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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2018-10-16 20:29 EDT

Question 2 asks Massachusetts voters to consider money in politics
MetroWest Daily News
It costs a lot of money to run a successful political campaign. If there's any doubt about it, ask Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, both Democrats, whose campaign committees raised a combined $52 million between 2013 and Sept.

2018-10-10 07:30 EDT

Did Elizabeth Warren Just Kill Identity Politics?
Wall Street Journal
“Elizabeth Warren's Native American Heritage” is the title of a new campaign video promoting the senior senator from Massachusetts. Ms. Warren, a former Harvard law professor, is claiming vindication after presenting the results of a genetic test which ...
Elizabeth Warren's DNA Results Draw Rebuke from Trump and Raise Questions New York Times
In response to Trump's 'Pocahontas' jibes, Elizabeth Warren releases results of DNA test USA TODAY
Trump Lashes Out at Warren Over DNA Test, Calls Her 'Phony!' U.S. News & World Report
NBCNews.com - Roll Call - Fox News
2018-10-15 16:01 EDT

Elizabeth Warren might have actually made things worse with her DNA gambit
CNN
(CNN) Twenty-four hours after Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren shocked the political world with a five-minute video (and a mountain of documentation) aimed at putting to bed the controversy over her claims of Native American heritage, it's becoming ...
Elizabeth Warren's DNA Claim Inflames Some Native Americans U.S. News & World Report
Native Americans, Cherokee Nation react to Elizabeth Warren's DNA test Atlanta Journal Constitution
Why the Cherokee Nation's rebuke of Elizabeth Warren matters Washington Post
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2018-10-16 09:30 EDT

What you need to know about Massachusetts ballot Question 1
Boston.com
Question 1 is shaping up to be the most expensive and closely watched ballot measure this year in Massachusetts. The proposed law, which would limit the number of patients assigned to nurses, has split nurses and sparked unified opposition from hospitals.

2018-10-09 13:16 EDT

Military veterans sue Massachusetts over denial of Welcome Home bonus
MassLive.com
Massachusetts offers veterans who served after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks a Welcome Home bonus as long as they receive an honorable discharge. The bonus is $1,000 for veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and $500 for those who served ...

2018-10-16 18:19 EDT

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Democrat Jay Gonzalez spar over taxes, transportation in 1st debate
MassLive.com
Gonzalez wants to reintroduce a constitutional amendment to raise taxes on income over $1 million and tax large private college endowments. "I'll ask the wealthy to pay their fair share," Gonzalez said. "We need to be honest about the fact we have to ...
Charlie Baker and Jay Gonzalez met in their first debate. Here's what happened. Boston.com

2018-10-09 22:24 EDT

Massachusetts MGM casino earns $27M during 1st month open
The Seattle Times
BOSTON (AP) — MGM has reported nearly $27 million in revenue during the first full month of operation at its Massachusetts casino. The state Gaming Commission reported Monday that MGM Springfield generated $18 million in gross revenues from slot ...

2018-10-15 15:57 EDT

MGM Springfield gaming nets $27M in first month
Hartford Business
MGM Springfield raked in almost $27 million in gaming revenue in its first month, generating more than $6.7 million in taxes, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The $960 million casino and entertainment complex in September netted over ...
MGM Springfield tallies $27 million in first-month revenue Sentinel & Enterprise

2018-10-16 10:12 EDT

Massachusetts Democrats say GOP tax cuts to blame for rising deficit, oppose push for entitlement cuts
MassLive.com
Telling reporters "we have the votes," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber after a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers to advance the stalled GOP overhaul of the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, ...

2018-10-16 15:44 EDT

The 'War' on Drugs Corrupts Everything It Touches
Esquire.com
And we conclude, as is our custom, in the great state of Oklahoma, where Blog Official Wandering Pilgrim Friedman of the Plains brings us a tale of politics reaching into a small-town school and pretty much throwing meatloaf onto the walls of the ...

2018-10-11 17:11 EDT

The MBTA

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2018-10-16 20:29 EDT

New technology could radically reshape MBTA fare policies
The Boston Globe
Should you pay a higher fare if your subway ride is longer than other commuters' trips? Or more for a bus or train ticket during rush hour, and less during off-peak times? The MBTA has long relied on a set of fixed fares for most transit lines, but a ...

2018-10-16 18:12 EDT

MBTA employee accused of brandishing a hatchet and threatening Weymouth residents
The Boston Globe
An MBTA employee is accused of threatening two Weymouth residents — one of whom is 83 years old — with a hatchet last Friday, according to Weymouth police. Maryellen Shields, 55, of Newton, was sitting in a vehicle smoking a cigarette when police ...

2018-10-16 14:38 EDT

MBTA will replace North Station drawbridges, eliminating a ...
The Boston Globe
By building a wider bridge with six rail lines, the project will allow an increase the number of platforms available for commuter-rail passenger service.

2018-10-15 00:01 EDT

Quincy mayor to delay MBTA pedestrian gate opening
Taunton Daily Gazette
The delay will give city councilors more time to hammer out a parking enforcement plan to make sure Penn's Hill neighbors don't get inundated by commuter parking. QUINCY — A pedestrian gate connecting the Penn's Hill neighborhood to the Quincy Adams ...

2018-10-16 18:40 EDT

MBTA continues work at Westwood's East Street Bridge
Wicked Local
On Oct. 16, the MBTA announced weekend shuttle bus service replacement along the Franklin Line and traffic impacts in support of the East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Weekend work will begin Friday, Oct. 19 and Nov. 9, with regular service ...
Rehab planned for bridge carrying MBTA Franklin Line Railway Track & Structures

2018-10-16 17:21 EDT

Report Of Gun Prompts Brief Shelter In Place At BU; A BB Gun
Patch.com
At 1 p.m., police got a report of a person with a gun in a dumpster near 829 Beacon St. As police raced to the scene, the proximity to BU's campus prompted university officials to issue an alert. About 1:15 p.m., MBTA officials stopped Green Line ...
Green Line service resumes, all-clear given at Boston University The Boston Globe
Police Search Kenmore Square For Suspicious Man CBS Boston
BU buildings placed in lockdown after police chase man into Kenmore tunnels Boston 25 News
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2018-10-16 13:40 EDT

MBTA working with Somerville tech company to put stop to some energy costs
Boston Herald
The T plans to literally apply the brakes to some of its energy usage. The MBTA is planning to install technology onto its subway trains that captures some of the energy released when a train uses its brakes, according to a news release from state ...

2018-10-11 08:00 EDT

More accurate bus predictions coming to MBTA
The Boston Globe
Bus riders should expect better information about their trips: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has hired a company to produce more accurate predictions of when buses will arrive at their stops. On Thursday, the T began using a ...

2018-10-04 06:50 EDT

At Baker-Gonzalez debate, MBTA, taxes among talking points
Berkshire Eagle
BOSTON — Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, sparred on everything from public transportation and taxes to abortion rights and criminal justice Tuesday, as they squared off for their first debate ...
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Jay Gonzalez met in their ... Boston.com

2018-10-09 22:42 EDT

Cambridge residents seek shelter in MBTA bus during apartment fire
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
2 of 2 Early today 138 a.m: 2nd alarm Box 2-71 for 78-80 Porter Rd, all residents were evacd with no rptd injs, @MBTA bus was used as temp refuge. One FF was transp to a med facility w NLT injury. Cause is under investigation. All-out at 404 am.

2018-10-14 09:21 EDT

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2018-10-16 20:29 EDT

Indicted mayor of Massachusetts town now faces eviction from apartment
NBCNews.com
FALL RIVER, Mass. — The embattled mayor of Fall River plans to deliver a statement as his problems mount with word that he's been evicted from his apartment. Mayor Jasiel Correia pleaded not guilty last week to a 13-count federal indictment charging ...
Embattled Mayor Facing Federal Charges Says He's Innocent U.S. News & World Report

2018-10-16 10:21 EDT

2 cases of rare polio-like illness confirmed in Massachusetts, 4 others investigated
WCVB Boston
Two cases of a rare polio-like illness that has recently been diagnosed in other parts of the county has been confirmed in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Heath said Tuesday that there have been two confirmed cases of acute ...
Health Department: Rare, polio-like illness confirmed in Massachusetts Boston 25 News
2 Cases of Rare Polio-Like Illness Confirmed in Massachusetts NECN
Case of polio-like disease confirmed in Massachusetts MassLive.com
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2018-10-16 14:37 EDT

Massachusetts lawmakers gear up for another run at health care overhaul
MassLive.com
After picking up the pieces from a failed attempt at the end of formal legislative business to agree on a health care bill, the Massachusetts Legislature is gearing up to take another crack at stabilizing community hospitals and limiting the growth of ...

2018-10-16 18:45 EDT

Massachusetts law bars wounded police officer from receiving donations
WSB Atlanta
Massachusetts law, however, prohibits any of these donations to reach the officers. In part, the law “prohibits a public employee from requesting or receiving anything of substantial value for or because of an official act or an act within the public ...
State law bars wounded Falmouth officer from receiving donations Boston 25 News

2018-10-16 10:56 EDT

The Best Pumpkin Patches In Massachusetts
Patch.com
Below are dozens and dozens of patches around Central and Eastern Massachusetts. If you're looking for the cream of the pumpkin crop, consider heading over to Belkin Lookout Farm in Natick, ranked the best pumpkin patch in Massachusetts by the folks at ...

2018-10-16 11:25 EDT

Massachusetts needs more green power. Should Maine be the conduit?
Bangor Daily News
Central Maine Power Co. has proposed to build a new 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to bring hydro power from Quebec to the New England electrical grid, to fulfill Massachusetts' goals of using more renewable energy. To build it, the ...

2018-10-16 11:56 EDT

Massachusetts' launching first statewide college savings account program
WWLP.com
BOSTON (WWLP) - State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced Massachusetts' first statewide college savings account program SeedMA Baby on Tuesday. SeedMA Baby goes into effect on January 1, 2020. From that day forward, every child born or ...
Every child born or adopted in Massachusetts can receive $50 from the state, starting in 2020 MassLive.com
Viewpoint: Statewide college savings program can make higher ed attainable for all Boston Business Journal

2018-10-16 10:28 EDT

Massachusetts lawmakers approve supplemental spending plan
WCVB Boston
Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a supplemental spending plan. The budget approved Monday would let Massachusetts build up its rainy day fund and set aside money for infrastructure projects, including $40 million for local roads and bridges.
Final FY18 Massachusetts budget bill includes $10M for Merrimack Valley gas explosion relief MassLive.com

2018-10-15 23:06 EDT

Senate Will Probe Pipeline Massachusetts Blasts Tied to Utility Work
Claims Journal
According the NTSB's report, crews contracted by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, including an inspector from the company, were replacing a cast-iron distribution main with a plastic one on Sept. 13. When the workers removed a section of pipe containing ...

2018-10-16 05:50 EDT

2 Cases Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.
CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts has a confirmed two cases of a polio-like illness that is being reported across the country. The Department of Public Health told WBZ-TV Tuesday there are two cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the state and four more ...

2018-10-16 10:37 EDT

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