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More pushback against Ortiz

Pushback against US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s prosecutorial style seems to be building. Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh highlights the extortion cases brought by Ortiz against two aides to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh — Timothy Sullivan and Ken Brissette. Both are accused of holding up permits for the Boston Calling music festival on City Hall Plaza(...)

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Banning plastics is a mixed bag

The Boston City Council is considering a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags, those ubiquitous film-thin carriers used in grocery and convenience stores. If the council passes it, it could trigger a long-sought statewide ban that environmentalists crave and retailers fear. State Rep. Lori Ehrlich earlier this year was the latest to make an unsuccessful effort to(...)

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