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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2018-05-27 20:29 EDT

BCBS of Massachusetts blames federal taxes for $97.2M operating loss
Becker's Hospital Review
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state's largest health insurer with 2.8 million enrollees, said its first quarter operating loss stemmed from the ACA's insurer fee and federal tax reform. BCBS of Massachusetts posted a $97.2 million ...

2018-05-16 16:00 EDT

Transportation taxes, rural school aid, Western Massachusetts hospitals among Senate budget amendments
MassLive.com
Lesser's amendment is one of 1,196 budget amendments the Massachusetts Senate will consider when it begins debating the budget on Tuesday. The annual budget bill is the way lawmakers fund earmarks for local projects and organizations. It offers ...

2018-05-21 06:21 EDT

Massachusetts Legislature Passes 'Extreme Risk' Gun Bill
NECN
The Massachusetts legislature has passed H.4517, a bill that allows for the temporary removal of firearms from people who are considered "high risk." “I'm proud of the members of the House for passing this bill which will save lives,” House Speaker ...

2018-05-23 21:35 EDT

Senate slips 'sanctuary state' amendment into Massachusetts' budget plan
Boston Herald
... Democratic senators pushed through a “budget” amendment that had nothing to do with the budget but everything to do with crass politics. The amendment would all but establish Massachusetts as a “sanctuary state” — preventing state and local ...
What does the Massachusetts Senate immigration amendment do? MassLive.com

2018-05-25 04:23 EDT

Legalization of sports betting in Massachusetts won't happen in 2018, House Speaker Robert DeLeo says
MassLive.com
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said Wednesday that he does not anticipate taking up sports betting before the current legislative session ends in July. "There are so many questions that have to be answered, and I think that right ...

2018-05-23 15:44 EDT

Peace activists plan anti-nuclear protests in Massachusetts
News & Observer
Massachusetts Peace Action says participants in Sunday's demonstration will stand frozen for two minutes on Battle Green in Lexington. They'll then walk about three miles to the gates of Hanscom Air Force Base to engage in "acts of peaceful, nonviolent ...

2018-05-27 09:22 EDT

More than half of Massachusetts has banned legal pot shops. Seth Moulton says that's a mistake.
Boston.com
Massachusetts is exactly two months away from the day that recreational marijuana will legally be able to be sold. However, the majority of the state's towns have acts to prohibit pot shops from opening within their borders. The Boston Globe reported ...

2018-05-01 16:09 EDT

Gubernatorial candidates Bob Massie, Jay Gonzalez meet with Springfield Democrats
MassLive.com
SPRINGFIELD -- Bob Massie and Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidates running for Massachusetts governor, stopped in Forest Park Saturday to make their pitches to local delegates ahead of next week's state party convention. The candidates, who are ...

2018-05-26 13:59 EDT

Massachusetts judge resigns after suspension for courthouse affair
Reuters
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge who admitted to engaging in repeated sexual encounters including in his courthouse with a social worker announced his resignation on Friday, a day after the state's top court suspended him indefinitely.

2018-05-25 17:27 EDT

A point-counterpoint on millionaire migration patterns
CommonWealth magazine
SULLIVAN: Florida has no income, capital gains, or estate taxes. Florida accounts for nearly half of Massachusetts' out-migration of adjusted gross income at all income levels, yet Young minimizes the state's attraction to millionaires by saying that ...

2018-05-22 17:11 EDT

The MBTA

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2018-05-27 20:29 EDT

MBTA's unfair rail fares need to change
CommonWealth magazine
First, the MBTA should rezone all stations within the city of Boston to Zone 1A. Cities and towns served by the MBTA pay an annual assessment to help the T provide service, and the formula assesses Boston (from funds paid by taxpayers across all Boston ...

2018-05-26 22:44 EDT

3 injured in MBTA bus, car collision on I-93 - The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe
An MBTA bus driver and two passengers were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a bus and car collided on Interstate 93 southbound in Charlestown, ...
6 Injured in MBTA Bus Crash on I-93 in Boston NBC10 Boston
Police: 3 injured when BMW hits MBTA bus on I-93 – Boston News ... Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

2018-05-24 13:37 EDT

Man sought in armed robbery on MBTA bus
WCVB Boston
Transit police are searching for a person in connection with an armed robbery onboard an MBTA bus. The robbery happened on a Route 16 bus at Old Road and Ellington Street in Dorchester on May 11, police said. Advertisement. Officials released a photo ...
Transit police seeking man in connection with MBTA bus armed robbery Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
'Person Of Interest' In Armed Robbery On MBTA Bus: Police Patch.com

2018-05-25 08:51 EDT

The MBTA is giving a big summer discount on weekend commuter ...
The Boston Globe
Looking to boost ridership on a system that typically serves weekday commuters heading to downtown Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ...
The MBTA is offering a summer weekend discount for commuter rail riders Boston.com
'Leisure' MBTA commuter rail, with special $10 summer weekends, starts June 9 MassLive.com
MBTA Offering Special Summer Weekend Rates for Commuter Rail wbsm.com
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2018-05-21 21:52 EDT

'It honestly sounded like gunshots': MBTA train sparks fire during storm
The Boston Globe
As a quick-moving thunderstorm rolled through Boston Wednesday night, an empty MBTA train briefly sparked fire as it pulled through Cleveland Circle Station. The sparks, which were followed by a cloud of smoke, popped loudly, startling some local ...

2018-05-24 00:55 EDT

Sparks Fly From MBTA Train In Cleveland Circle « CBS Boston
CBS Boston
The MBTA is investigating what caused sparks to fly from a train car Wednesday night.
New Green Line Train Hits The Track For Testing: MBTA Patch.com
MBTA investigating cause of sparks seen flying from Green Line trolley car Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

2018-05-24 11:46 EDT

MBTA will offer $10 weekend commuter rail fare this summer ...
Boston.com
The MBTA is offering a special $10 fare that covers unlimited single-weekend travel through all zones on Saturdays and Sundays from June 9 through ...
MBTA Pilots $10 Summer Weekend Commuter Rail Fare WBUR
MBTA offering weekend discount on commuter trains Worcester Telegram
Ticket to Ride: MBTA Weekend $10 Unlimited Commuter Rail NBC10 Boston
CBS Boston / WBZ - WCVB Boston
2018-05-22 16:19 EDT

Weekend MBTA ferry service to return for Memorial Day
The Patriot Ledger
Weekend commuter ferry service between Hingham, Hull, George's Island and Boston will return beginning Saturday, May 26, the MBTA announced Wednesday. The service will operate 14 hourly ferry trips on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day ...

2018-05-23 15:05 EDT

In reversal, MBTA and Charlie Baker seek change in budget rules
The Boston Globe
A state law passed in 2015 required the MBTA to shift hundreds of employees who were paid through the agency's capital budget, which funds repair and construction work, onto its operating budget, which covers the system's day-to-day workings. Under the ...

2018-05-19 14:12 EDT

MBTA Commuter Rail updates app
Wicked Local
BOSTON — Keolis Commuter Services, the MBTA's operating partner for the commuter rail, has announced an updated MBTA Commuter Rail App that includes an easier-to-use interface and several new or improved features. These features include push ...

2018-05-24 13:16 EDT

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2018-05-27 20:29 EDT

Swanzey fire lieutenant dies in scuba diving accident in Massachusetts
The Keene Sentinel
Swanzey Fire Lt. Benjamin Tatro, 36, shown here, died in a scuba diving accident Saturday in Gloucester, Mass. Swanzey Fire Department. 20180527-WEB-Tatro 3. Swanzey Fire Lt. Bejanmin Tatro poses for a photograph with his wife, Sarah. Swanzey Fire ...

2018-05-27 15:22 EDT

Despite challenges, summer travelers expected to boost Massachusetts economy
SouthCoastToday.com
Memorial Day marks one of the most-important times of year for the Massachusetts economy — the unofficial start of summer. Tourism-related spending is on the rise in the Bay State, as travelers in 2016 spent an estimated $20.7 billion. And officials ...

2018-05-27 17:46 EDT

Massachusetts Treasurer Warns of Unclaimed Property Scam
U.S. News & World Report
State Treasurer Deb Goldberg is warning Massachusetts residents to be on the lookout for scammers pretending to have unclaimed property from the state. May 27, 2018, at 2:50 p.m.. Massachusetts Treasurer Warns of Unclaimed Property Scam. Share. ×.

2018-05-27 14:57 EDT

Cigar City Brewing Expands Distribution to Massachusetts, Maryland and Upstate New York
Brewbound.com
CCB has partnered with several wholesalers in the Sheehan Family Companies network to distribute its portfolio of unique ales and lagers in Maryland, Massachusetts and Upstate New York. Kegs and twelve ounce cans of award-winning beers, including ...

2018-05-27 14:00 EDT

Massachusetts woman dies after falling into backyard fire pit
Fox News
A woman died after falling into a fire pit at this home in Worcester, Massachusetts, fire officials said. (Google Street View). A 71-year-old Massachusetts homeowner suffered fatal burns after falling into a fire pit in her backyard, according to ...
Woman Dies After Falling Into Fire Pit: Patch PM Patch.com
Woman Who Fell Into Fire Pit Outside Her Home Dies U.S. News & World Report

2018-05-27 15:51 EDT

Peace Activists Plan Anti-Nuclear Protests in Massachusetts
U.S. News & World Report
Massachusetts Peace Action says participants in Sunday's demonstration will stand frozen for two minutes on Battle Green in Lexington. They'll then walk about three miles to the gates of Hanscom Air Force Base to engage in "acts of peaceful, nonviolent ...

2018-05-27 09:30 EDT

Weighing risks, Massachusetts hedges bet on sports wagering
News & Observer
Massachusetts has plenty to gain or lose as policymakers weigh the state's response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sports betting. After all, the state is home to some of the nation's most ardent sports fans and most successful professional ...

2018-05-26 12:01 EDT

Will legal marijuana put an end to Massachusetts' black market?
MetroWest Daily News
Retail shops that start legally selling cannabis products this summer in Massachusetts will likely find themselves going head-to-head with a formidable and long-established competitor - the black market. Advocates of adult-use marijuana, known also as ...

2018-05-25 21:34 EDT

Massachusetts State Police: 1 Dead in Fiery Crash
NECN
A driver was killed in a fiery crash in Westminster, Massachusetts, overnight Sunday. State police said troopers responded to the scene just after 2:30 a.m. on Route 2 eastbound, which involved a single SUV. The vehicle, a 2007 GMC Yukon, was going ...

2018-05-27 17:02 EDT

Report: 13-year-old boy from Waterbury missing in Massachusetts
WTNH.com (press release)
Massachusetts State Police are searching for a 13-year-old boy from Waterbury who has been reported missing. The child went missing near Mount Washington, Mass., which is near the Connecticut border in western Massachusetts. WesternMassNews.com ...
Massachusetts State Police search for missing 13-year-old hiker in ... MassLive.com

2018-05-26 17:22 EDT

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