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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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Taking it to the streets

Commuters driving into Boston came to an abrupt and unwelcome stop Thursday morning as protesters cemented into barrels blocked traffic on I-93 south in Medford and north at East Milton. Other than angering a slew of people not already insensitive to their point, it’s hard to figure out just what their point was. The protest(...)

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Warren’s clout grows

The clout of Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues to grow in Washington, as Wall Street banker Antonio Weiss asked the president to withdraw his nomination for a top job at the Treasury Department in the face of opposition from the Massachusetts senator and other progressives. Warren opposed Weiss for three reasons. She felt his background wasn’t suitable.(...)

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