Happening Today

‘Opioid Hack-a-Thon’

Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders attend the General Electric Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Opioid Hack-a-Thon launch, District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, 8 a.m.

Healey at AFL-CIO breakfast

Attorney General Maura Healey speaks at the Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast, The Castle of Knights, 159 Memorial Ave., Chicopee, 9 a.m.

Offshore wind report

U.S. Department of Energy-Department of Interior release an offshore wind strategy report, Mass CEC Wind Technology Testing Center, 100 Terminal Street (Building 80), Boston, 11:45 a.m.

Red Line winter preparations

Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito, Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Braintree Mayor and MassDOT board member Joseph C. Sullivan and MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve visit the MBTA’s Caddigan Yard near the Braintree T stop as work commences on the second phase of Red Line winter resiliency upgrades, Caddigan Yard, 5-7 French Avenue, Braintree, 2 p.m.

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

The Mass. Convention Center Authority Board of Directors meets today, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center – Room 259, Boston, 10 a.m.

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new headquarters

U.S. Senator Edward Markey and Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy join Thermo Fisher Scientific president and CEO Marc Casper for the formal opening of the company’s new headquarters, Thermo Fisher Scientific, 168 3rd Avenue, Waltham, 11 a.m.

Today’s Stories

Timilty, Jehlen, Tyler among Thursday’s winners

Rep. Walter Timilty of Milton yesterday earned the Democratic nod in the race to fill embattled state Sen. Brian Joyce’s soon-to-be vacant seat, while longtime Sen. Patricia Jehlen of Somerville easily won her primary contest against Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung as voters headed to the polls for a rare Thursday election across the state, Stephanie Ebbert and Joshua Miller report in the Globe. Meanwhile, newcomer Chynah Tyler won the three-way Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by longtime Roxbury Representative Gloria Fox of Roxbury.

There were those who thought Timilty was vulnerable to an upset by political newcomer Nora Harrington, who ran as a progressive to the left of Timilty, but he defeated her with relative ease. The race between Jehlen and Cheung was seen as an almost proxy battle between pro- and anti-charter school forces that dumped huge amounts of money into the Somerville-Cambridge-Medford race — and Jehlen, who is opposed to the November ballot question that would lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts, prevailed.

Btw: Voter turnout across the state yesterday was very low, perhaps lower than Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s pre-elections prediction of 8 to 10 percent turnout.

Boston Globe

Incumbents shown the door

Voters kicked out two incumbent state representatives in primary voting on Thursday, Andy Metzger and Colin Young of State House News Service report. Rep. Tim Toomey of Cambridge lost to challenger Mike Connolly—Toomey’s first electoral loss in more than three decades. And in Lawrence, Rep. Marcos Devers was ousted by newcomer Juana Matias in the Democratic primary for the 16th Essex seat.

Berkshire Eagle

Murphy tops crowded Registry of Deeds field

Former City Councilor Stephen Murphy emerged as the top Democrat in the seven-candidate primary for the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds job, David Scharfenberg of the Globe reports. Murphy will face three independents also seeking the job, along with its $124,000 annual salary. 

Boston Globe

Field set for vacant Cape Senate seat

Two relative political newcomers will face off for the Cape and Islands state senate seat in November, Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times reports. Democrat Julian Cyr of Truro will face retired Brig. General and GOP primary winner Anthony Schiavi of Harwich for the right to succeed Dan Wolf, who opted against seeking a fourth term.

Cape Cod Times

Cocchi victorious in Hampden sheriff battle

In one of our favorite local elections, longtime sheriff’s office employee Nick Cocchi won the three-way Democratic primary contest for Hampden County Sheriff, Stephanie Barry of MassLive reports. Cocchi will face Republican John Comerford and independent James Gill on Nov. 8.


Fresolo earns spot on ballot

Former Rep. John Fresolo, who left office amid an ethics investigation, earned a spot in the November race for his old seat in Worcester by earning 231 write-in votes on the United Independent Party ballot, Nick Kotsopolous of the Telegram reports. Fresolo needed at least 150 votes to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot along with Democrat Daniel Donahue. United Independent Party leaders were not happy that Fresolo basically used their party to make his comeback.

Telegram & Gazette

In Worcester, water worries prompt strict ban

Amid worsening drought conditions, the city of Worcester is ratcheting up water-use restrictions, banning all outdoor watering and car-washing and telling restaurants to serve water only when patrons ask, Cyrus Moulton of the Telegram reports. First-time offenders now face fines of $200. Meanwhile, state officials are warning that drought conditions are worsening across the state, despite recent light rains. 

Telegram & Gazette

Amid investigation, T will end parking contract

The MBTA will move to terminate its contract with parking lot operator LAZ Parking, Bruce Mohl of CommonWealth Magazine reports, a move that comes amid an investigation into lost revenue at commuter lots. The T also plans to revamp the way it pays its parking vendors to create incentives to grow revenue.

CommonWealth Magazine

Weld: Johnson Aleppo gaffe not ‘that bad’

Former Mass. Gov. William Weld came to Emerson on Thursday planning to spend his time touting the Republican-like bona fides of his Libertarian Party running mate Gary Johnson, but he instead found himself defending Johnson after a nationally televised foreign policy stumble, Evan Lips of the New Boston Post reports. Johnson had to ask his interviewer on MSNBC—none other than former Globe columnist Mike Barnacle—“what’s Aleppo?” after he was asked about the Syrian city at the heart of that country’s refugee crisis. The gaffe, if you can call it that, created a small sensation. Johnson later said he was just being human and was caught off guard. Nothing more. Weld agreed. “I saw the whole episode, I didn’t think it was that bad,” Weld said. 

New Boston Post

Warren to rally with janitors tomorrow while largest T union plans Monday protest

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to rally with janitors on Saturday, as union members battle with the MBTA, airline cleaning companies and others over a host of contract and organizing issues, reports Andy Metzger at State House News Service. In particular, 32BJ SEIU is opposing a change in the MBTA’s cleaning contract with ABM and S.J. Services, which does away with minimum staffing requirements and which union members fear will lead to a loss of jobs. Meanwhile, the T’s largest union is planning a rally on Monday to protest the MBTA’s plans to privatize many jobs, perhaps even bus drivers and maintenance workers at the T.

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Sunday public affairs TV

Keller at Large, WBZ TV Channel 4, 8:30 p.m., Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld discusses his campaign with moderator Jon Keller.

This Week In Business, NECN, 11 a.m. Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe and Doug Banks of the Boston Business Journal talk about some of the top business stories of the week, including the EMC Dell merger, the state tax revenue shortfall, the MBTA privatization push, ITT Tech shutdown and the New Bedford offshore wind waterfront deal.

On The Record, WCVB TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. Guest: Dan Wasserman, political cartoonist at the Boston Globe, talks with anchor Ed Harding and State House reporter Janet Wu.

CEO Corner, NECN, 11:30 a.m. Steven Perrin of ALS Technology Development Institute talks about how his organization is putting millions of dollars from the Ice Bucket Challenge to use to help find a cure for the devastating disease.

CityLIne, WCVB TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s topic LGBT People of Color.

Today’s Headlines


Bruins unveil dazzling Warrior Ice arena in Brighton – Boston Globe

BPD commanders will wear body cameras – Boston Globe

Work fairs to be packed as Wynn hiring thousands – Boston Herald


T terminating parking contract early – CommonWealth Magazine

Inmates flooding courts with frivolous lawsuits – Boston Herald

Nick Cocchi wins Democratic primary in Hampden County sheriff’s race – MassLive

Former Rep. John Fresolo, who resigned after ethics investigation, wins place on ballot – MassLive

No water for you – unless you ask your waiter – in Worcester – Telegram & Gazette


Weld downplays Johnson’s Aleppo gaffe, plays up libertarian-style Republicanism – New Boston Post

Trump stands by embrace of Putin despite criticism – New York Times

After convention stumble, Melania Trump has largely vanished from campaign – Washington Post

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