DOJ watchdog slams Rachael Rollins in scathing report to Congress
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by Joe Dwinell
6m ago
The DOJ’s top watchdog highlights Rachael Rollins in a scathing report to Congress, saying the ex-U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts was an example of significant misconduct — citing her case in the same sentence as sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide. Right off the top in his introduction, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz calls out Rollins’ resignation in May for an attempt to “influence” the Suffolk DA’s race, “among other things,” as a focus of his policing. It’s a harsh indictment that Horowitz stressed along with a probe into the shoddy “supervision” of pedophile Epstein, who c ..read more
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New England Aquarium treats over 200 hypothermic, cold-stunned sea turtles
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by Grace Zokovitch
10h ago
The New England Aquarium has taken in over 200 hypothermic or cold-stunned sea turtles that have washed up on Massachusetts shores this “stranding season,” Aquarium officials said. “This sea turtle stranding season has gotten off to a later start than the past few years,” said Aquarium Director of Rescue and Rehabilitation Adam Kennedy. “Whether it is 1 or 100 turtles in a given day, our team at the New England Aquarium is ready to help give these turtles the best shot of being returned home.” Turtles began to strand on Cape Cod in early November, and so far this year, Aquarium staffers have t ..read more
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Tax revenue will likely fall short of forecasts by more than half a billion
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by Matthew Medsger
11h ago
After tax takings for 2023 came in $2 billion under the previous year and with the global economy nowhere closer to stability, policymakers did not seem the least bit surprised to learn Massachusetts will likely experience a further revenue downturn this fiscal year. Secretary of Administration and Finance Matthew Gorzkowicz, Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues and House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz held a Fiscal Year 2025 Consensus Revenue Hearing on Monday, when they were told they should expect to begin the next fiscal year with far less cash on hand than originally forec ..read more
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Boston city councilor rejects opposing panel on immigrant rights voting proposal, Republican leader says
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by Gayla Cawley
11h ago
A local Republican leader says a progressive Boston city councilor reneged on her promise to allow a panel of opponents to testify at an upcoming hearing weighing voting rights for immigrants with “legal status” but without full citizenship. Kendra Lara, the city councilor pushing for the policy change, said that’s not the case — her commitment, she said, was to allow time for the opponent to speak during public testimony in the first hour of a Tuesday afternoon Council hearing. The matter stems from an exchange on WBZ NewsRadio’s “Nightside with Dan Rea,” where Lara, a progressive Democrat, w ..read more
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Recession seen unlikely in latest survey
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by Associated Press
11h ago
NEW YORK — Most business economists think the U.S. economy could avoid a recession next year, even if the job market ends up weakening under the weight of high interest rates, according to a survey released Monday. Only 24% of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said they see a recession in 2024 as more likely than not. The 38 surveyed economists come from such organizations as Morgan Stanley, the University of Arkansas and Nationwide. Such predictions imply the belief that the Federal Reserve can pull off the delicate balancing act of slowing the economy jus ..read more
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Heavy snowfall drops tree branches onto power lines, causing outages in New England
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by Associated Press
14h ago
By The Associated Press A storm dropped a mix of rain and snow on parts of New England with some locations recording more than a half-foot (15 centimeters) of snowfall on Monday, knocking out power for tens of thousands of customers and causing slick roads that contributed to a fiery propane truck crash in Vermont. Evacuations were ordered in two communities, including at a pair of schools, after the propane tanker went off the Vermont Route 14 bridge into the Black River in Irasburg and caught fire, state police said. Emergency workers created a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) perimeter around the cra ..read more
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Heavy snowfall hits New England and leaves thousands in the dark in Maine
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by Associated Press
18h ago
By The Associated Press A storm dropped a mix of rain and snow on parts of New England, with some locations recording more than a half-foot (15 centimeters) of snowfall on Monday. More than 25,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Maine as trees and branches laden with heavy, wet snow fell on power lines, officials said. The National Weather Service declared the first winter storm warning of the season for New Hampshire and western Maine. Northernmost Vermont was also under a winter storm warning on Monday. Far northern Maine, also under a warning, already saw heavy snow before ..read more
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Mass. Democrats look to advance controversial budget bill over Republican objections
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by Chris Van Buskirk
20h ago
Representatives trudged back to Beacon Hill Monday to again consider a $3.1 billion budget bill that includes public sector employee raises and emergency shelter funding after Democrats let Republicans block the proposal for three straight days. Democrats, who hold a supermajority in each branch, could call in enough members to overcome a procedural tactic conservatives have used to block the bill over concerns they have with funding for the state’s emergency shelter system. The House gaveled in to session at 10 a.m. and immediately recessed until 11:30 a.m. Neither party in the House schedule ..read more
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Boston City Council looks to ban the sale of guinea pigs at pet shops
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by Lance Reynolds
1d ago
With guinea pigs reportedly being surrendered more than ever, the Boston City Council is looking to do all it can to ensure the small critters are receiving the best care possible. That’s the focus behind a proposed ordinance in front of council that looks to ban the sale of guinea pigs in pet shops across the city. The council’s Committee on Government Operations is set to hear feedback from animal welfare leaders and advocates on Monday regarding the proposal, filed by Councilor Liz Breadon this past March. City officials enacted a “pet shop” ordinance in 2016, prohibiting the sale of dogs ..read more
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Snow possible Wednesday, according to NWS, with chilly days ahead
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by Matthew Medsger
2d ago
The first week of December may bring the first real snow storm of the season to the Boston region, according to the National Weather Service. Cold weather overnight Tuesday into Wednesday paired with predicted precipitation could leave about an inch of snow on the ground by the time the morning commute begins, according to NWS Meteorologist Kyle Pederson. “We could see some snow actually for eastern Massachusetts,” Pederson said. A rain “washout” for most of the region on Sunday should mostly subside by the time commuters are heading to work Monday morning, but rain is expected to start fallin ..read more
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