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The Codcast: Uber, Lyft expanding to bikes, scooters

Uber and Lyft are expanding their vision of ride-sharing to include not just cars but bicycles, electric bicycles, and electric scooters. Uber jumped in first, adding the electric bikeshare company Jump to its app earlier this year in San Francisco and then acquiring the company outright in March for an estimated $100 million. Lyft earlier(...)

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Can we outsmart traffic and parking woes?

There is only so much highway space available to accommodate the crush of cars commuting into and around Boston, just as there are only so many parking spaces in which to stash them once they’ve arrived. But that zero-sum game doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t ways to relieve both traffic and parking logjams. New apps(...)

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GOP Senate hopefuls do the Trump squirm

It’s become a well-worn storyline: Republicans in conservative states or congressional districts pull their punches when it comes to criticizing their party’s leader in the White House, regardless of the incoherence of his statements or policies, for fear of falling victim to a primary challenger who can rally Trump supporters. Donald Trump has essentially taken(...)

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New law lets juveniles off in Lynn

The state’s new criminal justice law, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in April, is already having an impact. Four juveniles, one who was 13 and the others younger than 12, allegedly broke into Lynn English High School over the weekend and caused significant damage. Only the 13-year-old was arrested and charged because of a provision(...)

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The Codcast: Are we doing enough on clean energy?

Massachusetts is in the midst of procuring vast amounts of clean energy, but on Beacon Hill clean energy advocates say the state isn’t doing nearly enough. The Senate approved legislation that would triple the annual increase in renewable energy purchases. The House last week took up a bill that would have doubled the annual increase,(...)

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This one’s personal

It’s often easy to forget those in the news business are human and have lives beyond what we report on. And sometimes those lives are disrupted by events that just send us reeling. Such is the case this week with the drowning death of Jenny King Phillips, the 76-year-old wife of Boston Globe State House(...)

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Fifty Shades Darker in Rockland

Investigators hired by the town of Rockland concluded Selectman Deirdre Hall pressured Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into having sex at town hall after moving on from an “intense emotional and physical affair” with Edward Kimball, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Hall had already called off her run for state rep and her lawyer(...)

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Busted unions

Labor unions may be taking a beating these days but they’re not going down without a fight and somebody is going to emerge bloodied. The latest battlefield is right here in Massachusetts as National Grid’s lockout of some 1,200 union workers is in its third week with no immediate end in sight. The utility giant(...)

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