Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 07:30AM
- Missions clear for Gomez, Markey in debate tonight: With the June 25 special election fast approaching, the campaign for US Senate will enter a critical final phase tonight as the candidates bring their message directly to voters in the first of three televised debates. The candidates must set the tone for the final weeks, reports State House Bureau Chief Frank Phillips.
- Boston, Suffolk Downs at odds on casino payments: The two sides remain "miles apart" on how much money a casino at the East Boston track should pay to the city. Metro reporter Mark Arsenault details.
- Ire rises over plan for Mass. electronic billboards: Former governor Michael Dukakis, Mayor Menino, and Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville have stalled a proposal to introduce a slew of billboards, saying communities should have their say about the bright digital signs. Transportation reporter Martine Powers details.
- Jumping back into the political game: Columnist Adrian Walker profiles one of the many mayoral candidates, Charlotte Golar Richie.
- Gomez vs. GOP, Markey vs. himself: Columnist Scot Lehigh writes that Gabriel Gomez faces the tougher challenge in the last three weeks of the campaign -- he must persuade moderates that he'll be a truly independent voice and vote in the US Senate.
- Washington booms - thanks to other people's money: Even when the economy is pinched, D.C. feels no pain, says columnist Jeff Jacoby.