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Worcester T&G by way of Tokyo

More than 120 Massachusetts daily and weekly newspapers learned on Thursday that they will report to ultimate bosses halfway around the world after the private equity firm that owns GateHouse Media announced it was selling out to a Japanese multinational corporation for $3.3 billion. SoftBank Group Corp. said it is purchasing Fortress Investment Group, which(...)

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Tapping the gold mine of college talent

Tapping the gold mine of college talent

Students need to be exposed to region’s opportunities

THIS IS A GOLDEN AGE for the Boston economy. We’re first by a mile in health care. The national leader in biotech. Surging in big data, robotics, fintech, data storage, clean tech and cybersecurity. A world leader in asset management. And witness to an unprecedented construction boom. There’s no regional economy in the country that(...)

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Baker gets pressure on paid parental leave

Message received. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, and state Treasurer Deb Goldberg are all offering employees paid parental leave, so now Gov. Charlie Baker is indicating that paid parental leave “is something worth looking at.” Unpaid parental leave is an anachronism internationally, yet Americans were slow to come around even to that idea. The(...)

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Pregnant workers seek fair job treatment

Pregnant workers seek fair job treatment

Bill would require reasonable relief

SHOULD A PREGNANT worker expect her employer to offer “reasonable” relief from her workload or from certain tasks? Elizabeth Guyer, a former nurse practitioner who worked in Harvard University’s student health care system, thought so. In 2008, a pregnant Guyer expressed concerns to her supervisor about a plan to increase from 14 to 16 the(...)

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Why Atlantic City casino woes matter here

Why Atlantic City casino woes matter here

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen recently visited “Vegas-by-the-Sea” and found nothing good to say about Atlantic City’s casino experiment. In the time-honored tradition of journalists everywhere, Cullen tapped the consummate local expert, a taxi driver, for his view on the Bay State’s gaming proposition. “You say Massachusetts is gonna have casinos?” the cabbie said. “You(...)

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The Massachusetts H-1B connection

10 firms secure two-fifths of foreign workers

MORE THAN 1,200 Massachusetts companies hired 5,481 skilled foreign workers last year through a controversial visa program that is simultaneously being praised for helping to plug holes in the state’s tech workforce and criticized as a way to replace US employees with cheaper foreign labor. The H-1B visa program, which allows skilled foreign workers to(...)

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Shaky job findings in Life Sciences Center study

Barry Bluestone and Alan Clayton-Matthews are respected economists at Northeastern University, but their just-released report on the Massachusetts Life Sciences Institute, and particularly the tax credits the agency hands out, is another failed attempt at sorting out whether public handouts to private industry pay off. Launched in 2008, the goal of the Life Sciences Institute(...)

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Fishing disaster

The US Commerce Department declared the New England groundfishery a disaster, a designation that could lead to $100 million in federal aid for fishermen and more reductions in catch limits. A salmon fishery in Alaska and oyster and blue crab fisheries in Mississippi were also declared disasters. Sen. John Kerry said he has received assurances(...)

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