Economy

Three pieces of ‘employability’ advice for college seniors

Three pieces of ‘employability’ advice for college seniors

A little planning will go a long way in finding a good career match

START GETTING INTERNSHIPS your first year of college. Always keep an open mind about what kind of career could work for you. And refuse to think you have to squelch your personality—or fit in a cookie cutter—to be an attractive job candidate. From my two years as a career services counselor at Bentley University, those(...)

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How to solve homelessness

How to solve homelessness

Solutions abound; they just need money

TONIGHT, 6,300 MEN and women across the Commonwealth will sleep on the streets or in shelter. Although that statistic may be disheartening, this does not have to be the case. Homeless services providers across the state do not lack for solutions to end homelessness – we lack the necessary resources. Additional funding would allow providers(...)

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City council puts restraints on Airbnb

City council puts restraints on Airbnb

Industry slams measure for cutting commercial units, rental caps

THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL overwhelmingly approved tough new restrictions on short-term rentals offered by companies such as Airbnb and HomeAway, eliminating investor-owned units from the marketplace while allowing owner-occupied, two- and three-family homeowners to rent out some of their units year-round. The council on Wednesday made some minor adjustments to a proposal by Mayor Marty(...)

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Paper cuts at the Herald

Paper cuts at the Herald

More reductions as tabloid’s new owners to outsource advertising and layout

THE NEW OWNERS of the Boston Herald have told staff they will outsource all the paper’s advertising design and news page layout functions for the daily print edition to the company’s headquarters in Colorado, triggering elimination of at least half the copy editor and design positions. The move is the latest round of cuts imposed(...)

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Poverty politics

Poverty politics

Protesters commandeer the streets around Post Office Square

For those who drive into downtown Boston for the workday – which is a commuting challenge even under normal conditions – the ride home Monday evening made most of them late for dinner. Which was kind of the point. Protesters, ranging from students to union workers to retirees, took over the streets around Post Office Square on(...)

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Netflix, Showtime to film series in Mass.

Netflix, Showtime to film series in Mass.

New productions come on heels of Castle Rock

A PANEL DISCUSSION exploring the benefits of the state’s film tax credit turned into a press conference of sorts on Tuesday when a couple of the panelists disclosed new series coming to shoot in Massachusetts. Gary Crossen, the general manager of New England Studios in Devens, said Netflix will be filming a series at his(...)

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The right prescription for biomed innovation

The right prescription for biomed innovation

Stronger intellectual property protections needed to safeguard research and development

JUST AS ATLANTA has a booming film industry and Silicon Valley has become synonymous with technology, Boston has earned its place as America’s hometown for biomedical innovation. With a hyper-educated workforce, a cutting-edge biopharma and medical device sector, and massive investments in research and development, it’s no wonder Beantown has seen such a surge in(...)

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For hire: CEO of housing and transit

For hire: CEO of housing and transit

Eastern Mass. has too little housing and too much traffic. Here’s a bold fix.

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS has a lot going for it. From the outside looking in, we’re thriving in the information economy. We can boast a talented workforce; world-class research and development; productive relations between government, business, and academia; nationally esteemed health care and education services; and access to deep capital markets. Residents, though, see the underside of(...)

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Our wheezing democracy

Our wheezing democracy

Conflicting ballot questions underscore inaction on Beacon Hill

WHO ARE YOU going to turn to make important decisions affecting the state? The sluggish Legislature or schizophrenic, knee-jerk electorate? Those seem to be the less-than-compelling options at this point in dealing with a set of questions that will have enormous implications for the state’s budget and initiatives we look for it to fund. Lawmakers(...)

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Our wheezing democracy

Who are you going to turn to make important decisions affecting the state? The sluggish Legislature or schizophrenic, knee-jerk electorate? Those seem to be the less-than-compelling options at this point in dealing with a set of questions that will have enormous implications for the state’s budget and initiatives we look for it to fund. Lawmakers(...)

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