Fall 2002

Fall 2002

The telecom implosion hits the Bay State

The telecom implosion hits the Bay State

INTRO TEXT Sitting in an austere conference room at the Sonus Networks headquarters in Westford, Hassan Ahmed speaks with calmness and confidence, but his tone strains against an unnerving reality. The president and chief executive officer of Sonus, which makes equipment that allows voice telephone calls to be carried on data lines, has gone through(...)

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TEAM finds a less taxing name

INTRO TEXT Formed in 1987 as a liberal counterweight to Citizens for Limited Taxation, the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts has made the case for public spending and progressive taxation with the same zeal its foes have brought to their anti-tax crusades. But after 15 years in the tax-battle mosh pit, TEAM is getting a(...)

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School bus ads are a nonstarter

INTRO TEXT In a little-noticed rider tacked onto the state budget this spring, lawmakers gave Massachusetts school districts the green light to sell advertising on the outside of school buses. But don’t look for big yellow vans hawking Slurpees, Nikes, or J. Lo’s latest CD to roll by anytime soon. Despite the state okay, school(...)

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iCommonWealthi grills the candidates

INTRO TEXT As Election Day approaches, most voters will see the candidates for governor in tightly structured settings, such as television commercials, formal debates, and staged photo-ops. But this summer the editors and publishers of CommonWealth put the gubernatorial candidates on the spot, asking them questions related to MassINC’s four initiatives: Economic Prosperity, Lifelong Learning,(...)

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Harshbarger finds a corporate cause

Harshbarger finds a corporate cause

He’s the last person one would have expected to benefit from the corporate scandals that have rocked the nation this year. But it’s true: Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts attorney general who made a national name for himself by suing tobacco companies and railing against special interests as president of the public-interest lobby Common Cause,(...)

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A top campaign stop in Codman Square

A top campaign stop in Codman Square

When gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman needed a campaign backdrop to roll out his plan to save the state money on prescription drugs, the Codman Square Health Center seemed as logical a choice as any. That’s evidently what fellow Democrat Robert Reich figured as well when he announced his crime-fighting plan a few weeks later from(...)

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Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis

Jennifer Stokes had a problem. Earlier in the day, a pediatrician outside Springfield called her child advocacy center about a 3-year-old girl in his office who had vaginal bruising and bleeding. The child’s caregivers claimed she fell on a piece of gym equipment; the girl said that wasn’t what happened, but would not say what(...)

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Beacon ill

Beacon ill

It’s a steamy afternoon in late July, and you might expect the temperature to be rising even higher beneath the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House. The state Senate is getting ready to vote on the biggest tax increase in state history, a $1.2 billion tax package designed to plug a gaping hole in(...)

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