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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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Healey’s e-cigarette move lights up Legislature’s inertia

What happens when an unstoppable attorney general meets an immovable Legislature? She works around it. Attorney General Maura Healey’s plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors has once again highlighted a chronic problem on Beacon Hill.  Despite having a year-round Legislature, Massachusetts had yet to act; 42 states have already issued their own e-cigarette regulations. Tobacco(...)

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Deval Patrick, living la vida loca

The whispering surrounding a future Deval Patrick campaign for president got full voice when Slate’s Reihan Salam recently put the former governor on a short list of alternatives to Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee. Yet there are at least 7,500 reasons why Patrick won’t make a run for the White House in 2016, and perhaps(...)

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On public records law, a full-court press

It is an issue that is uniting usually warring competitors, one that may have reached a breaking point in the same way some hope our winter of transit misery will lead to a real plan for the MBTA. Newspapers across the state are waging a coordinated attack to beef up the Massachusetts public records law,(...)

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