Winter 2012

Winter 2012

Rule of law triumphs in resolution to Occupy Boston

Rule of law triumphs in resolution to Occupy Boston

The end of Occupy Boston was a peaceful success because the protestors respected the law.

the rise and fall of the Occupy Boston encampment at Dewey Square has been hailed as a model of how police and city officials should respond to peaceful political dissent in the public sphere. Compared with video footage of cops pepper-spraying and clubbing protestors in Oakland, San Francisco, New York, and elsewhere, Boston looked pretty(...)

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Back to the trenches

Back to the trenches

Steve Tolman left the Massachusetts Senate to run the state’s biggest labor organization, bringing his political skills with him.

even in massachusetts, the bluest of blue states, labor unions are on the defensive. Union membership keeps slipping. High unemployment plagues unions in the private sector, while public-sector unions are seeing their health care and pension benefits trimmed by usually friendly Democratic lawmakers. Steve Tolman until recently was one of those lawmakers. He says he(...)

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Lawrence mayor, paper call temporary truce

Lawrence mayor, paper call temporary truce

mayor william lantigua’s successful appeal for the state to run the Lawrence Public Schools brought about another big development: the mayor sat down to talk with an Eagle-Tribune reporter who was writing about the takeover. It was a temporary cease-fire in the mayor’s long-running war with the newspaper, the Merrimack Valley’s largest regional daily. Equally(...)

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Two brothers, two sets of political viewpoints

Two brothers, two sets of political viewpoints

Rep.Vinny deMacedo, left, a Republican from Plymouth, and his brother Donald Macedo, a UMass Boston professor. Photo by Yawu Miller. contrasting experiences can give rise to sharply contrasting political views. Sometimes that happens even within a family. Vinny deMacedo, a Republican state representative, and his brother Donaldo Macedo, a professor at the Univer­sity of Massachusetts(...)

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Debt crunch

Debt crunch

The Great Recession is wreaking havoc with students who are piling up debt in pursuit of college degrees that keep rising in cost.

It is the height of the Occupy movement last fall, and some 200 demonstrators are marching into Boston’s Financial District chanting slogans such as, “If we don’t get no jobs, you don’t get no peace.” As the group stops to demonstrate in front of the Bank of America building on Federal Street, a woman yells(...)

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Historical roadblock

Historical roadblock

A standoff over the development of land in Freetown casts a spotlight on a little-known agency with an outsized role over development in Massachusetts

  The proposed site of the Meditech office park development. Photo by J. Cappuccio. Peace summits are preceded by battles. And as far as Beacon Hill turf battles go, the one that necessitated the November sit-down inside Secretary of State William Galvin’s offices was a doozy. The spat featured months of political gamesmanship and strident(...)

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Holyoke hope

Holyoke hope

Alex Morse, the 22-year-old openly gay new mayor of Holyoke, sold an ambitious vision for his hometown that may be just what the city needed to hear

the biggest doubts Alex Morse, the newly-elected mayor of Holyoke, had to overcome were whether voters would think someone who was barely out of college could possibly be ready to lead this economically distressed city of 39,000 people. Having his mother gush to a reporter about her remarkable son therefore may not be the type(...)

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Freeloading

Freeloading

The state’s sloppy oversight of public land leases is costly for taxpayers

  Wollaston Yacht Club in Quincy. Photo by Michael Manning. The 114-year-old Wollaston Yacht Club is a bit rundown these days, but its location has considerable appeal. Right on Wollaston Beach in Quincy, the club sits on pilings out in the water and offers a panoramic view of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. Though(...)

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