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Tea Party ship off to slow start

Tea Party ship off to slow start

THE BOSTON TEA Party Ships and Museum, which re-opened in 2012 with the help of a first-of-its-kind $18 million loan from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, is off to a much slower-than-expected start. The financial statements of the museum’s parent company indicate the Boston attraction has lost more than $9 million in its first two(...)

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Boston’s PILOT program lagging

three years after the city of Boston launched a concerted effort to convince 49 of its largest nonprofit landholders to voluntarily make payments to the city in lieu of taxes, the program appears to be losing steam. The amount of money the city is collecting continues to rise, but the increase is due primarily to(...)

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Probation verdicts to end pensions

When former Probation commissioner John J. O’Brien and two of his top deputies return to court on November 12 for sentencing, they’re not just facing the potential loss of their freedom for their convictions on mail fraud and racketeering. They also will see their monthly pensions disappear. State workers convicted of crimes related to their(...)

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UMass system racking up patents

the university of massachusetts is emerging as a powerhouse research institution, ranking among the world’s elite in turning ideas into patents. The five-campus UMass system received 57 patents in 2013, ranking it 37th in the world. In 2012, UMass ranked even higher, but received only 54 patents. The University of California was the top patent(...)

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Tapping driver phones for traffic updates

recognizing that drivers need real-time information about the road ahead, state transportation officials are preparing to spend $10 million over the next year building out a high-tech system to provide time-and-distance traffic updates to Massachusetts drivers. A pilot program using portable electronic signs to provide the traffic updates on some of the state’s busiest highways(...)

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