MASSterList: DiMasi trial enters closing arguments – Patrick hands out manager raises – Mitt to ski

HEADED FOR VENUS: It's the final countdown for the DiMasi corruption trial.Closing arguments are beginning right now (AP).Prosecutors tell DiMasi family not to worry. (Herald)

THURSDAY DROP: The Patrick administration forgot what day of the week it was yesterday and released news that the Gov is giving three percent raises to state managers (Globe). MORE: APHerald

WHERE YOU GOIN'?: Mitt Romney will skip out on Iowa and other straw poll states and doesn't have the best of days in his native Michigan.(Herald, Globe)

NOWHERE!: John Olver talks about why he's not retiring. (MassLive)

Have a good weekend. Stay away from chimpanzees – they will rip your face off without so much as a warning. (WBUR)

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