Also: the battle over tree-cutting in Cambridge; what to know ahead of The Grammy's this weekend
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January 24, 2020

Good Morning Boston,

🌞 ➡️ 🌧️ Partly sunny and mild. Highs 40-45. Turns into a wet weekend. 

Today: Where the 2020 candidates stand on drug crisis policies; a battle over tree-cutting in Cambridge; John Lynch to be sentenced in bribery case.

Get your microphones ready: We're seeking podcast submissions from Massachusetts for NPR's second annual Student Podcast Challenge. Students are asked to turn a topic or lesson into a podcast between three and 12 minutes long. Submissions are due March 24, 2020. You can find more details such as the official rules, submission guidelines and prompts here. Need some inspiration? Check out some of our own podcasts here.

P.S. If you’re submitting, our education team also wants to hear from you! Shoot us an email to flag your submission so we can be sure to listen. 

— Meagan McGinnes

The Rundown

1. Old Growth, New Problems: The Battle Over Tree-Cutting In Cambridge
One year after severely restricting tree removal on private property, the Cambridge City Council must decide whether to renew the policy.

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2. Where N.H. Democrats And The 2020 Candidates Stand On Drug Crisis Policies
A new WBUR poll finds that 66% of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire agree, for example, with the idea of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs.

3. Former Boston Official John Lynch Set For Sentencing In Bribery Case
Lynch admitted in August to taking a $50,000 bribe from a real estate developer, in exchange for attempting to influence a key vote by a member of the city's Zoning Board of Appeal.

4. Package Of State House Climate Bills Would Apply Carbon Pricing To All Emissions
What's being considered next week? An electric MBTA bus fleet by 2040, carbon-pricing mechanisms for transportation, homes and commercial buildings, and a series of five-year greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements that ramp up to net-zero emissions in 2050.

5. Impeachment Trial Messaging Operation Targets Audiences Outside Senate Chamber
It's not just the prosecutors who are approaching the Senate trial as having two distinct audiences: the Senate and the American people.

Anything Else?

  • Our latest politics newsletter, Boston to The Beltway, hit inboxes yesterday. The main topic? Elizabeth Warren. Fresh off of efforts to publicly squash a beef with Bernie Sanders, she's taking aim at Mike Bloomberg.

  • The Grammy Awards are Sunday! Before the show, read about what H.E.R.’s nominated album reveals about making music in the 21st century. There's also this commentary about how everything old is new again (and that's ok). 

Your Daily Must Listen

Smoked, Frozen Or Canned: Chef Kathy Gunst Dives Into Fish Recipes For Winter

Mass. Teen Dies In State's First Fatal Pediatric Flu Case Of Season, DPH Says

Going To Therapy Can Be Hard, Especially For Immigrants — Here's How To Start. Read more.

CRISPR Has The Potential To Improve Lives. But At What Cost? Read more.

How Stress Turns Hair White: Harvard Study Points To 'Fight-Or-Flight' Response. Read more.

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What We're Reading

  • Google Suggests "Husband" After Women's Names More Often Than "Wife" For Men (BuzzFeed News)

  • 10 Years Later, An Oscar Experiment That Actually Worked (New York Times)

From The Archives

Want To Slow Down Climate Change? Plant A Tree
This comprehensive study from 2018 shows how planting more trees and preserving fields and wetlands can help to combat climate change.

Before you go: May you be as happy as 4-year-old Logan with his birthday doughnuts, bought by a state trooper.
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