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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Bernie Sanders | This Is Why We Should Cancel All Student Debt

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Bernie Sanders | This Is Why We Should Cancel All Student Debt 
Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
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Sanders writes: "I don't often use this phrase but we are, in fact, offering a 'revolutionary' proposal - a proposal that will transform and improve our country in many ways."

Special counsel Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee July 26, 2007, when he was FBI director. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty)
Special counsel Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee July 26, 2007, when he was FBI director. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Has Agreed to Testify in Front of Congress
Ella Nilsen, Vox
Nilsen writes: "After weeks of speculation about whether special counsel Robert Mueller would testify before Congress, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff have announced Mueller will appear in front of their committees in July."

The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria lie on the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico, June 24, 2019. (photo: Julia Le Duc/AP)
The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria lie on the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico, June 24, 2019. (photo: Julia Le Duc/AP

Shocking Photo of Drowned Salvadoran Father and Daughter Highlights Migrants' Border Peril
Patrick Timmons, Martin Hodgson and David Agren, Guardian UK
Excerpt: "The grim reality of the migration crisis unfolding on America's southern border has been captured in photographs showing the lifeless bodies of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who drowned as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande into Texas."

Tiffany Cabán, center, declared victory at her election night party on Tuesday, but the official outcome still awaits a count of absentee ballots. (photo: Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times)
Tiffany Cabán, center, declared victory at her election night party on Tuesday, but the official outcome still awaits a count of absentee ballots. (photo: Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times)

AOC-Backed Progressive Tiffany Caban Declares Victory in Queens DA Race
Gideon Resnick, The Daily Beast
Resnick writes: "Another earthshaking political upset roared through Queens, New York, on Tuesday night." 


Cabán—who has talked about decriminalizing sex work and also talked about arresting ICE agents in courtrooms—envisions an office that will not evaluate performance based on convictions but rather reduced incarceration and recidivism and increased community engagement, and that will provide updated information about sentencing policies, arrest rates and charging decisions.

Democrat Sara Gideon. (photo: Portland Press Herald)
Democrat Sara Gideon. (photo: Portland Press Herald)

Meet Sara Gideon, the Democrat Running to Unseat Susan Collins
Sarah Jones, The Cut
Jones writes: "Senator Susan Collins cast her 7,000th consecutive vote earlier this month, according to the Associated Press, but if she chooses to run for reelection, as she is expected to do, her lengthy Senate tenure may be in jeopardy."

Palestinians protesters in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. (photo: Ibrahim Husseini/Al Jazeera)
Palestinians protesters in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. (photo: Ibrahim Husseini/Al Jazeera)

Palestinians Denounce Kushner-Led 'Peace Plan'
Ibrahim Husseini, Al Jazeera
Husseini writes: "Hundreds of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are protesting against the United States' Middle East peace plan, taking to the streets on the eve of a US-sponsored summit in Bahrain where Washington is expected to reveal details of its long-awaited initiative."

Al Gore: 'We have entered an age of environmental crises and of widening social divides.' (photo: Agenja Gazeta)
Al Gore: 'We have entered an age of environmental crises and of widening social divides.' (photo: Agenja Gazeta)

Climate Crisis: Al Gore Says Global Economy Needs Major Upgrade, Fast
Jillian Ambrose, Guardian UK
Ambrose writes: "Al Gore has said the global economy requires a fundamental upgrade to become more sustainable in order for the world to survive an environmental crisis and widening social divides."

FOCUS: This Photo Is About Bodies - Migrant Bodies, and Our Body Politic. Don't Look Away

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FOCUS: This Photo Is About Bodies - Migrant Bodies, and Our Body Politic. Don't Look Away 
'You cannot step into the same river twice, but you can step into the same story again and again and again. A story of desperate need and desperate hope that drives people to risk everything in uncertain and unfamiliar waters.' (photo: Julia Le Duc/AP)
Sabrina Vourvoulias, Guardian UK
Vourvoulias writes: "This is a story about bodies. A body of water. A river running through mountain, bosque, desert and city; along two pueblos, between two states and separating two countries."

POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: DEBATE NIGHT — BAKER in LONDON — WAYFAIR WALKOUT — RMV chief OUT after tragedy


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DEBATE NIGHT — It's finally debate night. Twenty of the Democrats running for president will go head-to-head tonight and tomorrow, after months of mostly cordial campaigning. While both Democratic hopefuls from Massachusetts are in Florida for the debates, only one Bay State candidate will be on stage tonight.
As Sen. Elizabeth Warren climbs in the polls , tonight's event is a chance for her to give voters an idea of how she'd perform on a debate stage against President Donald Trump — if she were to make it to the general election. Warren drew a large crowd to her pre-debate town hall in Miami yesterday, too.
"In the back of Democrats' minds is 'Who is going to stand on that stage with Trump?'" New Hampshire Institute of Politics Executive Director Neil Levesque told me yesterday. "Trump decimated a whole series of very talented Republicans four years ago. Who's going to be able to stand on that stage with him and take him on and win? I think that's the jump ball at this point."
As Warren gears up for the debate, Rep. Seth Moulton will also be in Miami, despite failing to meet the qualifications set by the Democratic National Committee to make the event.
Watch for Moulton to play up his position as an underdog in the Democratic contest, and embrace being iced out of the two-day debate event. Moulton's team announced six interviews, an invitation-only media availability and a Florida Democratic Party reception planned over next 48 hours. Moulton will run his first campaign ads during the debate in early voting states including New Hampshire, and plans to post his reactions to the debates on social media. But Levesque is skeptical that Moulton's media blitz will make much of a difference to New Hampshire primary voters, especially since other groups are planning debate ads as well.
"The other candidates might decide they want to run an ad , too. But with 20 candidates, even over the course of two nights, the challenge for any of these people is 'How do I get some recognition here from the voters?'" Levesque said.
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TODAY — Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at the RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind Conference in London, then discusses offshore wind with MHI Vestas. Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker attend a reception for the Home Base International Thought Leader Summit on the Invisible Wounds. Acting Gov. Karyn Polito chairs a weekly meeting of the Governor's Council.
Gil Kerlikowske, former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is a guest on "Greater Boston." State Rep. Tami Gouveiaand state Sen. Jo Comerford host a panel on developing a net zero stretch energy code. State Sen. Adam Hinds is in Washington, D.C. for the National Conference of State Legislatures Budget & Tax Academy. Attorney General Maura Healey and state Rep. Sal DiDomenico attend a press conference on misclassification and payroll fraud.
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- "Facing pressure, Baker will seek $50 million for MBTA to speed the pace of maintenance," by Matt Stout, Boston Globe: "Facing an uproar over public transit funding, Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he's seeking a one-time, $50 million infusion for the MBTA — and is considering scheduling "more aggressive" service shutdowns — to help the agency speed the pace of maintenance and other projects. The package of changes, some of which require approval from the Legislature, comes two weeks after a devastating derailment on the Red Line caused widespread delays and shoved the financing of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority back under the public microscope."
- RELATED: "DeLeo ups T ante, pledges long-term fix," by Andy Metzger, CommonWealth Magazine: "SAYING THE MBTA is "in crisis," House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the House is willing to work with Gov. Charlie Baker on a short-term fix but remains focused on a long-term plan and the revenue to make it a reality. The Winthrop Democrat, who often sees eye to eye with Baker on financial issues, issued his statement on the T hours after the Republican governor announced his plan to use $50 million in surplus fiscal 2019 money to help the T meet its goals for capital improvements and repairs. Baker insisted, however, that new revenues are not necessary to restore the MBTA to good working order."
- "GUV'S LONDON TRIP ADDS TO INTRIGUE OVER PAROLE BOARD NOMINEE," by Matt Murphy, State House News Service:"With Gov. Charlie Baker leaving for London and unable to help break a potential tie on the Governor's Council, the administration is weighing how to proceed with the confirmation process for Springfield prosecutor and Parole Board nominee Karen McCarthy. The Governor's Council is set to vote on McCarthy's nomination Wednesday a week after a contentious hearing during which at least four of the eight councilors indicated they were likely to oppose confirmation."
- "Opponents say medically assisted suicides make terminal patients vulnerable, advocates say people should be able to die on their own terms," by Jacqueline Tempera,"When the California law allowing medically assisted suicides passed in 2016, Stephanie Packer, a single mother of four, got a call from her insurance company. Medically assisted suicide "would be much cheaper" than her current treatment, her insurance company told her. The company would no longer cover chemotherapy, pain medication or other remedies used to treat her Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that has causes her lungs to harden."
- "Proposed legislation would ban Native American mascots at Mass. public schools," by Mary Markos, Boston Herald: "Native American mascots could be banned from schools across the state as advocates and legislators argue that the practice is "racist" and offensive. Bills filed by Reps. Nika Elugardo (D-Boston) and Tami Gouveia (D-Acton) as well as Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton) would ban public schools from using any athletic team name, logo, or mascot associated with Native Americans. The legislation also charges the board of elementary and secondary education with implementing a due date for schools to choose a new mascot."
- "JUDD-STEIN IN NO HURRY ON SOUTHEAST CASINO OPTION," by Colin A. Young, State House News Service: "With the state's second resort casino now open, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected this week to get an update on the possibility of a third casino, though Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein suggested last week that she wants to see how things go with two casinos before considering a third. When lawmakers legalized casino gaming in 2011, the law allowed for up to three full-scale casinos and one slots parlor. The slots parlor license was the first to be awarded, to Plainridge Park Casino, and so far the commission has handed out two of the three resort casino licenses."
- "Sen. Gobi seeks compromise on lifting Sunday hunting ban," by Chris Van Buskirk, Telegram & Gazette: "The Legislature's Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture heard testimony Tuesday on legislative proposals that would allow for various forms of hunting on Sundays. The three bills before the committee would walk back a centuries-old law and open up Sundays to bow, deer, and general hunting. The hearing drew lobbyists and others arguing for and against the various measures. Committee Chairwoman state Sen. Anne Gobi, D-Spencer, said the legislation is not the priority bill for the panel."
- "RMV head resigns over N.H. motorcycle crash revelations," by John Hilliard, Boston Globe: "The head of the state's Registry of Motor Vehicles resigned Tuesday following revelations that the West Springfield truck driver accused of killing seven motorcycle riders in New Hampshire on Friday had been charged with drunken driving in Connecticut in May, part of a long history of driving infractions."
- "Investigation continues into police-involved shooting in Boston," by Gal Tziperman Lotan and John R. Ellement, Boston Globe: "Investigators returned to Penhallow Street in Dorchester Tuesday, the day after Boston police officers shot and killed a 19-year-old there during an exchange of gunfire. The scene had been cleared for hours, but they cordoned off the small residential road and combed for evidence. They looked through trash cans, bushes, and flower beds, and checked whether houses had surveillance cameras. Police have not identified the 19-year-old. Two officers have been placed on leave during the investigation into the shooting."
- "Police Shooting in Dorchester Is "Tragic and Traumatizing," Mayor Walsh Says," by Spencer Buell, Boston Magazine: "After police shot and killed a 19-year-old suspect who allegedly fired at officers in Dorchester, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is calling the incident "tragic and traumatizing." "Any act of violence in our city is tragic and traumatizing," Walsh said in a tweet late Monday evening. "We will continue to focus on preventing crime by creating more opportunities for our young people, and a path away from violence." The mayor's comments came after police announced that a confrontation and chase involving several officers and a 19-year-old man had ended fatally."
- "What's next for Peddocks Island? Advocates are planning its future — and they want the public's help," by Steve Annear, Boston Globe: "A luxury hotel and spa. A wedding venue. A waterfront cafe. Or how about this? An outdoor data collection station, a hydropower testing area to research green energy, or a cottage for professors to host educational programming. Nope, these aren't amenities at Encore Boston Harbor casino, or new facilities being built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — they're a sampling of ideas being floated as part of the Peddocks Island Vision Plan, a long-term project to reimagine and develop the second-largest Boston Harbor island, with the hope of attracting more visitors to its shorelines ."
- "Here's What The Students In The Racist MFA Incident Are Asking From The Museum," by Cristela Guerra, WBUR: "Boston-based attorney group Lawyers for Civil Rights presented the Museum of Fine Arts with a demand letter on Tuesday as a way to hold the museum accountable for the racism suffered by a group of children of color who visited its galleries on a field trip last month. The attorneys say they're representing students, parents and an educator who were directly affected by the May 16 incident. The seventh graders and their teachers from the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester allege they were harassed and racially profiled by other visitors and museum guards."
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- "Justice is what they deserve, justice is what we can deliver: Let's pay contractors back wages," by Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Hector Figueroa, The Hill: "It's been nearly six months since the longest government shutdown in our country's history, and while federal government employees rightfully received backpay for the time they couldn't go to work, thousands of government contractors have yet to be made whole for the wages lost over the course of the shutdown. The federal agencies that hire these contractors anticipated the cost of paying them long before the shutdown began. These agencies owe it to the contractors who make their work possible to pay them the wages they need."
- "DAVID HALBERT ENDORSED BY PROGRESSIVE WEST ROXBURY/ROSLINDALE," from the Halbert campaign: "David Halbert was endorsed by Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale, a local chapter of Progressive Massachusetts, in his campaign for Boston City Council At-Large. Following a forum held on June 6th, the group voted to support David stating 'If the race proceeds as it seems to be, the election in November will result in the first City Council to be majority progressive, majority women, and/or majority Councilors of color.'"
- "Spend Two Minutes With The First Female Chief Justice Of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court," by Laura Colarusso and Emily Judem, WGBH News: "She may be best known for writing the majority opinion in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the landmark case that granted same-sex couples the right to marry in Massachusetts. But Margaret Marshall, the first female chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, authored more than 300 opinions and was involved in hundreds more during her time on the bench. Growing up in South Africa at a time when women weren't expected to work, she never dreamed that she would one day become a lawyer. This is the (short) story of her journey to the top legal spot in the Bay State."
- "Elizabeth Warren's Latest Plan: Expanding Voting Access," by Thomas Kaplan, New York Times: "Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Tuesday released a far-reaching plan that would create new standards for how federal elections are carried out across the country, part of an effort to protect voting rights and make it easier for Americans to vote. Ms. Warren unveiled her plan hours before holding a campaign event in South Florida, a place that has had ample experience with election controversy, most notably in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential race."
- "Elizabeth Warren: Repeal The Law That Criminalizes Migrants," by Roque Planas, Huffington Post: "Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called Tuesday for repealing the decades-old law criminalizing unauthorized border crossing ― the same law the Trump administration used to systematically split up families at the border last year. Warren joins fellow 2020 contender Julián Castro and several other prominent Democrats in backing a reform that, if enacted, would give civil immigration courts exclusive legal control over immigration enforcement at the border."
- "After Brayton Point visit, Markey backs extended tax credits for wind industry," by Peter Jasinski, Fall River Herald: "Less than one week after visiting the planned site of the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center in Somerset, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey reintroduced legislation to extend an existing tax credit for wind energy companies. The Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act, which Markey has cosponsored with Rhode Island lawmakers U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, would extend the federal government's existing 30 percent investment tax for the offshore wind industry through 2025."
- "Wayfair employees plan walkout to protest business with border camp contractors," by Lucia Maffei, Boston Business Journal: "Employees at Boston-based Internet retailer Wayfair are preparing to demonstrate on Copley Square on Wednesday following the company's alleged refusal to cease doing business with contractors furnishing border camps. In a tweet from the Twitter account, @Wayfairwalkout, the employees are asking Wayfair donate $86,000 to Raices, a nonprofit agency that provide free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families and refugees."
- "One Good Reason Not to Loathe DC? Ayanna Pressley," by David Bernstein, Boston Magazine: "If we thought Ayanna Pressley had nerves of steel for challenging and taking down one of our longest-serving Democratic congressmen, it was only because we hadn't yet seen her take on the Trump administration. In her first speech on the floor of the House in January, she delivered a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump and the government shutdown. More recently, in an exchange that went viral, she scolded Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for interrupting her and evading her questions. As a result, Pressley's take-no-prisoners approach has made her a star on the national political stage. But life on Capitol Hill isn't all fiery speeches and tense political standoffs. In late May, Pressley took time to pull back the curtain on her new life in DC."
- "Tribe's suit against feds to stay in Washington," by Tanner Stening, Cape Cod Times: "The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is celebrating a decision Friday to keep its lawsuit against the federal government in Washington, D.C. — this over opponents' efforts to return the case to Massachusetts. Opponents of the suit sought to transfer the case from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia back to Massachusetts. But Judge Rosemary M. Collyer denied the motion to transfer the suit, which is challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's Sept. 7 determination that the tribe does not qualify for land-in-trust, which is required to build a proposed $1 billion casino in Taunton ."
- "Ayanna Pressley one of four Democrats to vote 'no' on border aid bill," by Peter Bailey-Wells, Boston Globe: "On Tuesday the House of Representatives passed a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the US-Mexico border. The bill passed 230-195, nearly along party lines. But it included a progressive defection from four of the House's highest-profile young Democrats, including Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, who voted "no" on the measure. Pressley was joined by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. The quartet said in a press release this weekend that they could not "in good conscience" support the measure."
- "Special Report: How judges added to the grim toll of opioids," by Benjamin Lesser, Dan Levine, Lisa Girion and Jaimi Dowdell, Reuters: " The opioid epidemic that has so far killed half a million Americans is routinely blamed on greedy drug makers, feckless doctors and lax regulators. But there's another group that has contributed to the depth and duration of the catastrophe: judges. "Heartbreaking and sickening" is how Congresswoman Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat who has been involved in investigating the causes of the opioid epidemic, described the early decisions to seal the Purdue evidence. In an interview, Clark said she believes that had the secrets come out earlier, doctors would have written fewer OxyContin prescriptions and fewer insurers would have covered the drug."
- "Are We Cutting Down The Wrong Trees In Massachusetts?" by Craig LeMoult, WGBH News: "When it comes to the growing threat of climate change, the shrinking rainforests of South America get a lot of attention. But one Boston-area scientist says we should also be looking closer to home. "One could almost say that getting people to focus on the Amazon is a bit of a distraction so we can cut down our own forests," said Bill Moomaw, an emeritus professor of international environmental policy at Tufts University. In a new paper in the journal "Frontiers in Forests and Global Change," Moomaw argues that here in the U.S., and specifically in New England, the practice of "sustainable forestry" is not sustainable for the climate."
- "Mass. regulators inch closer to approving marijuana delivery, cafes," by Dan Adams, Boston Globe: "Marijuana delivery services — and maybe even cannabis cafes — are inching closer to reality in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission on Tuesday voted to approve draft regulations that would allow both business types in the state, though with significant restrictions. The agency is expected to sign off on modest tweaks to the rules at a meeting Thursday before kicking off a formal public comment period. Final revisions and votes to implement the policies will probably occur in September."
- "Cambridge councilors want poor, minorities to get first chances at recreational pot licenses," by Jonathan Ng, Boston Herald: "Two Cambridge lawmakers are pushing a social justice pot plan that would bar anyone who isn't an "economic empowerment" or "social equity" applicant from opening a recreational marijuana shop in their city for the next two years. The proposed amendment to a Cambridge city ordinance is drawing fire from the city's existing medical pot shops — which say they need the recreational income to subsidize medical patients — as well as from Mayor Marc McGovern, who says they're gumming up the works."
EYE ON 2020
- "880 Emails Over 6 Weeks: Here's How 2020 Democrats Portray Themselves," by Maggie Astor, New York Times: "The emails came, ostensibly, from the candidates' personal iPhones, from their campaign managers, from their parents and spouses and children. They asked for signatures, for survey responses and, of course — incessantly and creatively — for money. They promised to "be blunt," to "level with you," to "be completely honest." They were not always completely honest."
- "Serve America Together campaign kicks off with a challenge to presidential candidates: Release a Plan to Expand National Service," from Service Year: "Serve America Together — a campaign to make national service part of growing up in America — kicked off today with a challenge to the 2020 presidential candidates. The campaign is challenging all presidential candidates to commit to make national service a priority in their first 100 days in office and to release bold plans to expand and transform national service in America. Over a dozen leading military and civilian service organizations joined together with campaign co-chairs Gen. Stan McChrystal, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Hauptman, former Gov. Deval Patrick, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Laura Lauder to call on the candidates to prioritize national service." Link.
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— Herald"RMV CHIEF RESIGNS,"  Globe"Leader quits after RMV failure in crash," "Baker calls for a $50mil boost to the T."
- "As Kohan buys more malls, tenants live in limbo," by Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle: "Wayne Riniker knew his employer was in trouble — and had been since paying too much for this mall on a rise west of the Mississippi River. Safe from flooding, but underwater on the mortgage. Default. Receivership. Not happy words for the owner of Westland Mall. It went to the lender, with some $20 million in outstanding loans. But U.S. Bank wanted out. The Kohan Retail Investment Group, owner of the Berkshire Mall, wanted in."
- "Date set for criminal trial of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II," by Jo C. Goode, Fall River Herald: "Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II was not present at a pre-trial conference regarding his federal criminal charges in Boston on Tuesday, but federal court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled a trial for Feb. 24 after prosecutors and his defense attorney agreed to the date. The hearing at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse was over in a matter of minutes. Kevin Reddington, the mayor's defense attorney, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary Hafer and David Tobin appeared with just a half-dozen members of the media in attendance."
- "At least 9 great white sharks spotted in Cape Cod Bay by researchers, including previously tagged shark Ashley Grace," by Michael Bonner, "White shark research began in Cape Cod Bay on Monday resulting in officials confirming at least nine sightings. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said the majority of the sightings were at least two miles off the coast of Wellfleet. The day began with a pair of great white shark sightings appearing in Cape Cod Bay on the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy app, Sharktivity, on Monday morning."
SPOTTED: at the Suffrage Centennial Kickoff Celebration hosted by the Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts and the Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial ... Shirley Leung, Fredie Kay, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Senate President Karen Spilka, Barbara Lee, Attorney General Maura Healey, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell, Auditor Suzanne Bump, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, state Sen. Barry Finegold, Joyce Linehan, Ami Bennitt, Nicole Carlsburg, Amanda Hunter, Alli Goldberg, Marie Turley, Tina Cassidy and Megan Costello.
TRANSITIONS - Dr. Anne Klibanski is the new president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare. Link.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation named Jacquie Anderson as senior director of grantmaking.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to Capitol Diner owner and former Lynn state Rep. Robert Fennell, Southwick Rep. Nicholas Boldyga, Gloucester Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and Mattapoisett Rep. William Strauss, former MassGOP spokesperson Emmalee Kalmbach, Democratic strategist Adam Webster of Castle Point Partners, and Adam Zieminski of cafeADAM in Great Barrington.
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? Yes! The Red Sox beat the White Sox 6-3.
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