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Women’s Suffrage Celebration

The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition will celebrate Women’s Equality Day, with the theme ‘Sheroes – African-American Suffragists of Massachusetts,’ Swan Boats, 4 Charles St. South, Boston, 12 p.m.

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Today’s Stories

‘Known for her edge on Beacon Hill’

MassLive’s Shira Schoenberg and the Globe’s Matt Stout take a look at the other person caught up in the Dana Pullman saga, i.e. Beacon Hill lobbyist Anne M. Lynch, allegedly a partner in a bribery scheme involving the State Police union boss. According to reports, Lynch is considered a competent, tough, no-nonsense lobbyist – and her other State House clients are scattering, pronto, now that she’s in the fed crosshairs.

Taking the dumb and dumber approach toward public integrity

in an editorial headlined ‘The dumbing down of wrongful conduct,’ the Globe is going after Boston city councilors for bellyaching about the Boston Calling verdict, saying it’s “appalling” they don’t seem to understand the difference between extortion and advocacy.  

Meanwhile, a Herald editorial is also using the word “appalling” to describe the “clueless and entrenched” critics of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

Amazon to hire ‘hundreds’ at new distribution center in Holyoke

Amazon is expanding again in Massachusetts – and this time in a region that could use the economic boost. From Jim Kinney at MassLive: “Amazon will open a distribution center in the city this fall and plans to hire ‘hundreds’ to staff it, Mayor Alex B. Morse announced Thursday. The online retailer, which is transitioning to its own distribution system and away from vendors like the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx, will build the center at 161 Lower Westfield Road.”


‘Cowboy constables’

It seems we have some constables who think they’ve been deputized to act like cops, not as servers of civil papers, and some lawmakers and regular police want to rein in their ready-to-rumble ways, reports the Herald’s Rick Sobey.

WCVB’s Karen Anderson and Kevin Rothstein have been reporting on the “private group of constables” who, fully armed, are now “expanding into criminal enforcement.” WCVB has a video of a tasing incident involving constables in Lowell.

Poll: Warren and Biden tied with Trump in normally rock-solid GOP Arizona

Barry Goldwater must be turning over in this grave. From The Hill: “Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are statistically tied with President Trump in Arizona, a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in a quarter century, according to a new poll.” If Trump can’t hang on to states like Arizona, he’s finished.

The Hill

Maybe it isn’t Seth Moulton’s time, but his time may be coming

Switching attention to the state’s other Dem presidential candidate: Count the Globe’s Kevin Cullen among those, along with CommonWealth magazine’s Bruce Mohl, who think U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is taking an unfair beating for his quixotic quest for president, saying it simply “isn’t his year. Some year, it might be.”

Boston Globe

The Obamas reportedly buying Wyc Grousbeck’s $15M estate on Martha’s Vineyard

Looks like we’ll be seeing more of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in these parts, assuming they go through with the reported purchase of the 29-acre estate of Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck on Martha’s Vineyard, where the Obamas have long vacationed. TMZ had the scoop – and the BBJ’s Catherine Carlock has the non-sensationalized details without any exclamation marks.

Check out the Globe’s photos of the abode. Not shabby.


Keating now favors impeachment inquiry, but Lynch is holding firm against

U.S. Rep. Bill Keating has become the ninth member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to favor launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump, leaving U.S. Reps. Richard Neal and Stephen Lynch as the last impeachment holdouts within the delegation, reports the Globe’s Christina Prignano.

Lynch faced a crowd of constituents at a Braintree town hall meeting Thursday, many of whom were not happy that he has resisted calls for an impeachment inquiry, Fred Hanson reports at the Patriot Ledger. Lynch pushed back, saying Dems could face election-year blowback if they proceed with an impeachment that the Republican-controlled Senate would simply ignore.

Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, Special Forces soldier from Chicopee, RIP

Another solider from Massachusetts has made the ultimate sacrifice. From CBS Boston: “A Special Forces soldier from Chicopee has been killed in Afghanistan. Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, was one of two Green Berets who died during combat operations on Wednesday in Faryab Province. Deleon-Figueroa served more than 13 years in the Army and was deployed six times.”

CBS Boston

Kennedy vs. Markey update: Rep. Dooley eyes Kennedy’s seat, Clark dodges endorsement

State Rep. Shawn Dooley, a Republican, has now “joined the long list of politicians considering a run for Congress if Rep. Joseph Kennedy III vacates his House seat” to run against U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, reports Jim Hand at the Sun Chronicle.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark was put in the awkward position the other day of appearing at an event with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey – and later having to dodge questions about who she might endorse if Kennedy indeed challenges Markey, reports Tori Bedford at WGBH. “We’re going to see how this plays out, what decisions Congressman Kennedy makes,” Clark told reporters on Wednesday evening. And CommonWealth’s Andy Metzger reports that, yes, Kennedy will be making at least one public appearance next week, after maintaining a low-profile since his challenge-Markey trial balloon was set aloft this past weekend.

In Lynn, state convenes secret onion-odor meeting

It still stinks. Even after a $1 million investment aimed at solving the smelly problem, residents in Lynn say a local soup-making plant continues to stink up the city, prompting state and local officials do huddle in a meeting that was closed to press and the public, Gayla Cawley reports at the Lynn Item. In fact, city officials tell Cawley the state Department of Environmental Protection told them to keep details of the confab about Kettle Cuisine — the city’s largest private employer — under wraps. 

Lynn Item

You won’t have Scott Lively to kick around anymore

Scott Lively, the conservative firebrand who ran against Gov. Charlie Baker in last year’s GOP gubernatorial primary, has packed it up and moved to Tennessee, where he plans to start a bible school and apparently raise chickens. Michelle Williams at MassLive and Matt Stout at the Globe have the details.

Drugs keep mysteriously disappearing from pharmacy shelves

Calling it ‘diversions’ is an interesting way to put it. From Christian Wade at the Salem News: “Regulators are seeing more complaints about drug diversions and the theft of controlled substances from pharmacies, according to a new report. The state Board of Registration in Pharmacy, which oversees the state’s prescribers, received at least 543 ‘drug violation’ complaints stemming from ‘drug losses, record keeping discrepancies and drug diversions’ at drug stores and pharmacies throughout the state from 2013 through 2018.”

Salem News

MGH: Data breach exposed records of nearly 10,000 patients

Speaking of record-keeping lapses within health care, from the BBJ’s Jessica Bartlett: “Nearly 10,000 patients involved in research studies were affected in an incident that exposed their names, diagnoses, and tests, Massachusetts General Hospital said Thursday.  According to the hospital, MGH on June 24 learned that an unauthorized third party accessed databases related to two computer research applications used within the Department of Neurology.”


He asked for iced coffee. He was offered a Guinness. Only in Boston

The Globe’s Christina Prignano has a funny story this morning about how Dem presidential candidate John Delaney recently ordered an ice coffee at an unnamed Boston bar and was offered instead an ice Guinness. No word if he took up the offer. 

Just fyi, we googled “Guinness” and “ice coffee” and found this: Dublin Iced Coffee, with stout. Looks like a perfect summer brunch drink to us.

Trump to asylum seekers: You’ll just have to wait a little longer

Thanks to the Trump administration’s reallocation of resources to the southern border region, local asylum seekers in New England now face an even longer wait for their applications to be processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, reports WBUR’s Shannon Dooling and the Globe’s Zoe Greenberg. We’re talking a virtual standstill type of wait, according to reports.

In Abington, a groping guilty plea with big implications

A former employee of the town of Abington has pleaded guilty to groping charges after multiple women claimed he harassed them while working for the town — a development that is likely to increase attention on a pending lawsuit against town officials who the victims say ignored their complaints, Ben Berke reports at the Enterprise. 


With Vineyard Wind stalled, will round two draw bidders?

Will there be any takers? That’s the question hanging over today’s deadline for would-be developers to submit bids to state officials for a second offshore wind farm. But the stalled process on the Vineyard Wind proposal, the winner of round one, has some questioning whether competitive bids will even materialize. Jeannette Barnes of the Standard-Times has the details. 

South Coast Today

Supremes want to hear from Healey on Michelle Carter case

The U.S. Supreme Court has formally requested that Attorney General Maura Healey file a response to the petition from attorneys for Michelle Carter, who is asking the court to hear the appeal of her manslaughter conviction in connection with texts she sent encouraging her late boyfriend to take his own life. Though the petition is considered a long shot, Carter’s lawyers want the court to toss out her conviction on First Amendment grounds, David Linton reports at the Sun Chronicle.

Sun Chronicle

MIT president apologizes for accepting $800K from Jeffrey Epstein

They’re still atoning at MIT. From the Globe’s Danny McDonald and Deirdre Fernandes: “MIT’s president on Thursday disclosed that the school had received about $800,000 from foundations controlled by Jeffrey Epstein, the deceased financier who was charged with sex trafficking dozens of minors, and offered a “profound and humble’’ apology to Epstein’s victims on behalf of the university.”

Boston Globe

Healey and other AGs target robocalls

From WBUR: “Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has joined a multistate effort to combat illegal robocalls. The attorneys general have partnered with major phone companies, who are promising to do a better job to block, trace and identify the calls.”


Celtics legend Bob Cousy awarded Medal of Freedom by Trump

Finally, from the Associated Press at WGBH: “President Donald Trump presented 91-year-old basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, praising the Boston Celtics star as ‘one of the all-time greats in the history of sports.’”


Sunday public affairs TV: Bill Weld, Lori Trahan and more

Keller at Large, WBZ-TV Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. This week’s guest: Republican presidential candidate and former Gov. Bill Weld, who talks with host Jon Keller about his run for president, his relationship with the Republican Party and the Boston Calling verdict .

This Week in Business, NECN, 10 a.m. In his first television interview since resigning, former state Gaming Commission chairman Steve Crosby talks about the casinos in Massachusetts; Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe on recession talk, new business focus on values as well as profits, and Wayfair goes brick and mortar.      

CEO Corner, NECN, 10:30 a.m. Dunkin’ US COO Scott Murphy, CMO Tony Weisman and Waldwin Group CEO Clayton Turnbull, an independent franchisee of Dunkin, talk about the company’s rebranding and other issues.

On The Record, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. This week’s guest: U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, who talks with hosts Ed Harding and Janet Wu, followed by a roundtable political discussion with Democratic political analyst Mary Anne Marsh and Republican political analyst Rob Gray.

CityLine, WCVB-TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s topic: Celebrating Movers and Shakers, with the leaders of Cruz Construction and the Dimock Center.

MWPC Young Professionals Summer Soirée

The MWPC Young Professionals group provides young women with the skills and resources they need for professional and personal success and effective civic engagement. Join us for an evening of networking with like-minded people, meeting our endorsed candidates running for office, and learning about opportunities to help women get elected this fall.

Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus

Summer Series | Public Art Tour

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center on a public art tour showcasing highlights of east campus. This tour will begin with a short preview of the Student Lending Art Program exhibition, a unique and popular MIT tradition that allows MIT students borrow original works of art from the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

MIT List Visual Arts Center

Authors@MIT | Jay Bolter: The Digital Plenitude

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming author Jay David Bolter to discuss his book, The Digital Plenitude: The Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media.

The MIT Press Bookstore

Model UN Professional Development Workshop @ Democracy Center

Whether you’re an experienced MUN Advisor or brand new to Model UN, you’ll walk away from this workshop with time-saving tools, tactics, and strategies to help your students succeed in Model United Nations.

Best Delegate Model United Nations

Today’s Headlines


Boston’s congestion can be hazardous to your health – CommonWealth Magazine

MIT president says school received about $800k from Jeffrey Epstein foundations – Boston Globe


Preliminary election canceled in Weymouth – Patriot Ledger

Federal judge dismisses excessive-force suit in Pittsfield shoplifting arrest – Berkshire Eagle

Worcester flights to Detroit doing ‘very well,’ Massport says – Telegram & Gazette


Trump has told friends that gutting Medicare could be a ‘fun second term project’ – Vanity Fair

Electoral college members can defy voters wishes, court rules – New York Times

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