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.

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2018-03-20 07:29 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 ...
Facebook's Role in Data Misuse Sets Off Storms on Two Continents New York Times
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 - The Guardian
2018-03-18 09:13 EDT

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

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

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

Mayor Fires Back After Trump Blames Mass. City for NH Opioids
Mayor Dan Rivera of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is speaking out against Donald Trump after the president blamed his city for the opioid problem in New Hampshire. (Published 40 minutes ago). President Donald Trump singled out the city of Lawrence ...
WATCH: Trump says US 'must get tough' with drug dealers in opioid crisis PBS NewsHour
What to know about Donald Trump's visit to New Hampshire on Monday
In visit to NH, Trump to announce opioid plan including death penalty The Boston Globe

2018-03-20 00:01 EDT

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declines to weigh in on President Donald Trump's death penalty proposal for drug ...
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, on Monday declined to weigh in on President Donald Trump's proposal to allow the death penalty for drug traffickers. "I'd rather see the details on this. I don't know what the limits or the elements of ...

2018-03-19 16:58 EDT

Gov. Charlie Baker defends Massachusetts Revenue Department hiring practices
Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday defended the hiring practices at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue after a Boston Globe story reported that the state's former revenue chief hired several of his neighbors and friends. The Globe reported that now ...

2018-03-19 16:44 EDT

Satire is more relevant than ever
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
The year is 2018, and John Oliver, a British comedian, is arguably the most influential investigative journalist in the country. Satirical news coverage born from Comedy Central has taken over American politics. Ask any University of Massachusetts ...

2018-03-20 00:04 EDT


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2018-03-20 07:29 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

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

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

'Smooth as possible': MBTA's true test today as commuters back at it
Boston Herald
“Thank you @MBTA employees for getting us nurses & hospital workers home safely today! #LongwoodMedicalArea #Rte65,” tweeted @agent_merry. The system can hardly afford to take a victory lap, however, especially with most commuters either having taken ...
MBTA tells commuters to plan for 'regular' schedule Wednesday WCVB Boston

2018-03-14 00:05 EDT

MBTA will be on an 'extremely reduced schedule' during Tuesday's storm
The Boston Globe
... an “extremely reduced schedule,” which means trains will run about half as often as usual. The T will post schedules for each of the various commuter lines on its website, and also plans to distribute them Monday evening at its main stations. MBTA ...

2018-03-12 22:22 EDT

Darkness prevails over MBTA Wi-Fi project | Regional News ...
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

2018-03-15 07:36 EDT

The T's storm performance, by the numbers
The Boston Globe
The MBTA returned to a normal schedule the day after the storm. State officials, including Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, have said they view the system's recovery after a storm as the most crucial test, remembering that the 2015 storms ...

2018-03-16 15:17 EDT

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2018-03-20 07:29 EDT

REAL ID Act Complicates Inspections and Licenses in Massachusetts
Big changes at the RMV starting Friday will mean changes for Massachusetts drivers trying to get vehicles inspected or renew their driver's licenses.
Massachusetts RMV to start offering Real ID on Monday | masslive ...
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Closed March 23-24-25

2018-03-19 16:29 EDT

Marijuana businesses face bans across Massachusetts
The Cannabist
BOSTON — Marijuana companies will be banned from most Massachusetts municipalities when recreational sales begin this summer. The Boston Globe reports that a review of the state's 351 cities and towns shows at least 189 have barred retail marijuana ...

2018-03-19 13:15 EDT

Trump targets Massachusetts sanctuary city as source of opioid problem
WCVB Boston
Most of those interviewed in the study said the principal suppliers of fentanyl in New England are based in the Massachusetts cities of Lawrence and Lowell. “ICE recently arrested 15 MS-13 gang members. These are not good people folks. These are bad ...
Donald Trump blamed two Massachusetts cities for New Hampshire's opioid problem. Their mayors shot back.
Mayor Fires Back After Trump Blames Mass. City for NH Opioids NECN

2018-03-19 18:26 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 ...
Massachusetts says to probe Facebook, Cambridge Analytica Reuters
Massachusetts launches probe into Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook data The Hill
Massachusetts attorney general to investigate Facebook, data firm KCRA Sacramento
NECN - New York Times - Facebook Newsroom - The Guardian
2018-03-18 09:13 EDT

Federal energy regulators back Massachusetts attorney general on rate cuts tied to Trump tax bill
Energy regulators in Washington have acknowledged that corporate tax cuts should be passed on to local utility customers, backing a coalition of state ratepayer advocates led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. The Federal Energy Regulatory ...

2018-03-19 13:21 EDT

Gavel Drop: Judge Says Massachusetts Has No Case Against Birth Control Exemptions
U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton tossed out a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey challenging the Trump administration's decision to expand exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit. Gorton ruled ...

2018-03-19 18:48 EDT

Report: Massachusetts solar capacity increased 30 percent in 2017 ...
BOSTON -- Massachusetts in February surpassed 2,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity -- enough to power around 328,000 homes -- and now nearly 8 percent of the state's electricity is powered by the sun. That's according to a recent market insight ...

2018-03-19 10:08 EDT

Legislative Update: Maryland's Reform on Tap Act Dies ...
Attempts to reform Maryland's alcoholic beverage laws died Friday in a House committee as lawmakers voted 17-4 to reject Comptroller Peter Franchot's Reform on Tap Act, the Baltimore Sun reported. Franchot, the state's top alcohol regulator, had ...

2018-03-19 16:49 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 ...
6 maps predicting how much snow the nor'easter will bring Wednesday into Thursday

2018-03-20 07:03 EDT

Massachusetts dispensary creates THC-infused lip balm
Daily Free Press (blog)
Marijuana dispensaries are constantly looking for new and inventive products to separate themselves from their competitors. Ermont, a Quincy-based dispensary, has done just that with their newest product, a THC-infused lip balm. Known for their unique ...

2018-03-19 22:28 EDT

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