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3 hrs ago |

Lack of oversight leads to zombie boards, report says

Massachusetts is failing to properly staff and track hundreds of state boards, committees and commissions, a Senate panel concluded in a new report released Wednesday, resulting in do-nothing zombie boards that never meet while other panels are paralyzed by vacancies.


Related Topix: Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, US Governors

8 hrs ago | ABA Journal

Have you seen a pro se litigant prevail in court? How did they do it?

"The man who represents himself has a fool for a client." It's one of the justice system's oldest maxims.


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12 hrs ago |

Gov. Patrick Signs Mass. Buffer Zone Bill

Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill that tightens security regulations regarding protests and demonstrations at abortion clinics in Massachusetts.


Related Topix: Deval Patrick, US Governors, Abortion, Massachusetts, US News, US Supreme Court

13 hrs ago | WBUR-AM Boston

At 4.9 Percent, Mass. Economic Growth Outpaces U.S. In 2nd Quarter

The state economy grew at an estimated annual rate of 4.9 percent from April to June, topping the nation's 4 percent expansion over the same period, according to two reports out Wednesday.


Related Topix: Massachusetts, Northeastern University

18 hrs ago | KDWN

Couple wants middle names to include a Seamonstera

Sea monsters may exist only in the imagination, but a Massachusetts couple wants to make them part of their names.


Related Topix: Massachusetts, Holyoke, MA

22 hrs ago | Cape Cod Times

Cape Cod weather: It's a beach day

If you're not stuck in the office, today will be a beautiful day for the beach. The skies will be mostly sunny today with highs in the mid 70s, according to the National Weather Service forecast.


Related Topix: Weather, Massachusetts

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Boston Herald

Nucci: Hard lesson learned ... Coakley hits back

In Coakley's 2010 race for U.S. Senate, she was up against then-state Sen. Scott Brown, who was more than willing to attack her, and usually got only a tepid response.


Related Topix: Scott Brown, US News, US Senate, Republican, Massachusetts, Opinion


Mitt Romney endorses incumbent Wyoming governor

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, carried Wyoming better than two-to-one in his loss to President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.


Related Topix: 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics, US News, Mitt Romney, Massachusetts, Barack Obama

The Virginian-Pilot

Wegmans adding four grocery stores in Virginia

Wegmans Food Markets says it plans to add 10 stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions over the next year or two.


Related Topix: Virginia, Virginia Government, Massachusetts

CBS Local

Mass. Lawmakers Eye $40M In Statehouse Repairs

Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the Statehouse.


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Mayor Walsh Says Convicted Probation Dept. Chief John O'Brien...

Former Mass. probation commissioner John O'Brien was convicted of counts of mail fraud, racketeering, and conspiracy, but Boston Mayor Marty Walsh disagrees.


Related Topix: Massachusetts, Weird

CBS Local

Study: Mass. Millennials Tops In Alcohol Spending, No. 2 In Coffee Shop Purchases

A new report on spending by millennials - those ages 18 to 35 - finds that Massachusetts millennials rank No.


Related Topix: Massachusetts, Drink, Coffee

NH Insider

NHDP - ICYMI: Scott Brown's Granite State bust

Scott Brown's much anticipated Granite State brawl with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has turned out to be more of a Granite State bust.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown, Republican, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts, 2012 Presidential Election

Medical News

Tape recording reveals health subsidy 'gotcha moment' for health law architect

Tape-recorded comments made by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber in 2012 are being used by backers of the latest legal challenge to the health law to support the argument that the overhaul's subsidies were not intended to be used by consumers shopping for coverage on the federal exchange.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Massachusetts, Health Insurance, Health, Medicine

Mon Jul 28, 2014

The Hill

McCarthy predicts Senate flip, House GOP gains

Incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has high hopes for the GOP come November, predicting a two to 12 seat gain in the House and an 80 percent chance of the Senate flipping.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Representative Jeff Denham, Republican, US House of Representatives, 2012 Presidential Election, Representative Cory Gardner, Representative David Valadao, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney


Mass. braces for more severe weather

Forecasters say more powerful thunderstorms with strong winds and heavy rain could affect portions of Massachusetts, even as the region cleans up from the latest round of severe storms.


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World Magazine

Massachusetts scrambles to reset abortion center 'buffer zones'

After the U.S. Supreme Court's 9-0 McCullen v. Coakley ruling struck down Massachusetts's abortion center "buffer zone" law in June, the state legislature rushed another, slightly watered-down version through the House last week.


Related Topix: Massachusetts, Abortion, Deval Patrick, US Governors

CBS 3 Springfield

SuperPAC ad heats up Massachusetts governor's race

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is lashing out at rival Steve Grossman after an attack ad released by a SuperPAC supporting Grossman.


Related Topix: Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, US Governors, Holyoke, MA, Springfield, MA


Op-ed: Social Justice Can Cure What Ails Us

As our movement continues to advance, we are learning that equality is not the end game in and of itself.


Related Topix: Transgender, Massachusetts, Gay/Lesbian, Opinion

Sun Jul 27, 2014

Washington Times

Romney would win popular vote in rematch against Obama: CNN poll

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney would win the popular vote if a rematch of the 2012 election against President Obama were held today, a CNN/ORC poll has revealed.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Mitt Romney, Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton