Feb. 18, 2011

TOP FIVE:
MassLive.com/Republican: Despite transparency pledge, Deval Patrick administration refuses to name veteran recommended for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home superintendent
DotNews: Withdrawal from Iraq on good track, says Lynch
Enterprise: Under bill, towns would get money from National Grid fines
WBUR:Mounting Problems For Parole Board Head
BBJ:MassHealth bill hits working poor

STATE NEWS:
CW:Mulligan, Heffernan bid for Probation
WBUR:State Lawmakers Meet To Re-Draw Electoral Map
WL:State fixes unemployment benefits
DotNews: Imperiled block grants called key factor in local economy

EDUCATION:
E-Trib: State education chief recommends two new charter schools in Lawrence
Fitchburg S&E: Increase in fees expected at UML

TRANSGENDER WORKERS:
WBUR:Order Bans Transgender Discrimination In Mass.
Globe: Patrick gives protection to transgender state workers – The Boston Globe
Deval Patrick signs bathroom bill, sets off firestorm – BostonHerald.com

HEALTH CARE:
BBJ:Hospitals dodge rate caps in Gov. bill
WBUR:Patricks Health Care Plan Gets Mixed Reaction

SCOTT BROWN:
Sun-Chron:Advocates laud Brown for his ‘courage’
Cape Cod Times: Sen. Brown molested at Cape Cod camp
Sun-Chron:Book details senator’s early adversity

LOCAL HEADLINES:
MetroWest: Bosworth pulls papers for Ashland selectman, says he won’t run

TRANSPORTATION:
CW:The Download: Mass. rail projects to cash in again?
Massport chiefs $459G goodbye – BostonHerald.com

THE FEDS:
DHG: Kerry to visit South Hadley Dems, hold ‘town hall’ in Northampton
AP: John Kerry urges feds to OK loans for Cape Wind project
Globe:Kerry backs Cape Wind application
WGBH: Former GOP congressional candidate Sean Bielat

MISC.:
Herald: Sources: Patrick eyed for Obama re-election campaign post – BostonHerald.com
Koutoujian Feels Prepared For Sheriff Job : Welcome to the Armenian Mirror-Spectator
DotNews: REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Young people of color urged to try political consulting

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
Portland Press Herald: LePage’s Labor Dept. nominee bows out
Concord Monitor: Lynch presents budget to lawmakers
Portland Press Herald: Battle begins on retirement cuts
Portland Press Herald: GOP group that broke campaign law accepts biggest ethics panel fine ever
Portland Press Herald: Finances of energy program questioned

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