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Culture wars at the MBTA

The circular firing squad otherwise known as the MBTA unleashed more volleys during this week’s transportation oversight hearings on Beacon Hill. Thomas Murray, the Transport Workers Union president, summed the higher ups’ performance in the T’s spectacular winter collapse in a way that won’t surprise commuter rail passengers. He indicted the MBTA’s top managers for(...)

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Rethinking cop cameras?

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and his police commissioner may be cool to the idea of outfitting police with cameras, but video from the scene of a police traffic stop gone bad in Roxbury may make them rethink their position. The situation Friday night had all the ingredients for another divisive debate about the police use(...)

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Let Warren be Warren

As a rare convocation of America’s political nobility gathers to mark the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, there is palpable relief that the “Lion of the Senate” has a worthy heir. The comparisons between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Ted Kennedy have been flying thick and fast. The(...)

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Probation drama not over yet

For months during the federal trial of former Probation commissioner John O’Brien and two top deputies, defense attorneys continually drew attention to the fact that only O’Brien, Elizabeth Tavares, and William Burke III were facing charges. How is it a crime, they asked, if those accused of accepting bribes weren’t charged? And the lawmakers who sweated(...)

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Beacon Hill’s doobage dithering

The contours of the marijuana legalization debate have filled out on Beacon Hill and opponents have scored some powerful allies. Will the presence of those heavy hitters make a difference on the slow march toward legalization? Attorney General Maura Healey has joined House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Gov. Charlie Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in opposing(...)

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Selkoe’s Karmaloop seeks bankruptcy protection

Greg Selkoe, the Boston Internet entrepreneur who has tried to make the city more appealing to young professionals, is facing a financial crisis. Selkoe’s online streetwear company, Karmaloop Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, reporting assets of $10 million to $50 million and liabilities of $100 million to $500 million. Selkoe will now try(...)

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Marty’s Games

Think of it as the Pottery Barn rule turned on its head. While he was tending to mayor-type things such as snow piles and the search for a new school superintendent, a bunch of high-paid unelected big-shot consultants and business honchos broke the Boston 2024 vase — and now Marty Walsh has to pay for(...)

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Galvin dishes out blame pie — but none for him, thanks

There is an old saw about accountability that says when you point a finger of blame at someone else, there are three more pointing back at you. Secretary of State William Galvin doesn’t appear to worry about that because he’s using all his fingers to accuse everyone but himself for nonexistent enforcement and often tortured interpretation(...)

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