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Uber uses threats, political pressure to thwart regs

Uber uses threats, political pressure to thwart regs

Company selectively pulls out from some areas requiring fingerprints

AS LAWMAKERS CONTINUE to work on legislation to regulate the emerging ride-hailing industry in Massachusetts, the biggest sticking point appears to be mandating fingerprints for drivers, a move that has triggered threats by transportation network companies such as Uber to pull up stakes in places where such a policy has been instituted. While no Uber(...)

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Cape Wind mounting comeback

Cape Wind mounting comeback

Jim Gordon says he’s ready to compete

CAPE WIND, the controversial Nantucket Sound wind farm given up for dead last year when it lost a lucrative pair of utility contracts, is trying to mount a comeback. Jim Gordon, the energy executive who has already invested $100 million in the 15-year-old project, asked the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board earlier this week to(...)

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Everybody aboard the energy omnibus

Everybody aboard the energy omnibus

House preparing comprehensive electricity bill

House officials are busy crafting an omnibus energy bill, setting the stage for one of the more interesting legislative debates on Beacon Hill in a long time. House Speaker Robert DeLeo has been talking about an omnibus energy bill for some time, apparently on the theory that when you’re dealing with a lot of controversial(...)

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Probation case drags on and on

Probation case drags on and on

Appeals of O’Brien and two aides languish with delays

NEARLY SIX YEARS after the Probation Department patronage scandal exploded into public view, almost four years after three top officials were indicted, 18 months after their convictions, and nearly one year to the day after the trio filed their appeals, the case remains unsettled. No one has served time, no one has paid a fine,(...)

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Do clean energy jobs add up?

Do clean energy jobs add up?

Report says industry bigger than life sciences

MASSACHUSETTS OFFICIALS ISSUED A REPORT earlier this week indicating the state’s “clean energy industry” continued its explosive growth this year, boosting employment 11.9 percent to nearly 99,000 people, or 3.3 percent of the state’s workforce.  The numbers are head-turning, particularly with lawmakers debating energy legislation on Beacon Hill, but the report itself is a bit(...)

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For Legislature, there’s always next year

For Legislature, there’s always next year

Few measures passed before holiday recess

The first year of the Legislature’s two-year session ended with a whimper on Wednesday night. After 11 months of doing next to nothing, the two branches finally moved into high gear, advanced several pieces of legislation, and then went home without addressing a pressing issue: the cap on solar net metering. Some have suggested the(...)

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Hingham letter investigation could turn criminal

Hingham letter investigation could turn criminal

Probe takes place in town riven by political factions

HINGHAM OFFICIALS ARE HINTING that their $40,000 probe into who wrote two anonymous letters to the Board of Selectmen in April could possibly turn into a criminal investigation. One Hingham employee has already said he wrote one of the letters and a report prepared for the town by private investigators suggests he received help from a sergeant in the police department.(...)

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Hingham spends $40,000 tracking anonymous letter

Hingham spends $40,000 tracking anonymous letter

Town employee steps forward and says he wrote the document

AN EMPLOYEE OF THE TOWN OF HINGHAM stepped forward this week to say he wrote an anonymous letter mailed to the three members of the Board of Selectmen earlier this year criticizing the work histories of two candidates for police chief. The employee said he decided to come forward because he believed a $40,000 town(...)

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