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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Massachusetts Voters Want to Keep Pot Taxes Down
HIGH TIMES
Proponents of Question 4, like Jim Borghesani, spokesperson for Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts, say that by keeping taxes relatively low, more consumers will choose to buy pot from legal outlets rather than on the black ...

2016-09-21 14:07 EDT

'Taxachusetts': Ballot question calls for lower taxes for Massachusetts marijuana
The Cannabist
The proposal to legalize small amounts of recreational Massachusetts marijuana for adults calls for a tax rate on pot sales that would be lower than states that have previously legalized the drug. Pictured: A customer holds a sample jar at Amazon ...

2016-09-19 09:27 EDT

Ballot question calls for lower pot taxes in Massachusetts than other states
WMUR Manchester
"If this passes in Massachusetts, the Legislature is going to want to have some serious discussion about marijuana taxes as soon as possible," said Kilmer, who has advised other states on issues surrounding legalization, but takes no position on ...

2016-09-17 13:33 EDT

Most Massachusetts legislative candidates running unopposed
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — Candidates in a majority of Statehouse races in Massachusetts are facing no opposition on the November ballot. Of the 160 seats up for grabs in the Massachusetts House, candidates in 116 of the races are unopposed. That's about 72 ...

2016-09-26 05:01 EDT

Massachusetts court: Black man fleeing police does not signify guilt
KCCI Des Moines
Matthew Segal, the legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, says that the police and prosecutors invited the data into the discussions because they are the ones who asserted that flight was automatically suspicious. The ACLU used the same ...
Massachusetts Court Rules Black Men May Have Good Reason To Flee Police Huffington Post
SJC 11956 - Mass.Gov Mass.Gov
Mass. High Court Says Black Men May Have Legitimate Reason To Flee Police WBUR
ACLU of Massachusetts - BPDNews.com - The Boston Globe
2016-09-22 15:57 EDT

Clinton raises $13.5M in Massachusetts; Trump raises $1M
WCVB Boston
Nigel Parry/CNN. BOSTON —Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is continuing to rake in hefty donations from Massachusetts supporters. ... Contributions in Massachusetts to Democratic candidates have far outpaced donations to Republicans.

2016-09-21 15:19 EDT

Support for legal marijuana in Massachusetts losing steam?
WCVB Boston
Proponents claim it would eliminate the unregulated market now serving 800,000 people in Massachusetts. "If you take that market away from the criminals, put it in a regulated market that pays taxes and sells a tested product, then it's a public safety ...

2016-09-13 18:35 EDT

Race heating up to become next Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman
MassLive.com
Kerrigan also has a long history in politics. He spent a decade working for Ted Kennedy. He spent four years as chief of staff for Massachusetts attorney general Thomas Reilly, worked on the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, then became ...

2016-09-26 12:55 EDT

DeLeo wants to hear from economists on taxes
Worcester Telegram
BOSTON - With tax revenue growth falling short of levels needed to meet spending demands, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said over the weekend that he wants to hear from economists before rendering an updated opinion on higher taxes. DeLeo's opinion on tax ...

2016-09-26 17:36 EDT

Trump campaign opens Massachusetts HQ
WCVB Boston
Trump's campaign chairman for Massachusetts, Vince DeVito, encouraged supporters to volunteer during the final 60 days before the general election. "We have to take people to the polls and get them there," DeVito told the crowd. A recent Ipsos poll of ...

2016-09-10 19:16 EDT

The MBTA

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Could the MBTA run overnight bus routes? Some advocates say yes ...
The Boston Globe
A transit advocacy group is calling on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to run eight overnight bus routes in the Boston area to compensate for the ...

2016-09-27 01:15 EDT

MBTA bus passenger threatens Transit Police officers with pitbull ...
The Boston Globe
Johnny Sadm. An MBTA bus passenger in Revere allegedly threatened Transit Police officers with a pit bull dog whose aggressive behavior had led fellow ...
MBTA police union: We'll consider body cameras | Mass Transit MassTransitMag.com (press release) (registration) (blog)
Dorchester man arrested after allegedly threatening transit cops with ... Metro.us
Bus Rider Allegedly Threatens Officers With Pit Bull - Boston, MA ... Patch.com

2016-09-26 11:05 EDT

LePage says state agency underbid on $19 million contract to refurbish MBTA buses
Press Herald
“The MMA has not notified the MBTA of any action related to the contract,” Jeo Pesaturo, a spokesman for the MBTA said by email Friday night. Susan Faloon, a spokeswoman with the Maine Emergency Management Agency, which is also part of the ...

2016-09-23 23:37 EDT

MBTA more than 'people mover,' says authority's new real estate manager
Metro.us
The MBTA sees the “corridor” extending well beyond the vicinity of its train stations. It assesses the impact it can make on real estate contiguous to a train line or bus route. By focusing on that space as a viable option for development, the T ...

2016-09-26 05:02 EDT

T could pour hundreds of millions into boosting Red Line capacity
The Boston Globe
Jeffrey Gonneville, chief operating officer of the MBTA, told the agency's fiscal control board Monday that replacing 86 Red Line cars — rather than simply overhauling them — while adding additional vehicles should markedly improve service ...
MBTA Considers Upgrading Full Red Line Fleet To Boost Capacity By 50 Percent WBUR
MBTA proposal could lead to more business for Springfield rail car manufacturer, but no decisions final yet MassLive.com
MBTA COO: New Red Line train cars would increase capacity Boston Herald
My Fox Boston - Wicked Local Brookline - The Daily Progress
2016-09-20 03:18 EDT

New app helps blind riders navigate the MBTA
The Boston Globe
Those “feetof frustration” led staff at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to partner with the MBTA and Raizlabs, a Boston digital app development firm, to develop Blindways, an app that uses crowdsourced directions to identify bus stops ...

2016-09-24 16:27 EDT

New MBTA app assists visually impaired riders
Daily Free Press (subscription)
“The MBTA welcomes any opportunity to strengthen our ability to provide that service.” Boston residents said they support the app because it could improve accessibility to public transportation. Sitting by a bus stop on Boylston Street at Copley Square ...

2016-09-26 00:25 EDT

5 Investigates: MBTA police academy director removed after hazing complaint
WCVB Boston
MBTA Sgt. Danny O'Toole was the Police Academy director, but sources tell 5 Investigates' Kathy Curran that he's being removed after being the subject of a complaint that he repeatedly mistreated a recruit who had a speech disorder in front of the ...

2016-09-21 18:42 EDT

ME: LePage Says State Agency Underbid on $19M Contract to Refurbish MBTA Buses
MassTransitMag.com (press release) (registration) (blog)
Sept. 24--The Maine Military Authority, a state-owned operation in Limestone that specializes in refurbishing vehicles, underbid a $19 million contract, putting at risk as many as 50 jobs and raising the possibility that losses could be passed on to ...
Military official says bus rehab costing more than the contract pays Bangor Daily News
Governor halts Maine Military Authority contract pending more details WAGM

2016-09-26 11:20 EDT

MBTA police union: We'll consider body cameras
Boston Herald
The MBTA police union is open to a discussion of body cameras for its officers, an official said yesterday, a day after the department's superintendent floated the idea of equipping T cops with the devices. “We're currently in negotiations and we think ...

2016-09-24 00:40 EDT

Other News

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Boater missing for a week found alive in raft off Massachusetts
Press Herald
BOSTON — A Vermont man whose boat sank spent seven days adrift on an inflatable life raft before he was rescued off the coast of Massachusetts by a passing freighter, but his still-missing mother was presumed dead, the Coast Guard said Monday.
1 of 2 boaters missing for week found alive off Massachusetts coast, adrift in raft STLtoday.com
After lost at sea for a week, man found alive off Massachusetts coast MassLive.com
Man lost at sea for week found, mum still missing Sky News
Hartford Courant
2016-09-26 11:59 EDT

Massachusetts Police Worker, Family Members ID'd in Fire
ABC News
Authorities have identified a longtime Massachusetts State Police worker killed in a fire over the weekend along with three of his family members, including a 5-year-old. Fire officials say the Greenfield home caught fire early Sunday. Greenfield is ...
Authorities: 1 child, 3 adults dead in house fire Fox News
Massachusetts State Police Employee, 3 Family Members Die in House Fire NECN
Brian Tower, 1 of 4 killed in Greenfield fire, was radio tech for ... MassLive.com

2016-09-26 03:00 EDT

Massachusetts man claims second $1 million prize in 10 months ...
WCVB Boston
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. —A Framingham man has won his second $1 million instant ticket lottery prize in 10 months, becoming the eighth $1 million prize winner ...
Howard Rankin wins second $1 millon on Massachusetts Lottery ... wwlp.com
Framingham Man Wins $1M Lottery Twice in 10 Months Patch.com

2016-09-26 13:05 EDT

USDA recalls beef, veal and bison sold by Central Massachusetts farm
MassLive.com
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recalled red meat sold by a Massachusetts farm after people in four states became infected with E.coli. The bacterium was traced back to beef, veal and bison from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, U.S. Centers ...
Health officials: Multistate E.coli outbreak tied to Massachusetts beef Gloucester Daily Times
Adams Farm Slaughterhouse Recalls Beef, Veal, And Bison Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Adulteration USDA.gov

2016-09-26 10:46 EDT

Massachusetts Ranked Second-Best State for Teachers
Boston magazine (blog)
Massachusetts was ranked the second-best state for teachers in a new report by WalletHub. Massachusetts teachers had the fifth-highest salaries, as well.
Massachusetts No. 2 Place to Be For Teachers: Study - Framingham ... Patch.com
2016's Best & Worst States for Teachers | WalletHub® WalletHub

2016-09-26 09:02 EDT

Most Massachusetts legislative candidates running unopposed
Turn to 10
Of the 160 seats up for grabs in the Massachusetts House, candidates in 116 of the races are unopposed. That's about 72 percent unopposed. There's also little competition in the 40-member Massachusetts Senate, where candidates in 25 races are not ...

2016-09-25 17:34 EDT

Massachusetts to Begin Tollbooth Phase-Out
Government Technology
(TNS) -- Beginning next month, drivers on the Massachusetts Turnpike won't have to fumble for cash or coins to pay tolls or slow down to go through the E-ZPass lane. The state Department of Transportation is replacing dozens of aging toll booths along ...

2016-09-26 17:39 EDT

New ministry finds heart in Massachusetts
Charlotte Observer
Back in the spring, around Easter, the Evanses connected through a mutual friend with Ray Allen, director of missions for the Massachusetts Baptist Association. That organization owns the brick church located at 11 Summer St., in Lanesborough, on the ...

2016-09-26 09:41 EDT

Mass. marijuana doctor should not have lost license, judge says
The Boston Globe
A Massachusetts physician should not have had his medical license suspended for allowing nurse practitioners in his office to certify patients for medical marijuana use, according to a state administrative law judge. Regulators in May suspended the ...

2016-09-26 19:56 EDT

Suicidal Massachusetts woman shot by police for refusing to drop knife
Raw Story
An unnamed Weymouth, MA woman was gunned down by police after she refused to comply with orders to drop a knife. According to Boston's Fox 25 News, Weymouth police were called to a home around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday on reports of a woman with a ...
Woman shot after brandishing knife at officer in Massachusetts ... WMUR Manchester

2016-09-25 17:50 EDT

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