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The Codcast: Gateway Cities come of age

It was 10 years ago that MassINC launched its Gateway Cities initiative with a report documenting the challenges — and huge opportunities — in the state’s once vibrant industrial cities. “Massachusetts’ proud, old manufacturing cities must be counted, on balance, as distressed,” it said. Yet, concluded the report, “For the first time in decades, these(...)

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Heroux and Lantigua, what’s the difference?

Will he or won’t he? Right now, Attleboro Mayor-elect Paul Heroux won’t resign from the House, where he’s served since 2013, saying he can do both jobs effectively. It’s an interesting dynamic building and a stark contrast between how Heroux is being treated by his fellow Democratic lawmakers and how former state representative William Lantigua was(...)

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Brayton Point sale in works

Redevelopment of the 300-acre decommissioned Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset is set to begin, but is likely to be a slow process. The owner of the massive facility, which was the last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts before it shut down at the end of May, told the Herald News that it has selected(...)

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On pot, just say yes and no

While no one is yet declaring the wall of opposition to the retail sale of recreational marijuana has been demolished, there are a few cracks beginning to appear that are letting some smoke seep through. In the year since statewide voters approved Question 4 allowing for legal adult use of pot, more than 100 communities(...)

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Calling the question on guns

A week after a gunman mowed down 25 members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas, worshippers from the church gathered yesterday for Sunday services — this time in a makeshift sanctuary under a large white tent on a nearby baseball field. The church itself now stands more as a shrine to the destructive(...)

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