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Setti Warren is said to be fund-raising for challenge against Baker » The Boston Globe Newton Mayor Setti Warren has made calls to Democratic donors, asking for campaign contributions and saying he will challenge Republican Governor Charlie Baker in 2018, two people who spoke with him s…

Grateful DiMasi returns home after five years in prison » State House News Service Salvatore DiMasi, a once powerful Massachusetts House speaker who was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2011, returned home to Boston on Tuesday after battling cancer during his time in priso…

How to Be a Business Leader & an Activist » BostInno Stop us if this sounds familiar: in the days since the election, you and your colleagues have been sitting around wondering what this all means for you, your business, and the country. Some, maybe man…

Amid Job Growth, DeLeo Foresees Minimum Wage Debate Next Year » WGBH News House Speaker Robert DeLeo expects an increase to the state's minimum wage to be debated next year in the Legislature. …

ACTIVISTS LOOK TO TURN TIDE ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES FUNDING » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 22, 2016...Two months before Gov. Charlie Baker files his fiscal 2018 budget proposal, advocates for people with developmental disabilities made an early ask on Tuesday, call…

Will President-elect Donald Trump crack down on Massachusetts' legal marijuana industry? » MassLive "Good people don't smoke marijuana." U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, said that at an April 2016 Senate hearing on enforcement of marijuana laws. …

Lawmakers try to reach end-of-year agreement on non-compete bill » The Republican Key Massachusetts lawmakers say they are "hopeful" that a deal can be reached regulating the use of non-compete agreements before the end of the year.…

“I just want to say how happy I am and grateful and thankful that I’m home in Boston,"

Former Speaker Sal DiMasi

Speaking about being released from prison after serving five years.

News By Category
Business

Consumer Group Finds Recalled Toys Still For Sale » WAMC A consumer group is out with its annual survey on toy safety. This year's report highlights the availability of toys that have been subjected to recalls. …

Fidelity faces new era, challenges » The Boston Globe Abigail P. Johnson has long operated in the shadow of her legendary father, Edward C. “Ned” Johnson 3rd, but she's hardly been hiding out.…

Springfield 'rising to new heights' on $3.3 billion in development, city official tells chamber » The Republican Springfield's chief development officer detailed $3.307 billion in ongoing and recent economic development projects in the city for a Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce audience meeting Tuesday.…

Trump's Rhetoric On Trade Resonated With Some In Deep Blue Fall River » WBUR Although Massachusetts voted for Hillary Clinton, the presidential election showed that this state might be a little less blue than it once was. A case in point: Fall River. Donald Trump's call to sc…

Crimes

I-Team: Who's Buying Sex In Massachusetts And How Can They Be Stopped? » CBS Boston Detective Leo Coppens and Sergeant Jennifer Tapper found three women inside a dimly lit Quincy massage parlor.…

Education

Your child's pencils are likely being crowdfunded » The Boston Globe With school budgets running tight, Tom Shull turns to the Internet to raise money for all sorts of supplies for his students at Quincy Upper School in Boston: books, pencils, highlighters, post-it not…

UNH researchers create radiation sensor for space » The Boston Globe University of New Hampshire researchers have designed a sensor for orbiting weather satellites to help protect astronauts and technology from radiation in space.…

ACS's $2.4 million settlement in Massachusetts highlights problems in student loan servicing » The Washington Post ACS Education Services, a company that once managed one of the largest portfolios of student loans, will pay Massachusetts $2.4 million to settle charges of abusive collection practices and sloppy han…

Teachers union president decries Trump and testing » Commonwealth Magazine BARBARA MADELONI, THE president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, had a message last week for her union's members in the wake of the presidential election: “let all of our students and thei…

Amherst College discovers race-baiting posters in science hall » The Republican Two posters were discovered recently in the Amherst College science building displaying skulls of different sizes and linking them to differences in intelligence by race.…

American Flag To Stay Down At Hampshire College, While Reactions Fly » WBUR Hampshire College will not fly the United States flag until at least January, Jonathan Lash, president of the western Massachusetts college, said Tuesday. The school's decision first to fly the flag …

Over $1M is being returned to schools by Valley Collaborative » Nashoba Publishing Nine area school districts have plenty to be grateful for this holiday season, thanks to the Valley Collaborative special-education school. After a positive audit from the Department of Elementary an…

Health Care

State pressured to add birth control coverage mandate » Gloucester Times With the future of Obamacare endangered under President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress, women's rights groups want to preserve a popular provision of the health care law requiring in…

Baker secretly convenes digital health council, then touts its importance » State House News Service Cabinet secretaries, health care executives, academics and venture capitalists will make up the Digital Healthcare Council, a group announced Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker's administration to help it …

State seeing surge in prescription drug monitoring under new system » State House News Service Daily searches of the state's prescription monitoring program have more than quadrupled after an overhaul of the program this year and the introduction of a requirement that doctors must check the sys…

Housing

Controversial Forest Ridge Development's Application Put on Hold, Lawmakers Say » Marlborough Patch An application for a proposed housing development which became a crucial issue in the recent elections has been put on hold, according to an announcement from state Rep. Michael Day and Sen. Jason Lew…

US home sales reach strongest pace in nearly a decade » Lowell Sun Americans bought homes in October at the fastest pace in nearly decade, helped out by low mortgage rates that have since started to climb following the presidential election of Donald Trump. The Nati…

Human Services

Activists look to turn tide on developmental disabilities funding » State House News Service Two months before Gov. Charlie Baker files his fiscal 2018 budget proposal, advocates for people with developmental disabilities made an early ask on Tuesday, calling on Baker to increase funding for …

Judiciary

DiMasi freed from prison, returns to Massachusetts - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather » ABC 6 Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has arrived home five years after being sent to federal prison on corruption charges. …

Labor

Judge blocks Obama-backed rule extending overtime pay » Boston Business Journal A federal judge in Texas this evening blocked a U.S. Department of Labor rule extending overtime pay to more than 4 million U.S. workers.…

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule » WBUR With just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge Tuesday blocked an Obama Administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some four million Americans.…

Local Government

Brockton mayor uses tax dollars to buy flowers from city councilor » Enterprise News Nearly 30 flower baskets popped up last fiscal year at Brockton funerals and, in one case, at the desk of a City Hall employee, with cards noting that they were from Mayor Bill Carpenter.…

Somerville mayor: We will remain a sanctuary city—even if Trump pulls our federal funding » Boston.com Despite Donald Trump's threats, Somerville says it's staying a sanctuary city.…

Opinion

This chart captures the alarming drop in sea ice » The Boston Globe Sometimes a single image captures a moment — in a picture, or a snippet of video. Or, more rarely, a scientific chart. Here's one that sent corners of the Internet into a mild tizzy over the last fe…

On the front lines in fight against hate » Berkshire Eagle It's unfortunate that an election in America can trigger ugly racial incidents, but there was a certain inevitability this year. Happily, Massachusetts and Vermont have found appropriate responses.…

Donald Trump's new world order » The Boston Globe “It Can't Happen Here.'' That was the title of Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel in which the fascistic Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip is elected president and within months transforms the United States int…

The wolf at the door — the one inside all of us » The Boston Globe FOR THE last eight years I have carried the following clipping in my wallet from the January 2009 New York Times describing Barack Obama's first church service as president.…

Secretary of State Romney? If you can't beat 'em, join 'em » Boston Globe IN HIS WILDEST dreams, Mitt Romney couldn't have imagined that after condemning Donald Trump for “dishonesty,” “bullying,” and “third-grade theatrics,” he'd be meeting with President-elect…

Mayor Martin J. Walsh: Face-to-face talk about race penetrates divide » Boston Herald It was a beautiful sight. On Saturday morning I stood on the stage of the Cutler Majestic in the heart of Boston's Theater District and looked out at the nearly 1,000 Bostonians who had filled its sea…

Politics

More evidence Newton mayor may seek gubernatorial bid » WCVB Newton Mayor Setti Warren may be laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial bid.…

I went on CNN. Little did I know I'd be mistaken as an alt-right leader. » Boston Globe I had just finished with a television appearance on CNN. As I made my way down the elevator and out the door, images began landing in my inbox and in my Twitter feed.…

Why's Atkins holding onto 'tainted' donations? » Lowell Sun The Concord Democrat, who was elected to a ninth two-year term on Nov. 8, is one of four area Democrats -- among dozens of others -- who received campaign donations from the Boston-based Thornton Law …

Public Safety

Power of the badge » Commonwealth Magazine The tensions between police and those they are charged with protecting continue to rise and it seems every encounter between those in blue uniforms and those in black skin has the potential to be a ti…

5 Investigates: Police evidence room procedures vary widely across the state » WCVB Each envelope and box inside the Chelsea Police Department's evidence room tells a story and contains the keys to justice in criminal cases.…

Officer resigns in wake of sexual assault charges » The Salem News A longtime Salem patrolman, facing sexual assault charges after an alleged incident in the police station, has resigned.…

Salem cop charged in station rape resigns from job » Boston Herald A veteran Salem cop — and husband of the city's police chief — resigned from the department two days after he was arrested for allegedly raping a male inmate in a station broom closet on Halloween…

Homicides up 20 percent from '15 » Boston Herald A recent surge in shootings and homicides in the city is part of a “disturbing” trend that's being blamed on an increase in gang activity and an ongoing reluctance of jittery witnesses to step for…

State Government

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey seeks dismissal of federal lawsuit over 'copycat' assault weapons crackdown » MassLive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by four Massachusetts gun shops over her crackdown on "copycat" assault weapons.…

AG to judge: Dismiss gun sellers' suit » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey wants a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit brought against her by four gun retailers and a national shooting organization, arguing that the case is in the wrong court a…

Ex-Speaker Returns To Massachusetts After Leaving Prison On Compassionate Release » WBUR Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi had an emotional homecoming Tuesday, five years after being sent to federal prison on public corruption charges. DiMasi, 71, arrived at Boston's Lo…

Transportation

State and local officials continue airplane noise talks with FAA » Wicked Local Belmont Almost three years ago, more than two-dozen residents crowded into Town Hall to express frustration to the town committee on state, federal, and regional government over increased airplane noise over …

Uncertainty around city of Quincy's air rights at MBTA stations » Patriot Ledger The city's legal authority over what is built on the MBTA-owned parking lots in Quincy is now in question, given recent comments by the mayor's office and the T.…

State Officials Think All-Electronic Tolling Will Ease Thanksgiving Congestion » WBUR State officials think the new all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike will ease traffic congestion for Thanksgiving travelers. Jeff Larson, director of the …

necn Investigates: Positive Train Control on MBTA » NECN Investigators are still trying to figure out why a commuter rail train crashed into a station in Hoboken, New Jersey, in September, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 others. …

Capuano Speculates: MBTA Green-Line Extension Is Relatively Trump Proof » WGBH News Congressman Michael Capuano dismissed concerns that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump would shut down federal funding for local infrastructure projects, including the embattled Green …

Dare how they? MassDOT apologizes for 'Cod Cape' sign in Dartmouth » Boston Globe The green metal sign was supposed to direct drivers to Cape Cod. Instead it directed motorists toward a place unfamiliar to New Englanders and visitors alike: “Cod Cape.”…

MBTA did not collect $1.8 million in overdue funds, audit finds » The Republican More than $1.8 million is due to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, according to an audit released by the office of the state Auditor Tuesday.…

Utilities

Massachusetts seeks bids to extend broadband internet to 40 WMass towns » MassLive State officials are soliciting bids from private companies to build out broadband internet connections in 40 Western Massachusetts towns.…

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 12 cups Servings

Ingredients

7 pounds turkey parts, such as wings, thighs and drumsticks

1 large onion, cut into thick slices

1 large carrot, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 large stalk celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 large cloves garlic, smashed

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 quarts water

Directions

The more things change ...

Back in the early seventies, when Michael Dukakis was Governor for the first time, I was a royal pain in his behind as a journalistic critic aiming my zingers from his political left. "I made you," he once said - and in more ways than one: A decade later, when the new, more progressive Mike Dukakis re-occupied the State House corner office, I married one of his chief policy advisers and cabinet coordinators, the lovely Cathy Dunham.

In order to avoid confusion as to which 'Michael' she was talking about, Cathy started to call her boss "Day Michael;" I was called "Night Michael." 

Reverting back to the early days of my writing career, I have to tell you that the Duke is all wrong when it comes to turkey stock. Remember all the stories last year of his neighbors (some strangers, too), dropping off turkey bones after the Thanksgiving holiday because the Governor said he loved to use them to make turkey stock and soup?

Governor: Roast the bones first in a 400 degree oven for about 90 minutes! What's with your just 'throw them in the water' thing? Then add them to a stock pot, and cover with water. And don't just throw in a quarter of an onion: add onions, carrots and celery in a 1:1:1 ration. Here we go again. Oy. - Michael Segal

 

See below for a 2003 Food and Wine magazine recipe, as amended in 2006 by the Washington Post.

NOTE: I sometimes roast the veggies to add even further richness to the stock.

 

Place the turkey parts in a single layer in a large roasting pan and roast for about 1 1/2 hours, until well browned.

 

Transfer the roasted turkey parts to a large pot, reserving the roasting pan. Use a fat separator cup to isolate the fat from the drippings, and reserve both to make Turkey Gravy; they may be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

 

To the pot of roasted turkey parts, add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, salt and several pinches of pepper along with 12 cups of water. Bring to a boil.

 

Meanwhile, place the roasting pan over 2 burners on the stove top over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, using a nonmetal spoon to scrape and loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat and set aside for a minute to cool slightly, then carefully pour the liquid from the roasting pan into the pot and return to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover partially and cook for about 2 1/2 hours. Strain the stock, discarding the solids or removing the turkey meat from the bones and reserving the meat for another use. Set the stock aside to cool slightly before storing. 


Press Releases

ADL to Honor Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen at "Never Is Now" Summit on Anti-Semitism » ADL

Massachusetts is not producing a body of representative leaders equipped to do the work of the entire people. » Progressive Massachusetts

Will DACA Doubts Reign Supreme? » New England Board of Higher Education

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Pushes Back on Trump Administration’s Proposed SNAP Cuts » Office of Congressman Jim McGovern

House and Senate Announce Agreement on “Anti-Robocall” Legislation » ACA International

Nurses to Testify Tuesday at State House on Bills to Protect Patients from Unsafe Medication Administration and Caretakers During Emergency Response » Massachusetts Nurses Association

Kennedy, Cicilline Introduce Bill To Generate Millions In Federal Funding For Southern New England » Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Massachusetts Unemployment and Job Estimates for October 2019 » Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Notice of Public Meeting: Special Commission to Plan, Develop, and Implement Strategies to Support and Promote Minority-Owned Real Estate and Financial Services Organizations in the Commonwealth » Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Approval Of Pine Street Inn Supportive Housing Project In Jamaica Plain » City of Boston

Baker-Polito Administration Marks America Recycles Day with $3.6 Million in Grants for Recycling, Composting and Waste Reduction » Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Press Statement RE: Weymouth Compressor Receiving Baker Permit Approval » Toxics Action Center

Door-to-door Marketer for Competitive Electric Suppliers Agrees to Stop Massachusetts Sales » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Trump Administration Over Illegal Attack on States’ Authority to Set Clean Car Standards » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

A Time for Celebration, Activism » Massachusetts Teachers Association

Senators Markey and Warren Call for Investigation of Canada’s Right Whale Regulations » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Lewis Joins Unanimous Vote to Advance Legislation Reducing Prescription Drug Costs » Office of Senator Jason Lewis

Rep. Lynch And Quiet Skies Caucus Request Answers From FAA Administrator To Address Nationwide Aircraft Noise » Office of Congressman Stephen Lynch

Locke Lord QuickStudy: FTC Issues Guide for Social Media Influencers » Locke Lord

EOHHS Awards over $2 Million in Student Loan Repayment, Special Projects Grants to Community-Based Providers » Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Toxic algae bloom still present in Santuit Pond in Mashpee » Utility Contractor's of New England

Tests find traces of chemical group in Tri-Town water » Utility Contractor's of New England

Notices of Public Review of Prospective Regulations » Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results » Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

The Boston Globe Names Nutter a Top Place to Work for 2019 » Nutter

Inequitable Exposure to Air Pollution from Vehicles in Maryland » Union of Concerned Scientists

Funding Transportation Solutions » A Better City

Senate Adopts Bill To Reduce Prescription Drug Costs » Tarr Talk

Voters: Tax the Rich and Big Corporations, Invest More in Transportation » Progressive Massachusetts

Rodriguez Named to El Mundo Boston 30 under 30 List » Committee for Public Counsel Services

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Senator Warren’s Medicare for All Proposal » AFSCME

New structural heart disease initiative aims to extend and improve patients’ lives » American Heart Association

Planned Parenthood Celebrates Verdict Against Discredited Anti-Abortion Group » Planned Parenthood

New Op-Ed from MassCyberCenter Director & Bay Path University President on Diversity in the Cybersecurity Workforce » Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

North Washington Street Bridge – Construction through Nov. 30 » Trucking Association of Massachusetts

House Makes Wise Choice to Postpone Transportation Debate » Associated Industries of Massachusetts


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