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  • Mass. Senate holds public hearing on bump stock ban, but no one shows up

    10/19/2017 9:31:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 10/18/2017 | Shira Schoenberg
    After the Massachusetts Legislature sped restrictions on bump stocks, a tool to increase the firing rate of guns, through the legislative process, senators opened the issue up to a public hearing. No members of the public showed up. "I was not going to ask most of our people to take a day off and come to the Statehouse to talk about something that already happened," said Jim Wallace, executive director of Gun Owners' Action League of Massachusetts.
  • Multiple suspects sought in fatal shooting at Dorchester hotel (Boston)

    10/19/2017 4:55:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 18, 2017 | Chris Villani
    Police yesterday were searching for multiple suspects who fled the scene of a fatal predawn shooting at the Holiday Inn Express in Dorchester. Police responded to the hotel, located just steps from Interstate 93 South, at 4:15 a.m. yesterday after receiving a call that someone had been shot. When they arrived, they found a man in his mid-20s in a fifth-floor room suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, police said.
  • Just half of Massachusetts students meet MCAS test expectations

    10/18/2017 5:28:16 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 27 replies
    MetroWest Daily News ^ | 10/18/2017 | na
    Just half of Massachusetts students in grades three through eight met or exceeded expectations on the new "next generation MCAS test" in math and English — the first time the test has been administered. Massachusetts education officials released the spring 2017 test results on Wednesday. Educators were quick to caution against making direct comparisons between a student's performance on the new test and the original, nearly 20-year-old, MCAS. Scoring for the new test falls into four categories: Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations and Not Meeting Expectations. As a result, some students who scored "proficient" on last year's MCAS...
  • Tolls would be required for Larson’s ‘big dig’

    10/16/2017 12:11:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Manchester Journal Inquirer ^ | September 21, 2017 | Kym Soper
    Connecticut abolished tollbooths more than 30 years ago, and every attempt to reinstate them since has been blown out of the water. But that would have to change, says U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, should his proposed underground highway system in Hartford become reality. For the last eight months Larson has talked to nearly every civic group, news editorial board, local business, municipal government, state agency, and federal office, trying to drum up support for his proposed $10 billion “big dig” project. So far, support has been hit or miss for the plan that would sink interstates 84...
  • The Dr. Seuss Museum doesn’t seem to have a problem with the First Lady

    10/01/2017 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot ^ | October 1, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Earlier this week John touched on the festival of hot takes surrounding Liz Phipps Soeiro, the librarian at Cambridgeport Elementary School who attempted to refuse a donation of Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump. I specify “attempted” because it turned out that the school board stepped in and said it wasn’t her call to begin with. That hot mess should have come and gone fairly quickly, but it turns out that there was another chapter of the story to be written.The Mayor of the town where Dr. Seuss (actually Theodor Geisel) was born decided to add some balance...
  • Muslim-American Massachusetts activist launches run for Congress

    10/01/2017 5:11:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 1, 2017 | Scott Malone
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - A two-term Cambridge, Massachusetts, city councilor and founder of an activist group that trains Muslim-Americans to run for office launched a campaign for U.S. Congress on Sunday that could make him the third Muslim in the chamber. Nadeem Mazen, 34, was set to declare his run as a Democrat for a district northwest of Boston, a seat that comes open next year as 71-year-old Representative Niki Tsongas opts not to seek a sixth term in office. The state’s best-known Muslim elected official, Mazen plans to focus his campaign on economic issues. His attempt to jump from...
  • Mayor fires back after librarian calls Dr. Seuss book cliche

    09/29/2017 8:58:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 29, 2017 | The Associated Press
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The mayor of Dr. Seuss' hometown fired back at a school librarian on Thursday who called the children's author's books "racist" and "cliche" in rejecting a donation of them from Melania Trump. The comments of Cambridge Public Schools librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro were "political correctness at its worst," Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a statement. "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, I think her comments stink and are ridiculous towards our beloved Dr. Seuss," he said. Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Geisel, was born and raised in Springfield.....
  • Joe DeNucci proved that nice guys can be champs

    09/29/2017 6:03:54 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 3 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 9/30 | Peter lucas
    Here are a few records and interesting asides related to former State Auditor Joe DeNucci, who died earlier this month at age 78. As a professional fighter — he was a world class-ranked middleweight — Joe fought more fights at the Boston Garden than any other fighter. His overall record was 54-15, with four draws, but that does not tell the whole story As the elected state auditor of the commonwealth, he served in that post for 24 years, longer than any of his predecessors. As auditor, he worked with and outlasted a half-dozen governors: Michael Dukakis, William Weld, Paul...
  • School district says it ‘didn't authorize’ librarian’s letter rejecting books donated by Melania

    09/28/2017 7:05:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | September 28, 2017 | Dialynn Dwyer
    Officials at Cambridge Public Schools are distancing the district from a letter penned by a school librarian rejecting books donated by first lady Melania Trump. In the blog post, published Tuesday on the Horn Book, Liz Phipps Soeiro, a library media specialist at the district’s Cambridgeport School, began by thanking the first lady for the 10 Dr. Seuss books sent to her school “for its high standards of excellence.” But she went on to explain why they would not be keeping the gifted titles. “Cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit are suffering through expansion, privatization, and school ‘choice’ with no...
  • Cambridge Public Schools Librarian to Return Book Donation by FLOTUS Melania Trump

    09/27/2017 4:24:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Patch ^ | September 27, 2017 | Dana Forsythe
    A Cambridge Public Schools librarian has explained why her class won't be keeping a donation of books donated by First Lady Melania Trump. In an open letter on the book review site, Horn Book, elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro explained that her school already has thousands of books and postured that there were schools in greater need of the donation. She also took the opportunity to criticize the policies of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Soeiro criticized the choice of donated books as well. "So, my school doesn’t have a NEED for these books. And then there’s the matter...
  • Want a job at MGM Springfield? Casino company launches hiring push ahead of fall 2018 opening (MA)

    09/25/2017 1:16:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Republican ^ | September 25, 2017 | Dan Glaun
    MGM Springfield is launching a push to attract job seekers, as the company prepares to fill thousands of jobs ahead of the $950 million gaming complex's opening in the fall of 2018. The campaign, which already includes billboard, radio, digital and print advertisements and will feature television ads in the coming months, is designed to raise awareness of hundreds of posted job descriptions to local workers, MGM said in a statement. "We want MGM Springfield employees to reflect their community, which will ultimately enrich our property and the customer experience," MGM Resort's Vice President of Talent and Workforce Development Wanda...
  • New York State rated “F” for financial practices

    09/18/2017 3:42:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    WIVB News 4 ^ | September 18, 2017
    The Chicago-based group Truth in Reporting gives the state a grade of “F” in its new 50-state analysis of government spending and budgeting. Specifically, the report’s authors faulted New York for its relatively high pension and health care obligations, as well as its high tax burden. California, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts earned similarly low scores from the group.
  • Oh, man! Town might change Board of Selectmen to Selectwomen [Brookline MA]

    09/15/2017 4:37:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 2017 5:45 PM EDT
    A Massachusetts town says it will consider changing the name of its governing body from the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Selectwomen. Brookline Town Meeting member Michael Burstein tells NECN under his proposal all members of the board, whether male or female, would be referred to as selectwomen. A second proposal would create gender-neutral language for the board and its members. Board members will take up the proposals at their November meeting. …
  • Joe DeNucci, boxer and long-serving politician, dies at 78

    09/09/2017 7:56:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    AP via ^ | September 8, 2017
    Joe DeNucci, a former world class middleweight boxing contender who became a politician and the longest-serving state auditor in Massachusetts history, has died at age 78. DeNucci, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, died Friday at his home in Newton, where his death was confirmed by the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home. In his boxing days he fought quality opponents including Emile Griffith, a world champion in multiple weight classes, before turning to the equally rough-and-tumble world of state politics. As a Democrat, he served as a state representative and later held the office of state auditor for...
  • Professors Arrested at DACA Protest [Harvard]

    09/07/2017 8:30:23 PM PDT · by Enchante · 37 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | September 7, 2017 | Leah S. Yared
    Thirty-one professors from Harvard and other Boston-area universities were arrested Thursday for blocking traffic along Massachusetts Ave. in protest of President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program that gives legal protections to undocumented young people. Professors took to the street outside Johnston Gate in a planned act of civil disobedience, forming a human chain and blocking traffic on Mass Ave. Before the arrests, Cambridge Police officers read a written statement warning protesters that they would be arrested if they did not move. According to Cambridge Police Department spokesperson Jeremy Warnick, the protesters face charges of disturbing the peace...
  • If you’re going to rename a Boston street, it should be Charles

    09/05/2017 5:59:32 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 7 replies
    lowell sun ^ | September 6 | Peter lucas
    If The Boston Globe is so interested in confronting the “dark legacies” of racism by changing the street named after former Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, perhaps Charles Street should be next. John Henry, the current owner of the Red Sox — as well as the Globe — has let it be known through his paper that Yawkey’s legacy “is forever tainted by his racist actions” by not hiring black baseball players in a timely fashion. The Globe tied Yawkey to proslavery, Civil War Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, whose statues in the name of equality...
  • Trump was on the menu at annual Labor Day breakfast in Boston

    09/04/2017 1:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | September 4, 2017 | Meghan E. Irons
    Kicking off the political campaign season, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh denounced President Trump’s policies at Monday’s annual Labor Day breakfast, saying Trump has turned his back on working families. But as he took aim at the White House, Walsh also had some choice words for union members who showcase their labor connection on the back of their cars alongside Trump bumper stickers. “Those union numbers stand for something,’’ said Walsh, highlighting the gains labor has made through the years. “They stand for healthcare; they stand for pensions and annuities; they stand for the rights and protections [of workers] ......
  • Diehl campaign vs. Warren comes to Salem

    08/22/2017 1:20:06 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 6 replies
    The Salem News ^ | Aug 3, 2017 | Paul Leighton
    SALEM — State Rep. Geoff Diehl stopped in Salem Thursday, a first step on what promises to be a long road in his effort to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Diehl, a fourth-term Republican from Whitman, served as co-chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign in Massachusetts. He spoke to about a dozen supporters at the Hawthorne Hotel as part of a statewide tour after announcing his candidacy on Tuesday. *** Diehl touted his work on repealing automatic gas tax increases and his opposition to bringing the Olympics to Boston, both of which saved taxpayers money, he said. He also said...
  • Governor Baker’s monumental debate

    08/22/2017 9:19:35 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 3 replies
    lowell sun ^ | augu 20 | peter lucas
    Gov. Charlie Baker should do more than just remove the boarded-up Confederate memorial on Georges Island inBoston Harbor.It is the only Confederate memorial in thestate, placed there in 1965. It memorializes 13 Confederate soldiers who died under horrible conditions at nearby Fort Warren, which was a prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War. It housed 1,000 Confederate prisoners. And while hardly anyone knew it was even there, the Baker administration, searching for Confederates, found it. It was no easy t
  • COMMENTARY: The good, the bad and the ugly from Saturday’s protests (Boston, Mass.)

    08/21/2017 9:45:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Rockland Standard ^ | August 20, 2017 | Bradford Randall
    The number of attendees at Saturday’s counter-protest dwarfed those attending a “Free Speech Rally,” which took place on the Parkman Bandstand in Boston Common. Roughly 40,000 counter-protesters showed up to Boston Common, according to estimates, while only a handful of protesters gathered on the bandstand behind a police buffer zone. Many of those attending the “Free Speech Rally” wore clothing supporting President Donald J. Trump, like his “Make America Great Again” hats, and some people walked through the crowd of counter-protesters wearing Trump shirts. Vulgar taunts were directed toward people wearing Trump paraphernalia, but some counter-protesters tried to protect those...