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Sandwich shop struggling on Boston Common

Sandwich shop struggling on Boston Common

Outdoor seating and seasonal opening make rough go for chain

THE EARL OF SANDWICH is struggling financially at its Boston Common restaurant location, with losses mounting and revenues declining. The city of Boston hasn’t taken a hit—rental payments to the city are a flat $50,000 a year, not a percentage of sales—but the deteriorating financial situation raises concerns about whether the restaurant chain will stick(...)

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Addressing hunger at Bunker Hill CC

Addressing hunger at Bunker Hill CC

Not just feeding a need to learn

Microphilanthropy is an occasional feature that calls attention to small acts of generosity that people do for the benefit of others and highlights little-known needs that could benefit from generosity, even on a small scale. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF the student body at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown are not surprising for a large urban(...)

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To caucus or not to caucus

To caucus or not to caucus

Informal coalitions tout common interests, cut across party lines,

CAUCUSES ARE NOT clandestine cabals requiring a secret handshake and special door knock to get into the room, except perhaps for the Democratic and Republican legislative caucuses. In Massachusetts, in fact, most caucuses in the Legislature don’t even have doors. Or offices. “Because they’re not official, it’s up to the people who join [to decide](...)

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Boston garage sale stirs worries

Boston garage sale stirs worries

Questions raised over the BRA's involvement

THE CITY OF Boston used to sell off rundown municipal garages for development all the time by itself, but it’s taking a different tack with the old Winthrop Square Garage, one of the city’s most coveted parcels of land in the heart of the Financial District. Mayor Marty Walsh wants to transfer the property to(...)

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Southbridge schools get fresh start

Southbridge schools get fresh start

Troubled system under state receivership

THE NEWS WAS not unexpected when the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in January to put the Southbridge schools into receivership. The small central Massachusetts district of 2,100 students struggled with low academic achievement for years, a challenge state officials said was made harder by a revolving door in the superintendent’s office(...)

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Out-of-network billing  surprises

Out-of-network billing surprises

Patients get charged for unexpected services not covered by their insurance

MARYLOU SUDDERS, the state’s secretary of health and human services, was going through some paperwork for her late sister when she came across a bill from a doctor for thousands of dollars that wasn’t covered by insurance. Sudders says the bill included charges for services that would have normally been paid by her sister’s insurer(...)

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Unpaid internships  – hard work,  questionable legality

Unpaid internships – hard work, questionable legality

For-profit companies still skirt Mass. requirements for intern pay

BOSTON-BASED ARGOPOINT placed an ad on Craigslist in February seeking a marketing intern of whom a lot seems to be expected. The ad specified nine required qualifications, including a strong academic background, excellent verbal and written communication skills, high attention to detail, strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, and demonstrated leadership experience. The ad also listed(...)

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Tea Party Ship loses $3.6m

Tea Party Ship loses $3.6m

In 3d year, museum boosts revenue but losses continue

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY Ships and Museum boosted revenue in its third year of operation, but continued to lose money, nearly $3.6 million. Damaged by fire in 2001, the museum commemorating the 1773 tax rebellion against the British by the Sons of Liberty reopened in 2012 with the help of an $18 million loan from(...)

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Bridj revs up

Bridj revs up

Private bus company looks to supplement, not replace, MBTA service

AS THE MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board mulls axing late-night buses and trains to save money, the chances of some sort of wee-hours bus service surviving may rest with a start-up called Bridj. Matthew George, Bridj’s 25-year-old founder and CEO, sees his two-year-old bus company not as a competitor to the MBTA, but as a(...)

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Bump sees physical education inequality

Bump sees physical education inequality

State auditor says there's a link between obesity and lack of PE resources

STATE AUDITOR SUZANNE BUMP says a 2014 audit her office conducted of the state’s child obesity programs turned up income correlations that are strikingly similar to what CommonWealth uncovered in its report in the fall issue on high school sports (“Rich-poor divide in high school sports”). CommonWealth found that sports participation in high schools across(...)

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