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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2018-03-20 20:29 EDT

Airbnb open to collecting taxes in Massachusetts, but opposed to new House bill
The Massachusetts House on Wednesday will consider a bill to tax short-term room rentals. Lawmakers have been considering different versions of bills to tax rentals, such as those sold through the website Airbnb, for the last couple of years. But they ...
Massachusetts House Bill Would Tax, Regulate Airbnb, Other Rentals NECN
House Bill Would Tax, Regulate Airbnb, Other Rentals U.S. News & World Report
Massachusetts bill would tax, regulate Airbnb, other rentals Tribune-Review

2018-03-19 15:25 EDT

Massachusetts AG to investigate Facebook, Cambridge Analytica
(CNN) Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Saturday that her office is opening an investigation into Facebook and the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to the Trump campaign. "Massachusetts residents deserve answers ...
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach The Guardian
How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions New York Times
Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook | Facebook Newsroom Facebook Newsroom
The Guardian
2018-03-18 09:13 EDT

The truth about noncompetes and Massachusetts politics
The Boston Globe
In Massachusetts, we pride ourselves on attracting people who devote years — and often $100,000 or more — to earning an advanced degree. And we like to brag about being the state with the most educated workforce. But once you've crossed the stage ...

2018-03-02 05:05 EST

Opposition to offshore drilling hardening in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — Opposition to a Trump administration proposal to allow oil and gas drilling in coastal waters, including those off the Atlantic coast of Massachusetts, continues to grow on Beacon Hill. Democratic Massachusetts Attorney General Maura ...

2018-03-17 09:35 EDT

Sen. Jim Welch: Massachusetts ed commissioner to make decision any day on charter school
"But we will absolutely lose funding, triggering an increase in taxes to offset that loss, if this charter school relocates here, as the state does not fully fund the charter reimbursement." Wulfson will make his decision based on public safety factors ...

2018-03-20 19:26 EDT

Nearly 1000 retired Massachusetts teachers could face health insurance price spikes of 20 to 80 percent
Shawn Duhamel, legislative director of the Massachusetts Retirees Association, said "there is no downside" to passing the bill, from the perspective of improving choice and affordability for these retirees. Sean King, of the Massachusetts Teachers ...

2018-03-20 12:40 EDT

First recreational tax in Massachusetts proposed for Charlemont ...
The proposal to add a 3 percent local option tax to recreational activities in Charlemont has gotten initial approval from the state Legislature.

2018-03-19 14:17 EDT

The former ambassador to Denmark has some ideas for Massachusetts
“This is why they pay high taxes, because they trust government to invest their money wisely. They trust government to take care of them, to have their backs from cradle to grave, whereas as we trust government considerably less. It's why our taxes are ...

2018-03-18 05:02 EDT

Massachusetts lawmakers say President Donald Trump's law enforcement approach to opioids 'won't work'
Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation and other state leaders this week cautioned that the Trump administration's focus on law enforcement actions and strict criminal penalties "won't work" at reducing rates of opioid addiction, and ...

2018-03-20 12:01 EDT

Massachusetts election database was not hacked in 2016, Secretary Bill Galvin says
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said Tuesday that Massachusetts' voter database was not hacked before the 2016 presidential election, even as reports emerge of Russian hackers breaching voter databases in other ...

2018-03-20 19:05 EDT


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2018-03-20 20:29 EDT

Prosecutor: MBTA Worker Hired Attacker So He Could Get Workers ...
CBS Boston / WBZ
An MBTA trolley operator accused of hiring someone to attack him while on the job so he could receive workers' compensation was released on bail.
MBTA announces plans for Wednesday ahead of fourth March storm ... Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

2018-03-20 12:07 EDT

Beverly drawbridge problems cause MBTA headaches
The Salem News
BEVERLY — The MBTA drawbridge wouldn't close properly Sunday morning, preventing trains from passing over it throughout the day. The new commuter rail bridge was installed between Beverly and Salem last summer and cost over $16 million. It is expected ...
Future of the MBTA Wicked Local

2018-03-18 22:12 EDT

Whoops — the MBTA forgot to file reports on spending
The Boston Globe
It looks like the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority forgot to do some of its homework. When lawmakers approved $127 million last year to help the MBTA cover its costs, they asked for something in return: The MBTA would file quarterly reports ...
MBTA aims to boost real-time train arrival data Progressive Rail Roading
MBTA WiFi project delayed Worcester Business Journal

2018-03-16 09:53 EDT

School bus, MBTA bus involved in crash in Chelsea
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
CHELSEA (WHDH) - Police and emergency crews are responding after a report of a crash between a school bus and and MBTA bus in Chelsea. A representative from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation says they received a report that a stopped MBTA ...

2018-03-19 13:18 EDT

MBTA will be on an 'extremely reduced schedule' during Tuesday's storm
The Boston Globe
MBTA riders should expect reduced service during the blizzard-like conditions forecast for Tuesday. Here's how each form of transit will be affected: If you take the subway. The T will be running a schedule similar to Saturdays on the Red, Green ...

2018-03-12 22:22 EDT

LETTER: Thanks for absolutely nothing except pain and stress, MBTA
Wicked Local
I have problems with the MBTA every single day but, thanks to needing to care for my mom on a weekly basis, I am also forced (against my will) to use the commuter rail weekly. I have had trouble before but, today [March 11], was the worst. I was ...

2018-03-18 09:18 EDT

Darkness prevails over MBTA Wi-Fi project
The Daily News of Newburyport
BOSTON — To the tens of thousands of commuter rail riders who struggle daily with inconsistent wireless connectivity years after state officials promised a smooth new system, the MBTA has a message. “There is no update on this project to report at ...

2018-03-17 09:35 EDT

MBTA will hold Somerville meeting on planned Green Line extension
The Boston Globe
Area residents are invited to hear the latest information on the planned extension of the MBTA Green Line into Somerville and Medford. The MBTA is holding a public meeting on the project Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Somerville High School ...

2018-03-16 05:34 EDT

When will the MBTA improve wifi on the commuter rail?
That was MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo's response to the News Service in January, about two years after the original MBTA completion date for a project that was supposed to help riders and workers be more productive during their commutes without draining ...
MBTA mum about improvements to wifi on trains MetroWest Daily News
MBTA mum about improvements to wifi on trains - WCVB WCVB Boston

2018-03-15 07:36 EDT

'Smooth as possible': MBTA's true test today as commuters back at it ...
Boston Herald
The beleaguered MBTA chugged through the Blizzard of 2018 with only minor complications yesterday — a remarkable wintertime feat for the agin.
MBTA tells commuters to plan for 'regular' schedule Wednesday WCVB Boston

2018-03-14 00:05 EDT

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2018-03-20 20:29 EDT

Facebook is being investigated by New York and Massachusetts attorneys general over Cambridge Analytica scandal
The Verge
New York and Massachusetts attorneys general are demanding that Facebook hand over information about how Cambridge Analytica used its data. They announced a joint investigation today following reports over the weekend that Cambridge Analytica ...
New York joins Massachusetts investigation of Facebook's data use Engadget
Massachusetts, New York send letter to Facebook demanding documents Reuters
The Latest: Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Regrets Work U.S. News & World Report

2018-03-20 16:12 EDT

Expected snowfall decreased for much of Massachusetts
The latest expected snowfall shows the South Shore and Southeastern Massachusetts hardest hit by the storm, receiving 8-12 inches by Thursday morning. In Boston and communities south of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Central Massachusetts, 6-8 inches of ...

2018-03-20 16:32 EDT

New York and Massachusetts to investigate Cambridge Analytica and Facebook
New York and Massachusetts to investigate Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. The FTC also has questions for the companies. by Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins / Mar.20.2018 / 12:22 AM ET. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a press ...

2018-03-20 15:28 EDT

Massachusetts Begins A Probe Into Facebook, Cambridge Analytica ...
Noel King talks to Massachusetts' Attorney General Maura Healey, who has launched an investigation into Facebook and the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica. NOEL KING, HOST: Facebook is under fire after news that data belonging to around 50 million ...
Facebook is cooperating with Massachusetts Attorney General ...
Massachusetts Begins A Probe Into Facebook, Cambridge Analytica KACU
Massachusetts AG Healey Vows Unity In Opioid Fight, Rips Trump's Plan As 'Senseless Waste Of Money' NewBostonPost (blog)

2018-03-20 07:43 EDT

Winter storm warning issued ahead of Massachusetts springtime snowstorm
Tuesday may mark the spring equinox, but winter isn't quite finished with us yet. Another coastal snowstorm is preparing to pack a punch throughout Massachusetts on Wednesday, and many areas may receive up to a foot of snow. Temperature outlooks ...
Here's when the snow from the latest nor'easter is expected to start Wednesday

2018-03-20 07:03 EDT

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance takes $100000 Hearst Health Prize
Healthcare IT News
"All of us at Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance see this award as validating the growing belief that a truly integrated healthcare system must include appropriate, supportive, safe and affordable housing," said Joe Finn, president and ...
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance awarded $100k Hearst Health Prize Becker's Hospital Review

2018-03-20 15:10 EDT

21 Troopers Implicated in Massachusetts State Police OT Scandal
The commander of the Massachusetts State Police says an internal audit has found possible cases of troopers being paid overtime for shifts they did not work. Col. Kerry Gilpin said the missing overtime shifts were as few as one and as high as 100 per ...
Shakeup in the Massachusetts State Police: 19 troopers to face duty ...
Massachusetts State Police Audit Finds Overtime Abuse U.S. News & World Report
21 Troopers Involved In Mass. State Police OT Scandal CBS Boston / WBZ

2018-03-20 12:35 EDT

These maps show how much snow Massachusetts could get tomorrow
The Boston Globe
Call it the “four'easter”: Massachusetts is preparing to get slammed by yet another nor'easter — the fourth this month — starting Wednesday and lasting into early Thursday. The National Weather Service is predicting that communities just south of ...
Massachusetts braces for another round of winter weather – Boston ... Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Massachusetts Prepares for 4th March Nor'easter - NECN NECN

2018-03-19 19:55 EDT

Massachusetts 'Housing-First' Approach Wins Population Health Prize
Healthcare Informatics
On March 20, at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance was named the winner of the 2018 Hearst Health Prize. This annual $100,000 award is given in recognition of an organization's outstanding ...
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance Awarded $100000 Hearst Health Prize for 2018 Business Wire (press release)

2018-03-20 09:56 EDT

100 percent renewables by 2050 in Massachusetts? Pittsfield activists think it's possible
Valley Advocate
The Berkshires 100 Percent Renewable Energy Summit brought local business leaders, activists, and politicians together to discuss ways in which municipalities in the county can move towards a goal of relying on only renewable energy by 2050. This was ...

2018-03-20 09:39 EDT

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