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Greater Boston Chamber sets aggressive new diversity goals for its board of directors — and for those of its member companies » Boston Globe After achieving diversity goals among its board of directors set five years ago, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has raised the bar for the next five years. And this time, the chamber hopes to …

Amid reported federal sex trafficking investigation, Matt Gaetz slated to speak at pro-Trump event hosted by women’s group » Boston Globe “Rep Matt Gaetz has been a fearless leader in DC,” the group tweeted. “Few members of Congress have been more willing than Matt to stand up & fight on behalf of President Trump & his America Fir…

AR: Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment ban, overriding governor’s veto » Boston Globe The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of the measure, which prohibits doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blocke…

RI: McKee to sign landmark climate legislation » The Associated Press (AP) Governor Dan McKee is poised to approve sweeping legislation that aims to set the framework to fight climate change in Rhode Island.…

New Lawsuit Asks SJC To Investigate Springfield Police And Hampden DA » WBUR The suit, filed by several parties including the American Civil Liberties Union and Committee for Public Counsel Services, asks the state Supreme Judicial Court to review allegations of excessive forc…

HUNTER BIDEN’S UNFLINCHING MEMOIR IS EVERYTHING IVANKA TRUMP’S WASN’T » Vanity Fair In Beautiful Things, released Tuesday, Joe Biden’s son tells the stories of grief and grit that have marked his life, revealing a humanity that had all but disappeared from the first family in the T…

Jon Santiago’s campaign manager out after 6 weeks in Boston mayoral race » Boston Herald (Victoria) Williams, who Santiago announced on March 3, previously served as now-Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s New Hampshire state director during his run for president in 2020.…

After passing a landmark climate law, Mass. officials now face the hard part: how to wean the state off fossil fuels » Boston Globe Some environmental advocates and lawmakers fear that continued investments in gas infrastructure could hinder the transition to renewable energy and leave ratepayers covering the costs of an obsolete …

Beacon Hill weighs post-pandemic policies » The Eagle Tribune On Tuesday, members of the Senate's newly created Committee on Reimagining Massachusetts Post-Pandemic Resiliency huddled for the first time -- virtually -- to discuss how the state government can res…

OPINION: Justice Department weighs in against Boston on police discrimination suit » Boston Globe In a “friend of the court” brief filed last Friday, the Justice Department argued that the city is wrong to defend the exam and wrong to try to not pay the nearly $500,000 awarded to the officers …

‘This is systemic’: City leaders, former officer highlight racism within Worcester Police Department while union president denies its existence » The Republican Less than 10 minutes after Gardner shared his experience in Worcester, Sgt. Rick Cipro, a white man and president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 504, said officers are alway…

CA: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor » Axios Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, is facing a recall election. A challenge from Jenner, a high-profile Republican and previous Trump supporter, would draw heightened attention to the race to lead the nat…

Constitutional Amendment Targets Outcomes of "Racist Policies" » State House News Service Removing gendered language, declaring laws that produce unequal outcomes for different groups to be unconstitutional, and banning some eminent domain land takings are among the changes that some Massa…

NY: The budget wasn't a major capitulation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but a document that contains many of the high-priced progressive priorities they sought » Politico Pro NY “So I’m quite comfortable with this budget — we’re not significantly increasing borrowing. We are asking people who have been doing the absolute best in our economy to give us slightly more in…

FL: Hastings’ seat draws Democratic interest, but DeSantis will play an important role » The Associated Press (AP) The Voting Rights Act that forced the creation of Hastings’ district in 1992 was significantly weakened, and Republicans control the redistricting process in Florida. It’s not clear how many new U…

FL: Consumer privacy push in Florida limps forward » AP News Big Data won a key concession from Florida lawmakers Tuesday when it persuaded a legislative committee to defang a proposal advertised by Gov. Ron DeSantis as a call to arms against tech giants’ unf…

NJ: N.J. releases data showing every time cops hit, tackled or shot suspects on groundbreaking new website » NJ.com New Jersey authorities on Tuesday unveiled a trove of data on every use of physical force by officers statewide, providing a level of detail law enforcement leaders said isn’t available anywhere els…

GA: Atlanta Mayor Signs Order Meant To Fight Georgia’s Voting Restrictions » HUFFPOST The mayor’s order directs Atlanta’s chief equity officer to develop and implement a plan within the city’s authority to mitigate the effect of the state law, known as SB 202, that’s brought na…

White House meets little resistance in hiring former lobbyists » The Hill Watchdog groups that warned the White House against hiring former lobbyists who could pose conflicts of interest are giving a pass to two recent hires who lobbied for a union and a major nonprofit adv…

“This is a smoking gun for someone like me,” said state Senator Michael Barrett. “This is distressing, explosive stuff. I worry this represents the real sentiments of Eversource.”

Senator Michael Barrett, a Lexington Democrat and one of the climate bill’s lead negotiators

The state's largest utilities plan to spend billions upgrading a vast network of aging pipes that distribute natural gas. This clashes with with the climate bill seeking to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050.

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Beltway Politics

Senate ruling gives Democrats a back door around an infrastructure filibuster » Boston Globe Democrats might not have the votes to gut the filibuster, but they were just handed the procedural keys to a backdoor assault on the Senate’s famous obstruction tactic.…

Amid reported federal sex trafficking investigation, Matt Gaetz slated to speak at pro-Trump event hosted by women’s group » Boston Globe Representative Matt Gaetz, who is reportedly under investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly violating federal sex trafficking laws, has been invited to speak at a pro-Donald Trump summit …

Business

Greater Boston Chamber sets aggressive new diversity goals for its board of directors — and for those of its member companies » Boston Globe After achieving diversity goals among its board of directors set five years ago, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has raised the bar for the next five years. And this time, the chamber hopes to …

Proposed lab conversion of Liberty Mutual offices in Weston underscores growth of life sciences in the suburbs » Boston Globe The town of Weston is poised to become the latest suburb to join the region’s growing number of life sciences clusters.…

Former Walsh aide lands at Sullivan & Worcester law firm » Boston Business Journal Eugene O’Flaherty, who served as Boston City Hall’s top lawyer under Mayor Marty Walsh, has signed up with one of the largest law firms in Massachusetts.…

Easthampton businesses can expand outdoors under mayoral order » Gazette Net Downtown is set to look different as the weather warms up, with Easthampton opening applications for businesses to expand their seating options or retail spaces into some of the city's parking spots a…

Report shows stark inequalities in Cambridge economic growth » Boston Globe A new report by a Cambridge civic group lays out in stark detail how the city’s yearslong health and technology boom has failed to reach swaths of the population, leaving lower-income residents with…

On Cape Cod, business owners are getting ready for a season of record crowds and worker shortages » Boston Globe All signs are pointing to a record summer on the Cape and Islands, a welcome burst of business after a year of pandemic dreariness. There’s just one problem: Hotels and restaurants are having troubl…

Developers pitch research campus in Roxbury’s Nubian Square » Boston Business Journal Nubian Ascend Partners LLC, a development group led by Richard L. Taylor, has proposed a 348,320-square-foot mixed-use project on the former Blair’s Lot in Roxbury’s Nubian Square.…

Taunton officials accuse Boston Globe of reneging on taxes » Boston Business Journal Four years ago, a Taunton city official lauded a new tax increment financing agreement for the Boston Globe’s printing plant as “home run” for the city, promising 600 new jobs in the city and mi…

Education

Opinion: The problem with Holocaust education » Boston Globe Last September, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany — an international organization that provides financial support and social services to survivors of the Nazi genocide — rep…

Northeastern says students must get vaccinated against COVID-19 to come back in the fall » Boston Globe Northeastern and Brown universities said Tuesday that students must be immunized against COVID-19 before they can return to campus in the fall, joining a growing number of colleges who are requiring t…

Federal judge hears arguments in Boston exam school admission case » Boston Globe Ignoring race entirely would be ‘foolhardy,’ said attorney Kay Hodge, who argued for Boston school officials.…

School fires Duxbury gym teacher accused of raping student » Boston Globe A Duxbury middle school physical education teacher accused of raping a student has been fired as police investigate more than a dozen anonymous tips related to the case, school officials said Tuesday.…

Baker Administration putting tremendous effort towards summer school » News 22 WWLP.com Summer school is still on this year despite a slight rise in COVID-19 cases across the state.…

Baker notes: Governor OK with Northeastern vaccine requirement » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER appeared to have no problem on Tuesday with Northeastern University requiring students to be vaccinated by the first day of the fall semester, even though he has balked at mandating…

Lawyer blasts Boston exam school admission criteria a ‘sham’ in federal court » Boston Herald The lawyer for a group of parents suing the School Committee over a change in the criteria for admission to the city’s elite exam schools said the socioeconomic reasons the committee cited are a “…

Duxbury ‘rocked’ by rape, anti-Semitic allegations; 2 coaches now fired » Boston Herald The embattled town of Duxbury has been “rocked” to its “foundation” by a rape allegation and anti-Semitic audibles used by the high school football team, the school superintendent said.…

Northeastern requiring coronavirus vaccine as other Boston area colleges consider vax mandate » Boston Herald Northeastern University students will need to get the coronavirus vaccine before returning to campus this fall, the school said Tuesday as it became the first Boston area college to announce a COVID-1…

With more applications than ever, Harvard admits a slightly more diverse class » Boston Globe After a record number of applications forced Harvard University to delay admissions decisions, the college on Tuesday announced that it had admitted 1,968 first year students to its class of 2025.…

‘Our little town has a serious problem’: Duxbury reels as school scandals raise questions of transparency » Boston Globe A private Facebook group for the tony town of Duxbury hosts some 12,000 users who typically use the platform to share photos of the sun setting over its oyster-filled bay or inquire about the best loc…

Environment

A boost for rail trail expansion in Southampton » Gazette Net The town is a step closer to constructing a long-awaited multi-use path linking the Manhan Rail Trail closer to the Columbia Greenway Trail in Westfield after securing a $100,000 state grant for the p…

Massachusetts’s New Climate Law: 5 Reasons to Celebrate » Union of Concerned Scientists March marked a major milestone for equitable climate policy in Massachusetts: After years of efforts and following two vetoes by Gov. Charlie Baker, the legislature passed a long-awaited bill addressi…

Downing Would Move Up State’s Clean Energy Deadlines » State House News Service Just weeks after Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law an ambitious new climate plan, Democratic candidate for governor Ben Downing said Tuesday that if elected he would go further, pushing for Massachus…

Health Care

Mass., Connecticut governors look to cap drug price increases » Boston Business Journal The governors of Massachusetts and Connecticut are teaming up with similar legislation designed to penalize drug manufacturers for price increases above a pre-set limit in an attempt to impose more pr…

MGH president Peter Slavin to depart after 18 years » Boston Globe The president of Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Peter L. Slavin, plans to step down after 18 years leading the powerful and prestigious institution, amid a broad restructuring at its parent compa…

Peter Slavin, longtime president of Mass General Hospital, will step down » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter Slavin announced Wednesday that he plans to step down from the institution after 18 years in the role, the latest executive to leave the organization ami…

Baker joins Lamont to push drug pricing proposal » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS GOV. Charlie Baker teamed up with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday to advocate for a policy both have proposed that would curb the growth in prescription drug prices. The two gover…

U.S. Rep Jim McGovern calls on Tenet Healthcare to resume talks with nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester » The Republican One of the first things U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern did Tuesday morning was speak with Tenet Healthcare in an attempt to nudge the Dallas-based parent company of Saint Vincent Hospital to return to the neg…

Human Services

Opinion: The interest of a child, again, fatally bungled » Boston Globe The agency’s internal foster-care review process, staffed by DCF employees, reviewed the case two times after David and his brother Michael were returned to a troubled home. A truly independent fost…

Immigration

For her first major task as VP, Kamala Harris is handed a thorny diplomatic mission » Boston Globe When President Biden charged his vice president with solving the “root causes” of the current migrant crisis at the southern border, she responded with surprising equanimity — and a smile.…

Local Government

Trailblazer on Cummington Select Board, Vandoloski stepping away after serving 25 years » Gazette Net In 1979, Monica Vandoloski made history becoming the first woman to be elected to the Cummington Select Board. Now, decades later, and after three stints on the town's governing body, Vandoloski has c…

North Attleboro returns five incumbents to council; Paré tops tally in low-turnout balloting » The Sun Chronicle A small fraction of local voters turned out Tuesday for a low-key election that returned five of the town council’s nine members to office as well as a few newcomers.…

Politics

Fears of white people losing out permeate Capitol rioters’ towns, study finds » Boston Globe When political scientist Robert Pape began studying the issues that motivated the estimated 380 people arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, he expected to find that the rioter…

A history of Black candidates running to be Boston’s mayor » Boston Globe She said she was a “blip” in Black Boston’s mayoral history, barely a reference in the record books. But Deahdra Butler-Henderson, then a single mother from Jamaica Plain, took one small step in…

Boston mayoral race draws $1.2 million in fundraising in March » Boston Herald Fundraising for Boston’s mayoral race reached a fever pitch in March as donors hurled more than $1.17 million dollars at the various candidates — as Annissa Essaibi-George led the way for the mont…

Jon Santiago’s campaign manager out after 6 weeks in Boston mayoral race » Boston Herald State Rep. Jon Santiago’s campaign manager has resigned six weeks into the South End pol’s mayoral campaign.…

Republicans, Democrats out-fundraise ‘anemic’ Charlie Baker in race for governor » Boston Herald With the books closed on fundraising in the first quarter of 2021, Gov. Charlie Baker continues to lag behind Republican and Democratic contenders — raking in what one political group referred to as…

Public Health

Editorial: Vaccine ‘passports’ — with crucial protections — can help get America through herd immunity limbo » Boston Globe The Biden administration should be clear in its guidance to companies about how the credentials can be used.…

Baker: vaccine clinic opening doors to residents over 18 was ‘honest mistake’ » WHDH After a Boston vaccine clinic opened its doors to local residents over 18 Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker called the mishap an “honest mistake” that would not happen again.…

Mass. Confirms 1,566 COVID Cases, 12 Deaths; 1.5 Million People Fully Vaccinated » NBC Boston Gov. Charlie Baker made note of the vaccination milestone at his coronavirus briefing Tuesday, which he gave after getting his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine earlier in the day.…

Gov. Charlie Baker gets vaccine Tuesday at Hynes Convention Center » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker rolled up his sleeve Tuesday to get his first COVID-19 vaccination shot at the Hynes Convention Center mass vaccination site.…

Western New England University poll shows people are seeing light at end of COVID tunnel, but remain wary about it being a train » The Republican As more people receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, polling shows people across the state are feeling hopeful the pandemic is on the wane. But many still have some reservations about making dinner res…

Western Massachusetts not receiving equal amount of state’s vaccine supply » News 22 WWLP.com Massachusetts is currently a national leader in vaccine distribution, but some communities in the Commonwealth are still struggling to get needed doses of the vaccine.…

Opening of baseball season showcases how those in red states and blue states are living different realities » Boston Globe The Texas Rangers held their season-opening game on Monday night. It was a sold-out evening with over 38,000 in the stands. It appeared a majority of the fans didn’t wear masks, which is in full com…

Baker Gets First Dose of Pfizer Vaccine at the Hynes » State House News Service Just before 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker got the first of two doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in his upper right arm and then booked an appointment in three weeks to get his second and fin…

1,566 confirmed cases, 12 deaths, 81,281 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass. » Boston Globe Massachusetts reported 1,566 new confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, while the seven-day average edged down to 1,944 from 1,961 the day before.…

Cape Cod Health Officials Concerned About COVID Variants, Community Spread » CBS Boston While Cape Cod can be beautiful before the summer crowds arrive, looks can be deceiving.…

New England VA Offering COVID Vaccines To All Veterans, Caregivers And Spouses » CBS Boston VA New England Healthcare System announced Tuesday it is expanding COVID vaccinations to all veterans, caregivers and spouses.…

Merrimack Valley senators seek standards for “vaccine passes” » Lowell Sun Sen. Barry Finegold and Rep. Linda Dean Campbell wrote to Gov. Charlie Baker and the White House on Tuesday urging them to work together to develop a framework for “vaccine passes,” even as the Bi…

Massachusetts gets ‘one-time’ bump in coronavirus vaccines from feds this week » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker became one of the more than 2.5 million Massachusetts residents to receive at least one dose of the life-saving coronavirus vaccine, a feat he said is possible as the state continue…

Error Allowed Ineligible Residents to Get Vaccinated in Dorchester » NBC Boston The Boston Medical Center is taking responsibility for an error that allowed residents to get the coronavirus vaccine in Dorchester Monday even though they did not meet the state’s eligibility requi…

Baker urges residents to get COVID vaccine when eligible after receiving first dose » WHDH After receiving his first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker urged all Bay Staters to get the shot when they become eligible, calling the vaccination effort a…

Health Experts Call on Mass. to Move Up Vaccine Eligibility » NBC Boston Massachusetts ranks among the first states in the nation for coronavirus vaccinations, but it will also be one of the last to make shots available to everyone. With variants spreading and cases rising…

State, fed funds fuel area virus fight » Lowell Sun Even though nearly 1.5 million Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated, there are still stubborn pockets where the coronavirus poses an above-average risk of infection.…

Massachusetts reports a slight dip in active COVID cases as hospitalizations, percent positivity rise » The Republican Active COVID infections in Massachusetts dipped slightly to 34,652 on Tuesday, down from 35,167 reported on Monday after the state missed a day of reporting due to the Easter holiday, according to the…

Baker: Residents will be able to update COVID-19 vaccine preregistration for newly eligible health conditions » WCVB Massachusetts residents who've preregistered for COVID-19 vaccinations through the state's system will soon be able to go revise their registration, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.…

Massachusetts Adds Regional Vaccination Sites to Preregistration System » NBC Boston Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced the state will start adding appointments at regional vaccination clinics to its preregistration system and other tweaks meant to improve the sign-up process.…

Public Safety

Justice Department weighs in against Boston on police discrimination suit » Boston Globe Years ago — too many years ago — a group of Black Boston police officers sued the city, claiming that the promotional exam that serves as a gateway to the department’s top leadership positions d…

Howie Carr: Shady Massachusetts State Police need to be quarantined » Boston Herald If the Massachusetts State Police were a college fraternity, they would be on double secret probation.…

McGee and Lynn police host town hall to inform public on new body cameras » Lynn Daily News Item Mayor Thomas M. McGee was joined by Lynn Police officers and representatives from AXON during a virtual town hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss a new initiative that will require patrol officers to…

New Lawsuit Asks SJC To Investigate Springfield Police And Hampden DA » WBUR A new lawsuit asks Massachusetts' highest court to investigate the criminal justice system in Springfield.…

State Finance

Climbing tax revenues, federal aid leave Massachusetts in improving financial place » Boston Herald State economists are telling taxpayers to keep an eye on the state budget — and the rainy-day fund — as tens of billions in federal aid and tax collections beyond expectations flow into Massachuse…

Rainy day fund restoration on the table » News 22 WWLP.com As state tax revenues continue to race past expectations, Gov. Charlie Baker expressed interest in replenishing the state’s “rainy day” savings account this year but stopped short of suggesting …

Utilities

Issues Run Deep in “Tele-Everything” World » State House News Service Words like "telework" and "telehealth" have become commonplace over the past year, part of a pandemic-forged vocabulary of digital life that also includes now-ubiquitous phrases like "remote schooling…

Editorial: It usually doesn’t pay to personally play power market » Lowell Sun In the retail energy market, deregulation has given consumers more options when choosing an electricity supplier other than a major utility, like National Grid or Eversource.…

Another unplanned gas release at Weymouth compressor station » News 22 WWLP.com The compressor station in Weymouth vented natural gas into the surrounding area on Tuesday morning, energy giant Enbridge said, marking the third gas release in the past six months at the facility tha…

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Recipe of the Week

Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich

AllRecipes — Chef John

Ingredients

4 large eggs

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon white sugar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

3 dashes hot sauce, or to taste

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon white sugar

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon heavy cream

4 slices soft white bread

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

Directions

Place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan. Add 1/4 inch of water. Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cover and steam for 11 minutes. Turn off the heat and drain water carefully; pour cold water over and let cool.

Mix mayonnaise, salt, sugar, mustard, hot sauce, lemon juice, and vinegar for Kewpie-style mayonnaise together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

Peel eggs. Mash in a shallow bowl with the side and back of a fork until desired texture is reached. Add salt, sugar, cayenne, heavy cream, and 3 tablespoons Kewpie-style mayonnaise. Stir to combine. Wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Butter bread slices and use 1/2 of the egg salad on each sandwich. Cut crusts off before serving if you're fancy.



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