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Wicked Local Reader Photos of the Day, 3-20-18 Check out Starry, Starry Night and other great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Your amazing image could be our next Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day. Email pictures with captions to readerpix@wickedlocal.com

MEMA WEATHER ADVSORY: Fourth March nor'easter... Get the shovels ready, again. Another March nor'easter could bring a foot of snow to many areas of Massachusetts Wednesday into Thursday

SUNSHINE WEEK: Perceived biases, attacks erode... Awarding a grade to a concept like press freedom might seem like an impossible task, but here at the First Amendment Center we give it our best shot.In April of last year, we began compiling quarterly First Amendment report cards, relying on a panel of 15 experts from across the political spectrum — academics, activists, journalists and lawyers — to evaluate the state of each of our core freedoms.In our latest report card , which came out in January, freedom of [...]

SUNSHINE WEEK: Mimicking Trump, local officials... An Idaho state lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her "fake news awards." The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a supporter. An aide to the Texas land commissioner uses the phrase to downplay the significance of his boss receiving donations from employees of a company that landed a multimillion-dollar contract.President Donald Trump's campaign to discredit the news media has spread to officials at all levels of [...]

SUNSHINE WEEK: Social media offers dark spaces... The main events in a political campaign used to happen in the open: a debate, the release of a major TV ad or a public event where candidates tried to earn a spot on the evening news or the next day's front page.That was before the explosion of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as political platforms. Now some of a campaign's most pivotal efforts happen in the often-murky world of social media, where ads can be targeted to ever-narrower slices of the electorate and run continuously with [...]

Sunshine Week: How public records requests... When Boston Latin Academy students Mabel Gondres and Shayne Clinton began researching ways to fund a new community rec center in Hyde Park, they turned to the state’s public records law. With the help of the Hyde Square Task Force, these teenage sleuths used the law to request information about a long-forgotten 1993 mandate that required the owners of TD Garden to hold fundraisers every year to benefit the city’s recreation department.“We sent letters to the TD [...]

Tools to becoming a more engaged citizen Want to be a more informed and engaged citizen? Here are suggested websites:U.S. Congress: Members of Congress and tracking legislation, congress.gov. Watch live and video of the Senate, senate.gov/floor/index.htm and the House, at houselive.gov.Federal Election Commission: Campaign financing in federal elections, including how much campaigns are raising and spending, and who’s contributing, fec.gov.Massachusetts Office of [...]

Sunshine Week: New & traditional ways to... “All politics is local.” This famous quote by Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and proud son of Massachusetts, is used so often that it often seems cliché. But its frequent usage underscores the profound truth that drives decisions made by those in government, whether it be at city or town hall, the state house or the U.S. Capitol, and even the White House.In this regard it is critical that [...]

Sunshine Week: The importance of recognizing,... We’ve become so accustomed to frequently and easily accessing information on demand — from more sources and in more forms than at any other time in history — that it’s easy to forget how quickly our information landscape has evolved and what that evolution means for us as individuals, as news consumers and as participants in a democracy.It can also be easy to forget how much the information we choose to read, watch and hear really matters. It’s the [...]

More snow, more wind on tap for Wednesday As the fourth northeaster of March bears down on southeastern Massachusetts, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 8 a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday for Norfolk, Plymouth and northern Bristol counties for Wednesday.The forecast calls for 10 to 14 inches of snow, beginning Wednesday morning. Driving is likely to be difficult all day.A high wind watch is in place for the coast, with gusts expected to reach 50 to 60 mph in the afternoon [...]

INTERACTIVE: Top 5 residential housing sales... Here is a look at the top five residential real estate transactions this week as well as a listing of all of the transactions published so far this year.

Wicked Local Reader Photos of the Day, 3-19-18 Check out After the Storm and other great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Your amazing image could be our next Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day. Email pictures with captions to readerpix@wickedlocal.com

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Hello darkness, my old... A recap and analysis of the week in state government.The gentlelady from Methuen would not yield -- not her time at the microphone, nor her position that House leadership has systematically silenced victims of harassment at the State House.On what was supposed to be a day of triumph for House Speaker Robert DeLeo taking tangible action to improve the workplace culture on Beacon Hill, Rep. Diana DiZoglio flipped the script and put the speaker in a rare position -- a [...]

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Young Republicans,... The Massachusetts High School Democrats and the Teenage Republicans of Massachusetts are heading to the State House on April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a common goal: voice support for civics education.The two groups are rallying behind “An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement,” which would mandate schools teach about topics like the proper etiquette and display of [...]

RMV to close March 23-25 for system upgrade BOSTON —  Signs along the Mass Pike announced this weekend that the Registry of Motor Vehicles will close temporarily March 23-25 while it switches to a new computer system.Services, other than law enforcement, will be unavailable from 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 26, including motor vehicle inspections, registry online services and in-person services at registry and AAA locations. On its website, the RMV said it will not process any [...]

6 facts about St. Patrick's Day…and... Here are a few St. Patrick's Day facts to consume along with all that corned beef and cabbage this weekend.

Georgia city drops sign ban ahead of Pence's... A suit filed Friday morning was dismissed as moot shortly afterward when the city retracted the policy.

Framingham boy behind #whynotdevin to be... BOSTON – The National Brain Tumor Society will posthumously honor Devin Suau at its Gray Gala in Boston next Friday.The Framingham boy captured the hearts of the region when it was learned he was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric brain cancer, sparking the creation of the #WhyNotDevin campaign. He died in October a week before his 7th birthday.The Gray Gala will be held at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center on March 23 at 7 p.m.Devin's parents, [...]

Officials at Florida charter school pre-empt... Students at McKeel Academy say administrators warned of punishment for leaving class

Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 3-15-18 Check out Fire in the Sky and other great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Your amazing image could be our next Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day. Email pictures with captions to readerpix@wickedlocal.com

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