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11:30am Korea Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

12:00pm Mass. Commission Against Discrimination Public Hearing, Springfield MCAD, Third Floor Conference Room, 436 Dwight Street, Springfield

5:00pm Meet & Greet with Salem City Council Candidate Andy Varela

5:30pm Rally Extravaganza with Gloucester City Council Candidate Peter Cannavo

6:30pm Fall Reception for Weymouth Town Councilor Chris Heffernan

6:30pm Fall Reception for Weymouth City Councilor Chris Heffernan

Must-Reads

Mother of murdered officer backs death penalty » State House News Service Sitting with grieving family members, two lawmakers renewed a push Tuesday to re-establish the death penalty in Massachusetts for a narrow set of offenders: people convicted of murdering a law enforce…

Is Mitt Romney ready to lead the Republican charge against Trump? » Boston Globe He spoke out forcefully against Donald Trump before the 2016 election, then lobbied for a role in the new president’s Cabinet. He accepted Trump’s endorsement for his 2018 Senate run, then critici…

Elizabeth Warren cites pregnancy discrimination, now banned, in loss of teaching job » Boston Globe The records show the Riverdale Board of Education hired Warren as a part-time speech pathologist in August 1970 for the upcoming school year. Minutes of the board’s meeting on April 21, 1971, say th…

Mayor seeks business community’s help with building middle-class homes » Boston Globe Can the Boston business community rescue the city’s vanishing middle class? That’s essentially the challenge that Mayor Marty Walsh put to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. His an…

New Markey, Warren bill targets energy export projects » State House News Service Singling out a project in Weymouth that they say will help send natural gas to Canada, Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren announced plans Tuesday to file legislation blocking construction of any…

Marty Walsh: "I've Got A Lot Of Governing Left In Me" » WGBH (A)fter winning a second term in a landslide in 2017, he’s mentioned as a possible candidate for governor and US Senate — but he’s been forced to play defense after scandals at City Hall, and so…

Suffolk sheriff’s department ending contract with ICE » Boston Globe The Suffolk sheriff’s department said Tuesday that it will end its controversial relationship with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement so it can provide rehabilitative services to more women who …

Sacklers Lose Bid To Dismiss Charges In Mass. In First Test Of OxyContin Family Liability » WBUR In a decision released late Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has jurisdiction to pursue the 17 individuals named in the su…

'MarDee' Xifaras, first woman of SouthCoast politics, dead at 74 » South Coast Today Xifaras served as a national Democratic campaign committeewoman and played key roles in managing state political campaigns for the Democratic presidential candidates, including in Pennsylvania and Ohi…

What Happened To The Kamala Harris Campaign? » FiveThirtyEight (O)n ideological grounds, Harris has had “fit” issues. In her rise through California politics, Harris positioned herself as a left-but-not-that-left, establishment-friendly figure. But that may n…

Drug industry riled by state cost report » State House News Service Massachusetts Biotechnology Council President Robert Coughlin said the report showed the net spending growth rate on prescription drugs after rebates declined for the third straight year. Coughlin des…

“When I was 22 and finishing my first year of teaching, I had an experience millions of women will recognize,” she wrote on Twitter. “By June I was visibly pregnant — and the principal told me the job I’d already been promised for the next year would go to someone else"... "This was 1971, years before Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination — but we know it still happens in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. We can fight back by telling our stories. I tell mine on the campaign trail, and I hope to hear yours.”

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Detailing her account of losing a teaching job because of pregnancy

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Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren defends pregnancy tale on campaign trail » Boston Herald Elizabeth Warren is doubling down on her campaign trail tale of losing her first teaching job due to pregnancy, after several media outlets began questioning the accuracy of her account.…

Division among us isn’t good for the nation » Boston Herald When you bang out columns for a living you often find yourself experiencing deja vu, as if what you’re seeing and thinking has been seen and thought before, like new actors following old scripts.…

Most presidential candidates’ websites don’t do enough to protect visitors’ privacy, report says » Boston Globe Even as political operatives prepare for the most tech-focused presidential campaign yet, an online watchdog group is warning that most candidates’ websites don’t do nearly enough to protect the p…

If impeachment is legitimate, so is the Electoral College » Boston Globe As Democrats in the House of Representatives edge closer to impeaching Donald Trump, the president and his supporters roar in dismay and outrage.…

Elizabeth Warren cites pregnancy discrimination, now banned, in loss of teaching job » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren is defending her account of losing her first job as a public school teacher in 1971 because she was pregnant, a story whose accuracy has been questioned by recent news reports…

Turbulence hits the Democrats’ top tier » Boston Globe Just a few weeks ago, the Democratic presidential field had a first tier that was clearly defined and stable enough that some were treating the moment as immutable. No longer. Race-reshaping turbulenc…

Business

I love beer too, but state needs to regulate beer gardens » Boston Globe The Trillium Brewing Co. beer garden on the Greenway might be the last place you expect to find state Senator Nick Collins.…

Mayor Walsh Wants Businesses To Back Middle-Class Housing, Transportation » WGBH In his annual breakfast address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called on the city’s business and real estate communities to do their part to support a thriving l…

Womble Bond Dickinson finds new Boston digs as firm grows » Boston Business Journal In the two years since Womble Bond Dickinson entered the Boston market, the law firm has grown from four partners to 26 attorneys, patent agents and science advisors here. The firm is now settling int…

New England's share of VC deals grew in Q3 » Boston Business Journal VC fundraising this year likely won’t top the record set in 2018, but capital raised is still on pace to reach the “lofty” levels of recent years — and that’s just one of the key takeaways f…

Boston Office Towers Hint at Risk of Looming U.S. Recession » Bloomberg Politics There’s no clearer sign of Boston’s flourishing economy than the office towers expanding its skyline. But along with the flashy amenities inside like free beer and game rooms, the latest trend is …

Marty Walsh calls on businesses to hire Bostonians » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh used his annual address Tuesday to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce to urge local businesses to hire local workers and work with the city in improving the education and transp…

Cannabis

Boston Says A Dorchester Pot Shop Is A Move Towards Equity. It's Not That Simple, Residents Say » WGBH In Dorchester's Grove Hall sits an empty storefront where a marijuana shop is projected to open sometime next month, its owner says.…

Education

Westhampton Elementary School wins national honor » Gazette Net Westhampton Elementary School may only have 125 students, with one class each for pre-K through sixth grade, but it's clearly punching above its academic weight.…

Free college brought better graduation rates to R.I. But poor students lag behind. » Boston Globe In the months since the first group of students receiving free tuition to the Community College of Rhode Island completed its second year of classes, officials who backed the Rhode Island Promise scho…

Environment

$2.7 million -- the price for aerial mosquito spraying in Bristol, Plymouth counties » The Enterprise The cost for aerial spraying over large parts of Bristol and Plymouth counties this summer due to the Eastern equine encephalitis virus outbreak was $2.7 million.…

Opinion: Time for Massachusetts to follow SouthCoast's lead on the environment » The Herald News Article 97 of the state constitution states “the people shall have the right to clean air and water.” This inalienable right to a clean and healthful environment underlines fundamental values of M…

Tons of garbage pulled from Merrimack River » The Eagle Tribune Hot water tanks, tires, metal stairs, a piano frame, lots of bicycles and 64 hypodermic needles are among the 16 tons of debris that the Clean River Project’s Rocky Morrison has pulled from the Merr…

Health Care

Massachusetts contains health care costs, but consumers keep paying more » Boston Globe Massachusetts met its self-imposed goal of controlling the growth in health spending last year, according to a new state report — but the cost burden on consumers continued to rise at a worrying pac…

Virtual ‘scribes’ help doctors focus on patients, not note-taking » Boston Globe Dr. Amy Wheeler set a small tablet computer on the table as she turned to face her patient. Then she did something that’s become increasingly rare for doctors in the digital age: She talked to him w…

Housing

Boston mayor: City needs help from suburbs to address housing crisis » Boston Business Journal Boston’s neighboring cities and towns need to step up and build affordable housing to lighten the capital city’s load, Mayor Martin Walsh said Tuesday.…

Developers Have Discovered Lynn. What Comes Next? » WBUR Workers in harnesses straddled steel beams and passed materials to one another in the center of downtown Lynn.…

Immigration

ICE hit with eviction notice by Suffolk Sheriff » Boston Herald In the latest clash between Massachusetts liberal pols and ICE, the Suffolk sheriff’s office has ordered all 200 illegal-immigrant detainees locked up in the county jail to be moved out within 60 da…

Suffolk sheriff’s department ending contract with ICE » Boston Globe The Suffolk sheriff’s department said Tuesday that it will end its controversial relationship with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement so it can provide rehabilitative services to more women who …

Suffolk Sheriff Ends Contract With ICE To Make Room For More Female Inmates » WBUR The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department is terminating its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to a Tuesday evening statement from the sheriff's office.…

Judiciary

State's chief criminal prosecutor to become Superior Court judge » State House News Service The Governor's Council on Wednesday unanimously confirmed David Deakin, who is currently acting chief of Attorney General Maura Healey's criminal bureau, to a Superior Court judgeship.…

Labor

Elizabeth Warren's pregnancy discrimination experience is something that still happens all the time » The Week One story that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, tells on the campaign trail is how she was ushered out of a teaching job in 1971 because she bec…

Elizabeth Warren Details Her Account of Losing Teaching Job Because of Pregnancy » New York Times It is one of Elizabeth Warren’s signature anecdotes in her stump speech: By the end of her first year as a public-school teacher, she was “visibly pregnant,” and the principal wished her luck an…

Local Government

Brockton city planner gets another five years in office » The Enterprise Rob May, the director of planning and economic development for the city of Brockton, first hired in 2014, is up for another five-year term. The City Council Finance Committee voted to support him rema…

Seven towns share $3.7M in development grants » The Recorder Seven towns in Franklin County will share more than $3.7 million in Community Development Block Grants this year for everything from housing rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements, to providin…

With newly minted Melrose City Council, Board of Alderman is no more » Wicked Local Melrose Boards of Alderman are officially extinct in Massachusetts.…

Limited Trash Options Prompts Increased Costs for Harwich » Cape Cod Online New Bedford Waste Services recently informed the town that it will be exercising an “Uncontrollable Circumstances” clause in the current contract to increase the price for solid waste removal from…

Melrose Aims To Ban Polystyrene » Brookline Patch The City Council is weighing another ban aimed at making Melrose a more environmentally sustainable city. The latest move, introduced at Monday night's Legal and Legislative Committee meeting, would d…

New Walsh picks for ZBA to go before Boston City Council » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh’s latest two picks for the scandal-plagued Zoning Board of Appeal come before the City Council on Wednesday.…

‘I will veto it,’ Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno says of any move by council to restrict use of facial recognition technology by police » The Republican Springfield City Councilors, Orlando Ramos and Adam Gomez and other officials met at City Hall to further discuss restricting the use of facial recognition technology in Springfield.…

'Residents' advisory commission' floated for Worcester School Committee » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Branch NAACP is pitching an idea to create a residents’ advisory commission for the city School Committee, according to one of its members.…

Barnstable loses appeal over parking overlay district » Cape Cod Times The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld a 2018 ruling that the town of Barnstable violated state zoning laws in creating the Hyannis Parking Overlay District more than three years ago.…

Politics

Taunton high school students give local candidates an earful » Taunton Gazette It was a case of adults listening to kids. The 10 high school students who spoke Monday night at what was billed as a “youth and candidates forum” covered topics ranging from teen suicide and dome…

Former Chicopee student accuses mayoral candidate Joseph Morissette of outing him over school intercom » The Republican A former student is accusing mayoral candidate and Comprehensive High School Vice Principal D. Joseph Morissette of outing him as being gay to the entire school during a disciplinary incident.…

Arthur Vigeant, David Garceau will joust for mayor of Marlborough in November » The Metro West Daily News Four-term Mayor Arthur Vigeant and veteran city police officer David Garceau are moving on in the race for the city’s top job.…

Arroyo gets nod from challengers » The Bay State Banner When the dust settled on the preliminary balloting for the District 5 City Council seat soon to be vacated by Timothy McCarthy, the eight-way race was whittled down to two candidates: Ricardo Arroyo a…

Public Health

Worcesteria: Blowing smoke with vape ban » Worcester Mag I know this is a Massachusetts story, not a Worcester story, but ever since Charlie Baker did the vape ban, no one around here who did vape has stopped vaping. They just drive to New Hampshire now, or…

County, state officials call for stricter flavored tobacco regulations » Cape Cod Times Health officials in Falmouth are taking it slow when it comes to tightening local regulations to make it more difficult for underage users to get flavored tobacco products, even though a few Barnstabl…

Vaping vs. Opioids: The crisis we forget about » The Daily Collegian In April 2019, I wrote an article for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian about the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis, I felt, had faded away because it was neither significant nor important based on an …

Board of Health discuss possible e-cig law changes » Lowell Sun With the temporary statewide ban on sales of all vaping products still in effect, local communities are awaiting what comes next when the ban’s timeframe ends.…

Chicopee schools have installed detectors to monitor students vaping » Western Mass News It's been nearly two weeks since Governor Charlie Baker announced a public health emergency and ordered a four month ban on the sale of all vaping products and devices.…

UMass Researcher Gets CDC Money To Forecast The Flu Better » New England Public Radio A UMass Amherst health researcher is getting $3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help predict flu outbreaks in a more practical way.…

'Thank You, Gov. Baker': N.H. Vape Shops See Rush After Mass. Ban » WBUR Boston, Everett and Holbrook are just some of the places that Massachusetts residents drove from on a recent weekday to get to Smoker Choice, a vape shop just across the border in Salem, New Hampshire…

Public Safety

Time to pass Baker’s impaired driving bill » Boston Herald What will it take for the state Legislature to get in gear and tackle Gov. Charlie Baker’s impaired driving bill?…

Gov. Charlie Baker pushes Legislature to act on stoned driving law » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker made his latest push Monday for the Legislature to get moving on his impaired driving bill, which he said has taken on greater urgency since last week when the Cannabis Control Comm…

Weymouth sergeant’s mother, widow support death penalty for cop killers » Boston Herald As they held hands under the table, the mother and widow of a Weymouth Police Sgt. who died in the line of duty sat before the Legislature, pleading with them to pass a bill to institute the death pen…

Disproportionate use of solitary for LGBT inmates alleged » State House News Service While incarcerated in Massachusetts, Michael Cox was sent to solitary confinement for a month and a half after he, an openly gay man, reported an act of sexual violence against him to prison officials…

Transportation

RMV still faces a mountain of unresolved problems » Boston Globe The Registry of Motor Vehicles has for months scrambled to correct its failure to track alerts from other states about law-breaking drivers, refocusing attention on a long-ignored responsibility that …

Transpo notes: Baker sees 100m Uber, Lyft rides » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said he thinks ride-hailing apps will provide 100 million rides this year in Massachusetts.…

Baker wants $18 billion for transportation fixes » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing an $18 billion plan to update the state’s beleaguered transportation system — but a watchdog group is warning against “Big Dig”-style spending.…

Maura Healey: More Transparency Is Needed In RMV Records Controversy » WGBH An independent audit released Friday revealed that the failure by the Massachusetts RMV to suspend the license of a 23-year-old truck driver accused of causing a New Hampshire crash in June that kille…

Baker, Legislature at odds on transportation funding » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and the Legislature are at odds on how much money is needed to fix the state’s ailing transportation infrastructure.…

Revenue Debate Lingers Over Baker's $18B Transportation Bill » WGBH Massachusetts governors file borrowing bills every few years outlining spending priorities on large-scale issues such as housing and the environment, but with several sections aimed at new revenues an…

Valley Flyer Connecting Springfield Region to New York City » iBerkshires State officials on Saturday highlighted the Valley Flyer rail pilot that began service on Aug. 30 and will allow daily connections to New York City for the first time in 50 years.…

Can faith be restored in battered, bruised MBTA? » WCVB There is no question that the aging MBTA has been neglected for decades, putting cars and equipment at high risk for failure. When something breaks, fixing it is an enormous challenge.…

Can Boston transportation be fixed? Here are 4 possible solutions » WCVB Something needs to be done and done fast. That's what we heard from every commuter interviewed for our "State of Gridlock" special report, and most experts said they are right.…

Environmental group says the I-93 South HOV lane north of Boston should not be open to all traffic » Boston Globe The Baker administration is violating the Clean Air Act and state law by opening the HOV lane on Interstate 93 north of Boston to all traffic, and it may soon have to defend that action in court, an e…

MassDOT sued over change to I-93 HOV lane » The Salem News An environmental group is taking the Baker administration to court over its decision to temporarily lift restrictions on the carpool lane along Interstate 93 to ease traffic congestion.…

The First Brand New Red Line Trains Have Arrived in Boston » Boston Magazine They touched down in Southie on Tuesday.…

Weekend e-scooter use banned in downtown Salem » The Salem News The city is placing restrictions on its electric scooter program, including a scooter blackout downtown on weekends during Haunted Happenings…

Utilities

YOUR VIEW: SouthCoast has short window to become the center of wind industry » South Coast Today We believe that if the Commonwealth ultimately awards the contract to a developer based on one of these low cost-low investment bids, it will diminish the prospects for an industry cluster to form in …

Bill passes to create 3-town wastewater partnership » Cape Cod Times Legislation allowing for creation of a wastewater partnership among the towns of Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth has passed the Legislature and is awaiting signature by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

$10 million sewer fix goes to Wareham voters Oct. 28 » Wicked Local Wareham An overflow problem for the town’s sewer department, once an occasional issue, “has become more of a steady occurrence” since this spring, the Wareham Board of Selectmen was told Tuesday night. …

Senate Approves DHY Clean Water Partnership » The Cape Cod Chronicle The State Senate has joined the House of Representatives in passing legislation that could clear the way for a regional wastewater treatment partnership. The special legislation has now been sent to G…

Permitting begins for solar array at capped landfill in Amherst » Gazette Net After several years of planning and numerous revisions, including scaling back its size, a project to install solar panels on a capped municipal landfill is ready to begin the local permitting phase.…

Biggest Battery In New England Is Unveiled In Nantucket » WBUR In the 18th century, Nantucket was the energy capital of the world. Ships departed the island, sailing to distant seas, hunting right whales for their oil.…

Columbia Gas files plan with DPU » The Eagle Tribune The Department of Public Utilities is reviewing a plan filed Monday by Columbia Gas on how the company plans to address 2,200 locations across the Merrimack Valley at which interior gas meters were mo…

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Recipe of the Week

Vermont Onion Soup

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Makes 10 to 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 8 medium-size (6 large) red onions, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 5 medium-size cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups medium-bodied red wine, such as Marquette, Merlot, or Syrah (Shiraz)
  • 2 quarts (8 cups) beef stock
  • 20-24 slices crusty white bread
  • 1 pound aged Cheddar, shredded

Directions

Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cover the pot and cook until the onions are fully wilted, about 15 minutes. Stir the onions occasionally. Now remove the lid and cook the onions uncovered for an additional 10 minutes; keep stirring them occasionally throughout.

Add the sugar and cook until the onions are very soft and golden, 10 to 15 minutes more. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the wine and beef stock; stir to combine, then increase the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook 10 more minutes to let the flavors combine. Taste and add 1 to 2 teaspoons more salt as needed.

While the soup is simmering, preheat your oven's broiler and set a rack 3 to 4 inches from the heating element. Arrange the bread slices on an ungreased baking sheet and set under the broiler until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the oven, turn the bread slices with tongs, and top them with the shredded cheese. Return to the broiler and cook until the cheese is melted and golden, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Spoon the soup out into serving bowls and top each with a piece of cheese toast; then give each person an extra toast on the side. Serve hot.



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