The 10 Largest Employers in Massachusetts

The 10 Largest Employers in Massachusetts. Ranked by number of Massachusetts employees, the state’s largest employer is MGH, followed by Stop & Shop, UMass, Steward Health Care System, Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, UMass Memorial Health Care, MIT, Raytheon Co., and State Street Corp. The Business Journal ranked the top 50 and also has side-by-side comparisons between last year and now. [Boston Business Journal]

New England is in State of Hysteria Over Red Sox, Bobby Valentine. The Sox aren’t dead, just on life support. And the fans are reacting as baseball fans do. To summarize Steve Rushin: New England is a self-contained small town, and everything about sports is kind of a big deal. []

Cambridge-Newton-Framingham Ranks Most Peaceful Metropolitan Area in U.S. The Institute for Economics & Peace, which releases the U.S. Peace Index each year for states and metropolitan areas, defines peace as the “absence of violence.” Massachusetts ranked No. 12 overall. [USA Today]

Bruins vs. Capitals, By The Numbers. Feast your eyes on the last stat: 3, the number of Game 7s the Bruins won last year en route to the Stanley Cup. [WBUR]

Breathe Easy: Wes Welker Doesn’t Have Beef With Gisele. He told ESPN Radio that the post-Super Bowl incident was just Gisele being Gisele. “I know how she is anyway,” he said. “I’m certain my mom was saying some of the same things out there, there just wasn’t a camera on her. I wasn’t worried about that at all.” [Herald]

Meet Lydia Lodynsky, Bird Lover, Cat Hater, And About to Become the Most Mocked Person in Concord. Lodynsky has several petitions up for vote in Concord tonight that would attempt to regulate cat behavior, one of which could put cats on leashes. Overlooked in Lodynsky’s proposals is instituting a no-fly zone for the birds. [Globe]