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Did Beacon Hill Throw East-West Rail Off Track…or Is This a Minor Delay…? » Western Mass Politics and Insight

What’s Driscoll’s role in new administration? » Commonwealth Magazine

How Massachusetts Veterans Services Secretary Jon Santiago is working to rebuild trust » MassLive

Boston now spends more per student than any other large school district in the nation » Boston Globe

Supporters of sex ed bill say it's time for Massachusetts to act » WGBH

Automakers sue to block right-to-repair update » The Eagle Tribune

Report: Mass. life sciences sector has lots of jobs, but not enough workers to fill them » WBUR

Massachusetts hospitals, doctors, medical groups pilot ChatGPT technology » Boston Globe

Mass. Regulators Join Call For DOJ To Probe Offshore Gaming Sites » State House News Service


RI: Rally calls on RI lawmakers to support tenants' rights in several ways. Here's the ask » The Providence Journal

RI: Police and fire make headway to expand pensions. Here's what's coming up for a vote. » The Providence Journal

CT: The national book banning debate has come to CT: 'It's kind of tearing the community apart' » CT Insider

CT: CT’s teacher shortage worsening, union says, forcing closures and bigger classes » Hartford Courant

NY: Who’s lobbying for each New York City casino bid? » Crain's New York Business

NY: Legal Aid gears up for potential fight as Mayor Adams seeks to curb right-to-shelter rules » Gothamist

NJ: Little competition for NJ Legislature primaries, and ballot gives party favorites an edge » Gothamist

PA: Police watchdog commissioners resign amid infighting » Axios

FL: Watchdog group accuses DeSantis, political committee of breaking campaign-finance law » Miami Herald

FL: Six-Week Abortion Ban Haunts DeSantis Campaign » The Messenger

MI: Puberty blockers, surgery for trans minors could be a felony for Michigan doctors »

MN: Minnesota to provide free college tuition to undocumented students » Axios

MN: Minnesota becomes 23rd state to legalize recreational marijuana » Duluth News Tribune

NV: Nevada becomes latest to enhance penalties for election worker intimidation after statewide exodus » AP News


The Culture War Within the Debt Debate » The Atlantic

Donald Trump reiterates pledge to scrap birthright US citizenship » The Guardian

Far-right members threaten a 'reckoning' over McCarthy's debt limit deal » WBUR

Jan. 6 rioters are raking in thousands in donations. Now the US is coming after their haul » AP News

Experts in AI are warning it poses a “risk of extinction” akin to nuclear war » Quartz

The Press is Falling for Anti-Abortion “Fetal Heartbeat” Propaganda » The Intercept

As Supreme Court considers affirmative action, colleges see few other ways to diversity goals » AP News

Climate Shocks Are Making Parts of America Uninsurable. It Just Got Worse. » New York Times

Chris Christie Gets a Super PAC Ahead of His Likely 2024 Bid » New York Times

A Pillar of Erdogan’s Victory: Devout Conservative Women » New York Times

“My worst fear is we cause significant harm to the world,” Altman said during the testimony. “If this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong.”

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI

In an open letter, dozens of industry experts have warned that artificial intelligence could lead to an extinction event.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

9/11 attacks a wedge issue for DeSantis vs. Trump » Boston Herald

Editorial: Congress has no choice but to pass debt limit deal » Boston Globe


Moderna buys biomanufacturing site in Marlborough for $91M » Boston Business Journal

Neighbors Sue Veranda House Owners For $4.6 Million Alleging Negligence, Lack Of Sprinklers » Nantucket Current

Moderna gets $3.1M tax break for Norwood jobs; 42 other Mass. incentives announced » Boston Business Journal

Opinion: AM radio in your car? Don’t let Congress decide. » Boston Globe

Civil Rights

Who should be eligible for reparations? That's the big question in Amherst » WGBH


Charlie Baker’s son Andrew ‘A.J.’ Baker reaches plea deal for drunk driving case » Boston Herald

Andrew Baker, son of former Mass. governor, strikes plea deal in OUI case » Boston Globe

Domestic Relations

State taking Waltham couple's sons prompt questions over child removal, federal lawsuit » WBUR


These books cited as examples in support of proposed Mass. school library’s book removal policy » MassLive

Bill Eyes On-Campus Safety Net For Students In Recovery » State House News Service

Boston now spends more per student than any other large school district in the nation » Boston Globe

O'Day: Shifting Landscape May Finally Lift Sex Ed Bill » State House News Service

‘A very big wow:’ BPS valedictorians celebrate triumphant graduation after turbulent four years » Boston Herald


Smelling smoke in Massachusetts? Nova Scotia wildfire plume overspreads the region » Boston Herald

Back in business - Salisbury Beach access points reopen » Newburyport News

Will we have a scorching summer in New England? Here’s what the forecasters are saying. » Boston Globe

Citizens as scientists: Locals, including students, playing key role in mammal, plant tracking » Gazette Net

Health Care

Mass. nurses union assails UMass Memorial plan to close Leominster maternity unit » Worcester Telegram

Demonstrators protest planned closure of Leominster hospital’s maternity ward » Boston Globe


'It's nuts': Low inventory, still-rising prices frustrate Worcester-area homebuyers » Worcester Telegram

Opinion: Massachusetts needs a housing moon shot » Boston Globe

Human Services

Greater Boston Food Bank: 1 in 3 Massachusetts adults face food insecurity » Boston Herald


Healey administration gives $24.4 million in incentives to create life sciences jobs in state » Boston Globe

Paraeducators reach tentative contract agreement with Worcester schools » Worcester Telegram

Mass. saw a 14.6 percent increase in life sciences jobs during pandemic » Boston Globe


Our View: Our do-nothing state lawmakers » The Sun Chronicle

Local Government

Why more Pride parades are popping up in Massachusetts' small cities » WGBH

Historic Deerfield get $10K to repair historic buildings » Gazette Net

Low turnout expected for Attleboro City Council at-large special election » The Sun Chronicle

4 candidates in Rochester elections filed no campaign finance statements » The New Bedford Light

Resident handcuffed while checking drilling at Shutesbury library site sues » Gazette Net

Healey signs bill extending Boston Council election deadlines » Boston Herald

Following year of disasters in Worcester, city looks at emergency fund for victims » Worcester Telegram

Commissioners look to successful season for Tri-Town Beach in Whately, opening June 3 » Gazette Net

City: Seqens could begin demolition this week » Newburyport News


Special elections held to fill vacant Boston/Brookline state representative seats » Boston Globe

42 candidates could be on the ballot in Worcester municipal elections » Worcester Telegram

Unions, former District 3 councillor throw support to FitzGerald » Dorchester Reporter

Jose Delgado to run for Springfield City Council » News 22

Howie Carr: Thought Police stronger than ever » Boston Herald

Reproductive Rights

Sen. Elizabeth Warren probes abortion access amid states’ patchwork plans » STAT News

State Finance

Comerford secures $1.1M for area groups: UMass Wet lab, doula program highlight list » Gazette Net

Mass. State Senator Paul Mark discusses $56B budget approved by Senate ahead of conference committee meetings » WAMC

State Government

State Sen. Anne Gobi will become Massachusetts’ first director of rural affairs starting June 5 » the Berkshire edge


Healey gives life science firms $24.4m in tax breaks » Commonwealth Magazine

Report: New business property tax rankings reflect residential moves » The Center Square


Feds reject ‘insufficient’ MBTA track safety plan, cite ‘immediate risk’ to workers » Boston Herald

What are the transportation improvements planned for the Upper Cape? Judith Froman knows. » Cape Cod Times

Eng sees FTA letter as no big deal » Commonwealth Magazine

Short, medium, and long term solutions announced for southeastern MA highway after death of 15-year-old » Fall River Reporter

Citing employee risks, feds demand new MBTA safety plan » WGBH

Mass Pike EV chargers took the holiday weekend off » Boston Globe

Mayor DePeña Welcomes Congresswoman Trahan to Discuss Fixing Bridges in Lawrence » The Valley Patriot

‘They’ll walk in the street’: Commuters leaving North Station face a daily bottleneck along the sidewalks » Boston Globe

MBTA facing new scrutiny, deadline on worker safety from federal officials unhappy with plan » Boston Globe

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Recipe of the Week

Strawberry Almond Cakes

Melissa Clark — New York Times Cooking


7 ounces/200 grams fresh strawberries, cut into ½-inch chunks (about 1½ cups)

1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus more for the pan

¾ cup/170 grams unsalted butter, plus more for the pan

2 cups/230 grams confectioners’ sugar

1 cup/100 grams almond flour

¾ cup/90 grams all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon fine sea or table salt

5 large egg whites

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, mix strawberries with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast until the strawberries have released a bit of juice and are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a small saucepan, melt butter, letting it cook until it turns nut brown and smells toasted, about 5 minutes. Pour into a heatproof bowl and let cool. (Do not scrape up any black bits from the bottom of the pot.)

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine sugar, almond flour, all-purpose flour and salt. Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and set on low speed (or use a whisk and a strong arm), beat in egg whites until the flour mixture is damp. Add butter and beat on medium-high speed (or vigorously by hand) until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla. At this point, the batter can be used immediately or refrigerated for up to 4 days without the strawberries.

Right before baking, drain the roasted strawberries from their liquid and blot on a paper towel or clean cloth. Fold the roasted strawberries into the batter. (You may have about 1 to 2 tablespoons of strawberry syrup left to add to yogurt or seltzer.)

Butter 12 (½-cup) muffin cups and coat all over with a little granulated sugar. Divide batter across the cups, and bake until financiers are golden brown and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 15 to 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before unmolding.

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