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7:30am Worcester Business Journal 2024 Central Mass Life Sciences Forum, Courtyard by Marriott Boston Marlborough, 75 Felton Street, Marlborough

8:00am Cannabis at Crossroads hosted by State House News Service, MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston

9:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Committee Hearing

9:15am Coalition for Homeless Individuals State House Advocacy Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:30am Governor's Council Assembly, Governor's Council Chamber, Room 360, State House

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Status of African Americans, Virtual Hearing

2:00pm USCIS Naturalization Ceremony, Gardner Auditorium, State House, Boston


Whitewashed: The story behind Massachusetts' 20-year failure to address racial profiling » USA Today

Dennis Port Democrat resigns from second job weeks after campaign finance violations » Boston Herald

Boston City Hall sexual harassment case settles on morning of trial » Boston Herald

How Mass. colleges responded to student protest encampments » WBUR

‘We need answers.’ Markey, Warren say controversial gunshot detection tech could violate civil rights. » Boston Globe

Are state’s 15 regional transit authorities ready for prime time? » Commonwealth Beacon

Maternal Health Bill Poised For Breakthrough In Legislature » State House News Service

Great Barrington teacher files federal civil rights lawsuit in book search and alleges defamation » Berkshire Eagle

Safety-net hospital fund shortfall widening » The Eagle Tribune

Tibbits-Nutt seems more like her old self in Chamber talk » Commonwealth Beacon


RI: What comes next for DCYF after U.S. Attorney's scathing accusations? Here's a look. » The Providence Journal

NY: NYC Transit President Richard Davey, who runs subways and buses, leaving MTA » Gothamist

NJ: NJ would fill House seat vacancies much more quickly under new proposal » POLITICO Pro

VA: Virginians Asked to Waive Constitutional Rights to Get a Plea Deal » Bolts

FL: Why Florida medical marijuana companies are pushing so hard for recreational pot » Tampa Bay Times

TX: She Campaigned for a Texas School Board Seat as a GOP Hard-Liner. Now She’s Rejecting Her Party’s Extremism. » ProPublica

WY: Wyoming Purges More Than 25 Percent of Its Registered Voters » Governing

AZ: Every Arizona Legislature seat is up for reelection in 2024. Here are the most competitive » Arizona Republic

CA: California exodus left a gaping population hole. Can the Golden State finally bounce back? » Los Angeles Times

CA: How California’s new fixed utility charge got its sneaky start in the Legislature » CalMatters

WA: Washington Becomes the 11th State Legislature to Restrict Neonicotinoids » National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

MN: The cranes that dotted Twin Cities skylines are disappearing » Axios


Sexism still ranks as the biggest hurdle facing women in elected office: Poll » MSNBC

Exxon Feels the Heat as More Investors Assail Climate Conduct » Bloomberg Politics

Biden proposes June and September faceoffs with Trump, ditching debate commission » Washington Post

Senate GOP bill seeks to protect anonymous nonprofit donors » Roll Call

The friendships forged in a governors group chat » The 19th

Inflation cooled in April as price gains slowed, CPI report says » Axios

Trump attorneys seek to demolish Michael Cohen » The Hill

Devout Christian Mike Johnson Shows Up to Hush Money Trial to Defend a Guy Accused of Cheating on His Wife With a Porn Star » Vanity Fair

School segregation is worse than it was in the 1980s » Vox

Harry Dunn, Capitol Cop During Jan. 6 Attack, Loses Primary In Bid For House Seat » HUFFPOST

The Battle for Haley Voters » The LIberal Patriot

“I’m concerned that this flawed, ineffective technology subsidized by the federal government is exacerbating racial bias in policing and could violate civil rights law,” Warren said in an email. “This tool is disproportionately deployed in Black and Brown communities, which raises alarms about unjustified surveillance and over-policing in communities of color.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts’ US senators are calling for a federal probe of ShotSpotter amid new scrutiny of the gunshot detection tool, used by police in cities across the state and country with the aim of speeding response times to shootings.

News By Category

Extreme weather forces Pioneer Valley farmers to adapt » The Recorder

Lots of drug companies talk about putting patients first — but this one actually did » WBUR

Why Toast and Wayfair shares jumped while other tech stocks hit turbulence » Boston Globe

Cannabis & Psychedelics

Another big marijuana bust at Boston Logan airport involving passenger flying to the United Kingdom: Police » Boston Herald

Civil Rights

Opinion: The lawyer who led the case for marriage equality in Massachusetts » Boston Globe


Military officer deciding whether to recommend court-martial for Pentagon leaker » WBUR


Opinion: Encampments cleared, dustups still unsettled » Boston Globe

At Harvard, Greater Boston’s last campus encampment folds up its tents » Boston Globe

Massachusetts high-school graduation rate dips after years of gains » Boston Globe

For first time in decade, public state colleges including Worcester State see enrollment increase » Worcester Telegram

Impact of school budget cuts: 86 classroom teachers, 70 support staff, 22 administrators » Worcester Telegram

Maguire: BPS needs MET-like Gala to raise $$ for schools » Boston Herald

Gaskin: Healey must take lead on campus protests » Boston Herald

How Alan Garber ended the Harvard protest encampment peacefully » Boston Globe

UMass chancellor defends protest crackdown, arrests » Gazette Net


Selectman rips Healey over beach erosion issue » Newburyport News

At the Vatican, Healey makes climate tech workforce pledge » WBUR

Health Care

Mass. leaders look beyond Steward crisis toward more stable health care system » Cape Cod Times

House Redraft Alters Hospital Land Ownership Requirements » State House News Service

NY: Hospital staffing laws still not being enforced, nurses say » Times Union

After long search for new home, South Boston’s Marian Manor nursing home will close this fall » Boston Globe

South Boston's Marian Manor to close this summer » Dorchester Reporter

Physician Pathway Act, co-sponsored by Amherst rep, may help ease physician shortage » Gazette Net


North Andover passes MBTA affordable housing zoning; up to 1,365 new units could be built » The Eagle Tribune

What is the MBTA Communities Act? More towns move to block multi-family zoning »

Human Services

Editorial: How did DCF fail to notice their social worker was attending high school? » Boston Globe


Howie Carr: ‘Bleep you! Bleep America!’ Bleep Norfolk » Boston Herald


Councilors Expect Flood Of Judicial Nominees » State House News Service

Rachael Rollins, who tore through taxpayer-paid credit card, did not seek refund for European trip » Boston Herald


Dennis Port Democrat resigns from second job weeks after campaign finance violations » Boston Herald

Local Government

Seekonk residents reject MBTA zoning proposals, pass budget » The Sun Chronicle

Former city employee reaches tentative agreement with Boston in Arroyo sexual harassment case » Boston Globe

Here’s why 4 of 5 Worcester Cable Advisory Board members quit this week » MassLive

Norfolk town leaders meeting tonight to discuss hundreds of migrants moving into old jail » Fox 25 News

Festive New Bedford City Council cleared of yuletide open meeting law violations » South Coast Today

Settlement of City Hall sexual harassment suit feels strangely unsatisfying » Boston Globe

Pathfinder budget dominates Belchertown TM discussion » Gazette Net


Mass. Gov. Healey, Boston Mayor Wu are in Rome for Vatican’s climate conference » MassLive

Mass. Rep. Pressley a finalist for Capitol Hill constituent service award » MassLive

Public Safety

Editorial: Let BPD keep ShotSpotter tech – it saves lives » Boston Herald

Warren, Markey, Pressley follow Boston Police review by pressing for federal probe of ShotSpotter » Boston Herald

State Finance

Info Statement Offers Look Under State's Fiscal Hood » State House News Service

State Government

Mass. House Set To Refuel State's IT Bandwidth » State House News Service

‘How can we work together?’ On first day in Rome, Healey makes pitch to business leaders. » Boston Globe


MassPort close to finding next chief executive officer with finalists due Thursday » Boston Herald


This Mass. city put cameras on some school buses to record illegal passes. The results were alarming » WBUR

Tibbits-Nutt: Transpo funding 'tools aren't working' » Spectrum News

Bike-Pedestrian Crashes Flagged As Emerging Threat » State House News Service

MassDOT secretary regrets ‘distraction’ caused by toll remarks » Boston Business Journal

Report Urges Full Reexamination Of RTA System » State House News Service

Beset by a persistent driver shortage, BRTA is reducing service on some routes in Pittsfield and South County » Berkshire Eagle

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Recipe of the Week


4 large eggs

4 teaspoons water

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon mirin

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon white sugar

1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon furikake (optional)


Add eggs to a bowl, along with water, soy sauce, mirin, salt, sugar, and cayenne. Use a fork to beat eggs until whites are completely incorporated. Transfer egg mixture into a pourable measuring cup.

Set a 10-inch non-stick pan over medium heat. Mix sesame and vegetable oil in a small bowl, and use a brush to oil the pan.

Pour in 1/3 of egg mixture. Tilt the pan to cover the bottom with eggs. Cook until omelet is about halfway set, then use a spatula to turn over about 1 inch of edge toward the center on 3 sides to square the shape on those 3 sides. If eggs seem to be cooking too fast, reduce heat to medium-low. Use a spatula to roll the omelet toward the rounder side, to form a rectangular roll, about 2 inches wide by 8 inches long.

Slide omelet over to about 3 inches from the edge of the pan, and brush more oil over the pan surface. Pour the second 1/3 of eggs around the omelet. Lift omelet slightly with the spatula so that some eggs flow underneath. Raise heat back to medium, if it was reduced. When egg layer is halfway set, use a spatula to roll this layer up and over the already-folded omelet in the pan, and continue to roll into a rectangle.

Add remaining 1/3 of egg mixture, and repeat cooking and rolling steps to make the final layer.

Transfer omelet onto plastic wrap, and use it to shape the omelet, before wrapping and rolling it into a tight package; cover with a towel and let rest for 5 minutes.

Unwrap, slice into 6 or 8 pieces, and serve on a warm plate. Sprinkle with furikake.

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