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Pot labs get green light

Pot labs get green light

With no recreational product ready to test, medical marijuana will be used

STATE REGULATORS GAVE the final okay for two cannabis testing labs to begin analyzing recreational marijuana, one of the last remaining steps before retail stores can open – more than two years after voters legalized the sale of pot. The Cannabis Control Commission on Wednesday authorized MCR Labs of Framingham and CDX Analytics of Salem(...)

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Baker is bystander, not leader, on gun legislation

Baker is bystander, not leader, on gun legislation

At every turn, he has chosen to remain on sidelines

VOTERS NEED TO KNOW Charlie Baker is not a gun violence prevention leader. Everytown for Gun Safety recently endorsed Baker in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, calling Baker a leader on gun violence prevention. We, student organizers from March For Our Lives: Boston, strongly disagree. After the Parkland shooting, many lawmakers spoke out in favor of Extreme(...)

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Betting on Amazon’s interest

Betting on Amazon’s interest

Tech giant revisited some on HQ2 list but reportedly not Boston

The Legislature might want to award a few more racing dates to Suffolk Downs to hedge against the growing view that Amazon will site its $5 billion HQ2 project somewhere other than Boston. The online betting now leans toward Northern Virginia as the favorite to land Amazon’s projected 50,000-person workforce with a plus-$240, meaning you can bet(...)

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With junk insurance, you get what you pay for

With junk insurance, you get what you pay for

How the Trump administration is undermining women’s health and what to do

INSPIRED BY MARCHES, movements (#MeToo, #TimesUp), and momentum (the unprecedented surge of females running for office), women are standing up for the issues that matter most to them. Let’s make sure that healthcare continues to be on that list. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), American women have made dramatic gains. The number of uninsured(...)

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CommonWealth’s Spring 2018 issue is out!

CommonWealth’s Spring 2018 issue is out!

Read the rundown

Here’s a rundown of what’s in our spring print issue, which is in the mail and available online. You may have heard something about infighting in Fall River between wunderkind Mayor Jasiel Correia and the city’s political establishment. Now get a sense of what’s really going on. Ted Siefer portrays a mayor who isn’t letting(...)

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Book review: Massport at 60

Book review: Massport at 60

Independence has been Massport’s greatest asset and its chief vulnerability

Massport at 60: Shaping the future since 1956 By Jim Aloisi Massachusetts Port Authority 262 pages YES, THIS BOOK commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Massachusetts Port Authority, but the story really begins almost a decade earlier, in 1949, when the city of Boston was a crony-encrusted economic backwater. That year, Boston voters denied James Michael(...)

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City stalls on Yawkey name change

City stalls on Yawkey name change

Commission puts off vote after hearing on Sox owner’s legacy

A STANDING-ROOM ONLY crowd, including reclusive former Red Sox CEO John Harrington making an emotional plea to retain the street’s moniker, left disappointed after a Boston commission charged with overseeing the city’s public ways unexpectedly delayed a controversial vote to rename Yawkey Way on Thursday. The city’s Public Improvement Commission, which had been slated to(...)

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Goldberg warns of NH lottery moves

Goldberg warns of NH lottery moves

Says Mass. lottery is 'sitting here like dead ducks'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THERE ARE PROVERBIAL TROOPS amassing at the New Hampshire border and the Massachusetts Lottery is “sitting here like dead ducks,” Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said Tuesday of the New Hampshire Lottery’s move to sell products online and introduce Keno. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in July signed a bill that seeks to(...)

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T privatization survives key union challenge

T privatization survives key union challenge

Arbitrator rejects ‘get out of jail free’ card

THE MBTA’S BUDGET SHORTFALL, once pegged at $335 million for the current fiscal year, is now down to $30 million.  That’s good news for riders, taxpayers, employers, and legislators—really everyone except the T’s unions.  Much of the savings is the result of a three-year exemption from the Commonwealth’s anti-privatization law that the authority was granted(...)

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