Colman M. Herman

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Draft lease sheds light on Kraft soccer plans

Draft lease sheds light on Kraft soccer plans

Dorchester deal included new stadium, mitigation, rent

BOB KRAFT DIDN’T ASK for any government subsidies when he sought to build a soccer stadium on the former site of the Bayside Exposition Center in Dorchester’s Columbia Point neighborhood in 2017.  The deal ultimately fell apart due to neighborhood opposition and an inability to negotiate the purchase of an adjacent land parcel. Kraft issued a(...)

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DCR, carousel negotiations go round and round

DCR, carousel negotiations go round and round

Getting a new lease is a lengthy, tortuous process

ONE DAY LAST SUMMER Leo Roy, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, showed up at the Paragon Carousel across from Nantasket Beach in Hull with some ominous news. Roy told Marie Schleiff, who heads the nonprofit group that runs the carousel that her organization would not be getting the $1-a-year, 25-year(...)

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Chang exits with $267,383-plus

Chang exits with $267,383-plus

Leaves 2 years early, gets 1 year’s salary

FORMER BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS superintendent Tommy Chang received $267,383, the equivalent of one year’s salary, for agreeing to resign two years before his contract was scheduled to expire. According to the settlement agreement, Chang will also be paid for 27 days of accrued vacation time and three days of accrued personal paid time off. A(...)

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Yawkey Way debate wasn’t really a debate

Yawkey Way debate wasn’t really a debate

Boston agency: Decision was a forgone conclusion

THE LONG and impassioned debate this spring over whether to change the name of Yawkey Way was largely an exercise in futility. Some of those participating in the four crowded hearings in March and April before Boston’s Public Improvement Commission were aware their arguments had no impact on the final decision, but a fair number(...)

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How Capeless plotted succession plan

How Capeless plotted succession plan

DA pulled nomination papers to throw off reporters

DAVID CAPELESS WORKED CLOSELY with Gov. Charlie Baker to choreograph the handoff of his job as Berkshire Country district attorney to a top aide, going so far as to pull nomination papers for himself to throw reporters off the scent. Emails obtained from the district attorney’s office under the Public Records Law indicate Capeless was concerned that reporters might(...)

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Lawmakers refuse to release records

Lawmakers refuse to release records

Governor, courts met some requests despite exemption

THE LEGISLATURE, THE GOVERNOR, and the judiciary are all exempt in one way or another from the state’s Public Records Law, but the governor and the judiciary sometimes voluntarily comply with requests for information. By contrast, lawmakers take the view that their records are off-limits to the public. CommonWealth tested the willingness of officials from(...)

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Inspirational talks are not cheap

Inspirational talks are not cheap

Big names demand big bucks for community college speaker series

EX-NBA SUPERSTAR KAREEM Abdul-Jabbar gave a speech at Bunker Hill Community College last October — not on how to shoot his patented skyhook, but on the weighty subject of “Islam: Misrepresented, Misunderstood, and Maligned in the United States.” The speech was part of a series that is designed to serve as inspiration for Bunker Hill(...)

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On records, State Police all about delay

On records, State Police all about delay

Agency routinely rejects requests, loses on appeal

THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE are not a big fan of transparency, as the agency’s policy on public records seems to be all about delay. The State Police regularly redact documents or withhold them in their entirety from public view. The approach results in a voluminous amount of public records appeals being filed against the agency(...)

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Trump makes it easier to not pay interns

Trump makes it easier to not pay interns

New rules still subjective, but far more flexible

The Trump administration just made it a lot easier for for-profit employers to legally benefit from the work of interns and not have to pay them, according to new rules released recently by the US Department of Labor. This comes after several legal challenges were filed against the previous set of six rules adopted by(...)

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