CommonWealth Staff

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Chaos in the Senate?

The awkward transition from Senate President Harriette Chandler to Senate president-elect Karen Spilka makes for great copy, but it doesn’t seem to be having a huge impact on the chamber’s legislative output. Senators are still processing legislation. (Criminal justice reform emerged from a conference committee a little over a week ago.) Votes are being taken.(...)

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The Codcast: Police body cameras are coming

It’s been a long march for the Boston Police Camera Action Team, but nearly four years after the community-based group set out to push Boston police to have officers deployed with body-worn cameras it looks like victory is in sight. In recent days, Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner Bill Evans have both signaled that(...)

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Could Boncore become sleeper in crowded DA race?

The open race for Suffolk County district attorney is attracting a crowd, with five Democrats already in the hunt and several others still mulling a run for the post, which veteran prosecutor Dan Conley is giving up after 16 years in office. The newest name to surface: state Sen. Joe Boncore, who said yesterday that(...)

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The Codcast: Time to talk about buses

We spend a lot of time talking about gondolas and autonomous vehicles, but not enough time talking about buses. Yeah, buses. A report issued this month by the Livable Streets Alliance said the MBTA bus system is being stifled by congestion on Boston streets. It noted congestion along just seven miles of the city’s roadways is(...)

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State Police shield is tarnished

The Massachusetts State Police, long viewed as a model professional law enforcement agency with funny-looking uniforms, is going through one of the toughest times in its 153-year history and there are questions as to what the agency will look like when it comes out the other side. If it does. The latest imbroglio involves a 19-year(...)

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