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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2018-05-20 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

Free markets, taxes, Mount Ida and Bernie Sanders: 7 takeaways from the Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial ...
MassLive.com
Charlie Baker acknowledges applause as he takes the stage to address the Massachusetts Republican Convention at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., Saturday, April 28, 2018. (Winslow Townson / Associated Press). 1. Both candidates are more eager ...

2018-05-17 18:02 EDT

As I See It: Learning once again that Massachusetts politics is always one-sided
Worcester Telegram
Massachusetts campaign finance law requires politicians accepting political contributions to accurately identify the person making the contribution. Section 10 of Chapter 55 of Massachusetts General Laws makes it a crime for anyone to “make a campaign ...

2018-04-27 03:29 EDT

John Lewis and Other Black Leaders Spurn Black Challenger in Boston
New York Times
“It's important to keep a leader, a fighter, and warrior like Mike Capuano around,” Mr. Lewis said at the event, which was equal parts gospel service and political town hall and held at the same Massachusetts church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr ...

2018-05-19 20:56 EDT

Massachusetts Senate to weigh amendments to $41.4B state budget
WNYT
May 20, 2018 08:06 PM. BOSTON (AP) - Hundreds of amendments have been proposed to a $41.4 billion state budget set to go before the Massachusetts Senate. Debate on the spending plan begins Tuesday and could last several days. Many of the ...

2018-05-20 19:06 EDT

'You are the future change-makers,' Tsongas tells UMass Lowell grads (SLIDESHOW)
Lowell Sun
Considered a pioneer in women's leadership roles in Massachusetts politics, Tsongas spoke of the university's high-profile leadership in innovations and how the school continues to invest in its curriculum, staff and students. But the day was about the ...

2018-05-19 23:19 EDT

Major cuts in income, sales taxes rejected by Massachusetts House
Worcester Telegram
BOSTON - The House rejected a pair of major tax cuts on Monday, including one that may be headed for this year's ballot. Without debate or opposition, the House voted against proposals by Billerica Republican Rep. Marc Lombardo to reduce the sales tax ...

2018-04-23 19:42 EDT

Massachusetts lawmaker accused of choking political rival at restaurant
Boston.com
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has declined to issue a harassment protection order against a state lawmaker accused of choking a political challenger. The Lowell Sun reports the judge on Thursday found there was no sufficient basis to file ...

2018-05-17 10:30 EDT

New chief judge for Massachusetts family court
News & Observer
A new judge has been appointed as chief justice of the state court in Massachusetts that handles family issues, like divorce, custody and child support. Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said Tuesday Judge John D. Casey will serve as Chief Justice ...

2018-05-20 12:47 EDT

Massachusetts' Next Political Leaders Will Face Enormous Challenges
CBS Boston / WBZ
BOSTON (CBS) – “The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” said President John F. Kennedy at his 1961 inaugural. But while there's no doubt that was actually happening back in the 1960's, in modern-day Massachusetts? Not so much.

2018-05-18 23:23 EDT

The MBTA

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2018-05-20 20:29 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

On The Record: Baker and the MBTA - WCVB-TV
WCVB Boston
Will Gov. Baker get credit for progress on the MBTA?

2018-05-20 11:35 EDT

Red Line service resumes after MBTA reopens JFK/UMass Station
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
BOSTON (WHDH) - Red Line service has resumed at JFK/UMass Station after it was temporarily closed Friday morning due to police activity. The MBTA closed down the station around 5:30 a.m., bringing in shuttle buses to replace trains between Andrew and ...
JFK/UMass MBTA Station Reopens After Police Activity NECN
JFK/UMass Station closed as authorities investigate body found ... The Boston Globe
JFK/UMass Station reopens after early-morning police investigation Boston 25 News

2018-05-18 05:57 EDT

See the MBTA's new Orange Line cars take to a test track in Boston
MassLive.com
The doors opened in a smooth "Star Trek" manner and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker stepped out. He posed for pictures outside the shiny new train, a preview of what's coming to the Orange Line and eventually replacing the old cars running since the ...
Boston man arrested for indecent assault on MBTA Orange Line train WCVB Boston
Police: Charlestown man arrested for Orange Line indecent assault Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Indecent Assault On Orange Line, Charlestown Man Arrested: Police Patch.com

2018-05-16 06:33 EDT

Driver Who Slammed Into MBTA Bus in Saugus Dies
NECN
The driver of an SUV that crashed into an MBTA bus in Saugus, Massachusetts on Sunday has died from her injuries. MBTA Transit Police identified 47-year-old grandmother Kathleen Callahan as the driver of the Ford SUV that crashed into the MBTA bus at ...
Six injured, one seriously, after head-on crash between SUV and MBTA bus in Saugus The Boston Globe
Saugus woman dies after her SUV slams into MBTA bus MetroWest Daily News
6 injured in Saugus crash between MBTA bus, car MassLive.com
Daily Item
2018-05-14 09:01 EDT

MBTA's police tower keeping watch over Brockton neighborhood hit by violence
WCVB Boston
Tall brother is watching you. The Enterprise reports the city of Brockton is now borrowing a 30-foot tall surveillance tower from transit police for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, stationing the multi-security camera unit in the ...

2018-05-17 19:48 EDT

The MBTA is worried about a proposal to limit the agency's advertising
The Boston Globe
A fight over advertising on the streets of Boston has escalated to the halls of the Beacon Hill. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is at odds with preservationists and now lawmakers, who are pushing to limit the agency's power to advertise ...

2018-05-09 13:58 EDT

Video: Step inside a new MBTA Orange Line car - Boston.com
Boston.com
Over 150 new Orange Line cars are set to start replacing and expanding the MBTA's current fleet by the end of this year. Click forward to 10:41 in our live video ...
New Orange Line Train Testing Underway: Next Stop Show And Tell ... Patch.com
First look at the first of the new Orange Line trains WCVB Boston
State leaders get tour of new Orange Line trains Boston 25 News

2018-05-15 16:10 EDT

Spider-Man spotted hanging out on MBTA train
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
BOSTON (WHDH) - Those who ride the T on a daily basis probably think they've seen everything. But a costumed superhero hanging upside down inside a subway car probably isn't one of them. That's what Ashley Armstrong ran into when she crossed paths ...

2018-05-16 19:25 EDT

There's an abandoned MBTA tunnel under City Hall Plaza you may get a chance to tour
Boston.com
Beneath the brutalist structure of Boston City Hall is a dusty abandoned train tunnel that was once a part of America's first subway line, the Tremont Street Subway. On May 21, in honor of Preservation Month, 100 people will have the rare opportunity ...

2018-05-16 22:24 EDT

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2018-05-20 20:29 EDT

5 teens involved in fatal Massachusetts crash were high school students
NBC4i.com
EAST BRIDGEWATER, MA (AP) — The teenagers killed in a Massachusetts car crash were identified as high school track team members with a promising future. The five teens, all males, were traveling in one car in East Bridgewater when it crashed into a ...
4 young men killed in rollover crash in Massachusetts Boston Herald
Massachusetts car crash leaves 4 teenagers dead | Fox News Fox News
5 Teens Involved in Fatal Crash Were High School Students U.S. News & World Report
WJHL
2018-05-20 16:56 EDT

Police: Massachusetts man arrested for allegedly hitting dog with baseball bat
Dayton Daily News
A Massachusetts man was arrested Friday for allegedly abusing a dog with a baseball bat. >> Read more trending news · Gregory Ostiguy, 50, of New Bedford, was arrested by Dartmouth Police and charged with animal cruelty. Police responded to a report of ...

2018-05-20 09:42 EDT

New chief judge for Massachusetts family court
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — A new judge has been appointed as chief justice of the state court in Massachusetts that handles family issues, like divorce, custody and child support. Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said Tuesday Judge John D. Casey will serve as ...

2018-05-20 13:51 EDT

Massachusetts to clear hurdle to first offshore wind farm
New Haven Register
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is set to clear another hurdle on the path to its first offshore wind farm. Wednesday is the deadline to announce which of three proposed wind projects can move forward. In 2016, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a ...

2018-05-20 14:31 EDT

CBC endorses Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic primary ...
Politico
The CBC delivered a critical endorsement to the veteran Massachusetts congressman in a Democratic primary in which race has served as the backdrop.

2018-05-18 12:14 EDT

Parents of Slain Student Accept Diploma on His Behalf
U.S. News & World Report
Parents of Slain Student Accept Diploma on His Behalf. The parents of a young man killed by gunfire have accepted a diploma on his behalf from a Massachusetts university. May 20, 2018, at 4:44 p.m.. Parents of Slain Student Accept Diploma on His Behalf.

2018-05-20 16:52 EDT

These were the top baby names in Massachusetts last year
The Boston Globe
If you live in New England, you might be meeting a lot of Emmas and Benjamins soon. The top baby names in Massachusetts in 2017 largely reflected national trends, as 393 babies in the Bay State were named Emma and 492 tykes were dubbed Benjamin, ...

2018-05-17 13:52 EDT

Gag rule impacts Massachusetts
CommonWealth magazine
In Massachusetts, we view abortion rights as settled law, though acknowledging that there are still pockets of deep opposition. The debate over abortion rights rarely rises to an issue in federal or local races here because state law is so firm on a ...
Trump Administration to Tie Health Facilities' Funding to Abortion Restrictions New York Times
Trump targets Planned Parenthood, family planning services with new abortion rule NBCNews.com

2018-05-18 11:25 EDT

With aging prison population, Massachusetts looks to possible cost-saving, compassionate fix
The Boston Globe
GARDNER — Beyond the barbed wire of a state prison, down a dirt road marked with “no trespassing” signs, lies a hill dotted with PVC-pipe crosses marking the graves of nearly 90 inmates. The makeshift crosses in this state-owned cemetery bear no names ...

2018-05-20 20:06 EDT

4 teens die in Saturday crash in Massachusetts
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
4 teens die in Saturday crash in Massachusetts(1:20). Invisible placeholder. Four teens died Saturday in a single vehicle crash in Massachusetts. One of those in the vehicle survived. Related Content. NY police: 25 hospitalized by synthetic marijuana ...

2018-05-20 06:07 EDT

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