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FL: Trump tied with Biden in Florida despite campaign setbacks » Herald-Tribune Despite the tumult, slightly more Florida voters (48%) approve of the president’s job performance than disapprove (47%), according to the poll, which largely was conducted after the president’s CO…

Opinion: The Globe endorses Joe Biden for president » Boston Globe In this historic election, in addition to a traditional editorial that argues that the former vice president can restore the integrity of the presidency and set the country on a better path, the Globe…

OPINION: The 10 Bellwether Counties That Show How Trump Is in Serious Trouble » New York Times Each one is in a battleground state. Votes from people there will matter a lot — and offer Joe Biden several paths to victory.…

Michelle Obama rips Trump in 'closing argument' for Biden » The Hill Obama, who rarely gets involved in day-to-day political fights, said in a 24-minute video meant as a “closing argument” for voters to turn out for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that th…

“NATIONAL POLLS ARE ABSOLUTELY, UTTERLY USELESS”: DO DONALD TRUMP’S ABYSMAL NUMBERS MATTER? » Vanity Fair Every national poll shows Joe Biden in the lead. Which begs the question: Have we learned nothing from 2016? “With Trump, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about him,” says a strategist, “it…

Lineup Set to Wednesday's Economic Outlook Hearing » State House News Service Ways and Means Committee chairmen Rep. Aaron Michewlitz and Sen. Michael Rodrigues and Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan are hoping the hearing will shed new light on the economic…

Baker: State's Health Care System Prepared For Any Surge In COVID Cases » WGBH "We expected and anticipated that there would be an increase in the fall. And that's why we built such a significant infrastructure around testing and tracing," Baker said during a press conference.…

Colleges facing ‘astronomical’ COVID costs » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGES AND universities are so far doing relatively well in opening their doors while keeping COVID-19 cases contained – but top education officials warn that their ability to succes…

Amy Coney Barrett served as a ‘handmaid’ in Christian group People of Praise » Washington Post A 2010 People of Praise directory states that she held the title of “handmaid,” a leadership position for women in the community, according to a directory excerpt obtained by The Washington Post .…

Sara Gideon and Susan Collins within 1 point in new BDN poll of Maine Senate race » Bangor Daily News House Speaker Sara Gideon has just a one-point lead on U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in a new Bangor Daily News-Digital Research poll released on Tuesday showing a narrower result than many previous polls a…

FL: Florida Senate to consult with Tampa General on coronavirus safety » Tampa Bay Times A team from Tampa General Hospital is helping the Florida Senate develop a plan for the 2021 legislative session in an effort to reduce spread of the coronavirus as lawmakers gather to conduct state b…

NJ: The O’Toole Chronicles: How do you know when they are wearing a wire? » Jew Jersey Globe The legend is that you haven’t really made your bones in good ole fashioned Jersey politics until someone comes hunting for you wearing a wire (listening device ) courtesy of federal, state or count…

Trump's seniors moment » Axios In a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out Sunday, Joe Biden led Trump by 27 points among seniors (62% to 35%). In a CNN/SSRS poll out yesterday, similar story — 21 points (60% to 39%). This is a group T…

RI: Cicilline panel calls for Congress to rein in and break up Big Tech » Boston Globe Democratic lawmakers are calling for Congress to rein in Big Tech, possibly forcing Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business and imposing…

Border Policy Was Clear: ‘We Need to Take Away Children’ » The New York Times “We need to take away children,” Mr. Sessions told the prosecutors, according to participants’ notes. One added in shorthand: “If care about kids, don’t bring them in. Won’t give amnesty t…

Trump’s touting of ‘racehorse theory’ tied to eugenics and Nazis alarms Jewish leaders » Los Angeles Times President Trump has alarmed Jewish leaders and others with remarks that appeared to endorse “racehorse theory” — the idea that selective breeding can improve a country’s performance, which Ame…

“Families are going hungry and losing their homes,” Neal said. “Yet the President is walking away from efforts to provide folks who are struggling with the relief they need to survive,” Neal said. “This decision is a dangerous one, and I sincerely hope he will return to the table for the good of our nation.”

U.S. Representative Richard E. Neal

Trump told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to stop negotiating on further federal relief programs until after the election.

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Beltway Politics

Trump support craters after contracting coronavirus, new FPU/Herald poll reveals » Boston Herald Catching coronavirus has been disastrous for President Trump’s re-election hopes, with support for the president plummeting since news of the infection broke, allowing Democratic nominee Joe Biden t…

More than 10% of Americans ‘not prepared’ to accept Trump, Biden election results: FPU-Herald poll » Boston Herald A new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows double-digit percentages of Americans say they’re “not prepared” to accept the outcome of either President Trump or former Vice Presiden…

Voters say Kamala Harris would be more ready to assume presidency than Mike Pence, FPU-Herald poll shows » Boston Herald Voters believe U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris would be more ready to assume the presidency if needed than Vice President Mike Pence, a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows on the eve of a …

Voters: COVID-19 diagnosis ‘will hurt’ Trump’s support in 2020 presidential election » Boston Herald Voters around Boston predict President Trump’s COVID-19 infection and subsequent hospitalization will hurt his chances of re-election as the pandemic dominates Americans’ priorities at the polls.…

Susan Collins says maskless Trump set poor example; Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID-19 » Boston Globe Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday she was “shocked” to see President Donald Trump discharged from the hospital so soon, and said Trump set a poor example by appearing at the White House w…

Military doctor hopes his commander-in-chief has found a new trait: empathy » Boston Globe Like a lot of us, Dr. Jon Santiago has watched President Trump’s recent activities with a combination of curiosity and alarm.…

White House signals stronger coronavirus precautions, but Trump continues to resist » Boston Globe The White House that President Donald Trump woke up in Tuesday morning was in full-blown chaos, even by the standards of the havoc of the Trump era.…

2020 is one of the top 5 contenders for craziest year in American history » Boston Globe The news that the president himself had contracted the coronavirus, just days after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg triggered a high-stakes Supreme Court battle in the middle of a global pand…

Stephen Miller, a top White House aide to Trump, tests positive for coronavirus » Boston Globe Stephen Miller, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and speechwriter, tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday.…

Stimulus deal looks dead after Trump calls off talks » Boston Globe The president abruptly asked Treasury secretary to no longer negotiate a second pandemic bailout until after the election.…

Vice presidential debates don’t tend to matter much. Then there’s Pence vs. Harris » Boston Globe The vice presidential debate is usually the undercard of the fall campaign, a secondary clash between the understudies of the major party tickets.…

How to watch the debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris » Boston Globe Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris are scheduled to meet on Wednesday at 9 p.m. for their first and only debate, which comes on the heels of a chaotic, bitter clash between President …

On the campaign trail, Trump and Biden operate in different circles on COVID-19 » Boston Globe María José Wright, one of the few voters to have been in a room with Democratic nominee Joe Biden lately, took her place Monday at the center of a white circle on a gymnasium floor, marooned at leas…

Rep. Neal calls Trump halt to relief talks ‘dangerous’ » Berkshire Eagle By calling off negotiations on a pandemic relief package, President Trump hurts Americans who are trying to survive, the Berkshires’ voice in Congress said Tuesday.…

Business

Lexus tops Mercedes, BMW as production squeeze hits luxury sales » Boston Globe Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus brand outsold luxury rivals Mercedes and BMW in the latest quarter as inventory shortages triggered by the pandemic hampered the German brands.…

SEC warns GE of possible legal action over accounting issues » Boston Business Journal A so-called "Wells notice" from SEC staff shows that the company may soon face an enforcement action.…

Remote communications startup Owl Labs opens new HQ in Boston » Boston Business Journal As many tech companies delay their return to physical offices, a six-year-old startup developing hardware tools to enhance remote video calls isn't going all-virtual.…

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Conference opens with a keynote on racial justice » BU News The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network began its annual conference Tuesday morning, but the start to this year’s iteration of the event looked far different from years past. Influenced by the events of…

As More Restaurants Close, State Officials Give Final Round of Grants for Outdoor Dining » CBS Boston Just as Boston learns more restaurants are falling victim to the pandemic, state officials are doling out the final round of grant money to help set up outdoor dining areas on sidewalks and streets ac…

Covid gave this startup its first sales. Here’s why it's giving that money away. » Boston Business Journal The startup will funnel the proceeds from sales of the company’s Covid diagnostic test to STEM education and diversity initiatives.…

No Liquor License For BJ's In Framingham, Board Decides » Brookline Patch The density of licenses in the Natick Mall and Old Connecticut Path areas was a factor in the denial of the liquor license transfer.…

With No Stimulus Check Until After Election, Experts Say Massachusetts' Economy Will 'Get Worse Before It Gets Better' » WGBH When Tasha Foster-Toney heard that Massachusetts was allowing more indoor recreational businesses to reopen on Monday, she was elated. She could finally reopen her family's roller skating rink in Dorc…

Santander lays off hundreds in consumer, small-business banking » Boston Business Journal The job cuts are one of several major changes underway at Santander under its new head of consumer and business banking.…

Developer presents artist renderings of new ‘Allston Green’ project » Boston Business Journal LBC Boston, which is planning a $140 million mixed-use project in Boston’s Allston neighborhood, released renderings showing what the new residential towers set to replace six dilapidated three-stor…

Here's how much revenue the Boston Red Sox lost on game days with empty stands » Boston Business Journal Major League Baseball teams played shorter seasons this year because of the pandemic and they did so without fans in the stands. That meant a lot less game-day revenue across the league and for each o…

Civil Rights

Medford releases ‘roadmap’ for fighting racism » Boston Globe Four months after Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn declared racism a public health crisis in Medford, officials are providing residents an update on what is being done to address the problem.…

Education

YMCA helps support charter school’s remote learning » Amherst Bulletin Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is doing entirely remote instruction as the fall semester begins, but some of its students will be in the Route 9 building beginning Monday for a day ca…

Pandemic Impacts Rippling Across Higher Education » State House News Service The COVID-19 pandemic has presented colleges and universities with financial challenges that will likely extend for multiple years and may not be sustainable for all institutions, heads of public and …

State lawmakers hear testimony on higher ed budget woes » Gazette Net Budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced Massachusetts colleges and universities to make difficult choices such as laying off employees and cutting certain programs, but faculty in t…

Conduct cases for UMass students reach nearly 200 » Gazette Net Nearly 200 University of Massachusetts students are going through the campus conduct process this semester as the number of COVID-19 positive cases reported by the university continues to rise.…

Rural Berkshire districts need bump in education aid, lawmakers say » Berkshire Eagle Some Berkshire school districts, particularly those that serve rural communities, will require additional funding in a school year hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers say.…

Boston delays next phase of in-person school as coronavirus positivity rate rises to 4.1 percent » Boston Globe With Boston’s coronavirus positivity rate rising to 4.1 percent, Boston officials announced Wednesday they will delay the start of in-person learning for the next phase of students who were slated t…

Former UMass official heads to Tufts University's food innovation institute » Boston Business Journal Katie Stebbins, 49, a former Baker administration aide, started as executive director of the Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute at Tufts University earlier this year.…

Virus Spike Disrupts Boston School Reopening Plans » State House News Service Boston Mayor Marty Walsh paused his city's phased reopening of public schools on Wednesday, pointing to an uptick of COVID-19 cases that has pushed the city's positive rate to its highest mark since J…

Health Care

Brigham and Broad Institute to launch 10,000 at-home COVID tests for Boston residents » Boston Herald Brigham and Women’s Hospital along with The Broad Institute at MIT will facilitate at-home COVID tests for 10,000 Bostonians as part of a surveillance study that aims to detect clusters and evidence…

Coronavirus cluster at Attleboro hospital on heels of outbreak at Brigham and Women’s illustrates continuing challenges » Boston Globe Officials at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro say a cluster of COVID-19 cases there has expanded to at least four patients and 10 employees in the past week, while Brigham and Women’s Hospital …

Fed Rule Might Keep MassHealth Rolls Inflated » State House News Service When Gov. Charlie Baker first entered office more than five years ago, he faced what he saw as a challenging budget landscape with spending outpacing tax collections by $1.8 billion and the state reli…

Before Covid, these were the most profitable Mass. hospitals » Boston Business Journal Data released by the state's Center for Health Information and Analysis offers a new baseline for measuring the effect of coronavirus on the financial stability of the state’s hospitals, and undersc…

Housing

Report: Court Intervention Could Prevent Eviction Wave » State House News Service The Massachusetts judiciary should intervene to prevent a potential surge of tens of thousands of housing removals that could hit when the state's temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures expires t…

Hundreds Of Waltham Residents Hope To Avoid Eviction » Waltham Patch An eviction ban in Massachusetts meant to protect renters from housing instability during the coronavirus pandemic​ is set to expire soon.…

Immigration

City Councilors Want Answers After Apparent 'Unlawful' Stop In West Roxbury » WBUR Two Boston City Councilors say they want answers from federal agencies after a Roslindale resident said he was stopped and detained by what he described as federal immigration officers Tuesday.…

Judiciary

District Attorney: 'Cloud Of Doubt Remains' Over Mass. Drug Lab Scandal » WBUR A new controversy in Massachusetts' drug lab scandals cropped up this week, with a district attorney sending a sharply worded letter questioning the state's investigation into the actions of a disgrac…

Legislative

Feeney offers virtual office hours » The Sun Chronicle Sen. Paul Feeney and his staff will be available to meet with constituents over Zoom for district office hours on Friday, Oct. 9.…

Local Government

Boston Christopher Columbus statue won’t come back to site — but will remain in North End » Boston Herald The controversial beheaded Christopher Columbus statue won’t return to its previous North End home, Mayor Martin Walsh says — but it, with a head re-attached, will continue to live in the old Ital…

Norton select board notebook » The Sun Chronicle The town's state legislators -- Sen. Paul Feeney, D-Foxboro, Rep. Steve Howitt, R-Seekonk, and Rep. Jay Barrows, R-Mansfield -- plan to send a letter of support for prioritizing a traffic signal at th…

North Andover selectmen ask to be removed from 'red' COVID-19 designation » The Eagle Tribune The North Andover Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to send a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker requesting that he reconsider using the "red zone" classification for the town, which was recently hit by …

Salem Issues COVID Guidelines for Halloween Crowds » NECN As Gov. Charlie Baker asked Massachusetts residents to avoid celebrating Halloween indoors, the city of Salem is putting new guidelines into place to ensure people celebrate safely.…

Pittsfield Homelessness Committee Addresses Council Questions » iBerkshires The Homelessness Prevention Committee met on Tuesday morning to answer some questions that the City Council had about its infrastructure and community outreach work.…

Councilors accuse Brockton mayor of sexism during coronavirus curfew debate -- but he strongly denies the charge » The Enterprise A challenge to the city's 11 p.m. curfew, brought to the mayor by two city councilors on behalf of several businesses, was met with an angry, "out of control" response, a charge that the mayor vigorou…

Lawrence Announces New Mobile COVID Testing Initiative » WGBH Citing his city’s troubling rate of infection, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera on Tuesday announced a new mobile testing initiative to better detect and prevent the spread of COVID-19.…

Politics

Rep. Whipps receives endorsements » Athol Daily News The Whipps Committee announced Monday that Rep. Susannah Whipps (I-Athol) has received two unsolicited endorsements in support of her candidacy for Representative of the 2nd Franklin District. Last we…

Kingston Pro-Life Independent Ed Mazzuchelli Running Write-In Campaign For U.S. Senate » New Boston Post If you drive through Marshfield or Pembroke, you might think that Ed Mazzuchelli is the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts.…

Braintree Chamber Hosting Debate With State Rep. Candidates » Braintree Patch The Braintree Chamber of Commerce announced it's hosting a virtual chat with the candidates for state representative of the 5th Norfolk District.…

North Shore Neighbors Split On Voting By Mail, In-Person » Salem Patch Several responders to a Patch question said it's safety first in voting by mail Nov. 3 but some feel more secure casting a ballot in person.…

Gov. Baker calls President Trump 'incredibly irresponsible' for ignoring advice of health experts » WCVB Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday called President Donald Trump's actions which have defied the advice of public health experts, "Incredibly irresponsible."…

Political Notes: Candidate Steven Xiarhos 'doing great' under quarantine » Cape Cod Times Steven Xiarhos, a Republican candidate for state representative in the 5th Barnstable District, is feeling good and quarantining at his home in West Barnstable after he recently came in contact with m…

Once a Ku Klux Klan stronghold, Groton fights its reputation as a ‘sundown town’ » Boston Globe Every Sunday afternoon since early June, the Rev. Elea Kemler and a dozen or more congregants have held vigil for Black lives on the grassy common in front of First Parish Church. They wave at the str…

Public Health

Head of Operation Warp Speed: Immunize US population against coronavirus by 2021 » Boston Herald Top health experts working to educate the public about the complex vaccine approval and distribution process joined in a Tuesday webinar in which the head of Operation Warp Speed said its goal is to i…

Baker: Trick-or-Treating Better Than Indoor Halloween Alternatives » State House News Service Whether this Halloween brings tricks or treats may just depend upon where you live. Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday his administration will leave it up to local officials to decide the best and safest…

‘My Child, My Choice’: Protesters in Boston decry mandatory flu shots for children » Boston.com Organizers are promising to file a lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Baker and the commonwealth in the coming weeks.…

Charlie Baker says coronavirus won’t ‘cancel’ Halloween in Massachusetts » Boston Herald There’s one thing Gov. Charlie Baker said coronavirus isn’t “canceling” this year: Halloween. “The reason we’re not canceling Halloween is because that would turn into thousands of indoor …

Massachusetts governor weighs in on differing COVID-19 positivity rate » WCVB Public health experts have pointed to a steady uptick in the rate of people who test positive for COVID-19 as reason for concern in Massachusetts, but Gov. Charlie Baker continues to point to a differ…

UMass to provide COVID tests for Amherst first responders » Gazette Net The University of Massachusetts will begin providing weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for around 100 Amherst first responders and inspectors.…

Howie Carr: Karen is very busy snitching from Nantucket to your neighborhood » Boston Herald Say what you will about the state’s COVID-19 snitch line — it’s given all the Karens of Maskachusetts a newfound purpose in their lives.…

As Mass. COVID-19 metrics rise, state officials avoid defining how bad is too bad » Boston Globe The numbers are clear: COVID-19 hospitalizations, daily case counts, and the percentage of people testing positive are all higher in Massachusetts now than they were a month ago. Less clear is what wi…

Massachusetts flu vaccine required for nursing home staff, Charlie Baker administration implements coronavirus reforms » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration will require nursing home staff members to get the flu vaccine by the end of the year, an order that comes as the coronavirus pandemic has devastated long-term ca…

Mass. reports 454 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 8 new deaths » Boston Globe The death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose by eight to 9,323, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases climbed by 454, bringing the to…

Charlie Baker slams Trump for ‘ignoring’ coronavirus advice from medical experts » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said although he “wouldn’t wish” coronavirus on anyone and that he’s “glad” President Trump and wife Melania are recovering from the highly infectious virus, he consider…

COVID-19 hospitalizations up for a third day in Mass. » WHDH The number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts grew by 454 on Tuesday and public health officials announced an additional eight deaths associated with the virus.…

Maskless Strippers, Packed House Parties: Mass. Coronavirus Hotline Logs 200,000 Calls » NBC Boston Complaints about a stripper not wearing a mask, packed house parties, and personal attacks directed at Gov. Charlie Baker are just some of the calls received by a state hotline for people to report su…

'There's a massive spike happening in Brockton': Officials expect city to be elevated to high-risk red » The Enterprise Dr. Richard Herman, the city’s pandemic consultant, provided city councilors with an overview of where Brockton currently is in regard to community transmission and where the city may be heading.…

'TestBoston' To Offer Free At-Home Coronavirus Tests Monthly For 10,000 Across Greater Boston » WBUR Imagine: You wake up in the morning, brush your teeth, get dressed, and then remember that you're due for one more bit of maintenance — a quick nostril-swabbing and finger prick.…

Relaxing State Social Distancing Measures Immediately Increases Virus Spread, MGH Study Finds » WBUR A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital provides more evidence that the coronavirus spreads more when communities relax social distancing measures and reopen economies.…

Elizabeth Warren, Katherine Clark urge DEA in letter to finalize ‘partial fill’ regulation to combat opioid epidemic » Boston.com The Massachusetts Democrats joined other members of Congress in condemning the agency's “foot-dragging” on the issue.…

These are the experts on Gov. Baker's Covid-19 vaccine distribution group » Boston Business Journal A group of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and others has been named to advise Gov. Charlie Baker on a Covid-19 vaccine and its distribution.…

Public Safety

Swanick to retire as police chief after 30 years with Wayland police » The Metro West Daily News Although many have said it before, Police Chief Patrick Swanick said his plans to retire really do come down to the fact that he wants to spend more time with his family.…

Boston Police Working Overtime Still Do Not Wear Body Cameras, Despite City’s Pledge A Year Ago » WBUR Nearly a year ago, the mayor promised Boston police officers would soon be required to wear body cameras during overtime shifts. Today, the rule change remains stalled, leaving tens of thousands of ho…

In the wake of overtime controversy, councilor wants to discuss Boston police protocols » Boston Globe Weeks after federal authorities charged nine current and former Boston police officers with running an overtime scam, a city councilor wants to scrutinize the department’s overtime protocols.…

State Government

Charlie Baker glad Trump is recovering but chides him, too » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday said he was glad President Trump and Melania Trump appeared to be on the mend following their COVID-19 diagnoses, but the Republican governor rapped the commander-in-…

Governor Baker announces Shared Streets & Spaces Program in Salem » News 22 WWLP.com The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing the award of almost $1.2 million in the final round of funding from the Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets & Spaces p…

State issues another $1.2M in grants to support public spaces during pandemic » WCVB Massachusetts officials on Tuesday announced the distribution of a final round of grants in a program that has supported various public space projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Taxation

Mass. tax collections continue to roll along » Commonwealth Magazine DESPITE ALL THE gloom and doom among budget officials on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts tax collections continue to roll along surprisingly well.…

Council: Tax-First Approach Would Threaten Jobs, Employers » State House News Service Raising taxes as the first option in response to pandemic-fueled budget problems would send the wrong message to struggling employers, according to one business group which is urging lawmakers Wednesd…

Mass. tax revenue could fall as much as 12%, state official says » Boston Business Journal The Department of Revenue is projecting that state tax collections will fall between $2.76 billion and $5.23 billion below the assumption agreed to before the pandemic upended the economy.…

Transportation

Study Finds Regional Pact To Reduce Transportation Pollution Could Yield Major Health Benefits » WBUR A preliminary analysis of the health impacts of the regional Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) found that the plan that would reduce greenhouse gases the most would also yield the biggest heal…

For Years, The Steamship Authority Has Hired No Black-Owned Businesses. Locals Are Pushing For Change » WGBH On any given summer day in Massachusetts, thousands of Black travelers join the hoards of passengers riding Steamship Authority ferries between the mainland and Martha's Vineyard and other islands.…

Utilities

Weymouth officials, residents want to see gas company's emergency plan » Patriot Ledger Officials are pushing to get more information on the emergency response plan for the newly-completed natural gas compressor station on the banks of the Fore River following two incidents at the facili…

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus extra for greasing pan
  • 8 tender-sweet apple slices, unpeeled (garnish)

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 10-2/3 tablespoons (2/3 cup) salted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 medium-size tender-sweet apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions

Butter a 9-inch cake pan with removable sides. Set aside.

Make the topping: In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Sprinkle butter cubes over mixture and use your fingertips to work it into a crumbly topping. Chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the cake.

Preheat oven to 350°. In a small pan, melt butter over medium heat until it begins to turn a medium nut-brown, 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a medium-size bowl, beat egg and egg yolk to blend. Whisk in melted butter and buttermilk; then pour liquid mixture into flour mixture and stir just to combine. Fold in apple cubes and pour batter into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle topping over cake and arrange apple slices around the top, pressing them lightly into the topping. Bake until the top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes.

Set on a cooling rack for 20 minutes. Use a thin knife to loosen cake from sides of pan. Carefully remove sides, transfer cake to a platter, and serve warm.


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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