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— Early Education and Care Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy and non-profit Neighborhood Villages co-president Sarah Muncey hold a press conference to announce a ‘new, comprehensive COVID-19 testing program’ for early education and care and after school providers across the state, 10 a.m.

Mass. Gaming Commission meets to hear from gaming agents and enforcement staff about how the May 29 return to pre-pandemic capacity and operations went at Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor, 10 a.m. 

Special Commission on Civil Asset Forfeiture holds a virtual meeting that will be livestreamed to facilitate widespread access to the proceedings, 10 a.m.

— Acting Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler and Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver hold a press conference to highlight the Acceler-8 Bridge Replacement project and provide an overview of the summer weekend work schedule, 11 a.m.

State House News Service hosts a virtual ‘Next-generation Leadership’ panel to discuss how people advance policy priorities from outside the State House, what leadership looks like in public affairs and advocacy, and what it’s like to work in those sectors, with panelists Anastasia Nicolaou of NAIOP Massachusetts, Samuel Gebru of the Black Economic Council of Massachusett, and up-and-coming advocate Calla Walsh, 2 p.m.

For the most comprehensive list of calendar items, check out State House News Service’s Daily Advances (pay wall – free trial subscriptions available), as well as MassterList’s Beacon Hill Town Square below.

Today’s Stories

Reminder to readers: SHNS Coronavirus Tracker available for free

A reminder to our readers as the coronavirus crisis unfolds: The paywalled State House News Service, which produces MASSterList, is making its full Coronavirus Tracker available to the community for free on a daily basis each morning via ML. SHNS Coronavirus Tracker.

The coronavirus numbers: 3 new deaths, 17,523 total deaths, 100 new cases

MassLive has the latest coronavirus numbers for Massachusetts.

Steamship Authority the latest to get hit by ransomware attack

A critical gas pipeline serving the nation. The largest meat-processing plant in the U.S. And now the state’s Steamship Authority – all victims of recent ransomware attacks. Jessica Hill at the Cape Cod Times reports on the cyber assault on the ferry-line service’s payment system and website that’s reportedly caused some delays for those heading to and from Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. SHNS’s Chris Lisinski and the Globe’s Travis Anderson and Anissa Gardizy have more.  

Btw, from the NYT: “The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge.” Need we say this is going to inevitably get a lot worse until something is done?

Cape Cod Times

Cocktails-to-go and delivery caps may be in trouble, thanks to packies and DoorDash

They’re popular – and that could be their undoing. The Globe’s Jon Chesto reports that the Massachusetts Package Stores Association, DoorDash and Grubhub are mobilizing on Beacon Hill against extending and/or making permanent emergency COVID-19 policies that have proven popular, such as cocktails-to-go and caps on restaurant delivery fees.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are reviewing whether to make remote public hearings permanent — and they appear receptive to the idea.  CommonWealth’s Shira Schoenberg has more.

Boston Globe

Step right up: Get a shot, get a Market Basket gift card

It’s not a million-dollar Lottery prize. Still, it’s not bad. Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday unveiled a new incentive program to encourage the unvaccinated to get vaccinated: $25 gift cards at participating Market Basket stores where vaccination stations will be located. GBH’s Mike Deehan has the details.

Btw: The Herald confirms Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s office is researching possible Lottery prizes to encourage people to get shots, though the governor’s office remains cool to the idea.


And now we have mysterious language in the Senate budget bill …

So many mysteries. There’s the mysterious two-sentence caveat in recent Department of Unemployment Assistance statements, as the Globe’s Sean Murphy reported last week. Now CommonWealth’s Colman Herman reports there’s mysterious language contained in the Senate budget aimed at UMass.

Could it be tied to Senate Ways and Means Committee chair Michael Rodrigues and the search for a new chancellor for UMass Dartmouth? Who knows?


Coming soon? Ranking all school districts as ‘diverse, segregated, or intensely segregated’

We’re sure they’re going to love this in Concord, Wellesley, Weston, Lincoln, Cohasset, Dover etc. The Globe’s Naomi Martin reports on various legislative bills on Beacon Hill taking aim at school segregation in Massachusetts – and one bill would label each school district and school among one of three categories: diverse, segregated, or intensely segregated. 

Boston Globe

White’s ex-wife on abuse allegations: ‘I have scars proving it’

The daughter and sister-in-law of Dennis White have spoken. Now White’s ex-wife is talking about domestic-abuse allegations against the embattled BPD superintendent – and she says the abuse did happen despite what others say. “I have scars proving it,” she says. WBUR’s Ally Jarmanning and WCVB’s Sharman Sacchetti have more Sybil Mason’s version of events.

Meanwhile, from the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld: “Kim Janey’s promise of police transparency wilts behind closed door hearing.”

Moderate power? Poll shows Essaibi George leading in mayoral race

As Acting Mayor Kim Janey deals with all things BPD, city councilor Annissa Essaibi George has quietly taken the lead in the crowded Boston mayoral contest – or so says at least one poll. The Bay State Banner’s Yawu Miller has the polling details.

CommonWealth’s Michael Jonas reports moderate voters may be coalescing around Essaibi George in a field crowded with progressive candidates. We suspect there’s a racial dynamic at work as well, based on the fact Boston is Boston and ethnic tribalism runs strong here, there and everywhere in America.

Bay State Banner

Campbell’s coup: First superPAC weighs in with ads for candidate

Another mayoral item: Andrea Campbell is the beneficiary of the first SuperPAC to enter the mayoral-election fray in Boston – to the tune of $600,000 and a lot of Facebook and YouTube ads touting Campbell’s stance on police reforms. The Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert has the details.

GOP vice chair apologizes for pol’s anti-gay rant – and for GOP chair’s silence

With GOP chair Jim Lyons remaining silent about a committee member’s recent anti-gay screed, state party vice chairman Tom Mountain figured he might as well issue an apology. “Since no message was forthcoming, then the vice chair has to step in and fill the void and, quite frankly, do the right thing,” said Mountain, as Alison King reports at NBC Boston.

Asked if he’d spoken to Lyons about the matter, Mountain responded, “No. He never returns my calls and I am the vice chair,” as King reports.

NBC Boston

Governor on Celts water-bottle incident: ‘Never throw anything at anybody’

Gov. Charlie Baker is weighing in on the ugly water-bottle-throwing incident at a recent Boston Celtics game. Regarding the fan who was nabbed, says Baker: “I’m glad they found him and arrested him.” MassLive’s Benjamin Kail has more.

Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins has her own strong opinion about the accused, Cole Buckley, 21 of Braintree, via CBS Boston: “You don’t get to behave this way.”


After three years, Fall River police acknowledge use of drones for crime surveillance, SWAT teams, etc.

They’ve been using drones for three years and are only now making it public? Charles Winokoor at the Herald News reports on the Fall River Police Department’s proud unveiling of its aerial drone project that was kept under wraps for three years “to make sure it all worked out.” Just three years of aerial snooping. No big deal. Move along.

Herald News

Fully funded: After lengthy debate, Pittsfield council backs police budget

Speaking of police matters, this sounds familiar. Following the lead of several other communities, the Pittsfield City Council has voted to fully fund its police department, per Mayor Linda Tyer’s $11.5 million budget request, and in the process councilors ignored calls by community groups to redirect some of the funding to other departments, Amanda Burke at the Berkshire Eagle reports. 

Berkshire Eagle

Bad timing: Holyoke mayor takes blame for canceling police violence order on Floyd anniversary

In other local police news, he’s clarifying his clarification. Holyoke Acting Mayor Terence Murphy says he did a poor job of explaining his recent decision to rescind an order passed by the previous mayor declaring racism a public health issue, Dennis Hohenberger at MassLive reports. A ‘visibly shaken’ Murphy used a City Council meeting to explain his previous action.


Boston Harbor islands: Endangered by climate change?

From the Globe’s Brian MacQuarrie: “Battered by rising seas and scarred by erosion, the Boston Harbor islands have been named one of the country’s 11 most endangered historic sites by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a stark warning about the threat that climate change poses to important landmarks from the past.”

Bans on the run: Attleboro council puts brakes on mayor’s green push

Seven out of nine ain’t bad. After being largely supportive over the last six months, the Attleboro City Council rejected two aspects of Mayor Paul Heroux’ sweeping green plans, voting down bans on both single-use plastic water bottles and booze nip bottles, George Rhodes at the Sun-Chronicle reports. 

Sun Chronicle

Climate Adaptation Forum — Climate Migration: International Pressures, Local Realities

Join the Climate Adaptation Forum for a conversation about migration — both international and internal. Hear from municipalities that are building infrastructure to welcome new residents and from experts at the international scale who are grappling with broad issues of displacement and migration.

Environmental Business Council of New England & the Sustainable Solutions Lab

Crypto Connection 2021

2021 will be known as the year Crypto went mainstream. The flood of institutional investors entering the asset class, the decision by traditional payment companies to offer crypto access and payment options, and the dynamism of listed (public) digital asset companies, futures contracts, and ETFs – all point to a sea change in our understanding and perceived value of cryptocurrency.

TABB Forum & Global DCA

President Bill Clinton and James Patterson Discuss The President’s Daughter

President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson’s new thriller, THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER, is a fast-action adventure, a certified nail-biter from the very first page, with details only a former president could write and action only Patterson could dream up. Just imagine the president as a superhero — all the fun without the cape!

Barnes & Noble

Corporate Welcome Reception

MassEcon is proud to welcome new businesses to Massachusetts at our Corporate Welcome Brunch, part of the Annual Corporate Welcome Reception Series! As we were unable to host this event in 2020 due to the onset of the pandemic, we look forward to this event as an opportunity to thank these new companies to Massachusetts for their investments in the Commonwealth in 2019 and later.


Reflections of Alan Turing

Dermot Turing is the author of the acclaimed biography Prof, about the life of his uncle, Alan Turing and X, Y & Z: the Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken. He spent his career in the legal profession after graduating from Cambridge and Oxford, and is a trustee of Bletchley Park. He has extensive knowledge of World War II code-breaking and is a regular presenter at major cryptology events.

The National Archives

Deborah Lipstadt and Rabbi Ed Feinstein: Anti-Semitism Today – What’s Really Going On?

Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on Holocaust denial and modern anti-Semitism. Rabbi Ed Feinstein is the beloved senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, one of the largest Conservative congregations in the United States.

Jews United for Democracy and Justice and Community Advocates

Anne Frank’s Europe: Before, During & After Her Diary – Livestream Tour

Join us for an online/virtual tour of the places throughout Europe associated with Anne Frank. While the basics of Anne’s life as depicted in her diary are known to many, some of the most noteworthy aspects of this time are not well known.

Washington DC HIstory & Culture

Today’s Headlines


Harvard Researchers Recommend Census Not Use Privacy Tool – WBUR

Newton City Council approves zoning rules for gun stores – Boston Globe


Springfield Catholic diocese updated list of credibly accused clergy, laity includes sex abuse allegations dating back to 1940s – MassLive

Group proposes alternative to Northampton mayor’s Main Street plan – Daily Hampshire Gazette

WooSox sell out first home game under expanded capacity, as stadium still under construction – Worcester Business Journal


Time could be running out for infrastructure deal – Washington Post

Housing boom may be cooling as weekly mortgage demand drops again – CNBC

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