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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Committee Hearing

12:00pm Status of African Americans, Virtual Hearing

1:00pm "Ask the AG" with Attorney General Andrea Campbell on GBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or gbhnews.org

2:30pm MassWildlife Public Hearing, Via Zoom and in-person - MassWildlife Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

Birthdays: Rep. Bruce Ayers, Rep. Danielle Gregoire

Must-Reads
MASSACHUSETTS

Mass. Saw Nearly 200 Percent Rise in Antisemitic Incidents Last Year » State House News Service

Private Equity and the Practice of Medicine » Harvard Magazine

Greater Boston typical home price reaches $900,000, a new March record » Boston Globe

Cannabis equity businesses get state money after years of waiting » Boston Business Journal

Farm workers at State House advocate for hike in their minimum wage, now at $8 » Worcester Telegram

Jailed students in Massachusetts sue Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over special ed access » Boston Herald

Opinion: National Association of Realtors must be held accountable for more than just commissions » Boston Globe

Andrea Campbell outlines state crackdown on AI » Boston Globe

As Wu moves BPDA power to Boston City Hall, distrust over agency’s history bubbles up » Boston Globe

What was the point of Massachusetts' new tax break for renters? » WBUR

THE OTHER 49

RI: The state was warned about the Washington Bridge in 2015. Was anything done? » The Providence Journal

CT: Chief public defender spars with oversight commission at termination hearing » Hartford Courant

NJ: Sen. Bob Menendez may point the finger at his wife, newly unsealed documents show » Politico

PA: Philly school district reallocates $8.8 million to end ‘leveling' » NBC Philadelphia

FL: DeSantis signs law limiting school library book challenges by nonparents » Orlando Sentinel

CO: Buttigieg, Colorado AG launch effort to crack down on "deceptive" airline practices » Axios

MT: Sheehy apologized and asked for leniency after alleged 2015 gun incident » Washington Post

AZ: Kari Lake suggests supporters 'strap on a Glock' to be ready for 2024 » NBC News

AZ: Rating Changes: Arizona Senate and AZ-6 » The Center for Politics

CA: How California’s huge raises for fast-food workers will ripple across industries » San Diego Union-Tribune

OR: Port of Portland will end shipping container service in October » Oregon Public Broadcasting

WA: Foam coolers, takeout containers will be banned in Washington starting June 1 » The Columbian

CO: Buttigieg, Colorado AG launch effort to crack down on "deceptive" airline practices » Axios

GA: Tuition and fees to increase at Georgia’s public universities starting fall 2024 » Georgia Recorder

NATIONAL

Donald Trump’s Christian Soldiers » The Nation

Democrats Must Start Distinguishing Themselves on Insurance Policy » The American Prospect

‘Danger to our democracy’: fears over Trump allies’ summit with far-right sheriffs » The Guardian

Columbia University President: What I Plan to Tell Congress » The Wall Street Journal

Progressives seek to neutralize AIPAC’s spending threats » Politico

Universities Are Making Billions Gatekeeping Your Meds » The Lever

‘Victories would be nothing less than an earthquake’: Can UAW win in the south? » The Guardian

Why the Trump campaign is in deeper trouble than you think » Public Notice

Why Biden Has a Narrower Path to the Presidency Than Trump, in 11 Maps » New York Times

In surprise, Biden faces real threat from Trump with Hispanic voters » The Hill

Federal judge appointed by Trump tosses immigration rule challenge by red states » POLITICO Pro

"We have observed a significant rise of incidents, followed by a surge, followed now by a tsunami. Behind each tracked data point is a family, a synagogue, a school, or a child who has been targeted for hate, simply because of their Jewish identity," Fish said in a statement. "This is intolerable in New England as it is anywhere in the country. We call upon everyone who cares about living in a decent society to unite and stop this rise in anti-Jewish hate."

Rabbi Ron Fish, ADL New England's interim region director

New England saw a staggering surge in antisemitic incidents last year that exceeded the increase logged nationally, the Anti-Defamation League said in a new report released Tuesday.

News By Category
Business

Boston startup building safer way to send money abroad » Axios

Northampton seeks bids to redevelop former Registry of Deeds property » Gazette Net

Cannabis & Psychedelics

After long delay, cannabis social equity fund starts up » Commonwealth Beacon

Nine cannabis firms in Central Mass. receive $430K from first Social Equity Trust Fund grants » Worcester Business Journal

Civil Rights

New England saw ‘a tsunami’ of antisemitic incidents after Oct. 7, Anti-Defamation League reports » Boston Globe

Education

Chicopee Public schools continues work on FY25 budge » The Reminder

Revised plan to combat bullying in Amherst regional schools questioned » Gazette Net

Sadiq to leave Amherst middle school principal role » Gazette Net

This Braintree teen hasn’t been to school a single day this year. Is a broken special education system to blame? » Boston Globe

Here are the 2024 graduation speakers appearing at Mass. colleges » WBUR

Homeless New Bedford students don’t have equal access to charter schools » The New Bedford Light

Environment

Boston names city’s first chief climate officer » Boston Globe

For the first time, Boston has a chief climate officer » WBUR

Health Care

Regional meetings on Steward impacts will be closed » Lowell Sun

Mariano Mulling Real Estate Rules In Health Care » State House News Service

Maggie Baumer: Access to prosthetics and orthotics for physical activity a right, not a privilege » The Recorder

Glimcher & Lathan: Community hospitals vital to cancer care » Boston Herald

Editorial: State commits to moving 2,400 people out of nursing homes » Boston Globe

Warren, Markey call on Steward hospital landlords to cut or terminate lease payments » Boston Globe

Healey admin. official warns Legislature against hasty response to Steward crisis » MassLive

Housing

Prices Up, Sales Down In Early Spring Housing Market » State House News Service

New data show Mass. home prices keep rising as inventory remains low » WBUR

Dozens move into Lowell emergency shelter as state lawmakers warn money is running out » CBS News

Immigration

Immigrants want faster permission to work. So do Mass. leaders and businesses » WBUR

Judiciary

Rachael Rollins wins her Massachusetts law license back in court appeal » Boston Herald

Karen Read's murder trial in death of Boston officer ramps up » Axios

Turtleboy factor: As Karen Read trial starts, Holden blogger’s influence on display » Worcester Telegram

Legislative

Berkshire State Reps dig into $58 billion House budget draft ahead of debate, earmarks » WAMC

Former House Staffer Remembered: "A Rose In A World Of Thorns" » State House News Service

Local Government

City Councilors Raise Questions About Wu Tax Shift Plan » State House News Service

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s proposed commercial property tax shift sparks on Council » Boston Herald

Organizers ramping up for bigger Northampton Pride this year » Gazette Net

Editorial: Boston City Council needs public dashboard » Boston Herald

City councilors weigh Wu’s proposal to temporarily increase commercial property tax rates » Boston Globe

Politics

Republican John Deaton loaned himself $1M in campaign to unseat Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald

Public Health

Grants Aim To Speed Women's Health Research » State House News Service

Chicopee utilizing opioid settlement funds to educate youth » The Reminder

New Englanders, with their love of seafood, may be at higher risk for PFAS exposure » WBUR

Study at Tufts is taking a close look at test subjects and what they eat to unlock the mysteries of food » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Howie Carr: Big box illegal bandits make off with $238,000 in loot » Boston Herald

Mass. saw a nearly 190% rise in antisemitic incidents last year, new report finds » WBUR

State Finance

Rep. Hogan and Sen. Eldridge share budget forecast » Community Advocate

Taxation

Opinion: Happy about your IRS refund? Don’t be. » Boston Globe

Transportation

MassDOT tracking investigation into Baltimore bridge collapse for relevant findings » Boston Herald

MBTA Commuter Rail and Keolis to run special event train service for April 27 match between Revs and Inter Miami CF »

Utilities

Third-party electricity suppliers promise big savings. AG’s report tells another story. » Boston Globe

New EPA rules to limit PFAS in drinking water: Worcester is 'meeting every standard' » Worcester Telegram

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

1 3/4 pounds whole bone-in, skin-on split chicken breast halves (2 to 3 breast halves)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 cloves garlic, smashed, divided

6 whole scallions, 2 roughly chopped, 4 thinly sliced at a sharp bias

1 (1-inch) knob peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons toasted whole Sichuan peppercorns

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons black or plain sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

1 tablespoon sesame paste, preferably Chinese

1 tablespoon soy sauce

4 teaspoons Chinkiang or black vinegar

1/4 cup chile oil with sediment (see note)

Directions

Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Place chicken in zipper-lock bags or vacuum bags and add half of garlic, roughly chopped scallions, and all of ginger. Remove air from zipper-lock bags by closing the bags, leaving the last inch of the top unsealed. Slowly lower into a pot of water, sealing the bag completely just before it fully submerges. If using a vacuum bag, seal according to manufacturer instructions.

If Cooking in a Sous-Vide Precision Cooker: Preheat a sous-vide cooker to 150°F (66°C). Add chicken and cook for at least 1 hour and up to 4. Transfer to an ice bath and let chill for 15 minutes.

If Cooking in a Cooler: Heat 2 quarts of water in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it registers 155°F (68°C) on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer to a small cooler, add chicken, and seal cooler. Cook for at least 1 hour and up to 4, topping up with boiling water as necessary to maintain temperature of 150°F. Transfer to an ice bath and let chill for 15 minutes.

While chicken cooks, grind Sichuan peppercorns in a mortar and pestle until a rough powder is formed. Add sugar, remaining 3 cloves garlic, and sesame seeds and pound until a rough paste is formed. Add sesame paste, soy sauce, and vinegar and pound until a smooth paste is formed. Stir in chile oil and sediment. Set dressing aside.

When chicken is cooked, remove from bags and discard garlic, scallions, and ginger. Stir 2 tablespoons of juices from the bag into the dressing. Remove skin and bones from chicken and discard. Shred meat and transfer to a large bowl. Add dressing and sliced scallions.

Toss chicken to coat in dressing and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, sprinkled with more scallions and sesame seeds and drizzled with additional chile oil if desired.



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