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John Fish: "Lynch may run for Mayor"

Will Steve Lynch enter the contest for Boston Mayor? According to the Boston Herald, many believe that Steve Lynch will enter the Mayoral Contest to replace Tom Menino after the April 30th U.S. Senate Election.

According to Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish and prominent Democratic powerbroker, he seems to think so.

Fish states: “I think he’s going to move to the mayoral campaign. I feel strongly he could represent the city the way it needs to be.”

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Bennett's analysis of 2013 Mayor's race so far

1. I can not believe neither Pressley and Arroyo Jr have entered the contest as of yet. If either candidate enters or if they both do, I believe that both could make the finals finishing 1st and 2nd. For instance if both Pressley and Arroyo Jr entered the Mayor's race and they both made it to the Finals, (They finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the 2011 At-Large race with both beating Connolly who finished 3rd), Whoever lost would be the number 1 contender and favorite for the 7th Congressional District if Capuano runs for Governor as expected in 2014.

2. I felt that Tito Jackson missed out on a major opportunity to grab the pole position in this race by not running. If Tito ran, he could have won.

3. There will be a huge vote that comes out in the South Western side of the city with intense campaigning by Connolly, Consalvo, and Conley. These three could split up their base bigtime allowing none of them to even make the finals.

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Our broken gun laws make it easy for dangerous people--like Zina's estranged husband--to get guns

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Wanted: Cyclists/motorists/pedestrians for an "Airing of the Grievances"

Hello everyone--as you may have heard, WGBH and Wicked Local are doing a multi-part series on how bikes and cars co-exist in the Boston area. I'm trying to put together a panel of cyclists, car drivers, and possibly pedestrians to talk candidly about their experiences and frustrations. If you'd be interested in participating, please give me a call (617-300-2534), send me an email ([email protected]), or tweet me (@reillyadam). Thanks.

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Senator Reid Ensures a Ban on Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines Gets a Vote

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Why Joe Biden is still pushing for assault weapons ban

For two days, Vice President Joe Biden has insisted that the assault weapons ban can still pass, even after the Senate dropped it. He has three reasons to keep making noise.

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60 Minutes Investigates: NECC Pharmacy's Lethal Medicine Kills 44 and Makes 678 Forever Sick

This is the story of how a drug compounding pharmacy NECC in Framingham Mass., under a deregulated Food and Drug Administration regime passed in 1998, is motivated by greed to expand into drug manufacturing by conspiring with clients to create fraudulent patient prescription records on a large scale yielding wild profits, 44 deaths, and 678 people severely ill with spinal and other forms of meningitis due to contamination in its lab. U.S. authorities say NECC shipped thousands of vials of fungus-tainted methylprednisolone acetate to medical facilities throughout the United States.

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Casino Commonwealth

Looking beyond the filings

Since January 15, private investigators led by the Massachusetts State Police Enforcement and Investigations Bureau, have been seeking, then gathering, and finally pouring through a literal mountain of information about the 11 applicants for gaming licenses who want to own casinos and a slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
Investigators are said to be studying answers given to 300 qualifiers and that they are presently searching through 21,000 pieces of paper as well as other documents relevant to the investigations now ongoing.
To date, it is not known if investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing or enough questions about filings they requested to invalidate anyone from the application process.
When asked Friday morning if information gathered so far could lead to the invalidation of any of the present applications, Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said this: "The investigations remain active and ongoing. Any discussion concerning the results of the investigations would compromise the process."
Indeed.
For now, the public has to be satisfied with the Gaming Commission's press releases and public utterances at their open meetings held throughout the month and every month until such time as licenses are awarded.

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Casino Commonwealth

Looking beyond the filings

Since January 15, private investigators led by the Massachusetts State Police Enforcement and Investigations Bureau, have been seeking, then gathering, and finally pouring through a literal mountain of information about the 11 applicants for gaming licenses who want to own casinos and a slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
Investigators are said to be studying answers given to 300 qualifiers and that they are presently searching through 21,000 pieces of paper as well as other documents relevant to the investigations now ongoing.
To date, it is not known if investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing or enough questions about filings they requested to invalidate anyone from the application process.
When asked Friday morning if information gathered so far could lead to the invalidation of any of the present applications, Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said this: "The investigations remain active and ongoing. Any discussion concerning the results of the investigations would compromise the process."
Indeed.
For know, the public has to be satisfied with the Gaming Commission's press releases and public utterances at their open meetings held throughout the month and every month until such time as licenses are awarded.

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Casino Commonwealth

Looking beyond the filings

By Joshua Resnek

Since January 15, private investigators led by the Massachusetts State Police Enforcement and Investigations Bureau, have been seeking, then gathering, and finally pouring through a literal mountain of information about the 11 applicants for gaming licenses who want to own casinos and a slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
Investigators are said to be studying answers given to 300 qualifiers and that they are presently searching through 21,000 pieces of paper as well as other documents relevant to the investigations now ongoing.
To date, it is not known if investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing or enough questions about filings they requested to invalidate anyone from the application process.
When asked Friday morning if information gathered so far could lead to the invalidation of any of the present applications, Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said this: "The investigations remain active and ongoing. Any discussion concerning the results of the investigations would compromise the process."
Indeed.
For know, the public has to be satisfied with the Gaming Commission's press releases and public utterances at their open meetings held throughout the month and every month until such time as licenses are awarded.

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Dot Rat takes Sunday drive through Southie, Yuppie hate ensues

A nice local Dorchester woman reports on her Sunday afternoon drive through Southie:

Driving by the L Street bathhouse I spied a yuppie waiting for the light... So I drove through a puddle and splashed the hell out of her.

UPDATE:
Erin deleted her original post, here's a screencap:

For those without a Facebook account.

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Games for Justice

Need a break from the stress of work, the economy, and everyday life? Looking for something to do that is fun, free, and progressive? Join us for Games for Justice at Andala Cafe! Arrive by yourself or bring a friend.

RSVP at http://www.sojust.org Newcomers always welcomed!
Fee $2 per person + $10 for food

Scrabble, Boggle, Apples to Apples, Scattegories - what's your favorite board game? Bring it!

Look no further if you're seeking like-minded folks to game with, want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while you Boggle, or are new to the area and looking for groups to join. If you want to build a strong cross-issue social justice movement, SoJust is for you!

HEY ORGANIZERS! If you're involved with a group or project and want to spread the word bring flyers - there will be lots of opportunity to schmooze and network!

Haven't been to Andala Cafe? The food is delicious! Check out their menu filled with vegetarian and vegan options.

Each attendee is asked to purchase a minimum of $10 in yummy food - or SoJust will have to pay the difference to the venue.

Andala Cafe is located in Central Square - here's a map.

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GLAD Summer Party

@SoJust Skillshare: Fundraising - Getting Past the Fear of Asking

Do you want to raise money to support the causes and organizations you care about? Join Socializing for Justice for a Skillshare on Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking

Register at www.sojust.org -
Newcomers always welcomed!
Fee: $10-$20 (sliding scale) is split with the trainer.
Limited space - register ahead of time.
Credit cards accepted online. Cash only at the door (if space available).

SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a Skillshare series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which increases our individual capacity for movement building.

We're very excited that Robbie Samuels, co-founder of Socializing for Justice and Art of the Schmooze trainer, is returning to facilitate this training.

Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking

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Casino Commonwealth

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby told a reporter yesterday during a long and rambling interview that the commission is taking a very methodical approach toward casino development here and that he is unruffled by those who claim the commission is moving too slowly.
He once again affirmed his personal belief that if the commission sticks its head in the sand like the ostriches that the ultimate product will be just fine no matter what anyone else is doing.
Crosby said yesterday casinos here will be judged on their impact over decades, not speed.
Again, he repeated his favorite mantra – timing means nothing, time is not of the essence in developing casinos in Massachusetts.
What really matters, he seems to say, is that the absence of speed in arriving at the time when casinos are operating here is somehow going to enhance and increase revenues, new jobs, corollary capital investment and on and on.
It won’t.
Our regional competitors already operating are ramping up their businesses at our expense in an everyday effort to take advantage of the fact that there will not be an operating casino here for at least 3 more years – which is a crying shame for a state treasury that could use a massive infusion of new revenues.

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Dating While Progressive ( @SoJust Singles Party! )

Happy Valentine's Day! Ready to meet some like-minded progressives? Then you'll want to join us for Dating While Progressive, a fun and welcoming singles party!

This Socializing for Justice event is co-hosted by the Boston chapter of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS-Boston), the Boston chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC Boston), the Bisexual Resource Center, the Boston Queer Polyamorous Women's Group, and New Wave - Young Boston Feminists.

Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet the friendly faces of the group that’s grown to over 2200 members, hosted 145+ events and fostered hundreds of connections since our founding 6+ years ago.

Cost: $5-$20 collected at the door.

(every $10 includes a raffle ticket)

Complimentary appetizers will be provided.

YES, WE MEAN YOU. Anyone who's single and/or available is invited! Attendees are all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, levels of activism and professions. Some just moved to Boston and others were born here. We hope you see someone like yourself and meet someone you otherwise wouldn't have.

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@SoJust Skillshare: Value-Based Time Management

Happy Valentine's Day! Ready to meet some like-minded progressives? Then you'll want to join us for Dating While Progressive, a fun and welcoming singles party!

This Socializing for Justice event is co-hosted by the Boston chapter of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS-Boston), the Boston chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC Boston), the Bisexual Resource Center, the Boston Queer Polyamorous Women's Group, and New Wave - Young Boston Feminists.

Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet the friendly faces of the group that’s grown to over 2200 members, hosted 145+ events and fostered hundreds of connections since our founding 6+ years ago.

Cost: $5-$20 collected at the door.

(every $10 includes a raffle ticket)

Complimentary appetizers will be provided.

YES, WE MEAN YOU. Anyone who's single and/or available is invited! Attendees are all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, levels of activism and professions. Some just moved to Boston and others were born here. We hope you see someone like yourself and meet someone you otherwise wouldn't have.

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64 Detour (Lost Busdriver)

Last Wednesday the 64 bus I was on had to turn right on Parsons street to detour around minor construction near the IHOP at Birmingham Parkway. However, instead of course correcting by turning left at the next available cross street... he kept going...and going.. straight....across Faneuil, across Arlington. I finally roused from my half-awake daze when I realized that he was going all the way up to Washington street, where he FINALLY made a left into tons of traffic.

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Skillshare: Art of the Schmooze

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to find a new job? Make new friends? Just get out more often? Are you afraid you'll get stuck in conversations? Not know how to approach people at networking events? Join Socializing for Justice for a fast-paced, fun & interactive Skillshare on the Art of the Schmooze on September 6th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the NonProfit Center*, 89 South St, Boston.

Fee: $10-$20 (sliding scale) is split with the trainer.
Limited space - register ahead of time: www.sojust.org
Credit cards accepted online. Cash only at the door (if space available).
Newcomers always welcomed!

SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center, which builds our individual capacity to make a difference in the world.

SCHEDULE
6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner
6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A

SoJust's Co-Founder, Robbie Samuels, who is well known for his schmoozing skills, is this month's facilitator.

Art of the Schmooze

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Boston: A Thanksgiving Love Letter

I wrote this love letter to Boston and, since I lack my own blog these days, I'm thankful for this platform to share it with a wider audience. Thanks, Adam!

In thinking about what I'm most thankful for this year, aside from the usual family, friends, health, and good fortune (not to diminish the importance of those), I was overwhelmed remembering all the people and experiences that helped shape 2012 into one of the best years of my life, when it could easily have been counted among the worst. I could sit for hours talking about each one and still not get them all. Then I realized it all keeps coming back to one thing: this city.

Boston, I am thankful for you living up to every expectation and ideal I had of you from when I was a little girl and dreamed of living in you when I grew up. I am thankful for your varied neighborhoods, your suburbs, your parks, your streets, your rollercoaster weather patterns, your tourist traps, your hidden gems, and your breathtaking scenery. I'm thankful for your weird laws and character of a mayor and even your maddening transit system. I'm thankful for your "freedom trail" (read: bars). The TV doesn't lie. Everyone really DOES know your name sometimes.

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Statement against high-stakes standardized testing by Massachusetts professors and researchers

A group of Massachusetts professors and researchers have banded together to craft a statement against high stakes standardized testing and present it to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, the Secretary of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). To read the entire statement click here: http://matestingstatement.wordpress.com/statement/ To see the list of professors and researchers that endorsed it go here: http://matestingstatement.wordpress.com/about/
Below is a quoted snippet from the statement:

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