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GEe, what will Amazon do?

Just as GE is set to move into Boston, word comes that the multinational conglomerate that city and state officials wooed here with a multi-million dollar package of tax breaks and incentives will look nothing like the corporate anchor that was envisioned to launch the Seaport into the future. Everything coming from GE CEO John(...)

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The Codcast: The Senate’s surprise (acting) president

Harriette Chandler never had designs on the Massachusetts Senate’s top post, and she readily admits to mixed feelings about landing there. Her unexpected ascension was the result of the scandal swirling around her close ally, Stan Rosenberg, who temporarily relinquished the Senate president’s job last month while an investigation is underway. Congratulated on her new(...)

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Firms leaving behind the suburbs

Businesses are migrating from the suburbs to Boston and Cambridge at an accelerating pace, leaving behind white elephant office parks and putting more pressure on transit services in the urban core. Phillips NV is the latest firm to make the leap, announcing plans to relocate its North American headquarters and nearly 2,000 jobs from Andover(...)

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Doing hard time on the T

Vennochi, the new prisoner who just landed in the cellblock, has the same horrid reaction of all the newbies to the utter wretchedness of inmate life: The overcrowding, the cold waits in line, the acute sense that the correctional officers don’t give a rat’s rear about the complaints — or, if they do, realize they(...)

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The politics of snow

Many a pol has been accused of waiting to see which way the wind blows before taking a stand. But come wintertime during an election season, the direction doesn’t matter, just who’s responsible for the fallout from the storm. That is especially true this year with all eyes focused on the state’s public transit system(...)

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