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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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What’s the best bet on wind?

What’s the best bet on wind?

Three bidders seem receptive to notion of splitting contract

A clarification was added to this story after its original publication. TWO OF THE THREE COMPANIES vying to build offshore wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts say it would make sense for the state to select two companies to split an 800-megawatt procurement. The third company said an 800 megawatt procurement is the way(...)

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More shots fired in pipeline wars

More shots fired in pipeline wars

Opponents: New report debunks grid operator’s rolling blackout claims

A group of natural gas pipeline opponents released a report on Thursday suggesting the operator of New England’s power grid used “unreasonable assumptions” when it concluded that rolling brownouts were possible in 2024 without additional gas supplies. The new report, prepared by Synapse Energy Economics for the Conservation Law Foundation and a handful of other(...)

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Capuano, Pressley tout assets with soft touch

Capuano, Pressley tout assets with soft touch

For each, pushing their strong suit carries risk

It usually goes without saying that candidates look to play to their strengths and highlight what makes them stand apart from rivals in a race. But sometimes those strengths have to be showcased more in the form of a delicate dance than by hitting voters over the head with them. That’s what seems to be(...)

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Ride-hailing apps rule at Logan

Ride-hailing apps rule at Logan

Lyft, Uber now preferred way to get to and from airport

RIDE-HAILING APPS such as Uber and Lyft are now the leading way passengers get to and from Logan International Airport, an indication of how rapidly their popularity is growing. According to statistics compiled by the Massachusetts Port Authority, the ride-hailing apps have gone from handling 11 percent of pickups and dropoffs in 2016 to 21.4(...)

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Steve Wynn’s residual influence

Steve Wynn’s residual influence

Gaming Commission moving cautiously amid reports Everett facility for sale

Steve Wynn is gone from the company that bears his name, but is his influence really gone? It’s a question the members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are starting to grapple with as they decide whether the alleged sexual misconduct that cost Wynn his job will also cost the company its Massachusetts casino license. Wynn(...)

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The Herald’s phantom editorial page

The Herald’s phantom editorial page

Unclear who’s running paper’s opinion page under new ownership

BY ALL OUTWARD appearances, the Boston Herald continues to chug along under its new ownership, with its hard-working reporters churning out solid stories amidst the demoralizing departure of co-workers from the newsroom’s already depleted ranks. The paper’s editorial page, too, hasn’t skipped a beat, offering up a daily dose of sharp opinion despite the exit(...)

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Mohegan, Wynn casinos rumble in the background

Mohegan, Wynn casinos rumble in the background

As Everett casino struggles with suitability, what’s the end game of CT rival?

AS THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION tries to decide whether Wynn Resorts remains suitable to retain its casino license, the two antagonists in the original battle for the license are sparring with each other again. Mohegan Sun, which lost out to Wynn Resorts in 2015, is suing the Gaming Commission in court trying to overturn the(...)

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Spilka followed Rosenberg playbook

Spilka followed Rosenberg playbook

Chandler indicates she is in no hurry to leave president’s post

Sen. Karen Spilka of Ashland appears to have followed the playbook of the former Senate president, Stan Rosenberg, in pulling together the votes she needed to become the chamber’s next president. At a meeting with reporters outside the Senate president’s office on Thursday, Spilka offered little in the way of a personal vision for what(...)

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CT Lottery taps MA film tax credit

CT Lottery taps MA film tax credit

Bonehead move, or smart money-saving strategy?

LEAF THROUGH THE LIST of recipients of Massachusetts film tax credits and one name comes up year after year: the Connecticut Lottery. One might think the lottery, created by the state of Connecticut, would want to do business as much as possible with companies in Connecticut. In a way, that’s the whole point of the(...)

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