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How Boston 2024 documents went public

The secret Boston 2024 bid documents that surfaced this week in Boston Magazine and the Boston Business Journal found their way into the public domain via a circuitous route. Boston 2024 released most of its bid documents in January after being selected by the US Olympic Committee to represent the country in the international Olympic sweepstakes.(...)

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What is “is” in Olympicspeak?

Well, now, this is a fine kettle of fish, as Laurel and Hardy would say. And it’s beginning to smell. The Boston 2024 people have said repeatedly and publicly that this will be a privately-funded Olympic Games with no reliance on public dollars save for security and previously planned infrastructure upgrades. The key word there(...)

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Public records issue gets heavy coverage

Updating the state’s Public Records Law is gaining some traction, at least in the media. The problems with the law — the lackadaisical enforcement, the high charges imposed for obtaining records,  and the numerous exemptions — have been well documented for years. But this year, largely because the Boston Globe has gotten behind the idea,(...)

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Imagining the transportation nightmares of Cape Cod and Western Mass.

Transportation problems in places like Cape Cod and Western Massachusetts get overshadowed in the handwringing over how the state’s economic fortunes unravel when the metro Boston transit system is out of whack. But if Beacon Hill has been remiss in dealing with the MBTA, just imagine the frustrations of residents in the far-flung regions of(...)

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Crunching the T’s numbers

In early April, the Boston Globe splashed a report across its front page about excessive absenteeism at the MBTA. Citing pages in a soon-to-be-released report from an advisory panel appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker, the Globe reported that T workers are off the job an average of 57 days a year and their overall absence rate(...)

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