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Boston, MA - 05/22/18 - Governor Charlie Baker applauds Mayor Marty Walsh after Walsh spoke at the gathering. Omni Hotels officials, Mayor Walsh, Gov. Baker, and other dignitaries met to pretend to break ground on the Omni hotel project across the street from the convention center in the Seaport District. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Jon Chesto) Topic: (23omni)

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Praise from Democrats is making Baker harder to hit

Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s reelection campaign has a potent weapon: More than three years of praise from high-ranking Democrats.

// Despite warning, MassDOT continued toll-free perk for workers, retirees

The issue of state employee perks has taken on new urgency amid a state comptroller investigation into the untold number of untaxed benefits given to public employees.

// Suicide rates rise sharply across the US, new report shows

Suicide rates went up significantly in 44 states, and in 25 of them, including Massachusetts, the increases exceeded 30 percent.

// Why hasn’t Bernie Sanders endorsed his son’s run for Congress?

“In our family . . . we do not believe in dynastic politics. Levi is running his own campaign in his own way,” US Senator Bernie Sanders said in a statement.


// Julian Edelman case gives Bill Belichick more ammunition against Alex Guerrero

The trainer’s closeness to Edelman could have repercussions with the Belichick-Tom Brady relationship.