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Senate candidates address evolving views during criminal justice forum » Commonwealth Magazine SEN. ED MARKEY and Rep. Joe Kennedy III showed a few distinct differences in how they approach a major concern of the day — how do you reform a broken criminal justice system? And who gets to have a…

After 'Severe' Delays, 6 States Band Together To Buy Coronavirus Tests » WBUR Six states led by a bipartisan group of governors are joining together in an effort to speed up coronavirus testing. As the nation's death count continues to rise above 150,000, the states said they w…

Auchincloss’s vote on Trump impeachment contradicts his campaign claims » Boston Globe To combat criticism that he’s less progressive than his Democratic primary opponents, Jake Auchincloss has been emphasizing his opposition to President Trump. His campaign brochure says he was “on…

Cambridge’s police chief said the city doesn’t get ‘military equipment.’ An inventory says the department has 64 M4 rifles. » Boston Globe In early June, as a wave of Black Lives Matter protests swept the nation and police departments faced renewed scrutiny, the Cambridge police commissioner stood before the City Council and made a decla…

5 notable moments from Trump’s contentious interview with Axios » Boston Globe In a contentious interview that aired Monday on “Axios on HBO,” journalist Jonathan Swan attempted to press President Trump on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, ongoing protests against ra…

Baker Rejects Spending Orders, Signs Interim Budget » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $16.53 billion interim budget on Tuesday that will keep state government operating through at least the end of October, but he rejected a firm deadline of Oct. 31 for the f…

Why Is Joe Kennedy Doing This? » The Atlantic The Democratic representative hasn’t come up with a good rationale for challenging progressive Senator Ed Markey in Massachusetts. But with a name like his, it may not matter.…

“We’re not taking any options off the table when it comes to fighting COVID, reopening the Commonwealth, getting back to a new normal,” Baker said on Tuesday during a press briefing. “We’ll be forced to adjust our plans if the data warrants it.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Not ruling out stricter regulations on businesses and reduced gathering sizes amid a slight increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

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Beltway Politics

Opinion: Trump could avert mail-in voting disaster » Boston Herald President Trump’s delay-the-election trial balloon on Twitter last week was resoundingly denounced, and rightly so.…

In reversal, Trump promotes vote-by-mail efforts in Florida » Boston Globe After weeks of criticizing vote-by-mail, Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to promote it in his home state of Florida.…

Joe Biden’s running mate may matter less in 2020 than in any election in a generation. Here’s why » Boston Globe Joe Biden’s team has signaled he is putting off the vice presidential decision for another week. This has amplified the high-octane speculation on who it might be. There is intrigue about cutthroat …

Will Massachusetts Senator Warren Become VP for Biden? [OPINION] » WBSM Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on the shortlist of running mates for former Vice President Joe Biden. She is the only white person on the public list of candidates.…

Business

Venture capital is still soaring, but the business is changing » Boston Globe If you wanted to look for a part of the economy that is having a totally normal 2020 — actually, better than normal — look to the venture capital firms that put money into fledgling and fast-growi…

Many retailers still waiting for more customers to come through the doors » Boston Globe To many Massachusetts merchants, government-imposed restrictions were once among the biggest obstacles during the pandemic.…

Salisbury Arcade Pushes To Reopen With Proper Coronavirus Precautions » CBS Boston In summers past the dings, bells, and flashing lights of Joe’s Playland would also be accompanied by the sounds of laughing children. This year, the hundred-year-old arcade in Salisbury still has no…

Warren seeks SEC insider trading probe of Kodak » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate potential insider trading surrounding Eastman Kodak’s recent announcement that it would receive a $765…

Lord & Taylor, filing for bankruptcy, plans to close two Boston-area stores » Boston Globe Retail casualties continue to mount as the pandemic shows no sign of slowing down in the United States. On Sunday, the parent company of Lord & Taylor announced that it would file for bankruptcy prote…

Ralph Lauren mulls overhaul after tough quarter; shares decline » Boston Globe Ralph Lauren Corp. is considering revamping its operating structure as it looks to avoid the fate of several retail rivals who’ve been unable to weather the unprecedented season for apparel.…

At Barrington Stage Company, The Show Will Go On » WBUR It’s been a heartbreaking moment for theaters across the country who have had to cancel all foreseeable productions, close their doors until 2021, or make sweeping cuts to staff due to the COVID-19 …

Employers lose confidence; but see Massachusetts recovery outpacing national economy during COVID-19 pandemic » The Republican Business confidence fell in July, four months after the index suffered the largest one-time decline in its history a coronavirus hit followed by a modest spring recovery, Associated Industries of Mass…

Winter is coming, and it’s making a lot of restaurant owners nervous » Boston Globe It has been well over a month since restaurants reopened their doors for both indoor and outdoor dining in Massachusetts, and that question is on seemingly every restaurateur’s mind.…

Cannabis

While equity efforts flounder, Massachusetts police make millions off marijuana store traffic details » Boston Globe The legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts was intended to restore wealth to Black and brown communities that for decades were disproportionately targeted by police enforcing the drug’s prohibit…

Crimes

What would a new Tsarnaev trial look like, five years later? » Boston Globe For three long months in 2015, victims and their families were forced to endure the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an emotionally devastating proceeding that concluded with an unre…

Education

Ed Commissioner Jeff Riley pushes in-person learning » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATION Commissioner Jeffrey Riley is strongly urging local schools to open in person this fall, pushing back against state teachers’ unions who are calling for the school year to be…

Boston city councilor urges BU, Northeastern not to bring students back » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR Kenzie Bok, whose district includes both the Boston University and Northeastern University campuses, says the schools are enormous assets to the city, from research and arts to t…

‘Breakfast after the bell’ signed into law » Commonwealth Magazine WITHIN THE NEXT two years, it will become much easier for an estimated 150,000 low-income children in Massachusetts to eat breakfast in school.…

Where Parents And Teachers Can Find Common Ground On Reopening Mass. Schools » WBUR When and how to reopen schools has become a central question in the COVID-19 pandemic, with strong feelings, anxiety and high stakes for all of us.…

School Committees Face Tough Reopening Decisions » State House News Service State education officials are reviewing school districts' initial reopening plans and expect to issue guidance on athletics and extracurricular activities next week, Elementary and Secondary Education…

Somerville first district to declare remote only learning as state pushes for in-person » Boston Herald Somerville will start the school year with all its students learning from home, one of the first public school districts in Massachusetts to do so while others grapple with hybrid and in-person models…

Teachers push for remote learning » Newburyport News Teachers unions are calling for a remote start to the school year, citing rising levels of COVID-19 transmission in the state.…

Somerville becomes one of the first Mass. districts to announce remote-only school for the fall » Boston Globe Somerville schools will start classes on a remote-only basis this fall, bringing students back part time for in-school instruction only when it is “practical” to do so, officials said Tuesday.…

DiDomenico’s Breakfast After the Bell Bill Passes Legislature » Everett Independent Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senator Sal DiDomenico’s bill to fight childhood hunger and boost participation rates in school breakfast programs in schools with high…

Principal recommends remote learning plan » Gazette Net Last month, officials at New Hingham Regional Elementary School were hopeful that they could safely welcome students back to school for in-person learning this fall.…

Boston City Officials Express Concerns Over University Students Returning To Campus » WBUR Northeastern and Boston University — the two largest universities in the city — plan to bring thousands of students back to campus in the fall for on-campus instruction.…

In Boston, reopening plan may vary by school » Boston Globe Boston public school officials have decided against taking a one-size-fits-all strategy in reopening classrooms this fall — if it chooses a hybrid model — which could result in some schools openin…

Gaming

Sports Betting Is Off the Table for Now » Everett Independent A great deal of excitement brewed last week when the state House of Representatives included and passed an Economic Development Bill that included the approval of sports betting in the state – a hug…

Encore Boston Harbor, closed for nearly four months due to COVID-19, finished second quarter $53.8 million in the red » The Republican After months of ramping up the Everett casino, Wynn Resorts reported that Encore Boston Harbor finished the second quarter $53.8 million in the red as it remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Health Care

Nursing home operator disputes termination claims » Commonwealth Magazine THE FOUNDER AND CEO of the company that runs two of the three nursing homes the state is moving to shut down said the decision runs counter to the facts and is likely to have a negative impact on the …

Mass. Among States Pursuing Rapid Antigen Tests » State House News Service Massachusetts is among seven states that are entering formal talks with manufacturers with the goal of facilitating rapid point-of-care antigen tests that could more quickly detect COVID-19 outbreaks …

Brigham president had sold more Moderna stock before she resigned from biotech’s board » Boston Globe The head of Brigham and Women’s Hospital sold nearly $2 million worth of Moderna stock in May, just as the institution she led was preparing cost-cutting due to COVID-19, bringing her total earnings…

Moderna confirms its Covid-19 vaccine could be industry's most expensive » Boston Business Journal Local biotech Moderna Inc. has indicated its Covid-19 vaccine could be one of the most expensive in the industry.…

Housing

One in three renters at risk for eviction, advocates say » Commonwealth Magazine A NEW EVICTIONS ANALYSIS using polling and research data from the US Census Bureau’s most recent housing survey indicates one in three Massachusetts renter households are at risk of eviction.…

COVID-19 spurs real estate buying ‘frenzy’ in the Berkshires » the Berkshire edge While the Berkshire County Board of Realtors doesn’t track where the buyers are coming from or whether they intend to use the property as a primary or secondary residence, many local real estate age…

Insurance

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to give back $101M to members » Boston Business Journal Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts plans to offer $101 million in premium rebates to all its fully insured members.…

Judiciary

Courts Weigh Slow Restart of Jury Trials » State House News Service Jury trials in Massachusetts would restart on a limited basis, using small juries to consider cases involving civil disputes or minor criminal charges for at least two months before more serious cases…

Labor

Will Massachusetts teachers strike this fall? One local union is sounding an alarm » Boston Globe In a sharp rebuke, teacher union leaders in Quincy decided against endorsing the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s resolution to continue with remote learning at the start of the school year, acc…

Women are feeling the crunch of working from home more than men. Here’s why » Boston Globe Isabel Sorice and her husband have both been working from their Melrose home during the pandemic, but she is the go-to parent.…

AG: Operators of popular Mass. restaurant chain to pay $125K in restitution to workers » WHDH The operators of a popular Massachusetts restaurant chain will pay $125,000 to workers for violating the state’s wage and hour laws, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday.…

Political Notes: Rep. Sarah Peake takes lead on hazard pay » Cape Cod Times State Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, has taken a lead role in advocating for Stop & Shop to reinstate hazard pay for front-line grocery workers during the coronavirus pandemic.…

Local Government

Springfield City Councilors Question Police Dept Response To DOJ Report » WAMC Springfield City Councilors want to pick up the pace of police reforms in the wake of a scathing report from the U.S. Department of Justice.…

For some Attleboro area communities, drop boxes outside public buildings for mail-in ballots » The Sun Chronicle At least some area communities won't be relying on the postal service to make sure mail-in ballots reach their destination.…

To avoid a COVID-19 horror show, Salem is planning a scarily scaled-back Halloween » Boston.com Though the holiday is still a couple months away, Salem is already planning for a drastically pared-down Halloween season this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Politics

Hall makes case for state Senate candidacy » Athol Daily News In a press release, Steve Hall, R–Sturbridge, candidate for state Senate, says he is part of a movement that can put a stop to the one-party rule in the state Legislature.…

Kennedy, Markey face tough questions on their political records in criminal justice forum » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III faced tough questions on criminal justice reform — and on their political records — during a virtual forum Tuesday as voters begin to cast …

Briefings: Early Morse Backers Hit the Airwaves for Him » Western Mass Politics and Insight One of the first groups to endorse Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in his quest to dislodge US Representative Richard Neal is now giving him a boost on the region’s airwaves. The Justice Democrats’ polit…

Markey, Kennedy support decriminalizing sex work at justice-focused forum » Boston Globe Senator Edward J. Markey and Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, rivals in the Democratic Senate primary, staked out progressive ground on criminal justice Tuesday night. They threw their support be…

Real estate executive lines up a corporate who’s who for a get-out-the-vote drive » Boston Globe Low voter turnouts in the United States have always bothered Peter Palandjian. After the COVID-19 pandemic and waves of racial unrest overlapped this spring, he decided to do something about the issue…

Public Health

Free COVID-19 testing sites open in Springfield but ‘more needs to be done’ » The Republican Tapestry Health will provide free COVID-19 testing in Springfield as part of the “Stop the Spread” testing initiative and announced the sites on Monday.…

New COVID-19 cases bump up again » Commonwealth Magazine THE NUMBER of new COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts rose by 438 on Tuesday, the highest one-day increase since June 6.…

If A Second COVID-19 Wave Is On The Horizon In Mass., Experts Say There's A Good Chance We'll See It Coming » WBUR Before the first wave of COVID-19 infections hit Massachusetts last spring, nobody was sure exactly when it would arrive. Experts only knew that it was on the way. By the time testing showed cases wer…

Visitors From Rhode Island Added To Massachusetts' Quarantine List » WBUR Most travelers entering Massachusetts from Rhode Island will soon be ordered to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival unless they recently tested negative for COVID-19, the Baker administration announ…

What would trigger a second lockdown in Mass.? The state still hasn’t laid out clear guidelines » Boston Globe As concern mounts over the possibility of a new surge of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday warned that rising infections and troubling public health metrics could stal…

Massachusetts joins interstate purchasing agreement for rapid COVID-19 testing, says Ohio governor » WCVB Massachusetts is part of a new interstate agreement for the purchasing of rapid COVID-19 testing equipment.…

438 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases, 9 More Deaths in Mass. » NBC Boston The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive, on average, is up to 2.2%, having risen from a low of 1.7% last month…

Rhode Islanders must quarantine beginning Friday as coronavirus cases there surge » Boston Herald Rhode Island is now considered a high-risk state and anyone traveling to or from the Ocean State will be required to quarantine for two weeks, produce a negative test result or face fines beginning on…

Opinion: US suffers more from the pandemic because Trump and his gubernatorial allies failed » Boston Globe Our state of national dysfunction has reached the point where the president of this once-great nation has attacked one of his health experts for simply acknowledging the truth.…

Amid uptick in coronavirus cases, Gov. Charlie Baker says state may look at reducing gathering sizes, more restrictions on businesses » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday said officials have not ruled out stricter regulations on businesses and reduced gathering sizes amid a slight increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.…

Our View: It's far from over » The Sun Chronicle Please, repeat after us: Massachusetts is not finished with the coronavirus. Massachusetts is not finished with the coronavirus. Massachusetts is not finished with the coronavirus.…

Gov. Baker: positive COVID-19 tests inching up » Western Mass News Gov. Charlie Baker said the positive test rate for COVID-19 has inched up, although slightly. He is not ruling out the possibility of going back to tighter social distance regulations.…

EDITORIAL: A personal plea on COVID-19 » Newburyport News The COVID-19 pandemic is entering its sixth restless month in Massachusetts, and maskless parties are popping up across the state.…

Fauci: “Anti-Science Feeling” Obstructing Path to Normality » State House News Service Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday he's "cautiously optimistic" that efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine will be successful, and projected that more answers will be available…

Public Safety

Qualified Immunity Is Under Fire. Here's How The Legal Defense Has Played Out In Mass. Cases » WBUR When officers use excessive force and someone sues, police are not always held accountable in a civil lawsuit.…

Boston Police Paid $5.8 Mil in OT Tied to Protests » State House News Service The City of Boston delivered nearly $5.8 million in overtime pay to police in connection with shifts associated with the wave of protests in May, June and July where thousands gathered to object to po…

State Finance

Woburn Delegation Announces To Boost FY21 Local Funding » Brookline Patch Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington), Representative Rich Haggerty (D-Woburn), and Representative Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington) are happy to announce that the Legislature and Baker Administration …

State Government

Howie Carr: Retired hacks living large on the taxpayers » Boston Herald Ex-Senate president Billy Bulger’s annual state pension is bigger than those of his four successors combined – by $64,000.…

Voting is underway in the Massachusetts state primary. Here’s what you need to know » Boston Herald It’s time to choose. Voting is now underway in the state primaries, with more ballots en route after “thousands” of people already returned their vote-by-mail applications, Secretary of State Wi…

Fear of COVID-19 is causing a shortage of poll workers. Young people can help » Boston Globe Even in this age of the coronavirus, when many are expected to vote by mail, some citizens will still prefer the public ritual of casting their ballot at their local polling station.…

‘We don’t have the capacity, nor should we be enforcing this'; Officials question how Mass. travel order, fines will be carried out » The Republican

Galvin Says He Is 'Disappointed' With Boston's Census Efforts » WGBH Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin on Tuesday said he is "disappointed" by Boston city efforts to count residents for the United States census.…

Utilities

Thousands In Mass. Without Power After Tropical Storm Brings Gusty Winds, Downs Trees » WBUR Nearly 140,0000 Massachusetts power customers were without electricity Wednesday morning after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the region.…

New Program Aims to Sub in Clean Power During Peak Energy Periods » State House News Service The Baker administration rolled out the final regulations Tuesday for a first-in-the-nation financial incentive program that aims to promote clean energy generation to supply power when demand on the …

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

6 small thin-skinned cucumbers
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 shallot
½ cup neutral oil, like grape seed or safflower
1 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
½ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup minced fresh mint
1½ cups whole milk labne or Greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tablespoon lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon very green extra virgin olive oil, for serving
toasted pitas or naan bread, for serving

Directions

Using a mandoline, slice the cucumbers as thinly as possible, almost shaving them. Place the cucumbers in a colander in the sink, toss with the salt and squeeze them with your hands to remove excess liquid. Allow to drain in the sink while you make the dressing.

Slice the shallot very thinly and toss to separate into rings. In a small saucepan, combine the shallot and the oil and place over medium heat; cook until the shallots are deeply browned and caramelized (keep watch over the pot as they will go from perfect to burned in a matter of seconds!), about 10–12 minutes.

Remove the shallots and oil from the heat and stir in the chili flakes. In a small dry skillet, toast the sesame seeds, tossing them in the pan, until lightly browned and fragrant.

Remove from the heat and pour seeds on to a plate to cool slightly before adding them to the oil (otherwise they will hiss and pop).

Give the cucumbers one last firm squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible, then transfer them to a mixing bowl. Add the mint, yogurt, garlic and lemon juice. Add a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper, stir to combine and taste for seasoning; add more salt if needed.

Transfer the cucumber mixture to a wide shallow serving bowl. Dribble the sesame-chili-shallot oil over the top, swirling it into the yogurt, then drizzle with the extra-virgin olive oil. Garnish with more cracked pepper and any leftover minced mint; serve with toasted pitas or naan bread.


Press Releases

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-10-21 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension » Massachusetts Retirees

Tremont Strategies Group Welcomes New Additions To Government Affairs Team » Tremont Strategies Group

$4.6 Million Rapid Reemployment Grant Program Launches in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety » MassDOT

Upcoming Wellington Circle Study Virtual Public Meeting » MassDOT

MassDEP Assesses Penalty to Sira Naturals for Environmental Violations at its Milford Manufacturing Facility » MA Department of Environmental Protection

What a Week It’s Been » Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Led by Sen. Lewis, Fair Share Amendment Advances to the Ballot » Office of MA State Senator Jason Lewis

MMA urges House to protect local control of municipal reprecincting process » Massachusetts Municipal Association

New Measures to Boost Home Ownership, Wages, and Economic Equity in Boston » City of Boston

Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy Update » City of Boston

On the Anniversary of 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Rally in Central Park, Senator Markey and Rep. McGovern Reintroduce Expansive Legislation to Halt Dangerous 21ST Century Global Nuclear Arms Race » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Dr. Anthony Fauci, Research Institute Heads From Politically Motivated Termination » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

AG Healey Sues Orthodontist for Illegally Charging MassHealth Patients for Missed or Cancelled Appointments » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Drawing Democracy Coalition Urges MA Senate to Pass Reprecincting Bill to Ensure Equitable Redistricting Process: » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Drought Conditions Improve in Some Commonwealth Regions, Worsen in Others » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


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