Dec. 30, 2010

TOP FIVE:
WL:Massachustts lawmakers poised to renew the casino battle in 2011
Cape Cod Times: State to slash carbon emissions
BBJ:Culver leaving MassDevelopment
Lowell Sun: Bill would protect children in sex-trade industry
Herald: Activists stunned by ouster of veterans’ services boss

LEGISLATURE:
Republican:Agencies and consumers seek continued state aid
Falzone reflects back on 10 years in office
Globe: Donald Wong poised to become one of first Asian-Americans in Mass. Legislature – The Boston Globe

STORM:
Herald: Supreme Judicial Court homes: slippery slope – BostonHerald.com
Globe:Lawmakers seek aid for Scituate

EMISSIONS:
Globe:State sets tougher limits on emissions
MHT:Bowles mandates max gas emission cuts; sees jobs creation
AP:Clean energy plan detailed

MASS DEV:
Globe: Patrick forces out MassDevelopment head – The Boston Globe
MassDevelopment czar steps down
Banker & Tradesman:Culver To Leave MassDevelopment After Seven Years As President, CEO

STATE HEADLINES:
AP:Texting trolley driver admits guilt in Mass. crash
Worcester T&G:State covers roof repairs
Globe:No easy fix found for bullying

COURTS AND JUDICIAL:
AP:Closing of about 12 district courts on hold
AP:DA: We were never told of parole hearing
Dorchester Reporter: Wilkerson sentencing set for Jan. 6; new testimony aired
Worcester T&G:High-profile prosecutor to join Worcester DA Early’s office

LIFE SCIENCES:
MHT:Genzyme cuts lobbying expenses
MetroWest: Seven MetroWest companies part of state life science grant handout\

SHERIFFS:
Salem News: AG declines to act on ethics complaint filed against sheriff
Eagle:Bowler will be sworn in as sheriff on Wednesday

MISC.:
Sun-Chron:Is state most violent in region?
Noreaster? The Globe caves, follows the crowd | Dorchester Reporter
AP:College begins work on biomass plant
AP:Postal Service faces safety fines for Mass. center
Taunton Gaz.:State OKs full regionalization of Lakeville-Freetown schools

REGIONAL:
Brattleboro Reformer:Brattleboro quits energy program
Concord Monitor: GOP leaders seek State House gun ban repeal
Projo: Chafee to retain his spokesman
Gov.-Elect Malloy Names Sullivan To Lead State Tax Office

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Dec., 29, 2010

TOP FIVE:
Patriot Ledger: Massachustts lawmakers poised to renew the casino battle in 2011 – Quincy , MA – The Patriot Ledger
Cape Cod Times: New offshore wind farm leases in sight
Globe:Patrick bumps veterans secretary
Herald :Republicans defend party chairwoman
Worcester T&G:Durant-Alicea showdown

LEGISLATURE:
MetroWest: Supporters seek expansion of bottle bill in 2011
Cape Cod Times: Travel expense riles new Cape rep

SNOW:
AP:Cost of battling weekend storm tops $14M in Mass.
Worcester T&G:Court shifts liability

ENERGY:
Globe:More wind farms may be built off coast
MetroWest: Wayland resident named undersecretary for energy

VETERANS:
Republican:Western Massachusetts veterans agents report surge in applications for benefits

MIDDLESEX SHERIFF:
MetroWest: Middlesex sheriff announcement could come tomorrow – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News
DiPaola Successor Likely Named By Week’s End – Belmont, MA Patch

STATE HEADLINES:
Globe:At Probation, new chief keeps focus on future
AP:Outgoing Hampden DA to join law firm
AP:Fund-raiser seeks dismissal of charges
AP: Mass. court closings delayed

THE FEDS:
Herald: Brown tops U.S. Senators in popularity

TRANSPORTATION:
Worcester T&G:’Quiet car’ coming
Lowell Sun: Texting law yields few citations

FAREWELLS:
Republican:Outgoing Hampden DA William Bennett says after 20 years, victims and families still want 1 thing: swift justice

COURTS:
Republican:Legal guidance sought over Springfield City Councilor-elect Amaad I. Rivera’s residency
Republican:Juvenile Court Judge James Collins to head Massachusetts Judges Conference

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Dianne Wilkerson’s son mulls council run
Globe:Menino undergoes surgery on right knee
Republican:Proposed Springfield home rule bill would hike illegal dumping fines
Republican:Mayor Domenic Sarno seeks public input on Springfield draft 4-year strategic action plan
Seekonk candidates form election year alliance

REGION:
Nancy Wyman: A Liberal Democrat With Bipartisan Support
Projo: Lynch, Cicilline launch drive to aid family of the late Providence city solicitor and help reduce his campaign debt
AP: Caught driving drunk, official tries ‘reputational restoration’
AP: Incoming GOP may turn new laws around quickly
AP: Proposed NH law would let bars advertise ‘Happy Hours’

Dec., 28, 2010

TOP FIVE:
MHT:Bowles leans toward energy efficiency startup
CW:The Download: Mass inequality
The Phoenix: The Great Probation Scandal
Sun-Chron:Timilty: Unite Attleboro district
Ledger: Challenges to Quinn bill funding head to state supreme court

STATE HEADLINES:
Globe:Hearing set on Duffly nomination to SJC
AP :Activists protest Patricks plan for immigration checks
Globe:Audit finds ticket cashers remain problem for State Lottery
Herald: Congress seat loss may not mean money cut
AP:Smith & Wesson gets tax incentives, will add jobs
Lowell Sun: GOP reps pitch tax credit for buying in Mass.
Salem News: Benefits for jobless cut in the state

WILKERSON:
Herald: Developer: I gave $10G to Dianne Wilkerson
WBUR:Prosecutors Push For Higher Sentence For Ex-State Senator
Globe:Hearing sets stage to sentence Wilkerson

TRANSPORTATION:
Globe:Two lawyers named to Massport board

EDUCATION:
MHT:Mass. to set up Video Game Institute at Becker College
Dorchester Reporter: Section of concrete falls from UMass-Boston substructure ceiling; space unused, no one hurt

LIFE SCIENCES:
Cape Cod Times: University mulls nixing biotech project
CW:Life science firms get $24m in tax credits

TRANSPORTATION:
Worcester T&G:Angelini named to Massport post
Worcester T&G:State OKs CSX project

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Globe:North Reading told to fund officers Quinn bill raises
Republican:Holyoke Councilor John O’Neill faults lack of openness of Mayor Elaine Pluta’s police chief search committee
Worcester T&G:Unions accept cuts to health benefits
Fitchburg S&E: DA: Officers justified in fatal shooting
E-Trib: Lawrence mayor takes hard-line on special police patrols
Taunton Gaz.:Swansea selectmen propose Waterfront Revitalization Committee
Taunton Gaz.:Kerry, Brown, Lynch announce grant to Bridgewater Fire Department

REGIONAL:
Globe:Governor opts not to mandate school cuts
Portland Press Herald: LePage sells Waterville home, prepares for big move to Augusta | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Herald: State: No Nstar merger without Cape Wind deal – BostonHerald.com
Tierney optimistic that 6th District will survive redistricting » Local News » NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA
Portland Press Herald: LePage preparing to move into Blaine House
Courant: Malloy Taps DeFronzo To Lead Department Of Administrative Services
Brattleboro Reformer:Vt. school districts to get federal funds
Concord Monitor: State rep: Exhume Lewis

Dec. 23, 2010

TOP FIVE:
MHT:Bowles leans toward energy efficiency startup
CW:The Download: Mass inequality
The Phoenix: The Great Probation Scandal
Sun-Chron:Timilty: Unite Attleboro district
Ledger: Challenges to Quinn bill funding head to state supreme court

STATE HEADLINES:
Globe:Hearing set on Duffly nomination to SJC
AP :Activists protest Patricks plan for immigration checks
Globe:Audit finds ticket cashers remain problem for State Lottery
Herald: Congress seat loss may not mean money cut
AP:Smith & Wesson gets tax incentives, will add jobs
Lowell Sun: GOP reps pitch tax credit for buying in Mass.
Salem News: Benefits for jobless cut in the state

WILKERSON:
Herald: Developer: I gave $10G to Dianne Wilkerson
WBUR:Prosecutors Push For Higher Sentence For Ex-State Senator
Globe:Hearing sets stage to sentence Wilkerson

TRANSPORTATION:
Globe:Two lawyers named to Massport board

EDUCATION:
MHT:Mass. to set up Video Game Institute at Becker College
Dorchester Reporter: Section of concrete falls from UMass-Boston substructure ceiling; space unused, no one hurt

LIFE SCIENCES:
Cape Cod Times: University mulls nixing biotech project
CW:Life science firms get $24m in tax credits

TRANSPORTATION:
Worcester T&G:Angelini named to Massport post
Worcester T&G:State OKs CSX project

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Globe:North Reading told to fund officers Quinn bill raises
Republican:Holyoke Councilor John O’Neill faults lack of openness of Mayor Elaine Pluta’s police chief search committee
Worcester T&G:Unions accept cuts to health benefits
Fitchburg S&E: DA: Officers justified in fatal shooting
E-Trib: Lawrence mayor takes hard-line on special police patrols
Taunton Gaz.:Swansea selectmen propose Waterfront Revitalization Committee
Taunton Gaz.:Kerry, Brown, Lynch announce grant to Bridgewater Fire Department

REGIONAL:
Globe:Governor opts not to mandate school cuts
Portland Press Herald: LePage sells Waterville home, prepares for big move to Augusta | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Herald: State: No Nstar merger without Cape Wind deal – BostonHerald.com
Tierney optimistic that 6th District will survive redistricting » Local News » NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA
Portland Press Herald: LePage preparing to move into Blaine House
Courant: Malloy Taps DeFronzo To Lead Department Of Administrative Services
Brattleboro Reformer:Vt. school districts to get federal funds
Concord Monitor: State rep: Exhume Lewis

Dec. 22, 2010

TOP FIVE:
E-Trib: Lost Congressional seat sets off scramble
WBUR:Expert: Reapportionment Process Can Be Messy, Confusing
Item: Tierney’s hold on Sixth District seat seen as weak
WBUR:Patrick Picks Duffly For Supreme Judicial Court
Cape Cod Times: Appeals court blocks Fall River’s casino deal

REDISTRICTING:
AP:Patrick: Mass. will still have clout in US House
Worcester T&G:Redistricting battle looms in House
Cape Cod Times: Bay State to lose seat in Congress
Pols cast wary eye on plan to redistrict – BostonHerald.com
WBUR:After Losing 1 Congressional Seat, Mass. Legislature Considers Who Goes
Eagle:State loses clout in D.C. – Berkshire Eagle Online
Globe:Census costs Mass. a seat, influence on Capitol Hill
Salem News: Tierney optimistic his district will survive redistricting
Republican:Western Massachusetts lawmakers ready to fight to retain 2 congressional seats
Globe: Mass. delegation begins playing a game of survival – The Boston Globe
Fall River Herald News: Barney Frank, Jim McGovern say it’s too early to plan for lost House seat – Fall River, MA – The Herald News
Herald: State loses congressional seat in new Census

DUFFLY:
AP:Patrick picks Duffly for Supreme Judicial Court
AP: Gov. Deval Patrick chooses his fourth justice
Globe:Patrick looks for another SJC first

STATE NEWS:
Republican:Smith & Wesson to save $6 million in Massachusetts corporate taxes in exchange for moving 225 jobs from New Hampshire
Eagle:Verizon ordered to improve wired service in Western Mass.
Lowell Sun: Middlesex deputy DA appointed as federal judge
Sun-Chron:Unemployment rises as more seek work
Globe:SJC cites homeless plight in sex offenders GPS case
Decking the halls – BostonHerald.com

EDUCATION:
AP:Union boss defends teachers at troubled R.I. school
Globe:Probation is lifted for Gloucester arts charter school
WBUR:Union President: Teacher Pay Should Be Based On Observation, Practice

ENVIRONMENT:
BBJ:Evergreen Solar to offer longer warranty
BBJ:First Wind seeks $300M in private funding

THE FEDS:
Sun-Chron:Brown backs Obama on nuclear treaty
CW:The Download: Senator Zelig

WILKERSON:
AP:Pre-Sentencing Hearing For Ex-Mass. State Senator

GAMBLING:
Taunton Gaz.:Injunction upheld against Fall River casino land deal

LIFE SCIENCES:
MHT:Investors eye shift in Boston life sciences funding
MHT:Federal grants boost several Mass. diabetes-focused companies

REGIONAL:
AP:NH leads New England in population growth
Portland Press Herald: Sitting legislator from Penobscot County dies
Portland Press Herald: Friends, relatives gather in Orono to honor outgoing governor
Portland Press Herald: The Maine count is in: Population grew 4.2%
Portland Press Herald: House approves bill to beef up food safety
AP: Ex-Rep. Mann dies; recalled for Watergate work
AP:Northeast places last in nation for growth
Brattleboro Reformer:Congress OKs heating funds

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Patch: Governor Signs Bill Allowing City To Tap Mount Hood To Build Athletic Fields
Patch: Man Without Pants Arrested on Mt. Vernon Street
Patch: Boston Property Tax Bills Rise
Patch: U.S. Census Revealed, Information Will Affect Federal Aid to Dedham
Sun-Chron:Special city election pushed back to April 26
Worcester T&G:Councilor: City can’t give retirees a raise
Republican:Confusion rules as Holyoke City Council tries to sort out rules for filling tax collector job — which currently isn’t vacant
Worcester T&G:Businesses to get tax break

Dec. 21, 2010

TOP FIVE:
Republican:Ceremony becomes spirited as Springfield native Roderick Ireland sworn in as first black Chief Justice of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Patriot Ledger: Quincy council gives big sendoff to Delahunt
Republican:Western Massachusetts residents unload on Patrick official about looming budget deficit
Herald: North Shore lawmaker vows to serve state, country
CW:The governor’s transition

IRELAND:
Globe:Ireland vows to increase transparency
Herald: Chief justice makes history
AP:Patrick, Ireland note race as SJC chief sworn-in

REDISTRICTING:
AP :Mass. eyes possible loss of congressional seat
Globe:Bay State politicians await census
Eagle:Redistricting raises concern – Berkshire Eagle Online

STATE HEADLINES:
Salem News: State set to honor a local firefighter for act of heroism
Globe:Born in Boston, growing in Calif.
WBUR:On Beacon Hill, Political Scandals Abound
AP:State: Hundreds of ATMs in Mass. unregistered

THE FEDS:
AP:Scott Brown says he’ll support new nuclear arms treaty with Russia
AP:Senate backs Kerry bill to outlaw "shark finning"

TITO:
AP:Ex-Patrick aide running for Turner’s council seat
Globe:Tito Jackson set sights on City Council seat

ENVIRONMENT:
Globe:Mass. utility launches 3 new solar power plants

HEALTH CARE:
Globe:2 states probe use of models to lure marrow donors
MHT:Casenet takes in $8.4M for healthcare software

EDUCATION:
Globe:Teachers would tie own rating to MCAS
Globe:After 4 decades, Harvard opens door to ROTC
Taunton Gaz.:State backs $30M school project

LOCAL NEWS:
Cape Cod Times: Recall petitions due to town clerk today
Cape Cod Times: Falmouth Chief’s raise draws ire
WBUR:Reclaiming The Glory Of Washington Streets Past
Patch: Town Manager, Town Clerk to Look into Recall Process

REGIONAL:
Brattleboro Reformer:Vt. gets $10M in health grants
Portland Press Herald: Governors’ promises face reality check
Projo: Time running out on judicial nominee
Courant: Wanted: One State House Seat For Windsor
Courant: Many On Left Cut Lieberman Some Slack For Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Battle ­ But Not Too Much
Courant: Democrats May Turn To Gerratana For Senate

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TOP FIVE:
Republican:Ceremony becomes spirited as Springfield native Roderick Ireland sworn in as first black Chief Justice of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Patriot Ledger: Quincy council gives big sendoff to Delahunt
Republican:Western Massachusetts residents unload on Patrick official about looming budget deficit
Herald: North Shore lawmaker vows to serve state, country
CW:The governor’s transition

IRELAND:
Globe:Ireland vows to increase transparency
Herald: Chief justice makes history
AP:Patrick, Ireland note race as SJC chief sworn-in

REDISTRICTING:
AP :Mass. eyes possible loss of congressional seat
Globe:Bay State politicians await census
Eagle:Redistricting raises concern – Berkshire Eagle Online

STATE HEADLINES:
Salem News: State set to honor a local firefighter for act of heroism
Globe:Born in Boston, growing in Calif.
WBUR:On Beacon Hill, Political Scandals Abound
AP:State: Hundreds of ATMs in Mass. unregistered

THE FEDS:
AP:Scott Brown says he’ll support new nuclear arms treaty with Russia
AP:Senate backs Kerry bill to outlaw "shark finning"

TITO:
AP:Ex-Patrick aide running for Turner’s council seat
Globe:Tito Jackson set sights on City Council seat

ENVIRONMENT:
Globe:Mass. utility launches 3 new solar power plants

HEALTH CARE:
Globe:2 states probe use of models to lure marrow donors
MHT:Casenet takes in $8.4M for healthcare software

EDUCATION:
Globe:Teachers would tie own rating to MCAS
Globe:After 4 decades, Harvard opens door to ROTC
Taunton Gaz.:State backs $30M school project

LOCAL NEWS:
Cape Cod Times: Recall petitions due to town clerk today
Cape Cod Times: Falmouth Chief’s raise draws ire
WBUR:Reclaiming The Glory Of Washington Streets Past
Patch: Town Manager, Town Clerk to Look into Recall Process

REGIONAL:
Brattleboro Reformer:Vt. gets $10M in health grants
Portland Press Herald: Governors’ promises face reality check
Projo: Time running out on judicial nominee
Courant: Wanted: One State House Seat For Windsor
Courant: Many On Left Cut Lieberman Some Slack For Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Battle ­ But Not Too Much
Courant: Democrats May Turn To Gerratana For Senate