DiMasi trial could head to jury today – Freshmen Reps causing trouble – The Gov’s email – Tornado cleanup

DiMASI: Catch up on what’s gone down with the DiMasi trial thus far with Glen Johnson’s step-by-step deconstruction of the charges and proceedings. (Globe)

WELCOME, FRESHMEN: The youngsters of the freshman class keep getting themselves in trouble. First, some national lefty media picked up on a few comments made by freshmen Rep. Ryan Fattman in the Telegram’s story on secure communities from last week. Fattman’s reply. Bernstein on the reply (Talking Politics). Then, oh yeah, this happened to Rep. Mark Cusack. (Ledger) I’d link to the Globe’s story too, but there isn’t one.

DEAR SALLY: Joe Battenfeld asks if a FOIA request falls and no one in the Governor’s office hears it, does it make a sound? (Herald)

WE’LL NEVER NEED TO BUY TOOTHPICKS AGAIN: What do you do with vast acres of fallen trees and tornado-wrecked state land? (MassLive) Plus: tornado tweeting.

DiMASI:
DiMasi has gambled life with federal trial – PI: feeds.boston.com
Mass. federal corruption trial heading to jury – AP: feeds.boston.com

TORNADO:
Gov. Patrick requests disaster status; residents briefed on recovery efforts at community meetings in Springfield, Brimfield and Westfield | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Massachusetts conservation officials consider what to do with acres of trees felled by tornadoes | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Social media a communication tool following tornado | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

PATRICK:
Deval Patricks records under lock & key – BostonHerald.com: bostonherald.com.nyud.net

LEGISLATURE:
New state Lyme commission lacks just funds | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
Bill would allow taking video of surgeries – AP: feeds.boston.com

THE FEDS:
Keating tours war zone | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
Back from Middle East, Keating is concerned about Pakistan – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.google.com
Democrats see opportunity in race for Browns Senate seat – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

REDISTRICTING:
MetroWest and Milford could be united for Congress seat – MetroWest: www.metrowestdailynews.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney to face rivals in his first 2012 debate – AP: feeds.boston.com

EDUCATION:
Embattled UMass chancellor demands inquiry into leak – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Meehan: Best way to offset cuts at UML is to up enrollment – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com

LOCAL HEADLINES::
Along with Lantigua probe, Lawrence confronts fiscal, crime struggles – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Lowell’s five-year trend: rising spending, falling state aid – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – City’s advocate at Statehouse: www.telegram.com
North’s Leco heading up state housing group – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

MISC.
States consider relaxing penalties for teen sexting – AP: www.telegram.com
Ex-corrections officer accused of smuggling – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Study says Bay State trails in freedom – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com
Monday Morning Briefing – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Red Mass Group:: Globe Silent on Cusack Sex Scandal : www.redmassgroup.com
Blue Mass Group | Bob DeLeo: He was the Best of Speakers, He was the Worst of Speakers: feedproxy.google.com
The SEAL Team 6 approach to a casino bill | Mass Politics Blog: blogs.wickedlocal.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME Boeing factory fuels political, labor battle | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
ME State House Notebook: It’s not over until it’s over â so when is that? | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
CT E-Mails Show How Plan To Close Rest Areas Collapsed Amid Political Heat – Courant.com: www.courant.com
NH Safety Department cuts split committee | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com

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