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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Roy Moore





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FOCUS | Accuser to Roy Moore: "I Sat Quietly for Too Long. No More." 
Leigh Corfman says Roy Moore assaulted her when she was just 14 years old. (photo: Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press) 
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Excerpt: "I am not getting paid for speaking up. I am not getting rewarded from your political opponents. What I am getting is stronger by refusing to blame myself and speaking the truth out loud." 
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n an impassioned letter released exclusively today to AL.com, Leigh Corfman, who accused Roy Moore of undressing her when she was 14 and he was 32, demanded the Republican Senate candidate stop calling her a liar, and attacking her character and end his "smears and false denials."
AL.com received a copy of the letter in person from Corfman. She declined to comment beyond what was contained in the letter.
"I am not getting paid for speaking up. I am not getting rewarded from your political opponents. What I am getting is stronger by refusing to blame myself and speaking the truth out loud," the letter states.
"The initial barrage of attacks against me voiced by your campaign spokespersons and others seemed petty so I did not respond."
However, Corfman decided to write the open letter after hearing Moore's own remarks last night at a rally in Henagar, his first public appearance in nearly two weeks.
Moore on Monday gave no new insight on the allegations that have hounded his campaign for the past 21/2 weeks, saying again the accusations he made unwanted romantic or sexual advances on teenage girls almost 40 years ago are "completely false."
"I don't know any of (the women)," he said.
Corfman has said that when she was 14 Moore, who was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, took her to his home where he removed her clothes and touched her over her bra and underwear. He was wearing his underwear at the time, Corfman said.
"I felt like I was the one to blame," she told The Today Show . "I was a 14-year-old child trying to play in an adult's world and he was 32-years-old."
Here is the letter in its entirety: 
Mr. Moore,
When the Washington Post approached me about what you did to me as a child, I told them what happened, just as I had told family and friends years before. I stand by every word.
You responded by denying the truth. You told the world that you didn't even know me. Others in recent days have had the decency to acknowledge their hurtful actions and apologize for similar behavior, but not you.
So I gave an interview on television so that people could judge for themselves whether I was telling the truth.
You sent out your spokesmen to call me a liar. Day after day.
Finally, last night, you did the dirty work yourself. You called me malicious, and you questioned my motivation in going public.
I explained my motivation on the Today show. I said that this is not political for me, this is personal. As a 14-year old, I did not deserve to have you, a 32-year old, prey on me. I sat quietly for too long, out of concern for my family. No more.
I am not getting paid for speaking up. I am not getting rewarded from your political opponents. What I am getting is stronger by refusing to blame myself and speaking the truth out loud.
The initial barrage of attacks against me voiced by your campaign spokespersons and others seemed petty so I did not respond.
But when you personally denounced me last night and called me slanderous names, I decided that I am done being silent. What you did to me when I was 14-years old should be revolting to every person of good morals. But now you are attacking my honesty and integrity. Where does your immorality end?
I demand that you stop calling me a liar and attacking my character. Your smears and false denials, and those of others who repeat and embellish them, are defamatory and damaging to me and my family.
I am telling the truth, and you should have the decency to admit it and apologize.
Leigh Corfman

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Joe Scarborough: Trump Allies Told Me He Has Dementia




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Joe Scarborough: Trump Allies Told Me He Has Dementia

By Rebecca Savransky, The Hill
30 November 17

SNBC's Joe Scarborough said on Thursday that people close to President Trump told him during the campaign that Trump has "early stages of dementia."
During MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Scarborough said Trump is "completely detached from reality."
"You have somebody inside the White House that the New York Daily News says is mentally unfit," Scarborough said.
"That people close to him say is mentally unfit, that people close to him during the campaign told me had early stages of dementia."
Scarborough said the country is closer to war on the Korean Peninsula than most Americans know.
"We heard this months ago, that we are going to have a ground war in Korea, they believe that inside the White House for a very long time," Scarborough said.
"If this is not what the 25th Amendment was drafted for," he added, referring to the amendment that covers presidential succession and the response to a president with disabilities.





Scarborough is a frequent critic of Trump, often questioning his mental health.
On Wednesday, Trump took aim at Scarborough on Twitter with a tweet appearing to call for an investigation into the death of a staffer who was found in the former GOP congressman's district office in 2001. Scarborough said Wednesday the president is "not well."
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POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook DEM launches TV ad in FLANAGAN seat special — Funding the CCC — WORCESTER leaders speak out against GOP tax plan



11/30/2017 07:10 AM EDT
By Lauren Dezenski (ldezenski@politico.com; @LaurenDezenski) with Rebecca Morin (rmorin@politico.com; @RebeccaMorin_)
GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: HITTING THE AIRWAVES IN THE CENTRAL MASS. SPECIAL - We're less than a week away from the final special election of the year: the race to replace outgoing Democratic state Sen. Jenn Flanagan. And in a hint of of how close the race could be, Democrat Sue Chalifoux Zephir's campaign today will begin running a 30-second TV ad, targeted to "key groups" in the central Mass. district, the campaign tells me.
This is the first TV advertisement in any of the local special elections this fall by my count - the campaign would not disclose the size of the cable ad buy, which will run through Election Day on Tuesday. Chalifoux Zephir, who has raised $25,000 since primary day, has also spent $42,000, putting her campaign nearly $7,000 in debt, according to campaign finance filings on Nov. 27.
The Worcester and Middlesex-based seat has been held by Democrats since 1974, but the party isn't believed to have an absolute lock on the seat in what's expected to be a low-turnout election. This swath of the state has increasingly become a conservative stronghold, and in the 11-town state senate district that includes Leominster and Fitchburg, Donald Trump won both Westminster and Sterling. Also in the race: Republican Dean Tran, Green-Rainbow party candidate Charlene DiCalogero and unenrolled candidate Claire Freda, a Leominster city councilor.
Like other races, the state's big names have all mobilized for their preferred candidates - on Saturday, Sen. Ed Markey and AG Maura Healey will hit the stump for Chalifoux Zephir, joining the ranks that have including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Niki Tsongas, and more.
Gov. Charlie Baker and central Mass.'s own LG Karyn Polito have both campaigned for Tran, with Baker visiting the district as recently as last night. And the stakes are high. This is the the last of three special elections this year that MassGOP has identified as competitive, and the party is currently 0-2 following the special races in the Bristol-Norfolk district and the Third Essex.
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TODAY - Gov. Charlie Baker will present the Jennifer Eddy Community Leadership Award to Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll for her dedication to young people and outstanding commitment to providing workforce opportunities to the area's youth - Rep. Katherine Clark, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Massachusetts Building Trades Council, and Ironworkers Local 7 hold a rally and reception for Wisconsin's Randy "Ironstache" Bryce in Arlington, according to State House News. Bryce, a veteran and union member, is running to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil mark 100 years of friendship between Boston and Nova Scotia at the 76th annual Boston Common Christmas tree lighting.
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DATELINE BEACON HILL -
- "Special budget for pot agency surfaces in the House," by Katie Lannan, State House News: "Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said Tuesday he felt "very good" about the fledgling agency's chances of getting more money soon from lawmakers, and it now looks like that feeling was warranted. ... A spending bill began moving through the House Ways and Means Committee just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, appropriating $2.7 million for the operations of the commission charged with standing up the state's new legal marijuana industry."
- "Lt. Gov. Polito lauds business efforts to combat domestic violence," by Kim Ring, Worcester Telegram: "Employers Against Domestic Violence, a nonprofit group that encourages businesses to get involved and help victims and survivors of domestic, heard Tuesday from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts as she advocated for the program that is starting in Massachusetts. Courtney Cahill, chief of the domestic violence unit for Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, is president of Employers Against Domestic Violence. She said during the launch that the program is a grass-roots effort that will eventually engage '10,000 businesses.'"
- "Rosenberg wants sales tax cut off 2018 ballot," by Katie Lannan, State House News Service: "When Senate President Stanley Rosenberg votes in next year's statewide election, he plans to fill in the bubble for the Democratic nominee for governor and see his own name on the ballot again. There's one thing Rosenberg hopes he won't see on the 2018 ballot: a question that would lower the state's sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent. And he might have a willing partner on a deal in the Retailers Association of Massachusetts."
- FROM THE ED BOARD - "The secrets of Governor Charlie Baker," by the Boston Globe editorial board: "Public records, especially the governor's, should belong to the public. But even after a much-hyped reform last year, the state's laws for disclosure still have multiple exemptions and loopholes that allow key government agencies, including the governor's office, to routinely withhold information."
TRUMPACHUSETTS -
- LETTERS FROM WORCESTER - "Mayor Petty and City Manager Augustus Stand Against Provisions in Proposed Federal Tax Reform" from Petty's office: "Today Mayor Joseph M. Petty and City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. sent a joint letter to Congressman James P. McGovern, as well as Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, explaining that they have concerns about the proposed federal tax reform bill, specifically language that would have negative effects on the City of Worcester and its residents." Read the letter here.
THE WARREN REPORT -
- "Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren propose $146 billion 'Marshall plan' for Puerto Rico," by Aída Chávez, The Intercept: "Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday unveiled a massive $146 billion 'Marshall Plan' for Puerto Rico with several other senators. The plan includes immediate relief for the island's cash-strapped government, billions more for economic development, renewable energy, and Medicaid and Medicare parity, a key priority for the island."
MOULTON MATTERS -
- "Massachusetts lawmaker slams reported $17.2 million in congressional settlement payments, urges Congress to protect victims," by Shannon Young, Masslive.com: "Following several high-profile allegations of sexual harassment and abuse on Capitol Hill, one Massachusetts lawmaker took issue this week with the reported $17.2 million spent on congressional settlements over the last 20 years, urging House and Senate lawmakers to better protect victims - not abusers. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, slammed a recently released Congressional Office of Compliance report, which noted that it has spent more than $17 million on 264 settlements and awards to federal employees for violations of various employment rules, including sexual harassment, since 1997."
ON THE STUMP -
- THERE'S ALWAYS A MASSACHUSETTS CONNECTION - Tweet from Chelsea Handler: "Excited to announce that I'm co-chairing the @emilyslist Creative Council. Working with co-chair @pbernon, I'm going to help reach new voters to support pro-choice women and it feels like there's no better place to be right now. Let's do this together." - Paul Bernon is a Wellesley resident and has served as finance chair for both Deval Patrick and Martha Coakley.
THE TSONGAS ARENA -
- "Rivera formally endorses Matias for 3rd District seat," by Lisa Kashinsky, Eagle-Tribune: "Mayor Daniel Rivera is formally endorsing state Rep. Juana Matias in her bid for Congress. Matias, 30, is running for the 3rd District seat U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, is giving up after a decade. Matias, a Lawrence Democrat, pulled off a major upset last year when she defeated then-state Rep. Marcos Devers for his 16th Essex District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives."
WOOD WAR - Herald: "THE $1M QUESTION," "B'S LIGHT IT UP!" Globe: "Trump shares anti-Muslim videos online," "Boston on-track to ban single-use bags," "Walsh blames Chang, past mayor for audit," "It already looks a lot like Christmas," "'Today' host Lauer fired over sexual misconduct."
THE LOCAL ANGLE -
- "Trooper lawsuit targets Worcester DA's office," by James F. Russell, Worcester Telegram: "One of the two federal lawsuits filed against top state police officials, involving accusations that troopers were told to alter records detailing the arrest of a judge's daughter, was amended Tuesday and promises to name as defendants employees in the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. The amended complaint of Trooper Ryan Sceviour indicates personnel from the state police and the Worcester district attorney's office would be individually sued. The amended complaint also drops Trooper Sceviour's claim to damages as a whistleblower."
- "Tickets still on sale for Garrison Keillor performance in Pittsfield, despite WAMC backing out of event," by Shannon Young, Masslive.com: "Garrison Keillor, the former host of A Prairie Home Companion, is scheduled to take the stage in Pittsfield Wednesday -- just hours after Minnesota Public Radio announced his firing over allegations of inappropriate behavior. Tickets for the evening event at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield remained on sale as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, despite Northeast Public Radio station WAMC announcing it would no longer participate in sponsoring the performance."
- "Evans: Sexual Harassment Not A 'Serious Issue' In The BPD, Few Cases Result In Firings," by Tori Bedford, WGBH: "Police Commissioner Bill Evans says the Boston police force has dealt internally with several cases of inappropriate misconduct within the past two years, though it's 'not a serious problem' department-wide. 'We take it very seriously,' Evans said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Wednesday. "I know of at least two or three people in the last couple of years for inappropriate conduct, they were facing disciplinary action and we worked out for them to go away."
- FROM THE ED BOARD: "Editorial: Yes, it's a big deal," by the Boston Herald: "One thing that angers taxpayers is when public officials pat them on the head and tell them there's nothing to worry about - when it's obvious that there is. The Boston Public Schools have run into big problems with the IRS, and it turns out Superintendent Tommy Chang didn't inform the mayor or the School Committee about it in a timely way. That ought to have officials incensed - but at least outwardly, well, it doesn't seem that way."
- "Worcester panel favors 15 pot shops at most, and 3% local tax on marijuana sales," by Nick Kotsopoulos, Worcester Telegram: "Tuesday night, the Economic Development Committee unanimously endorsed those recommendations made by City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. as part of an overall package he submitted to the City Council detailing how the city should respond to the new state law that allows sale and use of marijuana."
- "Harvard, Yale to play The Game at Fenway Park next year," by Associated Press: "One of college football's oldest rivalries will be visiting major league baseball's oldest ballpark. The Game between Harvard and Yale will be played at Fenway Park next year. It's the first new site for the longtime football rivals since 1912."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to Chris Dempsey, VP at Mesabi and former No Boston Olympics co-chair; accessibility advocate Christopher Hart; Boston Globe editor in chief Brian McGrory; and Will Keyser, founder of Keyser Public Strategies.
DID THE HOME TEAM WIN? Yes! - The Bruins topped the Lightning 3-2.
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Happening Today
Sonja Farak cases, Life-sciences boost, Christmas tree lighting
-- ACLU of Massachusetts and the Committee for Public Counsel Services hold a press conference to discuss their petition urging the Supreme Judicial Court to dismiss all drug cases involving former state chemist Sonja Farak, who pled guilty in 2014 to tampering with evidence, ACLU ofices, 211 Congress St., 4th floor, Boston, 11 a.m.
-- Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Premier Stephen McNeil of Nova Scotia and Mayor Michael Savage of Halifax celebrate the annual donation of a holiday tree from Halifax to Boston, marking the two cities' friendship, Boston Common, 11 a.m.
-- The Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging TechnologyJwill focus on the state's life sciences industry at a hearing, including legislation that would steer $500 million to support the life sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Albert Sherman Center, Worcester, 11 a.m.
-- Senate President Stanley Rosenberg gives the lunchtime keynote at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher St., Boston, starts at 10 a.m. and Rosenberg’s remarks at 12:30 p.m.
-- U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano is a guest on ‘Boston Public Radio,’ WGBH-FM 89.7, 12:30 p.m.
-- The I-90 Allston Interchange Improvement Project Task Force will hold a meeting to discuss the draft environmental impact report that MassDOT will file with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Fiorentino Community Center, 123 Antwerp Street, Allston, 6 p.m.
-- Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and the Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil commemorate 100 years of friendship between Boston and Nova Scotia at the 76th Annual Tree Lighting, Boston Common, 6 p.m.
-- U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Massachusetts Building Trades Council and Ironworkers Local 7 host a rally and reception for Randy ‘Ironstache’ Bryce, a union ironworker who is running against U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, Common Ground Bar & Grille, 319 Broadway, Arlington, 7 p.m.
Today's News
Customer service doesn’t come first at CharlieCard store
Long lines. An argument with a customer. A Dunkin’ Donuts coffee run while customers wait. CommonWealth’s Jack Sullivan saw it all during a recent visit to the T’s CharlieCard store. MBTA general manager Luis Ramirez’s customers-first campaign has a lot of work to do, it seems.
CommonWealth
State may lose $295M if Congress doesn’t act soon
That's a lot of money to find if the feds don't act. From Priyanka Dayal McCluskey at the Globe: “Massachusetts is on track to run out of money in January for a federal program that provides health coverage for 172,000 children in the state unless Congress moves quickly to approve new funding. Without congressional action, Massachusetts is slated to lose $295 million in annual funding, according to state health officials.” Gov. Baker yesterday sent a letter to D.C. leaders on behalf of National Governors Association, McCluskey writes.
Boston Globe
Project Veritas wants state law overturned so it can dupe victims here
They’re so righteous about it too. From Danny McDonald at the Globe: “Project Veritas, the group that was apparently caught red-handed this week trying to dupe The Washington Post, is challenging the legality of a Massachusetts law that makes it a crime to secretly record conversations. Project Veritas Action Fund, an affiliate of the group that uses deceptive tactics and secret taping to expose alleged bias among journalists, is suing Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley in federal court, claiming a state law on recording conversations is overly broad and tantamount to censorship.”
Btw: The Washington Post is taking a blowtorch to Project Veritas this morning, exposing how the group plotted for months to entrap Post reporters and the lying text messages sent by the woman peddling the bogus Roy Moore allegations.
Boston Globe
In hate crimes response, Westfield State to blanket campus with cameras
The irony of Project Veritas trying to overturn private-recording laws while a state government entity goes overboard with installing security cameras. How overboard? Westfield State University trustees have voted to install more than 400 security cameras across campus in response to a rash of hate crimes in recent months, Hope E. Tremblay reports at MassLive. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
MassLive

Walsh points finger at Chang and Flynn, Battenfeld points finger at Walsh
Mayor Marty Walsh is blaming Superintendent Tommy Chang for not telling him sooner about the apparent misuse of student activity accounts found in an IRS audit, reports the Globe’s James Vaznis. Walsh is even pointing a finger at former Mayor Ray Flynn. But the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld says it’s all nonsense. “So the city of Boston shells out a nearly $1 million fine to the IRS on Election Day and Mayor Marty Walsh doesn’t notice? Sure. Right. Walsh is playing dumb.”
Public school officials sure heard an earful last night from angry parents, reports the Herald’s Dan Atkinson and Kathleen McKiernan.
Not even CEOs like the Republican tax plan
The Globe’s Shirley Leung has a good piece about how even corporate CEOs, who are supposed to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the Republican tax-cut proposals, think the promised economic gains from the cuts are mostly bogus. “Totally ludicrous,” concludes one local CEO.
Boston Globe
Cannabis Commission to get more cash
A few days after signing a $15,000-per-month temporary office lease, the Cannabis Control Commission is now in line, it seems, to get an additional $2.7 million for operations. SHNS’s Katie Lannan at the Salem News reports how a spending bill began moving through the House Ways and Means Committee late yesterday, a move that would appropriate extra funds for the agency charged with developing new regulations for the recently legalized marijuana industry in Massachusetts. The appropriation, assuming it’s eventually passed, would bring the commission’s budget to $5 million, which is still short of what the agency says it needs in the long run.
Salem News
‘Matt didn’t think his farts stunk’
Sorry for the crude headline, but the quote was too good to pass up regarding the arrogance of Matt Lauer, the now ousted NBC television host and former Boston broadcast veteran accused of serial sexual-harassment behavior. The Herald’s Olivia Vanni has more local media reactions to Matt’s plight. Speaking of the media, the Globe’s Joan Vennochi tallies up all the high-profile media members caught up in the #MeToo movement. The list is getting longer by the day.
Boston Herald
Should taxpayers be on the hook for Beacon Hill harassment settlements?
Good question. From the Herald’s Brian Dowling: “Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says a review of the state Senate’s sexual harassment policies could examine whether taxpayers should be on the hook when it comes to paying out settlements for misconduct.” Rosenberg makes a good point about the responsibility of workplace employers in such matters.
Boston Herald
Meanwhile, Moulton slams sexual-harassment payouts by Congress
Speaking of taxpayers being on the hook for sexual-harassment settlements, from Shannon Young at MassLive: “U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, slammed a recently released Congressional Office of Compliance report, which noted that it has spent more than $17 million on 264 settlements and awards to federal employees for violations of various employment rules, including sexual harassment, since 1997.  Calling the report's findings a ‘scheme (that) is appalling and unacceptable,’ Moulton urged congressional leaders to set better standards for workplace behavior.”
MassLive

Baker has distanced himself from Trump, but not Republicans at the local level
Gov. Charlie Baker’s trip to Fitchburg last night to campaign for Dean Tran, the GOP candidate for the state Senate seat recently vacated by Democrat Jennifer Flanagan, shows he hasn’t given up trying to elect Republicans at the local level, even though he’s distanced himself from a certain Republican leader now residing in the White House, reports SHNS’s Michael Norton at New Boston Post.
Meanwhile, Leominster City Councilor Sue Chalifoux Zephir, the Democrat vying for Flanagan’s seat in the special election, is attacking Republicans for attacking her husband’s past business dealings. Here’s her Facebook video response. She’s also launching a media blitz as the campaign winds to a close. Here’s that Facebook video.
New Boston Post
Prosecutors modify extortion charges against Walsh aides
Federal prosecutors have tweaked extortion charges against two aides to Mayor Marty Walsh in a case scheduled to go to trial early next year, possibly in a bid to protect potential guilty verdicts from being tossed on appeal, Isaiah Thompson of WGBH reports. Defense attorneys say the late changes could open doors to having the case itself challenged. 
WGBH
Lawrence’s Rivera endorses Matias in Third District race
Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera isn’t waiting around to find out if the field of candidates seeking the Third Congressional seat keeps growing (it’s already at 12 on the Democratic side alone). Lisa Kashinsky of the Eagle-Tribune reports Rivera has formally endorsed state Rep. Juana Matias, noting in doing so that it’s been more than three decades since someone from Lawrence served in the U.S. House of Representatives. 
Eagle Tribune

Troopergate suit refocuses on Worcester DA’s office
From James Russell at the Telegram: “One of the two federal lawsuits filed against top state police officials, involving accusations that troopers were told to alter records detailing the arrest of a judge’s daughter, was amended Tuesday and promises to name as defendants employees in the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.”
Telegram
Harvard’s plans for Allston, explained, in broad themes
CommonWealth’s Bruce Mohl reports on a meeting last night between Harvard officials and Allston residents, who have long wanted a lot more details on what exactly Harvard plans to do with the vast tracts of land that it owns in Allston. They mostly got some broad themes last night, not specific details, by the look of it.
CommonWealth
Meanwhile, Harvard-Yale game to be played at Fenway, not Allston
This may be welcome news by some Allston residents, but we’re pretty sure the smaller venue will upset many alumni who can't find tickets. From the Harvard Crimson: “The 135th meeting of the Harvard Crimson and the Yale Bulldogs will be played at Boston’s Fenway Park instead of Harvard Stadium, Fenway Sports Management announced Wednesday morning. The annual football match has not been played at a location other than Harvard Stadium or the Yale Bowl since 1912, according to a press release from the Harvard Athletics Department.”
In case you’re wondering, the Crimson's football calendar year translates into 2018, for all you who use the Gregorian calendar.
Visiting Cape seashore to get more expensive
The National Park Service is poised to boost entrance fees for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles at the Cape Cod National Seashore next summer, though the fee for cars is expected to hold steady at $20, Christine Legere of the Cape Cod Times reports. The service is taking comments on the fees, but it sounds like a done deal to us. 
Cape Cod Times
Council bags plastic bags, slaps 5-cent charge on paper bags
Even though some communities are reportedly reconsidering their prior bans on plastic bags, the Boston City Council yesterday unanimously approved a measure that would ban plastic shopping bags and impose a 5-cent fee on paper bags and thicker plastic bags, writes Universal Hub’s Adam Gaffin. The measure would go into effect in a year if approved by Mayor Walsh, whose office says he’s reviewing the proposal.
Universal Hub
Former Comptroller of the Currency and state banking commissioner lands at Nutter
Thomas Curry, who recently left his post as U.S. Comptroller of the Currency and who previously served as the state’s banking commissioner, has started working as a partner at Boston’s Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. The BBJ’s Greg Ryan takes a look into Curry’s first foray into private-practice law.
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Summers, Messina join advisory board of Somerville’s PillBack Inc.
Two political heavyweights -- former Harvard president and U.S. Treasury Larry Summers and former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina – are hooking up with medicine delivery startup PillBack Inc., Summers as a member of the firm’s strategic advisory committee and Messina as a member of the board of directors, reports Kelly O’Brien at the BBJ.
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Texas kids just want to hear more about Boston’s history
This is a sweet story about some kids in Texas trying to revive the lost art of letter writing – and now they’re asking Boston kids to write back to Mrs. Jones’s Fifth Grade Class in Emory, Texas, about the 1765 Stamp Act and Boston colonists. The Herald’s Jessica Heslam has the details. 
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