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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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Worcester hires Zimbalist, Mullan

Worcester’s hush-hush courtship of the Pawtucket Red Sox just got a bit more interesting. The Telegram & Gazette reported that the city hired Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist and former Massachusetts secretary of transportation Jeffrey Mullan to work as consultants on the project. Zimbalist is generally regarded as a skeptic when it comes to public(...)

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