Escape from MA

“ One does not simply walk into Massachusetts. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.

Massachusetts Politics

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Speaker Robert DeLeo will not rule out new taxes in 2018 Massachusetts budget
MassLive.com
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland and Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo during a press conference at the Statehouse in Boston Thursday, April 21, 2011 where they discussed and unveiled legislation designed to ...

2016-12-05 18:05 EST

Officials: Massachusetts won't reap pot taxes in next year
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials aren't expecting any quick financial windfall from the state's new recreational marijuana law. State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Revenue Commissioner Michael Heffernan told lawmakers at a budget hearing on ...

2016-12-05 14:35 EST

'Alt-labor' reorganizes politics in the age of Trump
The Boston Globe
Harris Gruman, a top official with the Service Employees International Union in Massachusetts, was riding an old Red Line car somewhere beneath the city of Boston when he got the call. It was a warm day in the spring of 2014, and the union was two ...

2016-11-26 09:00 EST

S&P rating agency warns of credit impact of Massachusetts charter school expansion
MassLive.com
A second ratings agency has warned of the danger that having too many charter schools poses to city and town credit ratings. S&P Global Ratings, in a report published Monday, said so far charter schools have not affected municipal credit ratings in ...

2016-12-06 14:06 EST

NY braces for legal marijuana in Massachusetts
The Journal News | LoHud.com
ALBANY -- A vote Tuesday in Massachusetts to legalize recreational marijuana may have a significant impact on its border state New York. Law-enforcement officials in New York said they will be monitoring the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, ...
Voters in Massachusetts approve legalizing recreational marijuana Boston.com
California, Massachusetts approve recreational marijuana The Killeen Daily Herald
Massachusetts Just Legalized. Now What? Leafly
MassLive.com
2016-11-10 14:42 EST

Massachusetts wrestles to adapt to post-Obama Washington
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — That chilly wind descending on Beacon Hill isn't just a sign of the approaching winter. For the past eight years, Massachusetts enjoyed a special rapport with the White House, fueled by the friendship between former Gov. Deval Patrick ...

2016-11-12 11:07 EST

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to make $98 million in mid-year budget cuts
MassLive.com
"Today, we are acting to put the budget back in balance for the hardworking people of Massachusetts ... in response to softening revenues, unavoidable spending deficiencies and the Legislature's decision to restore spending above the administration's ...

2016-12-06 16:42 EST

'Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts' bumper sticker is ...
Boston.com
The Environmental League of Massachusetts is re-releasing a bumper sticker used 44 years ago when Richard Nixon won the presidential election and.

2016-11-16 13:05 EST

Massachusetts, a generally blue state, faces prospect of political exile
Boston.com
The day still dawned in Massachusetts, as everyone assured it would. But for a state that resoundingly rejected the man who was just elected president, a state whose leading Democrats had ridiculed Donald J. Trump on Twitter and likened his rise to ...
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he will not be voting for president WCVB Boston
Massachusetts governor golds firm, doesn't vote for Trump The News Tribune

2016-11-09 21:26 EST

Disgraced Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran to ask SJC to restore his state pension
MassLive.com
Former Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran reads a prepared statement to the media outside U. S. District Court in Boston in 2007. Once considered the most powerful man on Beacon Hill, Finneran pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a deal ...

2016-12-07 06:10 EST

The MBTA

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MBTA operator working on improvements for Worcester line
Worcester Telegram
BOSTON - The MBTA's fleet of commuter rail locomotives, including 40 new cars, poses challenges for the vendor tasked with operating the 388-mile system that has an annual ridership of 35 million and ongoing reliability problems. David Scorey, who now ...

2016-12-06 15:26 EST

MBTA Switches Twitter Handle to @MBTATRANSIT
Boston magazine (blog)
The MBTA has changed its Twitter handle from @MBTA to @MBTATRANSIT, for reasons unknown. The agency has asked the social media company to look ...

2016-12-06 11:13 EST

T officials blast cleaning companies for cost-cutting
The Boston Globe
John Englander, general counsel for the MBTA and the state Transportation Department, released figures confirming that close to 80 workers for the two companies, about 25 percent of the staff, were laid off or lost health insurance when their hours ...

2016-12-05 18:55 EST

MBTA to remove more than 450 trees along D-Line
Wicked Local Newton
Don't tell the Lorax: The MBTA is about to remove more than 450 trees along the D Line. But Brookline Town Arborist Tom Brady said most of the tree removal was going to happen along parts of the track outside of Brookline. "The work in Brookline is not ...

2016-12-06 14:59 EST

MBTA says 'exercise common sense' after man brings Christmas tree on train
The Boston Globe
Although some might argue that bringing a tree onto the MBTA is akin to somebody taking up space by placing bags and other personal belongings on the empty seats next to them, it is not against the rules. Still, the transit agency had some words to the ...

2016-12-02 14:04 EST

Looking to follow @MBTA for T updates? Try this new handle — for now
The Boston Globe
Those who followed the old handle (229,000 or so as of Tuesday morning) have no need to worry, as they'll continue to follow the MBTA's Twitter feed. A link from the MBTA's website to its Twitter feed still went to the old handle's address as of early ...

2016-12-06 07:02 EST

Is the MBTA Ready for Winter?
NECN
The MBTA spent $100 million over the last two years replacing third-rail heaters and ties on the Red and Orange lines, adding 300 gallons of de-icing fluid, which Shortsleeve said “runs up and down the rails to make sure the rails and third rails are ...

2016-12-01 14:11 EST

MBTA investigating why Keolis crew did not report train hit post
The Boston Globe
“MBTA and Keolis are investigating the actions of (the) crew both in operating the train and reporting the incident,” she wrote in an e-mail. Keolis runs the commuter rail for the MBTA. The crew members have been placed on leave pending the results of ...

2016-11-14 19:31 EST

EDITORIAL: The MBTA is a public amenity — bring on the Christmas trees
Daily Free Press (subscription)
Because it reaches into some of the farthest corners of Boston, and then beyond the city limits, to the outlying suburbs, the MBTA is the only mode of transportation for many. The T exists for the Boston public, despite what some may believe when ...

2016-12-05 02:02 EST

Police seeking woman who may have information about assault on T employee
The Boston Globe
Transit Police. The woman is wanted for questioning related to the assault and battery of an MBTA employee. MBTA Transit Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who may have knowledge about an assault on an MBTA employee.

2016-11-23 12:51 EST

Other News

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Massachusetts Native Killed, Girlfriend Injured in Lightning Strike in Australia
NECN
A man with ties to Massachusetts was killed and his girlfriend was injured, in a recent accident on top of a mountain in Australia. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016). A man with ties to New England was recently killed and his girlfriend injured after ...
Reports: Massachusetts man killed by lightning in Australia WHDH-TV
Massachusetts native killed by lightning strike during trip in Australia WCVB Boston
24-year-old from Massachusetts killed in lightning strike while on vacation in Australia MassLive.com

2016-12-07 10:11 EST

Rooster found riding along with pair of Massachusetts robbers
UPI.com
NORTHAMPTON, Mass., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A criminal rooster was found riding with a pair of robbery suspects outside of a Massachusetts convenience store. A trio of officers from Northampton Police Department responded to reports of a robbery when they ...

2016-12-07 11:25 EST

Massachusetts students score among world's best
My Fox Boston
BOSTON - Massachusetts students are in a league with the top-scoring nations in the world, according to new test results released by the state. If the commonwealth were a country, the test scores from Massachusetts students would place the state tied ...
Massachusetts students ace reading, science in global test Boston.com
Massachusetts students earn top marks for reading, science MassLive.com

2016-12-06 10:09 EST

After rapist seeks visitation of child, victim appeals to Massachusetts high court
MassLive.com
The Massachusetts Court of Appeals this week denied the victim's request to bar Melendez from seeing the child. Murphy says they will appeal the decision to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. "All of this is exceedingly dangerous territory ...

2016-12-07 10:21 EST

The strong business relationship between Israel and Massachusetts
Worcester Business Journal
Whether through international trade missions, private sector collaboration or joint investment, Massachusetts and Israel have proven to be strong and vital economic partners for growth across a number of economic sectors, including healthcare ...

2016-12-06 15:11 EST

Massachusetts state fund eyes adding smaller hedge fund ... - Reuters
Reuters
BOSTON Massachusetts, already a large investor in some of the world's biggest hedge funds, wants to hire an adviser to help find smaller managers that could ...

2016-12-06 20:44 EST

15-year-old Massachusetts boy charged with decapitating classmate
KABC-TV
A 15-year-old boy was charged with killing a high school classmate whose headless body was found near a river. (WLS). AP. Tuesday, December 06, 2016 01:12PM. LAWRENCE, Mass. --. A 15-year-old boy charged with killing a high school classmate ...
Docs: Mass. teen confessed he "stabbed a kid and cut his head off" CBS News
No bail for Massachusetts teen charged with decapitating classmate FOX 61
Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino Death: Massachusetts High School Student Decapitated, Murdered By Classmate Latin Times
The Denver Post - Global Grind
2016-12-06 16:15 EST

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to make $98 million in mid-year budget cuts
MassLive.com
"Today, we are acting to put the budget back in balance for the hardworking people of Massachusetts ... in response to softening revenues, unavoidable spending deficiencies and the Legislature's decision to restore spending above the administration's ...
Gov. Charlie Baker Cutting $98M from Massachusetts Budget Patch.com

2016-12-06 16:42 EST

The 56 Mass. leaders going to Israel, and how they plan to sell Boston's business ecosystem
Boston Business Journal
Dozens of the biggest names in Massachusetts' cybersecurity and digital health industries will try to woo Israeli entrepreneurs to the Boston area during the U.S.-Israel Growth Summit at Tel Aviv University next Monday. Representatives from ...

2016-12-07 07:07 EST

Three Massachusetts families impacted by Oakland warehouse fire
WCVB Boston
The music producer graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design four years ago. A memorial service is being planned. Friends said Pete Wadsworth, 38, of Cohasset, was in the warehouse when the fire broke out and he couldn't escape.

2016-12-05 22:44 EST

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