Spring 2002

Spring 2002

North Adamss romance with the wrecking ball

“Tear it down, and they will come.” That could have been the rallying cry for the urban-renewal program that bulldozed 12 acres of the city of North Adams starting in the late 1960s. More than 100 of the city’s commercial and residential buildings in the downtown area were demolished, including such landmarks as the Richmond(...)

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Keeping the faithful

If there ever was a separation of church and state in the newsroom–a certain kid-gloves treatment of churchly foibles–the raging controversy over clergy sexual abuse in the Boston Archdiocese has demolished it. Investigative reporters and political columnists who usually uncover State House scandals are now probing pedophile priests, and their tone is anything but reverent.(...)

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Counterpoint

Rep. Thomas O’Brien claims his charter school bill is being put forward primarily for fiscal reasons, in the belief that a moratorium on the granting of new charters will somehow save money for the Commonwealth and its public schools during this time of budgetary crisis. If this is the intent, the bill fails even on(...)

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Argument

I would like to believe that someone who just lost his job would not build a new house or buy a new car. It seems like common sense. Why undertake new financial responsibilities at a time when the future is uncertain? We all want to believe that we would never do something so irresponsible. And(...)

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How the iEaglei editor flew the coop

How the iEaglei editor flew the coop

INTRO TEXT When Steve Lambert swooped into Lawrence as editor of The Eagle-Tribune, the mild-mannered newsman made some big moves to change the tenor and focus of the scrappy daily, which had earned praise over the years for its hard-hitting reporting but also scorn for a slash-and-burn style that some say only compounded the city’s(...)

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On the Hook

On the Hook

Regulators are trying to renew fish stocks. But are they throwing fishermen overboard? Photographs by Farnsworth/Blalock Stephen Smith, a 36-year-old fisherman from Ipswich, steers the Scotia Boat Too, a 42-foot gill-netter, through Gloucester Harbor two hours before sunrise on a cold Tuesday in late January. But before beginning the day’s fishing trip, Smith and his(...)

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