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Must-Reads

Citing ‘housing emergency,’ 15 mayors pledge to boost construction » Boston Globe The mayors of 15 cities and towns in the core of Greater Boston agreed Tuesday to sharply accelerate the pace of home construction in a bid to help tackle the region’s housing crisis.…

Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, tells people to 'think of your son' » CNN Before the crowd Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi, Trump imitated Ford during her testimony, mocking her for not knowing the answers to questions such as how she had gotten to the high school p…

Michael Bloomberg jolts Senate battle with $20 million for Democrats » The Washington Post Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City who is considering a 2020 presidential campaign, will give $20 million to the main Democratic Senate super PAC this week — jolting…

Shiva Ayyadurai’s Senate Campaign Was Being Promoted By Fake Facebook Accounts » BuzzFeedNews Patti Johnson is a die-hard Trump supporter. Her Facebook profile photo shows her in an American flag bikini with “Trump 16” handwritten written across her chest in a white gel. …

DeLeo wants admin to analyze cost of National Grid lockout » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Tuesday asked the Baker administration to put a price tag on National Grid's months-long lockout of 1,250 gas workers, requesting an analysis of the public benefit costs …

PAC with Patrick ties endorses candidates, Question 3 » State House News Service The new political action committee started by former aides to Deval Patrick made its first round of endorsements on Tuesday, backing three candidates for House seats in Texas, California and New York …

I Know Brett Kavanaugh, but I Wouldn’t Confirm Him » The Atlantic Despite all of that, if I were a senator, I would vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation. I would do it both because of Ford’s testimony and because of Kavanaugh’s. For reasons I will describe, I…

For Democrats, Flipping a Miami Congressional Seat Is Harder Than They Thought » New York Times Democrats worry that (Donna). Shalala has failed to consolidate support from base voters wary over her ties to corporate boards and to the Clinton Foundation, which she led for two years while Hillary…

“As the lockout enters its 99th day, I am increasingly troubled by how a prolonged impasse affects workers and the safety of our natural gas distribution system,” DeLeo wrote. “Further, I am particularly concerned that the lockout will have a detrimental impact on the economic health and budgetary outlook for the Commonwealth.”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

In a letter addressed to Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan regarding the true cost of the lockout.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Despite Investigation, McConnell Pushes For A Vote » WGBH Speaking on the Senate floor today, Mitch McConnell made it clear that while the FBI investigation may be ongoing, he is ready to move ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh by the end of the week. This could…

Deval Patrick sounds off on Brett Kavanaugh, hits stump stops » Boston Herald In the latest sign he’s eyeing a White House run, former Gov. Deval Patrick is sounding off against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court and describing his trips to support ot…

Business

Court: 3 from Lenox don't have right to challenge museum board's conduct » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Monday that three members of the Berkshire Museum do not have the right to challenge the conduct of the nonprofit's board in court, upholding a decision made by a…

‘Trump bump’? Despite bulging retirement accounts, many don’t credit president » Boston Globe The economy’s strong, jobs abound, and consumer confidence is rising. When investors peek at their retirement accounts this week, after the close of the third quarter, they’re likely to find them …

Future of Weymouth huge development is unclear after summer of setbacks » Boston Globe When the developer of the former South Weymouth air base landed a Dutch robotics company two years ago, it marked a major milestone for the 1,500-acre property: finally, a major commercial tenant.…

Since its Leominster move, AIS profits up 20% with 175 new jobs » Worcester Business Journal PHOTO | COURTESY Bruce Platzman, president, CEO and co-founder of AIS, Leominster. Leominster manufacturer of office furniture AIS is sponsoring an exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum called Interior…

Fed chair Powell, speaking in Boston, says US is in ‘extraordinary’ economic times » Boston Globe Speaking in Boston, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that he sees no need to drop the central bank’s current gradual approach to raising interest rates.…

Seafood industry lobbies state leaders to 'buy local' » Salem News The farm-to-table movement has renewed a focus on locally produced foods, from fresh milk and meat to fruits and vegetables. So too the state's seafood industry hopes to leverage a growing interest am…

The Conversion of Bob Rivers » Boston Magazine Straight, white, and male, banking giant Bob Rivers had every advantage on his way to the top. Now he’s on a mission to make sure the next generation of Boston’s leaders don’t look anything like…

WBDC lands $15M grant for biomanufacturing park » Worcester Business Journal

Unused Worcester State Hospital building to be torn down, site redeveloped » Worcester Telegram

Worcester Biomanufacturing Park receives $15 million state grant » The Republican

Ash asks business leaders for help after Greater Lawrence gas disaster » Salem News

Civil Rights

Baker tells LGBT Republican group ‘We have miles to go,’ for equality » Boston Globe A moderate Republican voice at a time of deep political polarization, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker joined the country’s largest conservative LGBT group on Tuesday to reflect on his personal conn…

Education

Results Demonstrate Legislature’s Commitment to Education » The Valley Patriot As back-to-school season rolls around, now is as good a time as ever to express our appreciation to all who are dedicated to educating our students here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is no …

County School Officials Press Legislators on School Funding Formula » iBerkshires Local school officials pressed members of the Berkshire delegation to make education funding a priority in the coming legislative year. …

Here are the school districts that scored the best — and worst — on the MCAS » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released 2018 MCAS results Thursday.…

Gaming

MGM celebrates as judge tosses Connecticut casino lawsuit » State House News Service A federal judge threw out a lawsuit a Native American tribe in Connecticut brought against the Department of the Interior as it seeks to build a casino near the Massachusetts border to compete against…

Health Care

Urgent care center closes in Fitchburg, units closed in Leominster » Sentinel & Enterprise The doors to UMass Memorial Health Care's urgent care center in Fitchburg and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation units in Leominster officially closed Monday, with HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital's …

HPC consultant has studied nurse staffing in California » State House News Service The California professor the Health Policy Commission brought on to analyze the potential impacts of a nurse staffing ballot question has throughout the years repeatedly studied her own state's mandat…

Nurses, Pittsfield hospital press cases on Question 1 » Berkshire Eagle Two registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center who for years helped explain their union's staffing quest to the public returned to the fray Tuesday, this time in advance of a statewide referendum q…

State says nurse ballot question would cost more than $600 million » Lowell Sun

Watchdog says nurse ballot question could cost $900m a year » Boston Globe

State's health care watchdog sides with hospitals on nurse ballot cost » Boston Business Journal

Housing

HUD decides elderly Fall River Housing Authority properties will open to young disabled residents » Herald News The Fall River Housing Authority delivered the news to residents of Doolan Apartments on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development directed the agency to officially deem the pr…

Newburyport sustainable housing project receives $600K from state » Newburyport News A sustainable housing development being built in partnership with the YWCA has received a $600,000 boost.…

State grants $3.2 million for housing in Falmouth, Newburyport, Northampton » The Republican Massachusetts officials Tuesday announced $3.2 million in grants toward the construction of affordable housing projects in Falmouth, Newburyport and Northampton.…

Somerville, Metro Mayors Set Ambitious Housing Goal » Peabody Patch Somerville is among 15 Boston-area communities working to build even more new housing than proposed in a recent statewide bill.…

Falmouth Affordable Housing Project Receives State Funding » Cape Cod Online

Home is where the house is » Commonwealth Magazine

Human Services

Clinic for homeless dedicated to Easton native » Wicked Local Easton Christine Loeber devoted her life to ill veterans and now a medical clinic at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) has been named in her honor.…

Judiciary

The Supreme Court Cases for State and Local Governments to Watch » Governing In the cases the justices will hear this fall, legal observers say "state sovereignty is a really big issue." …

Suffolk DA Pappas testifies in support of Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill to change bail process » Lynn Daily News Item Suffolk County District Attorney John Pappas testified in support of a bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker to change the process by which people are released on bail or held because of their dangerousnes…

Labor

Workers at Marriott hotels in Boston go on strike » Boston Globe Hotel workers walked off the job at seven Marriott hotels in Boston Wednesday morning, launching the first hotel strike in the city’s history following months of fruitless contract negotiations.…

It’s Happening: Historic Hotel Strike Is Underway in Boston » Boston Magazine Workers at seven Marriott hotels walked off the job today. …

Legislative

Burlington's state Sen. Cindy Friedman on the MBTA, gas leaks and what's next » Wicked Local Burlington With several months before the Massachusetts state Senate returns to formal session in January 2019 we sat down with Democratic state Sen. Cindy Friedman, who represents Arlington, Lexington, Billeric…

First ever "LatinX Excellence on the Hill" held at the State House Tuesday » WWLP October being National Hispanic Heritage Month, community members and lawmakers applauded the success of programs designed to help minorities in Massachusetts.…

Local Government

Swansea Conservation Agent Colleen Brown recipient of regional award » South Coast Today Swansea Conservation Agent Colleen Brown was among those honored with the first “Local Champions” award during the State of the Taunton (River) Partnership for Progress event held at Heritage St…

Boston in "fight with Quincy" over Long Island Bridge » State House News Service City officials on Tuesday said that the Long Island Bridge is set to return in 2021, leading to a series of new recovery service providers and buildings that will expand Boston's attempt to curb the o…

You Can Now Check Out Mobile WiFi Hotspots at Boston Public Library » Boston Magazine They come with unlimited data and can be yours for up to three weeks. …

Lawrence city councilor asks attorney general to probe possible price gouging of gas disaster victims » Boston Herald A Lawrence city councilor is asking that the attorney general’s office look into a third-party seller on Amazon he says increased the price of portable camp showers by 50 percent after his wife reac…

Worcester councilors irked by unfinished street, sidewalk projects » Worcester Telegram The City Council has asked City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. to suggest changes to the process used for hiring private contractors to do street or sidewalk resurfacing projects so the work is comple…

City Council Stresses Urgency For Long Island Bridge To Combat Opioid Crisis » WGBH City officials want to put facilities for addiction treatment on Long Island, which formerly housed the homeless. Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell says the council knows it is at a "crisis point.…

Natick special Town Meeting to reconvene Thursday » The Metro West Daily News

Marijuana

Recreational marijuana stores still waiting for final licensing from CCC » WWLP Retail marijuana locations are closer to opening in Massachusetts, but the delay has cost the state. …

Historically dry Belmont ushers in a marijuana future » Wicked Local Belmont To some Belmont residents, it seemed almost paradoxical for a place that got into the alcohol game more than a century late to approve retail licenses for marijuana so soon. …

Cultivate, the company looking to open retail marijuana store in Leicester, could get its final license vote this week » The Republican Cultivate, a company that operates the first medical marijuana dispensary in Worcester County, could receive the final license for opening a store that sells recreational marijuana.…

Police halt marijuana parties, seize 19 plants in Westport » South Coast Today Investigators raided two locations on American Legion Highway last month as part of an investigation into marijuana parties and seized 19 plants, police said.…

Exemptions for Brockton pot shop moratorium flame out at City Council » The Enterprise The Brockton City Council Finance Committee voted unanimously on Monday to postpone a plan to exempt the two state-certified medical marijuana dispensary permit holders in the city from the ongoing re…

He decided to sell his farm to a marijuana company. His neighbors are determined to stop him » Boston Globe

Opinion

Lawrence gets by with a lot of help from friends » Boston Globe On the dark, lightless night of Sept. 13, as the people of Lawrence streamed across the Merrimack River away from the burning homes and toward safety, all I could think was: My God, how will this end?…

Time to open up the state’s ‘Secret Courts’ — or end them completely » Boston Globe Massachusetts is a state that likes to brag about its exceptionalism, but its unusual secret court system is hardly a point of pride.…

National Grid workers needed back on the job » Eagle Tribune Driving around the Merrimack Valley these days, it seems like every gas worker in America has showed up to dig in our streets.…

We like beer too, and we like beer gardens » Boston Globe With fall — and Oktoberfest — in the air, it seems an appropriate time to hail the proliferation of new spots to grab a beer or a glass of wine that this summer have enhanced an increasing number …

Brett Kavanaugh’s superiority complex » Boston Globe In 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped, killed, and mutilated Bobby Franks, Loeb’s 14-year-old cousin. Born into two of Chicago’s most prominent families, the teenage friends and thril…

Can we make the (bad) BI-Lahey merger work? » Commonwealth Magazine THE RIVETING FORD-KAVANAUGH hearing before the US Senate Judiciary Committee garnered most of the public’s attention last Thursday, but a separate gathering of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commis…

Op-Ed: Why voting Yes on 3 is crucial to Massachusetts’ future » The Tufts Daily As college students, it is our duty to be the voice of the younger generation. We have the power to shape our future by the way we vote in elections. We will be living with the results of this Novembe…

Charlie Baker owes us answer » Boston Herald The state Democratic Party, desperate to gain any traction in the governor’s race, is now getting personal — asking Gov. Charlie Baker to come clean about the sexual assault investigation into his…

Howie Carr: Elizabeth Warren's castoffs? Priceless! » Boston Herald More than three years ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren told the Internal Revenue Service that she had donated $50,000 in used clothing and “household items” to local thrift stores in 2014.…

Viewpoint: Creating a 'blue economy' on the South Coast » Boston Business Journal

Resolving conflicts » Martha's Vineyard Times

Politics

They’re outraged, and women politicians aren’t afraid to show it » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren won’t be the first woman to take a shot at shattering that highest glass ceiling if she decides to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. But she might be the first wo…

Obama Endorses Pro-Abortion Challenger of State Representative Jim Lyons » New Boston Post Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Tram Nguyen, a pro-abortion Democrat running against conservative state Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover).…

Goldstein-Rose’s name remains on November’s election ballot » Gazette Net State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose announced in early August that he would not seek a second term in the Legislature, and at the same time endorsed Democrat Mindy Domb to replace him on Beacon Hill.…

Obama endorses six candidates in MA » Commonwealth Magazine FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA waded into political races across the country on Monday, endorsing 260 Democratic candidates in 29 states, including six in Massachusetts.…

Plymouth and Norfolk state Senate candidates cover issues in forum » Patriot Ledger They come from different backgrounds, but the three candidates running for the Plymouth and Norfolk District state Senate seat largely see eye-to-eye when it comes to addressing some of the South Shor…

Kavanaugh opponents rally, predict electoral consequences » Lowell Sun Politicians and sexual assault survivors rallied outside Boston City Hall Monday, calling for United States senators to reject Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and forecasting electoral consequen…

State Sen. O'Connor defends LStar campaign contributions » Patriot Ledger State Sen. Patrick O'Connor says he will give away the more than $20,000 his campaigns have received from employees of LStar if the embattled company does not comply with a 30-day ultimatum set by Wey…

Warren would "abandon" Mass. voters with presidential bid, Hughes says » State House News Service As she seeks a second six-year term, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has tried to tamp down talk that she might be interested in the U.S. presidency, until this weekend when she said she'll take a "hard look" a…

The Mass. governor's race is coming to Fall River and pastries may be involved » Herald News Democratic candidate Jay Gonzalez will be stopping at Barcelo’s Bakery, 695 Bedford St. from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.…

Get to know your state senator candidates for the 5th Middlesex District » Wicked Local Winchester This week we kick off our pre-election coverage by asking each candidate to submit a short biography highlighting their background and achievements. Two candidates are vying for the state Senate seat …

Calvo-Bacci, Sen. Lewis debate in Wakefield » Daily Times Chronicle At the Galvin Middle School in Wakefield in recent days a debate took place involving Senator Jason Lewis (Democrat) and his opponent Erin Calvo-Bacci (Republican) who are competing for Massachusetts …

Gubernatorial Candidate Gonzalez To Promote Revenue Plan in Framingham Thursday » Framingham Source

Baker, Gonzalez agree to offshore wind pledge » Gloucester Times

Public Safety

Displaced voters urged to seek absentee ballots » Eagle Tribune The many woes the city's tiny Election Division is facing as it prepares for the election have multiplied following the gas explosions and fires across South Lawrence last month that left a polling pl…

Gun Control Bill Driven by Recent Grad Becomes Mass. Law » The Harvard Crimson An “extreme risk protection order” firearms bill inspired by recent Harvard alumnus Reed T. Shafer-Ray ’18 — allowing family members, housemates, and law enforcement officials to file tempora…

Sheriff’s department lands $1.5 million communication grant » Martha's Vineyard Times

State Finance

How a State's Age Affects Its Financial Health » Governing The older a state is, according to new research, the more likely it is to have money problems. …

State Government

Baker and local leaders to make an announcement about Paramount Theater on Wednesday » WWLP Governor Charlie Baker is coming to Springfield Wednesday to address the renewal of a historical Springfield landmark.…

Galvin accused of mixing politics with voter guide » Eagle Tribune Secretary of State Bill Galvin is coming under fire for using taxpayer money on a voter guide that boasts of his efforts to crack down on securities fraud.…

Jay Ash reaches out to Marblehead » Wicked Local Marblehead

Public paychecks: Gov. Baker makes how much? Here's how he stacks up nationally » Boston Business Journal

Transportation

GLX: MBTA has no plans for extra shuttle bus near South Medford » Wicked Local Somerville Despite requests from city and state officials, the MBTA has no plans to provide a shuttle bus for pedestrians in the Ball Square area during the closure of the nearby Broadway Bridge in Somerville. S…

Kane to serve on task force » Wicked Local Shrewsbury State Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, has been appointed by House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr., R-North Reading, to serve on a task force that will evaluate the performance and funding of the…

Utilities

Gas restoration in Merrimack Valley ramps up this week » Boston Globe Close to 200 construction crews will hit the streets across Greater Lawrence by the end of this week as the ambitious effort to restore gas service to thousands of residents rapidly intensifies before…

Legislation would create wastewater partnership » Cape Cod Times Special legislation to create a wastewater partnership between Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth has been filed by state lawmakers, now that language in the bill has been approved by all three towns’ boa…

'Hell-bent' to hit deadline » Eagle Tribune Officials in charge of restoration efforts in the wake of the Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster said Tuesday they are racing against the weather to restore gas to everyone affected by the Sept. 13…

DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations » Commonwealth Magazine Utility says it is confident in overall approach to safety …

Eversource Defends Executives’ Campaign Donations To Charlie Baker » CBS Boston An Eversource spokesman denied any connection between several company executives cutting checks to Gov. Charlie Baker’s re-election campaign after the governor tasked Eversource to lead restoration …

DPU gives National Grid 30 days to respond to possible safety violations » State House News Service The Department of Public Utilities found 29 instances in which National Grid may have violated federal gas pipeline safety regulations since early July and regulators said further investigation or oth…

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus extra for pan
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin purée (not pumpkin-pie filling), such as One-Pie brand
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 11/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Grease the cups of two standard muffin tins or use paper liners. Set an oven rack to the middle position.

In a large bowl, stir together sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and 1/2 cup water.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until moistened. Add raisins and walnuts and stir.
Let stand 20 minutes at room temperature. Preheat oven to 400°.

Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, each two-thirds full. Bake until golden brown and domed, about 15 minutes. 



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