MBTA scammer caught – Lally the salesman – Senate approves court reform

RIDE FOREVER: I guess MBTA staff will be checking out Ebay and Craigslist more often now. A.G. Martha Coakley announced yesterday the state stumbled upon a massive fake Charlie card scam that robbed $5 million from the T. ( Globe, AP, Herald) That’s ten billion more nickels.

: Defense counsel had its opportunity to grill former Cognos salesman and admitted corruption conspirator Joseph Lally yesterday at former Speaker Sal DiMasi’s trial. Lally is a key witness and court-watchers speculate that the defense’s case relies of undermining Lally’s character ( WBUR).

MORE COURT: The Senate voted to approve reformations to the court system and probation department yesterday. ( MassLive, AP, Globe)

DiMASI:
In DiMasi Trial, Lally Keeps His Salesmans Cool | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

LEGISLATURE:
Massachusetts Senate approves changes in probation department | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Senate backs bill to overhaul courts | AP: www.wwlp.com
Massachusetts Senate tackles state job patronage – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Senate plan gives unions more power | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Sen. Eldridge files bill to overhaul state zoning laws – Sudbury, MA – The Sudbury Town Crier: www.wickedlocal.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Alleged ghost pass scheme cost MBTA millions, officials say – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Mass AG: Man reaped millions with fake MBTA passes | AP: www.masslive.com
AG: Scammers fake passes cost T $5M – BostonHerald.com: www.google.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
The Download: The write stuff: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Red Mass Group:: Brown doing the heavy lifting on the fishing industry’s battle v. NOAA : www.redmassgroup.com
Red Mass Group:: Tom Menino: Current Crop of Dems for US Senate Can’t Beat Brown : www.redmassgroup.com
Massachusetts Liberal: So long, it’s been good to know you: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

2012:
Union radio ad faults Sen. Brown on Medicare stand | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Womans rights activist endorses Setti Warren for US Senate | Mass Politics Blog: blogs.wickedlocal.com

PATRICK:
Governor tells Salem State grads to ‘Pass it on’ » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
NH Senate restores funds for disabled | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com
VT Maine lawmakers reject health care study – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
VT Entergy eyes merger deal – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
RI House Endorses Civil Unions For Gay Couples | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

MITT MONITOR:
Romney: Obama ‘threw Israel under the bus’ – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

ENVIRONMENT:
State looks to protect wildlife at crossings – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Evergreen Solar can’t get a break | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

STATE NEWS:
Attorney General fines Assembly Square developer – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal: www.wickedlocal.com
Mass. biz leaders: Corporate sustainability on the rise | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Population changes force redraw of Methuen voter map » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Worcester panels weighs tax deal for cancer center: www.telegram.com
White won’t run for 2nd term – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: m.thesunchronicle.com
Massachusetts’ job market improves, but Pioneer Valley housing is mixed | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

REDISTRICTING:
Group pushes to keep congressional seat | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

MISC.:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Making a pitch for ALS research: www.telegram.com
White House all wet taking Herald out of pool – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

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