Happening Today

MBTA fare system, Women of Valor, and more

Massachusetts Cultural Council holds a forum on arts, culture and community in western Massachusetts, with its executive director Anita Walker, Sen. Eric Lesser and others attending, 1350 Gallery/Studio 9, 9th floor, 1350 Main St., Springfield, 9:30 a.m.

— The MBTA hosts a meeting of the AFC 2.0 Policy Development Working Group in order to discuss policies and strategies regarding the future automated fare collection system, Boston Public Library Grove Hall Branch, 41 Geneva Ave., Dorchester, 10 a.m.

Vanguard Renewables holds a ribbon cutting ceremony for a recently completed anaerobic digester system, with Clean Energy Center CEO Stephen Pike, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg attending, Crescent Farms, 1058 BostonRoad, Haverhill, 11 a.m.


— Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is among those attending the 50th anniversary celebration of Boston College’s Legal Assistance Bureau, Boston College Law School, Barat House, 884 Centre St., Newton, 11:30 a.m.

— Attorney General Maura Healey attends the 2018 Breast Cancer Research Foundation luncheon and symposium, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 11:30 a.m.

— Anti-Defamation League hosts its 12th annual Women of Valor luncheon, this year honoring Geraldine Acuña Sunshine, the president of the Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and Research, with Treasurer Deb Goldberg planning to attend, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 776 Boylston St., Boston, 11:30 a.m.

— The Massachusetts Guardianship Association hosts its annual Guardianship Conference, featuring Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders as the keynote speaker, Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Boston, 12:30 p.m.

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

Today’s Stories

The closing arguments: Baker calls Gonzalez ‘dishonest,’ while Gonzalez calls Baker a ‘status quo governor’

The Globe’s Joshua Miller and Matt Stout, SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall) and MassLive’s Shira Schoenberg have all the details of last night’s lively gubernatorial debate between Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Jay Gonzalez, who tangled over Donald Trump, party loyalty, spending promises, etc., while lobbing accusations of dishonesty and status-quo stagnation at each other.

Baker and Polito’s taxpayer-paid grants total: $88 million

SHNS’s Michael Norton earlier this week reported (pay wall) on all the taxpayer MassWorks grants the Baker-Polito team have been dishing out in the final days and weeks of the campaign. This morning, the Herald’s Mary Markos tallies them all up: $88 million. File under: ‘Power of incumbency.’

Rockland town manager wants $5M to leave job after steamy sex scandal

Rockland Town Manager Allan Chiocca wants the town to pay him more than $5 million to leave his job and not sue over what his lawyer says is permanent damage to his reputation, Jacqueline Tempera reports at MassLive. Chiocca, who was cleared of wrongdoing after being implicated in a late-night Town Hall tryst with a former selectwoman, remains on the job in part because there aren’t enough board members to fire him. That could change as soon as Tuesday, when the town holds a special election. 


As Warren stumbles across the finish line …

The Herald’s Joe Battenfeld believes U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is indeed headed toward victory next week, but he says her re-election campaign has exposed serious weaknesses that don’t bode well for her 2020 presidential ambitions.

Boston Herald

… Bannon says Warren has no chance of beating Trump but Patrick is a different matter

For what it’s worth, former White House aide Steve Bannon believes U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s is damaged good due to her ancestry controversies and he doesn’t think she stands a chance of beating Trump if she wins the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. But the bad boy of the right says former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is “going to be very competitive,” though Bannon thinks he can’t beat Trump either, reports Jonathan Ng at the Herald.

Boston Herald

For Howie Carr, promoting Diehl has proven quite lucrative

Geoff Diehl’s campaign for the U.S. Senate has spent more than $75,000 on radio ads that run on the radio program of Howie Carr, who has also used his Herald column to pump up Diehl and attack his opponent Elizabeth Warren, Chris Faraone reports at Dig Boston. 

Dig Boston

Introducing Paul J. DeCologero …

We hadn’t heard of this guy before. From the Globe’s Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy: “Paul J. DeCologero, a member of a notorious North Shore organized crime group that robbed rival drug dealers and dismembered a teenage girl they feared might give them up, has emerged as a second suspect in the murder of Boston mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Federal authorities suspect that DeCologero and another Massachusetts organized crime figure, Fotios ‘Freddy’ Geas, savagely beat Bulger to death in his cell with a padlock stuffed in a sock Tuesday morning.”

They also apparently tried to cut his tongue out, according to a report at MassLive.

Boston Globe

‘Be a Masshole, Not an Asshole. Vote Yes to Question 3’

Via Universal Hub, this is indeed the greatest political ad of 2018, a stirring, moving and poignant defense of our rights to be loud and obnoxious Massholes, to declare Tom Brady GOAT every five minutes, to jaywalk wherever we want, and to extend those and other rights to transgender people: “Yeah, we’re Massholes, but we’re no assholes.” It’s a mini-classic. Enjoy.

And on a more serious note: There are more than a few parents who would also like you to vote yes on Question 3. The Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert explains.

Universal Hub (video)

Actual Masshole alert: Uber driver dumps 87-year-olds on the side of the road

Obviously, Uber had no idea what it was getting into when it expanded its ride-sharing service to Massachusetts. The Globe’s Sean Murphy has the details on what well may be one of the most obnoxious Masshole drivers of all time.

Boston Globe

Massport CEO: It’s time to talk about Uber — from a traffic congestion standpoint

Speaking of Uber, from Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth magazine: “The outgoing CEO of Massport, which operates Logan International Airport, says it’s time for the state’s transportation leaders to come together to decide how to respond to the growing congestion being caused by ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft.”


Romney criticizes Trump’s ‘enemy of the people’ characterization of the media

The former Massachusetts governor was against him before he was for him before he was against him again yesterday. From the Washington Post: “Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and current Senate candidate from Utah, spoke out Thursday against President Trump’s continued use of the term ‘enemy of the people’ to describe the U.S. media. In a blog post on his campaign website, Romney wrote that ‘denigrating the media diminishes an institution that is critical to democracy, both here and abroad.’”

Washington Post

Getting serious: Columbia Gas and parent company now facing criminal probe over Merrimack Valley disaster

NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas, disclosed yesterday that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts is now investigating last month’s gas-line explosions and fires that devastated the Merrimack Valley, according to a regulatory filing submitted by NiSource, reports Zoe Matthews at the Eagle-Tribune.


Merrimack Valley recovery-cost estimate: $800 million

As Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource fend off the feds, the Globe’s Milton Valencia reports that NiSource has revealed in regulatory filings that it’s total financial losses tied the September gas-line disaster could hit $800 million. We have a feeling that number may be conservative, after all the fines, legal fees and lawsuit awards are paid out. For example: A second family is planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Columbia Gas, reports Craig LeMoult at WGBH

Boston Globe

Debate heating up on Beacon Hill over National Grid lockout

Speaking of natural-gas issues, the Globe’s Jon Chesto reports that the debate over National Grid’s lockout of more than 1,200 gas-line workers is heating up at the State House – with some lawmakers’ phones ringing off the hook and the powerful Associated Industries of Massachusetts issuing a warning about a proposed law to crack down on National Grid. In Quincy, the council there says the lockout is costing the city big bucks, the Patriot-Ledger reports.

Spicer to talk at UMass (if students let him)

Diana Lederman at MassLive reports that former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will speak at UMass-Amherst at a Nov. 27 event coordinated by UMass College Republicans. Among other things, he plans to discuss his time in the Trump White House and his new book “The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President.” Considering the way other ex-Trump officials and conservatives have been treated on campuses lately, you have to wonder how long, if at all, Spicer will get to speak.


Hundreds gather at Holocaust memorial to mourn and remember …

From Jackson Cote at the Globe: “In the shadow of the New England Holocaust Memorial, hundreds gathered in Boston Thursday evening for candlelight vigil to denounce racist violence and mourn the 11 lives lost in Saturday’s mass shooting in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.”

Sadly, racist and anti-Semitic bile are all too apparent these days at Reading Memorial High School, where swastikas and other racist graffiti are now showing up with disturbing frequency. Alyssa Meyers at the Globe has the details.

And if you haven’t already, check out the column by CommonWealth magazine’s Michael Jonas, who senses dark connections between today’s incidents and what his mother endured so long ago before and after Germany’s infamous Kristallnacht.

Boston Globe

Fall River mayor won’t speak at council meeting that will decide whether he’s fit to hold office

It appears Fall River Mayor Jaiel Correia, now facing multiple federal wire and fraud charges, and the city council couldn’t come to an agreement on how he should address councilors at a meeting that will decide whether he can still perform his duties – and so he plans to submit paper work to prove he’s still doing all sorts of mayoral things, like attending little league banquets etc. Jo C. Goode at the Herald News has the details.

Herald News

Natick town meeting shoves aside citizens-only voting proposal

Town meeting in Natick voted to indefinitely postpone action on a resident’s proposal to require that any voters in local elections be legal residents and U.S. citizens, a proposal put forward in response to move in other communities to allow non-citizens to cast ballots, Henry Schwan reports at the MetroWest Daily News. 

MetroWest Daily News

Everything you need to know and more about Question 1 …

CommonWealth magazine unveils the second installment of its new “video explainer,” dubbed the “Reel Deal,” this one explaining the pros and cons of Question 1. Meanwhile, pro and con Question 1 protesters were out in force yesterday in Boston, or at least out in force outside Faneuil Hall, reports the Globe’s Priyanka Dayal McCluskey. At MassLive, Jim Kinney reports on an anti-Question 1 rally in Springfield.

Home sweet home: Cannabis Commission zeroes in on Worcester’s Union Station as new HQ

From Nick Kotsopoulos at the Telegram: “The state has given ‘conditional acceptance’ to its proposal to have Union Station become (the) new headquarters for its Cannabis Control Commission. Michael E. Traynor, the city’s chief development officer, said the acceptance is not an award. He said city officials will now be talking to officials from the state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance regarding the terms of the lease.” Meanwhile, the CCC is also zeroing in on pot products that might appeal to children, reports SHNS’s Colin Young (pay wall).


Bayside countdown: UMass poised to make decision on developer

In other state real-estate news, the University of Massachusetts Building Authority is poised to announce this month who it will tap to redevelop the much-coveted Bayside Expo site in Dorchester that could yield up to $200 million for the state—though it could take until 2020 to close any deal, Bill Forry writes at the Dorchester Reporter. 

Dorchester Reporter

Google’s Cambridge workers stage walkout to protest firm’s handling of sexual harassment scandals

Google employees across the nation – including hundreds in Kendall Square in Cambridge – staged a walkout yesterday to protest sexual misconduct scandals at the tech firm and to address gender inequality in general. The BBJ’s Kelly O’Brien has more.

BBJ (pay wall)

WGBH unveils record $175M campaign, says most already raised

This is an odd one: WGBH publicly announced for the first time yesterday that it started a new $175 million capital campaign three years ago – and has already raised $122 million. They’re unveiling it now because they hope to raise the rest of the remaining $53 million by 2020. The BBJ’s Joe Halpern (pay wall) has more.

Sunday public affairs TV

Keller at Large, WBZ-TV Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. This week’s guest: State House News Service’s Matt Murphy and Katie Lannan preview next Tuesday’s general election, discussing local and national races.

This Week in Business, NECN, 10 a.m. A look at the poll numbers and the issues driving voters in the midterms, with David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center; Ross Rustici, senior director of intelligence services for Cybereason, talks about the potential for hacks and election disruptions; and Politico’s Stephanie Murray talks about TV ad spending and the Red Sox as a great distraction from politics.  

CEO Corner, NECN, 10:30 a.m. Tony Arrigo, CEO of Spectra Medical, and the company’s medical adviser, Dr. Guy Rochman, talk about medical needles that their firm makes for different types of procedures.

On The Record, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. This week’s guests: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and GOP challenger Geoff Diehl, in interviews with anchor Ed Harding and co-anchor Janet Wu.

This is New England, NBC Boston Channel 10, 11:30 a.m. With host Natasha Verman, a look at a nonprofit that provides the homeless with backpacks filled with clothing and food and a talk with Doug Prusoff of Movember.

CityLine, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s topic: Tuesday’s elections, with Tanisha Sullivan of the Boston branch of the NAACP, Gail Jackson Blount of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and Erin O’Brien, professor at UMass-Boston.

Author Talk and Book Signing with Melinda Ponder

Author talk and book signing with Dr. Melinda Ponder, author of the book: Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea. Tenor soloist Teddy Crecelius will sing “America the Beautiful.”

State Library of Massachusetts

A Nation of Immigrants Dinner & Reception

Join the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for A Nation of Immigrants – Celebrating the Immigrant Experience in American Culture as we celebrate immigrants and their contributions to America’s culture and success.

New Frontier Network

2018 Distinguished Real Estate Awards Gala

Join NAIOP Massachusetts for the 2018 Distinguished Real Estate Awards Gala as we honor Related Beal for their achievements in real estate, charitable activities and community betterment. David Begelfer will be honored with this year’s Edward H. Linde Public Service Award in recognition of his 27 years of service to NAIOP.

NAIOP Massachusetts


On November 17, TEDxBeaconStreet will return to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a second year! Some of the most inspiring minds and speakers in the world will come to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for the final day of TEDxBeaconStreet.


2018 Newman Civic Fellows National Conference

The Newman Civic Fellows National Conference is an annual conference exclusively for current Newman Civic Fellows that provides opportunities for networking, collaboration, and shared learning among Fellows. Only members of the 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship cohort may attend the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows National Conference.

Campus Compact

Today’s Headlines


City officials sing praises of proposed karaoke joint in Allston – Universal Hub

WGBH unveils record $175M campaign, says most already raised – Boston Business Journal


Worcester ranks architects for Polar Park – Telegram & Gazette

State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development: Lynn is poised to development opportunities – Lynn Item

Greenfield officials disappointed that costs for homeless shelter expansion exceed budget – MassLive


Jeff Bezos says he’s choosing HQ2 location with his heart – CNN

“There’s a charm offensive underway”: Pelosi makes stealth play for speaker – Politico

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