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12:00pm VOTES Act Virtual Lobby Lunch with ACLU Massachusetts, Via Zoom

1:00pm Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Public Hearing, Via Zoom

1:00pm Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

6:30pm Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Public Hearing, Via Zoom

Must-Reads

Is it Wu’s race to lose? » Commonwealth Magazine Wu “has padlocked” white progressive voters, while Essaibi George “has locked down rooted, lifelong white Bostonians,” said Connolly. “Black and brown voters in Boston, both lifelong, rooted…

Population Changes Spurring Shakeup Of Senate Districts » State House News Service Only six of the Senate's 40 districts -- those currently represented by Sens. Patrick O'Connor of Weymouth, Mark Montigny of New Bedford, Jason Lewis of Winchester, Cindy Friedman of Arlington and Mic…

O'Flaherty Opening Lobbying Firm’s Boston Office » State House News Service Earlier this year, O'Flaherty joined Ballard, which describes itself as "one of the top bipartisan lobbying firms in the United States," and the firm said on Monday that he will open an office in Bost…

Boston suspends 812 workers over coronavirus vaccine mandate » Boston Herald The city of Boston has suspended 812 employees without pay who didn’t come into compliance with its coronavirus vaccine mandates, leaving the city “implementing contingency plans” as it finds it…

Mass. House plan would create 33 majority minority districts » WBUR The new maps also would mostly avoid pitting incumbents against one another next year, with caveats in place in all four instances of two incumbents being paired in the same district, including one re…

Hinds Joins List Of Senators Running For Higher Office » State House News Service Pittsfield Democrat Sen. Adam Hinds on Wednesday plans two campaign stops as he begins his run for lieutenant governor, he announced Tuesday night, joining a field that already includes Democrat Rep. …

CO: Biden signs off on Colorado’s expansion of transgender-related health coverage » Washington Post Under a groundbreaking decision by state and federal officials, many private health plans sold in Colorado will soon be required to cover hormone therapy, genital reconstructive services and other pro…

NJ: New Jersey lawmakers routinely skip votes, driving demands for reform » Twelve of the Legislature’s 120 lawmakers failed to vote more than 250 times each, representing almost 40% of the total 10,205 missed votes. On another 1,298 votes, lawmakers refused to support or o…

NY: Mayor de Blasio’s $1 Million Bill: He Owes Lawyers, Lobbyists and Taxpayers » The City Between 2015 and 2017, the firm represented de Blasio personally during multiple investigations of his fundraising tactics. As of Tuesday, he had yet to pay a dime of his long-outstanding bill. And at…

The Corporate-Funded Rehabilitation of Rahm Emanuel » The Daily Poster (W)hile he was being paid by ABC News to push a corporate agenda, Emanuel was also being paid millions by a firm that advises companies that stand to win if Biden’s agenda fails. He also received mo…

Boston Children’s plans to acquire Franciscan Children’s, boost mental health care » Boston Globe Together, Boston Children’s and Franciscan Children’s plan to add inpatient and outpatient services for children with psychiatric disorders and developmental disorders. One focus, Churchwell said,…

More than 100K workers threaten strikes as unions flex muscles » The Hill More than 100,000 unionized employees — between Hollywood production crew members, John Deere factory workers and Kaiser Permanente nurses — have overwhelmingly voted to authorize strikes and are …

ME: Central Maine Healthcare curtailing services, asking for flexibility as employee vaccine mandate looms » Portland Press Herald The Lewiston-based hospital system says it will have to scale back neonatal intensive care, trauma and pediatric care because employees are refusing the vaccine, but Gov. Mills defends the mandate as …

"Every ten years we have the opportunity to redraw maps that empower communities and move our state forward. While I understand the challenges that come with redistricting, it is unacceptable to cut out the heart of Haverhill and segregate the most diverse precincts from the rest of the city. The proposed Senate map splits Haverhill by ethnic and racial lines."

Rep. Andy X. Vargas

Voicing frustration after lawmakers released preliminary redistricting maps yesterday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Obama to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia governor’s race » Boston Globe Former president Barack Obama will campaign with fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final stretch of the Virginia governor’s race.…

Business

On a detour from trip to D.C., India’s finance minister meets with Boston execs » Boston Globe In her first trip outside her home country since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister of India, came to the US this week for meetings in Washington of the World Bank a…

Civil Rights

Supreme Court could allow new defense of Kentucky abortion law » Boston Globe The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to allow Kentucky’s Republican attorney general to continue defending a restriction on abortion rights that had been struck down by lower courts.…

Education

National Guard to help schools with COVID tests after appeal from Domb » Gazette Net Up to 200 members of the Massachusetts National Guard are being activated to assist K-12 schools with COVID-19 testing of students and staff.…

Facing staffing shortages, Baker activates Massachusetts National Guard to assist with COVID-19 testing in public schools » Boston Globe In response to staffing shortages that caused COVID-19 testing delays in many Massachusetts school districts, Governor Charlie Baker activated up to 200 members of the National Guard on Tuesday to ass…

Panelists Urge Employers, Higher Ed To Adapt » State House News Service Part of Massachusetts' future will be defined by how employers and the higher education sector adapt to a changing, more diverse workforce and the characteristics of a new generation who seek flexibil…

Here’s the first Massachusetts school allowed to lift its mask rules for vaccinated individuals » Boston.com Hopkinton High School is the first public school in Massachusetts allowed to lift its indoor mask mandate for vaccinated individuals, state officials said Tuesday.…

Bourne school board member says she was fired from teaching job over social media posts » Cape Cod Times Bourne School Committee member Kari MacRae says she was fired from her new teaching position at Hanover High School over her social media posts.…

Harvard moves summer program from ‘unfriendly’ Beijing to Taipei » Boston Globe Harvard University’s Chinese language program will relocate to Taipei from Beijing, citing a hostile environment in China amid strained diplomatic relations between the world’s two largest economi…

Environment

These images show what Boston landmarks will look like underwater depending on the climate choices we make » Boston Globe In its lifetime, Boston Common has seen grazing cattle, public hangings, and protests against slavery and wars. It has seen visits from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II and the ev…

Human Services

Life-Changing Children's Services Out Of Reach, Parents Say » State House News Service It took Leah Campbell countless phone calls and emails, multiple letters of support, and "lots of tears and frustration" to get her health insurer to agree to cover applied behavior analysis therapy f…

Movement on Mass and Cass as Charlie Baker’s group meets again, neighborhood organizations start up effort » Boston Herald Multiple efforts are moving forward on Mass and Cass, with the governor’s heavy-hitter roundtable convening again, a new community-led working group starting back up and the Suffolk County sheriff f…

Immigration

Biden ends workplace immigration raids, reversing Trump policy » Boston Globe The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it would not conduct mass arrests of workers living in the country illegally during enforcement operations at U.S. businesses, a reversal from Trump …

Judiciary

Suspensions and a reprimand proposed for prosecutors admonished in drug lab scandal » WBUR On Tuesday, a special hearing officer for the board that reviews attorney misconduct released recommended punishments for three former Massachusetts assistant attorneys general who prosecuted one of t…

Bills Pull Adults Into Juvenile Justice System » State House News Service An issue that has been proposed, discussed and studied on Beacon Hill over the last several years got its perennial hearing Tuesday as the Joint Committee on the Judiciary again took testimony on the …

Judiciary's E-Signature Plans Would Slash Travel Times » State House News Service A trio of judicial leaders said Tuesday that the Trial Court is moving ahead with a series of technological upgrades and asked lawmakers to authorize a shift away from wet signatures and towards elect…

Labor

Nurses working at St. Vincent Hospital say they want to be 'respected' for their decision » Worcester Telegram A group of nurses working at St. Vincent Hospital said they understand why many of their colleagues are out on strike. They said they just want their colleagues and the community to understand why the…

Legislative

Moran: At 33, House Plan Maximizes Majority Minority Districts » State House News Service In an increasingly diverse state, House leaders presented a map on Tuesday with new boundaries for all 160 House districts that would increase opportunities for minority candidates to win election to …

House, Senate redistricting plan would increase minority voting clout » Commonwealth Magazine LEGISLATIVE LEADERS on Tuesday released proposed new maps for Massachusetts House and Senate districts, which would enhance the political clout of minority voters while also protecting almost all incu…

Lawmakers propose new districts for Massachusetts’ 200 state House and Senate seats » Boston Globe Working to reflect a rapidly diversifying state, Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday proposed substantially redrawing state legislative districts to dramatically increase the number of so-called majori…

Springfield keeps 2 state senators; Western Massachusetts districts get bigger as lawmakers adjust to 2020 census » MassLive Proposed state legislative districts unveiled Tuesday show Springfield retaining two senators and the four counties of Western Massachusetts retaining six senate seats.…

New House map would scatter Paul Mark's district, expand John Barrett's » Berkshire Eagle With Berkshire County’s four seats in the Massachusetts House cut to three, the district Paul Mark represents would see its population reshuffled among five existing districts, under a proposed map …

Foxboro state senator would gain North Attleboro, Attleboro wards under proposed redistricting » The Sun Chronicle Say goodbye to state Sen. Becca Rausch, residents of the Attleboros, and say hello to Paul Feeney.…

New political maps shake up legislative districts » The Eagle Tribune A state panel released new political maps for Massachusetts on Tuesday which will dramatically shake up legislative districts across the region.…

Local Government

Boston suspends 812 workers over coronavirus vaccine mandate » Boston Herald The city of Boston has suspended 812 employees without pay who didn’t come into compliance with its coronavirus vaccine mandates, leaving the city “implementing contingency plans” as it finds it…

Northampton offers $550K for St. John Cantius Church » Gazette Net The city is offering to buy the vacant St. John Cantius Church at 10 Hawley St., which the current owner wants to demolish, in order to use the site for the planned Community Resilience Hub resource c…

Outburst forces Saugus board to Zoom » Lynn Daily News Item The actions of School Committee member Arthur Grabowski before a Sept. 23 meeting have caused committee members to conduct their gatherings online, due to safety concerns.…

Politics

Geoff Diehl calls on Charlie Baker to repeal Oct. 17 vaccine mandate » Boston Herald GOP gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl is calling on the Baker administration to repeal the Oct. 17 vaccine mandate for state workers after the Herald reported a State Police sergeant is in the ICU.…

What does Annissa Essaibi George’s path to victory look like? » Boston Globe City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George emerged from the September preliminary election for Boston mayor as the underdog, trailing rival Councilor Michelle Wu by a full 10 points in the final tally. And…

Opinion: When a Boston accent becomes a dog whistle » Boston Globe CNN anchor and Massachusetts native John Berman wrapped up a political segment Monday with Mark McKinnon, a longtime Republican adviser, by asking about what he called “a matter of parochial interes…

Howie Carr: Trump goes RINO hunting for Charlie Baker » Boston Herald I had POTUS on my radio show Monday and he generally seemed in a pretty mellow mood — he just chuckled when I played for him the soundbite of Dementia Joe Biden last week falsely bragging that “I …

What To Look For In Wednesday’s Boston Mayoral Debate » WGBH Boston mayoral candidates Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu are set to face off in their first televised debate Wednesday night, a high-profile opportunity for both women to capture casual voters…

Public Health

Massachusetts reports 4,466 coronavirus cases over the long weekend, hospitalizations on the decline » Boston Herald Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported 4,466 new coronavirus cases from the long weekend as total COVID hospitalizations in the Bay State continue to drop.…

If Massachusetts’ coronavirus vaccination rate was matched in Florida and Texas, more than 20,000 deaths could have been prevented: Report » Boston Herald Matching Massachusetts’ higher coronavirus vaccination rate could have averted more than 20,000 deaths and about 100,000 hospitalizations in Florida and Texas amid the delta variant, according to a …

Rapid tests can make it easier to gather safely for the holidays » Boston Globe Stephen Kissler, a Harvard epidemiologist, expects to gather with his family for the holidays and feels “very confident in having a safe and joyful holiday season.”…

Moderna argues FDA should authorize half-dose of vaccine as booster » Boston Globe In documents released Tuesday, Moderna argued that the Food and Drug Administration should authorize a half-dose of its coronavirus vaccine as a booster shot for recipients at least six months after t…

Opinion: Common COVID-19 sense — and some strange sensibilities — in Downeast Maine » Boston Globe It was an exchange that left me both edified and discouraged. Edified because it opened a window into a certain conspiratorialist mind-set — and discouraged that someone could maintain those views i…

FDA authorizes e-cigarettes to stay on US market for the first time » Boston Globe For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized an electronic cigarette to be sold in the United States, a significant turn in one of the most contentious public health deba…

Public Safety

COVID vaccine requirement expected to cause staffing shortage at Mass. DOC, National Guard to assist with transportation, security efforts » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker will activate up to 250 Mass. National Guard personnel to assist the Massachusetts Department of Correction ahead of an anticipated staffing shortage due to non-compliance with an o…

Massachusetts State Police sergeant in intensive care » Boston Herald A State Police sergeant is in the ICU and fellow officers say they are more fearful than ever over Gov. Charlie Baker’s Oct. 17 mandate to be vaccinated or face being fired — but it’s not clear …

‘Nero’s Bill’ to protect K9s receives favorable report, moves toward becoming law » Boston Herald A bill that would allow emergency medical service personnel to treat police dogs injured in the line of duty has cleared a major legislative hurdle, receiving a favorable report from the Joint Committ…

Editorial: Police reform meets harsh realities of McHale case » Boston Globe Police reform — the real police reform that holds officers accountable for their conduct and does so in the clear light of day — can’t come soon enough.…

Boston police union was unaware of endorsed City Council candidate’s anti-Asian posts, group says » Boston.com The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association says it was unaware of anti-Asian social media posts made by a City Council candidate after the prominent union endorsed him in last month’s preliminary e…

State Government

SJC rules former Sex Offender Registry Board chair can pursue whistleblower complaint 7 years after being fired by ex-Gov. Patrick » Boston Globe The former chair of the Sex Offender Registry Board can pursue her whistleblower complaint seven years after former Governor Deval Patrick fired her after she challenged the way Patrick’s brother-in…

Mass. recovers Hamilton letter from 1780 » Commonwealth Magazine ON JULY 21, 1780, Alexander Hamilton wrote a letter to the Marquis de Lafayette warning of imminent danger to French troops in Rhode Island.…

Fort Devens is getting a new machine-gun range. Why didn't JBCC officials mention it? » Cape Cod Times The announcement of a $7.9 million contract to overhaul a machine-gun range at Fort Devens in Ayer has opponents of the proposed machine gun range at Joint Base Cape Cod asking why Massachusetts Army …

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Recipe of the Week

Bavarian Pretzels

Chef John — Food Wishes

Ingredients

For the Pretzels:

1 tablespoon brown sugar

½ cup warm water

½ teaspoon active dry yeast

2 tablespoons butter, melted

½ cup lager-style beer

3 ⅓ cups bread flour

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon butter, softened

nonstick cooking spray

1 pinch flaked sea salt, or to taste

 

For the Baking Soda Bath:

⅓ cup baking soda

2 ½ cups hot water

Directions

Mix brown sugar and warm water until dissolved. Sprinkle yeast over top and let sit for 10 minutes.

Add melted butter and beer to the yeast mixture and whisk until combined. Add bread flour and salt. Mix and then knead with your hands or an electric mixer for a few minutes until a dough ball forms.

Grease a bowl with 1 teaspoon butter. Place dough in the bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about 8 hours, or overnight.

Punch down the dough and knead until a smooth ball of dough is formed, about 1 minute. Place back in the bowl, cover, and let rise until dough has almost doubled in size, 2 to 3 more hours.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Place baking soda in an oven-safe dish.

Place baking soda in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Let cool, and then whisk into a shallow bowl of 2 1/2 cups hot water until dissolved. Mixture can be strained to remove any dissolved pieces. Reserve until needed.

Punch down the dough and divide into 8 equal portions. Roll each one into a ball; let sit for 5 minutes.

To form a pretzel, roll a dough ball into a sausage shape, and then press into a small rectangle with your fingers. Fold the outside third of the dough into the center, and press flat with your fingertips, and then repeat with the edge closest to you.

Roll the dough into a rope 15 to 18 inches long, with the center (belly) of the rope being twice as thick as the ends. Cross the ends once or twice and fold them back over the pretzel so the ends are just past the belly. Repeat to form remaining pretzels.

Put on some thin, food-safe gloves and transfer a pretzel to the baking soda bath; soak for 20 to 30 seconds, gently splashing liquid over the top of the pretzel to coat. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet that's been greased with cooking spray. Sprinkle the still-damp pretzel with large-grain sea salt. Repeat with remaining pretzels and let rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).

Use a razor or sharp knife to make a slash across the "belly" of each pretzel. Smaller cuts can also be made on other sides of the pretzel if desired.

Bake in the preheated oven until well browned, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


Press Releases

Press Release: Last Dog from Randolph Law Enforcement Case Still Seeking New Home » Animal Rescue League Boston

Trahan, Guthrie Introduce the Net Price Calculator Improvement Act » Office of U.S. Representative Lori Trahan (MA-3)

DCR Celebrates Completion of Blue Hills Trailside Museum and Otter Exhibit Improvement Project » MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Make AARP Money Map work for you! » AARP

Testimony of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump in Support of Increasing State Auditor's Access to Tax Return Information » Office of MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump

MBAE Releases Discussion Paper on P-TECH: A Timely Opportunity for Massachusetts? » Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE)

Project Bread Celebrates Passage of Legislation to Address Meal Debt » Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger

Drawing Democracy Urges Changes to Senate Redistricting Map for Haverhill, Brockton and Boston » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

I need your help » MassGOP

Statement from Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons » MassGOP

Notices of Public Review of Prospective Regulations » Office of MA State Secretary William Galvin

Mass General Brigham Announces $25 million in New Funding for Scholars Program » Mass General Brigham and Women's

United Way Launches $1M Fundraising Drive to Distribute 18,000 Thanksgiving Meals in 27 Communities Across the Region » United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Senators Markey, Merkley, and Brown Introduce Legislation to Protect Health Care for Those Who Cannot Afford Bail » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey, Chairs Nadler and Johnson, and Rep. Jones Statement on White House Supreme Court Commission Draft Materials: » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senators Markey, Murkowski and Representative Kuster Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Expand Access to Opioid Treatment in Correctional Facilities » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

MassDOT Launches Safe Routes to School Infrastructure 2021-2022 Funding Program » MassDOT

Baker-Polito Administration Makes Affordable Rental Housing Awards to Shovel-Ready Projects Across Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Commonwealth Returns to Normal Conditions After Above Average Rainfall Totals » MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing Attack Prevention » Office of MA Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Brockton Bakery to Pay Restitution and Penalties and Revise Anti-Discrimination Policies in Settlement With AG’s Office » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Bipartisan, Multistate Effort Supporting Local Journalism » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Private Equity Firm and Former Mental Health Center Executives Pay $25 Million Over Alleged False Claims Submitted for Unlicensed and Unsupervised Patient Care » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

City of Boston Announces Accessible Voting Ahead of November 2 Election » City of Boston

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Enhance Public Participation and Education of Local Waste Disposal Site Cleanups » MA Department of Environmental Protection

St. Vincent Nurses Response to Tenet’s Announcement Today of Their Implementation of Last, Best, and Final Offer After Declaring Illegal Impasse » Massachusetts Nurses Association


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