During an event Monday rolling out his administration’s controversial plans to combat the opioid epidemic, President Donald Trump singled out two cities in Massachusetts — Boston and Lawrence — as reasons for the crisis in New Hampshire. “According to a recent Dartmouth study, the sanctuary city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is one of the primary sources of fentanyl in six New Hampshire counties,” Trump said in a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, renewing his argument that ending so-called sanctuary cities, which limit cooperation with federal deportation efforts, is “crucial” to addressing the addiction crisis. “In Boston, Massachusetts, which is a place where you have sanctuary cities,” Trump said Monday. “I’m repeating my call on Congress to block funds for sanctuary cities and to close the deadly loopholes that allow criminals back into our country and into our country in the first place.” The Republican … [Read more...] about Donald Trump blamed two Massachusetts cities for New Hampshire’s opioid problem. Their mayors shot back.
BOSTON (AP) — The battle over the proposed sale of dozens of works of art by a Massachusetts museum is headed to the state’s highest court. A single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear from both sides of the dispute Tuesday. The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield says it needs to sell the 40 pieces of art, including works by Norman Rockwell, to stay open and refocus its mission. Several people opposed to the sale say the art is a public resource. Lawyers for both sides will be given 10 minutes to speak to the court. The museum last month won the support of Attorney General Maura Healey to petition the court for permission to allow the sale, expected to raise up to $60 million. Close An essential guide to the city, emailed to you weekly Find out how to Boston when you sign up for Boston.com's culture and lifestyle newsletter. Thanks for signing up! … [Read more...] about Art sale dispute heads to Massachusetts’ highest court
A Burger King in Worcester, Mass. has removed a sign about overdosing that was hanging behind the counter. (Twitter) A Burger King in Massachusetts has removed a sign about overdosing after receiving backlash for displaying it. The sign, which hung behind the counter of the Worcester location, read: “You are ONLY allowed ONE overdose and then you are banned from this establishment.” TACO BELL IN CALIFORNIA TRASHED AFTER DRIVER PLOWS THROUGH RESTAURANT WALL Police told WBZ they met with the restaurant manager to discuss ways in which they could help. This particular location of the fast food chain sees a large amount of drug activity. “It’s common knowledge, people do use those restrooms to do that sort of thing. There have been overdoses in there,” a customer told WBZ. According to a Mass Live report from October 2017, this Burger King near Kelley Square has had nine overdoses between September 2016 and September 2017. Some believe the sign … [Read more...] about Massachusetts Burger King removes sign about overdosing after complaints
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker shakes hands with constituents at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston on Sunday. (AP/Steven Senne) Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is earning himself some fans — and taking a bit of good-natured flak — after video emerged of him downing a tequila shot on St. Patrick’s Day. On Saturday, Baker was spotted by Twitter user Becca Ruesch at the L Street Tavern in South Boston, where she filmed him downing a drink and sucking on a lime wedge behind the bar. This just in: Charlie Baker, the Governor of Massachusetts, is taking shots with the locals in Southie #Boston pic.twitter.com/oBV0kzza2D— Becca Ruesch (@beccaruesch) March 17, 2018 THE TRICK TO MAKING ANY WINE TASTE A LITTLE BETTER “This just in: Charlie Baker, the Governor of Massachusetts, is taking shots with the locals in Southie,” wrote Ruesch. Comments soon began pouring in on Ruesch’s post, many of which lauded the Republican … [Read more...] about Massachusetts governor applauded, mocked for taking tequila shot on St. Patrick’s Day
BOSTON — Days before most U.S. residents "fall back," a special commission in Massachusetts recommended Wednesday against switching to year-round daylight saving time — and ending the practice of moving clocks forward and back twice a year — unless most other Northeast states also participate. The panel spent months studying a possible shift from the Eastern to the Atlantic time zone, which would effectively result in 12 months of daylight saving time. The commission said in its final report that such a change could be beneficial "under certain circumstances." Most notably, a majority of other Northeast states would have to act in concert to adopt the same new time zone, the commission concluded. "Any move to year-round (daylight saving time) should be regional, because acting alone would make Massachusetts a significant outlier, and could disrupt commerce, trade, interstate transportation, and broadcasting," the report says. Daylight saving time ends Sunday, when … [Read more...] about Massachusetts panel seeks regional talks on time zone change