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The mystery woman who was at the center of a House chamber incident with a Braintree lawmaker last year says she is going to challenge Rep. David Torrisi of North Andover in the Democratic primary this fall.

Media outlets never identified Diana DiZoglio of Methuen as the woman who was seen in the House chamber in the predawn hours last April with Rep. Mark Cusack of Braintree after a party in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s office. Reports indicated Cusack initially identified himself as another lawmaker when confronted by a security officer.

When gossip about the incident reached a fever pitch two months later, DeLeo launched a brief investigation that found Cusack and the unnamed woman “did not violate any law, House rule, or House personnel policy, and, most importantly, that there was no inappropriate behavior.”

PR guru George Regan said the incident wouldn’t have long-lasting effects. “I would call it youthful exuberance,” he told the Patriot Ledger at the time. “And next time, go to a hotel.”

According to a story in the Eagle-Tribune, DiZoglio at the time of the State House incident was working as an aide to Rep. Paul Adams, a Republican from Andover. The Globe reports she left that job in September, angry about rumors spread about her. She wrote articles for the monthly Valley Patriot of North Andover and served as chief of staff at the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts before deciding to run for office.

One article she wrote for the Valley Patriot in October outlined her philosophy on how to respond to adversity. It doesn’t mention the State House incident, but says she lost her job and her car and was cleaning toilets to make ends meet. “I am tired, I am broke, and for months now I have been trying to my best to not completely lose it,” she writes.

In an interview with the Globe, DiZoglio said she is not running for office because of the House chamber incident but informed by it. “I went through a literally life-ruining experience,” she said. “I hope this will be an example to young women who have been through similar life-ruining experiences, that you can’t let them dictate your future, that you have to rise up and work to succeed no matter the challenge.”

                                                                                                                                            --BRUCE MOHL


BEACON HILL
The $17.5 billion NStar-Northeast Utilities merger was worked out in private talks among executives from the two companies and officials from the Patrick administration and Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, CommonWealth reports.

A coalition of senior advocacy groups slammed Gov. Deval Patrick for what they say is his administration’s weakening of elder services and called on him to restore the secretary of elder affairs to a cabinet-level position.

The Legislature’s Education Committee approves a bill increasing the high school dropout age to 18, the AP reports (via Lowell Sun).

Questions are being raised about whether new GOP state chairman Robert Maginn is more focused on boosting the political fortunes of Mitt Romney than the state party and its local candidates.

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

The Haverhill firefighter who accused Mayor James Fiorintini of murder in connection with the fire death of an 84-year-old woman apologizes for his comments and his union comes up with a plan to staff a rescue vehicle at no cost to taxpayers, the Eagle-Tribune reports.

The Lawrence City Council rejects a bid by Mayor William Lantigua to appoint a school administrator to the city’s licensing board, the Eagle-Tribune reports.

A Herald News editorial takes Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan to task for increasingly using his office for political payback against those who speak out against him, with the latest example being the removal of the vocational school committee chairman for supporting the mayor’s opponent in the last election.

Ayer’s board of selectmen refuses to sign off on a Town Meeting warrant connected to housing development on Devens. CommonWealth previously explored the rocky relationship between Ayer and the state agency that owns Devens, MassDevelopment.

ELECTION 2012

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee launches a website focused on the convictions of US Rep. John Tierney’s wife and brother-in-law, the Lynn Item reports. The website is howcoulditerneynotknow.com.

The Weekly Standard questions Mitt Romney’s delegate math. Not everyone is lukewarm about Romney, and his advisers say the lack of enthusiasm doesn’t matter. The bleeding heart troublemakers on the Wall Street Journal op-ed page won’t drop this business about Romney’s inability to connect with broad swaths of the GOP base.

FISHING

Sen. John Kerry will introduce a bill today cosponsored by Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine to aid the fishing industry by providing up to $100 million a year for scientific research and fish stock assessment.

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Revised data show the state gained far fewer jobs last year than originally reported.  

Massachusetts life sciences firms get new tax incentives from the state.

Fees paid by companies hiring high-skill foreign workers will be used to help train local workers.

South Boston developer John Hynes chases Google, while the head of Kendall Square’s business association worries about the impact of MBTA cuts on the neighborhood’s workforce, half of which commutes on the T.

Whole Foods puts Detroit’s economic comeback to the test.

EDUCATION

Students at the state’s public colleges and universities rally for more funding at the State House.

Bucking the budget-cutting trend, Somerville is aiming to expand the musical instrument program in its public schools.

Globe columnist Larry Harmon says John Barros should step down from the Boston School Committee because of the role played by the nonprofit Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative he directs in a new in-district charter school.

Columns in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal both question the anti-college turn the GOP nomination contest has taken.

HEALTH CARE

The White House stumps in support of its health care overhaul.

TRANSPORTATION

Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey told a Patriot Ledger editorial board that beginning this summer, some service cuts are inevitable.

The MBTA’s new fare blitzes find one in 10 passengers are trying to ride without paying, WBUR reports.

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

Eastham looks at using goats to get rid of invasive plants, including the ones under some NStar power lines.. The power company is skeptical and wants to use the chemicals.

Time reports on the rise of “net-zero” homes.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The brother of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is arrested in Northampton on drug and driving offenses.

MEDIA

Chris Hughes, the former Harvard roommate of Mark Zuckerberg -- and a cofounder with him of Facebook -- buys The New Republic, the Atlantic reports.

The New York Times has dropped philanthropy beat coverage and will now make it a general assignment area, reports the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

FREEDOM

A steer being led to slaughter in Bridgewater escaped and led police on a one-hour chase through the town’s streets before being cornered and shot, the same fate he was trying to escape.

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