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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2018-02-24 02:29 EST

Should Massachusetts permanently legalize and impose a tax on sports fantasy betting?
The Boston Globe
Like all gaming in Massachusetts, daily fantasy sports should be taxed at a fair rate to defray expenses that the state could incur from its activities. Operators of the games currently pay zero taxes on their revenues in Massachusetts, in stark ...

2018-02-23 14:42 EST

Teamsters Local 25 backs Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker for re ...
MassLive.com
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has reached a peace agreement with another top union.

2018-02-22 10:04 EST

Back taxes on Aaron Hernandez's former Massachusetts home paid
FOX 61
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — The more than $115,000 in back taxes owed on the Massachusetts home that once belonged to former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have been paid. The tax collector in North Attleborough tells The Sun Chronicle ...

2018-02-08 15:05 EST

South Carolina Democrats join national effort challenging Electoral College
Charleston Post Courier
He said Republicans in California and Massachusetts back the challenge on grounds their votes are steamrolled in presidential years in these overwhelmingly Democratic states. "It's two Reds (states) and two Blues," he said of the coordinated challenge ...

2018-02-23 10:14 EST

Massachusetts Regulators Face Questions on Cannabis Cafés
Leafly
BOSTON (AP) — Could Massachusetts become the first U.S. state where adults can gather and use legal adult-use marijuana at so-called “cannabis cafes?” The Cannabis Control Commission, the five-member panel set up to regulate the state's marijuana ...

2018-02-20 15:01 EST

Major Shootings Led to Tougher Gun Laws, but to What End?
New York Times
WASHINGTON — Since last week's deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., a pitched national conversation about gun policy has dominated town hall meetings, a White House summit meeting, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and ...

2018-02-23 05:04 EST

Who is hosting the 2018 St. Patrick's Day breakfast in South Boston?
MassLive.com
The breakfast traditionally draws the heavy hitters in Massachusetts politics and features attempts at topical humor. ("Groans Outpace Guffaws" said one headline from Getty Images in 2015.) Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General ...

2018-02-21 16:40 EST

Massachusetts Gaming Commission finds no illegality, no ties to ...
MassLive.com
A Gaming Commission investigation found that Wynn Resorts did not break any state laws when it contributed to the Republican Governors Association in 2014, which then donated money to a PAC supporting Baker.
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2018-02-22 18:58 EST

Long-time Northampton state representative Peter Kocot dies at 61 ...
MassLive.com
Peter Kocot, a long-time state representative from Northampton known for his integrity and quiet strength, died on Thursday. He was 61. Kocot has been a member of the state Legislature since 2002 representing the 1st Hampshire District. Kocot had been ...
House Lawmaker From Western Massachusetts District Dies NECN

2018-02-22 14:03 EST

Massachusetts lab agrees to forfeit $1 million for unnecessary urine drug screens
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts-based laboratory will forfeit more than $1 million to settle claims it billed for medically unnecessary urine drug screens. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Southbridge-based Precision Testing Laboratories ...
Massachusetts: Beware of scammers targeting immigrants News & Observer

2018-02-18 18:03 EST

The MBTA

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2018-02-24 02:29 EST

South Shore MBTA lots to get solar canopies - News - The Patriot ...
The Patriot Ledger
HINGHAM - The parking lots of the two commuter rail stations in Hingham are about to look a whole lot different thanks to an MBTA project that will install canopies of solar panels over parking areas. Construction is expected to begin late next month ...
South Shore MBTA lots to get solar canopies Wicked Local

2018-02-22 19:58 EST

MBTA trolley driver allegedly paid someone $2K to beat him so he ...
The Boston Globe
An MBTA trolley driver allegedly staged being attacked while at work on the Mattapan trolley line in 2016 and is now facing criminal charges that he fraudulently collected workers' compensation and private disability insurance. Thomas Lucey was ...
Authorities: MBTA driver paid for fake Halloween attack to get ... Boston Herald
DA: MBTA Driver Staged Phony Assault to Collect Worker's Comp, Disability Pay NECN
MBTA trolley driver allegedly paid a person $2,000 to don 'Michael ... MassLive.com
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2018-02-22 12:01 EST

Our Opinion: Ongoing MBTA mess is a statewide problem
Berkshire Eagle
The MBTA has a long, sorry history of delays, overcrowded stations, equipment breakdowns, winter disasters, mismanagement and cost overruns. In 2015, the governor created a new Fiscal and Management Control Board to address the agency's problems but ...

2018-02-23 15:27 EST

'The situation was not acceptable,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie ...
MassLive.com
The ordeal MBTA riders on the Red Line went through after a train derailed in South Boston was "not acceptable," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said a day after the incident led to commuter chaos at several stations.
Riders Frustrated After Derailed Train Causes Severe Delays On MBTA's Red Line WBUR
Gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren: 'Enough is enough' after MBTA derailment Wicked Local
MBTA says Red Line train car briefly derailed in Wednesday morning incident Boston Business Journal
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2018-02-22 14:19 EST

MBTA conducting comprehensive inspection after Red Line train derailment
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
BOSTON (WHDH) - The MBTA is taking a closer look at a Red Line train that caused a smoky situation at Andrew Station earlier this week. Workers conducted a comprehensive inspection of that train Thursday. The MBTA said this includes an examination of ...
MBTA's derailment and safety efforts 'not sufficient,' report finds Daily Free Press (blog)
Possible Commuter Delays After Freight Train Derails in Fitchburg NECN
Baker on damage control following T derailment Lowell Sun
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2018-02-23 07:14 EST

1 in 3 MBTA workers earned more than $100000 last year
MassLive.com
One in three workers at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority earned $100,000 in total pay in 2017, according to figures released Friday by the transit agency. 26734374_2101253360160967_4228352837858835151_n.jpg. Photo credit: MBTA / Facebook ...

2018-02-19 09:38 EST

MBTA tweets ruffle commuters' feathers
Boston Herald
Nearly every day, the MBTA tweets out crushing news for commuters: delays ranging from minor to severe, typically caused by “disabled trains” or, less commonly, “signal problems.” Since early January, the MBTA has sent out at least 275 tweets about ...

2018-02-22 00:05 EST

Traveling on the Red Line was a nightmare for many Wednesday
The Boston Globe
... as service was interrupted at three busy stations in Boston for hours after a train motor failed, the train derailed, and a stretch of track was damaged. At least three windows on a Red Line subway car shattered, and plumes of smoke were sent into ...

2018-02-21 21:06 EST

Future fare increases on the table as MBTA faces budget woes - The ...
The Boston Globe
Officials at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority say the agency's budget deficit is set to balloon in the coming year, raising the specter of potential fare hikes in 2019. The MBTA expects its budget shortfall to increase by more than $70 ...
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2018-02-13 02:53 EST

One-third of MBTA workers made $100k or more last year - The ...
The Boston Globe
The number of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers earning $100,000 or more in 2017 climbed to the highest level seen in recent years, according to figures released by the agency Friday. About 2,065 MBTA workers collected six-figure sums ...
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2018-02-16 11:15 EST

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2018-02-24 02:29 EST

Should Massachusetts permanently legalize and impose a tax on sports fantasy betting?
The Boston Globe
Last year, the Massachusetts Legislature temporarily legalized daily fantasy sports, online games where players create fantasy teams consisting of real-life athletes and play for prizes based on their real-life performance. We established a commission ...

2018-02-23 14:42 EST

Two more high-ranking officials at Massachusetts State Police retire
The Boston Globe
Two more high-ranking officials at the Massachusetts State Police retired suddenly Friday, in the latest fallout from the controversy over how the police handled the October arrest of a judge's daughter. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Risteen, the third in ...
Forced Retirements Are Not Enough in Massachusetts State Police Scandals NewBostonPost (blog)
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2018-02-23 18:24 EST

You can learn to curl with these Massachusetts curling clubs ...
Boston.com
For an essential guide to the city, sign up for How to Boston, Boston.com's weekly culture and lifestyle newsletter. The world is watching. Olympic curling, that is. And Massachusetts residents eager to throw a stone of their own are selling out ...

2018-02-23 15:18 EST

Should Massachusetts institute same-day voter registration?
The Boston Globe
Among the most troubling aspects of the 2016 election were the reports that many Americans who wanted to vote were turned away from the polls. It is not unreasonable to conclude that the outcome of the presidential election would have been different ...

2018-02-23 12:24 EST

Massachusetts colleges pledge to support high schoolers protesting gun violence
MassLive.com
Several Massachusetts colleges and universities are pledging not to rescind the acceptance of any high school student who may be punished for protesting gun violence. The call to end gun violence, and in its place create stricter and effective gun ...
Students Across Massachusetts Planning Walkout and March to Protest Gun Violence NECN

2018-02-23 11:06 EST

Flu-related illnesses decline in some parts of Massachusetts
MassLive.com
According to this week's report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there was a small drop in overall visits to reporting outpatient sites for flu-related illnesses. The state's data was similar to national data from the Centers for ...

2018-02-23 08:12 EST

Mass. tipster warned Fla. authorities of 'school shooter in the making'
The Boston Globe
A caller in Massachusetts told Florida authorities in November that Nikolas Cruz was a “school shooter in the making,” according to records from the Broward County sheriff's office. The sheriff's office recently released a list of the calls it received ...
Massachusetts tipster warned authorities that Nikolas Cruz 'could be a school shooter in the making' MassLive.com
Tipster Warned Cruz Was 'School Shooter in the Making' NECN
Nikolas Cruz Was 'School Shooter In The Making,' Mass. Tipster Warned CBS Boston / WBZ

2018-02-23 12:38 EST

Top cannabis regulator: Massachusetts should consider government ...
The Boston Globe
With the private sector reluctant, would a state bank make it easier to collect cannabis taxes and prevent theft?
Massachusetts Regulators Face Questions on Cannabis Cafés Leafly
Will Massachusetts be the first state to allow social marijuana use? The Cannabist

2018-02-22 08:46 EST

Massachusetts Residents Killed in Crash on Way to Funeral
U.S. News & World Report
Relatives say three Massachusetts resident killed in a rollover crash in New York were on their way to a funeral. Feb. 23, 2018, at 5:12 a.m.. Massachusetts Residents Killed in Crash on Way to Funeral. Share. ×. Share on Facebook · Post on Twitter ...
3 Massachusetts residents killed in crash on way to funeral Boston.com
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2018-02-23 05:12 EST

Schools Physically Restrained Students 9000 Times Last Year
U.S. News & World Report
BOSTON (AP) — Public school officials in Massachusetts say they had to physically restrain students more than 9,000 times last school year, sparking outcry from some advocates who say the practice is dangerous and overused. Districts were required to ...
Massachusetts Schools Physically Restrained Students 9000 Times Last Year NECN

2018-02-23 09:13 EST

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