriot Ledger As voters pivot attention to the general election on Nov. 6, they’ll learn Democratic and Republican nominees will not be the only names on the ballot.…

Massachusetts Senate president Karen Spilka keeps in touch with predecessor Stan Rosenberg » The Republican Four months after Stan Rosenberg resigned from the Senate and two months after she became his permanent replacement as Senate president, Karen Spilka said Wednesday that she has "periodically touched …

Springfield state Rep. Angelo Puppolo says Jay Gonzalez's call for removal of State Police head is 'political nonsense' » MassLive Springfield state Rep. Angelo Puppolo is defending Col. Kerry Gilpin as Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidate for governor, calls for her removal as head of the Massachusetts State Police. …

'The Midwest Is Swinging Again': Democrats' Best Chances to Flip Governor Seats » Governing Only one Republican in the region looks like a certain winner. The rest are at some risk. …

Public Safety

Inaction on Parole Board appointments frustrates councilors » Gloucester Times

Gonzalez says Baker should fire heads of state police, public safety » Boston Herald Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's Democratic challenger said todaythe incumbent should adopt a "sense of urgency" and fire the head of the Massachusetts State Police and his secretary of public safety i…

The Massachusetts State Police scandals are back at the center of the race for governor » MassLive The scandals dogging the Massachusetts State Police were thrust back into the 2018 race for governor, as Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez, hoping to oust Republican incumbent Charlie Baker, said the…

Gonzalez: Baker's handling of State Police scandal is 'disastrous' » WCVB Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez called Gov. Charlie Baker's handling of the State Police overtime scandal "disastrous."…

Democrats Split Over Punishing Top Brass For State Trooper Scandal » WGBH Amid a payroll scandal that keeps unfolding, Gov. Charlie Baker's Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez is calling for the removal of Baker's public safety chief and the State Police colonel, but top Dem…

Massachusetts gun control laws still stymied by federal chaos, legislator says » The Republican Legislators and law enforcement officials argue that while Massachusetts has passed some of the most aggressive gun laws in the country, their efforts are being stymied by the national chaos surroundi…

The Interview: Boston’s New Police Commissioner William Gross » Boston Magazine Boston’s new police commissioner on race relations, turf wars with the State Police, and the dumbest criminal he’s ever seen. …

State Government

MassHousing fleet includes 10 assigned Toyotas, 8 for general use » Boston Herald MassHousing spends $102,000 a year to lease 18 Toyotas employees can use for free — at a time when Gov. Charlie Baker has said he’s clamping down on state agency vehicle use.…

Gonzalez wants State Police chief, public safety secretary fired » Salem News Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez on Wednesday called for Gov. Charlie Baker to fire his public safety secretary and the head of the State Police, saying the state's chief executive must r…

Housing office gets audit pass » Boston Herald The state auditor’s office failed to address six-figure pay, a fleet of free cars and other expenditures at MassHousing in its last scrub of the quasi-public agency and refused to say if they w…

‘I believe Professor Ford,’ Baker says » Boston Globe

Transportation

Gonzalez calls for Baker to fire MBTA general manager » Commonwealth Magazine DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Jay Gonzalez said Gov. Charlie Baker should fire MBTA General Manger Luis Ramirez, citing a recent lawsuit against the Texas company he once led that charged Ramirez…

MBTA: “May Be Trains Arrive” » Commonwealth Magazine Perhaps it’s delay fatigue (as opposed to delayed fatigue), but the operators of the MBTA’s commuter rail had an awful, bad, terrible evening commute Tuesday in the warm drizzle of an ea…

Tariffs on Chinese rail car company an 'unfair penalty,' Sen. Eric Lesser says » MassLive Lesser, whose state senate district includes the $95 million plant on Page Boulevard in East Springfield, is adding his voice to those urging U.S. trade officials to exempt Chinese-made components use…

New option for Pike redesign » Commonwealth Magazine Hybrid plan would minimize impact on Charles, add green space …

The MBTA’s Fare Machines Are Under the Weather Today » Boston Magazine They're not taking credit cards so that's your problem now. …

Utilities

Pressure on Columbia Gas to replace gas lines » Boston Herald A team of inspectors from New York traveled to the Merrimack Valley to oversee the replacement of 48 miles of gas lines in the next seven weeks, according to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office.…

State finally launches new solar incentive known as SMART » MassLive State officials today announced the imminent launch of SMART -- a long-awaited solar incentive program designed to add 1,600 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity to the Massachusetts energy portfolio.…

Independent expert to conduct sweeping safety review of natural gas networks in Mass. » Boston Globe The Baker administration will hire an independent evaluator to conduct a sweeping safety study of the natural gas distribution networks in Massachusetts, a process that will be financed by the utiliti…

DPU launching expedited review of gas system » The Valley Dispatch An outside evaluator will be hired to examine the safety of natural gas infrastructure across Massachusetts, an announcement the Department of Public Utilities made two weeks after gas explosions on t…

Space heaters are unsafe for many homes hit by gas outages in Merrimack Valley » Boston Globe The immediate effort to provide heat to thousands of residents affected by the gas outage in the Merrimack Valley has hit a snag, as inspectors encounter many homes with outdated and underpowered elec…

Lawrence begins operating portable showers for gas disaster victims » Eagle Tribune Portable showers opened in trailers across the city Wednesday, offering relief to people who have been taking cold showers since the natural gas explosions and fires left more than 5,000 homes and bus…

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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

Transportation company cited $460k for violations » Berkshire Eagle

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

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