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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Here's the truth


When Trump was sworn in, we ran ads featuring an Afghanistan veteran and aired them where we knew he'd see it: on the morning cable shows.

When he signed an executive order calling for a hiring freeze, we forced his administration to reverse closures to schools servicing military families overseas.

When he took aim at health care, we identified hundreds of veterans who would be devastated by the repeal of Obamacare and helped make their voices heard in the heat of the debate.

Here's the truth: no matter the fight -- when President Trump's policies take aim at veterans, military families, and our nation's security we're going to be there elevating the voices of veterans who are willing to stand up to him. But we can't do it alone.

Make a $10 contribution to VoteVets today as a way of saying that you are willing to stand and fight with those who are willing to stand up and take the fight to President Trump.

There's no shortage of important debates on the horizon. We must continue to defend Obamacare. There's the coming conservative effort to privatize veterans' health care that we must stop. And we still need to get to the bottom of Trump's relationship with Russia. We'll be involved in each of those fights. And that work is funded by people like you who are willing to chip in.

All my best,

Jon Soltz 
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman 


CounterCurrents: An Inherent Ecocidal Death Wish Of Humanity

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In Visit To Israel, Trump Escalates Attacks On Iran
by Bill Van Auken 

Donald Trump made clear from the moment of his arrival in Israel Monday that the purpose of his trip, promoted by the White House and the media as part of a quest for “Middle East peace,” is the consolidation of reactionary regional alliance in support of a US military buildup against Iran.

Giving Rights To Trees. But Forgetting The Forests That Are Destroyed
by Saral Sarkar 

Compared to the overall situation today, are not the cases of individual chimps, Tommy, Kiko, Hercules, and Leo, much ado about insignificant things? These animals are after all not being brutally eliminated! Are not these cases distracting us from the great tasks of today?

An Inherent Ecocidal Death Wish Of Humanity
by David Anderson 

Our problem: There is a high probability of massive pain and suffering and then human extinction within the next one to two hundred years.

Donald Trump’s Riyadh Circus: Farcical, Nasty, And Dangerous
by Taj Hashmi 

Although there’s no reason to take Donald Trump’s erratic behaviour, and his ambivalent and nasty assertions seriously, yet we can’t ignore his latest gimmick, the circus he staged in Riyadh in the name of defeating Islamist terrorism on May 21st

British Media Are Siding With Iranian Regime To Undermine Ahwazi Arabs’ Struggle For Freedom
by Rahim Hamid 

Recently we have seen the mainstream media in the UK, supplemented by the film industry, undermine the struggle of an already oppressed people, the Ahwazi Arabs, by making a film about their plight, but wrongly labelling it ‘terrorism’. 

Questionable Legality Of The Surrender Process In Chhatisgarh: The Podiyam Panda ‘Surrender’
by Nandini Sundar 

The Podiyam Panda ‘surrender’ is the first one being challenged before a court. The entire experience shows the questionable legality of the surrender process in Chhatisgarh.

India Needs To Focus On Its Development Warriors
by Moin Qazi 

India spends more on programmes for the poor than most developing countries, but is not getting  the expected dividends that significant public expenditure would seem to warrant, and the needs of important population groups still  remain  partly addressed. This    has been haunting  social scientists and policy makers 

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally
Co-Written by V T Padmanabhan & Sankar Ray

The KNNPP is a technological hoax, an abominable goof-up. The dogged determination to  have commissioned it shows that the authorities is mortgaged to alien corporate interests reminding us of  Andrew Undershaft in George Bernard Shaw, “Well, I am a millionaire and that is my religion”. Undershaft is an arms trader. The crucial question of energy security is subserviently surrendered to predatory interests abroad. When nuclear power is fast abandoned the world over, why nuclear lobby that has strong political connections is hell-bent on economically, environmentally and socially destructive ventures.

Reflections Of A Seed
by Sheshu Babu 

I wish I remain
In the cozy lap of mother Earth
Safe without pain
Of germination and growth …

RSN:William Boardman | Trump Honors Saudi Family Police State as His Government Ideal

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U.S. president Donald Trump dances with a sword as he arrives to a welcome ceremony by Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017. (photo: Thomson Reuters) 
William Boardman, Reader Supported News 
Boardman writes: "Addressing the Sunni Summit, a motley host of countries with little freedom, democracy, justice, or other human rights, President Trump might well have wished he could just begin by saying, 'Greetings, my fellow dictators ...'" 

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If Congress passes Donald Trump’s budget, it would be an unmitigated disaster for veterans and military families, especially the most vulnerable among them.
  • The budget would cut food assistance benefits. Today, almost 2 million veterans get help putting food on the table. Add to that their family members — spouses and children — and you can begin to see how cruel this budget cut would be.

  • The budget assumes the passage of the Republican health care bill, which would result in up to seven million veterans losing their tax credit for their families.

  • The budget also cuts Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. For almost half of the veterans who receive disability insurance, Social Security represents more than half of their income. Without it, many would fall into poverty.
Here’s the truth: we are going to fight against any effort to pass this budget. We are not going to accept increases to the VA and DoD budgets paid for on the backs of the poor, seniors, and vulnerable veterans. So before Congress votes, make your voice heard:

Sign VoteVets’ petition calling on Congress to REJECT Donald Trump’s budget that takes care away vital services to the poor, seniors, and vulnerable veterans all to shovel more money into the pockets of rich executives.

Donald Trump campaigned as a populist, but as president has acted like more of a plutocrat. This budget is just another example of his effort to reward wealth over work in this country, even when it comes at the expense of people who sacrificed in a way he avoided as a younger man.

Thank you for adding your name in opposition to this budget.

All my best,

Will Fischer
Iraq War Veteran and Director of Government Relations


Progressive Breakfast: They're Talking a Better Game, But Will the Democrats Fight?m Trump $1 trillion social cuts hit his own voters hardest


Richard Eskow
They’re Talking a Better Game, But Will the Democrats Fight?
While Democrats embark on a search for bold new ideas, Trump and the Republicans are boldly dismantling large chunks of the government, with massive cuts to assistance programs from Social Security to Medicaid. This dismantling of our social safety net is a declaration of war against the social contract in this country, and our shared belief that we look out for one another. Something clearly needs to change, and fast.

There’s a Hole in My Budget

Trump $1 trillion social cuts hit his own voters hardest. Politico: “Trump’s spending blueprint follows established conservative orthodoxy, cutting taxes on the wealthy, boosting defense spending and taking a hatchet to programs for the poor and disabled – potentially hurting many of the rural and low-income Americans that voted him into office… The president’s budget plan calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to a wide range of social programs with millions of beneficiaries, from farm subsidies to federal student aid. That includes a $600 billion cut to Medicaid over 10 years, despite Trump’s repeated promises on the campaign trail not to cut the program. The budget also takes an ax to the federal food stamp program and Social Security Disability Insurance.”
GOP Budget relies on unrealistic expectations of economic growth. NYT: “The budget promises a deep tax cut for businesses and consumers that would not reduce federal revenue. An increase in military spending would be offset by trillions of dollars of unspecified or loosely sketched reductions in federal spending. And it all works because the budget assumes an acceleration of economic growth to an annual pace of 3 percent a year, much higher than the post-recession average of 2 percent.”

Supreme Court Votes for Voters

Supreme Court strikes down NC gerrymander. Mother Jones: “The Supreme Court on Monday struck down North Carolina’s congressional map, finding that the Republican legislature unconstitutionally used race in drawing district lines that reduced the voting power of minorities. In the 5-3 decision, with ultra-conservative Justice Clarence Thomas joining the four liberal justices in the majority, the court ruled that North Carolina unconstitutionally packed African American voters into two districts, in violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.”
Gorsuch dissents as Supreme Court upholds ban on big-money gifts to political parties. LA Times: “Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined Clarence Thomas in dissent Monday when the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a Republican Party lawyer seeking to strike down limits on big-money contributions to political parties… The dissent by Gorsuch is his first and most significant decision since joining the court last month, and it puts him squarely on the side of conservatives and Republican lawyers who believe that limits on political money are unconstitutional.”
Black voters say they’re already losing under Trump. Toronto Star: “The U.S. media narrative of the past year has been dominated by accounts of white Trump voters standing by their man no matter what they hear on the news. Their unyielding loyalty is important. But also noteworthy is Trump’s inability to earn even the fleeting honeymoon support of just about anyone who didn’t vote for him… in August, Trump offered a ‘guarantee’: he would so impress black people that he would get 95 per cent of their votes in 2020. In a poll this month, his approval rating among black people was 12 per cent.”

Enrich Thyself

Kushner Companies squeeze lower-income renters nationwide. NYT: “Baltimore-area renters complain about a property owner who they say neglects their homes and often sues when they leave. Few of them know the landlord is the president’s son-in-law… the company and its equity partners bought 4,681 units of what are known in real estate jargon as ‘distress-ridden, Class B’ apartment complexes: units whose prices fell somewhere in the middle of the market, typically of a certain age and wear, whose owners were in financial difficulty. The properties were spread across 12 sites in Toledo, Ohio; Pittsburgh; and other Rust Belt cities still reeling from the Great Recession.”
Jared Kushner keeps real estate empire intact, mum on White House conflicts, benefits. WaPo: “Kushner, 36, who is emerging as a singularly powerful figure in the Trump White House, is keeping nearly 90 percent of his vast real estate holdings even after resigning from the family business and pledging a clear divide between his private interests and public duties. The value of his retained real estate interests is between $132 million and $407 million and could leave him in a position to financially benefit from his family’s business.”

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Trump Reality Show Distracts From Dismantling Medicaid. Mark Trahant: “This is what the Trump Show hides: The House’s American Health Care Act does much more than roll back the Affordable Care Act. It ends a Medicaid program that works. It’s the single most effective form of “government” insurance that secures health care options for 62.3 million Americans. To add a little perspective here: Medicare — supposedly untouchable in politics — insures 43.3 million seniors.”
How U.S. Firms Offshore Production, Then Pollution. Yue Maggie Zhou: “On Earth Day, Trump tweeted that ‘Economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!’ His message was eerily similar to assertions in developing countries that environmental standards are less important than attracting jobs.”

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The Astounding Ignorance of Republicans & Trump Appointments

Republicans continue to revel in their ignorance that should no longer be noteworthy....

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Flabbergasted Anchor Points Out to Commerce Secretary Why There Wasn't a 'Single Hint of a Protester' in Saudi Arabia 
Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider 
Bertrand writes: "The Saudi government banned all forms of protest in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring." 

Saudi policemen stand guard in front of 'Al-rajhi Mosque' in central Riyadh. (photo: Getty Images)
Saudi policemen stand guard in front of 'Al-rajhi Mosque' in central Riyadh. (photo: Getty Images)

ommerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC on Monday that "there was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time" he was in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump over the weekend.
The CNBC anchor said that could be because protesting isn't allowed in Saudi Arabia.
"In theory, that could be true," Ross replied. "But, boy, there was certainly no sign of it."
He added: "The mood was a genuinely good mood."
Ross, who was seen napping during Trump's speech on Sunday, added that the Saudi security guards asked Trump and his aides for a photo and presented him with "two gigantic bushels of dates as a present, a thank you for the trip that we had had. That was a pretty from-the-heart, very genuine gesture, and it really touched me."
The Saudi government banned all forms of protest in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring.
"Regulations in the kingdom forbid categorically all sorts of demonstrations, marches, and sit-ins, as they contradict Islamic Sharia law and the values and traditions of Saudi society," a Saudi interior ministry statement said at the time.
A counterterrorism law enacted in 2014 reinforced the ban on dissent, characterizing any act that "undermines" the Saudi state or society as an act of terrorism.
Both laws were enacted under King Abdullah, who died in January 2015. But dissidents and activists continue to be jailed and publicly tortured through 2017, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Trump's speech in Riyadh on Sunday did not mention Saudi Arabia's human-rights violations, which include public floggings, coerced confessions, and death sentences for crimes such as nonviolent drug offenses. Most executions are carried out by beheading, according to Amnesty International.
"We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship," Trump said on Sunday. He did, however, call on the region's leaders to stand up against the "oppression of women."
Of Trump's promise to not "tell other people how to live," Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN on Sunday, "That would not have been a part of a speech that I would have delivered."
He added: "I think it's in our national-security interest to advocate for democracy and freedom and human rights now, with a recognition that you may not get it overnight."

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President Donald Trump is joined by Vice President Mike Pence and senior staff in the Oval Office. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) 
Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post 
Excerpt: "President Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials." 
Suicide Bombing Claims at Least 22, Including Children, at Concert in Britain 
Bill Chappell, NPR 
Chappell writes: "A bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, has killed 22 people and injured 59 more, police say." 
Trump Lawyers-Up, Big Time 
Robert Costa and Ashley Parker, The Washington Post 
Excerpt: "President Trump is moving rapidly toward assembling outside counsel to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year's election, and in recent days he and his advisers have privately courted several prominent attorneys to join the effort." 
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Picking Up the Threads of Struggle 
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Daniel Denvir, Jacobin 
Excerpt: "It's almost impossible to understand the dynamic of race without understanding its correlation to class. There is no coincidence that Donald Trump's over-the-top vitriol directed at immigrants - at Arabs and Muslims, and at African Americans, with his sort of obtuse description of the 'black' inner city - comes in combination with a completely draconian austerity-driven budget." 
Texas Is on the Verge of Passing Two Horribly Anti-LGBT Laws 
Samantha Allen, The Daily Beast 
Allen writes: "On Sunday, the Texas state senate voted 21-10 to pass House Bill 3859 - a bill that, as The Daily Beast previously reported, would make it legal for state-funded adoption agencies in Texas to discriminate against same-sex couples and non-Christians under the guise of 'sincerely held religious beliefs.'" 
Flabbergasted Anchor Points Out to Commerce Secretary Why There Wasn't a 'Single Hint of a Protester' in Saudi Arabia 
Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider 
Bertrand writes: "The Saudi government banned all forms of protest in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring." 
'My Worst Nightmares Are Coming True': Europe's Last Primeval Forest on 'Brink of Collapse' 
Christian Davies, Guardian UK 
Davies writes: "The Polish government is accused of pushing Bialowieza forest ecosystem to point of no return with state-sanctioned logging in Unesco world heritage site." 

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MASSterList: More cuts | Cameras don't lie | Baffling moratoriums

By Jay Fitzgerald and Keith Regan

More cuts | Cameras don't lie | Baffling moratoriums

Happening Today
Board of Education meeting
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meets at Scituate High School, with an agenda that includes an update on the standard-setting process for the next-generation MCAS, the fiscal 2018 state budget and the state's early college initiative, Scituate High School, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, 9:30 a.m.
Ride-for-hire regulations
Department of Public Utilities holds a hearing on draft regulations for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, 10 Park Plaza, second floor, Transportation Board Room, Boston, 10 a.m.
Senate budget day
The Senate begins deliberations on the Senate Ways and Means Committee's $40.3 billion fiscal 2018 budget, Senate Chamber, 10 a.m.
Correctional employee awards
Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, Undersecretary for Law Enforcement Jennifer Queally, Department of Corrections Commissioner Thomas Turco III, and county sheriffs participate in the Correctional Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony, House Chamber, 10 a.m.
Evans on the air
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is interviewed on ‘Boston Public Radio,’ WGBH-FM 89.7, 12:30 p.m.
Special Senate election deadline
Tuesday is the deadline for candidates running for the 4th Middlesex Senate seat, formerly held by the late Ken Donnelly, to file their nomination papers, including enrollment certificate and ethics commission receipt, with Secretary of State William Galvin’s office, 5 p.m.
Fallen Heroes Memorial dinner
Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Gold Star family members speak at Massachusetts Fallen Heroes' 7th annual Memorial Dinner, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer St., Boston, 6 p.m.
Today's News
Don’t look now, but Trump’s budget cuts go well beyond slashing Medicaid and NIH
Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday reiterated that he’s “worried and disappointed” about possible health-care cuts pushed by the Trump administration and House Republicans, reports SHNS’s Andy Metzger (pay wall). But now it’s no longer just about health-care funding: It’s about $3.6 trillion in proposed across-the-board federal budget cuts, covering dozens of federal programs, in what the Washington Post is calling an “historic budget contraction” proposed by the Trump administration. The Globe’s Evan Horowitz makes an admirable early effort at sifting through the president’s budget plan. But it’s ultimately going to take weeks to determine out its true ramifications for the state. Almost every federal government agency, except defense, would be hit hard.
Local police beef up concert security after Manchester terrorist bombing
Boston Police are increasing patrols and taking other security measures at local concert venues – including at this holiday weekend’s Boston Calling music festival -- after the terrible U.K concert bombing yesterday that killed more than 20 people, including children, reports the Boston Globeand Boston Herald. At Universal Hub, Adam Gaffin rips into a local man, apparently a writer, who actually made a joke about the tragedy, prompting an interesting comments debate about idiots and the rights of idiots to make idiots of themselves.
Warren banks $200,000 for book advance
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren nabbed a $200,000 advance for her latest book, ‘This Fight is Our Fight,’ adding to her household wealth of nearly $5 million, reports the Globe’s Victoria McGrane. Curiously, the latest advance is down substantially from the $525,000 advance that she netted for her previous book, ‘A Fighting Chance,’ as reported by The Hill three years ago.
Boston Globe
Linda Henry: The Globe’s last hope?
Simon van Zuylen-Wood at Boston Magazine has a big piece on Linda Pizzuti Henry, wife of Boston Globe owner and publisher John Henry, and how she’s playing an increasingly major role these days at the Globe – and likely will play an even bigger role in coming months and years. “I think [Linda] will be publisher one day,” says recently departed Globe CEO Mike Sheehan, reportedly echoing what others told van Zuylen-Wood. One thing seems pretty clear: She’ll also likely get a better office when the Globe moves out of Morrissey Boulevard to downtown Boston next month. Simon explains.
Boston Magazine
Federal judge ends Sal’s home confinement
The same federal judge who ordered former House Speaker Sal DiMasi’s early release from prison has now ruled that his mandatory home confinement is over, according to a report at CBS Boston. DiMasi, who was convicted for corruption and sentenced to eight years in prison, has been suffering from cancer.
CBS Boston
The camera doesn’t lie: Police release video of Stefanini removing opponent’s campaign materials
Police have released video of Framingham mayoral candidate Jeff Stefanini, a former state representative and town selectman, removing an opponent’s campaign literature at a local library. Jim Haddadin provides the blow-by-blow description of the caper, in an accompanying piece at Wicked Local.
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A look at JFK’s most famous Massachusetts speeches
Speaking of videos (of a completely different caliber), Anthony Brooks at WBUR has a piece – and accompanying videos – of some of President John F. Kennedy’s most famous speeches in Massachusetts just prior to and after he won the 1960 presidential race, including his famous 1961 good-bye address to the Massachusetts Legislature. For political and history buffs, it’s fun and moving stuff.
The tension: Baker re-election announcement waits till fall
First, the Game of Throne’s season 7 is delayed till this summer. Now we’ll have to wait till this fall for Gov. Baker’s re-election announcement, after he previously promised a decision by the first part of 2017, as reported by SHNS’s Andy Metzger. The tension is killing us!
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Western Mass.’s Berkshire Bank storms Boston
This is a big one in the local business world: Pittsfield-based Berkshire Hills Bancorp, parent of Berkshire Bank, is acquiring the parent company of Worcester’s Commerce Bank and Trust, a merger that would make the combined company the largest state-chartered bank in Massachusetts, according to the Berkshire Eagle, the BBJ and the Globe. The kicker: Berkshire plans to move its headquarters to Boston. It’s a bold move – and a smart move aimed at tapping into dissatisfaction with huge, out-of-state banks with presences here.
Berkshire Eagle
About those darling, innocent and sweet Boston jaywalkers
Mayor Walsh was criticized last week for daring to suggest that maybe, just maybe, pedestrians and bikers pay more attention as they walk and bike around the city. Today, the Globe’s Maria Cramer takes a look at our darling, innocent and sweet jaywalkers, the Bambis of the roadways.
Boston Globe
Wilbraham just says ‘no,’ too
What number are we up to in terms of towns rejecting retail pot shops? Must be over 40 by now, with Wilbraham being the latest community to just say ‘no,’ as reported by Conor Berry at MassLive.
Question 4 advocate baffled by pot-shop moratoriums
Jim Borghesani of the Yes on 4 Campaign is baffled why some communities are even taking votes on banning pot shops, reports Brian Lee at the Telegram. “I’ve seen a lot of moratoriums that expire in July of 2018,” Borghesani said. “Legal sales won’t even begin until July 2018 at the earliest. So I don’t quite understand the function of those moratoriums.”  
Amid the hair-extension controversy, let’s not forget the Malden school’s academic achievements
The Globe’s Joan Vennochi is right to point out that, yes, the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s ban of, and punishments for, hair extensions was racially insensitive to African-American girls. But let’s not forget the school’s great academic achievements on behalf of African Americans and other minorities, she writes. It’s something that needed to be said – and Joan just said it.
Boston Globe

Setti Warren calls for tuition-free public colleges and universities
Stealing campaign and public policy pages from Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama and Deval Patrick (and from Andrew Cuomo, for that matter), newly minted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren is calling for free tuition for state students attending public colleges and universities in Massachusetts, reports Tori Bedford at WGBH. He doesn’t say how he’d pay for the free higher education other than saying that a “conversation” is needed and that he supports the proposed “millionaire’s tax.” And he also expressed support for a single-payer health care system. No financial details on how to pay for that program, either.
Marty's massive machine
The Globe’s Meghan Irons takes a look at the “massive apparatus” available to incumbent mayors running for re-election in Boston. And it’s not just about City Hall jobs.
Boston Globe
Governor shares his regrets of choosing Harvard over Hamilton
More than 40 years later, Governor Charlie Baker still regrets having gone to Harvard, not Hamilton College. But he finally did get a degree from Hamilton over the weekend, reports (and explains) SHNS’s Colin Young at the Enterprise
Trial to begin in OD death of UMass campus-police informant
The trial of a New Hampshire man charged with supplying the heroin that led to the overdose death of a UMass student who had been working as a campus-police informant is slated to begin in Northampton this week, Emily Cutts of the Hampshire Gazette reports. Jesse Carrillo, 28, faces involuntary manslaughter and heroin distribution charges in connection with the death of 20-year-old UMass junior Eric Sinacori in the fall of 2013. UMass has since discontinued its confidential informant program.
In Western Massachusetts, two votes make all the difference
Your latest reminder that every vote counts comes from Washington in Berkshire County, where an incumbent selectman who resigned from the Department of Conservation and Recreation after published reports said pornography was found on his state computer was ousted by a write-in challenger by a margin of just two votes. Patricia LeBoeuf of the Berkshire Eagle reports that Richard Grillon’s 72 write-in votes were enough to unseat Michael Case on the town’s select board. Case, a longtime GOP operative who quit his job at DCR in January, wasn’t exactly devastated by his defeat. “To be honest, I'm going to love having Monday nights off."
Berkshire Eagle
Water utility chief racking up travel on taxpayers’ dime
The chief engineer at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission has racked up $37,000 in travel expenses since 2015, all of it reimbursed by water and sewer customers, which in some cases means state taxpayers, Eric Rasmussen and Erin Smith of Boston 25 News report. John Sullivan took trips in 11 of 12 months last year, many to industry and advocacy-group events that a watchdog says should not be funded by rate- and taxpayers. 
Fox 25
Health Care for All taps advocate and pediatrician as executive director
Health Care For All, which has gone eight months without a permanent replacement for former executive director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, has selected Amy Rosenthal, a Lexington resident and pediatrician, to head the non-profit advocacy group for affordable health care, reports Jessica Bartlett at the BBJ. Rosenthal was most recently director of external affairs and campaigns at Community Catalyst, itself an advocate group for affordable health care.
T missing out on college student market
The MBTA is reaching just a fraction of the city’s massive college student population with its monthly pass program and acknowledges the 11 percent discount offered on the semester-long passes are not enough to generate higher participation, Bruce Mohl of CommonWealth Magazine reports. Transit agencies in other cities offer steeper discounts and see much higher participation rates but in some cases require schools that take part to purchase passes for all of their students. 

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