CommonWealth Staff

Stories by CommonWealth Staff

Who’s guarding the guards?

Concern over the behavior of those who are charged with enforcing behavior norms on others has probably been around as long as humans have set up such systems. Capturing that conundrum in a single, enduring phrase goes back nearly 2,000 years. “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” is the question attributed to first century Roman satirist and poet(...)

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Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em – at home

In the language of the emerging marijuana industry, where cannabis is the preferred term, they are called social consumption sites. Years ago, we would have called them pot bars. The cafes were envisioned as part of the 2016 ballot question as a place where those who use marijuana could congregate to smoke, drink, and eat THC-infused(...)

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Obama endorses six candidates in MA

Former president Barack Obama waded into political races across the country on Monday, endorsing 260 Democratic candidates in 29 states, including six in Massachusetts. Obama made a series of endorsements in August, but none of those was in Massachusetts. This time he backed Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey for governor and lieutenant governor, Ayanna Pressley(...)

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