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.

DiMASI:
Gov. Deval Patricks aide: Salvatore DiMasi insisted on Cognos – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Ex-Patrick budget chief to testify in DiMasi trial – AP: www.boston.com
Witness in former Massachusetts Speaker’s corruption trial told not to mention Salvatore DiMasi in email | AP: www.masslive.com
Witness: I Was Told Dont Mention DiMasi In Email | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

TRANSPORTATION:
Pols demand probe into Big Dig woes – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com
Highway officials say foam fell from Big Dig tunnel in Boston last month | AP: www.masslive.com

E. WARREN:
First Read – Warren’s testy day on Capitol Hill: firstread.msnbc.msn.com
Warren does not rule out a run – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

STATE NEWS:
Local Politicians Say Horse Industry Jobs Are Integral to State – Seekonk, MA Patch: seekonk.patch.com
Mental health advocates back new bill | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
State workers to pay more for health benefits – Stateline: www.stateline.org
SJC says judge botched murder trial – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com
State hopes to renovate six area dams – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

LANTIGUA/LAWRENCE:
Lantigua’s chief of staff quits » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com
Lantiguas chief of staff quits for personal reasons – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Dwindling police force tries to hold its own in Lawrence – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

HEALTH CARE:
Mass. unions soften approach on health care – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

BUDGET:
Mass. Senate set to launch debate on state budget – AP: www.masslive.com

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

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

GAMBLING:
Charlton pitches for casino – MassLive.com: www.masslive.com
Casino developer expected to hand over cash to start Milford study – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

BOSTON:
Final sprint now a marathon in race for at-large council seats – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

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

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