Summer 2000

Summer 2000

State seal

Native American wearing moccasins, a disembodied arm holding a sword, and some words in Latin that hardly anyone can understand. How did Massachusetts end up with this conglomeration of images as its state seal? For that matter, why does the state have a seal at all? We turned to the stewards of the seal, the(...)

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Massachusettss overseas sales force

Gov. Paul Cellucci and other state officials have caught flak over the years for their frequent trips and trade missions to foreign countries. But some state workers who promote Massachusetts businesses overseas never have to pack their bags for exotic locales. They’re already there. In March, Gov. Cellucci personally opened the new Massachusetts Trade Office(...)

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Banking on sick leave

There’s nothing like providing a job benefit one worker at a time. But that’s the way it is when it comes to supporting some government employees during an extended illness. A law passed five years ago was supposed to put an end to all that, but bills to create so-called “sick-leave banks” for individual civil(...)

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Urban Renewal

It’s the kind of steaming-hot day that can make even the most good-natured person cranky, but Rosie Mavrogeorge graciously invites a stranger inside her drab, wood-frame apartment building when asked about Clark University. The 62-year-old retiree used to pay no attention to the private liberal arts college two blocks away. But now she sits at(...)

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The Color of Justice

The Color of Justice

When it comes to drug cases, Judge Sydney Hanlon knows what she’s looking at. As presiding justice of Dorchester District Court, she runs Boston’s busiest community court, with 8,636 criminal complaints filed there last year. In narcotics charges, only one court in the city and three others in the state see more action than hers.(...)

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Mending Town Gown

Evan Dobelle knew that Trinity College had an image problem when he took over as president in 1995—that’s why he was hired. But the perspective of a hotel doorman helped bring the college’s local reputation into sharp relief. Having just arrived in Hartford, Dobelle was checking into the downtown Sheraton when the doorman stopped him.(...)

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Big Man On Campus

Here he is at the State House, it’s that time of year, and he just can’t help himself. After quoting the Roman statesman Seneca-“Loyalty is the holiest good in the human heart”-threatening to sing, actually singing a little, recognizing the pols in the audience (“I saw Stan Rosenberg a few minutes ago, where is he?”),(...)

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Two views of suburbia

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American DreamBy Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff SpeckNorth Point Press, New York, 2000, 256 pages Picture Windows: How the Suburbs HappenedBy Rosalyn Baxandall and Elizabeth Ewen Basic Books, New York, 2000, 298 pages. Cynthia Martin, née Fabiano, and all 13 of her siblings(...)

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Where were their neighborsand elected officialswhen the Foxborough trailerpark residents needed them

The special town meeting in Foxborough on December 6 was a civic gathering unlike any other in the town’s history. A tent and heaters were set up outside Foxborough High School to accommodate the overflow as a record crowd of 2,334 residents–out of a possible 10,000 voters–turned out to decide whether the New England Patriots(...)

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