Kirwan to take stand – Fireproofing fell from tunnel ceiling – E. Warren faces Congress – Lantigua’s top aide quits

KIRWAN: Former Patrick budget chief Leslie Kirwan is expected to testify today at the corruption trial of former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi. (AP) There are only ten more prosecution witnesses to go (WBUR), with the last spot set aside for the Governor himself.

TUNNEL TROUBLE: A two-foot piece of fireproofing material fell from the ceiling of the Rt. 90 tunnel last month, the Herald reports. Legislative transportation overseers aren’t happy.

WENT TO A FIGHT AND A HEARING BROKE OUT: The Left’s favorite possible Senate candidate draftee, Elizabeth Warren, had a rough time of it yesterday while defending the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before a Congressional panel (MSNBC). It had all the ingredients that make for a great Congressional hearing: scheduling conflicts, interruptions, accusations of lying, a request to "simmer" and a post-hearing statement from the chair. But she doesn’t rule out running against Scott Brown. (PI)

SINKING: Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua’s chief of staff has quit for "personal reasons." (Eagle Trib.) The Globe spotlights the Lawrence P.D.

Gov. Deval Patricks aide: Salvatore DiMasi insisted on Cognos –
Ex-Patrick budget chief to testify in DiMasi trial – AP:
Witness in former Massachusetts Speaker’s corruption trial told not to mention Salvatore DiMasi in email | AP:
Witness: I Was Told Dont Mention DiMasi In Email | WBUR:

Pols demand probe into Big Dig woes –
Highway officials say foam fell from Big Dig tunnel in Boston last month | AP:

First Read – Warren’s testy day on Capitol Hill:
Warren does not rule out a run – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe –

Local Politicians Say Horse Industry Jobs Are Integral to State – Seekonk, MA Patch:
Mental health advocates back new bill |
State workers to pay more for health benefits – Stateline:
SJC says judge botched murder trial – The Boston Globe:
State hopes to renovate six area dams – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

Lantigua’s chief of staff quits » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :
Lantiguas chief of staff quits for personal reasons – The Boston Globe:
Dwindling police force tries to hold its own in Lawrence – The Boston Globe:

Mass. unions soften approach on health care – The Boston Globe:

Mass. Senate set to launch debate on state budget – AP:

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick helps band bald eagle chicks at Quabbin Reservoir |
Governor to visit Quincy to sign development bill – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:
Patrick says he has not given up on River Works locomotive jobs – Item:

Sen. Brown: Obama can’t dictate Middle East peace – AP:
Biden to visit Boston for brain research launch – AP:
President Obama nominates Springfield native Kathy Kerrigan as U.S. Tax Court judge |

Charlton pitches for casino –
Casino developer expected to hand over cash to start Milford study – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

Final sprint now a marathon in race for at-large council seats – The Boston Globe:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Tentative pact would put teacher raises on hold, save jobs:
MISC.: & other online retailers sever ties in Connecticut over new sales tax law | AP: