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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Toyota censorship?






Kraig Sager (@buckeyesager)
@charleneblake @Tennessean Charlene why isn't mainstream media and the government agencies all over this issue?Higher priority than VW issue

Charlene M. Blake (@charleneblake)
@buckeyesager @Tennessean It appears lives are sacrificed for bottom $$ line! #Toyota #whistleblowerBetsy Benjaminson's blog! #SUA #coverup

Charlene M. Blake (@charleneblake)
@buckeyesager @Tennessean Have a look! #Toyota sued her for attempting to expose the truth about its#ELECTRONIC predisposition to #SUApic.twitter.com/0RJk2pm2IQ


Charlene M. Blake (@charleneblake)
Why is #Toyota #whistleblower Betsy Benjaminson's blog too 🔥🔥 for #autoindustry? Links won't tweet due to false reporting? #SUA #coverup pic.twitter.com/HdJOSrLqS2


This is the BLOG being blocked: 

Toyota sudden acceleration whistleblower's journey


RSN: Robert Redford | I Stand With the Standing Rock Sioux, Charlotte Officer Did Not Activate Body Camera Until After Keith Scott Had Been Shot, Trump Doesn't Regret Calling Beauty Queen Alicia Machado 'Miss Piggy',





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Robert Redford | I Stand With the Standing Rock Sioux 
Native American protestors wave a clan flag over land designated for the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, September 3, 2016. (photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
Robert Redford, TIME 
Redford writes: "Something all too familiar is happening in North Dakota right now: Once again, Native Americans are being asked to accept a raw deal." 
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Why Wells Fargo's Executives Will Keep Their Bonuses, Even After Fake Accounts Scandal 
David Dayen, The Intercept 
Dayen writes: "Last week, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testified before the Senate Banking Committee after the bank paid fines for creating over 2 million fake customer accounts to boost their sales growth statistics." 
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Charlotte Officer Did Not Activate Body Camera Until After Keith Scott Had Been Shot 
Wesley Lowery, The Washington Post 
Lowery writes: "Crucial evidence in the police shooting death of Keith Scott is not available because one of the officers failed to activate his body camera as soon as he responded to the encounter, in violation of department policy." 
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For First Time, Destruction of Cultural Sites Leads to War Crime Conviction 
Camila Domonoske, NPR 
Domonoske writes: "A militant has been found guilty of a war crime for intentionally destroying cultural sites - a first for the International Criminal Court in The Hague." 
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Trump Doesn't Regret Calling Beauty Queen Alicia Machado 'Miss Piggy' 
Kristine Solomon, Yahoo News 
Solomon writes: "A former Miss Universe winner from Venezuela became an overnight sensation when Hillary Clinton mentioned her by name in an impassioned moment during the first presidential debate on Monday evening, calling out the GOP nominee for his bullying." 
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The Ends of Peace in Colombia 
Tobias Franz, Jacobin 
Franz writes: "The joy of the international community and the mainstream press was overwhelming when, on August 24, after fifty-one years (or seventy, depending on the definition) of armed conflict, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced a final peace agreement." 
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Boycott Launched After Nestle Outbids Drought-Stricken Town to Buy Well for Bottled Water 
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch 
Chow Writes: "Nestle's grab of a Canadian community's water supply has sparked international outrage and calls to boycott the company and bottled water. More than 150,000 Facebook users are talking about the news on the social media site." 
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A MUST READ! RSN: Nick Turse | Win, Lose, or Draw, US Special Operations Command Details Dismal US Military Record





“In order to evaluate our recent military history and the gap between the rhetoric and the results,” says Andrew Bacevich, “the angle of analysis must be one that acknowledges our capacity to break things and kill people, indeed that acknowledges that U.S. forces have performed brilliantly at breaking things and killing people, whether it be breaking a building -- by putting a precision missile through the window -- or breaking countries by invading them and producing chaos as a consequence.” 
SOCOM’s briefing slide seems to recognize this fact.  The U.S. has carried out a century of conflict, killing people from Nicaragua and Haiti to Germany and Japan; battering countries from the Koreas and Vietnams to Iraq and Afghanistan; fighting on a constant basis since 1980.  All that death and devastation, however, led to few victories.  Worse yet for the armed forces, the win-loss record of this highly professionalized, technologically sophisticated, and exceptionally well-funded military has, since assuming the mantle of the finest fighting force in the history of the world, plummeted precipitously, as SOCOM’s Intelligence Directorate points out. 



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FOCUS: Nick Turse | Win, Lose, or Draw, US Special Operations Command Details Dismal US Military Record 
Special Operations Command. (photo: Special Operations Command)
Nick Turse, TomDispatch 
Turse writes: "Winning: it's written into the DNA of the U.S.A. After all, what's more American than football legend Vince Lombardi's famous (if purloined) maxim: 'Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.'" 
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Donald Trump: The Freeloader




RSN: Jeb Lund | Trump Slunk Under the Lowest of Low Bars at the Debate




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FOCUS: Jeb Lund | Trump Slunk Under the Lowest of Low Bars at the Debate 
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Monday, September 26, 2016. (photo: TIME) 
Jeb Lund, Rolling Stone 
Lund writes: "If it had been anyone other than Donald Trump, it might have inspired something like pity. The first presidential debate of 2016 was nearly totally humiliating, even if it wasn't the humiliation that Hillary Clinton's supporters wished for." 
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CounterCurrents: Drought In Somalia: Over 100 Children Die Everyday From Starvation,



Dear Friend,

The first presidential debate took place in Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Predictably it was a damp squib. Patrick Martin calls it a  spectacle that revealed all the faultlines of American political system. He calls it a political and cultural abomination with little intellectual substance or reasoned political content, where both candidates lied without effort or shame, slinging insults and prepared one-liners against each other while posturing as advocates of working people! 

Another tragedy is emerging in Somalia. The UN just announced that due to drought and famine over 300,000 Somali children are suffering from severe malnutrition. Over 100 children are already dying everyday from starvation,  bringing back memories of the most recent Great Horn of Africa drought in 2011-12 when the UN admitted that 250,000, almost entirely children, died from starvation. And this drought and famine is worse

Bill Mollison Co-Founder Of Permaculture died in Australia on 24th of this month. Bill Mollison founded the first and original Permaculture Institute, which was established in 1979 to teach the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems to students worldwide. A sad and great loss to humanity. 

Silke Helfrich interviews Gustavo Soto Santiesteban on the concept 'El Buen Vivir' that has made its way into the constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia, and has become an expression that would summarize an alternative project for civilization. 

Meanwhile Kashmir remains shut for the 81th consecutive day.  

And also more stories from around the world. 

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Clinton-Trump Debate: A Degrading Spectacle
by Patrick Martin 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/clinton-trump-debate-a-degrading-spectacle/

The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a political and cultural abomination. It demonstrated, in both style and substance, the thoroughgoing decay of American capitalist society over many decades. There was not the slightest intellectual substance or reasoned political content to the so-called “debate.” No topic was addressed with either intelligence or honesty. Both candidates lied without effort or shame, slinging insults and prepared one-liners against each other while posturing as advocates of working people.





Drought In Somalia: Over 100 Children Die Everyday From Starvation
by Thomas C Mountain 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/drought-in-somalia-over-100-children-die-everyday-from-starvation/

The UN just announced that due to drought and famine over 300,000 Somali children are suffering from severe malnutrition. This means that over 100 children are already dying everyday from starvation. Soon the number will reach many hundreds a day, bringing back memories of the most recent Great Horn of Africa drought in 2011-12 when the UN admitted that 250,000, almost entirely children, died from starvation. And this drought and famine is worse





El Buen Vivir And The Commons
Silke Helfrich interviews Gustavo Soto Santiesteban 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/el-buen-vivir-and-the-commons/

Buen Vivir is a proposal aimed at making visible and expressible aspects of reality that are ignored by the dominant paradigm. It is a proposal from a radical and spiritual perspective of ecology, and is logically incompatible with development and industrialization. It speaks of the possibility of living in common, for which the very concept “development” is not only insufficient but mistaken.






Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison 1928-2016, Co-Founder Of Permaculture
by Graham Bell 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/bruce-charles-bill-mollison-1928-2016-co-founder-of-permaculture/

Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison (born 1928 in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia and died, 24 September 2016 in Sisters Beach, Tasmania). Bill Mollison founded the first and original Permaculture Institute, which was established in 1979 to teach the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems to students worldwide. Bill’s legacy is that hundreds of thousands of past students have created a world-wide network to take his concept forward. This is a world in which we are acutely aware of our environment, its capacity and its limitations, and we design systems to meet human needs which respect that.





Dear Humans, How Long Will You Live?
by Shrishtee 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/dear-humans-how-long-will-you-live/

We are living in a world where the ideas like the above will be shunned as mundane, irrational and the ones who talk about will be clubbed as over-emotional hippies, but I am hopeful that they will make sense to some of us who are disturbed, very disturbed and I am sure the count is in good numbers. The thought remains open and with crying need for re-thought!






Re-electing Jeremy Corbyn: The Triumph Of Momentum
by Dr Binoy Kampmark 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/re-electing-jeremy-corbyn-the-triumph-of-momentum/

The initial strategy from Labour MPs was to oust their leader in July on procedural grounds.  The mutineers (call them the Tories in Labour clothing, the Blairites) failed to get their wishes of disqualifying Corbyn from office by a narrow 18-14 ruling by the National Executive Committee that Corbyn be allowed on the ballot even without the endorsement of 20 percent of his MPs. Instead of limping away in defeat from contender Owen Smith, Corbyn strengthened his position to be, interestingly enough, Labour’s strongest leader on paper to have ever been elected.






Kaepernick Forces Americans To Choose Sides
by Matt Peppe 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/kaepernick-forces-americans-to-choose-sides/

When Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers chose to remain seated during the national anthem on August 26 prior to the start of the team’s game against the Green Bay Packers, as the rest of the stadium stood, he was not the only one engaging in a political act. But Kaepernick was likely the only one doing so consciously. And though he was outnumbered by tens of thousands in the stadium, and millions who watched on their television sets, Kaepernick’s bold statement was infinitely more powerful and outsized in its impact.






The Lesser-Known Pashtun Insurgency In Pakistan
by Nauman Sadiq 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/the-lesser-known-pashtun-insurgency-in-pakistan/

Is it not ironic that two very similar insurgencies have simultaneously been going on in Pakistan for the last several years: the Baloch insurgency in the Balochistan province and the insurgency of the Pashtun tribesmen in the tribal areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province bordering the United States-occupied Afghanistan.






Pink or Blue. Don’t Be Clones Of Each Other. Create Your Own Hue!
by Sunita Nakhate 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/27/pink-or-blue-dont-be-clones-of-each-other-create-your-own-hue/

With movies like PINK, I am sure things can change. I have already seen fellow lawyers taking pro bono matters. PINK has already created an impact on me and I know it’s going to be long lasting one.




MASSterList: ‘No knockout’ | Low blow | Genuine all-beef nothingburger




By Jay Fitzgerald and Keith Regan
09/27/2016

‘No knockout’ | Low blow | Genuine all-beef nothingburger



Happening Today
 
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
 
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meets to discuss the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, an action plan to revise regulations around educator evaluations and updates on the review of the state's curriculum frameworks and development of the "next-generation" MCAS exam, 75 Pleasant St., Malden, 8:30 a.m.
 
 
Health Policy Commission
 
The Health Policy Commission meets to discuss "a variety of matters related to its statutory authority to oversee cost growth in the Commonwealth's health care market," 50 Milk St., 8th Floor, Boston, 10 a.m.
 
 
Massachusetts Manufacturing Summit
 
Gov. Charlie Baker delivers the keynote address at the Massachusetts Manufacturing Summit, DCU Center, 50 Foster St, Worcester, 2 p.m.
 
 
Nashoba Valley Winery
 
Gov. Baker visits Nashoba Valley Winery, the beneficiary of a new law Baker signed that allows the winery to sell the wine it produces at its on-site restaurant, 100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton, 3:30 p.m.
 
 
The official BRA re-branding
 
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Brian Golden will officially unveil a "new identity, vision, and roadmap" for the BRA, City Hall Plaza, City Hall, 4 p.m.
 
 
‘Yankee Doodle Town’
 
Gov. Baker will be in Billerica to celebrate the signing of a bill declaring the community the "Yankee Doodle Town," Billerica Public Library, 15 Concord Rd., Billerica, 5 p.m.

Today's News
 
‘No knockout’
 
That’s today’s Boston Herald headline following last night’s big presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – and we’d have to agree with the assessment. But if there was no knock out, who won on points and might benefit so we can switch from a boxing metaphor to a horse-race analysis metaphor? It’s all in the eyes of the beholders, judging by local pundits’ reactions this morning:
Eric Fehrnstrom in the Globe: “Clinton needed a big, defining moment and didn’t get it. The best she could do was point people to her website for fact-checking.”
Joan Vennochi in the Globe: “As usual, the Republican presidential nominee was angry, rambling, bullying, condescending, uninformed, and undisciplined. ... By any conventional standards, Clinton won.”
Kimberly Atkins in the Herald: “Hillary Clinton’s debate game plan — focusing on policy and rising above the attacks of rival Donald Trump, all while letting him hang himself with his own tempestuous temperament — earned her a victory in the most anticipated campaign night of the year.”
Peter Gelzinis in the Herald: “What this former reality TV star (Trump) attempted to do for most of the night was desperately try to fuse his rally shtick into a debate format. He essentially blew past moderator Lester Holt to frown, roll his eyes, ramble on, shake his head and interrupt at will. It didn’t work.”
James Pindell in the Globe: “It wasn’t even close: Clinton landed more punches and won more rounds.”
Strange, but it appears all the pundits’ views of the debate just so happen to reflect their personal political views going into the debate. ... We’ll know more about who really won in coming post-debate polls.
 
 
Low blow
 
It’s hard to outdo Donald Trump when it comes to going low, but former Vermont governor and Dem presidential candidate Howard “Scream” Dean managed to do it last night, when he tweeted during the debate: ‘“Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?” The Globe’s Tracy Jan has the reacts to the react.
Boston Globe
 
 
Weld: Drop-out rumors ‘completely planted by the Clinton campaign’
 
Libertarian vice presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld isn’t quite seeing a vast left-wing conspiracy. But he is accusing the Clinton campaign for him being inundated with dozens of phone calls and emails last week telling him to drop out of the race, reports the Herald’s Matt Stout. “Obviously the call had gone out from somewhere,” Weld said. “And I’ve got to think directly or indirectly, it’s from the Clinton campaign.” He was later more blunt, saying the rumor was “completely planted by the Clinton campaign” to create discord within libertarian ranks.
Boston Herald
 
 
https://www.change.org/p/charlie-baker-call-for-paul-sagan-s-removal?recruiter=204169216&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink
 
 
Is DeLeo opening the door to new taxes? Answer: Yes
 
House Speaker Robert DeLeo, known for his reluctance about raising taxes in general, has opened the door to possible tax increases next year. He didn’t come right out and say so, but he did signal his intent over the weekend when he said he wants to hear from economists before rendering an updated opinion on higher taxes, amid reports of state revenue shortfalls and looming mid-year budget gaps, reports SHNS’s Michael Norton and Andy Metzger at CommonWealth magazine. DeLeo said on Sunday’s “Keller at Large” that it’s “only fair for me to listen to the economists around the state” to see what they think. Of course, he could always slam the tax door shut after he listens to the economists, but he clearly just nudged the door ajar an inch or two.
CommonWealth
 
 
Yes on 4 cries foul on voter guide
 
Yes on 4, the campaign pushing for voters to legalize recreational marijuana, says an election guide produced by the office of Secretary of State Bill Galvin contains misleading information about the fiscal implications of the move, reports Gintautus Dumcius at MassLive. The guide says the budget impacts of passing the question are “difficult to project due to the lack of reliable data,” a statement that Yes on 4 says ignores solid numbers coming out of Colorado and instead relies on calculations made by the legislature’s special committee, which is headed by an outspoken opponent of the initiative.
MassLive

Twofer: Warren against charter question, Baker against slots parlor question
 
Even though she’s been a big proponent of school vouchers in the past, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has come out against the November ballot question that would lift the cap on charter schools, reports the Herald’s O’Ryan Johnson. Her pronouncement came amidst growing criticism from anti-charter forces that she wasn’t taking a clear stand on the ballot issue. “Many charter schools in Massachusetts are producing extraordinary results for our students,” Warren said in a statement. “But after hearing more from both sides, I am very concerned about what this specific proposal means for hundreds of thousands of children across our Commonwealth.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Charlie Baker, who happens to be a big proponent of charter school expansion, came out yesterday against a ballot question that would allow an additional slots parlor in the state, reports Katie Lannan at State House News Service (pay wall). But he said he still hasn’t made up his mind about the Question 3 ballot initiative that would restrict farm animal confinement in Massachusetts. "As I understand this one, it's a much bigger issue for purchasers in Massachusetts than it is for farmers in Massachusetts," Baker said. "While I worry a little bit about what that might mean to the cost of eggs here in the commonwealth, I'm quite sympathetic to the perspective that's being offered by the Yes on Question 3 people."
 
 
No nostalgia for the state mental institutions, please
 
Frederick E. Berry, a former state senator who once lived at a state institution and later worked at one, credits the Globe’s Spotlight Team for recently exposing how the state never followed through on promises to create a truly robust community health system after the dismantling of the old mental health institutions across Massachusetts. But Berry, writing at CommonWealth magazine, wants to make one thing clear: Shed no tears for those old institutions: “Anyone making the case today, however, that individuals living with a mental illness were better served in the era of institutionalization, doesn’t know what really happened inside the walls of those institutions. I am fearful that the Globe Spotlight series may inadvertently fuel nostalgia for an idealized time long-ago where our family members and neighbors living with a mental illness were ‘treated in a safe environment where their greatest needs were met with expertise and compassion.’”
CommonWealth

Healey: I would have fired the whole politicized party-hearty bunch
 
Attorney General Maura Healey has weighed in on allegations of politically motivated harassment at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, saying that anyone facing similar accusations under her watch would be “fired now,” Tori Bedford of WGBH reports. “If there were folks who worked for me and engaged in this kind of behavior —same thing with the golf carts in the DCR in the fourth— they just wouldn’t be working for me anymore,” Healey said. 
WGBH
 
 
Even Baker’s own former employer thinks he needs to be more transparent
 
The Pioneer Institute, a conservative think tank where Gov. Charlie Baker worked as executive director in the 1980s, is suggesting that Baker voluntarily make the governor's office subject to the state's public records laws, a move the institute said would be a “bold act” that would set a “high bar for transparency and good government,” reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. The Pioneer Institute wrote a letter to Baker asking him to issue an executive order or gubernatorial memo to make his office subject to public records requests. But Baker has previously said he would abide only by current law, which currently exempts his office from the laws.
MassLive

After listening to horror-story testimony from janitors, T decides to rethink vendor contracts
 
After disgruntled janitors working for T contract vendors threatened to “storm” an MBTA board meeting yesterday, one expected a rather raucous session to ensue. Instead, the janitors gave sometimes poignant testimony about mistreatments they’ve endured under private T contractors – and board members listened, reports Colin Young at SHNS. Joseph Aiello, chairman of the T’s fiscal management and control board, said he was "disturbed" by what he heard and requested that the T "begin preparing an (request for proposals) for re-bid of these services and put in there some reasonable protections." Don’t you wish all labor-management issues could be handled this way? In the case of the T, the janitorial contracts, if the abuse claims are indeed true, are also a black-eye for supporters of privatization. So the T is right to act on both humanitarian and pragmatic grounds.   
SHNS (pay wall)
 
 
T late night service debate lingers
 
Lawmakers and transportation advocates continue to press the MBTA to restore some form of late-night bus service to the city, but the agency says it is not clear if the demand for such an offering exists, Jack Sullivan of CommonWealth Magazine reports. Rep. Adrian Madaro of East Boston told the T’s control board he found it would cost residents of his neighborhood ten times as much to get to downtown at night than with T service. 
CommonWealth

‘Governor Baker's Nothingburger,’ featuring eight ounces of genuine beef on a bed of hydroponic green bibb lettuce
 
The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room, a well-known Springfield hangout where Gov. Baker has stopped by on occasion, is now offering on its menu a “Governor Baker’s Nothingburger,” a nod to Baker’s recent dismissal of a ballot-question controversy as a “nothingburger,” reports Michelle Williams at MassLive. Seems the establishment’s co-owner, Andy Yee, is an incurable newshound and admirer of Baker -- and he wanted to commemorate Bake’s remark with, well, a nothingburger. It’s just a plain old burger with a pile of green lettuce representing money, in reference to the $100,000 that Paul Sagan, the chair of the state's elementary and secondary education board, donated to the pro-charter schools ballot campaign, Williams writes.
MassLive
 
 
Shocking news: LePage’s three-ring binder doesn’t implicate Lowell and Lawrence
 
As Spencer Buell points out at Boston magazine, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been running around saying that “90-plus percent” of the drug trafficking suspects, as identified in his official gubernatorial three-ring crime binder, came from blacks and Hispanics hailing from New York, Connecticut and the Bay State’s very own Lawrence and Lowell. Well, it seems the Portland Press Herald got hold of the now famous 148-page binder and ... it appears fewer than half the suspects are minorities. We’re stunned. Our only question: Was the binder embossed? If it wasn’t embossed, it’s not officially official, in a West Wing sort of way, and maybe LePage just didn’t notice.
Boston magazine

Higher calling: Health Care For All’s director steps down to pursue priesthood
 
Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, the long-timed executive director of the influential Health Care For All, is stepping down to become an Episcopal priest, reports Jessica Bartlett at the Boston Business Journal. Slemmer is currently completing her studies for ordination to the Episcopal priesthood. Robert Rustuccia, the executive director of Community Catalyst and a former executive director at Health Care For All, will serve as transitional director until an interim director is hired.
BBJ
 
 
Feds cite discrimination at Latin, but no crime
 
Boston Latin School violated the Civil Rights Act at least once amid a climate of racial discrimination and harassment, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a report released Monday, but no one will face criminal charges as a result, the Globe reports. The violation came in connection with the school’s lax handling of a report that a male student had threatened a black female student with lynching. Ortiz also cited some changes already put in place as positive moves in the 13-page report.
Meanwhile, Boston Latin received a second dose of bad news in the form of a downgrade in its status. The Herald’s Dan Atkinson reports that both Boston Latin School and Boston Latin Academy were downgraded from Level 1 to Level 2 schools, mainly because of insufficient participation in a new testing program. Mayor Marty Walsh blasted the move and called on parents to express their dismay directly to state officials. ““I am not happy about this, the people of Boston should not be happy about this,” Walsh said. 

UMass Lowell and city agree on deal terms
 
UMass Lowell has agreed on terms of a long-term agreement with its host city in which it pledges not to buy any more private residential properties and agrees to make payments over the next 20 years, Grant Welker of the Lowell Sun reports. The agreement does not contain a formal payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, but does call for the university to make payments toward fixing city infrastructure, including bridges and a parking facility. 
Lowell Sun
 
 
New ALS license plates unveiled
 
Somewhere in heaven, Paul Cellucci is smiling. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito yesterday unveiled a new license plate supporting ALS research and the new plates could be hitting the roads in Massachusetts by early next year, reports State House News Service’s Katie Lannan at the Lowell Sun. The announcement at the State House struck home, so to speak, because Cellucci, the former governor, died two years ago of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. “This issue has some personal history for the commonwealth of Massachusetts," said Baker, who served as secretary of administration and finance under Cellucci.
Lowell Sun


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