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  1. Massachusetts town debates keeping legal pot businesses outRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 19 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Many of the Massachusetts voters who opened the door to legal marijuana are closing the door to pot shops that want to operate in their communities, raising questions about how strong a foothold the cannabis industry can achieve in the state. More than 100 municipalities already have imposed bans, moratoriums or zoning restrictions on commercial marijuana businesses, with a closely watched referendum scheduled for Tuesday in Milford, a central Massachusetts town of about 28,000 residents.

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  2. Add some sangria to salad? Say no moreRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 2, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Inspiration can come from anywhere, and for this delicious summer salad, the seed was planted by one of my best friends. She was straight from the farmers' market with an armload of peaches, and hosting a lovely dinner party al fresco.

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  3. Peter Lucas: When smoke gets in the eyes of Statehouse leadersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 18, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The fight wasn't about legalizing the weed. That is over and done with. The voters last November approved the sale of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts.

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  4. The brutal battle against Boston's medical kidnappersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 2, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    On the day Boston Children's Hospital celebrated being named "the number one pediatric hospital in the nation" by U.S. News & World Report, I was interviewing Dana Gottesfeld in nearby Somerville. Dana is the young wife of Martin "Marty G" Gottesfeld, an imprisoned technology engineer/activist who used his skills to fight against medical child abuse committed at Boston's Children's Hospital.

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  5. House, Senate weigh in on pot billRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 26, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    THE HOUSE AND SENATE: This week's roll calls are from the week of June 19-23. The report shows how local senators and representatives voted on House and Senate versions of a bill making changes and imposing new regulations on how the state will regulate the retail sale and cultivation of marijuana.

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  6. DeLeo considers state's 'fragility' as he weighs taxesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 22, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    He helped raise the sales tax from 5 to 6.25 percent in 2009, wants to pass legislation addressing taxes on short-term rentals and marijuana, and voted last year to advance a 4 percent income tax on household earnings above $1 million. But House Speaker Robert DeLeo continues to hold the line on raising broad-based taxes in this year's budget.

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  7. Peter Lucas: Dem field for governor begs Peggy Lee's musical questionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 19, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    That is what Gov. Charlie Baker must be happily asking himself as he views his potential Democratic Party challengers lining up to oppose him for re-election in 2018. The news of the Democrat lineup against him to date is so good for him that Baker is probably passing the lyrics on to running mate Lt.

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  8. Fire up the grillRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 12, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    It's grilling season, baby! Time to pull off the dusty cover, shine up the tongs and, of course, start planning your menus. One of my personal favorite foods on the grill is a juicy and tender swordfish steak.

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  9. Juncker's Brexit revenge should start in SomervilleRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 7, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    If Juncker is serious about breaking up the United States and turning it into a look-alike Europe, he'd be wise to start in historic places like Massachusetts rather than in Ohio and Texas. He'd be much better off launching his separatist revolution in Somerville, the key municipality in the Bermuda Triangle of sanctuary cities, which includes Boston and Cambridge. 2 comments

  10. Officials agree to Green Line cost estimateRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 5, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Federal transportation officials have signed on off on a new estimate for a long-awaited 4.5-mile extension to the MBTA's Green Line. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it received a report Monday from the Federal Transit Administration agreeing with the MBTA's $2.3 billion estimate for the extension.

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  11. State faces hurdles in implementing pot lawRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Conflicting proposals from state lawmakers to implement the recreational marijuana law voters passed last fall has left Massachusetts cities and towns struggling to cope with confusion, and calls into question whether the regulated industry will be in place by next summer. And that's before lawmakers deal with signals from Washington that the Trump administration may enforce the overall federal ban on marijuana sale and use.

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  12. Control board seeks two more years for transit turnaroundRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 5, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Word that the management control board overseeing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to stay in business for two additional years is being viewed as both a sign of progress and a realization that problems plaguing the nation's fifth-largest transit system are far from fixed. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-led Legislature created the five-member board in 2015 after an investigation of massive winter breakdowns pointed to "pervasive structural failure" and "severe financial distress" at the T. The board is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2018, but can ask Baker to let it continue until June 30, 2020.

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  13. Wachusett rail contractor finedRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The New Hampshire-based general contractor that was hired to build the Wachusett Commuter Rail Station on the Fitchburg Line was ordered to pay over $36,000 in restitution after failing to pay the prevailing wage and failing to submit accurate time records for that project. S&R Construction Enterprises was ordered to pay over $36,642.12 for the firm's work on the construction of the station after allegedly missing a step increase for hourly workers and failing to properly compensate a salaried employee.

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  14. Baker's doing the Massachusetts shuffle on TrumpRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 10, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    If Gov. Charlie Baker really wants to prove his anti-Donald Trump street cred, he'll open the State House to illegal immigrants. That way he can help deal with the overflow of all the illegals who will seek sanctuary from deportation in Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's City Hall. 1 comment

  15. Boston mayor vows to use City Hall to shelter immigrantsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    In this July 25, 2016, file photo, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Walsh delivered his third State of the City address Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, and said his plans for the city include offering free pre-kindergarten citywide, creating good jobs in every neighborhood and investing in affordable housing.

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  16. Boston mayor vows to use City Hall to shelter immigrantsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 25, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said if necessary he'll use City Hall to shelter residents who feel threatened by actions announced by President Donald Trump targeting so-called "sanctuary cities." The Democrat said the city won't retreat from policies supporting immigrants.

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  17. Peter Lucas: Clark, Capuano boycotts are insult to democracyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 24, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The late U.S. House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, who made government work by conciliation and compromise, must have turned over in his grave. There is no way on his watch that the Cambridge Democrat, who represented his Cambridge/Somerville district for 35 years, 10 of them as speaker, would have tolerated the partisan tantrum of the House Democrats who boycotted President Donald Trump's inauguration.

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  18. Plan for neglected Fitchburg house wins OKRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The long-vacant property at 196-198 Water St. in Fitchburg. A Somerville resident's plans for the property to live on the second floor, rent the third floor to a residential tenant and use the first floor as commercial space received the go-ahead from the City Council on a 7-1 vote.

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  19. Plan for neglected Fitchburg house wins OKRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    When Jeffrey Dumay stops by his property at 196-198 Water St., a long-vacant, three-story building, he often finds hypodermic needles and other refuse. A year ago, the property entered limbo after the City Council denied his request for a special permit to rehabilitate the building because of parking, permit and safety concerns.

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  20. Man who escaped from Rhode Island prison to appear in courtRead the original story

    Jan 6, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    In this image made from a video provided by WCVB-TV, Massachusetts State Police lead James Morales, left, into the barracks in Medford, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Morales, who escaped from a Rhode Island detention center on New Year's Eve, tried to rob a bank in Somerville, Mass., just before he was captured.

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