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Home is where the house is

There is a housing crunch in and around Boston. The city’s population is growing at a near-record pace and jobs are coming to the area with the potential for thousands more, if Amazon ever makes up its mind about its new headquarters. The cost of living in town is a deterrent to many young folks(...)

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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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The Codcast: The women of pot

The “bro” culture of pot is a dominant image of marijuana. Cheech and Chong are the dudes who most represent the “stoner” generation while the legal industry is increasingly seeing corporations and investors dominated by men. The reality is a little more diverse, though, and Massachusetts is aiming to hold the door open for previously(...)

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Boston housing officials shoot the messengers

There is plenty to crow about in praising the good things about Boston. If you leave aside its insane housing costs, it’s one of the country’s most livable big cities. Crime rates are lower than in many other big cities, and the city’s public schools outperform many other large urban districts. But to suggest that(...)

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MBTA: “May Be Trains Arrive”

Perhaps it’s delay fatigue (as opposed to delayed fatigue), but the operators of the MBTA’s commuter rail had an awful, bad, terrible evening commute Tuesday in the warm drizzle of an early fall day that barely registered a blip on the news radar. The Download, as regular readers know, has a lead item that wraps(...)

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Health Policy Commission to assess ballot question

A state agency is preparing to play the role of fact checker in a bitter, high-stakes campaign over a ballot question that would mandate nurse-patient staffing ratios in hospitals across the state. The Health Policy Commission, after weeks of hedging when asked whether it would analyze the impact of Question 1, revealed that it had(...)

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Another clue on declining T ridership

New Census data offer another clue about why transit ridership is falling all across the country, including at the MBTA. The data indicate 8 million workers nationally are now doing their jobs primarily from home, according to a report in Governing. For the first time, telecommuting narrowly edged out public transportation when respondents were asked(...)

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For tax plan, Gonzalez’s gives it the college try

The Massachusetts Republican Party has hammered Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez for not releasing details of how he would pay for an ambitious agenda that calls for new spending on education and transportation. Gonzalez has answered that with a plan — but he’s now getting hammered over the details of it. Gonzalez is proposing a(...)

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