Happening Today

Guadalcanal hero, Clinton and Healey at Harvard, and more

— Gov. Charlie Baker joins Reps. Josh Cutler and David DeCoste to ceremonially sign an act designating a bridge in Hanson as the Honorable Charles W. Mann Bridge, in commemoration of former Rep. Charles Mann who passed away in 2016, Room 360, 10 a.m.

— Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute awards its Radcliffe Medal to former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will also sit down with Attorney General Maura Healey for a ‘wide-ranging’ keynote conversation, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St., Cambridge, 10:30 a.m.

— Memorial service is planned for U.S. Marine Corps PFC Francis Drake Jr. of Springfield, who was killed in action during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942 and whose remains were returned to Springfield yesterday; Gov. Charlie Baker had ordered all state and U.S. flags to half-staff today in Drake’s honor, St. Michael’s Cathedral, 260 State St., Springfield, 11 a.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton and state Rep. Ken Gordon dedicate the Hart-Desiato Bridge in honor of fallen heroes PFC John Hart and LCpl Travis Desiato, 285 Carlisle Rd., Bedford, 4 p.m.

— The first CapeFLYER commuter rail train of the season makes its run from Boston to Cape Cod, South Station, Boston, 5:50 p.m.

— The Boston Celtics will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 8:30 p.m.

For more calendar listings, check out State House News Service’s Daily Advances (pay wall) and MassterList’s Beacon Hill Town Square below.

Today’s Stories

Disgraced Pittsfield judge set to resign after harsh SJC rebuke and suspension

From Maria Cramer and Andrea Estes at the Globe: “Embattled Pittsfield judge Thomas Estes is expected to resign Friday, according to people with knowledge of his plans. The decision comes after the state’s highest court on Thursday ordered an indefinite suspension for Estes, who admitted to having sex with a clinician who worked in his court. The punishment is a rare outcome in a state where judges are nominated by the governor and, once appointed, seldom forced off the bench.”

If Judge Estes doesn’t resign, there’s a move afoot on Beacon Hill to expel him from the bench, reports Jim Russell at MassLive. SHNS’s Colin Young (pay wall) and AP’s Alanna Durkin Richer at WBUR have more on the SJC’s censure and suspension of Estes, who the court said committed “grave, willful and repeated wrongdoing” that has damaged the public’s faith in the judicial system.

Meanwhile, Baker blasts another judge caught up in controversy

It’s not a good time to be a judge in Massachusetts, it seems. Yesterday, Gov. Charle Baker said a recent controversial decision by Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley, who gave a drug dealer probation rather than prison time, was “ridiculous and an outrage,” reports Gintautas Dumcius at MassLive. Republican lawmakers on Beacon Hill are calling for Feeley’s removal from the bench.


Senate slips ‘sanctuary state’ provision into budget: ‘It’s all about politics and elections’

Gov. Charlie Baker is threatening to veto a Senate budget provision that would limit state law enforcement’s role in helping the feds to enforce national immigration laws, reports SHNS’s Andy Metzger at the Herald. Not that the provision will go anywhere – or is meant to go anywhere. House Speaker Robert DeLeo has already said his chamber won’t tackle the ‘safe communities’ proposal this session because there’s no consensus on the issue in his chamber. The Herald’s Joe Battenfeld is blasting the Senate action, saying it was purely meant to help certain Democrats (read: state Sen. Barbara L’Italien) in their election campaigns.

Boston Herald

Barney Frank’s divided loyalties?

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, who helped craft the Dodd-Frank financial reform act of 2010, hasn’t been too upset with recent moves by Congress to water down the act that bears his name, an accommodating attitude that may have swayed some Democrats to support changes. But critics say Frank hasn’t revealed something: He now sits on the board of New York-based Signature Bank, a financial firm in position to benefit from the new legislation. The Washington Post has more.

Washington Post

And the winner of this week’s big off-shore wind contract is … New Bedford

The New York Times has a report on this week’s awarding of a massive offshore wind contract by the state of Massachusetts to Vineyard Wind – and what it economically could mean for New Bedford and other port cities that might also one day host  construction firms building offshore-wind farms elsewhere. Bottom line: It could mean thousands of jobs.


As Hilary Sargent hints at more Globe revelations, McGrory and newspaper rattle the legal swords

This is getting ugly – and personal. Hilary Sargent, the former reporter and editor who has accused Globe editor Brian McGrory of sexual harassment, is “hinting she has more to reveal about the culture of sexual harassment and workplace environment at the paper,” reports CommonWealth magazine’s Jack Sullivan. Meanwhile, WGBH’s Emily Rooney, in a Twitter blast, reports that the personal attorney for McGrory is accusing Sargent of “false and defamatory statements” that “are…actionable.” The Globe’s Mark Arsenault has more details on the attorney’s blunt legal threat.

In a separate piece at WGBH, Rooney has more on the Globe controversy in general, including what looks like potential legal action by the newspaper itself against Sargent. Media critic Dan Kennedy at WGBH has a good summary of the entire mess. Of course, the Herald’s Howie Carr is loving every minute of all this.

Tito Jackson to head marijuana dispensary company

Not a bad runner-up prize for a politician. From Dan Atkinson at the Herald: “Six months after losing the mayoral race to Mayor Martin J. Walsh, former City Councilor Tito Jackson has a new job — pot dispensary CEO. Verdant Medical Inc., which is based in Boston but backed by Florida investors, announced Jackson’s hire yesterday. Jackson, a longtime supporter of legalizing marijuana, said the new role will give him a chance to make a difference in the city.”

Boston Herald

Healey calls for state oversight office to avert the next Mount Ida

From the BBJ’s Max Stendahl: “Calling the recent closure of Mount Ida College ‘a wake-up call,’ Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday urged state officials to create a new office within the state Department of Higher Education that would oversee financially struggling schools.”


MGM seeks 4 a.m. liquor license – as long as patrons are still gambling

We’re curious to see how regulators rationalize a final decision on this one, no matter which way they rule. From Peter Goonan at MassLive: “Representatives of MGM Springfield told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday that its request to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. is strictly limited to the casino gaming floor area and solely to customers who are actively gambling.” The commission is now seeking public comment on the MGM request.


Everett casino to launch luxury yacht service

Speaking of casinos, Encore Boston Harbor has ordered three luxury shuttle vessels from a Charlestown boat maker, saying it will use the vessels to zip guests and employees across Boston Harbor once the casino opens next summer, Jordan Frias reports in the Herald. Boston BoatWorks was awarded the approximately $3 million contract to build the 41-foot boats capable of carrying 40 passengers at a time. 

Separately, Encore Boston’s relationship with the state’s Gaming Commission isn’t exactly warm these days. The Herald’s Jordan Graham explains.

In western Massachusetts, Senate candidate apparently confuses political campaign for beauty pageant

Chelsea Kline, a Democrat running for Stan Rosenberg’s now vacant Senate seat, wasn’t exactly flattered when fellow Dem candidate Dave Murphy pronounced that she was “stunning” and “even more beautiful” in person than in photos, reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. Kline said her opponent obviously “didn’t know a thing about me or my candidacy.” Murphy, a write-in candidate and former aide to Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, later called Kline to apologize, Schoenberg reports in a separate story.


Still missing at sea: Researchers say remains don’t belong to pirate ‘Black Sam’ Bellamy

The mystery endures. Researchers say DNA tests show the human remains found amid the wreckage of the ‘Whydah’ do not belong to legendary pirate captain Samuel ‘Black Sam’ Bellamy, Jason Savio reports at the Cape Cod Times. But researchers did make an interesting determination: They say imaging shows the dead person in question died with a gun in his hand and a pocket full of gold. How very pirate of him. 

Cape Cod Times

Hospitals and Republican-backed groups launch early TV campaigns

This is just a taste of what’s to come. First, the hospital-backed Coalition to Protect Patient Safety has begun airing 30-second TV ads against the proposed nurse-staffing ballot question, even though the election is still five months away and a legal challenge to the initiative is still pending in court, reports SHNS’s Michael Norton (pay wall). 

Meanwhile, a Republican-backed group plans to tout Gov. Charlie Baker’s clean-energy bonafides in yet another early-start TV campaign, reports SHNS’s Matt Murphy (also pay wall).

What a surprise: State Police backing law that would shield trooper data

Facing a lawsuit brought by the Boston Globe seeking access to the birth dates of State Police troopers, the agency is putting its weight behind legislation that would shield that and other information from public view, Matt Stout reports at the Globe. The paper wants the birth dates so it can search the driving records of troopers. Government transparency types say the legislation’s wording is troubling and others note that the agency’s legislative timing isn’t exactly conducive to winning public trust, given all the scandals swirling around the State Police these days.

Boston Globe

Stephen Mindich, RIP

Stephen Mindich, the longtime owner and publisher of the Boston Phoenix and builder of a mini-media empire across the region, has died after a years-long battle with cancer. He was 74. His daughter-in-law announced his death on a Phoenix alumni Facebook page. Vanyaland and the Boston Globe have more on Mindich’s passing. Our condolences to all his relatives and friends.

Lowell-area transit agency approves first fare hike in 16 years

The Lowell Regional Transit Authority has approved the agency’s first fare hikes in 16 years, saying it was either rate increases or service cuts, Robert Mills reports at the Lowell Sun. It should be noted the authority’s current rates are among the lowest in the state — and 16 years is a long time to go without a rate hike.

Lowell Sun

Private equity firm penalized for failing to pay 180 interns

This sounds like a border-line child-labor law violation. From Greg Ryan at the BBJ: “Boston-based Search Fund Accelerator will pay $550,000 to end a probe by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into its heavy use of unpaid interns, whom Healey claims were, in reality, full-fledged employees. … In a two-year period, SFA had more than 180 unpaid interns, compared with just 12 paid employees, according to Healey.”


Simmons College is now Simmons University

This is interesting: In an announcement yesterday, Simmons College says it will now be Simmons University, the result of a multiyear planning process that’s led to a “new academic structure, including four new colleges led by four recently appointed deans.” Many other schools, including Bentley and some state schools, have switched from “college” to “university” status, driven partly by the need to attract more international students.


Things go batty at Newton city council meeting

Check out this Village 14 video of a Newton City Council meeting in which an uninvited guest interrupts Councilor Gregory Schwartz as he talks about … well, that doesn’t matter. The meeting had to be recessed as the bat flew around the chamber. As Adam Gaffin at Universal Hub notes, the other star of the show is the woman at the lower right in the video.

Fidelity executive and former White House aide to join Baker’s budget staff

Gary Blank, a top Fidelity Investments executive and former White House economic official, will be joining Governor Charlie Baker’s budget team after the Memorial Day weekend, reports the Globe’s Joshua Miller.

Boston Globe

Northampton native award Congressional Medal of Honor

An appropriate story heading into the Memorial Day weekend, from Alex Ashlock at WBUR: “A former Navy SEAL from western Massachusetts has been awarded the Medal of Honor. Retired Navy Master Chief Britt Slabinski is a veteran of SEAL Team Six. The Northampton native was honored Thursday at the White House for risking his life during a 2002 rescue mission in Afghanistan that took place on a snow-covered mountainside. The team fell under fire by al-Qaida, and several SEALs died.” 

Shannon Young at MassLive has more. The New York Times reports the award comes with its share of controversy.


Seventy-six years after Guadalcanal, remains of Marine Corps Pfc. Francis Drake return home

As mentioned in our Happening Today section above, there will be a memorial service this morning in Springfield for Marine Corps Pfc. Francis E. Drake Jr, who died during the Guadalcanal campaign in World War II and whose body was flown home from Hawaii to Bradley International Airport yesterday. George Graham at MassLive has more on Drake and his surviving relatives who “never got a chance to know their Uncle Franny, but it’s an emotional homecoming for them all the same.”


Have a great Memorial Day weekend – and see you on Tuesday

MassterList will be taking Monday off for the Memorial Day holiday, so we’ll see you first thing Tuesday morning. Have a great holiday weekend, everyone.

Sunday public affairs TV

Keller at Large, WBZ-TV Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. This week’s guest: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez, who talks with host Jon Keller about his differences with primary rival Bob Massie and Gov. Charlie Baker, as well as the potential tax questions on the November ballot.

This Week in Business, NECN, 10 a.m. Ken Lazarus, chief executive of Scout Exchange, discusses job prospects for college graduates; Mark Hellendrung, Narragansett Beer CEO, talks about the revived beer brand and craft brew craze; and BBBJ editor Doug Banks on the UMass chancellor search, the Omni Hotel groundbreaking and top business stories.

CEO Corner, NECN, 10:30 a.m. A talk with Jessse LaFlamme, CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, and Tom Giovagnoli of Giovagnoli Farms, one of 125 small farmers in the Pete & Gerry’s network.  

DC Dialogue, NECN, 11:30 a.m. MITRE chief operating officer Pete Sherlock talks about his company’s role in fighting cyber terrorism; Navyn Salem, founder and CEO of Edesia, discusses he products her company produces that have helped feed millions of malnourished children; and New England Council CEO Jim Brett on the future of NAFTA and the congressional agenda over the summer. 

This is New England, NBC Boston Channel 10, 11:30 a.m. With host Natasha Verma, this week’s main topic: Celebrating Memorial Day in New England and honoring all of those who fought for our country.    

Community Choice Energy – Boston City Council Hearing

Boston Climate Action Network

Getting to the Point with Eric H. Holder Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Today’s Headlines


Local African-American community divided over Capuano-Pressley race – WGBH

City releases renderings of Boston Marathon bombing memorial – Boston Globe


More housing is coming to West Lynn – Lynn Item

Artists take up cause to save Notre Dame church in Worcester – Telegram & Gazette

Gloucester stocking Narcan in its buildings, at beaches – Gloucester Times

Framingham mayor empowered to appoint new constables – MetroWest Daily News


Trump’s next economic threat: Surging gas prices – Politico

Trump’s lawyer and chief of staff appear at FBI briefings for lawmakers – New York Times

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