Happening Today

Boston Marathon security

Officials from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Boston Athletic Association, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police Department discuss public safety planning efforts for the 120th Boston Marathon, Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom foyer, 138 St. James Ave., 10 a.m.

Summit on gun violence

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh attends a summit in Rhode Island with other New England mayors and officials to discuss actions that can be taken to prevent gun violence, Zuccolo Recreation Center, 11 Gesler Street, Providence, R.I., 12 p.m.

High-tech address

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at the Massachusetts High Technology Council’s annual meeting, Bentley University, LaCava Center, Executive Dining Room, 175 Forest St., Waltham, 12:15 p.m.

Opioid crisis

The governor delivers a keynote address on the opioid crisis at the HxRefactored conference, Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston, 5 p.m.

Today’s Stories

The Wisconsin casualty list

It’s hard to figure out who was hurt more by losing in Wisconsin yesterday: Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. We’ll go with Trump, whose loss to Ted Cruz in Wisconsin almost assures a brokered Republican convention in Cleveland this July, or so say the pundits. If there is a brokered convention, does anyone seriously think the GOP establishment is going to allow Trump to get the nomination on a second vote? That’s why the Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins is already writing Trump’s obituary, arguing he was never truly serious enough as a candidate. The prediction sounds too early and rash. But unless Trump regains momentum in the New York primary and elsewhere, he’ll be heading into Cleveland a very weakened candidate.

Wall Street Journal

Hillary? What can you say? Her Wisconsin loss to Bernie Sanders prompts Eric Fehrnstrom in the Globe to recite once again why she’s such awful campaigner. Not in the substance department. But in the actual mechanics of campaigning. She’s still the odds-on-favorite to win the nomination. Yet Bernie Sanders is on a roll and still has a distant shot at toppling her. 

Boston Globe

The Brian Joyce dirty laundry scandal just got a whole lot more serious

At the recent St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in Southie, there were more than a few yuks at the expense of state Senator Brian Joyce, the target of a federal probe centering around, among other things, his generous use of free dry cleaning services in Randolph. But now the feds are investigating why Joyce’s law firm was hired by the Dolben Company – which allegedly paid Joyce Law Group $250,000 – while the Woburn developer was embroiled in controversy over a proposed housing complex and when the company already had attorneys of its own, according to a Globe story by Andrea Estes and Shelley Murphy.

From the Globe piece: “Investigators are focusing on allegations that Joyce told Dolben officials the project would go smoothly if they retained the Joyce Law Group, and then aggressively opposed it when they rebuffed him, according to the two people familiar with the case. After Dolben hired Joyce, he worked behind the scenes to advance the project, according to e-mails and interviews.” 

Boston Globe

Finally, a solar deal is reached

State House News

Apartment rent prices finally begin to stabilize – for now

Boston Globe

But the question is: Will it last? The betting here is that it won’t. That’s because the city of Boston can only do so much to build new apartments and condos. Outside the city, new-home construction stats are well below pre-recession levels, according to a recent Globe story by a certain MassterList author. We might be seeing a lull in rental price increases, but long-term regional trends still point to an overall housing shortage.

Boston Globe

Boston City Council may extend own terms

Boston Globe

Bernie Sanders is a very, very, very moral man

Washington Post

Then again …

The New England Journal of Medicine’s self-inflicted wounds …

Boston Globe

Framingham presses for PILOT

MetroWest Daily News

Baker touts economic development plan


Building purchase ends Lawrence ‘odyssey’

Commonwealth Magazine

Baker-backed Orrall wins national GOP slot


Baker won’t proposed NC travel ban

Boston Globe

Go for it! Pats fans sue Roger Goodell and NFL over Deflategate


Today’s Headlines


At GE Welcome Party, More Questions Raised Than Answered – Boston Magazine

Why is the new Government Center MBTA station leaking two weeks after opening? – MassLive

Boston City Council may vote to extend term to four years – Boston Globe

House, Senate reach solar energy compromise – Boston Globe

Prosecutors investigating large fees collected by Sen. Brian Joyce on Randolph projects – Boston Globe

General Electric is a $145 million bet. How will we know if Massachusetts won? – Boston Globe

City Council to hold public hearing on IndyCar race – Boston Globe


PCB concerns dominate Attorney General Maura Healey’s ‘listening tour’ in New Bedford – South Coast Today

Ayer selectmen vote to pursue eminent domain for commuter-rail access – Lowell Sun

After 1972 effort failed, it’s try, try again for Brockton flouride – Brockton Enterprise

Baker Lays Out $918 Million Jobs Plan To Receptive Democrats – WGBH

Rivera’s school department odyssey coming to end – Commonwealth Magazine

Lawrence council OKs purchase of controversial buildings – Lawrence Eagle-Tribune

Plymouth and Norfolk state Senate candidates plan final pushes before primary – Patriot Ledger

‘We did it!’ says tribal leader at Taunton casino groundbreaking Tuesday – Patriot Ledger

Write-in candidate ousts incumbent Stoughton selectman – Patriot Ledger

Medway: Open meeting law complainant will not file with AG – MetroWest Daily News

Framingham board seeks PILOT from Framingham State – MetroWest Daily News

Student group pressures Worcester State to divest from fossil fuels – Worcester Telegram

Snowplowing shortcomings frost Worcester residents; city manager vows full review – Worcester Telegram

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse touts Gov. Charlie Baker’s economic development bill – MassLive

Keiko Orrall narrowly wins Republican National Committeewoman election in Massachusetts – MassLive

Frank Keough denies involvement in East Longmeadow corruption allegations – MassLive

Wampanoags break ground on Taunton casino – Boston Herald

Custody case challenges high court justices – Boston Globe

Mashpee tribe to break ground on casino in Taunton – Boston Globe

S-s-s-stop right there! Lawmakers want to suspend ‘snake island’ plans – Boston Globe


Ted Cruz deals Donald Trump a major defeat in Wisconsin – Boston Globe

Bernie Sanders continues testing Hillary Clinton’s aura of inevitability – Boston Globe

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