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Piling on

Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. That seems to the operative approach to the fact that Boston resident John Kerry got a $50 ticket for an unshoveled sidewalk alongside his Beacon Hill townhouse. To say the story was irresistible catnip to the crew at the Boston Herald would not(...)

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Rodrigues, AIM already sick of sick leave law

The Bay State’s sick leave law, passed by a crushing margin in November, inspired politicians around the country. In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to work to grant all workers seven days of paid sick leave. The Boston Globe’s Joanna Weiss has noted that the issue may give Hillary(...)

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Healey vs. Coakley

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders now has two attorney general opinions in front of her on the proposed acquisition of South Shore Hospital by Partners HealthCare. One, from former attorney general Martha Coakley, is cautious. It argues that a lawsuit attempting to block the acquisition may fail, so it’s better to approve the merger(...)

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Braude shakes it up

Jim Braude shook up the local news business this week by announcing he is jumping from his Broadside TV show at New England Cable News to Greater Boston at WGBH. The move gives WGBH a solid brand name to replace former host Emily Rooney and leaves NECN with a gaping hole to fill. There is(...)

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Olympics fact vs. fiction

Thank goodness Boston 2024 is going to start releasing details of its bid for the 2024 Olympics this week because reporters are starting to fill in the blanks on their own and it’s getting hard to tell fact from fiction. Case in point: During the broadcast of the Patriots-Colts game Sunday night, CBS announcer Jim(...)

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The Boston.com chameleon

“I think Boston.com is going to have a little more edge to it,” Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan told CommonWealth magazine last summer in laying out his vision for the bifurcated web presence. “It’ll be quicker, breezier.” File that prediction in the “Be careful what you wish for” folder. The “quicker, breezier” website appears to be(...)

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