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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Game on

Game on

The video game business is trying to move to the next level in Massachusetts. How much of a helping hand will state government offer?

  Baker College junior Matthew Herard, dressed in a suit festooned with sensors,moves in front of a green screen as cameras record his actions. His moves will beused to make a digital avatar that is more life-like. Herard says he’d like to go to work for Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios in Rhode Island after graduation.(...)

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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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An outside-the-Beltway strategy

An outside-the-Beltway strategy

Northampton-based Free Press has become a force in Washington by stoking public uprisings and refusing to compromise

most washington advocacy groups are based in Washington on the theory that it’s easier to influ­ence the federal government from the capital itself. But Free Press, an up-and-coming advocacy group that is an antagonist of media and Internet companies and thorn in the side of the Federal Communications Commission, is headquartered 400 miles away in(...)

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Campaign not much of a contest

Campaign not much of a contest

Massachusetts elections are becoming a little more of a contest, but not much

two years ago, we had stories showing the Bay State was dead last in the country for the number of contested races for the Legislature, with less than 17 percent of the seats having a candidate from both major parties in the 2008 election. By comparison, every one of Minnesota’s 134 House seats gave voters(...)

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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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